December 2012 
November 2012 
September 2012 
August 2012 
July 2012 
June 2012 
May 2012 
April 2012 
March 2012 
February 2012 
January 2012 
December 2011 
November 2011 
October 2011 
September 2011 
August 2011 
June 2011 
April 2011 
March 2011 
February 2011 
January 2011 
December 2010 
November 2010 
October 2010 
September 2010 
August 2010 
July 2010 
June 2010 
May 2010 
April 2010 
February 2010 
January 2010 
November 2009 
October 2009 
September 2009 
August 2009 
July 2009 
June 2009 
Request your FREE visitors guide of things to do in Warren County, Ohio and start planning your trip to Ohio's largest playground!order now
Purchase discount tickets to Warren County, Ohio & Cincinnati attractions!buy now
Find special offers to Warren County & Cincinnati hotels, attractions and more!view offers
Interactive map of Warren County, Ohio attractions, hotels, shopping & more!more info...
Warren County on TripAdvisor
Thanksgiving is a time for you to relax and share with family and friends. There is no better way to relax during the holidays than allowing the staff at The Golden Lamb to take care of your special meals with all the fixin's. If you can't make it in for dinner then I suggest you to take a piece of The Golden Lamb home with you and make your holiday feast complete with a Sister Lizie's Shaker Sugar Pie with house-made caramel sauce.
The Shaker Sugar Pie is bursting with flavor, and will compliment your thanksgiving spread while saving you time without the extra hassle of making desserts yourself. The Golden Lamb uses the freshest and ripest fruits and ingredients from local farmers like Iron's Fruit Farm.
There is a bit of mystery as to where the Shaker Sugar Pie originated. It is said that in antique kitchen hutch acquired at auction is where Mrs. Jones found the recipe titled "Sister Lizie's Pie" left behind in an old drawer. Mrs. Jones then began serving it at The Golden Lamb around holiday season of 1927.
No matter what the origination, this is a holiday tradition that has warmed the hearts of many over the years. The Golden Lamb invites you to come out today make the Shaker Sugar Pie or one of their many other delicious pies a part of your family's traditionThe Golden Lamb invites you to come out today to try the Shaker Sugar Pie or one of their other wholesome pies! The historical Golden Lamb in Lebanon would like to make your thanksgiving meal preparation easier for yourself and your family. We hope to become a part of you family's thanksgiving dinner.
Located in Waynesville, Ohio, ScareDown is the brain-child of independent filmmaker Josh Hasty who took his love of fall and production to create a seasonal event he says will keep families coming back year after year. ScareDown features hayrides, corn mazes and haunted attractions -including a real-live haunted house. However, ScareDown is not like other so-called haunted attractions. Hasty said, "Growing up I always felt like I would get super excited, wait in line two hours, and then be pushed out the door looking for something else to do for the rest of the night." In response, Hasty and his team worked to create an atmosphere he describes as a real "Halloween Town" where you can enjoy the thrills of haunted attractions while enjoying more relaxing fall activities like sitting around the fire sipping cider.
ScareDown aims to be more than just a typical Halloween Haunt. Rather, Hasty and his team have transformed a real barn into a fear-induced attraction that will certainly live up to the name "ScareDown". The barn uses state-of-the-art sound, lighting and effects to create a theatrical, in-your-face experience designed to give you goose bumps and raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
ScareDown also has a real-life haunted house on the property that was reportedly home to gruesome murders in the late 1800's. Hasty and his colleague personally camped out in the house with a ouji board to see for themselves if it was really haunted. Hasty and his colleague said they communicated with a spirit named "Elizabeth" who promptly told the two, "leave!"
"Some people roll their eyes when I tell them about it," Hasty said. "So I invite them on a solo tour of the house at night. No takers yet."
"We love families," Hasty said. "ScareDown is all about fun and the love of the season." Starting at 11 am Thursday thru Sunday, ScareDown opens their pumpkin patch, daytime corn maze, hay ride along with their vending and gift shops. Beginning in October, Thursdays will be designated for daytime events running from 11 am to 7 pm that are sure to provide family fun. There will be contests and events during the day along with select movie nights for the whole family.
