You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy Ohio’s Largest Playground! There are plenty of ways for visitors to play, splash and explore in Warren County for free. Visit Caesar Creek State Park for swimming, boating, hiking and fossil-searching, and check out Warren County’s full list of parks (Download here) for even more outdoor adventure. Hike, bike or rollerblade on the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail. Interested in art? Visit the Franklin Murals. Take a self-guided walking tour of Springboro to learn about the Underground Railroad and visit as many as 50 confirmed safe houses.

Whether you are looking to keep your kids entertained, spend time outdoors or get active, you’ll find plenty of free activities in Cincinnati and Warren County, Ohio. Check out this weekly listing of some of the most interesting and fun free things to do in Southwest Ohio.

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January 01, 2017 - January 01, 2017

First Day Hike

1pm-3pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Start the New Year off on the right foot! Meet the Park Naturalist at the Nature Center for a 3 mile guided hike. See Pioneer Village, the Swinging Bridge, Horseshoe Falls and a rock gorge. Hike starts at 1pm.

Admission is Free!

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February 25, 2017 - February 25, 2017

Winter Hike

10am-12pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-2437

Start at the Wellman Meadows Trailhead parking lot for a self-guided hike to Horseshoe Falls and our 103’ swinging bridge. Warm up with a nice soup lunch at the Nature Center before going on to Crawdad Falls.

Admission is Free!

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March 04, 2017 - March 04, 2017

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Streets
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Don't miss this opportunity to get out and have fun on this "Girls-only" adventure in downtown Lebanon! Shopping, eating, and socializing. Participating merchants offer store specials, giveaways, refreshments and fun!

Pick up your Goodie bag with coupons and stuff your punch card at participating businesses for a chance to win!

Shops open until 9:00pm

Admission is Free

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March 19, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Spring into Fitness Hike

1pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Meet at the Nature Center for a 5 mile guided hike. See Pioneer Village, the Swinging Bridge, Horseshoe Falls and a rock gorge. Hike starts at 1pm.

Admission is Free!

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April 22, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Earth Day in the Park (Green Up Day)

9am-5pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Help the Naturalists with service projects in the park. Join us for special programming afterwards. Call 513-897-2437 for info.

Admission is Free!

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May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon 
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Streets
Lebanon, OH 45036 
(513) 228-2322

Don't miss this opportunity to get out and have fun on this "Girls-only" adventure in downtown Lebanon! Shopping, eating, and socializing. Participating merchants offer store specials, giveaways, refreshments and fun! 

Pick up your Goodie bag with coupons and stuff your punch card at participating businesses for a chance to win!

Shops open until 9:00pm

Admission is Free

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May 26, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Camp Out

All Weekend! Daily

Caesar Creek State Park Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

A fun-filled weekend; make your camping reservation early.

Admission is Free!

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June 10, 2017 - June 10, 2017

Lebanon Country Music Festival- Stompin' in the Street

11am-11pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon 
Mulberry
Lebanon, OH 45036 
(513) 228-2322

The Lebanon Country Music Festival- Stompin' in the Street is an annual festival held in Downtown Lebanon, Ohio to celebrate all genres of country music.
Come to downtown Lebanon and enjoy live music all day, food, shopping a beer garden, a mechanical bull and kids activities.

Admission is Free

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June 24, 2017 - June 24, 2017

Youth Fishing Derby

8am-1pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park
8570 East State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Registration opens at 8am, fishing begins at 9am. Free and open to the public. At the Youth Fishing Pond. Instructors are on hand to help you learn the ins and outs of this lifelong hobby. Equipment and bait are provided while supplies last.

Admission is Free!

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July 01, 2017 - July 04, 2017

4th of July Camp Out

All Weekend! Daily

Caesar Creek State Park Campground
9000 Center Road
Wilmington, OH 45177
(937) 488-4595

Celebrate Independence Day at Caesar Creek State Park. Join us for canoeing, kayaking, Stand up paddle boarding, archery and more. Reserve your campsite today!

Admission is Free!

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July 03, 2017 - July 03, 2017

Independence Day Parade

4pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Broadway Street
Lebanon, OH 45036 
(513) 932-1414 

Bring the whole family and join us for an old fashioned Independence Day Parade in Historic Downtown Lebanon. the Parade runs south on Broadway through the middle of Historic Downtown Lebanon. See animals, the High School Marching Band, Floats, Antique Cars, Fire Trucks, Balloons & More 

Admission is Free!

