With many wonderful parks to explore, music to which to listen, art to inspire, and food to taste, Cincinnati provides multiple options for Things To Do. If you are short on time, and want an idea of how to make the best of a weekend in Cincinnati, check out The New York Time’s “36 Hours in Cincinnati”.
- Art and Museums
- Shopping & Sights
- Food and Drinks
- Live Music
Art and Museums
From museums and hotels to mural walks, enjoy the numerous opportunities Cincinnati offers to inspire you.
- Cincinnati Museum Center at the Union Terminal
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
- Cincinnati Art Museum (Free Admission)
- Contemporary Arts Center (Free Admission)
- Taft Museum of Art (Free on Sundays)
- 21c Museum Hotel (Free Admission)
- Mural Walk (Free)
Although a city, Cincinnat has made the nature a priority. There are many parks throughout Cincinnati that offer different beauties–views, riverfront, and exploration. Grab a cup of coffee and walk through one of Cincinnati’s iconic parks. For a full list of the Cincinnati Parks and locations, click here.
Parks with a View:
- Alms Park
- Bellevue Park
- Twin Lakes at Eden Park
- In this park you can find: the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Khron’s Conservatory($4)
- Mt. Echo Park
- Other than a spectacular view of downtown, the Ohio river, and the hills of Kentucky, you can swing by the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired shelter found at the center of the park.
Parks to Explore:
Parks along the river front:
- Smale Riverfront Park
- Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove
- Not only do you have access to the river front, but you can cross the Purple People bridge to Newport Kentucky and view the Cincinnati Skyline.
- Magrish Preserve
- Otto Armleder Park
- Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park
Shopping and Sites
Shopping and sightseeing in Cincinnati overlap. While shopping, you experience the different wonders of the diverse, eclectic city.
- Purple People Bridge
- Findlay Market
- Jungle Jim’s International Market
- Over the Rhine shopping
- Newport Aquarium
- The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
- Carew Tower Observation Deck
- Cincinnati Observatory
Food and Drink
When it comes to food and drink, it is hard to go wrong in Cincinnati. Due to the variation of options, Where to begin….
- Hangover Easy (Clifton-Short Vine)
- Taste of Belgium (OTR & Clifton-Short Vine)
- Tucker’s Restaurant (OTR)
- French Crust Cafe & Bistro (OTR)
- First Watch (Downtown)
- Wild Eggs (Downtown)
- Cheapside (Downtown)
- Mecklenburge Gardens (German Cuisine, Clifton–Highland Ave)
- Corinthian Restauraunt (Traditional Greek & Italian Cuisine, Clifton–Jefferson)
- Baladi Restaurant & Bakery (Syrian Cuisine, Clifton-Clifton Ave)
- Darou Salam African Halal Restaurant (Senegalese cuisine, Northside)
- Caribe (Caribbean Cuisine, Clifton-Short Vine)
- Sartre OTR (French Dining–OTR)
- Bauer Farm Kitchen (French-German Cuisine–OTR)
- Ché (Artisanal Argentine Cuisine–OTR)
Classic Cincinnati Dining
- Dewey’s Pizza (Clifton-Ludlow)
- Skyline Chili (Almost on every corner, Clifton-Ludlow)
- The Eagle (OTR)
- Salazar (OTR)
- Senate (OTR & Blue Ash)
- Maplewood Kitchen & Bar (OTR)
UC Walking Distance Dining
- Elephant Wok (Clifton-Calhoun)
- Keystone (Clifton-Calhoun)
- Druken Tacos (Clifton-Calhoun)
- Druken Bento (Clifton-Calhoun)
- Piology (Clifton-Calhoun)
- Graeter’s Ice Cream (Clifton-Ludlow, Downtown, almost on every corner)
- J-Petal (Clifton-Calhoun)
- The Sweet Place (Clifton-Short Vine)
- O Pie O (Walnut Hills)
- Macaroon Bar (OTR)
- Quaintrelle Confections(OTR)
- Buzzed Bull Creamery (OTR)
- Holtman’s Donut Shop (OTR)
- Rohs Street Cafe (Clifton-Rohs St.)
- Highland Coffee House (Clifton–Highland Ave)
- The 86 Coffee Bar & Concert Venue (Clifton-Jefferson)
- Collective Espresso (OTR)
- Deeper Roots Coffee (Oakley and OTR)
- Lola’s (Downtown)
- 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab (OTR)
- Lydia’s (Clifton-Ludlow)
- Coffee Emporium(OTR and Oakley)
- Murphy’s (Clifton-West Clifton)
- Brass Tap (Clifton-Calhoun)
- Arlin’s (Clifton-Ludlow)
- Fries (Clifton–Jefferson)
- 16 Bit Bar (OTR)
- The Rook (OTR)
- 9 Giant (Oakley)
- Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar (Covington)
You thought deciding where to eat was hard? Well wait ’till I give you your brewery options.
- Rhinegeist Brewery
- Braxton Brewing Company
- MadTree Brewing
- Taft’s Ale House
- Fifty West Brewery
- Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
- Listermann Brewing Company
- Urban Artifact
- Bod Tom Smith Brewing
- Brink Brewery
These are just the beginning. If you would like a more extensive list click here.
Music is a huge component of the Cincinnati spirit. Check out the calendar for these different venues. Maybe you will find something that interests you.
Public transit: The Metro–the public bus system– is a great way gain access throughout Cincinnati. The fare changes depending on where you are going–your zone–and how far you are going. Day passes are offered at a cost $4.50 for Zone 1 and $6.30 for Zone 2. These passes will offere you unlimited rides until 3am the next day on both the Metro and the street car.
For more information click here.
Streetcar: The Cincinnati Bell Connector is an electric mode of transportation that covers a 3.6 mile loop. The fare is $1 for two hours and $2 for a day pass. You can purchase a fare or pass using the EZRide app or use a Ticket Vending Maching located at each of the 18 stations.
For more information click here
Biking: The Red Bike Program is a sharing system with over 50 pick-up/drop-off locations. It is a fun, active way to explore Cincinnati. To use one of the Red Bikes, simply purchase a Day pass for $8 at one of the Kiosks or online. You will need to recheck your bike every 60mins to avoid additional fees.
For more information click here.