Located in the Midwestern United States, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio are bridged together by the Ohio River. The cities of Louisville, Indianapolis and Cincinnati are all within a two-hour driving distance of each other, making it convenient to visit all three states in one trip. While each of these larger cities have their own major attractions, the smaller towns in between also offer many places to explore.
The Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky is two minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Aquatic animals from around the world are featured in Newport Aquarium’s 70 exhibits and 14 galleries. Animal encounters, a rainforest, behind-the-scenes tours, ‘Gator Bayou, an interactive dive show, and Shark Central are a few of the attractions at Newport Aquarium. The facility is open 365 days a year with extended hours during summer months.
Newport Aquarium One Aquarium Way Newport, KY 41071 859-261-7444 newportaquarium.com
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
There is something for everyone at the historic Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. This historic building is home to five attractions including the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. The Center is open seven days a week and hours vary by season.
Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45203 800-733-2077 cincymuseum.org
Belterra Casino Resort and Spa
Located in the southeastern corner of Indiana, Belterra Casino Resort and Spa is a short drive from Cincinnati, Louisville and Indianapolis. Belterra’s resort features a 600-room hotel overlooking the Ohio River, seven dining options, a full service spa, a two-floor casino and a world-class golf course designed by famed course designer Tom Fazio. Special packages are available throughout the year.
Belterra 777 Belterra Drive Florence, Indiana 47020 888-BELTERRA 812-427-7777 belterracasino.com
Mammoth Cave National Park
With more than 367 miles of caves to explore, Mammoth Cave is the world’s largest known cave system. Mammoth Cave offers a variety of cave tours ranging from 30 minutes to six hours in length. Camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding are also available at Mammoth Cave National Park. Park hours vary by season.
Mammoth Cave National Park 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 270-758-2180 nps.gov/maca
Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
Indiana Beach stretches along Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana around 95 miles north of Indianapolis. A popular summertime destination, Indiana Beach has grown from a simple swimming lake with a sand beach to a traditional amusement resort. In addition to the beach and amusement park, Indiana Beach has a water park, miniature golf, water shows and on-site lodging options. Indiana Beach is open from May to September.
Indiana Beach Amusement Resort 5224 E. Indiana Beach Road Monticello, IN 47960 574-583-4141 indianabeach.com