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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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Cincinnati Staycation Packages Best Values for Summer

2015 April 21

One of the best ways to save money when planning a staycation is to look for opportunities to save with either packages or combo ticket options. In Cincinnati there is no shortage of these options. In fact, there are so many to choose from that it really is best to put together a list of the attractions or activities that you want to do the most and then look to see if there are any packages or combo ticket offers for these. Savings are available for Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, the Great Wolf Lodge, and more. A good place to start is to first download the free visitors guide from The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. They offer a few of their own packages so we’ll start there.

The highlights are the Ride and Roar Family Vacation Package, which combines hotel stay, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden admission, and a Kings Island single day pass and the Great Wolf Lodge Summer King’s Island Package, which includes 4 adult, single day admission tickets to Kings Island + your stay at the Great Wolf Lodge.

Get 51% Off The Beach Waterpark Package + Zip Lining

Get 58% Off a Day Pass, Annual Pass, or Birthday Party Package at CoCo Key Water Resort

Get 50% Off a Zipline Adventure Package

Want to see a Cincinnati Reds baseball game and visit the Newport Aquarium? Check out the Newport Aquarium and Reds combo tickets where a family of 4 can enjoy Newport Aquarium and a Reds game for as low as $100. The Reds also have a Kings Island combo package which includes a Reds game + admission to Kings Island for as loas as $45 per person.

These are just a few of the more popular options for staycation packages and combo tickets. Before you purchase any ticket, always check to see if they offer any discounts for packages and / or combos.


Berlioz's "Requiem": Woodwind and Brass Instruments Punctuate Popular Choral Work

at Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 29
FULL PRICE: $60.00
OFFER PRICE: $24.00

The premiere of Berlioz's "Requiem" almost fell to pieces when the original conductor put down his baton at an inopportune time to take a pinch of snuff. Thankfully Berlioz was standing right behind t... [more+]

The premiere of Berlioz's "Requiem" almost fell to pieces when the original conductor put down his baton at an inopportune time to take a pinch of snuff. Thankfully Berlioz was standing right behind the man, so he leapt forward and conducted the rest of the work himself. Berlioz's care with the "Requiem" is not surprising when you consider he said it'd be the first of his compositions he'd save in the event of a disaster. With a big emphasis on woodwind and brass instruments, the "Requiem" is one of his most popular works, and you'll hear just why when the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs the piece as part of the May Festival. Be prepared for a moving (and snuff-free) evening at Cincinnati Music Hall. [less-]

"I Love Lucy: Live on Stage" -- Hit Adaptation of TV Classic

at Aronoff Center for the Arts - Procter & Gamble Hall, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Tue, June 02
Wed, June 03
Thu, June 04
FULL PRICE: $49.00 - $59.00
OFFER PRICE: $32.20 - $39.70

Witness the timeless antics of America's favorite ditzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as the beloved '50s sitcom "I Love Lucy" is transformed into a live stage show. Step back in time onto the D... [more+]

Witness the timeless antics of America's favorite ditzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as the beloved '50s sitcom "I Love Lucy" is transformed into a live stage show. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage, where you get the chance to be a member of the studio audience at the taping of two classic "I Love Lucy" episodes. A charming host kicks things off with a behind-the-scenes look at this new thing called "television." Then, get ready to laugh as Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel get up to their hilarious misadventures. Adding the final nostalgic touches, the Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles from the show's sponsors in perfect '50s-style harmony. Don't miss the show "TV Guide" calls "the most entertaining stage production ... in years -- including Broadway" when it comes to the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati. [less-]

Comic Lachlan Patterson ("The Tonight Show")

at Funny Bone, Newport
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 04
Fri, June 05
Fri, June 05
+ 3 more dates
Thu, June 04
Fri, June 05
Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
Sat, June 06
Sun, June 07
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $10.00

Not that long ago comedian Lachlan Patterson was scraping by as a dog-walker, but after a strong performance on "Last Comic Standing" and a spot on "The Tonight Show", he's become one of the hottest a... [more+]

Not that long ago comedian Lachlan Patterson was scraping by as a dog-walker, but after a strong performance on "Last Comic Standing" and a spot on "The Tonight Show", he's become one of the hottest acts on the circuit. Whether he's riffing on shelter cat personal ads or the perils of typos in web searches, you'll enjoy the laugh-producing power of Patterson's absurd observations and off-the-wall musings when he headlines Newport's Funny Bone. This popular Cincinnati-area club also offers a full dinner menu and bar with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. [less-]

Lalah Hathaway Songwriter Ingrid Woode Sings With Soul

at The Redmoor, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 06
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

