10 things to do in Cincinnati this summer

As graduation and exams quickly approach, students may find themselves asking, “what am I going to do this summer?” To answer that question, the Milestone has put together a list of ten adventures in Cincinnati this summer.


The annual Bunbury Music Festival takes place June 2-4 at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove in downtown Cincinnati. The festival’s lineup this year features music genres ranging from rap to rock. The headliners include Muse, G-Eazy, Wiz Khalifa, Bassnector, and Pretty Lights. Three day tickets start at $189 while single day tickets start at $79. The location of the festival makes it a great place sit along the river and listen to great music. Tickets can be found on the main website.

East Fork State Park

East Fork State Park is located at 3294 Elklick Rd, Bethel, OH 45106. The park has hiking trails, campsites, picnic areas and a swimming area. The beautiful scenery makes it a great place to spend the afternoon with friends. Information on the park can be found on the main website.


Located at 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky 41071 is the entertainment district and shopping center known as Newport on the Levee. This is a popular place to hang out due to its location on the Ohio River and next to the Purple People Pedestrian Bridge. Some of the entertainment venues located there include Funny Bone Comedy Club, AMC Movie Theater, Game Works, and the Newport Aquarium. The list of events happening at Newport can be found on the main website.

The Banks

The Banks is an entertainment and dining district located in Downtown Cincinnati. Its location between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park makes it a great place to hang out with friends before or after a game. Some of the restaurants in the area The Yard House, Moerlein Lager House, Taste of Belgium, and many others. is also across the street from The Banks, which features play equipment and lots of grassy area to relax on.

FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati Soccer is based at Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati. The team is starting their second season in Cincinnati. The fast paced high energy games make it a great atmosphere. Their schedule can be found here.

Reds Game

Enjoying a day at the Reds Stadium is a popular event for any Cincinnatian. With tickets beginning at just $5 for many games, it is an affordable day or evening out. Their schedule can be found here.


The Newport Aquarium is one of the exciting attractions at Newport on the Levee. The aquarium features aquatic creatures like sharks, fish, penguins, frogs, alligators, and much more. An aquarium favorite is shark central where visitors can pet the sharks with two fingers. The newest attraction at the aquarium is the Shark Bridge, a suspended rope bridge across a tank filled with sharks and other ocean creatures that allows guests to get an up-close look at the sharks. Information can be found on the main website.


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is located 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Along with the yearly exhibits like Night Hunters and the Reptile House, the new exhibits Africa and Hippo Cove have just recently opened. The “Africa” exhibit features ostriches, Dama Gazelles, Grant’s Zebras, and many more. The Hippo Cove features hippos Bibbi and Henry, parents of fan favorite Fiona. Born prematurely in February, Fiona is not yet on display, but her heath is improving. If her heath continues to improve she could possibly be on display starting sometime in June. Information can be found on the main website.


Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavilion have an impeccable lineup of performers scheduled for the summer of 2017. Performers include Travis Scott, Luke Bryan, One Republic, Jimmy Buffet, Future, Sam Hunt, Green Day, and the annual Warped Tour along with many other great acts. The full schedule can be found on their official website found here.

Contemporary Art Museum

The Contemporary Art Museum is located in Downtown Cincinnati at 44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The museum is dedicated to the contemporary arts, currently featuring exhibits by artists Noel Anderson, Andrea Bowers, Solar Bell Ensemble and Erwin Redl. Admission to the exhibits is free and their website can be found here.

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