10 Ways to Enjoy One Last Bit of Summer Fun in Cincinnati

School has started (for most of us anyway) and fall is right around the corner…. leaving us just a few more days of summer fun in Cincinnati.

We like to joke about this having been the the longest spring break ever. March and April seemed to last forever. But then, to be completely honest, summer seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye. And here we are, getting ready to welcome fall already.

We still have a bit of time left to get out there and enjoy some summer fun while the sun is shining until after dinner time and shorts weather is still upon us. So let’s get a few more summer adventures in, shall we?

Sunflower fields are in bloom!

sunflowers in a field

There are lots of local sunflower fields that are in bloom towards the end of August into September (and beyond). Be sure to take your camera and get ready for some stunning pictures. Be sure to check out our 8 Best Sunflower Fields in Cincinnati to find one that’s currently in bloom – look for the sunflower icon that marks those we know are blooming right now!

Head out for a night under the stars!


Book just one more night full of s’mores, campfire songs, and sleeping under the stars when you at one of our nearby campgrounds. Cincinnati has some of THE BEST parks and we have lots of campgrounds to choose from. Don’t miss our list of some of our favorite local places to camp.

Get up close and personal with the kangaroos at The Cincinnati Zoo’s newest exhibit – Roo Valley

kangaroos at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Zoo just opened its newest exhibit – Roo Valley. The kangaroos are free to explore the area right along with you. And you will, of course, have the whole zoo to explore… you might even get to see Fiona, everyone’s favorite hippo.

Enjoy those last summer sunsets from a rooftop bar

Rooftop Bar at Braxton Brewery

Enjoy a few cold adult beverages and toast the end of the longest spring break ever! Cincinnati has its fair share of great breweries (find that list here) and we are also lucky to also have some many great rooftop bars. Be sure to check out our 15 Rooftop Bars You Definitely Need to Visit for some great suggestions.

Explore some new parks with the Ohio State Parks Park Passport

The Ohio State Parks Passport booklet

Can you gather some stamps in the new Park Passport before summer ends? Ohio State Parks are selling the booklet (or you can order it by mail) that helps you to find all that the Ohio Parks have to offer. Learn more about the Park Passport here.

Catch a fun flick at the Drive-In!

drive in movies

What’s old is new again! Pack up the car and head out for a movie under the stars. We have four different drive-in theaters with an hour or so from Cincinnati. In addition to the traditional drive-ins, you can also enjoy The Hollywood Theatre, a pop-up experience for the summer of 2020.

Enjoy a few more days out on the water

playing in the Little Miami River

Cooler weather will be here before you know it. Enjoy some time on the water while you can! Whether it’s kayaking on the Little Miami (pictured above) or canoeing in a nearby lake, there are lots of ways to have some fun in the sun! Check out our list of spots for Canoeing and Kayaking here.

Visit a new park (or two)

Summit Park

There’s a lot of outdoor exploring to do in Cincinnati! And we have some of the greatest park districts around! Walk the trails, get some biking in, enjoy the summer air – it’s all out there and waiting for you. We have so many great suggestions for you – check out our 15+ of our Favorite Parks list to get started. Or take a walk along the Ohio River as you explore Our Favorite Cincinnati Parks Along the Ohio River.

Get INTO the water when you go creeking!

creeking at Miami Whitewater Forest

Take the kids and explore some of the numerous spots for creeking. There are plenty of spots to go creeking in and around Cincinnati… sure to make you wish you had a few more weeks of summer!

Enjoy an outdoor performance to wrap up the season

If you’d like to see a show but would also like to stay outside, some great options have popped up for you over the summer. The Cincinnati Ballet is scheduled to have a free performance on the outdoor stage at Sawyer Point this year (scheduled for Sept. 25-27). You can enjoy a few performances of Shakespeare in the Park this summer. And the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will wrap up their Summer Series with an outdoor performance on Sept. 5.

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