Museums and Interesting Places to Visit within a Two-Hour Drive

Trying to think of something fun to do while still being socially distanced? Consider a short drive to a museum or place of interest. Here is our list of places located within a two-hour drive of Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; and Southeastern Indiana. Before heading out, be sure to check with the venue’s hours and if a reservation is necessary.

Alexandria, Kentucky
Campbell County Log Cabin Museum – reconstructed log cabins on display

Aurora, Indiana
Hillforest Victorian House Museum – 1955 residence to tour

Cincinnati, Ohio
American Sign Museum –  see over 100 years of all kinds of signs
CIncinnati Art Museum – 60,000+ pieces of art from 6,000 years
Cincinnati Fire Museum – learn about Cincinnati’s firefighting history
Cincinnati Observatory – gaze at the sky and stars
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum – interactive exhibits, memorabilia and artifacts
Cincinnati Skirball Museum – Jewish artifacts at Hebrew Union College
Contemporary Arts Center – view all kinds of contemporary art
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal – 3 museums and an Omnimax theater
Duke Energy Children’s Museum at the Union Terminal – hands-on education through exhibits and interaction
German Heritage Museum – learn about Cincinnati’s German history
Harriet Beecher Stowe House – learn about the life of HBS and her book: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Museum of Natural History & Science at Union Terminal – interactive exhibits and artifacts
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – exhibits and interactive experiences about the struggles for freedom
Taft Museum of Art – visit this historic home and view European and American masterworks
William Howard Taft National Historic Site – learn about President William Howard Taft at his Greek Revival home

Batavia, Ohio
Tri-State Warbird Museum – historic aviation museum

Burlington, Kentucky
Dinsmore Homestead – view the main house, outbuildings and graveyard of the Dinsmore family

Cleves, Ohio
Harrison-Symmes Memorial Foundation Museum – visit the tomb of President William Henry Harrison; the museum features historical artifacts

Clifton, Ohio
Clifton Mill – historic grist mill in a beautiful setting

Columbus, Ohio
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum – largest world collection of comicsCenter of  Science and Industry (COSI) – science in a very fun way!
Central Ohio Fire Museum – learn about firefighting
Columbus Museum of Art – free admission on Sundays
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – 400 plant species
Jack Nicklaus Museum – “fore” golf enthusiasts
National Veterans Memorial and Museum – learn about combat from the perspective of a war veteran
Ohio Craft Museum – all kinds of arts showcased
Ohio History Center/Ohio Village – learn about Ohio
Orton Geological Museum – see dinosaur relics
Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum – all kinds of cars

Covington, Kentucky
The Carnegie – art gallery exhibits 
Behringer-Crawford Museum – learn about regional Northern Kentucky history

Dayton, Kentucky
Dayton Heritage Museum – learn about the history of Dayton, Kentucky

Dayton, Ohio
America’s Packard Museum – dedicated to the Packard Motor Car Company
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – science learning experiences
British Transport Museum – look at British cars
Carillon Historical Park – learn all about Dayton’s history
Dayton Art Institute – an impressive art collection
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park – learn all about the Wright Brothers from their bicycle shop
Dayton International Peace Museum – learn about strategies Dayton has used to achieve peace
The Contemporary Dayton – view contemporary art
Paul Laurence Dunbar House – a restored home of the poet and writer
International Peace Museum – learn about local, national and international peace
Miami Valley Military History Museum – learn about our Armed Forces’ veterans
National Museum of the US Air Force – world’s largest military aviation museum
Patterson Homestead –  John Patterson founded National Cash Register – learn about the family
SunWatch Indian Village – 13th century American Indian village along the Great Miami River

Florence, Kentucky
Big Bone Lick State Park Museum – learn about ice-age mammals and Native American history

Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Ft. Thomas Military and Community Museum – learn about the Civil War Battery Hooper defensive position

Fort Wright, Kentucky
James A. Ramage Civil War Museum – learn about the war and the defense of the North

Georgetown, Ohio
Ulysses S. Grant Home and Schoolhouse – learn about General and President Grant’s life

Germantown, Ohio
Veterans Memorial Museum – learn about the U.S. Military

Greenville, Ohio
Garst Museum – 300,000 American artifacts on display + Annie Oakley Center

Hamilton, Ohio
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park  – indoor and outdoor exhibits (300 acres and 60 sculptures)  

Indianapolis, Indiana
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site – collections and exhibits to the U.S. President and General in the Civil War
Children’s Museum  – largest children’s museum in the world to explore science, history and arts 
Conner Prairie – interactive history museum (Fishers, Indiana – north of Indianapolis) 
Eiteljorg Museum – American Indian and Western art museum
Indiana Historical Society – learn about Indiana’s history with exhibits and collections
Indiana World War Memorial & Museum – 5-block memorial site – learn about U.S. military history
Indiana State Museum – learn all about the state’s past and future                
Indianapolis Zoo – visit the outdoor and indoor animal exhibits
Madame Walker Theatre – building tour about the Black experience in Indianapolis and CJ Walker’s legacy as the first self-made female millionaire
Newfields – museum of nature and the arts

Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Dearborn County Historical Society & Museum – learn local history, tour an 1819 log cabin

Lebanon, Ohio
Glendower Historic Mansion and Harmon Museum – step back into time in these homes

Lexington, Kentucky
Ashland – The Henry Clay Estate – National Historic Landmark with 18-room mansion and gardens
The Aviation Museum of Kentucky –  earn about aviation
Bluegrass Distillers – tour and tasting of Kentucky bourbon
Explorium of Lexington – children’s museum to learn and explore
Headley-Whitney Museum – museum filled with fine and decorative arts
James E. Pepper Distillery – learn about the distillery that includes a tasting
Kentucky Horse Park – tour several barns and museums
Lexington History Museum – learn all about Lexington at the pocket museums
Mary Todd Lincoln House – learn about the wife of Abraham Lincoln
University of Kentucky Art Museum – view 4,800+ pieces of art
Waveland State Historic Site – Antebellum house with original outbuildings

Louisville, Kentucky
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum – learn about the Gilded Age at this Victorian mansion 
Kentucky Derby Museum – interactive exhibits and walking tour at the racetrack
Louisville Mega Cavern – zip lines, tram tours and walking tours – all in a large cavern
Muhammad Ali Center Museum – interactive exhibits, images and artifacts 
Slugger Museum/Factory – guided factory tours and a museum dedicated to baseball
The Speed Art Museum – worldwide collections of art 
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium – tours and paranormal investigations
The Zoo Louisville – inside and outside animal exhibits

Madison, Indiana
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site – view the historic home located along the Ohio River
Madison Railroad Station Museum – local history museum
Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum – learn about how saddles were made; by appointment only

Maysville, Kentucky
Rosemary Clooney House Museum – find costumes, photos and other memorabilia at her former home
National Underground Railroad Museum – Bierbower Home was a safe house for the underground railroad
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center – exhibits and collections all about Maysville and Kentucky

Metamora, Indiana
Metamora Horse-Drawn Canal Boat – visit the grist mill and Whitewater canal

