17 Fun Family Things To Do In Cincinnati During A Staycation

If cabin fever has started to run rampant in your household it might be time for a change of scenery. There are plenty of fun family things to do in Cincinnati during a staycation.

Many feel that a vacation is needed to have an epic adventure. On the contrary, a staycation is often times the best way to share new memorable experiences.

Fun Family Things To Do In Cincinnati

As a family who travels quite frequently one of our favorite things to do is to be a tourist in our own city. Cincinnati is full of attractions for families looking for something different. We rounded up a few of our favorite offbeat Cincinnati Staycation ideas to inspire your next staycation.  This post contains affiliate links. 

Sonesta ES Suites in Blue Ash

Sonesta ES Suites Blue Ash

Sonesta ES Suites Blue Ash


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Fun Family Things To Do In Cincinnati Near Blue Ash, OH

After checking into our room at the Sonesta ES Suites we were within minutes to these great kid-friendly attractions in Cincinnati. Blue Ash is also home to tons of restaurants ranging from fast-food to great kid-friendly sit-down restaurants. A few of our local favorites are the Senate, Blue Ash Chili, and brunch at Parkers.

Run, Jump and Play

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Climb Time

Have older children that are looking for a unique activity. Head over to Climb Time for an adventure in bouldering. Test your strength, skill, and agility in a family event that is sure to be one for the books. Climb Time offers shoes and harness rentals. Visit one of their two locations in Blue Ash and Oakley.

Observation Tower at Summit Park

Summit Park in Blue Ash is home to playgrounds, a great NatureScape, and plenty of restaurants. The area continues to expand and grow with one of the newest additions being an Observation Tower. There is no charge to go up in the observation tower which hosts spectacular views. On clear days you can see as far as downtown! Festivals and concerts are held on the massive lawn so be sure to check the schedule to see what festivities are happening. During the winter months, they have an ice-skating rink.

Trammel Fossil Park

Trammel Fossil Park

Adventure Station at Sharon Woods

Sharon Woods is one of Hamilton County’s great parks. The park is home to scenic hiking trails, boating, picnic groves, and playgrounds. One special playground they offer is an indoor adventure station found near the heritage village. The two-story play structure is designed for kids 2-12 years old with several play areas throughout.   There is a small fee to play in addition to purchasing the yearly permit or daily pass to enter the park.

More Fun Family Things To Do In Cincinnati

Many families love to do a Cincinnati Day that involves a visit to one of Cincinnati’s top attractions such as the Cincinnati Zoo, Kings Island, and Union Terminal.  However, if you dig a little deeper there plenty of unique and fun family things to do in Cincinnati that might be surprising.

The Cincinnati Fire Museum

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Loveland Castle

Take your little knights and princesses to a real live castle! The Loveland Castle is nestled along the banks of the little Miami and is a great spot for a picnic. Roam the castle halls and learn more about its history but make sure to save time for exploring the gardens. We will likely be spending quite a few princess picnics here in years to come. Make a royal day of it with a visit to King Arthur Toy Store or pop in for a spot of tea at the Bonbonerie.

Watch The Planes At Lunken Airport

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Pump It Up

Located in West Chester Pump It Up is an activity center full of inflatables. Kids will go wild over these. Their open jump time allows families to bring in the kids to jump off that excess energy. Open jump times do vary so check their schedule before visiting.

Visit West Fork Park

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Cincinnati Food Tour

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Train Day

Plan a whole day around a few of your kid’s favorite things.  We have the ideal day in mind for that train fanatic in the family. Explore the past at the Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati. The museum is an outdoor experience in a railyard so come prepared for the elements. A train ride is always a way to take your adventure to a new level. The Lebanon railroad offers a variety of family-friendly themed rides throughout the year.  Other great train-worthy stops are Entertrainment Junction, Tower A at Union Terminal, and the Beringer-Crawford Museum. Consider making a day-trip to La Grange, Kentucky to watch the trains roll right down the middle of Main Street or head up to Dayton to visit Carillon Historical Park.

Discover The Arts Day

Metrobot in Cincinnati

Visit the Other Side Of Town

My local friends and I often joke about dusting off our passports to come to the West Side and them to the East Side. However, there are tons of great family-friendly activities on both sides that are often overlooked or disregarded as being too far away. Take a day to explore the West Side Market,  visit the treehouse in Mount Airy Forest, or discover the beauty of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.  Zip over to the Eastside for a hike at the Cincinnati Nature Center, step back into history at the Warbird Museum, or simply rent a bike and hop on the Loveland Bike Trail.

Downtown Streetcar Tour

We put together a great printable family streetcar tour to explore the downtown area. Discover just how kid-friendly Cincinnati is! These are just a few of our favorite stops along the streetcar route.

Cincinnati Family Streetcar Tour

Cincinnati Family Events

Cincinnati is known for its amazing festivals and events which are often fun for the whole family. Check to see what is going on locally during your Cincinnati staycation to add a few special events to your agenda. Citybeat, Cincy Parent and Hula Frog always have up-to-date happenings for families in Cincinnati.

Day Trips To Take During A Cincinnati Staycation

Looking to add a day trip into your Staycation?  There are plenty of great one tank day trips that will feel like you went on a vacation. Cincinnati is within two hours of these great cities that are packed of fun things to do with the family. If you are on the hunt for a great weekend getaway from Cincinnati head over to our Weekend Getaway Section to check out a few of our favorite adventures.


Wegerzyn Gardens

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A whole week in Columbus wouldn’t be enough to see all the great family-friendly attractions they have to offer. COSI, The Columbus Zoo, Legoland, the possibilities are endless.


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A whole week in Columbus wouldn’t be enough to see all the great family-friendly attractions they have to offer. COSI, The Columbus Zoo, Legoland, the possibilities are endless.


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6 thoughts on “17 Fun Family Things To Do In Cincinnati During A Staycation”

  1. I have always wanted to visit Cincinnati with our kids! I will bookmark this article to refer to once we decide to go. Thanks!!

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