2015 Independence Holiday in Cincinnati

Day One

We left home around 10 am and arrived at City Barbecue around 1:30 pm. I was surprised to find that it’s self-service. The good thing was that we didn’t need to leave a big tip. We got ribs, beef brisket, gumbo, garlic bread, and cornbread. The food was yummy.

Inside of City Barbecue

Inside of City Barbecue. Kinda country looking.

After we were satisfied, we drove to the University of Cincinnati, specifically the DAAP, the world top-rated college.

The doors were locked up. I took a picture of the outside.

The doors were locked up. I took a picture of the outside.

Next, we stopped by Ohio River at Cincinnati. The panoramic view was beautiful. It’s part of the border between free and slave states. People fled to freedom by crossing this river from south to north. It’s a significant landmark in the history. Now it’s a peaceful place. I saw people picnicking, enjoying the view, and sitting quietly in the company of other people.

The Ohio River

The Ohio River

Another view of the Ohio River

Another view of the Ohio River

There’s an Eden Park nearby, so we took a walk around it.

The She-wolf with Romulus and Remus

The mother wolf with Romulus and Remus, the founders of the city of Rome. It’s an exact replica of the original Rome one. Cincinnati came from Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman aristocrat, and statesman. The statue was to honor Cincinnatus.

Eden park view

Eden park view

On our way to downtown right after we left Eden Park parking lot, we spotted a garden. It’s not free though. But it’s not expensive either. So we bought the tickets and spent some time there.

Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory

Plants in Krohn Conservatory

Plants in Krohn Conservatory

Cactus collection in Krohn Conservatory

Cactus collection in Krohn Conservatory

Then we drove to downtown. Nothing special or striking about it.

Cincinnati downtown from far away

Cincinnati downtown from far away

Cincinnati downtown up close

Cincinnati downtown up close

The gigantic casino in Cincinnati

The gigantic casino in Cincinnati

It’s time to go to the hotel in Blue Ash.

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby

Since we had a big lunch at City Barbecue, we weren’t that hungry until 8 pm. We drove to Cici’s Pizza near our hotel.

We went to bed @ 1030. Tomorrow would be a big day at Kings Island.

Day Two: Kings Island

We brought snacks and drinks because we planned to spend a whole day in Kings Islands. We split up right after we took a picture at the entrance in front of the water fountains and mini Eiffel Tower since Adventurer Jr. III can’t do the things Adventurer Jr. and Adventurer Jr. II can do.

Scene at the entrance

Scene at the entrance

Performance

Performance

 

I took Adventurer Jr. III to the Snoopy Land where the little kids can play. We did everything there for the entire day. Adventurer Jr. and Adventurer Jr. II did most of the roller coasters except two that looked very scary.

We went up to the Eiffel Tower as well to have a good view of the surrounding area.

View from top of the tower

View from top of the tower

There’s also a little Animal Farm, where they got to feed the animals and participated in a sheep show.

The kids had a blast and we left at 8 pm for dinner. We planned to go to Cici’s Pizza again, but found it’s closed early due to the holiday after we got there. There’s a White Castle nearby that’s open, so we decided to get takeout there. We got back to the hotel and eat the tasty gliders. After we cleaned up, it’s time to go bed already.

Day Three: Kings Island Soak City

We planned to leave around 3 pm from Soak City and we got there before 10 am. Since we didn’t have the gold pass, we’d to wait until 10 am to get in.

We did all the things in the park.

Since people splashed water on him when he was doing the splash river, Adventurer Jr. III had his revenge time after he got out. He controlled a spree fountain and was so excited to splash the water on other people. That’s the highlight for him.

Bye bye Soak City

Bye bye Soak City

Financial Implications: Would’ve cost $700+, Actual cost $498

  • Lunch at City Barbecue: $50
  • Dinner at Cici’s Pizza: $18 with kids eat free coupon
  • Breakfast: Free
  • Dinner at White Castle: $18 for 20 sliders and 2 french fries combo
  • Hotel for 2 nights at Hyatt Place: Free
  • Kings Island 2 day special for 5: $300
  • Krohn Conservatory: $12
  • Gas: $100

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