Ultimate List of Experience Gift Ideas Around Cincinnati (150+ Ideas)

Are you looking for a special experience gift for family or friends?

It can be challenging when you are buying for the person who has everything or if you don’t want to add more clutter with a gift that may or may not be used.

When you purchase a fun experience gift around Cincinnati you are helping put dollars back in the community by supporting small businesses, local restaurants, attractions and museums.

Experience gifts are a great gift idea around the holiday season, special occasion, birthdays and/or mother’s or father’s day.

Eiffel Tower Kings Island

Experience Gift Ideas With Annual Passes

One of the best things about a family membership or annual pass is that its the gift that keeps on giving all year long! Consider one of these fun options:

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Experience Gift Ideas for the Sports Fan

Surprise that special someone with tickets to an upcoming game, match, or race.

Adventure Mom at Archery Arena in Cincinnati

Experience Gifts that are Fun With a Group

Class Axe Throwing

Ax Throwing Locations

Full Throttle Indoor Karting

Indoor Go Kart Locations



Classroom for Playground Escape Game

Experience Gift Ideas for Escape Room Lovers

The following are escape rooms around Cincinnati:

Experience Indoor Skydiving at iFLY Cincinnati

Experience Gifts to Cross Off Your Bucket List

brewery tunnels in Cincinnati Ohio

Experience Gifts for History Lovers

American Legacy Tours does a FANTASTIC job when it comes to making history interesting and FUN!

You can’t go wrong with any of the American Legacy tours ranging from historic, underground, food and drink, and haunted. I’ve taken several of their tours and I learn something new each time.

A few of my favorite American Legacy Tours are:

BB Riverboats

Experience Gift Ideas for Sightseeing Around Cincinnati

sample token for Cincinnati Food Tours at Findlay Market

Experience Gift Ideas for Foodies

I personally think that food tours are one of the BEST ways to see a city for both locals and tourists alike.

Learn more about the history of the area and great restaurants to visit during a food tour.

cooking class

Cooking Classes in Cincinnati

The following local businesses offer cooking classes:

sunset at Vinoklet Winery in Ohio

Experience Gift Tours for Craft Brew, Wine and Spirits

Learn more about the art of craft brewing, distilling or winemaking during one of these tours around Cincinnati.

wolf encounter in Brookville Indiana

Experience Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers

Cincinnati Art Museum

Experience Gift Ideas for Art Lovers

Regardless of your recipient’s skill level, consider gifting an annual membership or art class(es) at the following museums and centers:

Paint and Sip Class

Paint and Sip Classes Around Cincinnati

Spatter Paint Experiences Around Cincinnati

American Sign Museum in Cincinnati Ohio

Museums with an Admission Fee

The Candle Lab

Experience Gift Ideas for Crafters/ Makers

The following are some of the best places to connect with local artists and make something of your very own.

Where You Can Make a Custom Candle or Soap Around Cincinnati

Where You Can Make Jewelry or Something With Glass in Cincinnati

Where You Can Make Pottery or Paint Your Own Pottery Around Cincinnati

 Two Little Buds Hamilton Ohio

Floral Workshops Around Cincinnati

PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation

Experience Gift Ideas for Concert Lovers

Whether its general admission tickets or front row seats, tickets to a concert are the perfect gift for the music lover in your life. Give them something to look forward to with tickets to see their favorite artist or band.

Check out the upcoming shows and live music coming to the following venues:

Dear Evan Hanson Playbill

Experience Gifts for Live Performance Lovers

A live performance is a great experience gift for anyone for appreciates the theatre. If you are looking for an additional gift to go with the tickets, you may want to consider a gift card to your favorite restaurant near the venue.

Check out upcoming live performances and special events at the following venues in Cincinnati:

Get Air Indoor Trampoline Park

Experience Gift Ideas for Active Kids/ Teens

The following trampoline parks are a great way to burn off some energy:

Indoor Multi-Activity Attractions

Indoor Playgrounds

Obstacle Course

rock climbing at Silverlake Active Entertainment Center

Indoor Rock Climbing

outdoor pool at Silverlake the Family Place

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons can be a great gifts for all ages and skill levels.

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Experience Gift Ideas for Movie Lovers

Consider a gift card for the following movie theaters around Cincinnati:

Tips For An Awesome Drive-In Movie Experience

Drive-in Movie Theatres

Use this drive-in movie checklist before you go.

Bumper Cars on the Ice and Ice Skating at Fountain Square

Ice Skating Experience Gift Ideas

You can give the gift of ice skating year-round between all these options around Cincinnati.



