Summer Road Trip Stop in Cincinnati? Here’s What to Do
What good is a road trip if you don’t experience some of the “local flavor” at the places you visit? If you’re planning to make a summer road trip stop in Cincinnati, be sure to check out the following must-see attractions in the Queen City.
With a rich history that dates back to 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the nation’s 2nd-oldest zoo, and is officially recognized as a historic landmark. With more than 500 different types of animal species and over 3,000 varieties of plants, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will provide you with plenty of amazing experiences, from feeding the giraffes on an Animal Encounter to going for a leisurely spin on the elaborately decorated Conservation Carousel. The Zoo is internationally recognized for its diligent work in protecting and propagating endangered plants and animals, and it’s a sure bet for providing a memorable adventure everyone can enjoy.
Located in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati, Findlay Market is a great place to experience the sights, smells and sounds of an old-world public marketplace. Open year-round, Findlay Market features more than three dozen merchants that sell everything from flowers to fish, as well as a generous helping of excellent dining and entertainment options. For an urban shopping experience like no other, Findlay Market is an unforgettable stop on your road trip.
If you or anyone else in the car is an art buff, you can’t go wrong by checking out the outstanding collection of artwork at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Nestled in the gorgeous scenery of Eden Park, this internationally renowned museum houses more than 60,000 works of art that span a period of more than 6,000 years. Not only does the Cincinnati Art Museum maintain a world-class permanent collection, but it also hosts an impressive variety of national and international traveling art exhibitions throughout the year.
The escape room Cincinnati residents and tourists love to flock to is Houdini’s Room Escape. In this heart-pumping interactive adventure, players are locked in a room that contains furniture, decorations, and other deceptively benign knick-knacks that may (or may not) serve as clues that can help them escape the room before the 60-minute timer runs out. Houdini’s Room Escape offers three different escape room scenarios to choose from (The Tower, The Lab and Houdini’s Game Room), each with their own set of mind-boggling riddles, puzzles and brainteasers that will challenge your problem-solving skills and give you an adrenaline rush to boot!
Located in uptown Cincinnati, the American Sign Museum offers visitors a journey through half a century of iconic sign history, from the glass and gold-leaf signs of the early 1900s to the infamous (and sometimes gaudy) neon concoctions of the 1950s and 60s. If you want to immerse yourself in a unique and important staple of American pop culture and advertising history, the American Sign Museum is a gem that you cannot afford to pass up.
Truth be told, you could spend a week in Cincinnati and never even scratch the surface of what this amazing city has to offer. Add the above ideas to your list of road trip stops, and enjoy your time out there on the road!