21 Bucket List Activities To Do in Cincinnati Before Summer is Over

In what seemed like the blink of an eye, summer came and is somehow well on its way out already. And while most plans of any sort were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are still plenty of socially distant and safe ways to enjoy the remainder of the season — from hiking and camping to floating on rivers, lakes and public pools or self-guided mural tours, sunflower field adventures and a trip to the zoo — here's how to pack as much summer as possible into the last few weeks of warm days and sunshine.
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Camp at Red River Gorge
Robbie Ridge Road, Stanton, Kentucky
In East Central Kentucky, you'll find the Red River Gorge, where the land is rich with sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, natural bridges and trails that draw in hundreds of hikers and campers every year. The large amount of sandstone has made “the Red” one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. You also can’t forget to stop by Miguel’s Pizza on Natural Bridge Road while you’re there — a Red River Gorge tradition.
Photo: Catie Viox

Camp at Red River Gorge

Robbie Ridge Road, Stanton, Kentucky
In East Central Kentucky, you'll find the Red River Gorge, where the land is rich with sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, natural bridges and trails that draw in hundreds of hikers and campers every year. The large amount of sandstone has made “the Red” one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. You also can’t forget to stop by Miguel’s Pizza on Natural Bridge Road while you’re there — a Red River Gorge tradition.
Photo: Catie Viox
Float on the River with Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental
10465 Suspension Bridge Road, Harrison
Summertime is upon us, and for many, that means floating down the river and sippin' on some ice cold beverages while the sun shines down. Green Acres livery is located in Harrison, Ohio and operates on the Whitewater River. They currently offer only 8-mile single kayak rental trips with a reservation. Pets and children under 13 are not permitted at this time.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreenAcresCanoe

Float on the River with Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental

10465 Suspension Bridge Road, Harrison
Summertime is upon us, and for many, that means floating down the river and sippin' on some ice cold beverages while the sun shines down. Green Acres livery is located in Harrison, Ohio and operates on the Whitewater River. They currently offer only 8-mile single kayak rental trips with a reservation. Pets and children under 13 are not permitted at this time.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreenAcresCanoe
Visit a Sunflower Field and Snag Some Sweet Selfies
Various Greater Cincinnati locations
A visit to a sunflower field is a perfect send off to Midwestern summertime. And the Greater Cincinnati area has several to choose from to last you through the fall. These farms boasts rows and rows of beautiful blooms — perfect for a selfie or just to soak in and enjoy. Notable destinations in bloom now include the field across from Cottell Park in Deerfield Township and The Black Barn in Lebanon. See link for addresses and details.
Photo: Savana Willhoite

Visit a Sunflower Field and Snag Some Sweet Selfies

Various Greater Cincinnati locations
A visit to a sunflower field is a perfect send off to Midwestern summertime. And the Greater Cincinnati area has several to choose from to last you through the fall. These farms boasts rows and rows of beautiful blooms — perfect for a selfie or just to soak in and enjoy. Notable destinations in bloom now include the field across from Cottell Park in Deerfield Township and The Black Barn in Lebanon. See link for addresses and details.
Photo: Savana Willhoite
Shop Local at Findlay Market
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
At more than 150 years old, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continually operating public market and was named one of the top 10 markets in the world by Newsweek. Findlay Market has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972, and while it is free to wander, they do offer a free 30-minute guided tour bi-monthly to introduce you to special market vendors and recount tales of the market’s history, tours are currently limited to 9 people per tour. Masks are required to enter the Market House, and during busier times, the market closes off side entries to encourage one way traffic through the north and south facing entrances. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Shop Local at Findlay Market

1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
At more than 150 years old, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continually operating public market and was named one of the top 10 markets in the world by Newsweek. Findlay Market has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972, and while it is free to wander, they do offer a free 30-minute guided tour bi-monthly to introduce you to special market vendors and recount tales of the market’s history, tours are currently limited to 9 people per tour. Masks are required to enter the Market House, and during busier times, the market closes off side entries to encourage one way traffic through the north and south facing entrances.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Make a Reservation to Swim at Ziegler Pool
216 Woodward St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine’s Ziegler Pool, operated by 3CDC, currently has a reservation system in place. Each two-hour reservation block can hold 75 swimmers, with additional early morning sessions for a handful of lap swimmers. Ziegler reservations are open to anyone, whether or not they have a season pass. But you must register online at least a day in advance. There is a $4 flat rate per person; any financial assistance vouchers will be distributed through neighborhood organizations. There is a waitlist if sessions are full. And if the pool is closed because of weather, rain checks will be given. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Make a Reservation to Swim at Ziegler Pool