People's Choice Award-winning songwriter and singer Ingrid Woode and her band, The Woode Tribe Orchestra, bring their soul grooves to The Redmoor. The Cincinnati native has produced and written for Gr... [more+]

People's Choice Award-winning songwriter and singer Ingrid Woode and her band, The Woode Tribe Orchestra, bring their soul grooves to The Redmoor. The Cincinnati native has produced and written for Grammy winners Queen Latifah and Lalah Hathaway, and now she's taking center stage with her powerful blend of soul, jazz, gospel and classical influences. Woode's work has been performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and she recently toured across Europe. Come experience this up-and-coming artist who's already making a splash on the soul scene. [less-]

Stand-Up Comedy With Dominique ("Def Comedy Jam")

at Funny Bone, Newport
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 12
Fri, June 12
Sat, June 13
+ 2 more dates
Fri, June 12
Fri, June 12
Sat, June 13
Sat, June 13
Sun, June 14
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $10.00

Dominique, who was discovered by and performed with Tracy Morgan ("SNL, 30 Rock"), shows off her strong personality and straight-talking style with a mix of political, cultural and current-events come... [more+]

Dominique, who was discovered by and performed with Tracy Morgan ("SNL, 30 Rock"), shows off her strong personality and straight-talking style with a mix of political, cultural and current-events comedy at the Funny Bone in Newport. A DC native and former postal worker, she's a hit at clubs around the country. She's also appeared on Tom Joyner's show, Byron Allen's "Comics Unleashed, Def Comedy Jam, Chappelle's Show", HBO's "Ask-A-Sista", "Big Black Love" and more. The Funny Bone boasts a full dinner menu and bar with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. [less-]

Vince Morris: Sharp-Witted Stand-Up Skewers Race, Relationships

at Funny Bone, Newport
OFFER DATES:
Wed, June 17
Thu, June 18
Fri, June 19
+ 4 more dates
Wed, June 17
Thu, June 18
Fri, June 19
Fri, June 19
Sat, June 20
Sat, June 20
Sun, June 21
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.50

Columbus-born and L.A.-based comedian Vince Morris brings his decidedly smart -- and definitely funny -- views on race, relationships, family and more to the stand-up stage at the Funny Bone. This nat... [more+]

Columbus-born and L.A.-based comedian Vince Morris brings his decidedly smart -- and definitely funny -- views on race, relationships, family and more to the stand-up stage at the Funny Bone. This national headliner's growing list of credits includes his own Comedy Central special, BET's "Comic View", "Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn", HBO's "Def Comedy Jam", "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen," CBS' "Late Late Show" and many others. Along with an evening packed with laughs, you can also fill up with food and drink from the Funny Bone's menu, which includes a wide variety of appetizers, entrees and even dessert. [less-]

Hinder ("Lips of an Angel") Rocks Bogarts

at Bogart's, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 19
FULL PRICE: $29.27
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $14.00

With the triple-platinum certification of their debut album "Extreme Behavior" -- buoyed by hit singles like "Lips of an Angel," "Get Stoned" and "Better Than Me" -- rock band Hinder was catapulted fr... [more+]

With the triple-platinum certification of their debut album "Extreme Behavior" -- buoyed by hit singles like "Lips of an Angel," "Get Stoned" and "Better Than Me" -- rock band Hinder was catapulted from the Oklahoma music scene and onto the world's stage. In the decade since that album's release, the band's sound has evolved as more records followed, including this year's "When the Smoke Clears", which is their first to feature the new lead singer, Marshal Dutton. Catch Hinder when they slide into Cincinnati to rock Bogart's. [less-]

All Aboard World's Largest Train Display at EnterTrainment Junction Museum & Play Area

at EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester
OFFER DATES:
Thu, July 02
FULL PRICE: $15.95
OFFER PRICE: $9.50

Check out the world's largest indoor train display, frolic in more than 5,000 square feet of kids' play space and wander through a funhouse of astounding delights at Cincinnati's EnterTrainment Juncti... [more+]

Check out the world's largest indoor train display, frolic in more than 5,000 square feet of kids' play space and wander through a funhouse of astounding delights at Cincinnati's EnterTrainment Junction. Your do-it-all ticket includes access to every attraction onsite, including the American Railroading Museum and the A-Maze-N FunHouse, where you'll find a spinning vortex tunnel, the hilarious Tilt Room, a mind-bending Ames Room and the region's largest mirror maze. From learning how the railroad industry shaped America to wobbling your way through a creepy Claustrophobic Hall, there's plenty of fun to be had for all age levels at EnterTrainment Junction, where volunteers are constantly adding to the world-famous model train exhibition. [less-]

