Need fun things to do with your aging loved one now that the weather is warming up? Look no further! An active social calendar is instrumental to positive aging, and there’s no better time to get out and explore the Queen City than summer. Check out the list below for our favorite senior friendly things to do in Cincinnati.
1. Take in a Reds Game
Whether your parents are baseball buffs or novices, nothing says summer quite like a trip to the ballpark. Conveniently located downtown along the winding banks of the Ohio River, Great American Ball Park is home to a historical treasure: baseball’s first professional franchise.
While you’re there, take a 90-minute GABP tour or check out the newly-renovated Reds Hall of Fame. And don’t forget to save room for a snack! Options include everything from old standbys like popcorn, peanuts, and hot dogs to gourmet options like Cincinnati “Hot” Pork Schnitzel.
2. Check Out the Zoo
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden lays claim to nearly 2,000 animals of 500 species. In addition to being the country’s second oldest zoo, the Zoo is heralded for its rare animals, education programs, and conservation efforts. Stunning gardens, animal encounters and experiences, train rides, a carousel, and a 4-D Special F-X Theater are also among its many features. A tip from Marjorie P. Lee: buy your ticket online and save $2 on what you’d pay at the gate.
3. “Voyage Through History” on the Anderson Ferry
The Anderson Ferry has been transporting people, cars, horses, and cargo across the Ohio River for more than two centuries. Today, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers visits a “scenic ride through history” from Cincinnati's west side to the Kentucky riverfront. The trip is short but sweet, and seniors will enjoy the quaint, slow-paced feel of stepping back in time.
4. Take a Riverboat Cruise
Up for a longer journey on the river? BB Riverboats offers a variety of daily cruises. From the Historic Cincinnati Sightseeing Cruise to the Dixieland Jazz Brunch, you're sure to find the ideal excursion for your aging loved one’s entertainment and enjoyment.
5. Connect With Nature at the Spring Grove Arboretum
Time in the great outdoors is wonderful for senior health and wellness. Luckily, aging adults in Cincinnati don’t have to go far. The Spring Grove Cemetery contains one of the country’s most beautiful rural garden cemeteries, including a magnificent arboretum, open-air museum, and peaceful sanctuary—all just minutes from downtown. If you and your parent want to learn more about the art, history, architecture, and horticulture of behind this historic landmark, you can take a private, tram, or self-guided tour.
6. Picnic at the Park
The Cincinnati Parks system—which has received a rating of “excellent” by the Trust for Public Land—comprises just under 1,500 acres of forest, five nature centers, abundant picnic areas, and many dog parks. It also includes Eden Park’s Krohn Conservatory, known for being one of the country’s largest public plant conservatories.
Pack a picnic basket full of your aging loved one’s favorite foods, and enjoy a tranquil day at any one of these beautiful spots. Also, keep an eye out for special events, such as the stunning Butterflies of Ecuador show—happening now through the middle of June.
7. Play the Ponies & More
Belterra Park offers many ways to make memories with your aging loved ones. Whether you watch the thoroughbreds at the region’s best racing facility, head to the gaming floor, or enjoy a meal at one of the destination’s restaurants, Belterra Park is a great way to spend the day—especially on Golden Age Tuesdays when members over the age of 50 are eligible for prizes and discounts.
While it’s always a good idea to get out and explore the many senior friendly things to do in Cincinnati, summer is special. These seven activities can help you make the most of the warm weather and sunshine while spending priceless time with aging loved ones.