Guys, it’s July 23. We are nearing summer’s midpoint, which can only mean two things:
- “Back to School” craziness is starting (boo!), and
- You only have 6 (or so) weeks left to tackle your Summer Bucket List!
I posted this list back in May, and am reposting it today to remind you of all the fun things you can do this summer in Cincinnati!
So how do we fare? I’ll share our progress:
All Summer Long
Go to a Reds game at Great American Ballpark– (Family Fun Day!) Fly a kite– Summit Park for the win! Visit asplash park – #summerofsplashparks going strong! Have an ice cream cone fromGraeter’s – we did for National Ice Cream Day!
- See a movie at Washington Park
RideCarol Ann’s Carousel – Mary is obsessed!
- Ride the Ducks!
- Walk across the Purple People Bridge
- Go to Party in the Park
Attend a church festival– St. Gertrude’s was a blast!
- Ride a roller coaster at Kings Island
Rent a pedal boat at Sharon Woods Harbor– this was a hit!
- Walk across the “shark bridge” at the Newport Aquarium
Have a day at the Cincinnati Zoo– always
- Take a road trip to the Great Serpent Mound to explore
Go to Lunken Playfield and watch the planes– fun! Attend an outdoor concert– Blissed Union of Souls at Bastille Day!
- Cool off at The Beach Waterpark
Go to a farmer’s market– we have made Summit Park’s Wednesday market a weekly thing!
- Invent a toy at Happen, Inc.’s Toy Lab
- Get creative at a local art studio
- Cuddle up with a book at blue manatee
Ride a tire swing– thanks, Swaim Park. Have an outdoor picnic– today, in fact, at Ault Park Pavilion!
- Spent an afternoon at the Cincinnati Nature Center
Touch a truck!– we have been to three so far! Let the kids look at toys at King Arthur’s Court– yes, and Julian already has a Christmas list going…
- Spend a day at Devou Park and the Behringer-Crawford Museum
- See what 3rd Sunday Funday is all about at the Taft Museum of Art
- Check out the Cincinnati Art Museum — it’s always free!
Take the kids to see the trains at Union Terminal’s Tower A– Yes — and we went to the Science of Sports while we were there!
- See a movie at the OMNIMAX Theatre
- See a free kids movie at the Mariemont, Kenwood or Esquire Theatre
- Do a 5K as a family
- Go bowling for free!
Create a sidewalk chalk mural– this is a every-afternoon thing…
- Volunteer at a local non-profit for a day
- Camp out in your backyard!
- Join your library’s summer reading program
- Spend an afternoon at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Children’s Learning Center
- Take your firetruck loving kiddos to the Cincinnati Fire Museum
- Star gaze at the Cincinnati Observatory
- Have lunch at Park + Vine for Meatless Monday
- Enjoy a pancake brunch at the Original Pancake House in Montgomery
Buy Reds hats for the family!– we sported them for All Star week! Beat the rainy day blahs at Pogo Play– last week, in fact (blog to come!)
- Climb like a monkey at the Mt. Airy Treehouse
Go to a U-Pick farm and pick your own summer produce– mmm, blueberries!
- Catch fireflies with your kids
- Play with puppies at the Otto M. Armleder dog park
Enjoy a streetpop on a hot day– streetpop is at Summit Park’s Farmers Market!
- Head to Dayton for a Dragons game
Play a game of HORSE with your family
- Rent bikes to ride around Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove
- Score some back-to-school deals at the Gap outlet in Hebron, Kentucky
Spend a Saturday morning at Findlay Market– Daddy took the kids last week for Blue Oven bread.
- Take a Queen City Underground tour
- Peruse the American Sign Museum
- Take a segue tour of Downtown
- Enjoy an afternoon of jumping, rolling and bouncing at Sky Zone.
Visit the Loveland Castle– yes, and we saw a knighting ceremony, too! Review to come.
- See Ulysses S. Grant’s birthplace in Point Pleasant, Ohio
Picnic at Lytle Park by Abraham Lincoln– we love that statue!
- Buy a box of opera creams at Schneider’s Sweet Shop in Bellevue, Kentucky
- Take a free yoga class at Summit Park
- Get your flea market on at the City Flea – we are doing this on Saturday!! Mark your calendar!
- Enjoy an afternoon of free family fun at Washington Park’s “Curiosity Saturday”
- Bike, walk or run on the Loveland Bike Trail
- Rent a canoe to take on the Little Miami River
- Eat dinner at the Schoolhouse Restaurant, a historic gem in Historic Camp Dennison
- See Shakespeare for free all summer long
- Enjoy an outdoor opera performance by the Cincinnati Opera — for free!
- Catch a free community concert by the Cincinnati Pops
- Play a round of disc golf at one of Cincinnati’s parks
- Partake in a game of cornhole
- Be amazed by the Big Bugs at Highfield Discovery Garden
- Take a day trip or weekend getaway to Hueston Woods State Park
- Study fossils at Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville
- Spend an afternoon taking in the outdoor masterpieces at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
- Get a hot, fresh bagel from Marx Bagels
- Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
- Take a tour of the Rumpke Recycling Center
- Take a tour of Cincinnati’s City Hall
- See some classic cars at the Milford Cruise-In Car Show
- Go to the top of Carew Tower to take in breathtaking views of Cincinnati
- Go to the Root Beer Stand in Sharonville
- Enjoy $1 movie at Regal Cinemas
Get a family photo taken– in front of Cincinnatus, to boot!
- Go to Gorman Heritage Farm to take a tour and see the animals
Mark Your Calendars
- Friday, May 29 – Sunday May 31: Go to Summerfair at Coney Island
Saturday, May 30 – Friday, June 5: Go to the Cincinnati Public Library’s Used Book Sale on Fountain Square– we went twice!
- Thursday, June 18 – Saturday, June 20: Check out Paddlefest, the country’s largest paddling event!
- Saturday, June 27 – Friday, July 31: Celebrate Christmas in July at EnterTRAINment Junction
- Saturday, July 4: Celebrate the 4th of July at Red, White and Blue Ash — and enjoy a concert by the Doobie Brothers while you’re there!
- Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12: Travel back in time to the Civil War at Heritage Village‘s Civil War Weekend
- Tuesday, July 14: Watch the All-Star Game at a sports bar (or, better yet, Great American Ballpark!)
- Wednesday, July 29 – Sunday, August 9: Take a road trip to Columbus for the Ohio State Fair!
- Saturday, August 15: Attend the Cardboard Boat Regatta in New Richmond (August 15)
- Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16: Dress up and head to the Cincinnati Museum Center for 1940s Weekend
- Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 23: Watch a match of tennis at the Western & Southern Open
How many have you done?
We’re up to 27. A respectable number — but we can do better!
So if you’ve hit a “summer slump” in terms of stuff to do, hit up this list! With six weeks left, that’s a lot of afternoons to explore our awesome city.