Miamisburg, Ohio
Mound Science & Energy Museum – learn about energy and nuclear power

Moores Hill, Indiana
Carnegie Hall – museum is open by appointment

Newport, Kentucky
Newport Aquarium – discover the underwater world with all kinds of creatures
World Peace Bell Center – world’s largest free-swinging bell

Oregonia, Ohio
Fort Ancient – learn about Ohio’s prehistoric past at N. America’s largest ancient hilltop enclosure

Oxford, Ohio
Miami University Art Museum – 10,000 objects of art 

Petersburg, Kentucky
Creation Museum – Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden

Ripley, Ohio
John Rankin House – learn about the Underground Railroad stations in Ohio

Rising Sun, Indiana
Ohio County Historical Museum – 1800–1900s historical collection of Ohio County items

Springfield, Ohio
Daniel Hertzler House – pre-Civil War home showcasing 19th century living
The Gammon House – Underground Railroad site
Hartman Rock Garden – admire Ben Hartman’s outdoor rock garden with 250,000+ stones
Heritage Center of Clark County – home to the Historical Society museum; learn about early settlements and growth of the area
Pennsylvania House Museum – former 19th century inn features furniture and artifacts from the 1800s and admire a 100,000 button collection
Springfield Museum of Art – enjoy many art collections
The Westcott House – prairie-style home built in 1908 by Frank Lloyd Wright

Trotwood, Ohio
Iams Homestead Museum – learn about the history of Trotwood (open April – August)

Troy, Ohio
Miami Valley Military History Museum – learn about U.S. Armed Forces veterans
WACO Air Museum – learn the history of WACO Aircraft Company during the Golden Age of Flight

Wapakoneta, Ohio
Armstrong Air & Space Museum – learn about Neil Armstrong and space history 

Waynesville, OhioCaesar’s Creek Pioneer Village – log cabins and buildings from the local area on display
Museum at the Friends Home – learn about the Quakers from 22 rooms of historic exhibits

West Liberty, Ohio
The Ohio Caverns – largest in the state with over 2 miles of paths below ground

Williamstown, Kentucky
Ark Encounter –  ark-shaped museum with three decks of Biblical exhibits

Wilmington, Ohio
Clinton County History Center – learn about the history and genealogy of Clinton County

Did we miss a museum or interesting place to visit? Let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com





Local Places for Taking Walks – Socially Distanced

Being socially distanced while outside is not always an easy thing to do. If you are looking for a possible crowd-free place to take a walk or a bike ride, take a look at our list of local spots. (Be sure to bring your mask!)

CINCINNATI, OHIO

Armleder Park Trail
5057 Wooster Pike, CIncinnati, Ohio 45227
Two-mile paved trail is located between Armleder Road and Wooster Road as part of the Otto Armleder Park.

Ault Park
3600 Observatory Ave., Mt. Lookout (Cincinnati), Ohio
Beautiful gardens are there as well as some nature trails.

Beech Acres Park
6910 Salem Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
There is 1.27-miles of paved trail in the park.

Blue Ash Nature Park
4433 Cooper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
This park have a lovely nature trail to explore.

California Woods Nature Preserve
5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
There are 113 acres of forest at California Woods. The trails are not always open – please check first! This preserve is not pet friendly.

Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, Ohio 45150
Rowe Woods at the nature center 14 miles of trails. Dogs are permitted – they must be registered first.

Delhi Township
Look at the Vibrant Delhi walking paths. There are paths from .75 miles to 2.5 miles.

East Fork State Park
3294 Elklick Rd., Bethel, Ohio 45106
There are several trails to explore: 12-mile Backpack Trail and the 37-mile Steven Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trails that circles the park

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Rd., Colerain Township, Ohio 45251
The .6-mile Pin Oak Trail has a wildflower garden along the way.

Fernbank Park
50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
Located along the Ohio River near Sayler Park, this park has a 1.2 miles paved trail and a one-mile Sycamore nature trail.

Five Mile Trail
2710 Newtown Rd., Anderson Township, Ohio 45255
2.5 miles of paved trail.

French Park
3012 Section Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
Enjoy exploring the hiking trails!

Glenwood Gardens
10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215
There are prairies and gardens to explore as well as wetlands and forests. There are two trails – a one-mile paved trails and a 1.6-miles wetland loop trail.

Green Township Bike and Walk Trail
Hutchinson Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248
This trail has 2 miles of paved trails.

Loveland Bike Trail
Historic Loveland, Milford, Miami Township, Newtown and Lebanon
Part of the Little Miami State Park Trail. the paved path runs along the river and parts of the former railroad.

Madisonville Trail
There are several walking trails (and sidewalks) to follow in Madisonville. The five-mlle route takes you along the Murray Avenue trail.

McCullough Nature Preserve and Lindner Park
2726 Cypress Way, Norwood (CIncinnati), Ohio 45212
2726 Cypress Way, Pleasant Ridge
This park has a goldfish pond and gardens as well as trails to explore.

Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030
Trails include: 7.80-mile Shaker Trace trail, 1.4-mile fitness trail, 1.7-mile Badlands, .8-mile Oakleaf, .6-mile Tallgrass Prairie and 1.4-mile Timberlakes nature trails.

Mt. Airy Forest
5083 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
There are many miles for the nine hiking trails to explore and enjoy. Read more about the trails here.

Redbird Hollow Preserve
618 Given Road, Cincinnati (Village of Indian Hill, Ohio 45243
Three miles of trails.

Rentschler Forest
5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield Township Ohio 45011
Miles of hiking trails and the Great Miami River Recreation Trail is accessible

Sharon Woods Park
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, (Cincinnati) Ohio 45241
This park is very large. There is a 2.6-mile trail around the lake, a one-mile fitness trail and a .7-mile Gorge nature trail.

Spring Grove Cemetery
4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45232
This cemetery has 15 lakes and 44 miles of paved roads. The public is welcome to explore the cemetery and arboretum.

Voice of American MetroPark
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069
Paved and natural trails!

Winton Woods
10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township, Ohio 45231
The park has 2.6 miles of paved trails, 1.1-mile fitness trails and .7-mile Great Oaks and 1.1-mile Kingfisher nature trails.

Woodland Mound
8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
There is a 1.2-mile paved trail, .9-mile fitness trail, .6-mile Hedgeapple and .8-mile Seasongood nature trails.

See a list of all Hamilton County Great Parks here.


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

Buckcreek Trail
2630 Croft Rd., Springfield, Ohio
This is a 9.2-mile trail from Plum Street leading to Buck Creek State Park

Carriage Hill Yellow Trail
7800 Shull Rd, Huber Heights, OH 45424
There are several trails available from .7 miles to 3.4 miles long.

Charleston Falls Preserve
2535 Ross Road, Tipp City, Ohio
Walk or hike four miles of trails. There is a beautiful waterfall along the way called Mini Niagara.

Clarence J. Brown Reservoir Lakeview Trail
The main trail at Buck Creek with 3.9 miles of trails.

Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45449
Enjoy several trails from one-half mile to almost two miles long.

George Rogers Clark Park

There are several trails to follow (Hosterman Lake Loop, Tecumseh Trail, Puckeshiwah Trail and Maluntha Trail).

