Exploring the zoo, climbing trees with a saddle harness and rope, taking an underground tour and biking a scenic rails-to-trails route are just some of the adventures awaiting active travelers in Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
| Credit: Randall Lee Schieber

Explore the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 

See this 74-acre zoo and garden during spring if you can, when the gardens are in full bloom. Feed lettuce to a giraffe, stroke scaly reptile skin and hike to Cat Canyon for an up-close look at Malayan tigers. 

Play at Smale Riverfront Park

The $105 million park gives lots of options for active exploration, with a labyrinth, giant swings, carousel, splash pad, playground, trail, event lawn and microbrewery.

EarthJOY Tree Adventures
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Learn to Climb with EarthJoy Tree Adventures 

Leave your fear of heights at home. This all-ages adventure takes tree climbing to the extreme. Certified instructors show you how to safely ascend and descend using a saddle harness and a rope system. Navigating these knots and pulleys is more of a workout than you might expect, but strategically positioned hammocks and tree chairs give you a chance to catch your breath. 

Flying Pig Marathon CIncinnati
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Join the Flying Pig Marathon

See the city at your pace (walking or running) during this annual event in May that raises money for charities. You can choose from events like the full marathon, half marathon, relay, 10k and 5k (and for young ones, Piglet races).

Go Underground with a Queen City Tour 

Get down and (maybe a little) dirty on this exploration of some of Cincinnati's underground sites. Wander through the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and the Gateway District with stops at historical buildings, creepy crypts and mysterious tunnels connecting a network of local breweries. Emerge from Under-the-Rhine at Christian Moerlein Brewing Company tap room. 

Take a Spin on the Loveland Bike Trail 

Four trailheads give bicyclists access to this 70-mile path in Little Miami State Park (rentals available on the trail). The flat, paved path follows a former railroad line. History buffs will love the scenery—a castle on the Little Miami River, Civil War sites and Indian burial grounds. Refuel in Loveland's downtown cafes and ice cream shops. 

Hit the Links at Legendary Run Golf Course 

Five sets of tees accommodate all skill levels at this manicured public course. Wildlife habitats maintained by the Audubon Sanctuary Program run alongside some of the greens. 

Zoom Over Water at Wake Nation Cincinnati 

The first cable wake park in the Midwest makes its home on a 10-acre lake. No boats here; an overhead cable tows daring riders across the surface on wakeboards, water skis and kneeboards. Not feeling brave? Watch the action from the observation deck, or bounce along the trampoline course in the Aqua Park. 

Wheel Fun Rentals
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Pedal Your Style with Wheel Fun Rentals 

Rent bikes or surreys for a two- or four-wheeled spin through downtown. Wheel Fun provides maps (and helmets and locks) for self-guided tours. Points of interest include the Great American Ballpark, Freedom Center and Fountain Square.