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Living in Cincinnati you do have a lot of access to things the entire family can enjoy both in the city and in the surrounding areas. So instead of taking a vacation this year, why not try a staycation instead. There's plenty to do and you can save a lot of money while relaxing and having fun at the same time! And a staycation doesn't mean you are bound to just Cincinnati. There are a lot of great places to see and things to do within a short distance. Short enough for a day trip or an overnight trip. When planning your staycation, use this site as a resource for finding things to do as well as saving money with discounts and coupons for many of the attractions and activities available in the area.

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  1. Krohn Conservatory
  2. American Legacy Tours
  3. Queen City Underground Tour
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  5. Climb Time Cincinnati
  6. EnterTRAINment Junction
  7. Creation Museum
  8. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
  9. Wake Nation
  10. KidZoo

More on a Cincinnati Refined Staycation

2015 February 17

Recently Cincinnati Refined published Staycation! (Escape To Cincy) which talks about the top hotels and bed and breakfast places to stay when planning your next Cincinnati staycation. This list included the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati Marriott at River Center, 21c Cincinnati Museum Hotel, and The Glendalia Boutique Hotel & Culinary Studio. Each of these accommodations offer a great location as well as a fantastic value for your Cincinnati staycation. To piggyback off of this great resource, here are some packages and ticket options for attractions and events in the area that you can do during your Cincinnati staycation.

Start by checking the hotel packages. For instance the Hilton offers the Historical Package which includes two all-museum passes to the Cincinnati Museum Center, hotel historical walking tour brochure, and a map of historic sites in Cincinnati. There’s also the Newport Aquarium package as well as the Cincinnati Zoo package. The Marriott also offers packages for the zoo and aquarium.

Get Discount Tickets to: Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, Zipline Tours, EnterTrainment Junction, Lazer Kraze, Cincinnati Ballet, and Cincinnati Symphony

Are you a AAA member? If you are then be sure to use this to your advantage. All of the hotels mentioned offer discounts for AAA members. On top of that many of the attractions offer their own discount for AAA members. You’ll also want to check with the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau as they too sell discount ticket packages for many of the highlights of Cincinnati. Finally, if you are an Alum of University of Cincinnati then you can purchase discounted tickets through them.

There are even more ways to save on individual tickets if the combo ticket options do not fit your plans. Check out the Cincinnati Zoo couponsNewport Aquarium coupons, and Kings Island coupons to get started with your savings.


"Hearts Like Fists": Heroes and Villains Reveal the Heart of Romance

at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
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Thu, April 02
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Sat, April 04
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

You'll feel like you're inside the pages of a comic book instead of at Know Theatre of Cincinnati while watching "Hearts Like Fists". In this over-the-top play by Adam Szymkowicz, the evil Dr. X is sn... [more+]

You'll feel like you're inside the pages of a comic book instead of at Know Theatre of Cincinnati while watching "Hearts Like Fists". In this over-the-top play by Adam Szymkowicz, the evil Dr. X is sneaking into people's apartments late at night and injecting lovers with a serum that stops their hearts. While a group of women crimefighters band together to stop him, Peter, a heart doctor, races against the clock create an artificial heart that can be mass-produced so no one will fear sleeping with their lovers again. It's funny, it's action-packed, and yet it's full of sophisticated themes about living in the present and trusting our hearts. [less-]

"Zombies, Bunnies and Whoopee Cushions": Celebrate April Fool's With Laughs

at Below Zero Lounge, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 03
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

A raucous, ribald comedy show that isn't for the faint of heart, "Zombies, Bunnies and Whoopee Cushions" is an April Fool's showcase that'll leave you in stitches. With a variety of sketches that are ... [more+]

A raucous, ribald comedy show that isn't for the faint of heart, "Zombies, Bunnies and Whoopee Cushions" is an April Fool's showcase that'll leave you in stitches. With a variety of sketches that are definitely of the adults-only nature, you'll get the opportunity to revel in some blue humor, plus enjoy an adult beverage available for purchase at the full bar. After the show, show your appreciation for the comics by partying with them! [less-]

Home Front Remembered in Humorous Play: "The Cover of Life"

at Monmouth Theatre, Newport
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Fri, April 10
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
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FULL PRICE: $19.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.00

During World War II, "Life" magazine wants to portray sisters-in-law Sybill, Tood and Weetsie as selfless, heroic war brides -- and while the Cliffert wives "are" married, "selfless" and "heroic" prov... [more+]

During World War II, "Life" magazine wants to portray sisters-in-law Sybill, Tood and Weetsie as selfless, heroic war brides -- and while the Cliffert wives "are" married, "selfless" and "heroic" prove difficult to pull off in "The Cover of Life". In this amusing and affecting play by R.T. Robinson, the world-famous glossy dispatches reporter Kate Miller to write a cover story about a trio of wives pining for their far-off husbands while living together at their mother-in-law's house in Louisiana. But the real-life subjects are far from the delicate models of womanhood that the magazine has imagined. Moreover, the war-hardened Kate has no intention of doing a patriotic puff piece. Tracy M. Schoster directs this charming and humorous glance back at the "Greatest Generation" for the Falcon Theatre. [less-]

Sisters Reconnect in Touching Drama "The Whales of August"

at Sharonville Fine Arts Center, Sharonville
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Fri, April 17
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
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Two sisters in the autumn of their lives reflect on their past in "The Whales of August" by Obie Award-winning playwright David Berry. At a beach house on an island off Maine where they spent time as ... [more+]

