Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
In October 2012, the Zoo witnessed the birth of its newest member: Lulu the giraffe. You can visit her in the new Africa exhibit, the largest animal exhibit in Cincinnati Zoo history, opening Summer 2013.
It's good old-fashioned summertime fun at Coney Island, an amusement park on the East side of town with classic rides and Sunlite Pool, the largest recirculating pool; in the world. Get in line for a turn on the Tilt-a-Whirl or Ferris Wheel, play a game in the arcade or experience the feeling of bungee jumping in the EuroBungy Dome.
More than two miles of track makes this destination the world's largest indoor train display, where 90 G-scale trains chug through towns that represent various locomotive eras of U.S. history. If your little conductors have some energy to burn, send them to the A-Maze-N Funhouse for circus sideshow spectacles.
Little adrenaline junkies (and their parents) can't get enough of the high-flying roller coasters at this globally famed amusement park. For the littlest visitors, Planet Snoopy has been voted Best Kids Area in the world for 12 consecutive years by Amusement Today. When it's time to cool off, head to Soak City Waterpark.
When was the last time you pet a live shark? Today can be your day in Shark Central. While you're there, pop over to Kroger Penguin Palooza to see one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather penguins. Be sure to pose with one of the life-sized penguin models.