Summer Activities guide

Outdoor Fun, Indoor Attractions Await In Southwest Ohio

By
Alexis Larsen - Dayton Daily News

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Updated Sun, May 18, 2014 6:34 am
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Great American Ball Park

With an estimated 188 million visitors to the state of Ohio in 2012 with a net impact of $36 billion, tourism is — and has been — a booming business.

Southwestern Ohio “provides first-class experiences at an affordable price, and the diversity of those experiences is tremendous. There are plenty of new travel experiences this year in Ohio,” said Tamara Brown, TourismOhio public relations manager.

Planning to visit the area this summer? Here are attractions you won’t want to miss:

Kings Island
6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason (Warren County)

With more than 80 rides, shows and attractions — plus Soak City, a 33-acre water park — Kings Island theme park has something for the whole family, and especially for thrill seekers. Banshee, the park’s 15th roller coaster, sends riders screaming through more than 4,000 feet of track and seven inversions at speeds up to 68 mph.

And the all-new live acrobatic show “Cirque Imagine,” opening May 24 in the Kings Island Theater, will feature “an incredible showcase of strength, balance and athleticism,” said Don Helbig, Kings Island’s public relations manager. For ticket prices and hours of operation, visit www.visitkingsisland.com.

The Beach — An Adventure Landing Park
2590 Water Park Dr., Mason (Warren County)

Visitors seeking relief from summer’s heat can enjoy two new experiences at The Beach: a two-person zip line over the wave pool, and a more than 400-foot-long, four-lane mat racer ride.

The 35-acre park also features a heated wave pool with a special area for young children; the Big Kahuna, the midwest’s only water coaster; and the Cliff, an enclosed water slide that offers a five-story drop; a lazy river; cabana rentals and special play areas for children.

And, long after summer’s bathing suits are put away, visitors can head back to the Beach to enjoy an eight- to 10-lane snow-tubing hill opening in November. For ticket prices and hours of operation, call 513-398-7946 or visit www.thebeachwaterpark.com.

Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

This summer will be the last opportunity to see the Diana, A Celebration exhibit which will continue through Aug. 17. Marking its final U.S. stop on a more-than-10-year world tour, nine galleries feature 150 items, including the princesses’ royal wedding gown, designer dresses, home movies and family keepsakes on loan from the Spencer family.

For ticket prices and hours of operation, call 513-287-7000 or visit www.cincymuseum.org.

National Museum of the United States Air Force
1100 Spaatz St., Dayton (Greene and Montgomery counties)

The world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum recently opened a new, one-of-a-kind Space Shuttle exhibit. The NASA Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer allows visitors to learn about how astronauts train for missions.

In September, the Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with original and reproduction WWI aircraft, radio-controlled models, period re-enactors and more at the free museum.

And mark your calendars for June 28-29, when the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show (www.daytonairshow.com) is set to take place nearby at the Dayton International Airport. You can make it an aviation-themed weekend getaway. (937-255-3286, www.nationalmuseum.af.mil)

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

This summer, the zoo will open the next phase of its Africa exhibit featuring African wild dogs, meerkats and an open vista for several antelope species including gazelles, lesser kudu and large African birds. Visitors will be able to duck into a meerkat tunnel to get an up-close, grounds-eye view of the lively creatures.

For ticket prices and hours of operation, call 513-281-4700 or visit www.cincinnatizoo.org.

Jungle Jim’s International Market
4450 Eastgate Square Dr., Fairfield (Butler County)

This is so much more than just a grocery store — it’s a food adventure with more than 200,000 square feet of kitschy shopping space with more than 150,000 products from around the globe. If you haven’t been before, this is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Trust us.

Mark your calendars for the International Beer Fest June 13-14, featuring 350 beers from 100 different breweries. (513-674-6000, www.junglejims.com)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House
1340 E. High St., Springfield (Clark County)

Prepare for your design and architectural inspiration to go into overdrive at the meticulously preserved Westcott House — one of only 11 Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Ohio and about 260 in the world. Reservations are strongly recommended. The admission fee ($15, or $12 for senior citizens, students and groups of eight or more) includes a 45-minute house tour and an eight-minute video on the house restoration process.

While in the area, we recommend visiting the Hartman Rock Garden (www.hartmanrockgarden.org), which features meticulously crafted replicas of the White House, Independence Hall and other well-known landmarks crafted out of small stones by H.G. “Ben” Hartman during the Great Depression. Admission is free. (937-327-9291, www.westcotthouse.org

The Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

On the banks of the Ohio River, is the home of the Cincinnati Reds — baseball’s first professional franchise. There’s nothing that says summer like a baseball game.

