Sawyer Point

Sawyer Point umbrellas
Sawyer Point umbrellas

Spend some time at the 1000 Hands Playground under the Big Mac bridge.  The bridge shelters the playground from the sun and the rain and is a great park to explore. The park is perfect for kids of all ages and abilities with handicap-accessible features, as well.  Walk up and down the mile-long park and read the signs explaining the history of the river and the Miami-Erie Canal in Cincinnati.  See the flood column marking the levels of the floods throughout the city's history.  Climb the steps of the Serpentine Wall and discover the mystery of the National Steamboat Monument at the Public Landing.
 

Jane's Saddlebag

Jane's Saddlebag
Jane's Saddlebag

Explore a variety of activities at Jane's including a petting zoo, a children's village and a 1700's replica flatboat.  The petting zoo is the highlight of the day for elementary kids where they can interact with a variety of animals including a pot-bellied pig, a llama, goats, a donkey and more. The children's village is a great place for pretend play. There is a giant hill that beckons the children to roll down it. Explore the flatboat and learn the history of why they were used by the pioneers.  Kids also have fun exploring the creek at the back of the property (throwing rocks into the creek is great fun, too!)  Jane's also has a restaurant with amazing desserts and a wine shop.  (The wine shop may be a nice draw for the grown-ups!)
 

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

 

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Lots of fossils to be found! Mammoth and Mastadon skeletons were discovered here in 1789.  Walk the paved trails through an outdoor museum with recreated grasslands and wetlands and a life-sized diorama of a bog.  You'll also see a salt-sulpher spring and a herd of bison on the grounds. Visit the small museum , bring a picnic, play some miniature golf and even take a dip in the pool while you are here!
 

Loveland Castle

Loveland Castle
Loveland Castle

One of Cincinnati's most unique attractions was built to resemble a medieval European castle. Explore the castle and learn about the man who created it. The gardens are stunning in the summertime.  This is a must-see attraction! 
 

Warren County Historical Society and Museum

Butterworth Cabin
Butterworth Cabin

This is a great little museum in the heart of Lebanon.  It contains a vast collection of items from prehistoric days to the early 1900s.  You'll discover a pioneer-era collection of farming equipment and tools. The Village Green is lined with storefronts featuring a toy store, drug store, post office, and more.  Inside each storefront you'll also see everyday objects used in daily Warren County life.  The Butterworth Cabin is found in the museum and was an Underground Railroad stop.  You'll also see an old country school complete with McGuffey readers.
 

Trammel Fossil Park

Trammel Fossil Park
Trammel Fossil Park

Located in an industrial park in Sharonville, this 10-acre property is the perfect place for young archaeologists to search for fossils.  No special equipment is needed, just a good pair of walking shoes.  Signage shows the theories of this land throughout history.  Portable toilets are only available during summer months.  
 

Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

Police Uniforms
Police Uniforms

For kids who are interested in the history of law-enforcement, this is a great adventure. Inside the downtown venue you'll find historic artifacts, stories, and memorabilia covering over 200 years of police force history.  There is even an interactive switchboard and dispatch station.  Walkie-talkies are fun to use while pretending to battle crime.  Young detectives receive plastic badges and a detective notebook to complete as they hear clues given by the knowledgeable docents. 
 

Grant's Boyhood Home

Grant's home
Grant's boyhood home

Located in Georgetown, Ohio, you will find the places where Ulysses S. Grant spent his early childhood. Learn about his upbringing and see a typical rural home from the 1800s.  Kids are captivated by the animatronic display of Ulysses at the age of 15 as he discusses his aspirations. A few blocks away is the one-room schoolhouse where Grant's formal education began.

You can find more information about each of these adventures, plus many more, in my book, "Adventures Around Cincinnati.'
Need ideas for younger kids? Click here to read "Perfect for Preschoolers."