If summer storms leave you with cabin fever, try venturing out to a few fun indoor spots around town. (They’re great for escaping hot and muggy summer weather, too.)
1. Duke Energy Center Children’s Museum
Keep fidgety youngins’ busy at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s seriously awesome Children’s Museum. They can visit Kids’ Town, with its pint-sized grocery store, vet clinic, and gas station; they can run free through The Woods, a playground area with rope bridges, climbing logs, and a tree house; and they can even become tiny human machines in the Energy Zone. Smaller children (4-years-old and younger) can visit the Little Sprouts farm to play in safety, away from the rampaging 5-year-olds. No kids to entertain? Take in a movie under the Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theater’s five-story domed screen. cincymuseum.org/childrensmuseum
2. Newport Aquarium
Just because you want shelter from the storm doesn’t mean you should avoid water altogether. Newport Aquarium (newportaquarium.com) has it all, from fish to frogs and on up the food chain to crocs and sharks. Our favorite is the Bizarre and Beautiful exhibit, with its parade of giant Spider Crabs and other weird and wonderful species.
3. Bowling About Town
We love our bowling alleys. Take your pick: Stone Lanes (stonelanes.com) is a smaller gallery, and they set up half of their lanes as glow bowl. If you haven’t yet tried glow bowl, please do. Then there’s Madison Bowl (Oakley, 513-271-2700), with its super cheap beer and truly legit retro décor. Star Lanes on the Levee (starlaneslevee.com) is the new kid on the block with “upscale” bowling, billiards, and a schmancy lounge area.
4. RockQuest Climbing Center
Channel your inner badass on the indoor climbing wall. RockQuest (rockquest.com) offers two types of climbing: Bouldering, which is climbing low to the ground without a rope; and Roped Climbing, which takes you high up the walls—upwards of 40 feet. Rent all your equipment on-site and sign up for multiple instruction levels from the center’s climbing experts.
5. Cincinnati Art Museum
Because of its lovely courtyard and sculpture garden, you don’t have to avoid the Cincinnati Art Museum (cincinnatiartmuseum.org) on nice days. But its dim halls, lush galleries, and grand architectural details also make it a fun—even romantic—spot to escape a downpour.