216 Woodward St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine’s Ziegler Pool, operated by 3CDC, currently has a reservation system in place. Each two-hour reservation block can hold 75 swimmers, with additional early morning sessions for a handful of lap swimmers. Ziegler reservations are open to anyone, whether or not they have a season pass. But you must register online at least a day in advance. There is a $4 flat rate per person; any financial assistance vouchers will be distributed through neighborhood organizations. There is a waitlist if sessions are full. And if the pool is closed because of weather, rain checks will be given.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Sample Some Wines at Vinoklet Winery
11069 Colerain Ave., Bevis
Thirty acres of picturesque rolling hills and ponds abound at the only working winery with a vineyard in Hamilton County. They offer wine tastings and sale Tuesday through Sunday during the day. It's also the home of the Vinoklet Restaurant, where you can grill your own entree on Friday and Saturday nights. 
Photo: Catie Viox

Sample Some Wines at Vinoklet Winery

11069 Colerain Ave., Bevis
Thirty acres of picturesque rolling hills and ponds abound at the only working winery with a vineyard in Hamilton County. They offer wine tastings and sale Tuesday through Sunday during the day. It's also the home of the Vinoklet Restaurant, where you can grill your own entree on Friday and Saturday nights.
Photo: Catie Viox
Watch a Movie From Your Car at the Starlite Drive In
2255 State Route Ohio-125, Amelia
The over-half-a-century-old East Side drive-in theater is open, and a great place to practice social distancing. Located in Amelia, the theater offers double features for every ticket — so make sure you prepare your snacks wisely. A $5 food permit fee is required for all bring-in eats, or stop at the Snack Bar for pizzas, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and more. 
Photo via Facebook.com/AmeliaStarliteDriveIn

Watch a Movie From Your Car at the Starlite Drive In

2255 State Route Ohio-125, Amelia
The over-half-a-century-old East Side drive-in theater is open, and a great place to practice social distancing. Located in Amelia, the theater offers double features for every ticket — so make sure you prepare your snacks wisely. A $5 food permit fee is required for all bring-in eats, or stop at the Snack Bar for pizzas, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and more.
Photo via Facebook.com/AmeliaStarliteDriveIn
Hike Up the New Cincinnati Art Museum Art Climb
953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams
The Cincinnati Art Museum debuted its new Art Climb over the summer, designed to connect the museum to its surrounding areas while offering four "art plazas" to display outdoor art. The nine-story climb features 164 zig-zagging steps and has light beam structures meant to guide users toward the CAM. Upon making it to the top, enjoy a view of the city and the nearby neighborhoods. The stairs begin at the intersection of Eden Park Drive and Gilbert Avenue. The museum asks that visitors practice diligent social distancing while making their way up. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Hike Up the New Cincinnati Art Museum Art Climb

953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams
The Cincinnati Art Museum debuted its new Art Climb over the summer, designed to connect the museum to its surrounding areas while offering four "art plazas" to display outdoor art. The nine-story climb features 164 zig-zagging steps and has light beam structures meant to guide users toward the CAM. Upon making it to the top, enjoy a view of the city and the nearby neighborhoods. The stairs begin at the intersection of Eden Park Drive and Gilbert Avenue. The museum asks that visitors practice diligent social distancing while making their way up.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Take a Self-Guided ArtWorks Mural Tour 
20 E. Central Parkway, Downtown
Each summer, ArtWorks and its youth apprentices put new murals up on buildings around the Greater Cincinnati area. Schedule a guided The Heart of Pendleton or the Spirit of OTR walking tour online. All guided tours will be 10 people or less and masks are required. Download a PDF of downtown, Pendleton and Over-the-Rhine murals to explore solo at artworkscincinnati.org. 
Photo: Savana Willhoite

Take a Self-Guided ArtWorks Mural Tour

20 E. Central Parkway, Downtown
Each summer, ArtWorks and its youth apprentices put new murals up on buildings around the Greater Cincinnati area. Schedule a guided The Heart of Pendleton or the Spirit of OTR walking tour online. All guided tours will be 10 people or less and masks are required. Download a PDF of downtown, Pendleton and Over-the-Rhine murals to explore solo at artworkscincinnati.org.
Photo: Savana Willhoite
Cycle One of Six Socially Distant Bike Trails 
With more than 570 miles of trails, we asked Tri-State Trails for their picks for the six best trails people should bike this summer — especially with social distancing in mind. Some favorites include the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the Ohio River Trail and Wasson Way. For more information on their top six picks, check out our full list and get pedaling!
Photo: Savana Willhoite

Cycle One of Six Socially Distant Bike Trails

With more than 570 miles of trails, we asked Tri-State Trails for their picks for the six best trails people should bike this summer — especially with social distancing in mind. Some favorites include the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the Ohio River Trail and Wasson Way. For more information on their top six picks, check out our full list and get pedaling!
Photo: Savana Willhoite