Summer is finally here! The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation. After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.
With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away. We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.
Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Founded in 1881, it was the first purpose-built art museum west of the Alleghenies and is one of the oldest in the United States. Its collection of over 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years of human history make it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Midwest. Museum founders debated locating the museum in either Burnet Woods, Eden Park, or downtown Cincinnati on Washington Park. Charles West, the major donor of the early museum, cast his votes in favor of Eden Park sealing its final location. The Cincinnati Wing includes fifteen new galleries covering 18,000 square feet of well-appointed space and 400 objects.
1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
The Newport Aquarium is an aquarium located in Newport, Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati. It has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet in length. The aquarium also showcases thousands of animals worldwide in 1,000,000 US gal of water, including Scooter and Sweet Pea, two of the few shark rays in captivity. In addition, it is the first aquarium to have success in breeding shark rays. It also hosts a collection of alligators, including albino alligators and Mighty Mike.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Perched on the north bank of the Ohio River, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, complete with inspiring stories and hands-on activities. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as a monument to freedom, bringing to life the importance – and relevance – of struggles for freedom around the world, throughout history, and today. The structure, specifically situated for the location’s historical significance, is made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom – courage, cooperation, and perseverance.
American Sign Museum
1330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45225
The American Sign Museum is dedicated to the art and history of commercial signs and sign making. The American Sign Museum is proud to be the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the United States! Covering more than 100 years of American sign history in 20,000 square feet of indoor space, the museum is a walk through the ages of technology and design. The American Sign Museum preserves, archives, and displays a collection of signs. The museum also displays the equipment utilized in the design and manufacture of signs. Tod Swormstedt began working on the museum in 1999. It opened to the public in 2005.
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