Before I begin, let me just say that I am not a Cincinnati native, nor had I ever visited Cincinnati before living here.
My southern (New Orleans, to be exact) roots were quite afraid to be uprooted and planted in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband. Never having even been above the Mason Dixon line, I had no idea what to expect. Fun fact about me: As a little 7 year old girl, I use to love the movie Babes In Toyland and the main characters were from Cincinnati, and they sing a cute little song about the city, so I would walk around and sing about Cincinnati long (22 years) before I even lived here. Funny how life works out, right?
However, after 5 years of living here, it has now become one of my top favorite cities, due to it’s wonderful attractions and kid-friendly activities, making it one of the best places to raise a family!
Kid-Friendly Things To Do In Cincinnati, Ohio
1. Visit Kings Island, with over 100 rides, including the world’s longest inverted roller coaster
2. Sleep in a wolf den at Great Wolf Lodge and enjoy the big indoor waterpark
3. Take em’ out to the Cincinnati Reds baseball game
4. Go canoeing on the Little Miami River
5. Do you dare to walk across the shark bridge at the Newport Aquarium?
6. Featuring the world’s largest recirculating pool, Coney Island has a full day of fun for the entire family
7. Feed a giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo’s African exhibit
8. Imagine you are walking through Madagascar at the Krohn Conservatory butterfly exhibit
9. Visit the world’s oldest telescope inside the Cincinnati Observatory
10. With one of the finest collections of materials among public libraries in the U.S., the Cincinnati Public Library attracts more than one million users annually.
11. Cincinnati’s Children’s Museum is consistently ranked as a top 10 children’s museum in the U.S.
12. EnterTRAINment Junction offers the largest indoor train display
13. Stroll across the Roebling Suspension Bridge, across the Ohio River, and when you get to the other side, you’ll be in Kentucky
14. Located on 45-acres along Cincinnati’s downtown riverfront, Smale Park features splash grounds and water play areas, playground, picnic area, and Carol Ann’s Carousel
15. Splash Cincinnati is a 50,000 square foot indoor waterpark, even featuring palm trees
16. The Creation Museum presents a walk through biblical history in a state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot museum
17. Go for non-stop action and fun at a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game
18. Opened in 1886, the Cincinnati Art Museum has over 67,000 works
19. In 1853, Cincinnati established the first paid professional fire department in the United States. Cincinnati Fire Museum celebrates the history of firefighting
20. Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished spots, featuring 19th century architecture.
BONUS: Cincinnati has an incredible collection of ice cream shops, so if you’re up for a challenge, go on the Cincinnati Ice Cream Scavenger Hunt
Erica Leggiero, blogger at eLeMeNO-P Kids, is a preschool teacher in Cincinnati, and enjoys spending time hanging out with her best 3 and 4-year old friends. You can also find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!