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  1. Anna
    September 6, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I went to Miami University, which is just 45 min from Cinci. I always loved the aquarium in Newport; you should definitely squeeze that in!


  2. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    September 6, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    Sounds like a fun trip and lots of things to do and see. Hugs, Marty


  3. Peggy
    September 6, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    We live in northern central Indiana so Cincinnati is only a 3 hour drive. We've only been 3 times and twice was to go to Ikea, truly an all day experience for us. Otherwise we love the Creation Museum but are looking forward to a trip to zoo and aquarium next summer. I've been told there are some great museums in the area as well. Food??? We always seem to hit Famous Dave's BBQ because it is the guys' favorite. my favorite so far… the cafe at Ikea! đŸ™‚


  4. NanaDiana
    September 6, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    Isn't it amazing what you can find to do in places that are not considered to be an area of "attractions". Love that zoo and all the fun things you did with your family. Blessings-xo Diana


  5. Chessa @ Antsi-Pants
    September 7, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    I lived in Cincinnati for 6 years and loved it there! My family and I had fun canoeing on the Little Miami River. Morgan Canoe Rental & Loveland Canoe Rental are good places. Also the bike trail is great fun for families. We like stopping in downtown Loveland for lunch at Paxton's and icecream or snowcones! Graeters Ice cream is a Cincinnati favorite (several locations around Cincinnati and in KY too!)


  6. jennibell
    September 7, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    I agree with everything you highlighted. The Children's museum is great too. . .and not just for kids đŸ™‚
    Dayton isn't that far of a drive and the Air Force Museum (which is free!) is a family favorite for us. Not sure how "into" children's museums you are but Boonshoft in Dayton is terrific. When we lived there we always had season passes and one year did a birthday party there too. And in Dayton there is Carrilon (sp?) Park too — home of the Wright Brothers. Extremely well-done. We too live in TN but try to get up for a Bengals game each year. And everyone should go to a Red's game for sure! Nada is definitely our favorite grown-up restaurant in Cinci. Have you ever done the Great Wolf lodge? Or Kings Island? Thanks for highlighting an area that not everyone would consider a "destination"…but it can be!


  7. Tiffany Gremmert
    September 7, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Cincinnati has great shopping, the gap clearance center is awesome! It's right by the airport in heron. Also there is charming charlies the Nordstrom rack and an outlet mall just past Ikea. Our favorite restaraunt is Maggianos.


  8. Carrielynne.k
    September 7, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I am a Cincinnatian and those are great places to visit along with others' suggestions. I don't think you can forget Kings Island and the Museum Center. I always love Sawyer Point along the Ohio River downtown and Hamilton County has lots of great parks. I am looking forward to trying out the Segway tours sometime too. I've heard good things about them. Our favorite date restaurant is Wildflower Cafe in Mason, but you HAVE to call ahead for a reservation (creative, delicious, mostly organic and locally grown food at a pretty good price). Also the Hyde Park neighborhood has a great little square with fun shops and many good places to eat. I'm sure the commenter Tiffany has auto-correct, but the Gap Clearace Outlet, which is awesome, is in Hebron, KY:)


  9. Steph
    September 7, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    We moved here in June and quickly learned that Coney Island is wonderful for small children. Our 2- and 3-year-old kids could ride nearly every ride. So much fun!


  10. Debra Kapellakis
    September 24, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Looks like great fun.


  11. Cheryl
    November 28, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    I hope you and your friend were able to visit the Ballards/Frontgate outlet, which is about two minutes from Ikea. Great bargains!


  12. Scott and Emily Stewart
    January 11, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    We are meeting up with family from Alabama in Cincinnati in June. There will be 6 adults and 5 children. Can you recommend a reasonable, family friendly hotel? Btw…we are planning to visit the zoo and the museum, by looking at your photos, I can see we made a great choice in Cincinnati! Thanks!!


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