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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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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.


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

at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 23
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 to 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-]

"Godspell": Rock Musical Tells Story of Jesus and Disciples

at North College Hill City Center, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 23
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

In this beloved Broadway favorite, Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden") adapts the Gospel of Matthew and adds an eclectic pop-rock score to retell th... [more+]

In this beloved Broadway favorite, Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden") adapts the Gospel of Matthew and adds an eclectic pop-rock score to retell the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming and hilarious vignettes. A timeless tale of love, loyalty and the triumph of faith over fear, "Godspell" has spread joy to countless theatergoers all over the world with a Tony-nominated score that features songs like "Day by Day," "Light of the World," "Learn Your Lessons Well" and "'Prepare Ye the Way." Now you can see this hauntingly beautiful story at the North College Hill City Center in Cincinnati. [less-]

Dance Meets Theater in Airport Comedy: "The Queue"

at Aronoff Center for the Arts - Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
FULL PRICE: $27.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.50

Waiting in line at the airport may be one of the more boring experiences in your life, but this mundane activity takes on a whole new dimension with Contemporary Dance Theater and Lucky Plush Producti... [more+]

Waiting in line at the airport may be one of the more boring experiences in your life, but this mundane activity takes on a whole new dimension with Contemporary Dance Theater and Lucky Plush Productions' performance of "The Queue". Drawing inspiration from slapstick, vaudeville and more and featuring live music by The Claudettes, this mix of contemporary dance and theater looks at what happens when private dramas slip into public spaces and how tragedy mixes with travel. The dance troupe's complex choreography gives you a glimpse into the humorous and tragically awkward lives of a group of people just trying to make their flight. See this unique dance experience at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati. [less-]

Steve Martin's "The Underpants": A Naughty, Fun Farce

at The Carnegie, Covington
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 25
Sun, April 26
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

You loved him in zany comedies like "The Jerk", "Father of the Bride" and "Roxanne", but did you know that Steve Martin is also one of our freshest and funniest playwrights? "The Underpants" is the gr... [more+]

You loved him in zany comedies like "The Jerk", "Father of the Bride" and "Roxanne", but did you know that Steve Martin is also one of our freshest and funniest playwrights? "The Underpants" is the great actor-comedian's laugh-out-loud satire of the bourgeois manners and customs of the early 20th century, based on an original play from 1910 by Carl Sternheim. When young Louise's underpants accidentally fall down at the king's big parade, it turns her into a celebrity of sorts and jeopardizes the civil service career of her stuffed shirt of a husband. Her 15 minutes of fame reach an apex when she's recognized by two would-be lotharios who are boarding in the couple's spare room. Step into The Carnegie as it becomes home to this show's entertaining cavalcade of double entendres and physical comedy. [less-]

Sisters Reconnect in Touching Drama "The Whales of August"

at Sharonville Fine Arts Center, Sharonville
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 25
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

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-]

Joy Division Celebration: Peter Hook & The Light

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
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 01
Sun, May 10
Thu, May 14
FULL PRICE: $14.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $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-]

John Patrick Shanley's ("Doubt, Moonstruck") "Outside Mullingar": Middle-Aged Love in Rural Ireland

at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
Sun, May 10
Sat, May 16
+ 1 more dates
Sat, May 09
Sun, May 10
Sat, May 16
Sun, May 17
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FULL PRICE: $44.00
OFFER PRICE: $22.00

"I don't hate you," says Rosemary to Anthony. "I just don't like you." In John Patrick Shanley's ("Doubt, Moonstruck") Tony Award-nominated "Outside Mullingar", these two introverted neighbors have li... [more+]

"I don't hate you," says Rosemary to Anthony. "I just don't like you." In John Patrick Shanley's ("Doubt, Moonstruck") Tony Award-nominated "Outside Mullingar", these two introverted neighbors have lived in rural Ireland and known each other for years, but their lives intersect sharply when a parent dies and property rights come into question. Ultimately a tenderhearted romantic comedy, Shanley's play about new love in middle age has received rave reviews. Charles Isherwood of "The New York Times" called "Outside Mullingar" "Shanley's finest work since "Doubt"," which won a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, and inspired the 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. See it at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. [less-]

A Riveting Courtroom Drama: "Inherit the Wind"

at Anderson Center, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
Fri, May 15
Sat, May 16
+ 1 more dates
Sat, May 09
Fri, May 15
Sat, May 16
Sat, May 16
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

A pair of legal giants go head-to-head in "Inherit the Wind", a gripping courtroom drama inspired by the historic Scopes "monkey trial." Now, Beechmont Players, Inc. brings to life this masterpiece of... [more+]

A pair of legal giants go head-to-head in "Inherit the Wind", a gripping courtroom drama inspired by the historic Scopes "monkey trial." Now, Beechmont Players, Inc. brings to life this masterpiece of American theater at Cincinnati's Anderson Center. The story focuses on a small-town school science teacher who's put on trial for teaching evolution, and the subsequent courtroom clash between friends and rival attorneys Drummond and Brady, standing in for the real trial's William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. The play first hit the stage in 1955, but the passionately argued issues of science versus faith are still amazingly timely. "Inherit the Wind" has been adapted into several films, including the acclaimed 1960 version directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly. [less-]

Songs From Musicals and Movies at "A Night to Remember"

at Hope Auditorium, Mason
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 15
FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.00 - $13.00

Whether you're a Broadway baby, a film fanatic or just a fan of music in general, Ohio Metropolitan Pops Orchestra & Chorale's "A Night to Remember" has something to please just about everyone. It's a... [more+]

Whether you're a Broadway baby, a film fanatic or just a fan of music in general, Ohio Metropolitan Pops Orchestra & Chorale's "A Night to Remember" has something to please just about everyone. It's a fun night out with friends or a great date for music lovers. Celebrating 10 years in the tri-state area, the Ohio Metropolitan Pops Orchestra & Chorale is ready to entertain with a night of popular songs from movies and musicals. Not only will the evening be entertaining through and through, but you'll be helping out local students. Proceeds from "A Night to Remember" will be used to support the Mars Hill Academy Scholarship Fund for the next school year. [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-]

Musical Honors the Supremes, Temptations & More: "A Tribute to Motown"

at Word of Deliverance, Forest Park
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 23
Sat, May 23
FULL PRICE: $30.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15.00

Motown Records made history by cranking out one bona fide soul classic after another -- from "My Guy" to "ABC" to "Let's Get It On." Cincinnati Black Theatre Company honors that legacy with "A Tribute... [more+]

Motown Records made history by cranking out one bona fide soul classic after another -- from "My Guy" to "ABC" to "Let's Get It On." Cincinnati Black Theatre Company honors that legacy with "A Tribute to Motown", a musical about the company's creation and the genesis of the Motown sound. The retro rhythm & blues of Hitsville U.S.A. will ring through Forest Park's Word of Deliverance Family Life Center. This revival will channel the angelic voices of girls groups like Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Diana Ross and the Supremes. You'll also see the "A Tribute to Motown" performers trot out the slick, smooth moves of the Temptations, the Four Tops and The Jackson 5. Expect to be dancing in the streets by the show's end. [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-]

"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-]

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-]

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

at Monmouth Theatre, Newport
FULL PRICE: $19.00
OFFER PRICE: SOLD OUT

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-]

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

at Below Zero Lounge, Cincinnati
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: SOLD OUT

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-]