The 10 Best Things to Do in Monroe, United States

December 16, 2017 Darleen Reid

Monroe is a city located in east central Butler and west central Warren counties in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 Census, the city population was 12,442, up from 4,008 in 1990.
Restaurants in Monroe

1. Cincinnati Premium Outlets

400 Premium Outlets Dr, Monroe, OH 45050-1832 +1 513-539-0710
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

Cincinnati Premium Outlets

Cincinnati Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the area. You're sure to find impressive savings of 25% to 65% all year round. Cincinnati Premium Outlets is located 30 miles north of downtown Cincinnati and 30 miles south of Dayton, off 1-75 in Monroe, Ohio. Local Shop & Stay packages are available.

Reviewed By aorton - Indianapolis

Every time we visit Cincinnati we make a quick trip to Cincinnati Premium Outlets. The outlets are clean and have a great occupancy rate. There are many stores that my family like to shop at here, such as The North Face outlet, Nike, Gap, Banana Republic, Coach, and Fossil. While it is an outdoor mall it is designed with a covered walk area in most places to keep you somewhat out of the elements.

2. Liberty Center

7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069-7538 +1 513-644-0900
Excellent
44%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Liberty Center

Reviewed By echo8kilo

Very impressed with location on first visit. Laid out well with indoor location to get out of weather should you need to. Would like to see more signage as to where certain things are. Fair amount of shopping.. Great assortment of restaurants, will be back for those, certainly the Brazilian steak house.

3. Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Co

211 Walnut St, Lebanon, OH 45036-1964
Excellent
99%
Good
1%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 85 reviews

Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Co

Sunrise and sunset hot air balloon flights departing daily from the Great Wolf Lodge, 2501 Great Wolf Dr, Mason, OH 45040 and MANY other locations. Flights operate year-round, twice daily.

Reviewed By Heidi L - Fairfield, Ohio

Bella does a fantastic job of keeping you safe, educating you about the history of ballooning and most importantly making sure you have a GREAT time! My husband and I did an evening flight and we are already talking about going back for a sunrise flight one day. Mike (our pilot) was wonderful.

Please note, you will want to be a little flexible with your schedule. Since you are literally floating in the weather the wind and weather determine if it is safe to fly. But don't worry, they are very good about communicating what's happening to you.

4. Start Skydiving

1711 Run Way, Middletown Regional Airport, Middletown, OH 45042-2300
Excellent
96%
Good
2%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 37 reviews

Start Skydiving

Start Skydiving is one the top five largest and fastest growing Drop-Zones in the world and the home of the Work Stinks Boogie. We also create more new skydivers than any other Drop-Zone in the world through the professional services of JUMP Institute, which staffs over 60+ professional personnel that are all dedicated to providing you with the best training in the world. Start Skydiving's location in Middletown, Ohio features a 1.15 mile long runway that can support extra-large aircraft for special events, more than 23,000+ sq ft of hangar space, over 600+ acres of soft cut sod to land on, free world-class coaching in all disciplines from world-renown professional skydiving team, Team Fastrax, as well as numerous amenities such as our patented self-manifesting system, indoor padded and carpeted packing areas, paid packing services, clean showers and restrooms, an RV park and campgrounds with a bonfire pit, free Wi-Fi, an ATM, a huge family park right next-door, and over ten restaurants and hotels within less than a half of a mile away. If you have jumped with us before, we appreciate you sharing your experience with us by submitting a review, as your feedback is what allows us to more effectively focus our continual efforts in providing you with excellent service. If you have not jumped with us before, then what are you waiting for? Come and see for yourself why we are rated number one by skydivers worldwide and... START SKYDIVING! Blue Skies! --The Team at Start Skydiving Why pay more and get less when you can pay less and get more? -- Larger faster aircraft-- State of the art equipment -- More than 60 professional instructors -- Higher exit altitudes Only at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio!

Reviewed By Dawn S - North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina

We were treated to a weekend getaway by "warriors at home group trying to bring awareness and prevention of veterans sucide. The skydiving was the highlight of the trip. The hangers are so clean and professional. We did tandom skydive and the guys are so much fun and are so profession that you feel very safe. Great place and great group of men. One of the ladies with us ask if you had to be "hot"to work there. He said it wasn't arequirement but trust me they all were!

5. Kings Island

6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040-9665 +1 513-754-5700
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

Kings Island

The largest theme and water park in the U.S. Midwest offers more than 40 thrill rides including riding a tornado on "Delirium" and taking a white-knuckle ride on a runaway train.

Reviewed By Pamcat36 - Jacksonville, Ohio

Great park with things to do for all ages. Have enjoyed this park for many years. Always exciting and a lot too do around the area.

