The Best Socially Distanced Activities in Cincinnati This Winter

The holidays may be over but the fun doesn’t stop in Cincinnati in the winter—even with health and safety restrictions in place. If you’re looking for a short getaway during the cold season, there are plenty of safe things to do in Cincinnati in January and February. 

Find out why you should choose to visit Cincinnati this winter. We’ve included all the information you need to enjoy a socially-distanced short break.

Our Favorite Thing to Do in Cincinnati in January

PNC Festival of Lights

If you didn’t get a chance to visit Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden over the holidays, don’t miss out on the chance to catch the Festival of Lights. A visit to Cincinnati in the winter wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the zoo for this festive treat, which is included with zoo admission!

Voted the best zoo lights in the country by USA Today for the last two years, this festival of lights has been going for almost four decades. With four million LED lights and a Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, it’s no wonder that this spectacle is an annual crowd-pleaser. The festival usually runs until early January, but this year there are bonus nights until January 17.

Social Distancing and Safety Measures in Place:

  • Face masks required in all areas of the zoo
  • Online reservations required to ensure reduced capacity and social distancing
  • Touchless entry through pre-registration and ticket scanning
  • Increased sanitization in all high-touch areas
  • Hand sanitizer stations around the zoo 

Our Favorite Thing to Do in Cincinnati in February

Ice Skating on Fountain Square

Nothing says “Cincinnati winter” like ice skating on Fountain Square. It’s hard to beat the simple pleasure of skating outdoors in the historic city center, which makes it a great thing to do in Cincinnati in February.

The ice rink is open all afternoon and evening until February 15. Make your reservations online so you’re all set to skate when you arrive in town.

Social Distancing and Safety Measures in Place:

  • Face masks required on the ice rink, platform, and in the warming tent
  • Online reservations required to ensure reduced capacity
  • Timed tickets to ensure social distancing

The Best Things to Do in Cincinnati All Winter

Some Cincinnati hotspots are worth exploring all winter—and all year round.

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati is rich in culture and nowhere is that more obvious than at all of the city’s museums. No matter your interests, you’re sure to find a great place to learn and warm up from the Cincinnati winter! 

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal includes Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, and more. If that weren’t enough, the center itself is a national historic landmark as a beautiful example of Art Deco and a former train station. 

Social Distancing and Safety Measures in Place:

  • Face masks required in all areas of the museums
  • Interactive guide app available for your smartphone (bring your earphones!)
  • Timed tickets to ensure reduced capacity and social distancing
  • Parking fees added to ticket price for touchless payment
  • Increased cleaning procedures 

The Future Home of Hard Rock Cincinnati

Come rain or shine, The Future Home of Hard Rock Cincinnati is the place to be for a hard rockin’ time in Cincinnati this winter.

Our property boasts the hottest slot machines in the state as well as a wide array of table games to try. Within the same location, you can enjoy tasty bites, award-winning dining, and exquisite drinks to toast the new year. We even have live entertainment so you have more cool things to do in Cincinnati under the same roof. 

Social Distancing and Safety Measures in Place:

  • Safe + Sound Program with elevated disinfecting and sanitizing protocols
  • Face masks required throughout the property
  • Temperature screenings at all entrances
  • Reduced capacity and social distancing at all games and restaurants
  • Sanitizing stations around the property

Enjoy the best that Cincinnati has to offer this winter at The Future Home of Hard Rock Cincinnati. It’s the perfect spot to have fun and stay warm or make a special weekend in Cincinnati even more memorable. Learn more about our safety measure here.

 

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