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August 05, 2017 - August 05, 2017

2017 Lebanon Blues Festival

10am-11pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 588-0321

Blues, BBQ, Classic Car Show & the Red Hot Blues Run all work together on the First Saturday in August in downtown Lebanon. This event is hosted by the Lebanon Opitmist Club. The festival is family friendly and offers a variety of blues music by well-known musicians. The beer garden offers an assortment of adult beverages for purchase. The City hosts a 5K, 10k and 15k run as well as a kids walk – proceeds benefit the city park system. The downtown shops are open and there are several craft booths incorporated in the event. 

Admission is Free!

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August 12, 2017 - August 12, 2017

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Streets
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Don't miss this opportunity to get out and have fun on this "Girls-only" adventure in downtown Lebanon! Shopping, eating, and socializing. Participating merchants offer store specials, giveaways, refreshments and fun!

Pick up your Goodie bag with coupons and stuff your punch card at participating businesses for a chance to win!

Shops open until 9:00pm

Admission is Free

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August 12, 2017 - August 12, 2017

Meteor Shower Camp Out

4pm-All night One Day

Caesar Creek State Park
8570 East State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-2437

Watch the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower on the beach. Fun activities and star-gazing with the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Camp on the beach for free that night. Registration opens at 4pm. Food and drinks available. All funds raised support the Nature Center.

Admission is Free!

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September 01, 2017 - September 04, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Camp Out

All Weekend! Daily

Caesar Creek State Park Campground
9000 Center Road
Wilmington, OH 45177
(513) 897-2437

A fun-filled weekend of activities. Canoeing, kayaking, Stand up paddle boarding, archery and more. 

Admission is Free!

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September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017

2017 Lebanon Country Applefest

10am-7pm One Day

Warren County Fairgrounds
665 N. Broadway St.
​​Lebanon, Ohio 45036
(​513) 320-2775

Lebanon Ohio's largest and longest running craft and food festival! Several hundred craft and food booths! Hay ride provided by Irons fruit farm on site! Located at the Warren County Fairgrounds 665 N. Broadway St. Lebanon Ohio from 10 Am to 7Pm, free admission, free parking. All booths are on paved handicap accessible areas. Handicap parking on pavement near the grandstand. 

Admission is Free!

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September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Lebanon Feast & Fall-y

10am-6pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon 
Mulberry
Lebanon, OH 45036 
(513) 228-2322

Join us for an alternative to big box sameness at a European style street fair showcasing industrial, artisan, patina, retro, upcycled and vintage wares with tastings of local fare.

Admission is Free

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October 01, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

6pm Daily

Great Wolf Lodge
2501 Great Wolf Drive
Mason, OH 45040
(800) 913-9653

During the month of October, treat your kids to their most spooktacular Halloween ever during our month-long Howl-O-Ween festivities. Pack up your plastic pumpkin pails and plenty of ghostly garments for Costume Parades, Trick or Treat Trails, scary-silly Story Times and Monster Bash Dance Parties. And don’t forget the perfect 84-degree basking weather in our gargantuan water park. Howl-O-Ween begins on October 1, 2017 and continues until October 31, 2017.

Admission is Free!

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October 01, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Bonnybrook Farms Fall Farm Days

12pm-6pm Weekly

Bonnybrook Farms
3779 State Route 132
Clarksville, OH 45113 
(937) 289-2500

  Fun on the Farm’ activities include a “Pick your Own” Pumpkin Patch; Archery; Clodhopper Golf; Crazed Corn Maze; Pony Rides; Giant Slingshots; Horse Shoe Hill with 80’ Underground Slide; Farm Yard Play Area; Birthday Parties; Farm Animals to Pet and Brush and Fish to Feed. The Great Pumpkin 5K Trail Run/Walk and Pumpkin Chuckin' on Halloween weekend.

Climb aboard the farm wagon for a family friendly Adventure Wagon Ride. Travel along the old stone roads of this historic farm... across an abandoned railway, past the old home site and into the valley of Todd Fork, where you will encounter colorful characters portrayed by professional actors.