Two sisters in the autumn of their lives reflect on their past in "The Whales of August" by Obie Award-winning playwright David Berry. At a beach house on an island off Maine where they spent time as children, sisters Libby and Sarah -- both widows -- try to reconnect after a lifetime of jealousy and misunderstandings kept them apart. Into the mix comes a charming Russian émigré. In need of a place to stay, the man works his wiles on the still impressionable Sarah, much to the chagrin of Libby. This touching drama about living life to the fullest was made into a movie in 1987 starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. Now it comes to the stage of the Sharonville Fine Arts Center in this TriCounty Players production. [less-]

Peter Hook & The Light: Joy Division Celebration

at Bogart's, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Mon, April 27
FULL PRICE: $32.80
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $12.00

Peter Hook, who created the signature bass-driven sound of influential late '70s British post-punk outfit Joy Division, and his group The Light pay tribute to his former band by performing cuts from t... [more+]

Peter Hook, who created the signature bass-driven sound of influential late '70s British post-punk outfit Joy Division, and his group The Light pay tribute to his former band by performing cuts from their only two releases, "Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer". Best known for their successful single "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Joy Division achieved cult status for their moody, alt-rock vibe and for the tragic 1980 suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. The remaining band members went on to form the popular New Wave group New Order. Hook is set to open the show at Bogart's in Cincinnati with some of New Order's '80s synth hits, like "Blue Monday," "True Faith," "Round & Round" and "Touched by the Hand of God." [less-]

Deadly Cat-and-Mouse Thriller "Wait Until Dark"

at The Arts Center at Dunham, Cincinnati
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Fri, May 01
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FULL PRICE: $14.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.00

Blind housewife Susy Hendrix is being terrorized in her Greenwich Village apartment by a trio of sinister criminals who believe she has the heroin-stuffed doll they smuggled into the country. But Susy... [more+]

Blind housewife Susy Hendrix is being terrorized in her Greenwich Village apartment by a trio of sinister criminals who believe she has the heroin-stuffed doll they smuggled into the country. But Susy's no helpless victim. To level the playing field and outwit the criminals, Susy manages to kill the lights, devising a pulse-pounding game of cat-and-mouse that unfolds in near-total darkness. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and made into the classic Audrey Hepburn film a year later, "Wait Until Dark" is an electrifying thriller by Frederick Knott, the playwright behind "Dial M for Murder". Watch from the edge of your seat at The Arts Center at Dunham. [less-]

C.S. Lewis Fantasy "The Great Divorce" Imagines Bus Ride to Heaven

at Aronoff Center for the Arts - Procter & Gamble Hall, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 01
Sat, May 02
FULL PRICE: $52.25 - $62.25
OFFER PRICE: $27.75 - $32.75

Fellowship for Performing Arts, the company behind the acclaimed hit "The Screwtape Letters", brings another of C.S. Lewis' fascinating fantasies to the stage of Cincinnati's Procter & Gamble Hall at ... [more+]

Fellowship for Performing Arts, the company behind the acclaimed hit "The Screwtape Letters", brings another of C.S. Lewis' fascinating fantasies to the stage of Cincinnati's Procter & Gamble Hall at Aronoff Center. As in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Great Divorce" brims with Lewis' signature wit and imagination as it follows several colorful characters on a bus ride from a suburb in hell to the outskirts of heaven, while exploring the vagaries of human nature and the divide between good and evil. Adapted by Max McLean and Brian Watkins with the blessing of the Lewis estate, this production is part of a national tour. [less-]

Guns N' Roses Tribute: Appetite for Destruction

at Bogart's, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 16
FULL PRICE: $16.12
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

Headbangers unite, and get ready to invade Bogart's for a salute to two of the biggest heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s when Appetite for Destruction and Ride the Lightning pay tribute to Guns N... [more+]

Headbangers unite, and get ready to invade Bogart's for a salute to two of the biggest heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s when Appetite for Destruction and Ride the Lightning pay tribute to Guns N' Roses and Metallica. For more than two decades, Appetite for Destruction has been selling out venues across the Northeast with their dead-on impressions of Axl Rose and Slash, complete with kilt and top hat, as well as their note-perfect renditions of smash hits like "Sweet Child of Mine" and "Welcome to the Jungle." Ride the Lightning specializes in Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Metallica, re-creating their best-known songs, including "Enter Sandman," "Until It Sleeps," "Turn the Page" and more. [less-]

Edgar Allan Poe Storytelling Night: Hear "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart" & More

at Below Zero Lounge, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 16
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

May flowers, warm weather and spring pastels got you itching for some good o' fashioned death, dismemberment and plague? Enter "An Evening With Mr. Poe", The Company's macabre storytelling show dedica... [more+]

May flowers, warm weather and spring pastels got you itching for some good o' fashioned death, dismemberment and plague? Enter "An Evening With Mr. Poe", The Company's macabre storytelling show dedicated to the master of mystery, Edgar Allan Poe. Twelve performers will each take on one of Poe's classic tales or poems, including favorites like "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado" plus a few lesser-known gems. Below Zero Lounge hosts this evening of spine-chilling terror, madness and obsession that'll haunt your dreams -- forevermore. [less-]

"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus": The One-Man Show

at Aronoff Center for the Arts - Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
Sat, May 30
FULL PRICE: $54.00
OFFER PRICE: $27.00

Adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" builds on the success of the best-selling relationship guide. Fusing theater and stand-up c... [more+]

Adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" builds on the success of the best-selling relationship guide. Fusing theater and stand-up comedy, actor-comedian Peter Story gives his own hilarious take on the age-old battle of the sexes, including his initial resistance to the book and how his feelings changed after he met the author. Story now comes to Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for the Arts to share his newfound knowledge of how men and women communicate -- or miscommunicate -- in a series of vignettes covering everything from dating and marriage to the goings-on in the bedroom. [less-]