If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Cincinnati.
A castle on the banks of the Little Miami River that also functions as a museum for all things Medieval. The castle is also known as Chateau Laroche. You can explore the castle itself, with armored knights around each corner and imagine yourself a knight when looking through the swords and weaponry on display, all while learning about knighthood honor and chivalry. There are also beautiful gardens to explore, games and puzzles, and even ghost stories. For a trip with the kids that is outside the ordinary, a visit to Loveland Castle is a must.
Highfield Discovery Garden
Nature educational experiences crafted specifically for children. The 12-acre garden is comprised of several, smaller themed gardens. Each garden is designed to encourage children to explore and wonder about the natural world around them. Some gardens are practical, like the Frog & Toads Garden or Vegetable Garden, while others are magical, like the Wizard’s Garden. Educational programs are included with the price of admission.
Smale Riverfront Park
Looking for an afternoon in the sun? Maybe packing a picnic basket? Nestled along the Ohio River, this park has endless views to take advantage of. No matter where you land for your picnic, you’ll experience views of the city, the river, and the historic bridge linking Ohio and Kentucky. Or perhaps, you’ll find yourself on a bench or table near the carousel. Your kids will love exploring this park, taking a ride on the carousel, and playing in the sun on the open fields.
The Children’s Museum
Located in the large Cincinnati Museum Center, the Children’s Museum is a place that should definitely be added to the list of family outings. They offer interactive exhibits and special programs designed to help children grow and learn while having a wonderful time. The museum features an exhibit called “Kids Town” (where the kids get to run the show or, rather, the town), “Inside the Grin” (a gigantic mouth to play in that teaches kids about oral health), an adventure-filled wilderness known as “The Woods”, and more.
Cincinnati Fire Museum
A perfect spot for any kid that dreams of being a firefighter. It is a little-known fact that Cincinnati is the birthplace of professional firefighting, and there is no better place to learn about the history of firefighting than in this museum. You can choose to take a self-guided or guided tour through their many exhibits. Their artifacts date all the way back to the early 1800s. They also offer Junior Firefighter Birthday Packages if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday.
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