Amusement & Water Parks

Kings Island Cincinnati Ohio
Kings Island Cincinnati Ohio

With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions plus Soak City Waterpark, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Climb aboard Mystic Timbers, a wooden coaster offering 16 airtime moments and a tantalizing mystery.

For classic amusement park rides, the world's largest recirculating swimming pool and exciting water slides, visit Coney Island featuring Sunlite Water Adventure.

If all you need is sand, waves and water slides, be sure to head to The Beach Waterpark for a day full of water adventures.
 

Sports

Mr. Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park
Mr. Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park
Feel the breeze from the river, hear the crack of the bat and crunch on some peanuts or Cracker Jack at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game – a Cincinnati tradition for nearly 150 years. Looking for Cincinnati Reds tickets? Check out our 1/2 price ticket deal!

Get even closer to the action at a Florence Freedom baseball game. A member of the independent Frontier League, Freedom games offer post-game bands, fireworks, giveaways, discounted tickets, food and drink specials and more.

One of the area’s newest summer sporting events is FC Cincinnati – the region’s first professional soccer team. A lively crowd of all ages flocks to the team’s matches held on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.

This July 12-14, 2018, experience the thrills, sights and sounds of NASCAR racing at Kentucky Speedway.

Another fun thing to do in the summer is get a first-hand view of the fanfare at the Western and South Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center August 11-19, 2018. This professional tennis tournament features many of the best players from around the world plus an amazing fan experience that includes a variety of food, wine, beer, shopping and entertainment.
 

Family-Friendly Attractions

Newport Aquarium
Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium – located in the Newport on the Levee entertainment district – offers a million gallons of fun with many hands-on experiences like touching a shark, interacting with frogs, touching a penguin and Stingray Hideaway where guests can enjoy the 17,000-gallon stingray touchpool. And while you're at the Levee, try your hand at some spares and strikes at Axis Alley or hit up the arcade games at GameWorks.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 75 acres house more than 580 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties making it one of the largest zoo collections in the U.S. Be sure to visit Africa, an exhibit designed to bring guests closer to animals including Cheetah Encounter, Hippo Cove, the Meerkat Exhibit, and Painted Dog Valley. New to the zoo in 2018 is an indoor extension of Gorilla World where visitors can get up close and personal with playful primates.

The Duke Energy Children’s Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center encourages kids to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. 

Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Ohio River aboard BB Riverboats. All summer long, BB offers themed cruises for the kids like Pirates of the Ohio, Princess, and Super Hero cruises.

Ark Encounter is a full-sized reconstruction of Noah's Ark and the attraction includes a restaurant, gift shop and the Ararat Ridge Zoo home to Tibetan yaks, kangaroos, and ostriches. Plus, take a ride atop a donkey or camel.

 

Free Things to Do

Washington Park fountains, Music Hall
Washington Park fountains, Music Hall

Washington Park in historic Over-the-Rhine is popular day and night. Let the kids enjoy the playground and splash ground during the day. Then return in the evening for nightly entertainment or simply relax on the deck while sipping a local beer. 
 
Fountain Square has long served as a gathering place in downtown Cincinnati. Buy or bring lunch to enjoy while watching the fountain or the latest offerings on the big screen. In the evening, they offer nightly entertainment like trivia, salsa music & dancing, and more. 
 
Explore Smale Riverfront Park along the river in downtown Cincinnati and enjoy the large porch swings, water play and splash grounds, kids play area, Carol Ann’s Carousel and much more. 
 
There are also plenty of free ways to experience local arts. Cincinnati Art MuseumContemporary Arts Center and 21c Museum Hotel all offer free admission, and the Taft Museum of Art is free on Sundays.
 
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Summer Festivals & Events 

Taste of Cincinnati USA
Taste of Cincinnati USA
Taste of Cincinnati kicks off the summer festival season with three days of indulging in local food, drink and fun! Nothing says summer quite like dancing and singing to your favorite songs during an outdoor concert on the river. Check out the schedule at Riverbend Music Center and snag tickets to see your favorite bands.
 
Feel the fluttering wings of butterflies from around the world during the annual International Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory. Or choose from one of these local events to celebrate 4th of July with a bang.
 
If handmade and local goods are your thing, check out popular outdoor shopping events like City Flea , Art on Vine or Second Sunday on Main
 
Riverfest featuring the Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks is the region’s annual end-of-summer celebration held the Sunday prior to Labor Day with a 30-minute fireworks display over the Ohio River.

Find more popular summer festivals and events by clicking here.