BB Riverboats (Photo: Provided)
Many families choose to spend Thanksgiving at home feasting and watching television. However, there are other families that like to go out. Cincinnati has no shortage of family-friendly entertainment venues open on Thanksgiving Day.
101 Riverboat Row, Newport. bbriverboats.com
BB Riverboats offers a Thanksgiving buffet, sightseeing cruises at two time slots, from 1-3 p.m. and 5:30.7:30 p.m. Guests can board up to one hour prior to departure. A DJ will provide musical entertainment. Admission is $49 for adults and $27 for children ages 4-12. The Thanksgiving buffet will feature roast turkey and dressing, applewood smoked boneless ham, green bean casserole, corn, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce, salad, bread, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, pecan pie, coffee, tea and milk.
Schottzie, left, and Jati, both females, in the Elephant Reserve at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. (Photo: Liz Dufour/The Enquirer)
The Cincinnati Zoo
3400 Vine Street, Avondale. cincinnatizoo.org
Open during the day on Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The PNC Festival of Lights will not open on Thanksgiving night. Admission costs $15 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and children, ages two to 12. Parking costs $10.
Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island. (Photo: Provided)
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Anderson Township. coneyislandpark.com
Christmas Nights of Lights, a two-and-a-half-mile car ride featuring over one million LED lights. The cost is $6 per person and free for children ages three and under. Nights of Lights starts at 6 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
Dave & Buster’s
781 Heights Boulevard, Florence; 11775 Commons Drive, Springdale. daveandbusters.com
Open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving. Families can spend Thanksgiving enjoying video games not found on home consoles, good food and watching football games on large, flat-screen televisions.
Great Wolf Lodge Thanksgiving buffet. (Photo: Provided)
Great Wolf Lodge
2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason. greatwolf.com/mason
Rooms available for rent, which include water park passes. On Thanksgiving, Great Wolf Lodge offers a special Thanksgiving buffet between 1 and 5 p.m. It costs $28.99 for adults, $12.99 for kids ages 4-10, and free for kids 3 and under. The buffet will offer salad, raw shrimp, Jonas crab, smoked seafood, roasted turkey, prime rib, bread and rolls, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese. Horseradish crusted salmon, roast pork loin, chicken breast, butternut squash ravioli and vegan polenta will also be available. Cakes, pies, cookies and other desserts will be offered, too.
Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42, Sharonville. holidayinlights.com
Open from 6-9 p.m. It is an outdoor holiday display of over one million lights in over 250 light displays at Sharon Woods Park. Admission is $15 per vehicle, however; $2 off coupons are available on its website.
People skate the ice rink on Fountain Square. (Photo: The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann)
The Fountain Square Ice Rink
Fountain Square, Downtown. myfountainsquare.com/ice-rink
Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $6 for admission plus $4 for ice skate rental.
Holiday Lights on the Hill
1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton. pyramidhill.org
Will operate from 6-9 p.m. It is a two-mile drive-through holiday light display, located at Pyramid Hill. Admission is $20 per automobile.
A publicity image for the Shark Bridge (Photo: Provided/Newport Aquarium)
The Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way, Newport. newportaquarium.com
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $25.99 for adults and $17.99 for kids ages 2-12. The aquarium’s Sharkey’s Café will be open and sells turkey sandwiches in case you cannot get your turkey fix elsewhere.
The Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park. cincinnatiparks.com/krohn
Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for youth, ages 5-17. On Thanksgiving Day, visitors can enjoy A Zinzinnati Holiday, a Christmas show that celebrates Cincinnati’s German heritage. It will include holiday trees and plants, such as evergreens and poinsettias, model train tracks created in natural components and a variety of ornaments.
If you want to celebrate Thanksgiving in a movie theater watching a film and eating popcorn instead of watching television at home and eating turkey, you are in luck. Every movie theater in Greater Cincinnati will be open and operate as usual on Thanksgiving Day.
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