Grant Park Outer Trail
501 Normandy Ridge Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
3.2 miles for walks and hikers. Enjoy bird watching while you walk!

Great Miami River Trail: Middletown to Piqua
75 miles of trails!

Iron Horse Trail
Seven miles if trails through Centerville and Kettering.

John Bryan State Park
3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
This park offers miles of scenic trails with views of the limestone gorge.

Little Miami Scenic Trail
117 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, Ohio 45502
The old Little Miami Railway is now paved for walking and biking. In Springfield (the northern-most part of the trail), is starts in the city and travels south to Milford. Ohio.

Simon Kenton Trail
80 Villa Rd., Springfield, Ohio 45503
There are 18 miles of paved trails.

Sugarcreek MetroPark
4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook, Ohio. 45305
There are many places in this park for a walk or hike. Hike the 1.3-mile Orange Tail to The Osage Orange Tunnel – a very scenic grove of trees and a great place for a photo.

Sweet Arrow Reserve Trail
789 Little Sugarcreek Rd., Sugarcreek Township, Ohio
Seven trails loops from one-half mile to 1.5 miles.

Woodland Historic Cemetery & Arboretum

118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45409
This cemetery has 3,000 trees and hundreds of plants along their 200 acres. Solitary peaceful walks along the grounds are permitted. Download the mobile app for self-guided tours. (The Mausoleum is locked unless a scheduled appointment is made Monday–Friday.)


NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Alexandria Community Park
3965 Alexandria Drive, Alexandria, Kentucky 41001
The Lake Trail is along a forested wetland and is a scenic place to walk

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Road, Union, Kentucky 41091
Walk along 4.5 miles of hiking trails (both paved and unpaved). And, be sure to view the bison!

Boone Co. Arboretum
9190 Camp Ernst Rd., Union, Kentucky 41091
The arboretum has many gardens to walk and explore: Theme Gardens and the Rain Garden, to name two. There is a native grassland and woodland area where you can observe nature. There are 2.2 miles of walking trails in the arboretum!

Boone Cliffs Nature Preserve
4700 Middle Creek Rd. Burlington, Kentucky 41005
There are 2.4 miles of unpaved walking trails along with beautiful cliff formations to admire.

Devou Park
1201 Park Drive, Covington, Kentucky 41011
The backcountry trails have eight miles available for walkers or bikers. There are also paved trails available that take you past some of the park’s landmarks.

Dinsmore Woods
5700 Burlington PIke, Burlington, Kentucky 41005
There are unpaved trails available for foot traffic. (No bicycles permitted.) Note: there is no phone coverage.

Doe Run Lake Park
1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, Kentucky 41017
Doe Run lake is surrounded by hiking tails.

Fort Thomas Landmark Tree Trail
100 Carmel Manor Dr., Ft. Thomas, Kentucky 41075
The looped trail is 1.1 miles long and has some steep hills. There are beautiful old trees to admire along the walk.

Gunpowder Creek Nature Park
6750 Sperti Ln., Burlington, Kentucky 41005
An unpaved, 1.25-mile looped trail heads uphill and ends at Gunpowder Creek.

Hiking Trails at Highlands Cemetery
2167 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
You’re going to find over four miles of connecting trails here. View woodland wildflowers as well as birds and other animals.

Middle Creek Park
5655 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Kentucky 41005
Unpaved trails (8.5 miles) are available for hiking. View wildflowers and wildlife along the way


SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Dearborn Trails
Greendale, Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana
4.5 mile paved path along the Ohio River. Access the trail from Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg.

Lawrenceburg/Aurora Trail
Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana
This is a 7.3-mile trail with tunnels, little towns and scenery along the way.

Ludlow Hill Park
Oelker Drive), Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025
Walking trails with scenic fishing lakes.

Versailles State Park
1387 U.S. 50 East, Versailles, IN 47042
This is Indiana’s second largest state park. Enjoy one of the many walking trails.

Have a local trail or interesting place to walk that you want to add? Let us know at sknabe@sibcycline.com

Updated: September 8, 2020


Local Oktoberfests for 2020

Oktoberfest in August? Yes. Our local Oktoberfests begin in August and run through October. Put on your lederhosen and plan on enjoying German music, food and entertainment at one of them.

For 2020, many traditional Oktoberfests have been cancelled. (See the list at the bottom.) Even the original Oktoberfest in Munich is cancelled this year.

Before heading out the door to a festival, please check to make sure it has not been cancelled due to COVID-19. Plan to be socially distanced at these public events.


Here is our list of local Oktoberfests throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky in order by date:

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest
August 9, 2020
4290 Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township, Cincinnati, Ohio

Germanfest Picnic LITE
August 14–15, 2020
Riverscape MetroPark at 111 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio
Order your German meal ahead of time and enjoy it at your favorite park or at home! (2021 picnic dates: August 13–15)

Oktoberfest Sign

Springboro Oktoberfest
September 10–11, 2020 – no public festival –Take-out food to go!
Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 West Mill Street, Springboro, Ohio
Order your German meal to enjoy in your private Oktoberfest this year.

Batesville, Indiana Oktoberfest Street Festival
September 11–12, 2020
35 S. Main St., Batesville, Indiana
Live music and a beer garden

Oktoberfest Banners

Osgood’s 6th Annual Bricktoberfest
September 19, 2020
Osgood, Indiana
Smoked BBQ, live entertainment, beer and wine garden (not a true Oktoberfest!)

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
September 18–27, 2020 – virtual
In Za Haus – a do-it-yourself party! Order Oktoberfest packs and celebrate at home. There will also be polka pop-ups in various Cincinnati neighborhoods. Various restaurants will also be celebrating Oktoberfest Zinzinnati at their locations

Newport Oktoberfest
September 25–27, 2020
Newport, Kentucky riverfront
It’s a German tradition with food, drink and more!
Streudel

St. Agnes Parish’s Oktoberfest
September 2020? – please confirm – check website (8/24/2020)
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, Kentucky
Rides, food and live music

St. Cecilia Oktoberfest Oakley
September 26, 2020 – need to confirm (08/26/2020)
3105 Madison Road, Oakley, Cincinnati, Ohio
German music, food and dancing

Oktoberfest

St. Leon Oktoberfest
October 2–3, 2020
St. Joseph American Legion Post 464, 28866 Post 464 road, Brookville (St. Leon), Indiana
German food, beer games and a pie auction! Pork chop dinner on Saturday evening. 812-407-0455

Lebanon Oktoberfest
October 10, 2020
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio


Cancelled Oktoberfests:

Germania Society Oktoberfest
Postponed until August 28–29, 2021
3529 W. Kemper Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
Let the German festivities begin!

Germantown Pretzel Festival
Cancelled for 2020
Historic Germantown, Ohio
Not an Oktoberfest – best still German!

Liberty Home German Society Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
2361 Hamilton-Cleves Hwy., Hamilton/Ross, Ohio
German food, beer, rides and more!

Maysville Oktoberfest
Postponed until 2021
Downtown Maysville, Kentucky
Tradition music, folk dancing, German bier and cuisine. Enjoy the parade!

