Things to do in Cincinnati on a Rainy Day

Looking for something to do indoors on a rainy day? Check out our suggestions for family friendly ideas AND things to do for adults.

Things to do on a Rainy Day in Cincinnati

For Families:

Explore the Children’s Museum when you visit Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. And don’t miss their new Science Interactives Gallery and Dinosaur Hall (located in the Museum of Natural History and Science).

Parky’s Farm has a large indoor “playbarn”. This former dairy barn has been converted into an indoor, farm-themed, accessible playground for children ages 2-12. Cost is $5/child (as of 2019). You do need a park sticker to get into the park (can be purchased as you pull in – cash only).

Visit MakerSpace at the downtown branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Libraries. Featuring all kinds of hands-on equipment, this place is sure to get your creative juices flowing. They have 3D printers, a sound recording studio, a big green screen, button makers, die cut, and much more. And you do NOT need a library card to visit and create at MakerSpace.

For families with bigger kids, enjoy a visit to Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Tri-County. Make a day of it when you also visit Sky Zone and Dave & Busters – they’re all in the same area.

EnterTRAINment Junction (West Chester) has the world’s largest train display, an indoor play structure for the younger crowd, plus the Amazen Funhouse (lots of fun for the older kids).

For Adults:

The 21c Museum Hotel has two levels of art galleries. It’s free to explore and it’s open 24/7 (unless they have a private event scheduled). The exhibits change periodically. The 21c Museum Hotel is right next to the Contemporary Arts Center and right around the corner from the Weston Art Gallery so you can make it an art hop!

Braxton Brewing (Covington) now opens at 8am on weekdays and encourages folks to come in and enjoy their co-working environment. With an open floor plan, ample table space, whiteboards, a projector, and the fastest brewery internet in the country, Braxton was truly built for business.  They are closed on Mondays.

3 Points Urban Brewery (Pendleton) opens at 9am (Monday – Friday) as a free coworking space. The brewery features free wifi, ample seating, and Urbana Cafe drip coffee for purchase.

The Reds Hall of Fame Museum (on the grounds of Great American Ballpark) is a hidden gem for baseball fans. Stroll through their exhibits and enjoy Reds memorabilia, history, and traditions.

Visit MakerSpace at the downtown branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Libraries. Featuring all kinds of hands-on equipment, this place is sure to get your creative juices flowing. They have 3D printers, a sound recording studio, a big green screen, button makers, die cut, and much more. If you have a specific piece of equipment you know you want to use, you can make reservations online.

For those of you with a need for speed, pay a visit to Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Tri-County. Make a day of it when you also visit Sky Zone and Dave & Busters – they’re all in the same area.

The Cincinnati Art MuseumThe Contemporary Arts Center, and the Taft Museum of Art are all great places to spend a rainy day.

New Riff Distillery offers tours of their facility. Space is limited – make reservations here. Various tours are offered.

Do some indoor rock climbing at RockQuest Climbing Center.

Explore the hidden depths of Jungle Jim’s International Market. You won’t believe this place! Jungle Jim’s (Fairfield) is a foodie’s dream with over 6 acres of food and ingredients from all over the world. They do offer store tours and they also have demos Wednesday – Sunday. But you don’t really need any of that to have a good time there!

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  • Splash Cincinnati Water Park is Cincinnati’s only 50,000 sq. ft. indoor water park, complete with palm trees, splashes of bright colors, and a year-round 84 degree temperature. Water park is great indoor activity for kids during rainy days.

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