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Fun Things to Do Near Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 4th of July

Updated on July 11, 2018

Our Cincinatti Zoo Trip

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I took these pictures during our visit.
I took these pictures during our visit.
I took these pictures during our visit. | Source


Cincinnati Zoo Train, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA

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Things to Do In Cincinnati, Ohio.

There are many fun activities in the Cincinnati area including

  • water parks
  • Fireworks
  • zoo's
  • zip-lines
  • aquariums
  • museums
  • ball parks
  • balloon glow
  • botanical gardens
  • Ark Encounter (opened July 7th, 2016)

From my personal experience the Cincinnati Zoo is definitely worth visiting. We are from NC and at the North Carolina Zoo we can see animals far off if we use a pair of binoculars which is not the best. But at the Cincinnati zoo the animals are easy to see without binoculars! I really appreciated how close the parking was to the Zoo. Prices can be a little high but Military get in free on the 4th of July and if you purchase your tickets at Kroger you get a $2 off per ticket for adults and $1 off per child.

All members of the military — active and retired — will receive FREE admission to the Zoo on Memorial Day, July 4 and Veteran’s Day. The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six (6) half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family."

Creation Museum Visit

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They even have Camel Rides.
They even have Camel Rides.
They even have Camel Rides. | Source


Creation Museum :
Petersburg, KY 41080, USA

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Creation Museum

The Creation Museum is so much more than a Museum. It has the best zip-lines in the Midwest, a petting zoo with camel rides, beautiful botanical gardens, exhibits, restaurants, gift shop, awesome theater presentations, planetarium, and more!

We absolutely enjoyed our visit and loved that our admission ticket was good for two consecutive days!

The Creation Museum is 7 miles west of the Cincinnati Airport. Questions? Call (888) 582-4253

Normal Hours:

Monday–Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: NOON – 6 p.m.

Summer Hours:

Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: NOON – 9 p.m.
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Petting zoo and grounds close at dusk. All times are Eastern Time.

The price is right if your a veteran visiting on Veterans day. Veterans are free on Memorial Day (May 30), Independence Day (July 4), and Veterans Day (November 11). They have other free days as well.

Be sure to Visit the Ark Encounter, too! World's Largest Timber frame structure. For a limited time, you can get more out of your vacation by visiting both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in one trip. The Ark Encounter (opening July 7, 2016) is only a 45-minute drive from the Creation Museum. Save $9.95 on your Creation Museum admission when you buy the combo, and visit both attractions during the 40 days and 40 nights promotion.

Newport Aquarium


The Newport Aquarium is located less than 10 minutes from Cincinnati, Ohio at One Aquarium Way Newport, KY 41071 and phone number is 1-800-406-3474.

I have never visited this aquarium but I really hope we get a chance to next time we visit the area. Their website says, "There are a lot of fun things to do.... You can play with penguins, touch sharks, see animals and fish being fed and even go behind the scenes."

There are over 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the world at this aquarium.

Stroller Policy

For the comfort of guests, Newport Aquarium accommodates strollers most hours, but not all. This is very important information for anyone with young children in strollers. Be sure you visit during hours where strollers are allowed.

Sharkys Cafe offers sweet treats, coffee, burgers, wraps, and more. If your an annual pass-holder you will receive 15% off your order. If you are a member of a local state zoo already you may be eligible to get in to this zoo for 50% off regular admission price.

Florence Freedom Professional Baseball

Watch the game and then complete the night with a spectacular Firework show at the Florence Freedom Stadium for the 4th of July! Veterans get in for free on July 5th! If you are a Veteran be sure to call or email to make sure they are not sold out of tickets for that night. No Fireworks on the Military appreciation night, July 5th.

The game starts at 7:05 pm at the UC Health Stadium. Be sure to bring a box of cracker jacks!

7950 Freedom Way
Florence, Kentucky 41042
PH: (859) 594-HITS
FX: (859) 594-3194

Florence Freedom vs. Southern Illinois Miners

This is from the website....
Independence Day Fireworks

There's no better place to enjoy the fourth of July than at the ballpark! Head on out to UC Health Stadium to celebrate Independence Day with some Freedom baseball and a fantastic fireworks show.

LaRosas Balloon Glow

Coney Island

Coney Island and Balloon Glow

Wikipedia says "Coney Island is a small amusement park and water-park located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Anderson Township, on the banks of the Ohio River 10 miles east of Downtown Cincinnati."

The park has a water-park, rides, food and beverages. For 2016 they are adding there largest water project EVER, the Typhoon Tower.

Park Hours on July 4th:

  • Pool: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Rides: 11:00am - 8:00pm
  • Coney's Classic Rides will be open until 11:00pm!

Smoking is allowed at the sunlite pool in designated areas only. You can rent a wheelchair or stroller for $5 or double-stroller for $7 per day. With the season pass you can get Free Parking, exclusive discounts and pass-holder perks.

LaRosa's Balloon Glow will be happening on July 4th at the Coney Island. Parking cost: $8 until 2:00pm; $10 after 2:00pm and you do not have to purchase a ticket to the park to see the Balloon glow and fireworks. Normal rates apply for Sunlite Pool and Coney’s Classic Rides.

Schedule of Events

5:00-9:00pm - Q102 Live from the Python Coaster

6:00pm - Stiltwalkers and Jugglers in Moonlite Square

6:30pm - Live Music in Moonlite Mall from the Anderson Township Symphony Orchestra

7:00pm - Live Music at the Moonlite Square Gazebo from the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Band Jazz Ensemble

8:00pm - Balloon Glow in Moonlite Mall. See glowing hot air balloons fill the evening sky with dazzling colors!

10:00pm - Rozzi's Famous Fireworks puts on a beautiful display over Lake Como!

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Ark Encounter

We absolutely enjoyed our visit to the Ark Encounter! Whether you believe in the Bible or not you should go visit this place! It is huge!! It is fun!! It is affordable too! Ages 4 and under are free. Experience Bible history at the life-size Noah’s Ark! Meet Noah, his family, and the animals on the Ark. The family-friendly Ark Encounter theme park near Cincinnati also features a zoo, zip lines, and timber-frame restaurant. The address is 1 Ark Encounter Drive Williamstown, KY 41097.

Current Hours

Monday – Saturday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Sunday: Noon – 9 PM

My Trip at the Ark Encounter

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My brother and sister expressing how awesome it is at the ark!ages 4 and under are free!
My brother and sister expressing how awesome it is at the ark!
My brother and sister expressing how awesome it is at the ark! | Source
ages 4 and under are free!
ages 4 and under are free! | Source

Ark Encounter

1 Ark Encounter Drive Williamstown, KY 41097.:
1 Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, KY 41097, United States

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Directions to the life size Biblical Ark, The Ark Encounter.


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