National Parks / Natural World in CINCINNATI with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Cincinnati has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Cincinnati, Ohio offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Cincinnati itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • General Butler Park

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    (46 miles) Carrollton

    Biking, birding, canoeing, fishing, golf, hiking, and even camping is all ready to be enjoyed at this Kentucky park perfect for families!

  • Aullwood Audobon Center

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    (55 miles) Dayton

    An inspirational showcase of determined and infectious environmentalism, as well as containing plenty that smaller children love about farms: plenty of animals, Bee and Butterfly yards, children's ...

  • Brukner Nature Center

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    (64 miles) Troy

    Nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.

  • Salato Wildlife Education Center

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    (68 miles) Frankfort

    You'll experience Kentucky's diverse regional ecosystems and the wealth of fish, plants, and animals that make this their home Whether you have an hour or the whole day at the KDFWR Headquarters and ...

  • Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

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    (74 miles) Crestwood

    Engage the family with nature and garden backpacks, books and blanket packs, scavenger hunts, and Saturday morning Children in the Dell Programs in Kentucky!

  • University of Kentucky Arboretum

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    (75 miles) Lexington

    100 acres of year round nature, with beautiful gardens as well as a children's garden.

  • Daniel Boone National Forest

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    (82 miles) Morehead

    One of the most visited national forests in the entire state of Kentucky, Daniel Boone National Forest has all sorts of adventures from camping, rock climbing to boating!

  • Louisville Waterfront Park

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    (89 miles) Louisville

    85 acres of outdoor family fun, this Louisville park is a playground for all ages! With adventure playgrounds, restaurants, walking paths and picnic areas!

  • Louisville Nature Center

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    (89 miles) Louisville

    A wonderful opportunity for kids to enjoy and study nature, right in the heart of Louisville!

  • Ohio Caverns

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    (90 miles) West Liberty

    A remarkable natural wonder with some of the most colorful caverns in the country - all found in beautiful Ohio.

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  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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    Cincinnati

    A fascinating museum in Cincinnati that tells stories of freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to present day.

  • Cincinnati Fire Museum

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    Cincinnati

    The Cincinnati Fire Museum, the only museum that saves lives!Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum preserves and exhibits Greater Cincinnati's firefighting artifacts while ...

  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (1 miles) Cincinnati

    Fun for all ages, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, educational journey through over 140 years of Cincinnati Reds history. Movies, artifacts, and hands on activities, bring the game ...

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

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    (1 miles) Cincinnati

    The Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and ...

  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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    (1 miles) Cincinnati

    An incredible complex of museums, including history, natural history, children's museum and IMAX!

  • The Creation Museum

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    (15 miles) Petersberg

    The state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot museum in Kentucky that bring the Bible to life, with exhibits, planetarium, dinosaurs and a petting zoo!

  • The Dayton Art Institute

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    (49 miles) Dayton

    Visit us often to enjoy our diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions, interesting educational programs and unique special events.

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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    (50 miles) Dayton

    Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region's only public Planetarium and observatory, interactive science and technology exhibits, and more under one roof! One of the many ...

  • National Underground Railroad Museum

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    (51 miles) Maysville

    A museum dedicated to telling the story of America's bid to rid itself of slavery.

  • National Museum of the US Air Force

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    (52 miles) Dayton

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest military aviation museum. This FREE attraction features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles in more than 17 acres of indoor ...

  • The Last Supper Museum

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    (55 miles) Greensburg

    The Last Supper Museum, LLC displays over 2,000 inspirational art pieces of Christ’s Last Supper as described in the Bible.

  • American Saddlebred Museum

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    (66 miles) Lexington

    The American Saddlebred Museum, located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, will be highlighting the special bond between children and Saddlebreds in its 2008 exhibition ...

  • Kentucky Horsepark

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    (66 miles) Lexington

    Not just a place to get up close to the beautiful horses, but also various museums included in the admission, horse-drawn tours, and picnics. Great animal family fun for your day out in Lexington!

  • Explorium Of Lexington

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    (73 miles) Lexington

    A fun, interactive, colorful and energetic experience for kids to create and learn.

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (80 miles) Urbana

    offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.

  • National Model Aviation Museum

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    (86 miles) Muncie

    Visit the Museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and ...

  • Muncie Children's Museum

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    (88 miles) Muncie

    A fun children's museum in Indiana where kids can learn and play in a safe and creative environment!

  • Louisville Slugger Museum

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    (89 miles) Louisville

    All things baseball! This museum and factory is all about that iconic Louisville Slugger bat, which has been iconic since 1884. A look into sporting history for the whole family in Kentucky on your ...

  • Kentucky Derby Museum

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    (92 miles) Louisville

    The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community. Graciously welcoming over 200,000 guests through the doors each year and ...

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (92 miles) New Bremen

    A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.

  • Center of Science and Industry

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    (100 miles) Columbus

    Groundbreaking exhibits and hands-on experiences for kids to understand the connection between science and life. Amazing Columbus fun and discovery!

  • Newport Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Newport

    Newport Aquarium offers families plenty to see and do during every visit. The world-class facility showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. There are dive ...

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    (3 miles) Cincinnati

    Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo's award-winning exhibits annually and was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was ...

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    (22 miles) Rising Sun

    A beautiful wolf sanctuary with visits by appointment only. Kids can experience rescued animals, from foxes, coyotes and of course, wolves.

  • Wolf Creek Habitat

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    (35 miles) Brookville

    A unique experience for the family where you can interact with amazing wolves IN their enclosures! A fun animal experience for your family day out in Indiana!