Top 10 Free Attractions
Big Bone Lick State Park
Big Bone Lick is an Ice Age park, focusing primarily on prehistoric events and the megafauna of 12,000 years ago. The park features a museum, visitor center, hiking, fishing lake, planned programs, special events and a bison herd.
Children’s Discovery Garden
The Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark is a child-friendly place to discover, experience and love our world through gardening.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.
Find your way through the Bell’s Children Maze, climb up the park’s magical Tree Tower, visit the Butterfly House and so much more. Cox Arboretum MetroPark is a very special place for visitors to approach, enter and connect with nature.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
This United States National Historical Park, commemorates three important historical figures—Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar—and their work in the Miami Valley.
Mt. Airy Forest
Tucked away in Mt. Airy Forest is a hidden gem that epitomizes everything to love about Cincinnati. Dubbed “Everybody’s Treehouse,” Mt. Airy Treehouse is as charming, unique and accessible as the Queen City herself, and is worth a visit with your family.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The National Museum of U.S. Air Force is the largest aviation museum in the world and one of Ohio’s most glorious hidden gems, and it makes for a perfect day trip from Cincinnati. The museum is divided into four massive buildings/hangers, each housing a different time period of the history of the Air Force, from WWI and WWII to the Cold War and even space travel.
The Purple People Bridge
The Purple People Bridge is a one-of-a-kind, pedestrian-only interstate connector that’s, of course, purple. At 2,670 feet long, a round-trip across this iconic Cincinnati bridge is roughly a mile, making it the perfect length for little kids.
Summit Park Observation Tower
Standing 150 feet tall, Summit Park’s Observation Tower is impossible to miss. It overlooks Summit Park’s expansive ‘Great Lawn’ and offers breathtaking views of Hamilton County.
Trammel Fossil Park
Trammel Fossil Park is located in an industrial area of Sharonville. From the road, this “park” looks like any other hilly, undeveloped area off the interstate. It’s 10 acres of rocky, rugged terrain, exposed to the elements – and totally rich with remnants from the past. Kids can dig for fossils and take home their finds!