Directions from First Farm Inn
Cincinnati museums, zoo, shopping, & restaurants are 20 minutes from First Farm. West across the Ohio, Lawrenceburg, IN offers small town friendly versions of family owned restaurants and shops. Here are directions to some of our favorite places:
Lawrenceburg, Aurora, and Greendale, Indiana, restaurants and activities
Turn left out of the driveway down Stevens to KY 20. Turn left and go 1 mile under the interstate to I-275 west. Take the first exit, Lawrenceburg/Aurora and follow it to the light.
NORTH/EAST AT THE LAWRENCEBURG EXIT
GREENDALE MOVIE THEATER, LAROSA’S PIZZA, WINGS AND RINGS
North or right off the Lawrenceburg Exit is the new movie theater and LaRosas, a regional pizza place. Clean, and reasonable.
PERFECT NORTH SKI AREA Lawrenceburg, IN (10 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Go straight through the light. Follow the signs for IN 1. Making a right then a left. (There are small blue signs with a skier on them and arrows.) Stay on IN1 for 7 miles. Left at the sign, then left past rr tracks. Straight for skiing, right tubing.
WILLIE’S SPORTS BAR, Lawrenceburg, IN (25 MIN.)
Make a right at the light onto 50. Follow 50 N to the first light. Turn left. Left into Hidden Valley subdivision. Stay left at Y then wind around to the right past the ball fields. Variety of foods, weekend entertainment. 19325 Schmarr Dr. 47025
SOUTH AT THE LAWRENCEBURG EXIT
McDonald’s, Burger King, liquor stores, a bad Tex-Mex restaurant, a KFC, the “Lawrenceburger” and more off the Lawrenceburg exit left or south. South off the exit, Hollywood Casino is on the left.
ACAPULCO’S, Lawrenceburg, IN (15 MIN.)
Wonderful Mexican food! Make a left at the light onto 50. Follow 50 into Lawrenceburg. Turn left on Arch St., just past the gas station across from the high school 3 blocks down. on the left.
WHISKEYS, Lawrenceburg, IN (9 MIN.)
Good meals, steaks, bbq, full bar, desserts. Left at the light onto 50 into Lawrenceburg. Across from the h.s. on the left, behind Lawrenceburger. Closes 9 p.m. & Sun.
LAWRENCEBURG RIVERFRONT (13 MIN.)
Left at the light onto 50 into Lawrenceburg. Turn left under the iron arch going toward the river. Free music on summer Fridays. These shops and restaurants tend to change a bit…. Don’t worry about getting lost, make a few turns and you’ll head back to the main road or be looking at the river. Be sure to visit The Framery for original art and jewelry as well as do-it-yourself classes. Across the street is a great little gift shop. A paved walkway and bike path offers a great walk along the Ohio River floodwall.
RIVERWATCH, Lawrenceburg, IN ( 9 MILES, 15 MIN.)
Floating barge in the Ohio River anchored at the Lawrenceburg riverfront. Open spring thru September. At the light at the end of the I-275 ramp, go left (south) on IN 50. Turn left under the iron arch. Go to the big clock where the road ends. Park in the garage and walk down to the river. 812-539-3625.
STRONG’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA, Lawrenceburg, IN )
1 E. High St. 47025 Turn left under the iron arch. On the corner, outside tables.
GRAND BUFFET, Lawrenceburg, IN (15 MIN.)
Great Chinese food, fresh, tasty, huge selection, bargain prices. Sushi, ice cream, they have it all… Make a left at the light onto 50. Follow 50 through Lawrenceburg, past the new bridge construction on the right in the strip center. 391 W. Eads Pkwy. 47025 812-537-9598
SAKURA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE (20 MIN.)
1059 W. Eads Pkwy, 47025 812-537-4003 Make a left at the light onto 50. Follow 50 through Lawrenceburg, past the high school & Kroger. It’s in the red brick strip center across from McCabe’s Greenhouse, before Walmart. Fresh & fun $16-$33.
ZORBA’S GREEK GYROS (11 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Also in that strip center 1093 W. Eads Pkwy, 47025 (812) 537-9888 Great gyros, burgers, salads.
WALMART, AURORA 47001 (12 MILES, 30 MIN.)
Follow 50 through Lawrenceburg, past the high school. Lowes & Kroger. It’s on the right on top of the hill.
THIRD AND MAIN, AURORA 47001 (12 MILES, 30 MIN.)
Left at the light onto 50, thru L’burg,– about 6 miles. Pass Walmart, look for Aurora signs to intersection of Third and Main. (Ribs, chicken, fish, vegetarian. Elegant, very reasonable.) 812-655-9727
HILLFOREST, AURORA, (12 MILES, 30 MIN.)
Left at the light onto IN 50, thru L’burg. Pass Walmart, look for Aurora signs, go up the tallest hill to Hillforest. It’s worth a stop to see this magnificent historic home built by a whiskey baron in the 1840s. 213 5TH St. 47001 812-926-0087
SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA ART GUILD, AURORA, IN (12 MILES, 30 MIN.) Shucks (the old downtown department store) is the working studio for the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild. It’s open when someone is working at their studio there. St. Downtown Aurora, straight in from the singing bridge or on your left on Main St.
