Staying at any of the Cincinnati inns means you're close to plenty of kid-friendly attractions. Nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, there are family-oriented attractions in the city, as well as across the river in Newport, Kentucky. The activities in both cities are close to numerous Cincinnati Bed and Breakfast locations. From amusement parks to museums there are plenty of things for families to do in "Queen City." BBOnline recommends spending at least a few days in the city, so that you can take on each attraction at a leisurely pace.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is nestled in the heart of the city close to numerous Cincinnati inns. The zoo is home to more than 4,000 mammal species, including: bears, primates, numerous cat species and Asian elephants. There are also birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates on display at the Cincinnati Zoo. The adjacent botanical gardens is filled with lush landscapes full of flowers, trees and shrubs. In addition to animals and plants there are a few rides that children may enjoy for an additional fee. The zoo has a carousel, a train ride and a 4D special FX theater. Th zoo is open every day, with the exception of Christmas, from the hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Kings Island Amusement Park
6300 Kings Island Dr
Mason, Ohio 45040
If your family is filled with thrill seekers, visiting Kings Island amusement park is a must. Scream until you lose your voice on rides like Invertigo, Flight of Fear and Firehawk. If roller coasters aren't your favorite thing, hop on the Xtreme Skyflyer where you'll experience the thrill of skydiving and hang gliding at the same time. If you have younger children, spend the day in the park's Planet Snoopy area. This area is filled with rides for younger guests. Drive pint-sized cars in the Peanuts 500 or battle it out on the kiddie bumper cars. Admission to Kings Island also includes admission to the adjacent Boomerang Bay water park.
Duke Energy Children's Museum
1301 Western Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
Open since 1998, the Duke Energy Children's Museum has exhibits that allow children to learn about themselves, as well as the world that surrounds them. The interactive exhibits provide kids with numerous areas to explore. The Woods section of the museum is a three-story structure that has rope bridges, hollow-log climbing structures, a horizontal climbing wall and an area where children can dig for fossils. Throughout the area there are clues posted so that children can go on a treasure hunt. In the Energy Zone kids learn how simple machine and small forces of energy can move a ball through different sections until it reaches its final destination. It's not uncommon for balls to come raining down in this area. The museum also includes Little Sprouts Farm, which was designed with toddlers in mind, and a kid's town.
1 Aquarium Way
Newport, KY 41071
Just across the Ohio River, in Newport, is the Newport Aquarium. A short drive from any of the numerous Cincinnati inns, the aquarium showcases thousands of animals that are housed in millions of gallons of water. When you walk through the aquarium, you'll find yourself surrounded by water. Portions of the aquarium are comprised of tunnels that put the water above you and on either side. Be surrounded by sharks, walk through a coral reef, watch gators swim beneath your feet and get a glimpse of penguins up-close. Before you leave, stop by the Frog Bog where you' find over 20 species of exotic frogs from all over the world.