Situated on the edge of the Midwest, Cincinnati is a burgeoning city making a comeback. Once a major U.S. player in both population, beer and pork production, the city faced a decline before new revitalization efforts caused a renaissance — bringing new jobs, businesses, shopping, dining, hotels and travel opportunities to the region.
The American Sign Museum is small enough it won’t cause restless young travelers to have a meltdown after too many hours of looking about, and it’s interesting enough to catch the eyes of the most attention-deficit. With plenty of bright lights, the museum traces the history of signage, from the earliest wooden set ups to the most recent neon upgrades. It truly takes something mundane and brings it to life in an entirely unprecedented way.
The Cincinnati Art Museum has been ranked a Top Art Museum for Families. One of the big perks, though? Parking and admission are both free! This hardly means you’ll see any less of a world-class institution, though. The museum hosts more than 67,000 items, dating back as much as 6,000 years.
Cheesy name aside, EnterTRAINment Junction is a winner for kids of all ages. (After all, didn’t each of us go through some sort of phase of loving trains?) With the largest indoor train display, the venue provides a unique look at the history of the American railroad industry, with 90 trains and two miles of track.
Cincinnati is home to dozens of murals, spread throughout the city and each with its own unique story and purpose. Choose from multiple tour options to see some of the local favorites. The Soul of Downtown walking tour is about a mile, and offers a glimpse of eight to 12 murals over 30 minutes.
For older travelers interested in Cincinnati’s brewing heritage, Queen City Underground Tours takes you below Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood famed for its breweries in the 1800s. The tour is highly acclaimed and, in addition to showing you the newly discovered tunnels used by brewers, also gives you a creepy look at a hidden crypt.
Cincinnati is an easy choice for sports fans, thanks to the locations of its two major sporting venues, all an easy walk from any downtown hotel. The Cincinnati Reds play at the Great American Ball Park (which you can take a tour of, if you’re not visiting during the regular season) and the Bengals can be found at Paul Brown Stadium — also open for tours.
Plenty of dining options in Cincinnati are both parent- and kid-friendly. Graeter’s is the local ice cream favorite, serving up small-batch flavors that stand apart thanks to the company’s French Pot process.
Camp Washington is the place to go for authentic Cincinnati chili. In a class entirely its own, the chili comes slathered over a bed of spaghetti, topped with onions, beans and shredded cheese. You can also opt for a chili dog or chili cheese fries, but the original is the best.
Want to try a little bit of it all? The historic Findlay Market offers a variety of ready-to-eat foods, from gyros to baked goods, barbecue to tamales and authentic Belgian waffles to donuts.
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
While the United States offers a plethora of bike-friendly destinations, a recent study by personal injury law firm Bader Scott found some counties across the country are far more dangerous than others. Family travelers might be surprised to find many lie in popular vacation states.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.