Things to Do in Cincinnati

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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
  • Parks
  • Shopping & Sights
  • Food and Drinks
  • Breweries
  • Live Music
  • Transportation

Art and Museums

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From museums and hotels to mural walks, enjoy the numerous opportunities Cincinnati offers to inspire you.

Parks

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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:

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Washington Park (OTR)

Parks along the river front:

Shopping and Sites

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Shopping and sightseeing in Cincinnati overlap. While shopping, you experience the different wonders of the diverse, eclectic city.

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Food and Drink

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When it comes to food and drink, it is hard to go wrong in Cincinnati. Due to the variation of options,  Where to begin….

Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 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)

International Cuisine

  • 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

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  • 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)

Dessert

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  • 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)

Coffee Shops

  • 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)

Bars

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  • 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)

Breweries

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You thought deciding where to eat was hard? Well wait ’till I give you your brewery options.

These are just the beginning. If you would like a more extensive list click here.

Live Music

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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.

Transportation

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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.

 

 

 

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