The Cincinnati Zoo and More Family Fun

Nestled in Ohio's southern curve is the Cincinnati Zoo and other family-friendly attractions. Cincinnati, established in 1788, has become the midwestern reply to all vacation woes. Its diverse offerings and nineteenth-century charm allow it to forever please; and those wishing for more than the too-common summer days will find much to enjoy. BBOnline suggests indulging in the variety and creating memories worth sharing.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-1333
(513) 281-4700
http://www.cincinnatizoo.org

Journey from your Cincinnati Inn to one of the country's most beloved attractions. Established in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo was the second of its kind in the United States (surpassed only by the Philadelphia Zoo) and it remains a family favorite. Providing over 60 acres and 500 species to enjoy, it is centered within the heart of the city--a stark contrast to the stone and steel. But the lush landscapes are unmistakable and all will delight in exploring them. From the first reptile house in the country to the simulated plains of Africa to the forests of Japan, there is truly something for everyone. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. No reservations are needed.

Coney Island Park
6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45228
(513) 232-8230
http://www.coneyislandpark.com/

Escape the heat with a trip to Coney Island Park, where water and fun await. Though its beginnings are humble (it was founded in 1870 as an orchard), Coney Island quickly evolved into one of the city's most popular attractions. Offering 24 rides--including its famed coaster: the Pepsi Python--and an arcade atmosphere, the Park is a must-see for any family. Children will thrill with the Mining Town and EuroBungy Dome, while adults will find the live shows and Sunlite Pool relaxing. It's a perfect day for your perfect vacation. Coney Island is open for the April to October season. Guests should note the changing schedule: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. No reservations are needed.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3414
(513) 333-7765
http://www.freedomcenter.org

Discover history from your Cincinnati Bed and Breakfast. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a can't-miss attraction that charts the rise and fall of slavery within the United States. Built in 2004, it is one of the city's newest offerings but has still managed to become one of its most vital. With affecting exhibits (such as the restored Slave Pen, a tiny structure meant to house those who were to be sold at auction) and archival information, the Freedom Center is a family-must. It will both impress and humble. The Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Large groups are requested to purchase tickets in advance.

There are countless attractions to find within Ohio. The Cincinnati Zoo, Coney Island Park and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are but a sampling of them. BBOnline recommends experiencing the rest and enjoying your vacation.