If you go:
The countdown to back to school is on, and the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away three buckets of prizes full of can't-miss summer fun the whole family can enjoy.
1st Place Bucket: (1) night stay at Great Wolf Lodge and (4) tickets to Kings Island
2nd Place Bucket: (4) passes to Ozone Zipline Adventures, (1) $100 back to school shopping spree at Cincinnati Premium Outlets and (1) night stay at the Hyatt Place Cincinnati Northeast.
3rd Place Bucket: (2) passes for two to Morgan's Outdoor Adventures (includes 2 canoes, fits 4 individuals), Dinner for 4 at Valley Vineyards and (1) night stay at Kings Island Resort and Conference Center.
How to Win:
The staff at Warren County - Ohio's Largest Playground also compiled a list of can't miss summer adventures that you'll want to check-off your summer bucket list before heading back to school.
Summer is a great time to try something new and unique. While swimming is a great way to beat the heat, perhaps you're looking for a more adventurous way to pass the time. Perhaps you've always wanted to skydive, go zip lining or take a hot air balloon ride. Did you know that Warren County has different options to feed your craving for an airborne adventure? For those of you looking to take to the skies this summer, let us tell you about some of the great destinations near by in Warren County.
Bella Balloons provides scenic flights above the Greater Cincinnati area. With launch sites in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky, you can enjoy this truly unique experience that takes your above the landscapes of the Ohio Valley region. Passengers can take off from designated areas with rides lasting approximately 40-60 minutes.
Visit Bella Balloons to reserve your hot-air balloon ride today.
Gentle Breeze also provides hot air balloon rides in the Greater Cincinnati area. Based out of Lebanon in Warren County, Gentle Breeze provides affordable balloon rides to Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. With more than 30 years of ballooning experience, you can enjoy safe balloon ride with a trusted pilot.
Visit Gentle Breeze for reservation and pricing information.
Many balloonists recommend scheduling your flight at sunrise or sunset to truly take in the beauty of the Ohio Valley scenery.
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Perhaps skydiving is something you need to try. With locations at Skydive Warren County and Start Skydiving Cincinnati in Middletown, your skydiving adventure is not far from home. Both locations offer tandem skydiving with a certified instructor or solo jumping for a true thrill seeker. Each location also offers video services to capture your skydiving memory for years to come.
Check out Skydive Warren County for pricing.
Check out StartSkydiving.com for pricing.
Contact Red Stewart Airfield for flight training schedules and prices.
Vertical Advantage is Cincinnati's premier helicopter service providers. Whether you're seeking a helicopter tour, taking aerial photographs, air charter or flight training, the experienced pilots at Vertical Advantage can take you up and around wherever you need to go.
Visit Vertical Advantage for service details and pricing.
Contact Ozone Zipline Adventures for group rates and reservations today!
If you're looking for a fun, down on the farm experience for your family, take a trip to Bonnybrook Farms in Clarksville for a Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride. As you drive in to the 350 acre farm, you are greeted with all the warmth of southern hospitality and as much fresh air as you can breathe in.
The evening begins at 5 pm with fun and games for all ages. You can take aim on the giant slingshots, challenge your kids on the clodhopper golf course, or challenge yourself by taking a trip down the 80' slide tunneled into Horseshoe Hill.
Head to the Gathering Barn around 6:30 when you hear the dinner bell ring, and enjoy the welcoming scent of a home cooked, farm fresh meal. This spread tastes even better than it smells, so try a little of everything! Fill up on pulled pork or chicken sandwiches, locally grown salads and sides and Nathan's hot dogs for the kids, all served buffet style.After dinner, hop into the wagon pulled by "Farmer Joe" and take a load off while you hear about the Shawnee Indians who hunted on the property hundreds of years ago, and the part this land played along the Underground Railroad. Make sure to look around while you listen-it's a beautifully scenic trip.
With Father's Day right around the corner we wanted take a minute to reflect on some of the great things to do with dad in Warren County as well as get some ideas from you. Share some of your favorite Father's Day activities in the comments below and you could win a great getaway for you and your dad (details at the bottom)!