Plus, celebrity super couple Beyonce and Jay Z will perform in concert at the ball park — the only Ohio stop on their On the Run tour — on June 28 (be warned, tickets are going fast). (513-381-7337 or http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark)

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton (Butler County)

The 265-acre sculpture park and outdoor museum focuses on monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests and various gardens. There’s also a 10,000-square-foot Ancient Sculpture Museum displaying Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Etruscan sculpture if you want to head inside for a bit.

Pack a picnic and soak in art and the great outdoors all at once. Admission is $8, or $3 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and younger. (513-868-8336 or www.pyramidhill.org)

Music festivals

Downtown Cincinnati will host two exciting music festivals in July. The Bunbury Music Festival (July 11-13), featuring the Flaming Lips, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Empire of the Sun and more than 75 other bands will take place within Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove parks on the banks of the Ohio River. Ticket prices range from $65 to $520.

The Macy’s Music Festival, featuring Charlie Wilson, Robin Thicke, Chaka Khan, K. Michelle and After 7 on July 25; and New Edition, Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole, Mint Condition and Chrisette Michele, on July 26. Ticket prices range from $48 to $88. (Bunbury Music Festival, www.bunburyfestival.com; Macy’s Music Festival, www.macysmusicfestival.com)


SOUTHWEST OHIO ATTRACTIONS

A sampling of popular summertime activities, compiled by Dispatch staff members:

 

THEME/WATER PARKS

The Beach: An Adventure Landing Park

Description: The 35-acre park includes inner-tube rides; an oversized spa pool; Big Creek Beach, with a 600-gallon dump bucket, water cannons and four slides

Location: 2590 Water Park Dr, Mason (Warren County)

Open: operating hours vary through Sept. 1, Sept. 6-7, 13 and 14

Admission: $28.99, or $19.99 for senior citizens 60 and older and children 4 to 10, $22.99 for military personnel, age 3 and younger are free with a paying adult; online discounts available

Parking: $8

New attractions: The Soaring Eagle Zipline

Least-busy days: Mondays through Thursdays

Tickets/information: 513-398-7946; www.thebeachwaterpark.com

Coney Island

Description: On the banks of Lake Como, the theme park includes rides, Sunlite Pool, water slides, an arcade and miniature golf.

Location: 6201 Kellogg Ave., 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Open, Sunlite Pool: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 24 through Aug. 24 and Aug. 30 through Sept. 1; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25-29; Classic Rides: hours vary May 24 through Sept. 1, check website for details

Admission, Sunlite Pool: $13.95 for those 5 and older, or $4.95 for children 2 to 4, free for children 1 and younger; classic rides: $12.95 for those 5 and older, or $6.95 for children 2 to 4, free for children 1 and younger; combination admission: $23.95 for those 5 and older, or $10.95 for children 2 to 4, free for children 1 and younger

Parking: $8

New attraction: Wipe Out, sending riders round-and-round and upside down more than 30 feet in the air; EuroBungy Dome, a 40-foot-tall trampoline system (extra fee) ;

Least-busy day: Tuesdays

Tickets/information: at the park and online; 513-232-8230, www.coneyislandpark.com

Great Wolf Lodge

Description: The indoor water park features water slides and a four-story treehouse with water sprays.

Location: 2501 Great Wolf Dr., Mason (Warren County)

Open: year-round

Admission: must be an overnight guest; rooms and suites available

Parking: free

Least-busy days: midweek

Information/reservations: 513-459-8885, 1-800-913-9653, www.greatwolf.com/mason/waterpark

Kings Island and Soak City Waterpark

Description: The park offers more than 100 rides, including 15 roller coasters (and the Beast, the world’s longest wooden coaster), and Soak City, a 33-acre waterpark.

