5 Ways to Spend Memorial Weekend in Southwest Ohio

Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, is a day devoted to honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It is important to keep the reason for the holiday in the forefront of our minds.

Memorial weekend also signifies the start of summer, as most schools are wrapping up by this weekend. After a year of lockdowns, e-learning and uncertainty, we are all ready for some summer fun.

Here are 5 Ways to Spend Memorial Weekend in Southwest Ohio:

Check out Coney Island’s NEW Challenge Zone

Coney Island opens for the season, Saturday, May 29, and they are coming back with a splash with their brand new Challenge Zone, the largest Aquaglide pool obstacle course in the nation. They are also offering never-ending FUN at Action Alley, including a Jump Pad, Battle Cones, Connect 4 Basketball, Foam Parties, Gaga Pit, and Arts & Crafts. Coney Island is open all summer long for tons of splish-splashing fun.

Dates: May 29-Aug. 29
Location: Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

Enjoy a Berry good time at Blooms and Berries Strawberry Days

While strawberry picking tickets are currently sold out, there is still plenty of fun to be had for kids and adults at Strawberry Days. Spend the day a fun, including a trike track, a ginormous strawberry bouncing pad, water games, bee cart rides, the biggest farm slide and Honey Hill Petting Zoo! Strawberry Days runs through June 6.

Dates: May 22-June 6
Location: Blooms and Berries, 9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland, OH


Roar through Dino Safari Drive-Thru Adventure in Columbus

Ok, this one isn’t technically in Southwest Ohio, but it’s worth the drive to get up close with more than 40 giant moving dinosaurs on a globetrotting expedition. An easy-to-access in-car audio guide provides entertaining storyline to follow along as you drive through the park full of scientifically accurate educational information about dinosaurs.

Dates: May 21-31
Location: Ohio History Connection, North Lot, 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Young’s Jersey Dairy

In addition to all of the regular fun to be had at Young’s Jersey Dairy, enjoy carnival rides galore over Memorial Weekend. Ride for $1 per ride or purchase an all-day pass for just $20. And, of course, don’t forget to stop by the Dairy Store for a scoop (or two) of Young’s delicious homemade ice cream.

Dates: May 27-31
Location: Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs

Listen to Some Smooth Sounds during Artswave Enjoy the Arts @Parks: Sharon Woods

Kick off your Memorial Day with free, live music including “N’awlins”-style brass band The Cincy Brass, smooth jazz trio Simple Swing and saxophonist Ed “Sax” Thomas, backed by a full rhythm section. Great Parks has partnered with ArtsWave to host free outdoor concerts all summer long!

Date: Saturday, May 29
Location: Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville

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