Summer is a great time to get outdoors with your family and we are lucky to have so many fun-filled spots around Cincinnati where everyone can experience a little adventure. You don’t have to go far to enjoy activities like kayaking, zip lining or camping, and we have a great roundup of places near town if you’re looking for suggestions.
Check out our Guide to The Best Outdoor Adventures In Cincinnati – choose one or try and tackle them all and get ready to make some amazing, adventurous, family memories!
Land of Illusion Aqua Adventures (pictured)
Land of Illusion is known as a scary haunted attraction in the fall, but new this year is Aqua Adventures. If your children are 43” or taller, then all of you can try the floating inflatable course that sits right on the water. The property also offers paddle boarding, games, food, and other entertainment for a day filled with outdoor fun. Learn all about the brand new Aqua Adventures on its website here.
For another opportunity to get your family out onto the water, check out Fifty West Canoe & Kayak. Children six and older can enjoy the tubes and kayaks, and those 4 years old and at least 40 lbs. can ride with two adults in a canoe. There are a number of float options available and perhaps the best part is the brewery and pizza available when you get off the river. For more information on Fifty West, visit its website here.
If your kids are ten years old or older and you want to show them a thrilling time, then check out Ozone Zipline Canopy Tour in Warren County. The tour is a part of the YMCA’s Camp Kern, but anyone can make reservations and they are open 7 days a week, year round. As the Midwest’s largest zip line canopy tour, there are several tour options for your family to fly high this summer. For more information, visit Ozone’s website here.
Morgan’s actually has three nearby locations, two on the Little Miami River and one in Brookville on the Whitewater River. Of course canoes are the highlight of the rentals available at Morgan’s, but your family can also try out kayaks, rafts, or a number of their special events. Children three years and older can ride in the canoes, so this is likely a family-friendly adventure everyone can enjoy. Learn more about Morgan’s on their website here.
Camping with Great Parks of Hamilton County
Did you know that Hamilton County’s impressive park system also offers some great campgrounds? Choose from primitive tent camping all the way to a stay in a cabin, perfect for an adventurous family getaway. And the best part is that you can enjoy all the parks have to offer from hiking trails, to boat rentals, splash parks, and more. For more on the campgrounds at Great Parks of Hamilton County, visit its website here.
The Cincinnati Nature Center is a natural, outdoor playground that is filled with family-friendly adventure. There are several hiking trails that the entire family can enjoy and a fenced-in area that is pure, outdoor fun, especially in the summer time. Splash in a creek, get muddy, and get creative in nature at this favorite Cincinnati destination. Learn all about the Cincinnati Nature Center on its website here.