Top 10 Cincinnati Attractions Not To Miss!

Cincinnati AttractionsCincinnati attractions are centered on family fun whether you are history buffs; love sports or just want some quality family time at one of the many Ohio amusement parks. When in the great city of Cincinnati, there are so many things you won’t want to miss. Here are 10:

1. The Cincinnati Zoo is a perfect place to unwind with the family. Set on 70 acres, this second largest zoo in the country is a National Historic Landmark and boasts over 500 animals and 3000 plants in the adjoining botanical gardens.

2. The Cincinnati Observatory sits atop Mount Lookout, and consists of two buildings for tours, programs and star gazing. It is the oldest professional observatory in the country and well worth a look.

3. One of the largest Cincinnati attractions is the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Once a bustling hub for transportation, the space now houses the Cincinnati History Museum, The Museum of Natural History and Science and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum as well as theaters and a library.

4. The Cincinnati Aquarium is actually located just across the Ohio River in Newport KY. Worth the short drive, this aquarium lets you get up close and personal with sharks and rays with their underwater tunnels, have a great jellyfish exhibit and who can resist penguin palooza?

5. Cincinnati museums are plentiful, like the American Sign Museum where signs of all kinds from 1870-1970 are on display. Wooden signs, metal signs, neon signs, gold leaf signs, hand carved signs, you name it, they probably have it in this interesting walk back through time.

6. Coney Island is a great family spot to spend the day. Take to the rides or take to the water park—or both! Admission to the park is free and you pay for what you want to do– take a picnic, or eat there– it is a reasonably priced fun day for all.

7. For history buffs, you won’t want to miss this most interesting of Cincinnati attractions, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. On the US Register of Historic Places, this house is full of the history of the author, Lane Seminary, abolitionists, the Underground Railway and African Americans.

8. Of all the places to visit in Ohio, the Roebling Suspension Bridge just may offer the best views of the city as you walk along its span. You can walk over to Covington, KY, it is free and best of all it has murals depicting the history of the site and the bridge itself along the way.

9. Hot Cincinnati attractions include the Cincinnati Fire Museum, housed as you’d expect in an old fire house. Learn about the history of firefighting and check out how the equipment has changed throughout the years.

10. Whether you are an avid Red’s fan or not, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to visit. Their history, baseball exhibits and a great interactive kid’s area make this a must-do in the city.

For more great Cincinnati attractions, check out an Ohio travel guide and see how many more amazing activities you can squeeze into your next Cincinnati vacation.