10 Ideas for Summer Fun in Cincinnati

From eating to entertainment, there are endless ways to explore the beautiful city of Cincinnati. Check out these 10 things to do in the summer in Cincinnati that will make you fall in love with Queen City, no matter how long you plan on staying in town!

1. Conquer the Coasters at Kings Island

There are over 100 rides and attractions at Kings Island. The amusement park is home to some of the craziest coasters on the planet. Some iconic attractions include the Beast, the world’s longest wooden coaster, and the Banshee, the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. Kings Island’s newest attraction, Orion, may steal the spotlight as one of the seven giga coasters in the world; it is currently the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in the entire state. 

2. Shop at Findlay Open Market  

Come shop and dine at Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market, located in Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Operating Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market is open year-around with three dozen indoor merchants selling some of the best fresh and local foods. This quintessential urban shopping experience is perfect for families to experience summer fun in Cincinnati. Best of all, it’s right around the corner for Hard Rock Cincinnati!

3. Beat the Heat with a Banana Chocolate Chip Scoop from Graeter’s 

Don’t miss this local favorite of irresistible ice cream and delicious donuts. Graeter’s has been around since 1870, handcrafting small batch ice cream in their patented French Pot freezers. They have a plethora of decadent flavors from their signature blackberry raspberry to their limited-edition banana chocolate chip. 

4. Watch the Sunset on the Water

Reserve your spot for sightseeing or dining aboard the BB Riverboats to see an unmatched Cincinnati riverfront view. Cruise along the Ohio river to admire the ever-changing backdrop of cityscape and hills from the comfort of climate-controlled areas or the outdoor upper decks.

5. See a Cincinnati Reds Game

Watching a Cincinnati Reds game should be top of your list of things to do in the summer in Cincinnati. Baseball has been a tradition since 1869 and any true Reds fan will be proud to tell you the Reds are America’s first professional baseball team. Check out how you can get the ultimate game day experience at the Great American Ball Park. 

If you’re unable to watch the home game at the ballpark, you can still watch the game on the big screen in Fountain Square. The plaza in the heart of downtown with plenty of eateries within walking distance. 

6. Shoot Photos of the Cincinnati Skyline from Northern Kentucky

Crossing the state line will give you some of the best views of the Cincinnati skyline. Covington, Newport, and Bellevue in Northern Kentucky are a few of the spots to catch a glimpse of the city from across the river. Visit these spots for the best places to take in the city with some great bites nearby. 

7. Catch a Concert at the Riverbend Music Center

The Riverbend Music Center is a mid-sized outdoor amphitheater along the banks of the Ohio River. This 20,500 seat venue was originally constructed for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra but now welcomes music groups such as Blink-182, Kid Rock, the Dave Matthews Band, and Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. Take a look at their upcoming concerts to watch some of the best summer events in Cincinnati. 

8. Sip Local Bourbon in Northern Kentucky

Experience five distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Tour®: New Riff Distilling, Boone County Distilling Co., The Old Pogue Distillery, Neeley Family Distillery and Second Sight Spirits. With over 300 different domestic bourbons that are perfectly paired with amazing culinary delights, you will have an amazing time tasting your way through the “Bourbon State” of Kentucky. 

9. Explore the Trails of East Fork State Park

Don’t forget to add some time in nature to your itinerary of summer fun in Cincinnati. Just 25 miles outside of the city is one of Ohio’s largest state parks. East Fork State Park has beautiful hills, winding rivers, and a lake that makes for the perfect spot for a weekend adventure. From archery to backpacking to boating, there are numerous ways to explore the Little Miami River Basin.

10. Grab a Slice at Brick’d Pizza 

If you’re craving oven-fired, artisanal pizza then look no further than Brick’d Pizza for some delicious Italian food. Feeling adventurous? Dig into the BP wedge, a scrumptious crossover between a pizza and a sandwich. After dinner, visit the Hard Rock Casino, see a live music performance, or chill at the bar. We’ve got every kind of entertainment under one roof!

For more tips on visiting Cincinnati, the new home of Hard Rock, check out our local appreciation blog post!

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