Great Nights in the Great Outdoors

You’ll want to “carpe noctem” to make the most of your glorious outdoor options.
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Full Moon Walks At The Cincinnati Nature Center

Enjoy the Cincinnati Nature Center in (ahem) a whole new light during one of its Full Moon Walks, which offer a unique opportunity to explore the Milford land during “off” hours and utilize level upland trails to ensure safety. Hikes typically start at or after 8 p.m.; $7 for members, $13 for nonmembers; pre-registration is required. cincynature.org

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Perseid Meteor Shower At Stonelick Park

With a prime location that’s far from the city’s light pollution, Stonelick State Park in Clermont County is the place for stargazing. While the Perseids on August 12 are on everyone’s radar, astronomers set up a variety of telescopes on Saturday evenings for viewing the wonders of the sky. facebook.com/StonelickStargazers

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Great Parks Of Hamilton County

Each summer, the county parks invite everyone to “find their wild” and enjoy nature at night, from stargazing at Woodland Mound to camping at Lake Isabella or Miami Whitewater. All you need to enjoy the great outdoors is a sense of adventure and a $10 motor vehicle pass. greatparks.org/discovery/find-your-wild

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Fireflies

While Cincinnati might not have the synchronous fireflies you’ll see in places like the Smokies, there are many places to enjoy a sparkling sunset show here. Stanbery Park is a lush oasis of thick, verdant foliage in Mt. Washington that transforms into a twinkling fantasy come nightfall. Check the Cincinnati Parks calendar for Firefly Night Hikes, or lace up your hiking shoes and visit on your own. cincinnati-oh.gov/cincyparks

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Twilight Tours At Spring Grove Cemetery

One of the city’s most hauntingly beautiful places, Spring Grove offers twilight walking tours once a month through September. Tours are free, but register online—and be quick!—because they fill up fast. springgrove.org/events

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Twilight Canoe & Dinner For Two

Join Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures for a guided three-mile canoe trip down the Little Miami River that ends with dinner for two at Valley Vineyards. The cost is $140 per couple and includes canoe rental, guided float, shuttles, a “grill-your-own-dinner” at Valley Vineyards, and live music. morganscanoe.com

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BB Riverboats Dinner Cruises

There’s nothing like watching the sun set below our glorious cityscape while cruising down the mighty Ohio River in a vintage paddlewheeler. BB Riverboats has long been the leader in this type of adventure, and its dinner cruises are bucket-list worthy. bbriverboats.com

Cincinnati Observatory

Our world-renowned observatory offers stargazing opportunities for beginners, families, and experts; curiosity is the only prerequisite. From romantic “Late Night Date Nights” to family-friendly “Astronomy Evenings,” an array of programming brings the far-away cosmos marvelously and magically within reach. cincinnatiobservatory.org

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