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Travel To Cincinnati August 2008

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Travel To Cincinnati August 2008

We will be driving from Rochester, NY to Cincinnati, OH in August 2008. We are going to see a Reds game and want to base the rest of our vacation from there. We have 3 kids 18yr, 15yr, and 8 yr. The only for sure stop would be Churchill Downs. Other than that we have NO IDEA what to do. We will be gone 10 days, we don't mind driving 3-5 hrs any direction from Cincinnati. Help!

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1. Re: Travel To Cincinnati August 2008

If you are going to Louisville to Churchill Downs, there is all the Hillerich and Bradsby museum about the Louisville Slugger baseball bats and how they are made. It is very interesting.

In Cincinnati:

1. Kings Island amusement park. Lots of roller coasters and a waterpark, too.

2. Cincinnati Zoo

3. Cincinnati Art Museum

These are just for starts. I'm certain that you will get many more suggestions.

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All those places nancy listed are nice. Your kids will especially love Kings Island. It's one of the top 2 parks in the US for thrill rides. The art museum may be boring for the kids, unless you're trying to get them interested in that stuff (it does have one of the largest and nices collections in the midwest), so you may consider the natural history museum instead. There's a bat cave and an ice age area that are fun to walk through, along with some dinosaurs. Also there at Museum Center (http://www.cincymuseum.org/) is the Cincinnati History museum which has a really nice huge miniature model of Cincinnati from around 100 years ago. It also has lots of panorama of the entire history of Cincinnati from Indian times through World War II. There's an Omnimax theater there as well.

Another fun day trip would be down to Lexington (about an hour south) to see the Toyota Camry manufacturing plant http://www.toyotageorgetown.com/ and the Kentucky Horse Park http://www.kyhorsepark.com/

A nice 3 hour drive away is Hocking Hills …state.oh.us/parks/…Default.aspx.

Indy is also 2 hours away and has a nice Speedway Museum. Columbus is 2 hours away and has a very nice Science Museum (COSI). You're already planning a side trip to Louisville but you might also be able to add the Falls of the Ohio or the Louisville Slugger baseball bat museum/factory.

Finally, Chicago is 5 hours away but that should be a longer trip just to that city alone. The Smoky Mountains are also 5 hours south.

Back in Cincinnati, you might try a riverboat dinner cruise. Or look out for one of our numerous outdoor concerts at a variety of places (both evening and lunch). There are several places to canoe down the Little Miami River (one is in Loveland in the northeast Cincinnati area.) You can do 2 or 4 hour trips (I do the 4 hour). You can also rent bikes and ride a long way along a flat shady paved trail along that river. Bike rentals in Loveland.

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3. Re: Travel To Cincinnati August 2008

You can get a free 2008 Cincinnati Visitors guide that will arrive in 7-10 days at:


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Others have given you great suggestions so far.

Here are some websites to help with planning:



King's Island and surrounding area




Be sure to watch the Jon McLaughlin video. It shows a lot of nice things about Indianapolis. It also inspired me to look up Jon McLaughlin. I have now become a fan of this Indiana young man! He's a great piano player and songwriter, and the song he sang in Enchanted was nominated for an Oscar.

Brown County, Indiana


You'll be passing by the largest Amish settlement in the world on your way.


That's all I can think of for now, but I'll add more as it comes to me.

Have a great trip!


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The Air Force museum in Dayton is fantastic, and it is free. If your children like airplanes, you can spend all day there. They have planes from the Wright Bros. to every modern military jet. They also have a hanger with experimental planes and some the previous Air Force 1's

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