Fun and Excitement

Calling all weekend warriors, thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.  If your idea of fun is flipping upside down at 50 miles per hour, coming face-to-face with wild animals or navigating your way down the snowy face of a hillside, Cincinnati USA is just the place to get your blood pumping. 

Cincinnati Sports Leagues - For the athlete in you, CSL is Cincinnati's playground. You bring the energy, they bring everything else. Sports range from competitive men's football, coed flag football, sand volleyball, kickball to coed bowling, billiards, wine tasting's and every variation in between. Whether you're the competitive veteran, or recreational weekend warrior, CSL has it all.

Kings Island - At Kings Island amusement park, you’ll find over 80 rides, shows and attractions, including 14 thrill-inducing roller coasters, and one of the world's largest kid's areas.

Coney Island Amusement Park - This amusement park is not nearly as big as Kings Island, but what it lacks in size it makes up in charm.  It features "classic" amusement rides for kids and adults, including the Frog Hopper, Dodgem Cars, the Pepsi Python steel roller coaster, the Super Slide, the Tempest, bumper and pedal boats on Lake Como, as well as Sunlite Pool, the world's largest recirculating swimming pool. 

The Beach Waterpark - As a tropical themed adventure for the whole family and the largest stand alone waterpark in Ohio, The Beach is situated on 35 acres of rolling wooded terrain that provides lots of shade and lush ambiance. Real live palm trees, real white ocean sand, real waterfalls and crashing waves help set the scene and reggae music and sand volleyball reinforce the tropical island experience.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden -  The world famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo's award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species annually.

Newport Aquarium - Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet in length, featuring an amazing variety of aquatic life from around the world. You’ll be amazed at all there is to see and do, including fun and interactive activities, like touching a shark, petting penguins, and feeding tropical lorikeets.

Perfect North Slopes - The only ski destination located within Cincinnati USA is just a 30-minute drive from downtown to Lawrenceburg, IN. Perfect North Slopes features 15 runs of varying degrees of difficulty throughout a 70-acre resort.   

Casinos - Also located in Cincinnati, Monroe and Indiana are four casinos and two racinos:  JACK Cincinnati Casino, Belterra Park, Hollywood Casino, Miami Valley Gaming, Belterra Casino Resort & SpaGrand Victoria Casino & Resort


If you are one who prefers to think of recreation as a time to relax and unwind, fear not, Cincinnati USA has plenty to offer you as well.  The region is home to an extensive system of parks perfect for family picnics, hiking and biking, as well as other fun and unique ways to spend your down time. 

BB Riverboats - Experience first-hand Cincinnati's riverboat heritage with a cruise down the majestic Ohio River aboard one of BB Riverboats' three riverboats: the Belle of Cincinnati, the River Queen, and the Mark Twain.  Sightseeing, dinner and many other public cruise options are available during BB Riverboats' regular season, which lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Big Bone Lick State Park - Long ago ancient creatures such as mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth and bison once roamed the mineral springs and swamps that are now Cincinnati USA's grassy fields and rolling hills.   Today visitors to Big Bone Lick State Park, in Union, KY, can look history in the eye at the park's outdoor museum and Discovery Trail.

Cincinnati Railway - Once the preferred mode of travel for most Americans, the Cincinnati Railway operates three independently owned 1950's railcars that are used for private charters and a handful of public and private local excursions each year.

Fountain Square - Fountain Square is the heart of Cincinnati, OH. Located at the corner of Fifth and Vine Streets in the middle of downtown, Fountain Square is a public space where Cincinnatians gather, celebrate and connect as a city. Presiding over the Square is the historic Tyler Davidson Fountain, dedicated in 1871 to the people of Cincinnati.

Golf Courses - If you love to hit the links you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of golf courses located throughout Cincinnati USA. 

Loveland Castle - Harry Andrews built this stone castle in the 1920s on the bank of the Little Miami River. The castle hosts events year-round, including a haunted castle in October. Other activities include picnic facilities, games and tours.

Loveland Bike Trail - Following an old railway line, the Loveland Bike Trail is just one section of the more than 70 paved miles of the Little Miami Scenic State Park.

Newport on the Levee - one of the area's premier entertainment destinations, Newport on the Levee combines shopping and dining with the entertainment options such as a movie theatre, the Newport Aquarium, the Hofbrauhaus and the riverfront. 

Ohio State Parks
Kentucky State Parks
Indiana State Parks
Cincinnati Parks
Hamilton County Parks

For more listings of recreational activities in Cincinnati USA, visit the  Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.

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