Location: Kings Island Drive, Mason (Warren County)

Open, Kings Island: daily, operating hours vary through Aug. 24; select weekends through Nov. 2

Soak City (free with park admission): 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 24 through Aug. 17, Aug. 23-24 and Aug. 30 through Sept. 1; noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 18-22 (closing times subject to change)

Admission: $59.99 for those 48 inches and taller (good for two days), or $36.99 for senior citizens 62 and older and children less than 48 inches tall (for one day), free for children 2 and younger; online discounts available

Parking: $12 weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays; $22 for preferred

New attractions: Banshee thrill ride

Least-busy day: Wednesdays

Tickets/information: available online, at the park and participating AAA and Kroger locations; 513-754-5700, www.visitkingsisland.com

Wake Nation Cincinnati

Description: The water-sports complex offers wakeboarding, water-skiing, knee-boarding and wake-skating without the use of a boat. Riders are pulled on a 10-acre lake at 18 to 20 mph by an overhead cable-pulley system.

Location: Joyce Park, 201 Joe Nuxhall Way, Fairfield (Butler County)

Open: operating hours vary through October (call for details)

Admission: $30 for two hours, $35 for four hours, or $40 for an all-day pass; free for spectators; equipment rental available

Parking: free

Least-busy day: Tuesdays

Tickets/information: available on-site; 513-887-9253, www.wakenation.com

 

OUTDOOR DRAMA

Tecumseh!

Description: 42nd season for the outdoor historical drama about the Shawnee leader

Location: Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe (Ross County)

Performances: 8 p.m. June 6 to Aug. 30, except Sundays

Admission: $24.95, or $19.95 for senior citizens, $17.95 for children 10 and younger

Seating capacity: 1,689

Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Information: 1-866-775-0700, www.tecumsehdrama.com

Fraze Pavilion

Description: The outdoor amphitheater near Dayton offers 4,300 seats.

Location: 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering (Montgomery County)

Performances: June 1 (7:30 p.m.): Il Divo; June 5 (8 p.m.): Simply Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute); June 6 (8 p.m.): Paul Rodgers; June 8 (7:30 p.m.): Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Will Downing; June 11 (8 p.m.): Santana; June 19 (8 p.m.): One: A Celebration of U2; June 28 (6 p.m.): Umphrey’s McGee; June 29 (7:30 p.m.): Darius Rucker (sold out); July 2 (8 p.m.): Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band (sold out); July 5 (7:30 p.m.): Dave Koz and friends; July 6 (7:30 p.m.): Earth, Wind & Fire; July 18 (8 p.m.): Casting Crowns; July 19 (7:30 p.m.): Little Big Town; July 20 (7 p.m.): Under the Sun Tour featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker; July 24 (8 p.m.): The Purple Xperience (Prince tribute); July 25 (8 p.m.): the Romantics; July 26 (7:30 p.m.): Lynyrd Skynyrd; July 31 (8 p.m.): Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute); Aug. 1 (7 p.m.): Alan Jackson; Aug. 2 (8 p.m.): the Avett Brothers; Aug. 3 (7:30 p.m.): Kenny Loggins; Aug. 6 (8 p.m.): Happy Together Tour featuring the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron; Aug. 7 (8 p.m.): Let’s Hang On! (Frankie Valli tribute); Aug. 8 (8 p.m.): McGuffey Lane; Aug. 9 (7 p.m.): Boney James, Brian Culbertson; Aug. 13 (8 p.m.): Heart; Aug. 14 (7:30 p.m.): Kool & the Gang; Aug. 15 (7:30 p.m.): Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang; Aug. 29 (8 p.m.): the Moody Blues

Parking: free

Tickets/information: $5 to $99.50; 937-296-3300, www.fraze.com

Kings Island, Timberwolf Amphitheatre

Description: The 10,000-seat amphitheater is adjacent to the Kings Island theme park.

Location: 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason (Warren County)

Performances: June 26-28: Spirit Song 2014 featuring Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day, Matthew West, TobyMac, Jeremy Camp and more

Parking: $12 to $15 daily

Tickets/information: $31.99 to $129.99, available at www.ticketmaster.com; includes admission to the park; 1-800-288-0808, 513-754-5700, www.visitkingsisland.com

Riverbend Music Center/PNC Pavilion

Description: The 20,500-seat outdoor amphitheater along the Ohio River boasts a 4,100-seat pavilion.

