As part of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area, Florence offers a small-town ambience with close access to big-city amenities. Open-space nature parks, hiking trails, concert venues and art galleries provide culture and nature-infused outings, while sports enthusiasts can catch seasonal minor-league baseball games.
Things to do in Florence
Outdoor recreation centres on Florence Nature Park, which spans six hectares of green space for picnicking, nature walks and birdwatching. If you’re travelling with little ones, they’ll love climbing castles and forts in the Camelot-themed playfield at Stringtown Park.
A short 20-minute drive to Covington lands you at Licking River Trails for hiking through interconnected trails. At nearby Devou Park, you can play golf, fish and cook your catch on provided barbecue grills.
Check the schedule at Florence Freedom Field for Florence Freedom minor-league baseball games. You can also enjoy music concerts and special events in the off-season months. In the evening, take a 10-minute drive to Newport for live music and open-mic events at The Southgate House Revival, a trendy pub featuring local bands and craft beer served inside a former church built in 1866.
Don’t miss seeing the work of local artists at Amber’s Art Gallery. In addition to viewing sculptures and collectable posters, you can purchase original jewellery and crystal art.
Getting around Florence
As part of the Cincinnati metro system, it’s easy to find buses and shuttles offering transportation to Florence. You can also rent a car at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, 10 minutes’ drive from Florence. Public TANK buses service the area and offer rides into Cincinnati.