Are you new to Boone County? Have you been here a while, but feel like you aren’t meeting people or would like to get more involved in our community? Need to choose a school or someplace for dinner? We can help!
- Want to meet more people? Try joining a group! New Friends of Northern Kentucky meets for a wide range of activities and humanitarian efforts. Do you have a preschooler? Try a MOPS If you like to hike, bike, eat out, try different wines, there are plenty of opportunities with Meetup. Looking for a volunteer
opportunity? Search for a group that matches your interests with Volunteer Match. Want to join a church? Choose a city to find a denomination. Don’t forget Boone County Public Library! We offer a host of activities for all ages, including concerts. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Here’s an event list for even more things to do in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
- Boone County has 18 parks that offer lots of recreational activities including musical events and sports. You can go swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, have a picnic in one of the shelters, or take a walk through the Arboretum and learn more about local flora and fauna. During the summer, the Florence Aquatic Center is a great place to take the family to cool off and includes water slides and a lazy river. There’s an outdoor skateboard park next door.
- Do you have school age children? There are about 20,000 students at 14 elementary, five middle and four high schools in Boone County Schools. Over 50 languages are spoken! On the school district’s website, find the Makerspace and Community Education classes, school bus routes, employment opportunities and more. There are private schools and a thriving homeschool community. Boone County Public Library hosts monthly homeschool events during the school year – contact Karen Harden (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Like to eat out? This is a very popular pastime for people in Boone County and as a result, you can find a plethora of restaurants from popular chains to local eateries, like Tousey House, Barleycorn’s, Flipdaddy’s, Mai Thai, Memories of China, Sea Sushi, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, and many more.
- If you like to shop, most of the stores are on Mall Road or Houston Road. Florence Mall, Target, Kohl’s, home improvement stores, and Costco are there. For local flavor, try The Friendly Market. During the nicer weather, Boone County Farmer’s Market offers lots of fresh produce. If you want to venture out a bit, Crestview Towne Center is nearby and you can cross ‘the River’ to go to Rookwood Commons, Kenwood Towne Center, Liberty Center and Findlay Market. There are plenty of interesting little towns that make great day trips, Lebanon and Waynesville, OH, Madison, IN, and Berea, KY. Boone County Pubic Library has Road Trip kits with maps, a DVD for the kids, and information about a variety of nearby places.
- What are some popular places to visit in Boone County? Try the Dinsmore Homestead (see what life was like in the early 19th and 20th centuries), Jane’s Saddlebag (there’s a restaurant, gift shop, and petting zoo), Big Bone Lick State Park (they have live bison!), Rabbit Hash (yes, the mayor is a dog), Gaines Tavern (some say it’s haunted), Verona Vineyards, walking tours of Burlington and Petersburg, and Anderson Ferry (take a trip across the Ohio River).
- If you need help with getting licenses and registering vehicles, voter registration, tax assistance and forms, local resources for housing, finding jobs, and even food pantries? Our subject guide on Government has lots of information. Find your utility and waste disposal companies. For more information on Boone County or individual cities: Boone County, City of Florence – Facebook, Union, Walton
Jinny Ussel is the Library’s Training and Design Specialist and a self-professed techno-nerd. She spends her days using a computer and often spends her nights online learning something new.