RISING SUN, IN (20 MILES, 45 MIN.)
Left at the light onto 50, thru L’burg, follow the Aurora signs, go thru town then keep following the river. Past the casino is cute little town, nice riverfront, art galleries and little shops.
WOLF CREEK HABITAT & RESCUE (Brookville, IN)
14099 Wolf Creek Rd., Brookville, IN 513-312-9143 Open year-round. No charge to see the wolves. Open weekends 11-5. www.wolfcreekhabitat.org
WESTERN BOONE COUNTY, KY:
Go left out of the drive down Stevens to Ky 20.
“CREATION MUSEUM” (2 MILES, 5 MIN.)
Go back toward 275 and turn right at the sign before you get to the ramp. It’s .3 mi. on the left off Bullittsburg Church Road.
GAP OUTLET, HEBRON ( 6 MILES, 15 MIN.)
Turn left on KY 20 and take the I-275 East ramp to the right. Take the next exit, Hebron. Turn left at the light on North Bend Road or 237. Gap Outlet is on the left at second light.
CHOCOLATE OUTLET, HEBRON ( 6 MI., 15 MIN.)
Turn left on KY 20 and take the I-275 East ramp to the right. Take the next exit, Hebron. Right at light at end of ramp on North Bend Road or 237. Past the fire station on the right
I-275 HEBRON EXIT (6 MI., 15 MIN.)
There’s a pizza place, a Mexican restaurant and a variety of shops in the strip centers north on 237 off the Hebron exit (#8) of I-275. Pizza Hut there now delivers to us. 859-586-5300 1960 N. Bend Rd., Hebron, KY
HEBRON GRILL (6 MI., 15 MIN.)
Further North on right. Average sandwiches and bar food.
A Chinese restaurant is behind the gas stations in a strip center on the right. A bank, a Wendy’s and an Arby’s are north there. Local grocery Remke’s has a nice deli and bakery for picnics.
South of 275 are a Gold Star Chili, a Burger King, a Waffle House and other fast food. Go south and you’ll reach mega Kroger grocery & liquor store.
BURLINGTON ( 6 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Turn left, then right immediately, just past the white house. Stay right on KY 338 when the road Y’s. The fairgrounds is on your right.
CABIN ARTS QUILT SHOP 5878 Jefferson St., 41005 859-586-8021 Fabulous fabrics in any color or design. Inspire your creativity, whether or not you quilt. www.cabinarts.com
TOUSEY HOUSE TAVERN on the right is elegant & has great food. 5963 N. Jefferson 41005 reservations: 859-586-9900
PRESIDENTS INN on the corner of Washington and Jefferson has a huge menu, including lots of Southern specialties and rabbit hash! 5991N. Jefferson 41005 reservations: 859-689-1776
DINSMORE HOMESTEAD ( 8 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Turn right and follow 20 until it Y’s into Ky 18, then turn left. You’ll see Dinsmore on your left. You can follow 18 in to the shops at Burlington. Historic house tours Wed., Fri., Sat.
RABBIT HASH, KY (15 MILES, 40 MIN.)
The store burned 2-13-16 but the attitude and the rest of the historic community are going strong as reconstruction begins. Turn right and follow 20 until it Y’s into Ky 18, then turn right onto 18. Curves are very sharp. Follow 18 through Belleview along the river. Turn right on Upper or Lower River Road.
BIG BONE LICK STATE PARK (ABOUT 18 MILES, 40 MIN.)
From Rabbit Hash, follow the river road south (Ky 338) to Big Bone Lick State Park. You can keep going east and get back to I-75-71. Good hiking, great playgrounds.
EAST TOWARD CINCINNATI, BUT IN KY:
Left out of drive down Stevens to Ky 20. Go left 1 mile and get on I-275 going east 11 miles to I-71-75. Then turn North, toward Cincinnati
THE GREYHOUND TAVERN, ERLANGER (15 MI., 20 MIN.)
Great food! Monday=fried chicken. Onion rings, Ky. hot browns, fried fish, deliciously prepared, reasonably priced. Full bar.
Take the I-71-75 north to the first exit on the right, Buttermilk Pike. Right off the ramp til it T’s out. The Greyhound is the white building on left, behind the red brick. Turn into parking lot before the Dixie Hwy/US 25 light or turn left at the light and left into parking lot.
GURU INDIA (18 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Take I-71-75 north to the Dixie Hwy exit, turn left at the light and right next to the Shell station. Next to Outback Steakhouse in a strip center on the left. Great Indian food, lunch buffets $9. 2303 Buttermilk Crossing, Crescent Spring, KY 41017 859-341-5858
Also a new Thai restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and a bar.
NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE (20 MILES, 25 MIN.)