Take dad on an outdoor adventure! With multiple liveries along the Little Miami Scenic River, you can paddle your way downstream and discover for yourself why the Little Miami is one of the Top 10 scenic rivers in the country. Whether aboard a canoe, kayak or raft, you will quickly see that the excellent water quality, gentle current and abundant wildlife make the Little Miami River the region's premier recreational waterway for family trips, beginner outings and experienced excursions.
If there's one thing dad knows how to do, its bait a hook. Take him down along the banks of the Little Miami River, or out to Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville. Anglers of all ages will enjoy fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as some of the best crappie fishing in the state. Before you go be sure to download the lake map as well as attain a valid Ohio fishing license.
What father doesn't enjoy an afternoon on the links? In Warren County you'll find a challenging mix of golf courses designed to test golfers of all skill levels, including 4 championship courses and one of the top public golf courses in Ohio, Shaker Run Golf Club. Course like The Golf Center at Kings Island, Crooked Tree Golf Course and many more are ready to challenge your game, so tee it up and spend the day with your father playing courses designed by Ohio icon Jack Nicklaus and famous golf architect Arthur Hills.
Now it's your turn! Tell us your favorite father's day activity from the past or what you plan to do this June 17th and you will be entered to win a great getaway for you and dad that includes:
Winner will be chosen randomly and will be contacted via email.
Click here for official rules.
Celebrate Ohio Tourism Month with Ohio's Largest Playground and enter to win one of 31 prizes in 31 days throughout the entire month of May!
Just like Warren County-Ohio's Largest Playground on Facebook and sign up for your chance to WIN today's prize package. Then be sure to check the page for a new prize everyday!
Prizes represent the vast diversity of travel and tourism experiences and businesses that are impacted by tourism spending in Warren County. Some of the prizes you can enter to win include:
The winners will be notified by email and then announced on the Warren County-Ohio's Largest Playground Facebook page and can also be tracked by following @WarrenCountyOH on Twitter or by searching the hashtag #31Prizes.
Charles Schulz might have said it best, "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, you might be thinking about something special you can do for or with your special Valentine. Whether it's sweet treats or a special outing, many local Warren County businesses offer tempting treats and deals that are certain to sweeten your Valentine's Day. For a complete list of upcoming events, see our events calendar, or keep reading to find a few ideas to make your Valentine's Day much sweeter including some romantic getaways in Ohio that will knock your socks off!
Main Street Sweets owner Vickie Larcomb says her Mason candy shop will cover just about anything in chocolate! Everything is made from scratch, including homemade flavored marshmallows dipped in chocolate, chocolate-covered strawberries and even Twinkie's dipped in chocolate! Family owned for five years, Main Street Sweets boasts all kinds of delectable creations, including a multitude of popcorn treats: caramel, chocolate, cherry flavored, etc. Main Street Sweets makes its own chocolate and is known for its heart-shaped Rice Crispy treats dipped in chocolate - perfect for Valentine's Day!
Family owned since 1970, Valley Vineyards in Morrow offers numerous ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. If fine wine and good food fit into your Valentine's Day plans, be sure to check out Valley Vineyards' offerings. On Wednesday, February 8, take part in Grand Tastings, a popular event that features great wine, wonderful food, good company and live music. This month's featured wines will be Valley Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. For just $25 per person and up to 22 wine samplings, this event is a tremendous time at a tremendous value. Reservations required (513-899-9022).
Join Valley Vineyards' Weekend Cookout on Saturday, February 11 for some relaxing, and romantic Valentine's Day fun with your special someone. Typically, weekend cookouts appeal to groups, but according to owner Joe Schuchter, on the Saturday before Valentine's Day, you will find mostly couples cooking their meals and sipping on wine. Reservations are requested. Price is $59 per couple with one bottle of wine (age 21 and over). Feel like staying in? Valley Vineyards re-released its popular pink-label Merlot just in time for Valentine's Day. This medium-bodied Merlot smells like cocoa and pairs wonderfully with chocolate. You can find it online or at Kroger and Remke-Biggs.
Known for its Texas Tortoise and Almond Toffee, Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory offers an extensive selection of assorted chocolates, creams and chocolate molds. The shop's famous Texas Tortoise is made from pecan halves covered in caramel and then dipped in both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Joy Kossouji of Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory says that each batch of their Almond Toffee is made with 12 pounds of butter! The raw almonds are added to the chocolate mixture and cook in the batch as the toffee cools. "The entire shop smells delicious when we make that almond toffee," Kossouji says.
