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, 2018 - January 01, 2018

First Day Hike

1pm

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 as we start our Fitness Hike Series. On New Years Day meet the Park Naturalist at the Caesar Creek Nature Center for a 1 mile guided hike around the Old Woods Trail. Stay for an additional 3 mile hike to Pioneer Village, the Swinging Bridge , Horseshoe Falls and a Rock Gorge.

Admission is FREE!

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February 24, 2018 - February 24, 2018

Winter Hike

10am-12pm

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 Caesar Creek Nature Center before going on to Crawdad Falls. Total 3 mile or 6 mile hike. 

Admission is Free

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March 31, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt & Hike

1pm

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

Join at the Caesar Creek Nature Center for a unique Easter Egg Hunt experience. Find hidden eggs with surprises inside. Afterwards, learn about Ohio native birds, nests, and eggs. Paint your own egg to take home.

Admission is FREE!

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April 21, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Earth Day in the Park (Green Up Day)

9am-1pm

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

Help the Naturalist with service projects in the park. Join us for special programming afterwards. Call 513-897-2437 for more information or see our separate flyer on our website for more details.

Admission is FREE!

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May 17, 2018 - May 19, 2018

B-17 Memphis Belle Exhibit Opening & Events

9am-5pm with some evening activities Daily

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz St
WPAFB, OH 45433 
(937) 255-8606

One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. The new exhibit surrounding the Memphis Belle will include interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never been seen before by our visitors.
The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle™ was the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the United States after completing 25 combat missions over Europe during World War II. The USAAF chose the aircraft for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). 
Plans are underway for a three day event (May 17-19, 2018) to include a WWII-era aircraft fly-in, WWII reenactors and vehicles, memorabilia and artifact displays, music from the era, related guest speakers for lectures, book signings and films, including both Memphis Belle films in the Air Force Museum Theatre. Activities will be both inside and outside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.


Admission Fee: FREE

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May 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Old Main Street Antique Show

9am-5pm One Day

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

Main Street Antique Show with visiting guests selling antiques

Admission is Free

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June 09, 2018 - June 09, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

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

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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June 21, 2018 - June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice Sunrise Program

Gates open at 5:30am One Day

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve
6123 St Rt 350
Oregonia, OH 45054 
(513) 932-4421

Join Fort Ancient in welcoming the first day of summer through this exciting program of observing the sunrise as the Ancient peoples did 2,000 years ago. Watch the sun rise between two walls of earth when aligning yourself between the earthen wall and a stone covered mound. Guests will also learn the importance of Fort Ancient to those who built it between 100BC and AD 500.

Admission Free

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June 23, 2018 - June 23, 2018

Youth Fishing Derby

Registration opens at 8am & Fishing begins at 9am

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

Free and Open to the Public. Registration opens at 8:00 am, fishing begins at 9:00 am. Meet at the Youth Fishing Pond near the Caesar Creek State Park Marina. 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 03, 2018 - July 03, 2018

Red Rhythm and Boom

4pm-10pm One Day

Mason Municipal Campus
6000 Mason Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040
(513) 229-8500

Join us for the City of Mason's annual Red Rhythm and Boom event on Tuesday, July 3 2018! This patriotic event will feature music by nationally acclaimed artists, kids activities and attractions, food, exhibitors, fireworks and more! The event takes place at the Mason Municipal Campus at 6000 Mason Montgomery Road.

Parking and Admission are FREE!

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July 14, 2018 - July 14, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

7/14/2018 One Day

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

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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August 11, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

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

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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September 08, 2018 - September 08, 2018

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

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

Hand Crafted Artisans on the Street selling all forms of crafts

Admission is Free

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September 15, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Heritage Festival and Parade

10am-4pm One Day

Mason Municipal Campus
6000 Mason Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040 
(513) 229-8500

Mark your calendars for the annual Heritage Festival and Parade taking place on Saturday, September 15 at the Mason Municipal Center Campus! The event will feature a parade, kids’ activities, carnival games, crafts, vendors, music entertainment and more! The event will begin at 10 a.m. with the annual parade followed by activities and entertainment until 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and is sure to include fun for all ages!

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October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018

49th Annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

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

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

Festival with local nonprofit food booths and hand crafted items only. Live Entertainment

Admission is Free

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November 02, 2018 - November 04, 2018

Hearth Warming Holidays

Times vary with each store Daily

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

Decorated Store Fronts kicking off the holidays with beautiful merchandise.

Admission is Free

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November 21, 2018 - November 21, 2018

Winter Solstice Sunrise Program

7:30am One Day

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve
6123 St Rt 350
Oregonia, OH 45054 
(513) 932-4421

As the leaves have fallen leaving the trees bare at the end of autumn, guests will be able to clearly view the 2,000-year-old earthen walls as the sun rises on the shortest day of the year. Experience the solstice as ancient people may have done during this ceremonial moment several thousand years ago.

This event is free to the public.

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November 30, 2018 - December 02, 2018

Christmas in the Village

Fri: 6pm-9pm | Sat: 12pm-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm One Day

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

Christmas in Waynesville with luminaries, carriage rides, heated entertainment tent

Admission is Free

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