New Vienna Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
New Vienna, Ohio
German….everything! Beer, brats and polka

Oaktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
Oakley Square on Madison Road, Cincinnati, Oho
Beer and entertainment!

Oktoberfest – Aurora
Cancelled for 2020
Second and Main Streets, Aurora, Indiana
Dancing on Main Oktoberfest style

Oktoberfest – The Dayton Art Institute
Cancelled for 2020
Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, Ohio

Old Milford Oktoberfest
Assume cancelled for 2020
Little Miami Brewing Company at 208 Mill Street, Milford, Ohio
Live music, food, beer and games – a la German style.

Sister Cities of Vandalia Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
Vandalia Sports Complex on Stonequarry Road in Vandalia, Ohio
Live music and lots of German food

St. Jude Oktoberfest Bridgetown
Cancelled for 2020
5924 Bridgetown Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Music, games, rides and food

Saint Timothy Parish Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
10272 US 42 at Union, Kentucky
Rides, games, live music and food!

Westseite Brauen Oktoberfest
Assume cancelled for 2020
West Side Brewing at 3044 Harrison Ave., (Westwood), Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, food trucks and more

Updated: August 26, 2020

Where to Find Local Sunflower Fields

SunflowersThe sunflower – such a beautiful thing from Mother Nature. When you view a field of them, it is simply magical to see a sea of yellow. This summer be sure to grab your camera and head to a local field to capture their wonderfulness.

Sunflower fun facts: Each sunflower can contain anywhere from 1000 to 2000 seeds. Sunflowers turn with the sun when in the budding stage. And, the tallest sunflower on record was 30-feet tall!

Here’s our list of nearby sunflower fields to visit:

Near Cincinnati, Ohio

Blooms and Berries Farm Market
9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland, Ohio
Sunflower fields will be ready mid to late September 2020.

The Black Barn
1161 W. Main Street, Lebanon, Ohio
One-acre sunflower field in bloom in early August.

Burwinkel Farms
4359 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Ross, Ohio
Annual Sunflower weekends in September 2020.

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd., Evendale, Ohio
They have two fields peaking at different times. Closed Sundays.
Sunflower Festival is October 3–4, 2020

Meade Historic Preserve
11887 N Lebanon Rd,  (Symmes Township) Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the pathway through the sunflowers

Mounts Park 
4851 Stubbs Mill Rd., Hamilton Township, Ohio
Sunflower field blooms in September. Follow on Facebook.

Natorp’s in Mason
Across from Cottell Park at the corner of Snider Road and Irwin Simpson in Deefield Township, (Cincinnati), Ohio
Sunflower field is usually in bloom in August

Note: The Arts Alliance and Cincinnati Art Museum is having a sunflower art event at Cottell Park on August 15 (10am–2pm) and will be featuring sunflower still-life displays throughout the park.

Niederman Family Farm
5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Rd, Liberty Twp., Ohio
Sunflower fields should be ready in September

Schappacher Farm
3068 W. SR 73, Wilmington, Ohio
Follow on Facebook. Flower fields in September.



Near Northern Kentucky

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill
198 Stone Rd., Georgetown, Kentucky (one-hour drive)
The fields are open until August 18, 2020

Kalon’s Korner
3220 Clear Creek Rd.. Nicholasville, Kentucky (This is a 2-hour drive just south of Lexington)
This farm is worth the drive! Loads of sunflowers! You need to attend a public event – the farm is private otherwise.

Red Sunflower Farm
5043 Webster Road, Independence, Kentucky
Sunflowers are blooming the first two weeks in August. Visitors permitted on August 9 and 16, 2020. Follow on Facebook.

Vogel Farm
5380 Four Mile Rd., Melbourne, Kentucky
They grow sunflowers during the summer. Follow the farm on Facebook.


Near Dayton and Springfield, Ohio

Clark County Sunflower Field
Near the bike path at West Euclid and Grand Avenues, Springfield, Ohio.
Fives acres of sunflowers!

Holes Creek Park
8575 Yankee Street, Centerville, Ohio

JK Orchard and Farm
1345 Lutz Road, Lima, Ohio
September 12–13, 2020
Website

Morris Reserve 
3151 Lower Bellbrook Rd., Bellbrook, Ohio
Prairie field includes some sunflowers and other wild flowers. This is a self-sustained area – sunflowers are not planted. (The reserve had a super bloom in summer 2019 – that did not happen this year.)

Possum Creek Metro Park
4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, Ohio
A pathway is cut through the flower field – it’s very scenic!

Wenger’s Produce
3836 County Road 29, West Liberty, Ohio
The field is located on Township Road 166 near a raspberry field. Blooms usually in September.

Yellow Springs
Not planted for 2020 due to Covid-19. White Hall Farm – a Tecumseh Land Trust. Field is along US 68 between the Yellow Springs and Young’s Hersey Dairy. Note: this is private property. Usually 400,000 sunflowers are found in the field.


Near Southeastern Indiana

Barn at Helm
5544 Helm Road, Williamsburg, Indiana (near Richmond)
Sunflower Saturdays. Follow on Facebook.

Cornucopia Farm
5444 N. Rutherford Hollow Rd., Scottsburg, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
Sunflower Experience – September 12, 2020 Three acres of sunflowers to enjoy. Follow updates on Facebook.

Golliher Farms
17474 W. Hunnicut Road, Cambridge City, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
75,000 sunflowers planted.  Blooms in August.

Greystone Farm 
15412 Wilson Creek Rd, Lawrenceburg, Indiana – Need to confirm
Follow on Facebook

P&D Flower Farm
7749 E. 1000 N., Indianapolis, Indiana (This will be a 2-hour drive.)
Enjoy the field. Pick flowers at the farm, too. Follow on Facebook.

Spencer’s Farm
7177 E. 161st Street, Noblesville, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
Large sunflower field and you-pick sunflower area, too.

Stuckey Farm
19975 Hamilton Boone Road, Sheridan, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
Annual Sunflower Festival (September 5, 6 and 7, 2020). Pre-order tickets.

Tuttle Orchards
5717 N. 300 W., Greenfield, Indiana (This will be a 2-hour drive.)
Four acres of flowers – walk along a one-way path for the Sunflower Trail. Advance tickets required.

Have we missed any fields? Please let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com

Local Summer Outdoor Events to Enjoy in a Socially Distanced Way

If you are feeling cooped up at home and need to stretch your legs outside, here is a list of local outdoor events where you can be socially distanced and still have fun this summer! (Be sure to check out our Summer Outdoor Concerts list, too.) Whether you live in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, Dayton or Springfield, Ohio – you can find something to do outside.

Please verify all events before attending and be safe with your activities.

All summer:

CMF Outdoor Museum
July 23– September 7, 2020 (various dates)
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Outdoor public art exhibition

Cowvins Corny Maze at Young’s Dairy
Weekends starting August 1. Daily starting September 21.
Young’s Jersey Dairy at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, Ohio
3.5 acres of cornfields made into a one mile of maze paths.

