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Family Activities

Family Activities
Family Activities

© Jeff Kubina

The best family activities in Cincinnati are those that appeal not only to families, but to the inner children in all of us. Everything on this list is easily accessible for families with kids, and will keep several generations happily entertained. Summer vacation is easily filled with the thrills of not one, but two amusement parks, ridiculously affordable Reds games, and countless parks with riding, canoeing, sports, and more. Between the zoo, the aquarium, the Conservatory, and even the dioramas at Union Terminal, every imaginable ecosystem is available for discovery year-round.

Cincinnati | Family Activities

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Most Cincinnatians will mistakenly boast the Reds as being the oldest professional baseball franchise; that is not the case. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were founded in 1866 and in 1869 became recognized as the first professional team in a country that pronounces the game its national past time.
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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
  • The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is one of the best in the country according to Zagat Survey and a recommended stop for any Cincinnati visitor. Founded in 1873, over a million people now enter the park annually to appreciate its lush botanical gardens and wildlife.
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Coney Island
  • Coney Island
  • Since 1886, the 165 maple-tree-coated acres of Coney Island have entertained patrons with an ever evolving medley of amusements. Originally purchased to be an apple farm, the founding proprietor discovered the superior value of its location as an attraction for visitors.
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Duke Energy Children's Museum
  • Duke Energy Children's Museum
  • How can the tugboat reach the next level of the canal? At the interactive water table, children will experiment with cause-and-effect while learning basic principles of physics.
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Great American Ball Park
  • Great American Ball Park
  • Thousands of fans decked out in red and white spirit wear line the streets of downtown Cincinnati as they walk down to the river for a Reds game.
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Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark
  • Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark
  • For Cincinnati, a deluxe family resort can be found a little closer than Orlando. The Great Wolf Lodge hotel and water park gives local families a taste of fun with a continuous woodland theme.
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Legends Museum at Cincinnati Gardens
  • Legends Museum at Cincinnati Gardens
  • When the Cincinnati Gardens was built in 1949, it was the seventh largest arena in the United States at nearly 25,000 square feet. Since, the Gardens has become relatively small in size, but not before hosting many of Cincinnati's most memorable guests and events.
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Newport Aquarium
Old Crosley Field
  • Old Crosley Field
  • The corner of Western Avenue and Findlay Street in Cincinnati is an unassuming site. A few light-industrial buildings, nestled by I-75, look like nothing more than components of a basic Midwestern cityscape.
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  • OMNIMAX Theater
  • The Robert D. Linder Family OMNIMAX Theater opened its doors in 1990 as a part of the newly dedicated Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. The OMNIMAX is a product of IMAX, formerly called the IMAX Dome.
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Parky's Farm
  • Parky's Farm
  • Parky's Farm is 100-acre demonstration farm and petting zoo set inside Winton Woods Park, a sprawling 2,400-acre destination in Cincinnati. The farm is home to a variety of animals such as goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and horses.
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Paul Brown Stadium
The Beach Waterpark
  • The Beach Waterpark
  • Would you like some real sand, real surf, and real fun? If you live in southwest Ohio, that's a tall order. Surprisingly though, you can find all those things at The Beach Waterpark.
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