Feed the giraffes and get up-close-and-personal with the majestic lions in the Africa exhibit, the largest animal exhibit in Cincinnati Zoo history. The Zoo, consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country, is the nation's second-oldest zoo and a national historic landmark.
2) Coney Island
It's good old-fashioned summertime fun at this amusement park on the East side of town with classic rides and Sunlite Pool, the largest recirculating pool in the world! Get in line for a turn on the Tilt-a-Whirl or Ferris Wheel, play a game in the arcade or experience the feeling of bungee jumping in the EuroBungy Dome. And don't miss a turn on the Wipe Out thrill ride or one of the water slides that's part of Typhoon Tower.
More than two miles of track makes this destination the world's largest indoor train display, where 90 G-scale trains chug through towns that represent various locomotive eras of U.S. history. If your little conductors have some energy to burn, send them to the A-Maze-N Funhouse for circus sideshow spectacles.
4) Kings Island
Little adrenaline junkies (and their parents) can't get enough of the high-flying roller coasters at this globally famed amusement park. For the littlest visitors, Planet Snoopy has been voted Best Kids Area in the world for 12 consecutive years by Amusement Today. When it's time to cool off, head to Soak City Waterpark, the park’s massive 33-acre waterpark!
When was the last time you pet a live shark? Today can be your day in Shark Central. While you're there, stop by and say hi to Mighty Mike in Gator Alley, the biggest alligator in the country outside of Florida. And be sure to test your courage while crossing Shark Bridge, a 75-foot rope bridge stretching over the shark tank!
Kids can climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them with hands-on fun for all ages at one of the top children's museums in the country! Eight exhibit areas, including two especially designed for preschool-aged children and younger, and more than 1,800 hours of programming makes fun and learning go hand in hand. *Note: The Museum of Natural History & Science, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children's Museum and the OMNIMAX Theater are temporarily closed for renovations.