Explore Cincy's Brewery District on "The Industrious Tour"

at Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Thu, July 02
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Cincinnati was practically built on beer, or at least the production of it, and this one-hour walking tour takes you inside several of the city's storied breweries to highlight their hard-working labo... [more+]

Cincinnati was practically built on beer, or at least the production of it, and this one-hour walking tour takes you inside several of the city's storied breweries to highlight their hard-working labor force and the drive to rebuild the industry after the 18th Amendment was repealed. "Prohibition Resistance: The Industrious Tour" takes off from the Christian Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room, and continues through a historic neighborhood that was home to many a brewery employee. You'll also visit the city's new mural saluting the industry, and then go underground to the Schmidt Brothers/Crown Brewery lagering cellars and tunnels, where beer-making went on without refrigeration. Your friendly and informative guide will then lead you back to the Moerlein Tap Room, which recently celebrated the beer baron's 197th birthday. [less-]

"Prohibition Resistance" Tour: Special Peek at 1800s-Era Breweries

at Over-the-Rhine Breweries, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Thu, July 02
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Get the underground scoop on the city's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood on Cincinnati Brewery Tours' 90-minute "Prohibition Resistance" excursion, spotlighting sites from the 1800s not normally o... [more+]

Get the underground scoop on the city's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood on Cincinnati Brewery Tours' 90-minute "Prohibition Resistance" excursion, spotlighting sites from the 1800s not normally open to the public. Starting and ending at Findlay Market, the trek takes you into the heart of the area known for its robust brewing operations. Stops include the Christian Moerlein and Clyffside Breweries, famed for their ornate brewing spaces. Then it's down into the tunnels deep under the Jackson Brewery to check out their impressive lagering cellars before heading back to the Market and hearing more about the "Noble Experiment" that ended in 1933. [less-]

Play Detective Over a 3-Course Meal: Magical Mystery "Of Sound Mind & Dead Body"

at The Old Spaghetti Factory, Fairfield
OFFER DATES:
Thu, July 09
Sun, July 12
Fri, August 07
+ 1 more dates
Thu, July 09
Sun, July 12
Fri, August 07
Thu, August 20
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FULL PRICE: $60.00
OFFER PRICE: $29.00

When a magical mishap leaves a million dollar inheritance up for grabs, the real trick is figuring out who's hiding coldblooded murder up their sleeve! Put on by the clever improvisers of The Murder M... [more+]

When a magical mishap leaves a million dollar inheritance up for grabs, the real trick is figuring out who's hiding coldblooded murder up their sleeve! Put on by the clever improvisers of The Murder Mystery Company, "Of Sound Mind & Dead Body" lets you peer through an illusionist's smoke and mirrors to solve a magic-themed crime and nab the hocus pocus hitman before they vanish into thin air. A tasty and comedic whodunit unfolds over a three-course meal at The Old Spaghetti Factory, with you and your table mates as the prime suspects. As you eat and laugh, you'll gather clues and uncover who's offing your fellow invitees one by one. Come dressed as a rival magician, a lovely assistant or even a detective and help crack the case before this goes down as the most dangerous magic trick in history. [less-]

"Clybourne Park": A Look at Race & Real Estate in One Neighborhood 50 Years Apart

at Arts Center at Dunham, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, July 10
Sun, July 19
Thu, July 23
FULL PRICE: $14.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $8.00

Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park" is both an ingenious inversion and sharp-eyed update of "A Raisin in the Sun", Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about race and real estate. In 1959, a white couple sets... [more+]

Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park" is both an ingenious inversion and sharp-eyed update of "A Raisin in the Sun", Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about race and real estate. In 1959, a white couple sets off a community controversy when they inadvertently sell their bungalow to the area's first black family. Half a century later, roles reverse when a black couple clashes with a white couple who wants to buy and then "gentrify" the same house. The language of this Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play pulls no punches, but the conversation it inspires is worth it. Mike Burke directs a powerful new production from The Sunset Players at the Arts Center at Dunham in Cincinnati. [less-]

Bridalrama Wedding Expo: Fashion, Florists, Caterers and More

at Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sun, July 19
FULL PRICE: $10.00 - $40.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $20.00

Plan your wedding in one day under one roof with aisle after aisle of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's top wedding professionals. From florists, caterers, photographers, musicians and hair and makeu... [more+]

Plan your wedding in one day under one roof with aisle after aisle of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's top wedding professionals. From florists, caterers, photographers, musicians and hair and makeup artists to limo drivers, invitation designers and travel agents, you'll find everything and everyone you need for that special day, your honeymoon and home -- all in one place at the upscale Duke Energy Convention Center. Plus, take in two fashion shows by Splendid Bridal and Katalyst Talent. It's all here at your fingertips to make the wedding of your dreams a reality. [less-]

