Visit a rainforest

Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory
Visit a rainforest at Krohn Conservatory in Eden ParkOK, it’s not a real one, but it sure feels like it! 1501 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams, cincinnatiparks.com
 

Ride Carol Ann's Carousel

Carol Ann's Carousel Flying Pig
Carol Ann's Carousel Flying Pig
Ride a cicada, a giraffe, a flying pig or even a rhinoceros on Carol Ann’s Carousel in Smale Riverfront Park. West Mehring Way, mysmaleriverfrontpark.org
 

Go stargazing

Burnet Woods Trailside Nature Center
Burnet Woods Trailside Nature Center
Go stargazing at the intimate 20-seat Wolff Planetarium in Burnett Woods at the Trailside Nature Center. 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton, cincinnatiparks.com
 
 

Watch a German puppet show

Goebel Park (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Goebel Park (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Watch an authentic German mechanical puppet show in Goebel Park in Covington. The production happens every hour, on the hour—just keep your eyes on the historic Carroll Chimes Clock Tower. Also, this park has a unique approach to grounds maintenance: goats. That’s right. A crew of female goats grazes spring through fall to keep grass and weeds neatly trimmed. 501 Philadelphia St., Covington, covingtonky.gov
 

Play in Summit Park

Summit Park Blue Ash
Summit Park Blue Ash
Check out super-creative, innovative and huge play areas at Summit Park in the city of Blue Ash, about 20 minutes north of downtown. It’s one of the newest parks in the region—and a current local favorite. This park, still in development, has a great lawn and concert stage, and is home to a farmer’s market and a dog park. 4335 Glendale Milford Rd., Blue Ash, blueash.com/summitpark
 
Written by Jessica Gordon.