Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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1301 Western Avenue

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal — or the Cincy Museum as it's sometimes called — is actually a compilation of museums housed within the art deco-style Union Terminal building. There's the Cincinnati History Museum, which contains exhibits on everything from the city's various modes of transportation to the city's contributions during World War II. There is also the Duke Energy Children's Museum, which features interactive exhibits for little ones. The center's Museum of Natural History & Science covers a variety of subjects, including dinosaurs, the Ice Age and the astronaut Neil Armstrong. In addition to these museums, the center has an OMNIMAX theater, a library and archives and a research center.

One TripAdvisor user raves about the diversity of attractions housed here: "Whether you are spending the day, or just looking to kill a few hours, the variety and selection of the various exhibit halls is amazing."

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays, the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission varies depending on the ticket package you purchase: For instance, an adult ticket to all three of the museums costs $12.50 and a child's ticket from 3 to 12 years costs $8.50. There are also discounts for seniors and younger children. Meanwhile, an adult ticket to the Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit and the Dinosaurs OMNIMAX film costs $16.50, while a child's ticket costs $12.50. Parking costs $6, but after 4 p.m., it drops to $4. To get your money's worth, we recommend blocking out an entire day for touring the museum. You'll find the massive complex in downtown Cincinnati on Western Avenue. For more information, visit the center's website.

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On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located in the trendy Mount Adams neighborhood, the park encompasses 186 acres of green space and tree groves complete with walking paths. There are also a couple of lakes, a magnolia garden and several scenic overlooks.

One TripAdvisor user was blown away by Eden Park's setting, saying it has "beautiful views of the city — especially at night time." However, some travelers say that the park is a little hard to find. To get there from downtown, drive north on Gilbert Avenue until you reach Eden Park Drive. You can also just call a taxi. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Parks website.

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