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Socially distant activities in Cincinnati for adults, seniors and kids
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Socially distant activities in Cincinnati are plentiful if you know where to look. As the COVID-19 quarantine continues, fun indoor and outdoor activities can allow you to enjoy art exhibits, live-music concert series and performances across the greater Cincinnati region.
1. Socially distant activities in Cincinnati parks
The greater Cincinnati area is home to more than 5000 acres of parks and green spaces.
Plan your experience at Cincinnati Parks with 5,000-plus acres of city parklands consist of five regional parks, 70 neighborhood parks, 34 natural areas, five neighborhood nature centers, five parkways, 16 scenic overlooks and 65 miles of hiking and bridle trails. Plan your experience!
The Great Parks of Hamilton County allow you to enjoy the great outdoors at 21 parks, nature trails, paddle boarding, golf, camping, cycling, fishing, horseback riding and preserves. Parks are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
The Cincinnati Nature Center offers tranquility and solace among more than 1,700 acres of forests, fields, streams and ponds. From enchanting spring wildflowers to the dazzling colors of autumn, the ever-changing beauty of nature attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year.
2. Socially distant activities at Cincinnati businesses
As the number of COVID-19 cases decreased, some Ohio businesses re-opened with new cleaning standards and capacity limits. Grab your mask and safely go out for a day in the city. Take advantage of the great entertainment options Cincinnati has to offer.
Check out the Groupon deals for local mini-golf courses.
Get out for a night of mystery and puzzles at this Black-owned escape room.
Go Karting & Axe Throwing
Put the pedal to the metal, then put the metal to the… wood at this combination go karting and ax-throwing entertainment venue.
Zeigler Firearms and Defense Systems
Learn the fundamentals of shooting and firearm safety at this Black-owned self-defense company.
Topgolf West Chester offers an upscale, laid-back golf experience and features more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, event spaces for groups of all sizes, and food and drink, and a rooftop terrace.
Archery Arena is the first and only dedicated archery dodgeball facility in the Midwest. Battle your friends and family with bows and specially engineered foam-tipped arrows.
3. Socially distant activities at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo has re-opened with new cleaning standards as well as a new capacity limit. Take your family to see how much Fiona the hippopotamus has grown since her famed introduction in 2017. Parents who receive SNAP benefits can take advantage of the Zoo Access for All program and buy tickets at a discounted rate.
4. Socially distant activities that allow you to dwell in art and history
Immerse yourself in the world of art and history at these iconic Cincinnati arts centers, museums and music venues. These museums and venues have reopened with new capacity limits and a reservation system. Follow the links to their websites to find out more about their health guidelines and to make reservations. Unfortunately, the Contemporary Arts Center is temporarily closed.
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum offers a variety of permanent and contemporary art exhibits and collections as well as the art climb, a 164-step outdoor art exhibit that encourages visitors to experience.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
Boasting 80+ outdoor sculptures on over 300 acres of land, Pyramid Hill is the perfect place to get your daily dose of nature and art. Don’t forget to take advantage of these special deals.
Taft Museum of Art
Find gems of history nestled into every nook and cranny in our period-inspired rooms, each their own canvas of creativity that surrounds you in stories that have endured for generations.
Weston Art Gallery
Acclaimed for its eclectic mix of emerging and professional artists presented in museum-quality environs in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s restaurant and theater district.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Explore stories of courage, cooperation, and perseverance at the Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati along the Ohio River.
Explore the question of the origin and see biblical recreations at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.
Cincinnati Museum Center at the Union Terminal
Major offerings at Union Terminal include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX ® Theater.
Walk inside a full-size replica of Noah’s iconic Ark.
Cincinnati Fire Museum highlights the significant contributions that Cincinnati has made to the firefighting profession. Cincinnati is the birthplace of professional firefighting and we are proud to display its history.
The Heritage Village Museum is a collection of historic 19th-century buildings and tours.
5. Socially distant activities at Findlay Market
Get out of the house, support local vendors, and get quality products at Findlay Market in Over-The-Rhine. Enjoy a ride on the Cincinnati streetcar and don’t forget to check out the music scene while you’re there.
6. Day trips for socially distant activities
If you find that you’re just looking to get out of the city for a while, here are a few places for you and the family:
Yellow Springs, OH is a small village with a lot of personalities. Take a hike through Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve or go shopping at the lively shops along Xenia Ave.
Visit the heart of Ohio and explore the life of the Amish. From Mennonite buffets to carriage rides and glass museums, there’s a lot to do in Amish Country (and plenty of space for social distancing).
Experience the wonder of one of the world’s longest cave systems in Central Kentucky. You can go on a guided tour or even just explore the well-kept national park.
Carriage House Farm
Fresh vegetables, fruits, and greens, herbs, whole and milled grains, and honey. Enjoy eating on the patio, take your meal to picnic at several locations around the property, or carry out.
Five River MetroParks
Five Rivers MetroParks has been connecting people with nature at 18 parks in the Dayton, Ohio region.
Use these ideas as a guide for what can be done to keep your mind, body, and spirit grounded during this pandemic. Don’t stay in your pajamas all day. Get up. Brush your teeth. Shower. Wash your face, and of course, wash your hands! Let us know what things you are doing to get out of the house while still social distancing in the comments, or at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.
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