HOFFBRAUHAUS, MITCHELLS FISH MARKET, BRIOS, LOTS OF OTHER RESTAURANTS Take I-71-75 north. Cross the river stay on I-71, take 471 S. back to KY. German beers brewed here, accordion music, loud! Take the first exit (Rt. 8). Left off the ramp and into parking lot or park on the street. 3rd & Saratoga, Newport 41071 859-491-7200
GRAETER’S ICE CREAM (15 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Cincinnati’s trademark ice cream, it’s made Oprah’s Favorite Things list! Take I-71-75 north to the first exit, Buttermilk Pike. Turn right off the ramp and it will be on your right on top of a little hill. Red brick building just past the big Chinese restaurant.
Southeast, to Florence
MAI THAI (18 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Great Thai food elegantly presented, full bar, good service. Sushi. Take I-71-75 south to the US 42 exit, turn left at the light at the end of the ramp, go back over the interstate. The Thai restaurant is on the left side, just past Frisch’s. ($8-$25)
FLORENCE ANTIQUE MALL (18 MILES, 20 MIN.)
Huge store, lots to look at. Take I-71-75 south to the Ky 42 exit, turn right off the ramp. Turn right on Mall Road, it’s on your left in the strip center. 8145 Mall Rd., Florence 41042
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES HEALTH FOOD GROCERY
(18 MILES, 20 MIN.) Take I-71-75 south to the Ky 18 exit, turn left off the ramp and cross back over Interstate. Red brick building on left.
CHAIN RESTAURANTS, WALMART, ETC.
Take I-71-75 south to the Ky 18 exit, turn right off the ramp and left on Mall Road for Florence Mall. For Walmart, go to Houston Road and turn right, Walmart is on the left, Meijers on the right, Home Depot, etc. on the left, Lowes on the right further north.
Cincinnati Museums, Restaurants, Things to Do
PENDELTON ART CENTER (23 MILES, 30 MIN.)
1310 Pendleton St., 513-559-3958 x 1257 “The world’s largest collection of artists” in this 8 story warehouse in downtown Cinci. Open 6-10 Final Fridays each month. Amazing variety of art styles, techniques and prices for everyone.
Take I-275 E. to I-71-75 N. merge onto I-71 N. Exit at 2nd St. toward downtown/Riverfront. Left at Elm St., right at W. Central Parkway, slight right onto Reading Rd. Turn left at Pendleton St.
ESSEX GALLERY (25 MILES, 40 MIN.)Take I-275 E. to I-71-75 N. merge onto I-71 N. Exit at Reading Road, go straight (north) thru the light on Reading, through about 3 lights. Turn before yellow used tire store on right corner, onto Minnesota. Esssex on right. Park in front or behind. First Fridays art walk and the sign museum is free then too.
AMERICAN SIGN MUSEUM, Open Wed.-Sat. 10-4. Bring back memories with iconic signs and symbols of all sizes. 330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45225 (Camp Washington neighborhood) Phone: 513-541-6366
EDEN PARK CONSERVATORY, OVERLOOK,
ART MUSEUM, (25 MILES, 35 MIN.) Take I-275 E. to I-71-75 N. merge onto I-71 N. Exit on the left at Eden Park/Reading Road, turn right at the light onto Eden Park Dr. Follow it into the park, following signs and turning right to go to the Art Museum, which has free admission.
Conservatory, stay left the first time the road veers, following around the lake, turn right around the circle. The Conservatory is on the right with parking behind. The floral clock will be on your left.
Great playground, pond and the best Cincinnati overlook thru the big stone pillars on the right just past the Conservatory.
JUNGLE JIM’S INTERNATIONAL MARKET, (32 MILES, 40 MIN.)
Take I-275 W. & N to the Winton Road Exit # 39, turn left on Winton Rd., follow it as it becomes S. Gilmore Rd. 2.4 mi. Turn left onto Dixie Hwy/OH 4. Turn right into the parkinglot. 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014 513-674-6000. Any international food you ever have tried or looked for. Pick up a map as you go in the store.
CINCINNATI ZOO, (ABOUT 33 MILES, 40 MIN.)
Take I-275 W. to I-71 N to Exit 1B toward US 50 E. Take the Reading Road Exit 2 left. Stay right on Reading Road the left on Martin Luther King. Turn right onto Vine St. There should be small brown signs along the way. Leave about 4 p.m. to cross the bridge before rush hour on weekdays. 3400 Vine St. 45220
CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER, (ABOUT 22 MILES, 30 MIN.)
Take I-275 W. to I-75 N to the 5th St. exit, watch for signs, very confusing. 1301 Western Ave, 45203 (513) 287-7000
NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER,
(21 MILES, 30 MIN.) Take I-275 E. to I-71-75 N. to the 5th St. exit. Watch for signs and hunt for the ball fields. 50 W. Freedom Way, 45202.
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM (21 MILES, 30 MIN.)
Now free admission. Take I-275 E. to I-71-75 N. to the 5th St. exit. 44 E. 6th St., 45202.
CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND HUMANITY ( 40 MIN.)
Phenomenally uplifting experience seeing mementos of the holocaust donated by Cincinnatians. 8401 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236