Top 10 Things to Do and See in Cincinnati

Whether you live in Cincinnati or are traveling through the area there are plenty of awesome things to experience in the Queen City! We have the top 10 things that you’ll have to put on your to-do list, that you’ll want to keep going back too. So get ready to make more memories that you can share with others!

1. Coney Island and Sunlite Pool

This historic theme park has been around since 1867 and it’s the perfect place to get a dose of nostalgia! There are games, shows and more at this fantastic little theme park that has a huge pool and water slides. This destination appeals to the entire family and there’s a lot of options for things to do near the park like the casino/race track located next door, and various restaurants, bars, and breweries to eat and drink at.

2. Findlay Market

You can’t miss out on taking a day trip to this incredible market that has everything you could possibly hope for or want out of a market. The food is absolutely amazing and so are the friendly people there. Findlay Market gives you a real sense of what the community is like in Cincinnati and highlights what we’re known for. The scent of fresh food is in the air, with live music on the street, plenty of places to sit and eat, and lots of different shops to check out that have locally made goods by local artisans.

3. RiverFront and The Banks

Cincinnati is one of the most beautiful river cities in America and you really get to see that when visiting the RiverFront and The Banks. The park along the water is wonderful, with many activities for the entire family to enjoy. There are sculptures and gardens that are very pleasant to encounter with an excellent view of the city. The Banks is one of the most happening places to be and there’s always a party on the weekends to join in on! When the sun goes down this area is just as beautiful with all of the city lights reflecting off the river, take a walk on one of the bridges to get the full spectrum!

4. Visit the Parks

The parks here are beyond amazing and there are several of them that offer something for everyone. Eden Park in Mt. Adams is the perfect place to have a leisure day and the best place to see views of the city. There are overlooks at the park that give you an amazing view of the river leading into downtown Cincinnati and of Kentucky, making it a great area for taking pictures. Washington Park in OTR is a major place to go to for events, live music, and pure enjoyment! It’s dog friendly and has a patio with refreshments to enjoy on a hot day.

5. Krohn Conservatory

Art, nature, and science come together at the Krohn Conservatory. Krohn is located in Eden Park in Mt. Adams and is truly an enchanting experience. The butterfly shows that they have there are magnificent and really give you the opportunity to connect with wildlife and nature in a way that’s approachable and exciting. There is a waterfall inside that has a creek with fish and turtles inhabiting it, making it feel like you’re in the rainforest. The building has sections for different species of plants and walking from one room to the next transforms a new environment to discover.

6. Cincinnati Zoo

We have one of the top rated zoo’s in the country! A zoo that is not only beautiful but is also educational and fun. The zoo does a great job to help wildlife and nature through their Saving Species program, animal care, and by going completely green with solar power.  There are different events to check out throughout the year and your trip there will feel like you’re on a real exploration of adventure.

7. Live Performances

Cincinnati has always been a hub for music and live performances! There are several venues to check out that offer a variety of different acts that appeal to every type of style and genre.  Music Hall, Memorial Hall, and The Taft Theater are historic venues that are absolutely stunning that feature talent all over the world. We also have the Aronoff and Playhouse in the park for well known shows and a few concert venues that feature locals and bring in big name performers.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/

https://tafttheatre.org

8. Museums

We have some of the best museums around and there are so many to choose from! Union Terminal is one of the most incredible museums that takes you into a different world of fun and education. The building alone is a sight to see and the inside is breathtaking! There are many art museums to choose from like the Contemporary Arts Center and The Cincinnati Art Museum, which are both free to the public. We also have the American Sign Museum that is a real gem and will have you in awe when visiting!

https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

https://www.contemporaryartscenter.org

https://www.americansignmuseum.org

9. Professional Sports

Go to a game! We are lucky to have major sports teams in the city and no matter what your favorite sport is you’ll be sure to have a great time at any of the games! The Cincinnati Reds baseball team and the Cincinnati Bengals football team play and practice in stadiums right next to each other, with our Cyclones Hockey team in Heritage Bank Center just down the street. And now we officially have a soccer stadium for the FC Cincinnati team!

https://www.mlb.com/reds/ballpark

https://www.bengals.com/news/pbs-history

https://heritagebankcenter.com/cyclones

https://tqlstadium.com

10. Take a Walk Downtown

Take in as much of the city scenery as you possibly can while you’re exploring downtown.  You can take the streetcar, bike, or simply take a walk around to experience some really wonderful things about the city.  You can take a tour or have our own self guided one that focuses on the fascinating architecture, history, and culture of Cincinnati. The food and drinks here are outstanding, so go to as many restaurants and bars as you can. We have tons of events going on and little shops to pop into for all of your shopping needs. OTR and fountain square are places to spend endless amounts of time with everything that the area has to offer.


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5 Winter Hikes To Get You Outside

For many of us, our decision to go outside during the winter is easily overruled by the comfort of binge-watching Netflix while inhaling warm brownies. Speaking from experience. However, getting outside (safely, while social distancing) is one of the best things you can do to stay active, boost your mood, and break up your routine—especially during a one-year and counting quarantine.

And sure, with Cincinnati still under a heavy blanket of snow walking to your car may feel like a hike in itself. But if you’re looking for a short winter escape, these local places are great for a brisk walk while being immersed in nature and diverse wildlife. 

  1. Shawnee Lookout 

With gorgeous views of the Ohio River and Great Miami River Valleys, Shawnee Lookout is a historic gem tucked on the outskirts of the Westside. It’s well known for its 18th-century historical Springhouse School and Log Cabin and Native American archaeological earthworks. The park’s nature trails include the 1.3-mile Blue Jacket, 2.0-mile Little Turtle, and the 1.4-mile Miami Fort trail—all easy to moderate with slight elevation changes. 

Address:

2008 Lawrenceburg Road

North Bend, OH 45052

  1. Mt. Airy Forest

Established in 1911, Mt. Airy Forest was the nation’s first urban reforestation project and has come a long way since. Mt. Airy Forest spans 1500 acres and is Cincinnati’s largest metropolitan park with numerous hiking trails, pedestrian bridges, natural areas, buildings, structures, and home to the Everybody’s Treehouse which is the only public universally accessible treehouse in the Tri-State area. Today, the park remains an expansive escape of protected land within the city limits.

Address:

5083 Colerain Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45223

  1. French Park

Located in Amberley Village, French Park is a 275-acre park laced with scenic hiking trails through forested areas along winding creek beds. It’s a great place to be completely immersed in forestry while spotting wildlife and listening to the serenity of trickling water. The outermost loop is three miles long with smaller trails connected throughout (all accessible at trailheads from the parking lots).

Address: 

3012 Section Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45237

  1. Cincinnati Nature Preserve

With a model for environmental sustainability and conservation on a national level, Cincinnati Nature Preserve is doing more than its part to protect our local ecology and lead by example through nature education. The Center’s Rowe Woods has nearly one dozen trails through various landscapes including forest, fields, streams, and ponds to experience the stillness and quiet of the season.

Address:

4949 Tealtown Road

Milford, OH 45150

  1. Devou Park

Hop over the Ohio River into Covington, KY and you’ll quickly see why Devou Park’s eight miles of backcountry trails are a hiking haven. The scenic trails are great for all ages and offer a relaxing escape from the busyness of the city. Plus, it has arguably the most breathtaking,  panoramic views of Cincinnati and Covington.

Address:

1201 Park Dr

Covington, KY 41011