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Memorial Day Weekend in Cincinnati

31 May 2009  Professional Weekender
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

a list for exploring the Greater Cincinnati area over Memorial Day weekend, primarily Saturday and Sunday; a good list for those who prefer to explore in the day.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Cincinnati, Petersburg, Sharonville, Fairfield, Lebanon, Hamilton, Hebron
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Day 1: Saturday
    Arrive by noon at CVG--the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport. That's right the airport that services Cincinnati is actually in Kentucky. CVG is notorious for high ticket prices--so much so, that locals prefer to fly out of Dayton, Ohio's airport, an hour away. It's recommended you book in advance to find a good deal (anything under $300 is a steal for CVG!).

  • 2. Creation Museum
    Creation Museum, Petersburg, Kentucky

    Only 2 exits away from the Cincinnati Airport, is the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Opened in 2007 as an institution to support young earth creationism, this museum is equal parts curiosity and controversy. Where else can you see animatronic dinosaurs living side by side with the humans of Noah's Arc? The admission is steep (roughly $22), so an alternative (and free) experience is simply walking the manicured grounds--which includes a fun suspension bridge--and visiting the bookstore filled with merch and literature unique to the Museum.

  • 3. Putz's Creamy Whip
    Putz's Creamy Whip, Cincinnati, Ohio

    For lunch, head out to Putz's--a Cincinnati West side institution since 1938. Putz's is unassuming an old school food shack (cash-only) with amazing custard--very rich and creamy! Enjoy the summer breeze on one of the picnic benches there.

  • 4. Drury Inn & Suites Cincinnati North
    Drury Inn & Suites Cincinnati Sharonville, Sharonville, Ohio

    Stay at the Drury Inn in Northern Cincinnati. Right off the highway, this is the perfect location to explore the greater Cincinnati area and points in between. This chain includes perks like free breakfast, unlimited popcorn for guests, and a manager's reception from 5:30-7pm.

  • 5. Jungle Jim's International Farmers Market
    Jungle Jim's International Market, Fairfield, Butler County

    Jungle Jim's is not just a grocery store--it's an experience. Imagine if Disneyland merged with Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. The aisles feature all sorts of food and spirits from around the world (as well as domestic staples you can find anywhere) plus some crazy animatronic displays (e.g., a huge campbell soup can on a swing, a singing bear Elvis!) and "award-winning bathrooms"--seriously! Jungle Jim's is a good place to grab provisions for a Sunday picnic--the hotel room has a fridge after all.

  • 6. Fountain Square--Taste of Cincinnati Food Festival
    Fountain Square, Cincinnati, Ohio

    The Taste of Cincinnati is the country's longest running food festival. It happens in Downtown Cincinnati's Fountain Square typically during Memorial Day Weekend. Saturday is usually the first day of the festival, so the event goes into the late evening (until midnite). Go to the Taste for dinner, music, and people watching. Most vendors serve their fare tapas style--small plates of their most popular entres for $4 or $5 a bite. I recommend trying food from Andy?s Mediterranean Grille and Shanghai Mama's.

  • 7. Lebanon

    Day 2: Sunday
    Around 9am drive 20 miles north to Lebanon for Traders World.

  • 8. Traders World Flea Market

    Traders World, located off State Route 63--between Lebanon and Monroe, OH--bills itself as the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the Midwest. Really miles and miles of stuff--flea market vets will have a field day and first timers should bring a map!

  • 9. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
    Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Hamilton, Butler County

    30 minute drive from Traders World is Pyramid Hill. 300 acres of green space and art--a respite from the city and a true hidden gem. Perfect for picnics! The best way to explore Pyramid Hill is on the "art carts"--painted golf carts you can rent by the hour. There's nothing quite like the feeling of exhilaration and adventure you have zipping around the grounds on the art cart.

  • 10. Explore Downtown Hamilton
    Hamilton, Butler County

    Venture into historic Main St. You'll notice right away in the distance the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial (with iconic "Billy Yank" statue at the top of the memorial) and you'll pass the Alexander Hamilton statue "The American Cape" (Hamilton is of course the town's namesake). Have lunch at the Riverbank Cafe.

  • 11. Hebron--Gap Clearance Outlet
    Hebron, Kentucky

    Day 3: Monday, Last Day--return home

    If you have an afternoon or late flight (and extra luggage space)--be sure to check out the Gap Clearance Outlet only 6 miles from the airport. Deeply discounted clothes (some irregulars--so be sure to inspect before you buy) from Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.