Free and Cheap Things to Do in Cincinnati – Fall Edition {2021}

fall fun at parkys farm

Free and Cheap Outdoor Adventures for Fall… all gathered up in one spot!

Fall in Cincinnati just is, hands down, my favorite season! From the falling leaves to the beautiful parks, I love every bit of it. And when I can find something free and cheap to do for fall that’s near me? That’s THE BEST!

Scarecrow Row is happening again this year at Otto Armleder Memorial Park. This fall art installation of scarecrows is set among the winding paths of the park. The event runs from October 3 – 30, 2021. {details}

Neltner’s Farm has no admission for their Farm Fall Festival on weekdays, 9am – 6pm. Be aware that not all weekend activities are available during the week. Farm shop, pumpkin patch (sold by the lb), maze & barrel train rides ($3 per person), toddler corn maze, kids corn play pit, model train display, petting zoo (feed: .50 a cup) are all open. {details}

Take the kids and go Apple Picking at a local farm.

pumpkins on the farm

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum has marked walking trails – 1, 2, and 3 mile versions. Stop by the office as you pull in and pick up a map of the grounds. You’ll be surprised by how many things there are to hunt down and discover! And it’s simply a gorgeous place for fall leaves.

Enjoy the scenery when you take a hike in Cincinnati. Here are 11 of our favorites.

The Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum offers free admission every day (they are closed on Mondays). {details}

The National Museum of the United State Air Force offers free admission to the museum and there is no charge for parking. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, it is the world’s largest military aviation museum. The museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. {details}

The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Library is offering loads of free indoor AND outdoor book clubs this fall. Check out the list here.

The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Library is also hosting lots of Story Walks for kids. Get the details here.

Big Boy at the American Sign Museum

Check out the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library’s Discovery Pass program. Cincinnati is home to many renowned cultural and recreational institutions. The Library wants to inspire you to get out and discover these attractions through the Discovery Pass program. The Discovery Pass provides Library cardholders with free passes to arts, cultural, and recreational attractions throughout Hamilton County. Customers may check out passes to: The American Sign Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum Special Exhibitions, Cincinnati Museum Center, Great Parks of Hamilton County, The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. Discovery Pass details found here.

Cincinnati Parks just added dates for their Free Friday Hikes series. Each Friday is a new adventure as you explore the natural world of California Woods. These walks are open to adults or families with children 10 and up. Online registration is required for each hike in the series. Register here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/fridayhikeswansongofsummer

Active Aduts Fall Hike Series is a way for active adults to enjoy a vigorous hike in some of Cincinnati’s most beautiful parks. Hikes are rain or shine but will be cancelled in case of severe weather. Sturdy footware recommended. Online registration for this free event is required. Register here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/activeadultsfallhikeseries21

Stargazes at Stonelick State Park are free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good opportunity to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy. Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as help you with your personal telescope. Happening on Saturdays, before and after each New Moon, amateur astronomers set up a variety of telescopes inviting the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Free stargazes at Stonelick State Park are held only if the skies are clear.  Updates are posted on the Stonelick Star Gazers Facebook page. {details}

Kids can become a certified Park Explorer with the Montgomery Parks. {details}

Great Outdoor Weekend will happen on Sept. 25 and 26 this year! Each year, Great Outdoor Weekend presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in the Greater Cincinnati region – with nearly 100 events, all free and open to the public. {details}


All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

1 thought on “Free and Cheap Things to Do in Cincinnati – Fall Edition {2021}”

  1. I’m a single parent and I notice it’s been very hard to find interesting stuff vs things to do with my family.

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