1. Take in a sunset with a beautiful view of the skyline downtown.

Carew Tower Observation Deck (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Carew Tower Observation Deck (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

You can also mix it up by checking out vantage points from other buildings downtown that you might have overlooked. The Observation Deck at Carew Tower offers fantastic views. (Read more about my experience.)

2. Enjoy the creative fountains at Smale Riverfront Park.

Fountains at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Fountains at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

3. Take in views of the Ohio River from the swings at Smale Riverfront Park.

Swings at Smale Riverfront Park  (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Swings at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

4. Take a relaxing walk in the Labyrinth at Smale Riverfront Park.

Labyrinth at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Labyrinth at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

5. Take a quick run through the fountains at Smale Riverfront Park...

Fountains at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Fountains at Smale Riverfront Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

...or just let your kids do it.

6. Visit the Krohn Conservatory.

Edible Landscape Exhibit at Krohn Conservatory (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Edible Landscape Exhibit at Krohn Conservatory (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

The conservatory showcases more than 3,500 plant species from around the world and features special exhibits and programming.

7. Look for street art murals in Northern Kentucky.

Mural in Northern Kentucky (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Mural in Northern Kentucky (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

The Artworks Cincinnati Website is a great resource to find murals in the area.

8. Enjoy street art on the Cincinnati side, too.

Mural in Cincinnati (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Mural in Cincinnati (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

Be on the lookout for art that you haven't noticed before.      

9. Take in a view of Washington Park at night.  

Washington Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Washington Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

10. Enjoy events at Washington Park.

Washington Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Washington Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

Participate in a free workout class, enjoy City Flea or listen to live music at Washington Park

11. Enjoy the activities at Fountain Square.

Fountain Square (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Fountain Square (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

There is always something to do or see with lots of free events and activities for everyone to enjoy.  

12. Check out a new-to-you restaurant in Over-the-Rhine or downtown.

The Eagle OTR (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
The Eagle OTR (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

We recently went to the The Eagle for the first time after two prior attempts. The food is so good that you might want to rearrange your schedule to eat at low peak dining hours. The fried chicken and spoon bread are worth it. I promise.  

13. Grab a bite to eat or drinks at a brewery that's new to you.

Sky Galley at Lunken Airport (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Sky Galley at Lunken Airport (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

There are so many great places to check out! We also went to the Sky Galley at Lunken Airport and loved watching the planes come in.  

14. Go camping.

Winton Woods (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Winton Woods (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

The region has great local parks for camping including Winton Woods. (Read more about our camping trip.)

15. Enjoy a water sport.

Morgan's Outdoor Adventures - Brookville, IN (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Morgan's Outdoor Adventures - Brookville, IN (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

Whether it's boating, paddleboat, fishing, kayaking or canoeing. A local park or Morgan's Canoe Livery offer lots of options for your water adventures. (Read more about our canoe trip.)

16. Attend a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

Summer is better by enjoying America's favorite pasttime.  

17. Take a hike and try a new trail.

Sharon Woods (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Sharon Woods (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

I know a beautiful spot at Sharon Woods will be even more gorgeous this fall. 

18. Stop by The Root Beer Stand for a root beer float.

The Root Beer Stand (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
The Root Beer Stand (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

19. Take in a concert or movie at a local park.

Devou Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Devou Park (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

We enjoyed a great concert at Devou Park in Covington, Ky.

20. Take a trip to Coney Island Amusement Park. 

Coney Island (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Coney Island (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

Classic rides that will remind you of your childhood and a dip in Sunlite pool that is so giant that lifeguards have a rowboat. (Read more about my visit.)

21. Ride the Banshee at Kings Island.

Kings Island (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
Kings Island (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

(Read my Insider's Guide to Kings Island.)

22. Get a dipped cone at a local classic like The Cone.

The Cone (photo: Nedra McDaniel)
The Cone (photo: Nedra McDaniel)

This is just a glimpse of some of my favorite summer experiences in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. There is so much to do here all of the time. Half the fun is discovering somewhere new! What else would you add to the list? Join me by sharing your adventures on Instagram with the hashtag #SUMMERinCINCY.