Whether your kids are back at school, or still at home trying to navigate this “new normal”, they deserve a break, and so do you! Cincinnati, Ohio serves as the perfect escape for you and your family. You will find comfort and be refreshed with plenty of outdoor activities and venues taking the proper precautions to keep you and your family safe during your visit.
Here is our guide to a Fall family getaway in the Queen City:
First, on the agenda, check into 21c Cincinnati where you probably will run into a Yellow Penguin supporting the mask mandate. For your safety and the safety of our communities, we ask that you also wear a mask and practice social distancing during your visit. For the most up to date information about all of our cleanliness and wellness policies, designed with the safety of our teammates and guests in mind, click here. Once the whole family has settled into the room head down to Metropole where Executive Chef Vanessa Miller and team will provide all the fuel needed for your Cincinnati adventure.
Before you head out on the town, stroll around our gallery space featuring our current exhibition, Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance. Explore our site-specific installations including Werner Reiterer’s Untitled, which greets you at the entrance as it hovers over the front sidewalk, walk through Healing Tiles’ glowing pool of organic patterns, and don’t miss an evening viewing of Lightmail in the solarium. Teach your little ones the importance of using their voice with a look at the recently installed voting poster collage on the side of our building in Gano Alley in collaboration with Amplifier and Wide Awakes.
Experience art outside our walls and visit Hank Willis Thomas’ All Things Being Equal exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum (ends November 8). Reservations are required ahead of time. Discover Cincinnati’s vibrant street art scene with ArtWorks Cincinnati’s self-guided mural tour, including the recently commissioned Black Lives Matter mural in front of City Hall, which features former 21c Elevate artists: Cedric Michael Cox (“E” in MATTER) and Michael Coppage (“L” in BLACK).
Immerse yourselves in the Fall spirit with a trip to Blooms & Berries Farm Market, located just 27 miles from the hotel. With pumpkin patch hayrides, a 7-acre corn maze, a kids’ corn maze, farm animals, cow train rides and more, there is plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! Be sure to purchase your tickets for your visit online ahead of time. Huge soccer fans? Then you’ll love the design at Iron’s Fruit Farm – an FC Cincinnati theme! Looking to enjoy a glass of wine or a boozy Fall drink too? Neltners Farm, which hosts local wineries, is the place for you.
Do your little ones love to learn? Visit our next-door neighbors at the Contemporary Arts Center and check out the UnMuseum, a kid-friendly museum space filled with interactive activities. Admission is free, but registration ahead of time is required. Walk amongst the dinosaurs and explore featured exhibits like, Inspired by Nature: The Art and Activism of Charley Harper, at Cincinnati Museum Center. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
What is a family trip without exploring the great outdoors? Take a short drive to the Boone Cliffs, 74 acres of old-growth forest, unique cliff formations and 2.4 miles of unpaved trails. Located just minutes from downtown Cincinnati, is the city’s largest park, Mt. Airy Forest, which has 1,459 acres of trails and a wheelchair accessible public tree house.
You’ve probably worked up quite the appetite with all this exploring, learning and all the fun you have been having! Lucky for you, Cincinnati is filled with plenty of family-friendly dining options. The Sleepy Bee Café is the bee’s knees of brunch spots in downtown Cincinnati. Woke up feeling a little whacky and wild? Grab a stack of pancakes from Sugar n’Spice Diner. While you’re in OTR, grab some local produce from Findlay Market for a cozy picnic in Washington Park, which has plenty of room for the kids to run and drinks at the Porch for the parents. For dinner, head to Zablong for some peculiar and freshly tossed ‘za.
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