Illuminated Igloo at AC Hotel Upper Deck in Cincinnati Ohio


Adventures in a Treehouse Rental from EarthJoy Tree Adventures

Unique Overnight Stays Around Cincinnati

Give the recipient something to look forward to with a unique overnight stay in the great outdoors.

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Websites With Additional Savings for Cincinnati Experiences

Watch My Segment with John Matareese

You can see clips of me indoor skydiving at iFly.

Ultimate Experience Gift Prize Pack Giveaway

Enter to Win the Ultimate Cincinnati Experience Gift Prize Pack!

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You can enter to win the following Cincinnati Experience Gifts from the amazing businesses listed below:

  • $50 Gift Card to Cincinnati Food Tours
  • 1 night stay in a treehouse with EarthJoy Tree Adventures ( good for a 1 night stay Sunday – Thursday OR 1 night during a winter weekend December – February
  • 4 Admission Tickets to Kirkwood Adventure Park (To be used in 2023)
  • A family membership for 2023 to the Taft Museum of Art and a collection highlights book
  • $25 Gift Card to Fowling Warehouse Cincinnati
  • Birthday Party for 12 Players at Archery Arena
Ultimate List of Experience Gift Ideas Around Cincinnati

66 thoughts on “Ultimate List of Experience Gift Ideas Around Cincinnati (150+ Ideas)”

  1. What a great and comprehensive list! I’ve used it a number of times from trips with my daughter to son’s birthday. You are the most fun Nedra!

  2. What an incredible list! Thank you for the effort put in to create this! I will definitely refer to this a lot in the future! You’re the best!

  3. Love all the ideas for experiences! This list helped me with Christmas ideas for our young adult children! Thank you Nedra!

  4. Wow!!! That was definitely a one stop shop!!!! Information for many things people want all in one place! Great job!!!

  5. Thank you once again, Nedra, for a wonderful giveaway. This would be wonderful for our older grandchildren!

  6. We travel from Columbus to Cincinnati at least once a year because there is SO much to do there – and your suggestions are invaluable as I plan our trips. A stay in the Treehouse would be the ultimate adventure for my son.

  7. What an incredible list of gift ideas! Makes me want to plan a long visit to the area. I’m definitely a go for the tree house overnight.

  8. You have given me a lot of information about things to do in Cincinnati. These are some great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I love your amazing adventures! Thanks for the opportunity to win some amazing adventures as well. Merry Christmas!

  10. This list is amazing!! Can’t imagine how much time that took!? And this prize package is incredible! Someone is going to be very lucky!

  11. I love getting ideas from you on fun things to do! I get inspired from reading about your adventures. Would love to win and experience these adventures with my family!

  12. So many fun ideas in one list and there are so many I never knew about. Shared with my sister who is coming into town next week, as she wanted to go ice skating and I didnt know of all the places available. Our family would love to win the giveaway to experience Cincinnati and make lasting memories.

  13. This is an awesome list! Could have used this yesterday when my brother and sister-in-law asked me what experience they can buy gift cards for my girls. This is such a complete list, so many of these I had forgotten about. Plus, this is an awesome giveaway package. Wow! Merry Christmas!

  14. I love this post! There are so many great ideas for not only gift giving ideas but just things to do in general. Thank you for posting this and sharing this info!!

  15. This is a amazing list of local stuff to do with my family! Thank you! My boys would love to do so many things on this list! Thank you for the giveaway and chance to try a few of them!

  16. Totally book marking this list to refer back to throughout the year. Had no idea Del Gardo’s had cannoli making classes! Love it!

  17. This is an awesome list of experience gifts. I will definitely save this list for gift ideas throughout the year. It’s so easy to get caught it up buying friends and family more stuff. More toys, more clothes, more home decor, more electronics. This list and your prize pack can provide more quality time with the ones you love enjoying this amazing city.

  18. I have lived here my whole life and not heard of some of these things! Definitely going to make a 2022 bucket list with my kids using some of these ideas! Thank you!

  19. Love this information! Great ideas for my “experience” gift for my husband. Would love to win the giveaway! Been in Cincinnati 4 years now and am loving it. So many cool things to do.

  20. I’ve lived here my whole life and have only done maybe a handful of these. I’d love to win the giveaway so I can try some of these amazing things.

  21. Hi Nendra,

    I didn’t know about the experience gift before reading your post. So, thank you so much for familiarizing me with the term. I was looking for a gift for someone close to me, and after reading your article I have so many great ideas. I wasn’t aware of the things you could do in Cincinnati, your post really helped me plan an amazing adventure gift. Thank you for taking the time in putting this together. Hope to steal more gift ideas from you in future.

  22. That’s great to hear Melanie! Hope you found some great experience gift ideas for friends and family.

  23. LOVE this article and I am a avid reader of everything you post on here. I appreciate all the insight on local venues.

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