Everyone needs a summer bucket list. Whether you’re visiting Warren County, Ohio for a week-long stay or a weekend getaway, this list is for you! Listed in no particular order, these 10 attractions and events are must-see’s when visiting Ohio’s Largest Playground during the summer season. For a complete list of attractions and events, visit Warren County online here.
1. Zip across the Little Miami Scenic River at Ozone Zipline Adventures
There’s no experience quite like zip lining 200 feet above the Little Miami Scenic River. With four different zip line tours to choose from, Ozone Zipline Adventures is the perfect remedy for cabin fever. Ranked as one of the largest zip line canopy tours in the Midwest, Ozone is located in beautiful Oregonia, Ohio and is connected with the well-known YMCA Camp Kern. Stretching out over 1,000 ft across the Little Miami Scenic River, the river tour brings views unrivaled anywhere else in the whole county! Click here for a riding view on one of the river lines at Ozone Zipline Adventures!
2. Hunt for fossils at Caesar Creek State Park
Once covered by vast seas and later by glaciers, the Ohio Valley features numerous fossils that provide a glimpse of Southwest Ohio’s history. Caesar Creek State Park offers a public collecting site for fossils believed to be 450-500 million years old! The 3,741-acre park also offers opportunities for boating, hiking, camping and fishing.
3. Scream like a “Banshee” on Kings Island’s newest record-breaking coaster
The long-awaited, world record-breaking coaster, Banshee, made its opening debut in 2014 at Kings Island. Receiving rave reviews from enthusiasts and critics from around the world, Banshee doesn’t disappoint for those brave enough to ride. With over 4,000 ft of track, 7 inversions, and a top speed of 68 mph, this ride debuts as the longest inverted roller coaster in the world. Banshee is also the first female-inspired thrill ride. For a look at four different ride experiences, check out a previous blog written about conquering the Banshee here.
4. Embark on a 10+ mile bike ride on the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail
Walk, run, roller-blade, bike or even horseback ride on portions of the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail. With many towns and entry points along the way, you can easily and conveniently venture 10 miles or 35 miles depending on how you choose to use it. Download a bike map here and hit the trail!
5. Wine & dine during a Weekend Cookout at Valley Vineyards Winery & Brewery
Valley Vineyards Winery & Brewery is a family-owned business that began when the vineyard was first planted back in 1969. Every Friday and Saturday throughout the year — and Sundays from July through October — Valley Vineyards hosts their Weekend Cookouts. Guests can grill their own steak or salmon on the indoor or outdoor grills. Each reservation also includes the choice of 4 drinks or a bottle from Valley Vineyards award-winning wine collection. With outdoor seating and a community grill, weekend cookouts at Valley Vineyards make for the perfect summer evening in Warren County. Take a Valley Vineyards video tour here!
6. Entertain yourself with a Broadway style show and dinner at La Comedia
Get a taste of Broadway when you experience one of six La Comedia Dinner Theatre shows each year, including classics such as Marry Poppins, Peter Pan, All Shook Up and more! See the current show schedule here.
7. Explore the farm on a Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride at Bonnybrook Farms
Rated as one of the “Top 50 Kid Friendly Things to do in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky,” Bonnybrook Farms’ Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride offers a unique and unforgettable experience of fun and food for families, friends and groups of all sizes! Take part in numerous activities on the farm before the dinner bell rings and the wagon is loaded. Riders can enjoy a barbecue dinner of Bonnybrook’s own hickory smoked pork and chicken, as well as Nathan’s hot dogs. After taking a wagon ride to Todd Fork Creek, guests can then gather around the campfire to roast s’mores and enjoy the evening. Watch a Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride in action here.
8. Witness the world’s greatest tennis players at the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open has been in the Cincinnati area since 1899, and continues to draw the best players in the world to Mason, Ohio year after year. There’s plenty to see and do, and a visit to the tournament makes for a great day with the family or night out with friends! Get your tickets for the W&S Open here.
9. Tap your feet to the best blues music around during the Lebanon Blues Festival
The start of summer means that festival season is just getting into full-swing in Southwest Ohio! With several bands playing throughout the evening, your favorite festival food, and a deluxe beer garden, the Lebanon Blues Festival offers a fun-filled night of music that will have you moving to the beat! And the best part, admission is FREE! Don’t miss the car show, where some of the most unique hot rods will be on display.
10. Float down the Little Miami Scenic River by canoe or kayak
With multiple canoe liveries along the Little Miami Scenic River, you can paddle your way upstream or downstream and discover for yourself why the Little Miami is one of the Top 10 scenic rivers in the country! A gentle current and abundant wildlife make the Little Miami River ideal for family trips, beginner outings, and experienced excursions.
Make this summer an unforgettable one while enjoying some of the best attractions and events that Warren County has to offer. To request your FREE copy of the Warren County Visitors Guide and to begin planning your summer getaway, visit www.OhiosLargestPlayground.com.