Location: 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Performances: May 30 (7 p.m.): Lady Antebellum; June 6 (8 p.m.): the Monkees; June 7 (8 p.m.): Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Orchestral Spectacular; June 13 (7 p.m.): Zac Brown Band; June 14 (7:30 p.m.): Ray LaMontagne; June 15 (7:30 p.m.): Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne; June 20 (7 p.m.): Brad Paisley; June 21 (8 p.m.): Cincinnati Pops Orchestra featuring Chris Botti; June 22 (7:30 p.m.): Lionel Richie, CeeLo Green; June 25 (6:45 p.m.): Journey, Steve Miller Band; June 27 (7:30 p.m.): Fifth Harmony; June 28 (6:30 p.m.): O.A.R., Phillip Phillips; June 29 (7 p.m.): Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope; July 1 (6:45 p.m.): Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry; July 4 (8 p.m.): Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Red, White & Boom; July 6 (7 p.m.): Motley Crue, Alice Cooper; July 8 (7:30 p.m.): Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Rick Springfield; July 9 (7 p.m.): Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds; July 10 (7:30 p.m.): 311; July 11 (8 p.m.): Sarah McLachlan; July 15 (7 p.m.): Kiss, Def Leppard; July 16 (11 a.m.): Vans Warped Tour 2014; July 19 (8 p.m.): Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Broadway Night and Sing-Along; July 21 (8 p.m.): Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band; July 22 (7:30 p.m.): Aerosmith, Slash; July 24 (7 p.m.): Matt Nathanson, Gavin DeGraw; July 25 (8 p.m.): John Fogerty; July 31 (7 p.m.): Keith Urban, Jerrod Niemann; Aug. 1 (8 p.m.): Jim Brickman; Aug. 5 (7 p.m.): OneRepublic; Aug. 8 (7 p.m.): Toby Keith, Colt Ford, Krystal Keith; Aug. 12 (7:30 p.m.): Panic! At the Disco, Walk the Moon; Aug. 13 (7:30 p.m.): Chicago, REO Speedwagon; Aug. 22 (7 p.m.): Kings of Leon; Sept. 5 (7 p.m.): Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow; Sept. 25 (7 p.m.): Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Chase Rice, Jon Pardi

Parking: included with the ticket

Tickets/information: $15 to $171.50, available at Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000) or www.ticketmaster.com (call 513-381-3300 or visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org for Pops tickets); 513-232-6220, www.riverbend.org

 

MUSEUMS

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Description: The natural history museum and science center has a planetarium, an observatory and a zoo.

Location: 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton (Montgomery County)

Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Admission: $13, or $11 for senior citizens 60 and older, $10 children 3 to 16, free for 2 and younger; admission includes space theater shows

Parking: free, on-site

Special exhibits: Inventors Toolbox: The Exploration of Simple Machines — explore the tools that made innovators such as Da Vinci and the Wright Brothers masters of invention (through Aug. 31); Glow: Living Light, exploring the beauty of bioluminescence (through Aug. 31)

Information: 937-275-7431, www.boonshoftmuseum.org

Cincinnati Art Museum

Description: The museum features 75 galleries and more than 60,000 works.

Location: 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Open: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays

Admission: free

Parking: $4; free for members

Special exhibits: Portraits of the Artist — compositional images from the 20th century (through June 22); Cincinnati Silver — showcasing almost 200 objects representing the city’s earliest activities in the silver trade (June 14 through Sept. 7); Cries in the Night: German Expressionist Prints around World War I — (June 21 through Aug. 17); Conversations around American Gothic — featuring Grant Wood’s two masterpieces: American Gothic and Daughters of Revolution (Aug. 30 through Nov. 16)

Information: 513-639-2995, www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Cincinnati Museum Center

Description: The center is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Linder Family Omnimax theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library.

Location: Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays

Admission: $14.50, or $13.50 for senior citizens 60 and older, $10.50 for children 3 to 12, $5.50 for children 1 to 2, free for children younger than 1; special exhibits and Omnimax theater extra

Parking: $6; $4 after 4:30 p.m.

Special exhibits: Diana, A Celebration — containing 150 objects (extra fee for this exhibit, through Aug. 17)

Information: 513-287-7000, www.cincymuseum.org

Contemporary Arts Center

Description: The center focuses on painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media.

Location: Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center, 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays (free after 5 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Admission: $7.50, or $5.50 for senior citizens 60 and older, students and educators with a valid ID; free for children 5 and younger, all active military members and their immediate family and Veterans plus one with valid I.D. and members

Parking: nearby garages

Special exhibits: Buildering: Misbehaving the City — a playful, mischievous and lively show with a strong socio-cultural underpinning (through Aug. 18); Michael Sailstorfer, a series of installations (through Sept. 14); The UnMuseum — an interactive area offering children and parents a chance to experience art

Information: 513-345-8400, www.contemporaryartscenter.org

Dayton Art Institute

Description: The institute boasts 27,000 pieces in its permanent collection that spans more than 5,000 years, with more than 1,000 pieces on view at all times.

