When I’m planning a trip to a specific location, I don’t want to miss anything. I want to see the best attractions as well as a few hidden gems. I typically turn to the internet and guidebooks to answer my questions.
When planning a family trip to Cincinnati, one resource that I have used is Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent’s Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids (2nd ed.), written by authors Laura Hoevener and Terri Weeks.
This book is a great resource for families that live near or in Cincinnati, homeschool families looking for some field trip ideas, families that are passing through the area and for babysitters and daycare providers who take occasional outings.
Not only does this guide answer my questions of what not to miss in the area, it also shares some of those little known gems that I may not have found on my own and each and every one of the attractions in this book have been visited by the authors. I love the firsthand experience that the authors offer.
My family has experienced many incredible memories over the years that we’ve traveled. Not only will this book aid us in our quest to find more fun, family outings in Ohio but for those that aren’t convinced that family travel- local or not- is important, the authors share why building special memories with your family is very important. They also offer tips to get you started on your own adventures in Part One: Creating Memories with your Family.
The organization of this book makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. If you already know the name of the attraction that you want to visit, you’ll find it listed by name and location under Part Two: Attraction Listings. Each attraction entry lists the Name, Address, Phone, Website, Hours, Cost and the Age Range that the attraction is most appropriate for. You’ll also learn whether the attraction is stroller or wheelchair friendly, how long you should plan to stay, a brief description of the attraction along with comments and any tips and suggestions that the authors’ think you should know. There is also a handy map feature that shows where the attractions are located. Since I’m not from the area, I found the visual very helpful when planning my trip to Cincinnati.
If you don’t know where to begin, but you live in or plan to be in the Central Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, you can skip to the Attraction Table found in Part Three: Planning Help. The Attraction Table lends itself perfectly for fans of educational travel. Each location is listed by theme and general area so if you’re looking for a certain type of outing, it will be easy for you to find.
The book also includes sample itineraries, seasonal attractions like parks and playgrounds for summer fun, U-Pick farms, fall adventures and Christmas events.
Laura and Terri aren’t simply writing about every attraction in the Greater Cincinnati area- they are only writing about those attractions that they have enjoyed with their families. If there is an attraction that they visited and did not like, you won’t find it in these pages.
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What’s your favorite Cincinnati attraction?
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book to review and one to give away to my readers. No other compensation was received.