6. Miami Valley Gaming

6000 W State Route 63, Lebanon, OH 45036-7900 +1 513-486-8571
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Miami Valley Gaming

Get Ready to Get Lucky at Miami Valley Gaming! With over 1800 gaming machines, 4 restaurants, harness racing and live entertainment, there's something fun for everyone! Conveniently located just off I-75 at exit 29 between Cincinnati and Dayton with lots of free parking.

Reviewed By Katie s

I never really expect to leave with winnings, but I do expect to win enough so that I am entertained for a few hours. Impossible in the dollar and five dollar, and even the penny slots seemed tight. Several times the machines took a larger bet than what I placed. Initially, I thought I was messing up, but we started paying close attention and we're certain. No recourse if course when you complain. One wonders how they will stay solvent after so many years as people catch on. We have choices if other casinos.

7. Old Street Saloon

13 Old St, Monroe, OH 45050-1772
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Old Street Saloon

Gay men's bar with a country and western theme.

Reviewed By heather05_27 - Cleveland, Ohio

I (a lesbian) have been to this club multiple times granted its been a year or two but never has this club has a western theme. The only thing western about this place is the building style. They have many different nights aka drag nights,...MoreOld Street has been accepting credit cards for some time no. Signage is posted.

8. Cobb Liberty Luxury 15 & Cinebistro

7514 Bales St, Liberty Township, OH 45069-7516 +1 513-463-0470
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Cobb Liberty Luxury 15 & Cinebistro

Reviewed By James C - Monroe, Ohio

Took my kids to see the Lego Batman movie. Everyone working was friendly and the theater was as clean as when it first opened. It was a great time.

9. Jump & Jack's

7102 Office Park Dr, West Chester, OH 45069-2261 +1 513-779-5867
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Jump & Jack's

Reviewed By mooretd - Cincinnati, Ohio

My daughter booked a birthday party here for her kids and to be honest...I wasn't thrilled about going! Wow! Someone understands kids and organization. First of all, we were extremely lucky to have John as one of our assigned helpers. Personality plus! He also was mature beyond his years...rare (sad to say) to see in a teen these days. He was engaging, funny, attentive and most of all, very appropriate the entire time. The facility is set up nicely as it has separate areas, not just one huge area of chaos! Grandmas like this! The kids loved their party, everyone was happy, and the activities were perfect and appealing. I did not have any of the pizza provided but others said it was good. The fact that they allow you to bring your own fruits and veggies in is quite commendable as many places simply do not allow you to do such. I highly recommend this for birthday parties...especially winter ones!

10. Western Southern Open

Lindner Tennis Center, Mason, OH +1 513-651-0303
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 92 reviews

Western Southern Open

Reviewed By fairfield744 - Cincinnati, Ohio

This is our third time attending the W&S tournament. In 2017 (this year) we attended the opening Sunday morning session from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We had box seats ($100/each) on center court which were lovely, however we spent a lot of time out of our seats walking around the other fifteen courts watching practices or visiting one of the other three stadiums, taking a seat and watching a set or two of the qualifying matches. We saw many of the star players practicing on the outlying courts and we saw several stars at the entrance to the players' center (where fans could wait to get autographs).

Our box seat tickets came with access to the Racquet Club, which is a covered patio attached to Center Court with comfortable seating, bars, TVs to watch the matches or other sports, and a buffet. As I recall the lunch there was about $17 although we did not eat in the Club. (The Racquet Club shelter access was especially important last year when there was so much rain during the matches.) We also had preferred parking very close to the Lindner Center for an extra charge which I appreciated--and I believe after the torrential rains that occurred last year during the tournament management upgraded a lot of the parking and improved parking logistics.

The crowds were not very big during our visit so we enjoyed strolling around the grounds, visiting the food court, stopping for a wine cooler, listening to a band, and doing a little shopping. I think our day was a special promotion for high school students as I saw a lot of young people with polo shirts with their tennis team logos. There was also a hospitality tent for prospective Miami University students. Our day was also a feature day for Dayton fans. So I believe there are many special promotions for tickets if you check around for better pricing. There are also a number of corporate hospitality tents which are lovely air conditioned venues that we have visited in past years. And if you need tennis equipment and supplies, stop at the big 'Midwest Sports' tent on the grounds. (And they have a big outlet store not very far from the Lindner Center just off 275 at 11613 Reading Rd, in Sharonville too).

The Western & Southern tournament is a fun way to see some great tennis. It would be a wonderful treat for any avid tennis player. It's much more laid back than the US Open or Wimbledon which I have attended a few times as well, but it is a great experience. If you are thinking of attending with young people, taking in the tennis on one of these early days would be ideal. And there is also Kings Island amusement park, the Reds, and FC Cincinnati Soccer if you want to put together several days of fun for the family. We will probably go back later this week for some of the finals and I will let you know how that goes.

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