Other shop specialties include caramel bars (each one weighs 4-5 ounces), snack clusters (popcorn, pecans, raisins, coconut and chocolate), chocolate molds (all kinds of shapes including turtles, trains and planes for children), and white pretzel sundaes (white chocolate, pretzels and milk chocolate on top). Stop by Golden Turtle for one-of-a-kind, delectable treats for your Valentine.
These are all great ways to liven up your Valentine's Day in Warren County, but certainly the list is not exhaustive. For other great ideas for romantic dining check out our local favorites listings, or for more great packages see our vacation packages page.
Can't Wait for the hard hitting jousting action of the Ohio Renaissance Festival to return to Harveysburg in September? Well, the History Channel has heard your calls and plans to premiere "Full Metal Jousting," a new reality competition show that pits jousting knights against one another in February.
The show will be hosted by Shane Adams, otherwise known as Sir Shanton of Falcon's Hill to his brotherhood of knights in the Knights of Valour troupe. Shane, originally from Toronto, Ontario began his endeavor in the jousting business at Medieval Times, and eventually created his own travelling show. He now makes his home at the Ohio Renaissance Festival and can be seen year after year taking on other noble knights in front of throngs of shouting fans.
The show that he and his troupe put together feels like you're really in the 1600's watching knights battle for honor and the eye of the fair maidens. They use real chainmail, real barrel helmets and it only takes one viewing to realize the hits are real as well. It's this reality that viewers of the History Channel's series will see on a weekly basis beginning Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. As one competitor puts it, "This ain't no dinner show."
It's that time of year again, the time when the smell of fires burning rises through chimneys, the trees turn vibrant colors and of course jack-o-laterns line front porches welcoming visitors. This year, we've compiled a few helpful tips to make your pumpkin carving experience as simple and enjoyable as possible.
Choose a large pumpkin. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is going to be for you to carve, and the easier it is to carve the more creative you can get with your designs. When selecting a pumpkin be sure to avoid any pumpkins with bruises or moldy stems as they will spoil much faster. Pumpkins with a lighter color tend to be softer and easier to carve. You can find a perfect pumpkin as well as many other fun fall activities here.
When cutting out the top of your jack-o-lantern, place the knife at an angle so that the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you don't cut at an angle the lid will slide through to the hollow interior.
To clean out the "guts" it's best if you use a pumpkin carving set, but if you don't have one handy you can use a large, heavy metal serving spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the insides. If you will be lighting the pumpkin, the back wall should be scraped as smooth as possible for optimal light reflection.
To keep your pumpkin looking tip-top until it's big night on October 31st try soaking the cleaned pumpkin for a couple of hours in a bleach water solution of 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 gallon of water. Dry thoroughly, then rub inside and out, including all cut edges, with vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to prevent shriveling.
Beginners should select a simple, bold pattern and once you master these, you can move on to something more difficult. There are many sites online that will allow you to print off designs, and often times the the patch where you pick your pumpkin will have designs you can use.
Once your desired pattern is selected, print out or draw the pattern on a piece of paper. Cutting slits in the side of the paper will help it to conform to the round surface. Use small sharp scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving into the pumpkin. Tape the template onto the pumpkin and use a marker to trace the carving lines.
Again, tools from a pumpkin carving set are best, but if not available, a long serrated knife will also work. Use a sawing motion and take your time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines leaving no markings showing.
Instead of reaching down inside to turn on the light or light the candle, consider cutting off the bottom of the pumpkin, as well as the top. You can then easily lift the jack-o'-lantern up and light the candle inside.
A small battery-operated flameless candle is a safer choice than traditional candles for lighting your jack-o'-lantern, but if you will be using a real candle, be sure to leave the lid off to avoid any fire hazard.
Sprinkle the bottom side of the pumpkin lid with ground cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves to give your porch and home a seasonal scent.
We hope you found this post helpful. If you have any tips of your own please feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment below.
If you're looking for other great fall activities in Warren County check out our Fall Festival Guide: Here.
Looking for something a little more spooky? Check out our list of Halloween events not to be missed.