Carew Tower Observation Deck

Carew Tower Observation Deck
Carew Tower Observation Deck

From the 49th floor of this iconic building—located smack in the hub of downtown’s business district—guests can revel at 360-degree views of the Ohio River, Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Northern Kentucky and beyond. $4 adults 12 and over, $2 children ages 6–11, 513-579-9735

A scoop of Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream

Graeter's Ice Cream (photo: Wendy Pramik)
Graeter's Ice Cream (photo: Wendy Pramik)

Of all the fabulous flavors—and believe us, there are many—at this hometown ice creamery, black raspberry chip is the most beloved (and best-selling) of them all. Oregon blackberries and generous chocolaty chunks make it a don’t-miss delicacy. $4, multiple locations, graeters.com

Loveland Castle

Loveland Castle
Loveland Castle
Yes, it’s a real stone castle in the middle of the suburbs. Built in 1929 by Sir Harry Delos Andrews, a former World War I medic with a penchant for European castles, Loveland Castle is the perfect destination for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and those who believe in happily ever after. $5 adults 13 and older, $3 children ages 12 and under, Loveland, 513-683-4686, lovelandcastle.com
 
Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory
Opened in 1933, this urban tropical oasis boasts more than 3,500 plant species from around the world, plus a famous rainforest waterfall. Annual events like the holiday show and the butterfly show have become yearly traditions for both locals and visitors. $4 adults, $2 children ages 5–12 (admission increases slightly for special events), Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com/krohn-conservatory
 

Grilled cheese donut at Tom + Chee

Grilled Cheese Donut Tom and Chee
Grilled Cheese Donut from Tom and Chee
Gooey cheddar cheese comes stuffed between two halves of a grilled glazed donut in this unlikely masterpiece of sweet-and-salty deliciousness. Whether you call it breakfast, lunch or dessert is up to you. $3.95, multiple locations, tomandchee.com