Blue Ash is an excellent example of a suburb on the outskirts of Cincinnati that offers a lot to do, despite not being within the city limits.
With a wide variety of food options, several parks, community events at Summit Park, and a growing beer scene, Blue Ash has something to offer to everyone.
If you’re interested in moving to or visiting Blue Ash and you’re curious about what there is to do, here is a list of the 10 best things to do around the city.
10. Blue Ash Chili
We couldn’t possibly create a list of the best things to do in Blue Ash and leave out Blue Ash Chili, the best place in town to grab some chili cheese fries, chili sandwiches, cheese coneys, and much more.
If you’re a major foodie looking for a challenge, you may even be up to try the “No Freakin’ Way! Challenge,” which is described on their site as:
Step up to the Blue Ash Chili No Freakin’ Way Challenge! We start with 2.5 lbs. of our steaming spaghetti, add 2.5 lbs. of our award-winning premium chili, then crown the whole dish with 2 lbs. of shredded Cheddar cheese and 1 lb. of jalepeno caps. That’s 8 lbs. of classic Cincinnati-style goodness. One look and you’ll say–well, you know.
Clean your plate in 60 minutes and your meal is FREE. You’ll receive a free t-shirt and we’ll add your picture to our Facebook Hall of Fame. Fail to finish within 60 minutes, you’ll be added to our Wall of Shame and owe us 39.99!
Website: Blue Ash Chili
Location: 9565 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
Coming in at number 9 on our list is Senate, a trendy restaurant located in Summit Park that is known for serving gourmet hotdogs with a variety of toppings, along with local brews and cocktails.
Their menu is filled with hilariously named hotdogs that include the following:
- Trailer Park: beef hotdog, applewood bacon, american cheese, coleslaw & crushed grippos
- cardi b: all beef hotdog, applewood smoked bacon, cream cheese, chipotle crema, charred corn relish, pickled jalapeno & cotija cheese
- Lindsay Lohan: beef hotdog, goat cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, balsamic & tons of drama
- Spuds Mackenzie: beef hotdog, bacon, duck fat fries, cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños, sour cream & chives
For those who don’t love hotdogs, they also offer salads, chicken wings, and potstickers among other menu items.
If you happen to be around Summit Park, be sure to stop in at this pub – you won’t be disappointed.
Website: Senate Blue Ash
Location:1100 Summit Place Dr A, Blue Ash, OH 45242
8. Point Blank Indoor Shooting Range
Next up on our list is Shoot Point Blank, an indoor shooting range. Whether you’re looking to rent guns, take classes, or host an event or party, Shoot Point Blank offers a variety of services.
With 20 shooting lanes, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever have to wait for a lane to open up when you visit. The facilities are top-notch and well maintained, and the staff is incredibly helpful.
Whether you’re looking for a place to go on a date night or host a party with a group, be sure to check out Shoot Point Blank for a unique and memorable experience.
Website: Shoot Point Blank
Location: 10930 Deerfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
7. Milya Cafe
Coming in at number 7 on the list is Milya Cafe, a true hidden gem of a restaurant in Blue Ash. They specialize in Mediterranean cuisine and offer unparalleled flavor in all their dishes. For anyone who has visited this small cafe, it will come as no surprise that it has a 4.7 out of 5 star review on Google Reviews.
Whether you choose to order a gyro wrap, chicken platter, greek salad, or something else, you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu.
Be sure to check out Milya Cafe if you ever find yourself in the Blue Ash area looking for something new to eat. Heck, even if you’re not in Blue Ash, it’s worth the drive to try out their cuisine.
Website: Milya Cafe
Location: 11033 Reed Hartman Hwy, Blue Ash, OH 45242
6. Go Bananas Comedy Club
Next up on the list is Go Bananas, a comedy club that is known for attracting big name comedians from all over the U.S. Whether you’re looking for something fun to do on a date night or a great place to go for a group outing, be sure to check out Go Bananas.
The venue itself is well maintained, the comedians they bring in are always high quality, the prices are reasonable (typically under $15 per person), and you’re virtually guaranteed to have a great time during any visit.
Website: Go Bananas
Location: 8410 Market Pl Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45242
5. Fretboard Brewing Company
Coming in at number 5 on our list is Fretboard Brewing Company, a unique brewery created by musicians that aims to combine the best of music and brews.
You’re unlikely to find another brewery in Cincinnati that even remotely resembles this one because of its unique blend of beer and music. As the creators of the brewery explain on their site:
We believe that the exploration of beers and the exploration of music are not mutually exclusive. They are a marriage of complete bliss and we can’t wait for you to come discover both with us!
Website: Fretboard Brewing Company
Location: 5800 Creek Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
4. Houdini’s Room Escape
Next up on our list is Houdini’s Room Escape. As far as escape rooms go, this facility offers one of the best experiences in all of Cincinnati. At any given time, they have between four and five different rooms that are available for parties as small as 2 to as large as 10 to rent out.
For anyone who has visited this escape room company, it should come as no surprise that they have a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Google Reviews. The rooms are well-designed, lifelike, and a complete thrill to attempt to escape.
Whether you’re looking for place to go on a date night, a place to take the family for a fun experience, or a place to host some type of party, definitely check out Houdini’s Room Escape for a great time.
Website: Houdini’s Room Escape
Location: 9309 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
3. Climb Time Blue Ash
Number 3 on our list is Climb Time Blue Ash, an indoor rock climbing facility that offers a variety of climbing walls available to both newbies and veterans alike.
This is an excellent place to go if you’re looking for a good workout or if you’re just looking to have some fun with friends and family. The staff on hand is incredibly helpful at helping you master the basics and are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
Be sure to check this place out for a unique and memorable experience during any season of the year.
Website: Climb Time Blue Ash
Location: 10898 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
2. Sharon Woods Park
The runner up for best thing to do in Blue Ash, Ohio is visit Sharon Woods Park. Although the park is technically part of Sharonville, it shares a border with Blue Ash and is a popular place to go among Blue Ash residents.
Sharon Woods has something for everyone – paved walking trails, dirt hiking trails, picnic areas, a large lake, a boathouse, a playground, and much more.
For an excellent overview of what the park has to offer, check out the video below:
Website: Sharon Woods Park
Location: 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241
1. Summit Park
Coming in at number 1 on our list won’t be much of a surprise to anyone who lives in Blue Ash: Summit Park. Located in the heart of Blue Ash, this 130-acre park features a huge variety of restaurants, several shops, a dog park, two huge playgrounds, walking trails, and much more.
Summit Park is home to all kinds of festivals and public events throughout the year, including firework displays, public concerts, a farmers market, car shows, and more.
For a brief overview of what the park looks like and what it has to offer, check out the video below:
Website: Summit Park
Location: 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242