Loveland, just north of Cincinnati in southwestern Ohio off Interstate 275, is affectionately nicknamed the "Valentine City." The natural beauty of its surrounding valleys also earned it the moniker of "Little Switzerland of the Miami Valley." Today, Loveland, Ohio, and its surrounding communities offer year-round activities involving arts, culture, thrill rides, sports and plain old, family-themed fun.
Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum (lovelandmuseum.org) gives visitors a visual timeline of Loveland's history. It is housed inside a former home that belonged to the father of Loveland's first mayor. Open year round, including Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and also by appointment, the museum has free admission and free parking, although it does accept donations from the public. Inside, you'll find artifacts and photos dating back through Indian tribes inhabiting the land, to the pioneers, the Underground Railroad and other times marking Loveland's growth as a city.
Loveland Art Show
The Loveland Art Show is hosted annually downtown by the Loveland Arts Council, and is the city's largest arts event. Loveland artists create the works on display, and the event draws as many as 5,000 to the heart of Loveland. Pieces are judged within the categories of paintings, photographs, ceramics and wearable art.
Paramount's Kings Island Theme Park (visitkingsisland.com), in Mason, Ohio, is a short seven-mile drive north of Loveland. The park includes Boomerang Bay, a 15-acre waterpark. Adults and kids can find daylong fun on family rides such as Adventure Express, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, Congo Falls, Monster, Thunder Alley and others, as well as on thrill rides such as Delirium, Flight Deck, Invertigo, Slingshot and The Crypt. There is also dining, along with stage shows and musicals for the young, the young at heart, and those just looking to enjoy a party.
If your idea of a thrill ride is more being perched in a good seat inside a sports stadium, nearby Cincinnati offers two professional teams. Both stadiums are in Cincinnati's appealing downtown. The Cincinnati Bengals (bengals.com) are the city's NFL franchise, and play during the season in Paul Brown Stadium. Or, during the Major League Baseball season, watch the Cincinnati Reds (cincinnati.reds.mlb.com) battle other foes inside the club's Great American Ball Park.