So, it may not be the first city you think of for a fun family getaway, but Cincinnati has become one of our family favorites in the past few years. That’s where we spent last weekend with our friends, and since they’re from Michigan and we’re here in Tennessee, it’s the perfect place for us to meet. This was actually our 3rd time to meet them there in the past several years, so we’ve come up with a few must-see’s we like to do when we’re there and I thought I’d share them with you.

First is the Cincinnati Zoo. This may be our favorite zoo ever. We were actually there just last September with some other friends for a getaway and we wanted to go again to the zoo because that’s how fun it is. There are several “hands on” areas where you can interact with different animals, the entire property is very well-kept, and the price of tickets is very reasonable. And you can even get a discount on the tickets by buying from an area Kroger. Plan on spending an entire day if you plan a visit because it will take that long to see it all. Click here to find out more.

Another big attraction we love is the Creation Museum, which is actually in Kentucky,about a 30 minute drive from Cincinnati. This is very nice property with exhibits, theaters, gardens, and a planetarium. There’s a great exhibit on Noah and the ark that really brings the Bible to life. Each ticket is good for 2 days, so you can be sure to see everything. They do offer discounts to active duty military, certain homeschool groups, and AAA. You can also receive $5 off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Click here to visit their site and find out more.

Besides attractions, the girls in the group always love the shopping. Of course, we love Ikea, but there are also some of my favorite stores like Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, and Crate and Barrel which are always on my list when I visit bigger cities. Newport on the Levee is a fun place to go to eat, shop, and get a good view of Cincinnati across the Ohio River.

Another fun thing the kids liked this time was Monster Mini Golf, which is a glow-in-the-dark mini golf place in West Chester, just north of the city. Although I wouldn’t consider this a gory, haunted house type of scary, it’s probably better for older kids due to the darkness and “monster” theme. We found buy-one-get-one-free tickets through Valpak, so keep that in mind if you visit.

Our kids also recommend Bad Frog Frozen Yogurt, also in West Chester, for a great frozen yogurt bar.

Last year, we were able to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on stage at the Arnoff Center for the Arts, which was a big hit with the kids as well. Click here to see an event calendar to see what shows may be showing during your stay.

I don’t have time to list all the great restaurants we’ve visited in Cincinnati, but you’ll find your choice of your favorite chains or local hot spots.

These are just a few of our favorites you might like to consider if you’re heading to Cincinnati. One of these days when we visit, we’ll finally go to a Reds game or visit the Aquarium as well.

What are your favorite things to do Cincinnati?