As a parent, you get the unique opportunity to rediscover your city all over again! Between the city’s new offerings and classic favorites, there is no shortage of fun to be had in the Queen City.
In fact, Cincinnati is full of “hidden gems” – and we love sharing our favorites!
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Here are our top Kid-Friendly Hidden Gems near Cincinnati:
1. Highfield Discovery Garden (pictured above)
Highfield Discovery Garden is quite possibly the most magical place in Cincinnati. This straight-from-a-fairytale Great Park is full of secrets, mystery and wonder, and will absolutely get your kids excited about the great outdoors.
Located on the top of a hill in Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout, at the end of a street full of classic, Victorian houses, the Cincinnati Observatory is iconic. Comprised of two buildings with immediately recognizable dome-shaped roofs, the Cincinnati Observatory isn’t just a place where Cincinnatians can learn about space — it’s a space for kids and adults to dream big and be inspired… and get a great history lesson, too.
Located on the banks of the Little Miami in Loveland, Cincinnati’s Loveland Castle (“Chateau Laroche”) is a true testament to the power of imagination. This authentic, full-scale castle was built brick by brick by Cincinnati native (Sir) Harry Andrews. He began construction in 1929 and spent the next 50 years working on his masterpiece, using stones from the Little Miami River and hand-molded bricks made of cement and quart milk cartons. The castle includes gardens, several towers, a dungeon and rooms full of medieval replicas and memorabilia.
8. Pyramid Hill
Pyramid Hill is a true hidden gem – it’s tucked away in Butler County off a rolling country road. But to be fair, nothing about Pyramid Hill is “hidden;” this outdoor sculpture museum is big and bold. A bright red sculpture stands at the entryway; and from there, the hills and valleys of Pyramid Hill’s 300 acres are covered with larger-than-life sculptures that demand to be seen (and admired).
Down a brightly colored alleyway in Yellow Springs, a teal fairy home bursts at the seams with fairy trinkets, plants and picks, waiting to be transformed into a beautiful fairy garden. The Little Fairy Garden DIY workshop is open each Friday-Monday during the winter season. Reserve the studio for a birthday party, drop in to make a new garden or simply shop for newly added fairy trinkets.
Destination Discovery, Cincinnati Public Library Anderson branch’s new children’s area in the library, is a welcome addition to an already great library. The area features a refreshed space for families, and adds a new teen area with open seating, improved meeting rooms, a reading area with fireplace, and a spectacular STEM children’s area. From babies to teens, Destination Discovery’s brand new rotatable sofas, play house, car climber and interactive train features keep the kiddos engaged in reading experiences.
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