Ten Cincy “Must Do” Summer Activities

Sweet summertime. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and your kids won’t stop asking “What are we doing today?” Don’t sweat it, we’ve collected a list of some of the best can’t miss summer activities designed to keep the whole family happy!

1. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is a spectacular place to visit during the summer months. From the extensive wildlife to the gorgeous grounds, the Cincinnati Zoo is a magical family outing. Ride the train to view animals from a different angle and wave hello to the roaming peacocks that proudly strut their stuff. Lines can be long in the summer, so make sure to start your visit early in the morning!

2. Reds Game

Batter up!  Watching a Reds game at the Great American Ball Park is a true summer rite of passage. Grab a hot dog and see the home team compete against some of the best in MLB. Tickets can be purchased at www.StubHub.com.

3. Carew Tower Observation Deck

See the Queen City in the golden light of summer by visiting the Carew Tower Observation Deck. Located in the heart of downtown, this high rise stands 49 floors tall and offers one of the best panoramic views of the city.

4. Stargaze at Stonelick State Park

Spend the night under the stars with the Cincinnati Observatory. Fellow astronomers and their families are invited to Stonelick State Park to view planets, star clusters and galaxies through a telescope. This far-out event begins at dusk on June 13 and 20, weather permitting.

5. Woodland Mound Wetland Adventure

Located within the forested retreat of Woodland Mound, this playground features a 16-foot slide and a variety of animal figures that spray water. A toddler play area also provides smaller water attractions. Kids will love this water park and parents will love the gorgeous view of the Ohio River Valley.

6. Interactive Water Park 

Nestled amongst the city’s skyscrapers, the Interactive Water Park in Washington Park is the essence of cool. With a 7,000 square foot water feature, including 130 pop-up jets synchronized to music and lights, this water park is a great place for families looking to beat the heat.

7. Visit Graeter’s

Let’s hope the most perplexing dilemma you have this summer is: raspberry chip or buckeye blitz? Even though ice cream is a year round treat, the summer feels incomplete without a visit to Graeter’s. With a variety of flavors that house gigantic fudge chips, Graeter’s is a must-eat activity.

8. Newport Aquarium 

Rainy day? Spend it at the Newport Aquarium. Located at Newport on the Levee, the Newport Aquarium offers visitors the chance to explore over 70 exhibits and thousands of animals from around the world. Guests can meet a penguin or even walk across Shark Bridge, suspended inches above two dozen sharks, during their visit.

9. Findlay Market

The Findlay Market is the place to be on a summer weekend. With both outdoor and indoor vendors, the accessibility to fresh, delicious food options makes this a one-stop shop. Grab a loaf from Blue Oven Bakery, a fresh (hormone–free) chicken from Lunken’s and then a coffee at Urbana. Don’t forget a bouquet of flowers or some perennials for the garden. With the sun shining and background music playing, Findlay Market is like a summer block party every weekend.

10. One-Day Sunday, Family Fun Day

Enjoy the great outdoors at One-Day Sunday, Family Fun Day! This event is open to families in the Jewish Community and takes place at Camp Livingston, in nearby Bennington, Indiana on June 7 from 11am to 4 pm. A giant waterslide, a foam dance pit, kayaking and zip lining means families will spend their Sunday bonding over fun activities. Sponsored by Shalom Family, this is a free event with lunch and snacks included.

With only 95 days of summer, make the most of it with all the Cincinnati area fun you can squeeze in!

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