Location: 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton (Montgomery County)

Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Admission: $8; or $5 for senior citizens 60 and older, active military and groups; free for students and children; fee for some special exhibits

Parking: on-site, paid lots and street parking

Special exhibits: “Dayton Celebrates Glass: Chihuly and Beyond” — showcasing works by Chihuly and other artists (through Sept. 28)

Information: 937-223-4278, www.daytonartinstitute.org

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Description: a five-unit park located in and around Dayton including the Wright Cycle Co. Complex.

Location: The Wright Cycle Co. building and Wright Dunbar Visitor Center, 16 S. Williams St.; Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center, 2380 Memorial Rd. (corner of Rt. 444 and Kaufman Rd.), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Greene and Montgomery counties) and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Gate 16A off Rt. 444, Wright Patterson Air Force Base; Carillon Historical Park and Hawthorn Hill, 1000 Carillon Blvd.; Paul Laurence Dunbar House, 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

Open: hours vary by location, visit the website for more information

Admission: free, except for Carillon Park: $8, or $7 for senior citizens 60 and older, $5 for ages 3 to 17, free for age 2 and younger; Paul Laurence Dunbar House: $6, or $3 for students 5 to 17, free for age 4 and younger; Hawthorn Hill: $12

Parking: on-site; shuttle available at Carillon Park for Hawthorn Hill

Exhibits: Highlighting the research of Orville and Wilbur Wright; and the home of Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late-19th and early 20th centuries

Information: the Wright Cycle Co. Complex, 937-225-7705; Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, 937-425-0008; Carillon Historical Park, 937-293-2841 (www.daytonhistory.org); www.nps.gov/daav

Fort Ancient

Description: The largest prehistoric hilltop enclosure in the United States, featuring a 9,000-square-foot museum and access to earthworks and hiking trails.

Location: 6123 Rt. 350, Oregonia (Warren County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Admission: $6, or $5 for senior citizens 60 and older and children 6 to 16, free for children 5 and younger

Parking: free, on-site

Information: 513-932-4421 or 1-800-283-8904, www.fortancient.org

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Description: The military aviation-history museum boasts more than 360 aerospace vehicles — many rare and one-of-a-kind — along with thousands of historical items.

Location: 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton (Greene and Montgomery counties)

Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Admission: free

Parking: free

Special exhibits: Space Shuttle Exhibit — featuring NASA’s first Crew Compartment Trainer

Information: 937-255-3286, www.nationalmuseum.af.mil

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Description: The center features exhibits that chronicle the route slaves took to freedom as well as information about the people who helped them along the way.

Location: 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Open: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays in May, daily June 1 to Labor Day

Admission: $14, or $12 for senior citizens 60 and older, $10 for children 3 to 12, free for children 2 and younger

Parking: nearby garages, surface lots and street parking

Special exhibits: And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations — featuring 85 handcrafted quilts created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network (through Sept. 1)

Information: 1-877-648-4838, 513-333-7739, www.freedomcenter.org

Sunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

Description: A 13th-century American Indian village along the Great Miami River offers a step back in time.

Location: 2301 W. River Rd., Dayton (Montgomery County)

Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Admission: $6, or $4 for senior citizens 60 and older and children 6 to 16, free for children 5 and younger

Special events: Miami Valley Council for Native Americans 26th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow — June 28-29, admission: $6, or $3 for senior citizens and students ages 6 to 16, free for children 5 and younger); Flute and Art Festival — performances by flutists from throughout the region Aug. 15-17), admission: $8, or $5 for senior citizens 60 and older and children 6 to 16, free for children 5 and younger; weekend passes available.

Parking: free, on-site

Information: 937-268-8199, www.sunwatch.org

 

SPORTING EVENTS: BASEBALL

Cincinnati Reds

Description: The oldest professional baseball franchise has recently been a playoff team.

