; Skip to Content

Guide To Cincinnati With Kids

Sitting along the scenic Ohio River is a lively city that boasts big fun for families looking for adventure – Cincinnati. This city in Ohio is quickly rising as a popular family-friendly destination and it is easy to see why. From a thrilling amusement park, interactive museums to a celebrity hippo, Cincinnati has the perfect itinerary in store for your family. Keep reading for local’s guide to Cincinnati with kids.

Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River - A must-see view in Cincinnati, Ohio
Photo courtesy Stephanie Taleghani

Where to stay in Cincinnati

For the family that loves adventure a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge located near the Midwest’s biggest theme park, Kings Island, is a must. Plan your next family getaway now at Great Wolf Lodge. Save up to 25% on your stay of two nights or more with Promo Code WOLF2019.

Another great family option is the 21 C Hotel located in downtown Cincinnati. There are plenty of budget-friendly accommodations throughout the Cincinnati area such as Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn.

Good restaurants for kids in Cincinnati

Any good Cincinnati explorer knows that a stop at Skyline Chili is mandatory. Sampling the famous “Cincinnati Style Chili” should be on every Cincinnati Bucket List. Pair that with a scoop of ice cream from Graeter’s and a fresh donut from Holtman’s. Other notable spots for families to grab a bite to eat at out is the Eagle in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine (OTR) District, The Senate, and Taste of Belgium.

Things to do with kids in Cincinnati

Things to do in Cincinnati with kids - A view of Music Hall taken at Washington Park

A Cincinnati Reds’ baseball game is a great way to kick off your visit to the Queen City. As home to the first professional baseball team, don’t miss out on seeing how Cincinnati does baseball.

A great way to see Cincinnati is via streetcar. The streetcar route stops along downtown Cincinnati’s most iconic landmarks, foodie scenes, and trendy boutiques. Developing your own streetcar itinerary is the perfect way to spend a day in Cincinnati.  

Take in great views of the city from the top of Carew tower or discover intriguing art at the Unmuseum located in the Contemporary Art Center (it’s an interactive space for kids in the museum).

Things to do with kids in Cincinnati - Find the foot piano at Smale Riverfront Park
Photo courtesy Stephanie Taleghani

A visit to Smale Riverfront Park offers sweeping views of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River. Families will fall in love with multiple playgrounds and splash areas. Don’t miss the foot piano!

No trip to Cincinnati would be complete without a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo, voted Best Zoo In The Nation for 2019. Feed the giraffes, visit Fiona the hippo and hop on the train to get a taste of what the Cincinnati Zoo has to offer.

Guide to Cincinnati with kids - A mural of Fiona, the famous hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Mural by Joshua Stout. Photo courtesy Stephanie Taleghani

This is just the beginning of all there is to discover in Cincinnati. Come participate in the chicken dance at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati or be inspired at the National Underground Freedom Center.

Like off-the-beaten-path places? Check out Consistently Curious’ guide to unique things to do in Cincinnati or buy the book “Secret Cincinnati: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful & Obscure.”

About the guest blogger

This post was written by Stephanie, the voice behind Consistently Curious. Stephanie says hers is an inquisitive family seeking to discover, create and inspire unique adventures and experiences. “Our mission is to motivate families to collect moments and not things. We enjoy exploring our hometown of Cincinnati, finding unique travel destinations and discovering roads less traveled.”

A local's guide to Cincinnati with kids - Helpful suggestions on things to do in Cincinnati, including parks to visit and must-see museums. Post also includes recommended Cincinnati restaurants and hotels for families! #FamilyTravel #Cincinnati #Ohio #Guide

Want to find more things to do in Ohio?

Ohio is a state I have yet to explore, though there are places within the state that have been included on several lists on Oh My! Omaha. Travel bloggers have found a lot to love in Ohio! Here are a few lists that Ohio restaurants and attractions have been included in:

Where To Find The Midwest’s Best Donuts

Beautiful State Parks To Visit In 2019

Best Small Town Coffee Shops In The Midwest

Midwest Restaurants With Memorable Breakfast

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Great timing on this post! We're going on a vacation to Ohio this summer.


Wednesday 19th of June 2019

Good! What are your plans there?

Joshua Stout

Monday 17th of June 2019

Hey Kim,

Great article. Is there anyway I can be credited for my Fiona artwork under the picture?



Monday 17th of June 2019

I'd be happy too. Thanks for pointing that out.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.