Cincinnati Vacation Ideas: Family Fun

Visit Cincinnati with Kids

Planning a day trip to Cincinnati with kids? There's lots to do. You'll probably want to stay a few days to enjoy everything the Cincinnati area has to offer families while on vacation. We lived in Cincinnati for a few years and still live close enough to take a regular one tank trip. These Cincinnati vacation ideas are sure to please. Enjoy!

Cincinnati Vacation Ideas: Family Fun

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Fun Family Vacation Ideas: Field Trips Cincinnati

  • Flying Pigs Park? Don't miss Sawyer Point along the Ohio River. The park with flying pigs hovering over the entrance along Cincinnati Riverfront is the coolest park for little ones. Walk up and down the riverfront for a history of Cincinnati, splash pads, and so much more. $5 to park. Check out this great photo of Flying Pig by J. Miles Wolf. (Lora used to work in his downtown gallery!) While you're there, don't miss Smale Park.

Entry to Sawyer Point. Learn more at Porkopolis.

  • Mt. Adams and Eden Park. Here' you'll find the Krohn Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with a butterfly exhibit, a river overlook, ice skating, tart museum, City Water Works, and more. Mt. Adams is just that- a little 'mountain' in the city. Driving is tight. Park your car and walk! There's a United Dairy Farmer's Ice Cream, lots of Hipster restaurants (Mt. Adams was Hipster before Hipster was a thing.) The architecture in the park is amazing. Worth a drive through.

Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Exhibit Mt. Adams, Eden Park
Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Exhibit Mt. Adams, Eden Park.

  • Cincinnati Museum Center - This has a very cool children's play area. Call ahead, it seems like they are always remodeling. We recently saw the Viking exhibit. $$$  

  • Newport Aquarium - It can be crowded and a little claustrophobic. The kids really enjoyed it, especially the albino alligators (or were they crocodiles?) The Shark Bridge is fun too! (We received free media passes.)

Seahorse exhibit is very colorful with many interactives.

  • Authentic German Restaurant and Bier Garden - Family Friendly, Newport. Tables are long, wooden picnic-style. Grab a mug, get some brew. Try the pretzels!!

  • Coney Island - This is a great alternative to larger theme parks, lots of things to do including shows. Ideal for company parties. They host concerts too.

  • Ikea Did you know you can eat here, Swedish style?

Don't forget to have some Gold Star or Skyline Chili while you're there. Shh, the secret ingredient is cocoa!


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Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.