"Trapped in a Room With a Zombie": You Have to Find the Way Out!

at The WEB Extreme Entertainment, West Chester
OFFER DATES:
Sun, August 02
FULL PRICE: $28.00
OFFER PRICE: $14.00

Don't just sit in a dark theater and watch a zombie movie on the screen. For this interactive experience, you're trapped in a room -- and a hungry zombie is there too, chained to the wall. Every five ... [more+]

Don't just sit in a dark theater and watch a zombie movie on the screen. For this interactive experience, you're trapped in a room -- and a hungry zombie is there too, chained to the wall. Every five minutes, a buzzer sounds and the zombie's chain is released a few more inches. You and up to 11 other adventurers have 60 minutes to escape the room or risk getting eaten! Hidden in the room is a key that will unlock the door to your freedom. You and your fellow zombie bait must work together to locate numerous clues and solve riddles. This adrenaline-pumping event at The WEB Extreme Entertainment space in Cincinnati is perfect for a thrilling night out with friends, a really cool date night, or just to have a blast by yourself while meeting new people. Because cheating death by zombie tends to create fast friendships. [less-]

AC/DC Tribute Band Highway to Hell at Bogart's

at Bogart's, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 15
FULL PRICE: $16.12
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

AC/DC tribute band Highway to Hell bring the look, sound and feel of the Australian hard rockers to Bogart's in Cincinnati. Inspired by AC/DC's legendary live shows, Highway to Hell have been rocking ... [more+]

AC/DC tribute band Highway to Hell bring the look, sound and feel of the Australian hard rockers to Bogart's in Cincinnati. Inspired by AC/DC's legendary live shows, Highway to Hell have been rocking out for ten years and know dozens of songs from the famous Aussies' catalogue, sometimes playing the entire classic "Back in Black" record, song for song. They're the only AC/DC tribute band to have shared a stage with AC/DC members Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams. Based in Florida and utilizing the same instruments and amps as their musical heroes, Highway to Hell have played all over the nation and at enormous international events. [less-]

"Assassins": Sondheim's Killer Musical Comedy

at Monmouth Theatre, Newport
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: SOLD OUT

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical bends time to bring together some of America's most memorable presidential assassins for a darkly comic journ... [more+]

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical bends time to bring together some of America's most memorable presidential assassins for a darkly comic journey through the underbelly of the American Dream. This warped but tuneful tour through history takes the form of a carnival game, where the sounds of the era accompany revue-style portrayals of these notorious assassins and would-be killers. The twisted festivities might even look familiar to you, bearing a striking similarity to the circus we call "celebrity culture." Thought-provoking and darkly delightful, "Assassins" was first produced by Falcon Theater to rave reviews in 1998, helping establish their position in the Cincinnati theater scene. Now, they remount the entertaining show with an entirely new production at Monmouth Theatre to celebrate their 25th anniversary. [less-]

"The Addams Family": Creepy, Kooky Musical Comedy

at The Carnegie, Covington
FULL PRICE: $24.50
OFFER PRICE: SOLD OUT

"Na-na-na" *snap* *snap* "na-na-na" *snap* *snap* -- You can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into song. So no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a m... [more+]

"Na-na-na" *snap* *snap* "na-na-na" *snap* *snap* -- You can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into song. So no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a musical comedy. From the writers of the Tony-winning "Jersey Boys", "The Addams Family" tells the story of every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams is grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, in this magnificently macabre show directed by Bunny Arszman for the Showbiz Players. [less-]

Bollywood Singing Superstar Shreya Ghoshal

at Aronoff Center for the Arts - Procter & Gamble Hall, Cincinnati
FULL PRICE: $55.00
OFFER PRICE: SOLD OUT

One of Bollywood's brightest stars Shreya Ghoshal brings her North American tour to the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The soul-stirring songbird has earned acclaim and clusters of awards as one of Sout... [more+]

One of Bollywood's brightest stars Shreya Ghoshal brings her North American tour to the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The soul-stirring songbird has earned acclaim and clusters of awards as one of South Asia's premier playback singers -- a vocalist who provides the real singing chops that film actresses only fake. Ghoshal's a special case: her tremendous talents have propelled her from behind the scenes and into the limelight. Now she's as renowned and beloved as the lip-syncing screen stars who use her voice. She's headlined concerts around the world and won hearts singing traditional and pop songs in Hindi, Nepali, Bengali and a wealth of other Indian languages. She's making her first Cincinnati area appearance and is prepared to bask in the local love that prompted Ohio's governor to officially designate June 26, 2010 as Shreya Ghoshal Day. [less-]