Three Essential Local Kids Attractions


Illustration by Dan Sipple

Need something to do with the littles? Whether you’ve got kids visiting or are looking to entertain your own crew, these three spots can help you craft a memorable day out.

Carol Ann’s Carousel

Kids—and kids at heart—can climb onto the queen bee, the Findlay Market pig, or the Carew Tower gorilla for a magical ride. The carousel is a moving work of art in a glass building at Smale Riverfront Park, with 44 hand-carved animals all representative of the Queen City. Bonus: There’s a splash pad right outside, plus the park’s playscape below.

8 E. Mehring Way, downtown, (513) 381-3756

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

As our beloved zoo approaches its 150th birthday, it has launched a $150 million campaign to make it even better—larger habitats for the elephants, polar bears, and rhinos, and a splash park for the littles. When it’s time for a break, the beer garden will be the place to relax.

3400 Vine St., Avondale, (513) 281-4700 

EnterTRAINment Junction

Two miles of train track and more than 1,200 train cars, running through scenes depicting railway history, are a sight to behold at this family-favorite attraction, the largest indoor train display in the world. There’s a cool replica of Coney Island, with interactive buttons to run amusement park rides, and tons of ways to play (catch a ride on the outdoor kids’ train during warmer months).

7379 Squire Court, West Chester, (513) 898-8000

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