Whether we like it or not, the days of summer are quickly coming to an end [it seems just yesterday we were writing about our favorite places to get a frozen treat for the first day of summer]. How did we get to this point already? Before we know it, sunny days will be replaced with the vibrant colors of fall—and the inevitable snowflakes of winter are soon to follow. But, before we get to that point, here are our top five ways to spend the last month of summer.
It’s no secret that baseball games are America’s favorite past time [we can almost smell the hot dogs and soft pretzels from our office]. A day out at the ballpark provides a full day’s worth of fun for the whole family. If you haven’t gotten out to Great American Ballpark yet this summer, the Reds still have 10 remaining home games in August and 13 home games in September. Bonus: purchase a ticket for August 17 or September 7 and gain access to the Reds’ post-game concert series featuring AJR and The Avett Brothers, respectively.
Now through August 18, you can enjoy one of the largest amusement parks in the midwest for just $41.99 [the lowest ticket price of the season]. Kings Island offers 9.2 collective miles of roller coaster track, 36 water slides, and a variety of live shows and entertainment. Dedicated to giving back to the Cincinnati community, Kings Island also hosts First Responders Days [August 9-11] and Healthcare Professionals Days [August 16-18]. During these weekends in August, all active fire, police, and safety personnel and healthcare professionals will receive free admission.
Concert at Riverbend
Between deciding which section to sit in, committing to a concert that is weeks [or months] away, and the ticket prices, planning a night out at a concert can be intimidating. Fortunately, Riverbend Music Center’s general admission lawn section is generally cheaper than most concert tickets and doesn’t sell out as quickly [depending on the artist]. So, you can make a spur of the moment decision.
Lions, tigers, bears, oh my! The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has it all, from exotic land and sea creatures to diverse flowers and vegetation. Been before? This month, the Cincinnati Zoo is offering a variety of events to spice up your average zoo trip. Enjoy a breakfast buffet with the animals before the zoo opens now through August 21 or feast on a dinner menu specifically designed around honey bees on August 17. Bonus: Have fun on a budget August 9-11 and 17-18 with teacher appreciation weekend and visitors appreciation days, respectively. During these days, all educators will receive free admission and patrons of all ages will receive half-price admission.
Newport on the Levee
Just across the river, Newport on the Levee is its own bubble of dining and entertainment experiences. With direct access to the Newport Aquarium, a two-story Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of eateries (including Coldstone Creamery!), there’s something for just about everyone. Bonus: Thursdays now through September 5, Braxton Brewing Company sponsors Summer Music on the Levee at the aquarium plaza.