The Farm Kitchen offers delicious farm dinners, apple dumplings, caramel apples and pumpkin pie, all "made from scratch" on the farm. Shop the Country Store for pumpkins, locally made jams, jelly, honey, fudge and kettle corn -- handmade candles, fall decorations and more.

  • Free Admission - Fee for some activities
  • Free Parking
  • Cash, Credit Card
  • ATM available

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October 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017

48th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Sat: 9am-8pm | Sun: 9am-6pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-8855

Visit Waynesville Ohio for our premier festival, featuring SAUERKRAUT in many traditional and non-traditional ways. For example, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut pizza, Reuben's, pork, mashed potatoes and kraut, sauerkraut brownies, cookies, pies and fudge. Don't forget crafts from 25 states, featuring everything from jewelry, wood, holiday items, pottery and more. You don't want to miss this festival and all it has to offer!

Free Admission

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October 15, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Perimeter Hike

10am-4pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park
8570 East State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-2437

A guided hike on the 13-mile Perimeter Trail through some of our most scenic areas in the fall. Discover more about the woods and wildlife in our area, and see Caesar Creek from a whole new point of view. Free; open to the public. Meet at the 50 Springs parking lot. Hike starts at 10am.

Admission is Free!

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October 21, 2017 - October 21, 2017

Howl' oween Pooch Parade

11am-3pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Mulberry Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-0393

The Howl' oween Pooch Parade is a dog gone good time for the whole family- putting our furring friends in the spotlight! Costume contest, pet booths, raffles, rescues, shopping and of course the Howl'oween Pooch Parade around the downtown!

Admission is Free!

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November 03, 2017 - November 05, 2017

Hearth Warming Holidays

Fri-Sat: 11am-8pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville
Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513)897-8855

Kick-off your holiday season and shop our quaint Main Street of 60 antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants.

Admission is Free

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November 11, 2017 - November 11, 2017

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Streets
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Don't miss this opportunity to get out and have fun on this "Girls-only" adventure in downtown Lebanon! Shopping, eating, and socializing. Participating merchants offer store specials, giveaways, refreshments and fun!

Pick up your Goodie bag with coupons and stuff your punch card at participating businesses for a chance to win!

Shops open until 9:00pm

Admission is Free

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November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Christmas in Historic Springboro

Fri: 6pm-10pm | Sat: 10am-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

South Main Street
Springboro, OH 45066
(937) 748-0074

Christmas in Historic Springboro is Warren County's largest three day street festival. Entertainment, food, kid's activities, crafters and so much more.

Admission is Free!

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November 24, 2017 - November 25, 2017

Holiday Open House

See website for times Daily

Downtown Lebanon 
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Streets
Lebanon, OH 45036 
(513) 228-2322

You are cordially invited to spend an old fashioned holiday with us in Downtown Lebanon
Holiday Illumination- Christmas Tree Park
Santa, Carriage rides, Model Train Display, and shopping

Admission is Free

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November 25, 2017 - January 07, 2018

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge

Times May Vary Daily

Great Wolf Lodge
2501 Great Wolf Drive
Mason, OH 45040 
(800) 913-9653

Snowland welcomes your family to the winter howl-i-days in proper Northwoods style. From November 25 through January 7, we transform Great Wolf Lodge into a magical winter wonderland, complete with spectacular decorations, visits with Santa, North Pole University activities and a life-size gingerbread house you can dine in! Take advantage of our Exclusive Snowland Deal, or make even more howliday memories when you book a Snowland-themed Suite! 

Admission is Free!

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December 01, 2017 - December 03, 2017

Christmas in the Village

Fri-Sat: 12pm-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-8855

Join us in Waynesville Ohio, as you experience the joys of the holiday season. Our charming town transforms to a holiday celebration, with strolling characters, barbershop quartets, strolling entertainment, 1300 luminaries on Friday and Saturday evening, heated entertainment tent, and some of the best shopping to help check everything off your list. Don't forget the delicious dining that we have to offer too. You will walk away with the most joyous feeling when you visit us, during Christmas in the Village. 

Admission Free

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December 09, 2017 - December 09, 2017

Holiday Traditions

10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm One Day

Caesar Creek Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068 
(513) 897-2437

Create one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations with local, natural materials to take home and share with your loved ones. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early at the Nature Center. Call for more info. 513-897-2437

Admission is Free!

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