Exercise in the Park
June 3– August 26, 2020 (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Civic Park at 6:30pm, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Florence Y’alls Baseball
Through September 13, 2020
7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Kentucky
Seats are spread between each party including each side, diagonally as well as rows below or above.

Fountain Square
Through early September, 2020
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Mondays: Trivia Night; Tuesdays:  Fountain Feud; Wednesdays–Saturdays: Live music; Sundays: Singing Bingo
Socially distanced fun every day on the Square!

Hawthorn Hill Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Advance reservations required.  Tour the Hawthorn Hill house – an historic landmark.

Mt. Adams Historic Guided Walking Tour
July 5 – October 26, 2020 (Sundays)
Mt. Adams Bar & Grill at 938 Hatch Street, Mt. Adams (Cincinnati), Ohio
Sunday tours from 1–3pm (mtadamsca@gmail.com)

Shakespeare in the Park
July 31 – September, 2020 (various dates)
Various parks throughout Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy Shakespeare outside! Bring your blanket or chair.

Washington Park – Free Yoga
July 1 – August 26, 2020 (Wednesdays at 7pm)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Space is limited due to social distancing – arrive early!

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Events by date:

World’s Longest Yard Sale
August 6–9. 2020
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky along US 127
Bargains galore

Movie in the Park
August 7, 2020
Montgomery Park, Montgomery (Cincinnati), Ohio.
Get tickets before you go!

Movie in the Park
August 8, 2020
Trenton Community Park at 440 Dell Dr., Trenton, Ohio

Pirates Treasure Hunt
August 8, 2020
5th and Vine Streets, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Find the missing treasure map! You are going to find virtual pirates and scurvy dogs!

Rozzi’s Drive-In Fireworks Show
August 8, 2020
6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive-in fireworks show over Lake Como choreographed to a Cincinnati Pop’s soundtrack. Make a reservation!

Swingzinnati
August 8, 2020
Harmony Hills Winery at 2534 Sings Corner, Bethel, Ohio
Listen to jazz music while admiring the vineyard.

Wake the Lake
August 8–9, 2020
Campions Park Lake, Springfield, Ohio
Formula 1 Tunnel boat racing

Reds Baseball Camps
August 11–13, 2020 
Reds Youth Academy at 2026 E. Seymour Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Baseball training in COVID-19 safety  fashion.

Big Art Party Drive-Thru Edition
August 14, 2020
Evendale Village Complex on Reading Road
between 7pm–8:15pm.
Must RSVP first: 513-563-2247
Celebrate the arts in COVID-19 fashion.

Drive-Thru Pop Up Lobster Shop (in lieu of the Great Inland Seafood Festival)
August 14–15, 2020
Pre-orders taken by August 10 at 5pm. Select a live or cooked whole Maine lobster meal.

GermanFest Picnic LITE
August 14–16, 2020
1400 E. Fifth St. in St. Anne’s Hill, Dayton, Ohio
Smaller event with all kinds of German food. Pre-order your meal and it will be packaged up for you. Then enjoy your picnic in a socially-distanced fashion.

Meteor Shower Party
August 14, 2020
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Watch the meteor from 11pm–2am.

Union Centre Food Truck Rally
August 14, 2020
The Square at Union Centre at 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp., Ohio
40+ food trucks, craft beer and live music

Bacon Week
August 15–22, 2020
Dayton, Ohio
Participating Dayton restaurants will be serving bacon dishes

My Black Family Reunion
August 15, 2020
Sawyer Point at Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Food truck rally and more

Rock Piqua Drive-In Concert
August 15, 2020
Miami Valley Centre Mall at 987 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio
Enjoy the modern-country music

Shriners Rummage Sale
August 15, 2020
9730 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
40+ vendors. Wear a mask and be COVID-19 compliant!

Springfield Antique Show
August 15–16, 2020  (+ Septemer 18–20′ NOvember 21–22, 2020)
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Hundreds of vendors. Food, too.

Summer Ghostly History Walking Tour
August, 15, 2020
Museum at the Friends Home at 115 S. Fourth Street, Waynesville, Ohio
Tour guides will share scary stories and legends. Book online!

Springfield Antique Show
August 15–16, 2020 (+September 18–20; October 17–18; and November 21–22)
Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio

Waynesville Street Faire
August 15, 2020 (+September 12)
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Arts and crafts along Main Street. Entertainment and food trucks.

Cincinnati Burger Week
August 17–23, 2020
Get out of the house and enjoy $6 burgers at 50+ restaurants.

Canines and Wine
August 21, 2020
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio
Bring your pet!

Gorman Heritage Farm Row by Row TO GO
August 22, 2020
Gorman Heritage Farm at 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy dinner-to-go with an in-car drive-thru pick up

Madcap Puppets
August 28, 2020
Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway, Independence, Kentucky

Cincinnati Celtic Festival
August 28–30, 2020
E. Freedom Way, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy everything Irish

Shakespeare in the Park
August 29, 2020
Montgomery Park, Montgomery (Cincinnati), Ohio.
Get your tickets for this event!

Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival
September 12, 2020
6111 Madison Road, Madisonville (Cincinnati), Ohio
Music and food!

Latest update: August 6, 2020

Summer Fun! Sandy Beaches within a 1- to 3-Hour Drive

Familie mit Kindern beim Baden am See im SommerThere’s nothing like the beach and the feel of soft sand. Although a destination trip to the oceanside may not be happening for you this summer, we have found some nearby sandy beaches within a one- to three-hour drive of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; or Southeastern Indiana.

These public beaches offer a relaxing lakefront experience. (Just be sure to check they are open before heading out.)

OHIO SANDY BEACHES

Acton Lake
College Corner, Ohio (near Oxford)
Acton Lake in Hueston Woods has a public beach full of sand. A shower house, restrooms, sand volleyball court as well as a concession stand are available. Pack a picnic and you can grill out at a picnic table in the nearby woods.

Alum Creek
Delaware, Ohio (North Columbus)
With a 3,000-foot beachfront, Alum Creek in Alum Creek State Park is the largest inland Ohio park beach. You will find volleyball courts, picnic tables and snack vendors along with a bathhouse featuring showers and changing areas.

Buck Creek (aka Lagonda Creek) 
Springfield, Ohio
The 2,400-foot beach is found in Buck Creek State Park along a 2,120-acre lake. Picnic spots available. There are shower houses and restrooms available.

Caesar Creek State Park
Waynesville, Ohio
The 1,300-foot beach is along the lake. Changing booths are available. (There’s also a small beach for registered campers at the campgrounds.)

Cowan Lake 
Wilmington, Ohio
The 700-acre lake at Cowan Lake State Park has a 1,000-foot public beach to enjoy. A bathhouse offers showers and a snack bar. There are six picnic areas with tables and grills.

Dow Lake
Athens, Ohio
Located in Strouds Run State Park, you can go swimming in the lake and enjoy the 900-foot beach. Changing booths, water and restrooms available.

East Fork Lake
Batavia Township, Ohio
East Fork Lake offers a 1200-foot beach. There are changing booths, showers, restrooms and a vending area. The park has eight picnic areas with tables and grills.

