Zoos in CINCINNATI with kids

It’s animal time in Cincinnati, Ohio and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Cincinnati because this The Buckeye State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • 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!

  • Dauset Trails Nature Centre

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    (73 miles) Jackson

    In the early 1980's, Dauset Trails was primarily a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife.

  • Joe Huber Family Farm

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    (89 miles) Starlight

    Classic farm fun in Indiana, with rides, slides, fun events, fruit picking and even live music!

  • Louisville Zoo

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    (90 miles) Louisville

    Home to more than 1,400 exotic animals in beautiful, naturalistic habitats amid an amazing botanical garden on 134 acres.

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  • Pogo Play

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    (13 miles) Cincinnati

    Inspiring and creative indoor play in Ohio, with imagination play, toddler areas, sports and great fun for those developing minds and bodies!

  • Jump and Jacks

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    (20 miles) West Chester

    Visit the LARGEST multi-level play structure in Ohio, with play areas, a toddler room and interactive play floor. Inflatables play yard on limited availability.

  • Jump Stop Safari

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    (28 miles) Lebanon

    Indoor fun for kids in Ohio with this multi-level mega-playground slides, inflatables, cannonball air blasters, and more - including a virtual reality game system!

  • Laser Web

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    (41 miles) Dayton

    Laser Web is Dayton's Premier Laser Tag facility. Awesome birthday parties, group events or just a great time for friends and family

  • Kazoing

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    (79 miles) Louisville

    Our facility is home to two huge inflatable rooms, a Tot Lot play area, Crafty Art Studio, and Glamour Studio. During the week we are open for Open Plays, Mother’s Day Out, Fun Day Camps, and ...

  • Puzzles Fun Dome

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    (83 miles) Louisville

    22,000 sq ft of indoor fun with inflatables, an arcade, art studio, adventure playground, toddler area, and so much more!

  • 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.

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Cincinnati

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    (13 miles) Cincinnati

    Where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park adventures, where it’s always 84 degrees, kids can have a blast with slides, play island, adventure river and more!

  • Paradise Breeze

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    (47 miles) Maysville

    Great family swimming with lap pool and slides, perfect in this community aquatic complex in Kentucky!

  • Atlantis Waterpark

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    (88 miles) Clarksville

    Featuring a wave pool, loads of water slides, kiddie leisure pool,

  • Stage One Family Theatre

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    (90 miles) Louisville

    A fun and cultural way in downtown Louisville to introduce children to the arts at an early age, and present top-quality, professional and educational theatrical experiences as they move through ...

  • Totters Otterville in Johnnys Toys

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    (4 miles) Covington

    A huge play facility offering physical play, imagination and role play, shows and entertainments, splash zone, maze and a big adventure playground.

  • Coney Island

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    (6 miles) Cincinnati

    Coney Island attractions include the Sunlite Pool, 2 acres and 3 million gallons of water fun, Zoom Flume and Pipeline Plunge water slides. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Southern Lanes Sports Center

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    (11 miles) Alexandria

    Indoor Sand Volleyball, Bowling and Games Arcade with billiards and darts facilities. Outdoor activities include Cornhole, Horseshoes, Outdoor Sand Volleyball and Basketball.

  • The Web extreme entertainment

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    (20 miles) West Chester

    Whether you’re looking for high-octane kart racing action, exhilarating laser tag competition, mini golf or bowling, come play, game, and refuel at THE WEB!

  • The Splattered Platter Pottery Studio

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    (29 miles) Middletown

    Paint your own pottery - Mosaics - canvas painting - birthday parties - rock painting and more

  • Scene 75

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    (54 miles) Dayton

    features a really large variety of family oriented attractions, rides and amusements aimed at around 4 upwards with kids over 10 able to participate in everything.

  • Young's Jersey Dairy

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    (61 miles) Yellow Springs

    A working dairy farm in Ohio with animals, entertainment, and homemade ice cream! A tasty day out for the family in Yellow Springs.

  • Kentucky Science Center

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    (89 miles) Louisville

    3 floors of hands on science activities for kids AND grown ups at this Kentucky Science Center, with interactive exhibits, IMAX, labs, and so much more!