As a parent, you get the unique opportunity to rediscover your city all over again! Between the city’s new offerings and classic favorites, there is no shortage of fun to be had in the Queen City.
In fact, Cincinnati is full of “hidden gems” – and we love sharing our favorites!
Here are our top 10 Kid-Friendly Hidden Gems in Cincinnati:
Located on the top of a hill in Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout, at the end of a street full of classic, Victorian houses, the Cincinnati Observatory is iconic. Comprised of two buildings with immediately recognizable dome-shaped roofs, the Cincinnati Observatory isn’t just a place where Cincinnatians can learn about space — it’s a space for kids and adults to dream big and be inspired… and get a great history lesson, too.
Located on the banks of the Little Miami in Loveland, Cincinnati’s Loveland Castle (“Chateau Laroche”) is a true testament to the power of imagination. This authentic, full-scale castle was built brick by brick by Cincinnati native (Sir) Harry Andrews. He began construction in 1929 and spent the next 50 years working on his masterpiece, using stones from the Little Miami River and hand-molded bricks made of cement and quart milk cartons. The castle includes gardens, several towers, a dungeon and rooms full of medieval replicas and memorabilia.
8. Pyramid Hill
Pyramid Hill is a true hidden gem – it’s tucked away in Butler County off a rolling country road. But to be fair, nothing about Pyramid Hill is “hidden;” this outdoor sculpture museum is big and bold. A bright red sculpture stands at the entryway; and from there, the hills and valleys of Pyramid Hill’s 300 acres are covered with larger-than-life sculptures that demand to be seen (and admired).
The Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati is located in Latonia, Kentucky (a neighborhood in Covington) at the former Louisville and Nashville Railroad yard. The museum owns and maintains a collection of authentic trains and railroad equipment. These trains are magnificently large and stunning to look at — especially when you have three pint-sized kids walking near them. Inside the cars, you’ll find original seats, gears and even sinks, all very well-preserved and maintained. The museum asks for “donations” of $4/adult and $2 per child under 10.