Indian Lake 
Urbana, Ohio
There are two beaches at Indian Lake State Park (Old Field and Fox Island).

Lake Hope
McArthur, Ohio
This lake is located in Zaleski State Forest. The beach is near the dam. A bathhouse, restrooms and concession area are available.

Lake Logan
Logan, Ohio (southeastern Hocking Hills Valley)
The 527-foot public beach is along the 400-acre lake in Lake Logan State Park. There is a concession area, drinking water, restrooms and changing booths.

Mineral Springs Lake Resort
Peebles (Adams County), Ohio
The lake is fed by a natural spring and has 5.5 miles of shoreline.

Baylor Beach Park
Navarre, Ohio (3.25 hour drive)
The two-acre water park and all kinds of water “toys”. There are five picnic shelters as well as a concession stand.

Old Field Beach and Fox Island Beach
Lakeview, Ohio (northeast of Sidney, Ohio)
There are two beaches located in Indian Lake State Park. The lake is 5,800 acres. There are restrooms as well as picnic areas available with tables and grills.

Rocky Fork Lake
Hillsboro, Ohio
Rocky For State Park has 2,080-acre lake. Enjoy the beach there!

Salt Fork Lake
Lore City, Ohio (west of Columbus)
Salt Fork State Park has a 2,500-foot inland beach. A bathhouse with restrooms, showers and lockers are available. There is also a snack bar. Picnic tables and grills are located within the park.

Stonelick State Park
Pleasant Plain, Ohio (south of Lebanon and Wilmington)
The lake at Stonelick Lake State Park has a 500-foot beach. There are picnic areas with tables and grills around the park.

Turkey Creek Lake and Roosevelt Lake
Portsmouth, Ohio (southern Ohio)
The beaches are located within Shawnee State Park. Changing booths are available along with picnic tables and grills.

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KENTUCKY SANDY BEACHES

Barren River Lake
Lucas, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
Located within Barren River State Park, the beaches have on-site restrooms.

Buckhorn Lake
Buckhorn, Kentucky (southeast of Lexington
Within Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, the public beach has a bathhouse. There are several picnic areas with grills.

Green River Lake
Campbellsville, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
A part of Green River Lake State Park, this sandy beach is a fun place to visit. Picnics tables and grills are available in the park.

Nolin Lake
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
Located at Nolin Lake State Park, this beach is a great place to cool off and relax. Picnic tables and grills are available.

Rough River Lake
Falls of Rough, Kentucky (southwest of Louisville)
At Rough River Dam State Resort Park, there is a breach along with
picnic areas

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INDIANA SANDY BEACHES

Brookville Lake
Brookville, Indiana
Brookville Lake is located in the Brookville-Lake Memorial State Park. There are two beaches to enjoy.  Bathhouses with dressing facilities and restrooms as well as a snack bar are available.

Lake Monroe
Bloomington, Indiana
Two public beaches are found within Monroe Reservoir State Recreation Area. Picnic areas are available.

Morse Park and Beach
Noblesville, Indiana (northeast of Indianapolis)
Picnic area, restrooms and a bathhouse are available.

Are we missing a beach? Let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com

 

 

Parks and other Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy within a One- to Three-Hour Drive

Family On Hiking Adventure Through Woods By LakeIf a staycation is on the books for this summer, consider day trips to interesting places where you can enjoy being outdoors. To enjoy your outdoor adventure, we have lists of locations within a 3.5-hour drive (of Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana) that will be fun and still mindful of being social distanced.

Be sure to check with your destination first before heading out. Many places have COVID-19 rules in place.

 


OHIO OUTDOOR SPACES

Cincinnati Art Museum Art Climb 
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio (local)
Walk the steps up to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The “Art Climb” has 164 steps. At the top, enjoy a view of the city. (Steps are not ADA accessible.)

Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine
Self-Guided ArtsWorks Mural Tour (local)
Take a walk through downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine via a self-guided tour. Here is a pdf of map. (If you prefer a guided tour, go here for information.)

Fairview Park
501 West McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 (local)
Incredible panoramic view of the Cincinnati skyline, Union Terminal and the Ohio River. Playground and picnic tables are available. Walk a 1.2 mile loop from Ravine Street to West McMillan.

Hocking Hills State Park
19852 OH-664, Logan, Ohio 43138 (2.5-hour drive)
9,000 acres with hiking and rock climbing.

John Bryan State Park
3790 OH-270, Yellow Springs, Ohio (local)
752-acre park with a limestone gorge.

Mt. Airy Forest
5083 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati , Ohio 45223 (local)
Cincinnati’s largest park with almost 1,500 acres. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, bridle paths and picnic areas. There’s even a treehouse!

Ohio Caverns
2210 OH-245, West Liberty, Ohio (2-hour drive)
Largest cave system in Ohio. Follow on Facebook.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio (local)
Outdoor (and indoor) exhibits with 60 sculptures on 300 acres.

Scioto Audubon Park
400 W. Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (1.5-hour drive)
120 acres of wildlife and green spaces along the Scioto River. Find  wetlands, an outdoor climbing wall and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Follow on Facebook.


KENTUCKY OUTDOOR SPACES

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
2075 Clermont Road, Clermont, Kentucky 40110 (2.5–3 hour drive)
This 16,000-acre area has lots of “forest giants”. These sculptures  combine art with nature and are large-than-life productions! There are also hiking trails and fields of flowers to enjoy. Follow on Facebook.

Big Bone Lick State Park
3380 Beaver Rd, Union, Kentucky 41091 (local)
Visit the bison, go hiking along 4.5 miles of trails and enjoy the museum. Picnic grounds and play areas available.

Castle & Key Distillery
4445 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 (1.75-hour drive)
There are 114 acres on the property. Tour the distillery and grounds including the springhouse and gardens. Follow on Facebook.

Cove Spring Park
100 Cove Spring Road, Frankfort, Kentucky (2-hour drive)
Scenic trails, waterfalls and flowers are found at this 240-acre nature preserve. It’s a very scenic area to visit.

Daniel Boone National Forest
1700 Bypass Road, London, Kentucky 40744 (2.75-hour drive)
Hike, picnic, boat, fish and more!

Devou Park 
1201 Park Drive, Covington, Kentucky (local)
Devou Park has many scenic overlooks of Cincinnati and the Ohio River. This park has over 700 acres and features trails, fishing lake, a history museum as well as a golf course. Be sure to bring your best camera to capture images of the Big Mac and other iconic bridges, Great American building, stadiums as well as Covington and river overlooks.

Dinosaur World
711 Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, Kentucky 42127 (3.5-hour drive)
150 dinosaurs roam the park! Dig for fossils and minerals. Follow on Facebook.

Kart Kountry
315 Joe B. Hall Ave, Shepherdsville, KY 40165 (3-hour drive)
This is the home to the world’s largest go-kart track with 1.5 miles. There’s also miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages and an arcade.

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511 (1.5-hour drive)
(Trolley tours, barns and playground are currently closed.) Follow on Facebook

Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40213 (2.5-hour drive)
Underground zip lines and adventure tour; Indoor bike park

Mammoth Cave National Park
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259 (3.5-hour drive)
Largest cave system in the world! Descend and explore! The national Park has hiking, horseback riding and water activities.

