Best Day Trips From Cincinnati

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Are you trying to plan a fun adventure outside of Cincinnati? Take a look at our guide to some great Cincinnati day trips including city destinations, cave excursions, and more. Start exploring outside your normal haunts, and contact us if you have any questions!

Nature Destinations

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and MuseumAbout 35 minutes north of Cincinnati

  • Stroll around the 300+ acre park full of lakes, hiking trails, rolling hills, and sculptures from antiquity all the way up to contemporary creations

Ohio Caverns1 hour 45 minutes north of Cincinnati

  • Called “America’s Most Colorful Caverns,” this destination is well worth visiting–be sure to get tickets in advance! On the Natural Wonders tours, you can see Ohio’s largest stalactite, called the Crystal King.

Big Bone Lick State Park and Historic SiteAbout 35 minutes south of Cincinnati

  • You can see bison year-round, check out the paleontology and Native American exhibits, and enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, and more!

Red River GorgeAbout 2 hours 20 minutes south of Cincinnati

  • This destination is a bit further but well worth the trip if you love breathtaking scenery. Part of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge offers hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, and even a cave boat tour!

Discover Another City

If you want to spend the day exploring a new city with beautiful architecture, national museums, delicious local restaurants, and hidden gems, these destinations are not too far of a drive from Cincinnati, and full of fun and culture!

Louisville KY – about 1 hour 30 minutes away

  • Top attractions include the Louisville Mega Cavern, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Kentucky Derby Museum, Conrad’s Castle, and a variety of distilleries.

Columbus OH – about 1 hour 40 minutes away

  • Top attractions include the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, German Village, North Market Farmer’s Market, Easton Town Center, and the Scioto Mile.

Indianapolis, IN – about 1 hour 50 minutes away

  • Top attractions include the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Central Canal, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Monument Circle, and Massachusetts Avenue.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

If you are a whiskey enthusiast or if you are a novice wanting to learn more, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a great adults-only day trip from Cincinnati. You can either book a guided tour, or you can dip your toes into the closest locations, like the following:

  • Town Branch Distillery – Lexington KY – about 1 hour 20 minutes away
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery – Frankfort KY – about 1 hour 30 minutes away
  • Woodford Reserve Distillery – Versailles KY – about 1 hour 30 minutes away
  • Bulleit Distilling Co – Shelbyville KY – about 1 hour 40 minutes away

Always drink responsibly!

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