Cincinnati: Things to See & Places to Stay

By Jim Day


    In addition to spending time visiting the Creation Museum I’m sure folks will want to visit some of the other sights in and around Cincinnati. To be perfectly honest, I never realized that Cincinnati had so much to offer in the way of family friendly places to visit and things to do until I started doing a little research.

    To obtain what I believe are the best driving directions I’m recommending that readers go to (Rand McNally’s – the Atlas/Map company’s website) type in your home address and the address of the Museum, which is 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, KY 41080, and you should get maps and detailed driving directions.

Places to Stay

    AiG’s website ( listed several hotels near the Museum where folks can stay. This of course is by no means a complete list of hotels and motels to stay at in and round Cincinnati but the ones listed below are supportive of the Museum.


Marriott Cincinnati Airport

2395 Progress Drive

Hebron, KY 41048

Reservations: (859) 586-0166

Distance from Museum: 8.6 miles

Comfort Suites

775 Petersburg Road

Hebron, KY 41048

Reservations: (859) 980-0555

Distance from Museum: 8.6 miles

Sheraton Cincinnati Airport

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Erlanger, KY 41018

Reservations: (859) 371-6166

Distance from Museum: 8.9 miles

Courtyard Marriott Cincinnati Airport

3990 Olympic Boulevard

Erlanger, KY 41018

Reservations: (859) 647-9900

Distance from Museum: 10.3 miles


Holiday Inn – Cincinnati Airport

1717 Airport Exchange Boulevard

Erlanger, KY 41018

Reservations: (859) 371-2233

Distance from Museum: 10.3 miles

Residence Inn Marriott Cincinnati Airport

7811 Circleport Drive

Erlanger, KY 41018

Reservations: (859) 282-7400

Distance from Museum: 10.6 miles

Drawbridge Inn

2477 Royal Drive

Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

Reservations: 1-800-426-3841

Distance from Museum: 14.3 miles

Hyatt Place

300 Meijer Drive

Florence, KY 41042

Reservations: (859) 637-1170

Distance from Museum: 14.8 miles

Courtyard Marriott Florence Greater Cincinnati Area

46 Cavalier Boulevard

Florence, KY 41042

Reservations: (859) 371-6464

Distance from Museum: 15 miles


Microtel Inn & Suites

7490 Woodspoint Drive

Florence, KY 41042

Reservations: (859) 746-8100

Distance from Museum: 16.1 miles



Places to See & Things to Do

    The following are some of many interesting places to visit and family friendly things to do in and around Cincinnati. A very helpful site to visit regarding these and other interesting places (as well as accommodations and restaurants) is


 Newport on the Levee

1 Levee Way
Newport, Ky. 41071
(866) 538-3359

    Newport on the Levee offers 350,000 square feet of fun, open spaces, unique shopping, international dining, an AMC 20-stadium-style seating movie theater, live street entertainers, a video game center, an art gallery featuring the original work of Michael Godard and other internationally-renowned artists, a world under-the-sea at the Newport Aquarium and dramatic Cincinnati downtown skyline views.




Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
(513) 287-7000
    Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Cinergy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library.
    It is a nationally recognized educational and research resource and one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest. Cincinnati Museum Center serves more than 1.47 million visitors annually, reaching out to almost 200,000 young people through hands-on exhibits and programs. As a center for the entire community, over 700 events are held in the building each year.
Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum enter in 1990.




Newport Aquarium

1 Aquarium Way
Newport, Ky. 41071
(859) 491-3467

    Newport Aquarium showcases over 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the world in a million gallons of water.  It’s a state-of-the art facility on the banks of the Ohio River with some of the world's most advanced, creative technology designed to take you around the globe, visiting each continent, every ocean and hundreds of waterways in between. The underwater tunnels, totaling 200 feet, are among the very few in the world that are completely seamless. Designed and manufactured in Colorado, each is one solid piece of acrylic, resulting in a 100 percent unobstructed view of the watery world that surrounds you. You'll walk on the wet side in a kelp forest; a moray eel hideaway; a flooded Amazon rainforest; a colorful coral reef; and a shark feeding ground.



BB Riverboats

101 Riverboat Row
Newport, Ky. 41071
(859) 261-8500
    BB Riverboats has been a staple of the Cincinnati riverfront for the past 25 years. Learn about the history of the river, take in a magnificent meal, or dance under the stars on an unbelievable journey you will never forget. BB Riverboats offers a wide variety of cruises ranging from lunch and dinner cruises to sightseeing cruises and even all-day mini vacations.




Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

100 Main Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 765-7576

    With the formation of the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869, professional baseball and America's passion for the sport were born, and grew, in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum offers fans of the Reds, and of baseball, the first comprehensive look into the sport's heralded past. Nowhere else are fans able to see as complete of a collection of artifacts from the first professional baseball team and its rich history in the major leagues. And nowhere outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., are baseball fans treated to such an amazing visual history of the World Series and Opening Day. The Reds Hall of Fame, which opened to the public Sept. 25, 2004, is just west of Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds, along Cincinnati's riverfront. The facility features more than 16,000 square feet of exhibit space on two floors.



Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
(800) 944-4776

    The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is rated one of the top zoos in the nation and been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association, is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH  45202

(513) 333-7500
    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located in Cincinnati stands as the nation's newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today.





Purple People Bridge

One Levee Way, Suite 1120
Newport, KY 41071
(859) 261-6837
    The Purple People Bridge Climb is an adventure for the young, old and everyone in between. Climbers will embark upon a unique journey that will take them up among the upper trestles of the bridge’s five spans, providing them with a bird’s eye view of Northern Kentucky and Downtown Cincinnati. At the apex of the bridge, climbers walk out onto a 35 foot long glass floor suspended directly over the Ohio River. During the trip, experienced Climb Leaders will share stories about the bridge’s history and structure, while sprinkling in anecdotes of the region’s distinct role in Ohio River history.



Cincinnati History Museum

1301 Western Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
(513) 287-7000
    The Cincinnati History Museum opened in 1990 and is one of the largest and most significant urban history museums in the country. The Cincinnati History Museum displays materials and related aspects of the history of Cincinnati and the surrounding region. Permanent exhibits include a re-creation of the Cincinnati Public Landing of the late 1850s, where you can step aboard a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat.
    The museum also has a large home-front exhibit on World War II and an actual 1940s streetcar. Visitors can also see a model of the city of Cincinnati from 1900s to 1940s with working trains and inclines, as well as interactive computer stations.
    Costumed interpreters throughout the museum allow visitors the unique opportunity make a personal connection with the past. Speak with a settler new to the river valley in 1792, or help a flatboat man unload his boat. Visitors can book passage on the recreated Queen of the West steamboat, or help the printer set type in the Public Landing area. Folks can then travel through time and speak with a housewife during WWII making do with rationing, or step on board the WWII era streetcar to find out about Cincinnati during the 1940s from the conductor.



Harriet Beecher Stowe House

2950 Gilbert Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
(513) 751-0651
    The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is operated as a historical and cultural site, focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The site also includes a look into the family, friends, and colleagues of the Beecher-Stowe family, Lane Seminary, and the abolitionist, women’s rights and Underground Railroad movements in which these historical figures participated in the 1830's to 1860's, as well as African-American history related to these movements.


 Cincinnati Fire Museum

315 W. Court St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 621-5553
    Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum preserves and exhibits Greater Cincinnati's firefighting artifacts while honoring all the heroic firefighters, past and present.
    Over 200 years of firefighting history is on display in the museum. Visit exhibits of early leather fire buckets, an 1808 fire drum and the oldest surviving fire engine in Cincinnati, an Hunneman hand pumper, or jump into a modern Emergency-One fire engine cab and wail the siren, ring the bell and flash the lights!

    The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and Holidays. The museum is open for tours by advance reservation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.




National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB

Dayton, OH 45433
(937) 255-3286

    The world's largest and oldest military aviation museum with free guided tours of the museum. Tours are offered Sunday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Advance registration is not necessary with tours beginning at the entrance to the Early Years Gallery. Parking and admission are free.


Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 639-2984

    Explore the Cincinnati Art Museum’s rich, encyclopedic collection of more than 60,000 objects, spanning 6,000 years of world art. Ranked 'Top Art Museum for Families' by Parenting Magazine, the museum offers public tours and educational activities for all ages.
    In addition to the art of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, there are extensive galleries of Near and Far Eastern art, Native American and African
art and extensive galleries of furniture, glass, ceramics, silver, costumes and folk art.
    The painting collection includes works by European old masters such as Titian, Van Dyck, Hals, Rubens and Gainsborough, as well as 19th- and 20th-century works by Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Miró and Chagall. The American collection holds works by Copley, Cole, Harnett, Wyeth, Wood, Hopper, Diebenkorn and Rothko, as well as major artists from the 1970s and 1980s.
    Areas of special strength include the only collection of ancient Nabataean art outside of Jordan, the renowned Herbert Greer French collection of old master prints, and a fine collection of European and American portrait miniatures. The museum holds and displays many paintings from Cincinnati's "Golden Age" (1830-1900) as well as Cincinnati's own Rookwood pottery and over 40 pieces of Cincinnati carved furniture.





Verdin Bell and Clock Museum
444 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 852-2787
    The sound of Verdin bells rings from more than 30,000 churches and cathedrals while our clocks, street clocks and towers beautify and enhance thousands of communities, colleges, shopping malls, and public spaces throughout the world.
    The Verdin Company was started in 1842 in Cincinnati, and has been guided by five generations of Verdins. During these years the company collected a trove of historic items associated with the bell and clock business. A museum, located in the recently restored Old St. Paul's Church, was a natural way to present the collections to the public.



End Note

    As I mentioned earlier, these are just a few of many family friendly attractions to seen in and around Cincinnati and I highly recommend a visit to for more information regarding these and other interesting places (as well as accommodations and restaurants) in the Cincinnati area. Of course, you’ll want to carve out several days during your visit to thoroughly explore AiG’s Creation Museum because there’s a lot to see and experience.