Red River Gorge 
3451 Sky Bridge Road, Stanton, Kentucky 40380 (2.5-hour drive)
Waterfalls, trails and bridges to explore.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, Kentucky 40014 (1.5 hour drive)
There is a magical castle surround by a garden full of plants and paths.  Enjoy the English estate garden and wildflower field. Follow on Facebook.


INDIANA OUTDOOR SPACES

Columbus People Trails 
506 Fifth Street, Columbus Indiana 47201 (1.75-hour drive)
See wildflower gardens, creeks, parks and more

Dearborn Trails
Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Indiana (local)
Trails along the Ohio River through Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Indiana

Hoosier National Forest
811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, Indiana (2-hour drive)
A 203,000-acre forest! Hike, camp, fish and bike!

Indianapolis Cultural Trail
132 W Walnut St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (2-hour drive)
Trail links significant sites.

Monon Trail
9100 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 45240 (2-hour drive)
This trail stretches across Indiana. (In Indianapolis, you can follow the trail by the Indiana State Fairgrounds before it intersects with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on the east end of Massachusetts Avenue). There are several major access points with free parking: 91st St., 86th St., 75th St., 67th St., 65th St., 62nd St., 56th St., 54th St., 49th St., Westfield Blvd., Broad Ripple Ave., State Fairgrounds.)
Walk or bike along the trail!

White River State Park
801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, Indianapolis 46204 (3-hour drive)
Enjoy the trails, and canal. This park is also home to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and more.

 

 

Local Outdoor Falls Concerts for 2020 – Live and Virtual

Looking for something to do that can be socially distanced? Head out to a local outdoor concert. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks and be sure to enjoy the music!

Here is our list of outdoor concerts throughout Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:

CINCINNATI, OHIO

DEER PARK
June 27; July 3, 11, 19; August 22, 30; and September 19, 2020

Music in the Park
Upper Shelter near the city building at Deer Park, (Cincinnati), Ohio
Bring coolers and lawn chairs. Concessions available.

DELHI TOWNSHIP
August 20 and September 10, 2020
Concerts in the Park at Delhi Park Pavilion at 5125 Foley Road, Delhi Township (Cincinnati), Ohio

DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI
Wednesdays –Saturdays
Live music in the Grove on Fountain Square 5–8pm

FAIRFIELD
July 9, 16, 23 and 30. August 6, 13 and 20 September 3 and 10, 2020

Groovin’ on the Green
Village Green Amphitheater at 301 Wessel Dr, Fairfield, Ohio

July 10 and 24; August 7, 21 and 28, 2020
Fridays on the Green
Village Green Amphitheater at 301 Wessel Dr, Fairfield, Ohio

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP
July 15, and 29, 2020

Summer Concerts in the Villages at Bridgewater
3385 Princeton Road, Fairfield Township, Ohio

HAMILTON
September 4, 11 and 19; October 1, 8 and 17, 2020
RiversEdge Summer Concert Series
RiversEdge Amphitheater in downtown Hamilton, Ohio
Enjoy music along the Great Miami River (tickets must be purchased)

September 18, 2020
Just Strange Brothers: 70s and 80s Jukebox
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Outdoor concert playing some classics.

October 4, 2020
Big Band Jazz
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will be playing

September 26, 2020
Kane Brown Virtual Drive-In Concert
Holiday Auto Theater Drive-In at 1816 Old Oxford Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Enjoy the concert from your car!

November 21, 2020
Captain Fantastic: The Music of Sir Elton John
Sorg Opera House at 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Ohio

HYDE PARK
July 16, August20 and September 17, 2020
Summer Music Festival
Ault Park at 3600 Observatory Avenue in Hyde Park (Cincinnati), Ohio
Dance to live music! Food, wine and water will be available

MT. HEALTHY
July 10, 24 and 31; August 7, 14, 21 and 28; and September 4, 2020
Friday Nights in Mt. Healthy
City Park Stage, Mt. Healthy, Ohio
Facebook link

MARIEMONT
Sundays at 7pm
Carillon Concert Series at Dogwood Park, Mariemont (Cincinnati), Ohio
Bring a blanket or chair.

MIDDLETOWN
Classic Rock Experience
September 26, 2020
Sorg Opera House at 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Ohio
Live rock show inspired by iconic rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Styx

WEST CHESTER
August 5, 13, 20 and 27; September 3 and 10, 2020
Take Over the Square
9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, Ohio
Tentatively scheduled. Check the website.



SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

MADISON
July 10, August 14 and September 11, 2020
Music in the Park
Broadway Fountain on N. Broadway Street, Madison, Indiana
Food vendors available; bring your lawn chair

OSGOOD
July 14, August 11 and September 8, 2020
Music on the Bricks
Downtown Osgood, Indiana
Bring lawn chairs and coolers



DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

DAYTON
Sundays through October 18, 2020
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Free concert! Listen to the 57 bells.

Levitt Park has virtual concerts on YouTube.

HUBER HEIGHTS
The Heights Summer Music Series
July 31, August 22 and 30, September 6 and 26, 2020
Eichelberger Amphitheater at 8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights, Ohio
Free concerts

TIPP CITY
September 5, 2020
Tippalooza 
Tipp City Eagles Park at 3853 Hyattsville Road, Tipp City, Ohio
Music festival!



NORTHERN KENTUCKY

BELLEVUE
July 11, August 8 and September 12, 2020
2nd Saturday Concert Series
Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial Beach Park, Bellevue, Kentucky

FORT THOMAS
July 21, August 7 and 18; September 1 and 26, 2020

Summer Amphitheater Concerts at Tower Park, Cochran Ave, Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Did we miss a concert? Let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com

Updated: September 16, 2020

Where to View 2020 Fourth of July Fireworks in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

Fireworks_2020 copyCelebrate the Fourth of July 2020 by viewing fireworks! Wear your red, white and blue when you oooh and aaah at them. Here is our list of local Fourth of July  fireworks celebrations throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Due to COVID-19, please be sure to verify your favorite local fireworks are not cancelled. There are still areas that are going to light up the sky. 

In order by region and community:

CINCINNATI, OHIO REGION FIREWORKS

Blanchester
Red White & Blanchester Blue
July 4, 2020 – Fireworks at dusk (Festival is July 3-4, 2020)
Blanchester High School – 953 Cherry St.

California
July 3, 2020 at 10pm
Free drive-in fireworks show at Coney Island. Gates open at 8:30pm. Must reserve your spot!

College Corner
College Corner Old Fashion 4th of July Festival
July 4, 2020
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Parade and fireworks

Fairfield
Red White and KaBoom

July 3, 2020 at 10pm
Fireworks to be viewed throughout the city! Just look up in the sky.
No festival – only the fireworks this year. Parks closed at dusk.

Hamilton
Hamilton July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2020 at dusk
No parade or festival. The city is testing launch locations. The fireworks will be shot higher into the sky. 

