Cincinnati might not seem like a ‘popular’ destination, but in reality the Queen City and its glittering skyline has a niche for every type of traveller. It is a city bursting at the seams with talent in every industry and arena. Whether you’re a discerning foodie, artist at heart, sports fan or craft beer lover, there’s something here to do that will tickle your fancy. Here are the best things to do in Cincinnati!
1. For the artist: ArtWorks Mural Tour
Cincinnati is an awe-inspiring colorful art gallery, with 100 murals in the downtown alone. ArtWorks Cincinnati is a non-profit that helps transform entire neighborhoods, enlisting kids and teens to help and learn from the creative process. To date, these teams have completed more than 14,000 public and private art projects. Support their cause, see how they make it all happen on their mural tours and learn more about the arts and cultural scene of Cincinnati.
2. For the family: Cincinnati Zoo
Dating back to 1874, Cincinnati Zoo is the country’s second-oldest zoological park. You’ll see more than 500 creatures and 2,500 plant species here. This is also where the famous hippo, Fiona lives. From polar bears to giraffes, there’s no shortage of sights and activities for visitors of young and old at this zoo. Train and carousel rides allow you to take a break off your feet if you need it, and the Spaulding Children’s Zoo is sure to impress your tot.
3. For the couple: Eden Park
Enjoy the gentler side of Cincinnati away from the buildings and crowd at Eden Park. It overlooks the Ohio River and is home to hiking trails and beautiful vistas. You will also find the Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory and Playhouse in the Park here. It will take getting over a hill from downtown, but the views are worth it. No matter if you have an outdoor hiking or indoor museum date, end the day sitting together on one of the many benches and enjoy the tranquil vibes.
4. For the sports fan: Great American Ball Park
Great American Ball Park might be a pretty lofty name for a stadium, but it is home to America’s oldest professional baseball team – the Cincinnati Reds. Visitors enjoy the fun-loving atmosphere here and the great views from nearly every seat. The stadium is also decked out with everything from high-tech scoreboards to glass-encased restaurants! Catch a game and enjoy some popcorn while you cheer. You’ll even see some fireworks whenever the Cincinnati Reds hit a home run!
5. For the foodie: Findlay Market
Findlay Market has been serving residents and visitors for 169 years, so you can be sure that it is one of the things to do in Cincinnati even if you’re not a huge foodie. As an indoor and outdoor market with dozens of stalls, you can find all sorts of fresh bakes, meats, cheeses, wines, desserts and local produce. On weekends, the Market also hosts a vibrant Farmers Market with numerous street performers and special events.
6. For the solo traveller: Highland Coffee House
You could head to one of the city’s excellent third wave coffee shops, but Highland Coffee House is a time machine that takes you back to the days before technology ruled over us. It’s a cool bohemian spot that hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1978, and a great place to read or work alone but still be around other people. It’s also pretty common to chat with the people around you, which is nice when you’re craving for some social interaction!