Affordable Adventures in Cincinnati for $5 or Less

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find affordable adventure. There are several budget-friendly adventures in Cincinnati that cost $5 or less.

Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory

There are over 3500 plant species on display from around the world at Krohn Conservatory. Located in Eden Park, the conservatory brings the beauty of the outdoors, indoors for guests to enjoy year-round.

Krohn Conservatory Collage

Admission is $4 for Adults, $2 ages 5-17, and free for kids under 5. *Holiday Shows have special pricing.

Carew Tower Observation Deck in Cincinnati

View the city from Carew Tower Observation Deck

Built-in 1930, Carew Tower boasts an iconic art deco design located in the heart of the city. The Observation Deck on the 49th floor provides an incredible 360-degree view of the city from the 2nd tallest building in Cincinnati.

Carew Tower Observation Deck Collage

Guests take the elevator up to the 45th floor and then can choose to ride another elevator that can only hold 4 people or go up 4 flights of stairs.

If you ride the elevator, you will still need to go up one more flight of stairs to get to the observation deck.

Admission for the Observation Deck is $4 ages 12 and up, $2 ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and under. Admission is cash only and small bills are appreciated.

There is a 5/3 ATM around the corner from the elevators if you need to get cash. There is also a gift shop at the top too in case you want to buy a souvenir.

Carol Anns Carousel

Ride Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Park

After a relaxing visit to Smale Riverfront Park, feel like a kid again on Carol Ann’s Carousel.  There are 44 Cincinnati themed characters and colorful murals on the carousel with a Cincinnati connection.

Carol Anns Carousel at Smale Park in Cincinnati

1 Ride = $2.00 per person and you can ride the carousel year-round inside a glass building that still allows you to enjoy the view of the Riverfront.

The carousel building is located next to Pichler Spraygrounds. I recommend visiting the spraygrounds after you ride because wet riders are not allowed on the carousel.

Cincinnati Art Museum

Explore Cincinnati Art Museum

Located in Eden Park, Cincinnati Art Museum showcases a diverse array of 67,000 pieces of artwork spanning over 6,000 years.

Each month the museum offers events and public tours that are geared toward specific interests and families of all ages.

Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati

If you are visiting with younger guests, make sure that you pick up a loaner “See Play Learn Kit” at the Visitor Services Desk.

The activity tote is designed to encourage creativity and learning as you visit the museum and allows kids to play, create, and connect, to the art they experience around them in an age-appropriate way.

There is no general admission or parking fee for the Cincinnati Art Museum thanks to generous donors. Special exhibits are an additional fee.

Anderson Ferry Kentucky side

Take a Ride on the Anderson Ferry

Dating back to 1817, Anderson Ferry is a registered National Landmark located in Hebron, Kentucky (less than 3 miles from the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport ) and crosses the Ohio River to the shores of Cincinnati.

Anderson Ferry to Ohio

The ferry can be a time saver for commuters or part of a relaxing drive for visitors or locals and has come a long way since it’s days of transporting carriages and horses.

A one-way fee for a car is $5 and the ferry is cash only.


Have you visited any of these attractions?

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