Harrison
Harrison 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2020 at dusk

300 George Street at Harrison Community Center in Harrison, Ohio.
Celebration starts at 4pm with a parade. (No entertainment, food, drinks, activities for kids and live music this year.)

Indian Hill
Indian Hill Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2020 – Fireworks at 9:45pm at Stephan Field 

Parade and festival are cancelled.

Lebanon
July 3, 2020 at 10pm
Colonial Park West at 720 North Broadway, Lebanon
Festival is cancelled.  Fireworks at 10pm.

Drive-In Concert 
Warren County Fairgrounds
July 3, 2020
Listen to the Kevin McCoy Band from your car! Evening ends with fireworks.

Loveland/Symmes Township
July 4, 2020
11660 Lebanon Road at Symmes Township Park
The Firecracker Festival is cancelled for this year, but there will be fireworks.

Madeira
July 4, 2020 – 9:30am
4th of July Drive-Thru Parade 
St. Paul United Methodist Church at 8221 Miami Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enter parking lot off Galbraith Road. No fireworks, but first 300 kids receive a goodie bag

Mason
Red, Rhythm and Boom
July 3, 2020 – virtual event

Videos and virtual activities

Kings Island Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk
6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason
Pass-holder event with reservations. Watch from Mason!

Middletown
The BOOM!
July 3, 2020 at 9:30pm
Berachach Church at 1900 Johns Road, Middletown, Ohio

Parade at 10am at Smith Park at 500 Tytus Avenue.

Montgomery
Montgomery Independence Day

July 3, 2020 – 7:00pm concert at Montgomery Park (streamed online)
July 4, 2020 – A Reverse Parade! Parade units are stationary at Sycamore High School and cars tour around them. 10am-12pm

South Lebanon
July 4th Fireworks

July 4, 2020 
Rogers Park at 60 S. High Street, South Lebanon, Ohio
Enjoy the fireworks (No festival)

Sycamore Township
July 4, 2020 at. 10pm
March First Brewing at 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township
Live music; tailgating in the parking lot. Bring lawn chairs

Symmes Township
July 4, 2020
There will be fireworks. (The Firecracker Festival is cancelled this year.)

Wyoming
July 4, 2020
Oak Park in Wyoming.
Watch from home – the park will be closed. Or watch from Village Green, North Park, Spring Valley Bank parking lot and tennis courts, Wyoming High school turf field.

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DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO REGION FIREWORKS

Beavercreek
July 4, 2020 at 10pm
Mall at Fairfield Commons at 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Before fireworks, there will be live entertainment. No parade this year.

Huber Heights
Star Spangled Huber Heights Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at 10pm
Thomas A. Cloud Park 4707 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights
Parade at 10; Food trucks 6pm–10pm

Lebanon
City of Lebanon Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2020
Fireworks at 10pm. (No festival)

Springboro
July 4, 2020 at 9:45pm

Springboro Red, White & Boro Fireworks
Springboro High School at 1675 S Main Street, Springboro, Ohio

Troy
July 4, 2020 
1000 South Market St., Troy, Ohio
Fireworks along the Great Miami River

Yellow Springs
July 4, 2020
Fourth of July Parade at 2pm; Did not see mention of fireworks


 

NORTHERN KENTUCKY REGION FIREWORKS

Augusta
July 4, 2020 
Fireworks over the Ohio River

Bellevue
July 11, 2020 at 10pm
Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial Beach Park

Edgewood
July 4, 2020
No fireworks.
Door and mailbox decorating contest Concert at 7pm in Presidents Park.

Falmouth
Pendleton County Fairgrounds at 320 Fairgrounds Road, Falmouth, Kentucky
No fireworks. Parade at 2pm.

Florence
Florence Independence Day Celebration

Florence Dept. of Public Health Stadium at 7850 Tanners Lane, Florence, Kentucky
July 3, 2020  Fireworks at 10pm  (rain date: July 4)
Fireworks  – not festival for 2020; enjoy the fireworks from your car or yard if you live nearby; limited parking at the Florence Government Center. You can view the fireworks within a 2-mile radius of the Government Center.

Ft. Thomas
July 4, 2020 at 10pm
Fireworks shot from Rossford, Tower and Highland Parks. Watch from home – no entry to the parks.

Independence
July 4, 2020 Fireworks at 10pm

Donna Yeager Amphitheater in Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway in Independence, Kentucky
Parade at 11am starting at Summit View on Madison Pike and leads to Simon Kenton High School (2.5 mile wide parade for social distancing!)

Union
Union Celebrates America
June 26, 2020 
Union, Kentucky
Only fireworks this year at dusk. No parade or street party. Fireworks will be shot high – you should be able to enjoy from where you live in Union.

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA REGION FIREWORKS

Aurora
Aurora Red, White and Boom
July 5, 2020
Lesko Park – Indiana 56, Aurora, Indiana

Fireworks at 10pm (Festival is cancelled)

College Corner
College Corner Old Fashion 4th of July Festival

July 4, 2020
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Parade at 4pm and fireworks 

Greendale
Greendale Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk (9:30pm) 
827 Nowlin Avenue at Greendale Park in Greendale, Indiana
Virtual 5k run/walk and fireworks

Greensburg
Lake Santee Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk  – residents and guests only

Lake Santee (13 SW Wren Parkway) in Greensburg, Indiana
Beach Bash, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department lunch, entertainment at the amphitheater

Liberty Indiana
Liberty 4th of July Festival

July 3–4, 2020  – unconfirmed 765-458-5976 
Live music, beer garden, food and crafts – no mention of fireworks

Madison
Madison Regatta Fireworks and Parade
July 4, 2020 
Riverfront in Madison, Indiana
Fireworks  at the Bicentennial Park (No parade or festival)

Metamora
Fireman’s Festival and Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk
Metamora, Indiana

The fire department raise funds with this fun festival. Enjoy the beer garden and live music. Parade at 6pm and fireworks at dusk.

Rising Sun
Rising Sun Fireworks on the River
July 11, 2020 at dusk 
Riverfront Park at 200 S. Front Street, Rising Sun, Indiana

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VIRTUAL
Live from Music Hall: A Virtual July 4th Celebration
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Updated: July 2, 2020

Celebrate the Fourth of July without Leaving your Home

Independence Day is the perfect holiday to celebrate at your home. Whether you are having a barbecue, picnic or party, here are some ideas to make your Fourth of July celebration even more patriotic:

Beverages
Keep red and blue soda and juices cool on ice in a white tub. And, serve them in Mason jars with a red and white straw. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, make a layered red, white and blue beverage. Go here or here to learn how.

Bake a Pie
There is nothing more American than pie. Think cherry or blueberry for this holiday. Or make this berry tart here.

Cherry Bombs
Freeze fresh cherries into ice cubes. See this idea here.

Ice Cream
Be patriotic and eat red, white and blue ice cream! (Or top your ice cream with patriotic-colored sprinkles.) Firecracker Popsicles are popular, too.

Decorate!
Display the American flag. String up red, white and blue lights. Make sure your plates and cups look patriotic, too.

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For even more ideas, look at Sibcy Cline’s 4th of July Pinterest board.