Staycation Ideas in Cincinnati

Staycation Ideas in Cincinnati

Cincinnati has A LOT to offer for a staycation.  Our city has a great variety of activities that  appeal to all ages. I’m still finding new things to do here all the time.

Here are a few of my favorite suggestions.

Take a Tour 

segway tour

Our city has something for every interest level from art to beer, to history and adventure. I have a whole section dedicated to Cincy/Nky tours on my site to give you ideas.

Go to a Reds Baseball Game

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame

You can learn the history of the Reds at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum  or on a Ballpark Tour.

Enjoy the beautiful Riverfront parks system

Sawyer Point

Sawyer Point Cincinnati

Sawyer Point is always great for family fun. On the Riverfront the much anticipated Banks Project is mostly complete and offers walking paths, play areas and fountains, along with these peaceful swings. With two playgrounds, tons of grassy areas to play on and bikes available for rent.

You can also walk across the Purple People Pedestrian Bridge into northern Kentucky.

Smale Park  


Smale Riverfront Park keeps getting better. Kids can play in the fountains day or night and there is a giant keyboard that you can play with your feet. Find out more here. 

Enjoy a free event at Washington Park

washington-park 2

We have so many great parks downtown that give you great views of the city.

One of my absolute favorite places in Cincinnati is Washington Park.  There is a parking garage underneath the park and our family has never had any problems during multiple visits all year round. There is also a great community element there with special events like live music, Easter Egg hunts, City Flea (Urban Flea market), yoga and movie nights.


My kids LOVE going to the playground and when the temperatures heat up, they have a blast running through the fountains.  The park is well lit and we have felt safe at all hours during visits.

washington park fountains 2

Visit a Museum

Cincinnati Museum Center

The Cincinnati Museum Center has three museums under one roof. The art deco inside is also incredible!

Cincinnati Museum Center Union Terminal Rotunda Tour

FREE Union Terminal Rotunda Tours at Cincinnati Museum Center

You can learn about the history of the museum center and go to areas of the museum that are not open to the general public. You will also learn about what Union Terminal was like when train was a huge part of transportation on this tour that lasts 45 minutes.

Enjoy great food downtown


Your dining options are getting harder because there are soooo many good restaurants to eat at.

Eli’s BBQ

This is another CASH only venue but sooo worth it. I highly recommend the jalepeno grits and their bbq is amazing! The prices are very reasonable with dining inside or outside.

A few of our other favorites are The Eagle, Palomino, Bakersfield, Senate and Taste of Belgium. When in doubt stick with Vine st. and you will find multiple dining options for everyone’s palet.

While you are downtown, you can check out Arnold’s which is the oldest bar in Cincinnati that dates pre Civil war.

While you’re at Washington Park , you can stop by Venice on Vine for affordable pizza by the slice for a great cause.

Venice on Vine

Findlay Market Tour

findlay market

Findlay Market is also nearby and has so much history and variety to check out. Sample foods from varies vendors and learn the history of our city’s longest running public market. You can even take a Taste of the World Food Tour that gives you samples and the story behind the vendors.

Discover beautiful architecture downtown

Our city has one of the largest collections of Italianate style homes still in existence.

Cincinnati architecture

Cincinnati Architecture2

Cincinnati Architecture3

Visit Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

Springgrove Cemetary

I realize that a cemetery walk can sound morbid but Spring Grove Cemetery offers historic tours and the grounds are absolutely gorgeous!

Take a unique fitness class

Surf Set Cover

Did you know that you can surf in the midwest? At least you can imagine you are during a Surf Set fitness class.


Trapeze on your list? You can learn to fly with the Cincinnati Circus Company.

Visit some of your favorite animals at the Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati zoo2

The Cincinnati Zoo has a great variety of animals and Botanical Gardens which makes for amazing pictures.

Cincinnati zoo

Discover AMAZING art everywhere!

From the art museums to the sides of buildings, there is so much to uncover around every corner.  I love walking around downtown and taking pictures of all of the street art. Artists from around the world have beautified our city.


Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, 21C Hotel and Taft Museum host incredible art within a close proximity and the street murals rival many of the works indoors.

art mural

Taft Museum of Art

Free on Sundays! Ask for a guide that will show you popular paintings to look for in the museum.

Taft Museum of Art

Cincinnati Art Museum

This free museum has an incredible collection of art that spans the centuries. You can find pieces that range from ancient times to modern art. There are even areas where kids can try hands on activities.

Cincinnati Art Museum

Take a walk around Mirror Lake at Eden Park

There are walking trails and you can also visit the nearby Krohn Conservatory. Eden Park is home to a beautiful park, Cincinnati Art Museum which is FREE and Krohn Conservatory.

eden park

Learn about plants and flowers from around the world at Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory

Enjoy extreme fun at King Island Amusement Park 

Kings Island

Our family loves going to Kings Island. You also get two parks in one which the waterpark that’s included with your admission.


Discover fossils at Trammel Fossil Park

You can dig for fossils at this free park. Bring an old paint brush and a bucket and see what you can unearth.

A mini road trip up to Trammel Fossil Park and the Root Beer Stand near Sharon Woods is also a unique treat. Bring a few old paint brushes and try to uncover some fossils and reward the excavation with a root beer float. Sharon Woods also has so much to do and enjoy with a beautiful natural setting.

 Cincinnati Staycation Trammel Fossil Park

Marimont Bell Tower Tour

This tour takes you up inside the bell tower. You will learn about it’s history and take in a beautiful perspective of the city.

Cincinnati Staycation Marimont Bell Tower Tour

Try Lawn Bowling at Hamilton County Park

This is the only place that you can try this sport within a 150 mile radius. The first two times you try lawn bowling are free and it will remind you of a combo of bocce ball and bowling.

Lawn Bowling

Go down the slide at Burnet Woods

Enjoy lots of outdoor activities with hiking trails and this awesome slide built into the side of a staircase!

Burnet Woods slide

Learn about a former president at the William H. Taft Museum

You can learn about the interesting history of William Howard Taft at this National Historic Site.

William H. Taft MuseumPeople watch at Fountain Square

fountain square

This area in the heart of downtown offers lots of activities from free concerts to movie nights on the giant big screen. Salsa on the square in the summer is a fun event not to miss!

Fountain Square

Take in a birds eye view from the Carew Tower Observation Deck

$2 for Adults and $1 for kids for an amazing view of the city.


Enjoy a root beer float at The Root Beer Stand

This is a great stop that is located close to Trammel Fossil Park and Sharon Woods. You can get an incredible root beer float or order other classic diner items off the menu. This is a CASH only establishment so swing by the ATM before you go.

The Root Beer Stand

Explore Loveland Castle

Discover one man’s labor of love as you explore the castle he built by hand.

Loveland Castle

I hope these ideas have helped you find adventures that you can enjoy without spending a lot. You can find more ideas from this list of great bloggers from across the country.

A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida —
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That


  1. says

    Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas! I’ve always wanted to Segway… and the surf exercise class is crazy cool! 🙂 Have a FUN summer!


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