Top 6 Fun Things To Do In Cincinnati

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People try to get out of The Escape Game Cincinnati.
People try to get out of The Escape Game Cincinnati. [Provided]

The Escape Game

The Escape Game is 60 minutes of fun and adrenaline. Any game you choose will be an epic adventure that gives you the chance to solve clues and complete one of their unique mission options: break out of prison, find a stash of gold before the mob finds you, recover a priceless painting that has been stolen, or even stop an impending attack.

Every successful escape requires teamwork, communication, wits, and a sense of adventure. Your totally immersive experience will also involve impressive scenery and technology, as each game is built from scratch by The Escape Game’s expert team of designers, architects, and engineers.

The gameplay is epic! Expect twists and turns that make you feel more like you’re in your favorite action movie than escaping a room. This attraction is located in the heart of The Banks and is a must-do in Cincinnati. Reservations are recommended, and you can find chat support at TheEscapeGame.com/Cincinnati.

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Newport Aquarium

Home to thousands of animals in a million gallons of water, the Newport Aquarium showcases amazing creatures from around the world.

The attraction in Newport Kentucky, just a few minutes from downtown Cincinnati, has many interactive exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. Walk through one of their tunnels under thousands of gallons of water to see exotic fish up close or be surrounded by sharks!

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, walk just inches above more than a dozen sharks as you cross the 75-foot rope bridge above the shark tank. Or explore the mysterious world of the Giant Pacific Octopus and the other fascinating creatures who live along the Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean.

Whatever you choose to do, the entire family can enjoy so many immersive aquatic experiences, all without getting wet!

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A look inside the American Sign Museum
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American Sign Museum

Covering 20,000 square feet, the American Sign Museum is the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the United States.

Home to everything from neon bar signs to movie posters, this museum is full of displays that you can’t see anywhere else.

Take a walk through history as you witness the signs and sign technologies of the past 100 years. You can also experience the Signs on Main Street exhibit, full of signs and sign paraphernalia that you would expect to see in any stereotypical small town.

Enjoy a guided tour to hear more about the history of the signs on display, or view the signs being restored to their historical appearance. If you love neon, this is the attraction for you!

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the Dinner Detective Show
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Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Experience America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show!

At this unique attraction, you will need to use your best detective skills to identify suspects and solve the crime. With the actors in disguise as normal dinner guests, no audience member is safe from suspicion.

The culprit is hiding among the audience, and you won’t know if the suspects you identify are regular guests or one of the actors!

As the audience works together to discover the murderer in their midst, you may end up as a prime suspect before you know it. This is a night of hilarious fun you will not forget!

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Fiona the hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Center
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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

From aardvarks to zebras, the Cincinnati Zoo is full of incredible creatures.

As the second oldest zoo in the country, the Cincinnati zoo has been working for well over 100 years on conservation and research on endangered wildlife.

Come visit your favorite animal, or find a new favorite. Discover animals in habitats from the African savanna to Arctic coastal shores, all without leaving Ohio!

You also can’t miss the darling of the zoo, Fiona the hippo, who was born six weeks prematurely in 2016 but was saved by the efforts of the zoo with the help of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

The zoo is a great attraction for families in Cincinnati.

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A photo of Smale Riverfront Park.
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Smale Riverfront Park

Located on the Ohio riverfront in between the Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park, the Smale Riverfront Park is 45 acres of fun for the whole family.

From the carousel to the giant flying pig, children are sure to enjoy their adventures in the park. Kids can cross the giant rope bridge or scale the climbing wall in the Heeken Family/PNC Grow Up Great Adventure Playground, or cool off on a hot day in the park’s Sprayground.

Bring the whole family to swing on the banks of the river or play music on the giant foot piano. This family-friendly park is the perfect spot for an afternoon of fun in the sun!

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