Nicknamed the Queen City, Cincinnati is a mid-sized urban destination located in southwestern Ohio. As Cincinnati borders Kentucky and is just miles from Indiana, it is a convenient weekend destination for many who live in the Midwest. If you find yourself considering spending a few days in Cincinnati, here are some popular attractions to include.
Located north of the city, Kings Island is the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest. It is known for having some of the best roller coasters in the world, but there are plenty of other rides as well – from bumper cars to an old fashion carousel. Kings Island has a specific section of the park for young children, Planet Snoopy, and there are also daily live shows. Kings Island is also home to a complete water park, Soak City, where you can cool off on over 50 water activities and 30 water slides. You could easily spend a full day on the amusement park rides, and then another full day at Soak City, so consider purchasing the two-day ticket option in order to experience everything Kings Island has to offer.
Cincinnati Reds Game
The Cincinnati Reds were the first team in Major League Baseball, and attending a game is great way to enjoy downtown. Depending on which game you choose, ticket prices begin at as low as $5, and unless it is approaching playoff time, you can usually walk right up and find tickets available. Situated on the Ohio River, you are able to see paddleboats meander by as you watch the game. The Reds stadium, Great American Ball Park, is located in the newly developed Banks part of the city, where restaurant are plentiful. Check out the Moerlein Lauger House before or after a game for great atmosphere, food and local beer, then walk just a few steps to relax on the swings and take-in the view at Smale Riverfront Park.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo is consistently named one of the best zoos in the Unites States, and if you have the opportunity to visit, you will understand why. With over 500 animals and 3,000 plant species, it is also one of the largest zoo collections in the country. The Cincinnati Zoo has wide variety of animals to enjoy from the expected apes, lions and elephants to more unique offerings like Insect and Nocturnal houses. Exhibits are beautifully created, closely mimicking the animals’ natural habitats, and you can also enjoy scheduled animal encounters, or take break with a train ride around the zoo.