Location: Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Home games: May 23-25 vs. Cardinals; June 3-5 vs. Giants; June 6-8 vs. Phillies; June 9-12 vs. Dodgers; June 20-22 vs. Blue Jays; July 4-6 vs. Brewers; July 7-10 vs. Cubs; July 11-13 vs. Pirates; July 25-27 vs. Nationals; July 28-30 vs. Diamondbacks; Aug. 6-7 vs. Indians; Aug. 8-10 vs. Marlins; Aug. 12-13 vs. Red Sox; Aug. 21-24 vs. Braves; Aug. 26-28 vs. Cubs; Sept. 5-7 vs. Mets; Sept. 8-11 vs. Cardinals; Sept. 23-25 vs. Brewers; Sept. 26-28 vs. Pirates

Admission: $5 to $250, free for children 3 and younger if sitting on an adult’s lap

Parking: nearby lots

Tickets/information: available through Tickets.com, 1-513-381-7337, 1-877-647-7337; at the park; or online; 513-765-7000, www.reds.com

Dayton Dragons

Description: The Cincinnati Reds’ Class A affiliate boasts a beautiful home with top-notch amenities.

Location: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton (Montgomery County)

Home games: May 19-21 vs. Great Lakes; May 22-24 vs. West Michigan; May 31-June 2 vs. Lansing; June 10-12 vs. Bowling Green; June 13-15 vs. Lake County; June 27-30 vs. Lake County; July 1-3 vs. Fort Wayne; July 8-10 vs. South Bend; July 11-14 vs. West Michigan; July 23-25 vs. Quad Cities; July 26-28 vs. Cedar Rapids; Aug. 1-3 vs. South Bend; Aug. 4-6 vs. Great Lakes; Aug. 15-17 vs. Bowling Green; Aug. 24-26 vs. Great Lakes; Aug. 27-29 vs. Lansing

Admission: $5 to $20; 2 and younger free

Parking: nearby lots

Tickets/information: 937-228-2287; www.daytondragons.com

Chillicothe Paints

Description: The summer-league team is a member of the Prospect League, in which players use wooden bats.

Location: V.A. Memorial Stadium, 17273 Rt. 104, Chillicothe (Ross County)

Home games: May 31-June 1 vs. Richmond; June 2-3 vs. Butler; June 7-8 vs. West Virginia; June 10 vs. Lorain; June 11 vs. Richmond; June 12 vs. Terre Haute; June 18 vs. Lorain; June 20-21 vs. West Virginia; June 24-25 vs. Quincy; June 30-July 1 vs. Champion City; July 10-12 vs. Butler; July 12-13 vs. West Virginia; July 18-19 vs. Lorain; July 23-24 vs. Richmond; July 28-29 vs. Richmond; July 31 vs. Butler; Aug. 1 vs. Champion City; Aug. 3 vs. Lorain; Aug. 5 vs. Terre Haute

Admission: $6, or $5 for senior citizens 65 and older and children 12 and younger

Parking: on-site

Tickets/information: 740-773-8326; www.chillicothepaints.com

 

SPORTING EVENTS: PRO FOOTBALL

Cincinnati Bengals

Description: The NFL team was established by the legendary Paul Brown and began play in 1968.

Location: 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Preseason home games: Aug. 16 vs. New York Jets; Aug. 28 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Admission: to be determined

Parking: nearby lots

Tickets/information: 1-866-621-8383; 513-621-TDTD (8383); 513-621-3550, www.bengals.com

 

SPORTING EVENTS: TENNIS

Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women's Open

Description: Fans will see stars from both the WTA and the ATP tours playing on adjacent courts.

Location: Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason (Warren County)

Dates: Aug. 9-17

Admission: $10 to $90 for single-session tickets, or $5 to $15 for children 12 and younger

Parking: free

Tickets/information: available through Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000, and online; 513-651-0303, www.cincytennis.com

 

SPORTING EVENTS: HORSE RACING

Belterra Park

Description: Thoroughbred racing is held on a 1-mile dirt track.

Location: 6301 Kellogg Rd., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Season: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 19 (post time 1:30 p.m.; Fridays post time 3 p.m.); simulcasting daily

Admission: free

Parking: free

Tickets/information: 513-232-8000, www.belterrapark.com

 

ZOO

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Description: The second-oldest zoo in the country has more than 500 animals and 3,000 plant species; it is internationally known for its research and conservation efforts.

Location: 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Big attractions: Africa, featuring lions, cheetahs and giraffes; Cat Canyon, which will put visitors eye-to-eye with Malayan tigers; as well as Gorilla World, Manatee Springs, Elephant Reserve, Jungle Trails.

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. May 24 through Labor Day

Admission: $15, or $11 for children 2 to 12 and senior citizens 62 and older, free for children younger than 2

Parking: $9

Information: 513-281-4700, www.cincinnatizoo.org

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