Family Fun near Downtown Cincinnati

Cincinnati Family FunCincinnati family fun includes amusement parks, an aquarium, museums, sports events and more. The entire family will enjoy the wide range of activities the greater Cincinnati area offers.

Children and adults alike will want to visit King’s Island, an amusement park with multiple roller coasters including the 7400-foot Beast, the world’s longest wooden roller coaster. The largest amusement park in the Midwest, King’s Island features over 80 rides, live shows and a water park. Coney Island, another Cincinnati amusement park, offers additional family fun. Coney Island features Sunlite Pool, North America’s largest flat-surface pool, as well as classic rides, live shows, miniature golf and an arcade.

Animal lovers in the family will enjoy the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, home to animals from around the globe including rare white tigers and white lions. The Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky, offers more animal-related Cincinnati family fun. Aquarium exhibits include frogs, jellyfish, penguins, sharks and other aquatic life.

Family sports fans will enjoy a visit to Paul Brown Stadium where the Bengals football team plays. A short drive away from this stadium, sports fans will find The Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds. Florence Freedom, a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, plays in the nearby city of Florence in northern Kentucky.

Members of the family who enjoy culture will want to explore Cincinnati’s museums. The Cincinnati Museum Center, a former train terminal, contains three museums in one location. These museums include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum. Two additional area museums include the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum of Art, an art museum housed in a federalist era home built around 1820 and once owned by the half-brother of President William Howard Taft. History lovers will also want to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a museum devoted to the history of America's struggle for freedom from slavery.

Another family fun venue in Cincinnati is Krohn Conservatory. Located in Eden Park, the conservatory contains over 3500 different plants. Features like the beautiful butterfly garden and koi pond will delight all ages. For more family adventures, BB Riverboats offers scenic riverboat cruises along the Ohio River that provide a great view of the greater Cincinnati area. The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad offers yet another enchanting family activity with scenic train rides through southwestern Ohio. Themed rides for holidays, a murder mystery ride and a Civil War ride provide more options for Cincinnati family fun.