Hometown Tourist sarah March 20, 2024

Hometown Tourist


By Amy Hayden

As the weather gets warmer, people are ready to get out of their houses and travel. If long road trips or expensive vacations aren’t in your budget, Greater Cincinnati has plenty of spots to explore.    

For Thrill Seekers
  • Kings Island has 50 roller coasters and rides, plus an attached water park. The amusement park also has a variety of dining and entertainment options. You can even take a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower for unmatched views of the park and surrounding landscape.  
  • Miami Valley Gaming is a harness racing track and casino between Monroe and Lebanon. It has seasonal live horse racing five days a week and live entertainment every weekend. 
  • Gentle Breeze is the oldest, continuously operating full-time Hot Air Balloon Ride in Southwest Ohio. Each balloon holds 2 to 10 people. For a special adventure, book a sunrise or sunset flight.  
An aerial photograph of Kings Island with a large roller coaster, tall towers and various rides.
A photo of Loveland Castle with a tower and vibrant orange flowers in the foreground and blue sky with a few fluffy white clouds.
For History Buffs
  • Château Laroche, also known as the Loveland Castle, is a museum on the banks of the Little Miami River. This medieval-style castle took 50 years to build. You can take a self-guided tour through the castle and gardens.   
  • The Voice of America Museum in West Chester celebrates the legacy and global impact of the first international broadcasting station. It features exhibits about radio, wireless innovations and more.  
  • Tucked in the Walnut Hills neighborhood is the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. The house was the birthplace of Taft, who was the 27th president of the United States and the 10th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
For Nature Lovers
  • Sawyer Point has something for everyone—from tennis courts and water sprinklers to public art and walking trails. You can also relax on the Serpentine Wall and watch boats on the Ohio River.  
  • Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park features rotating botanical exhibits and an indoor waterfall. It’s also home to the annual Butterfly Show, which gives visitors a chance to interact with the butterflies.  
  • Mitchell Memorial Forest in Cleves is home to Hamilton County’s first official mountain bike trail. It also has a pond for catch-and-release fishing and a trail perfect for spotting wildlife. 
Close up of a orange and black butterfly as it stands on a bright green paper with park information inside the Krohn Conservatory.