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.
After we were satisfied, we drove to the University of Cincinnati, specifically the DAAP, the world top-rated college.
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.
There’s an Eden Park nearby, so we took a walk around it.
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.
Then we drove to downtown. Nothing special or striking about it.
It’s time to go to the hotel in Blue Ash.
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.
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.
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.
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