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Best things to do in Cincinnati

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“There's something for everyone at the Cincinnati Art Museum. A few years ago, my violin class from UC's New Horizon's Orchestra performed on stage with a group from Brunei who were visiting the US and English was their second language. But with anything... Music is a universal language and we made music together! Cincinnati Art Museum is located in scenic Eden Park and features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events. General admission is always free for all. ”
72 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Historic hub of vendors selling meat, produce & other local foods, plus a seasonal farmers' market.”
99 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Rather you are in town to see your favorite team, looking for something fun to do, or just a casual baseball fan Great American Ballpark is one of the best stadiums in Major League Baseball.”
66 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. You'll be amazed at all there is to see and do, including fun and interactive activities, like touching a shark or meeting a penguin. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located only two minutes from Downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee. Located at: One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071 Phone: 800-406-3474”
47 locals recommend
Park
“Cool place to walk or bike to. You might catch an evening Improv performance on Tuesdays. Event schedule located at: https://washingtonpark.org/ ”
80 locals recommend
Park
“Right at the foot of the Reobling Bridge there's a little something for everyone. The Carousel is absolutely beautiful and fun for adults and kids. In the summer be sure to take your swimsuit to run through the fountains, lots of green space along the river for picnics, walks, a playground, misting area and gorgeous views. Close to the Reds stadium, too. ”
61 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Probably the most well known brewery in Cincinnati. Great rooftop with nice views!”
72 locals recommend
Building
“A small park with beautiful, picturesque views of the Ohio River and Kentucky.”
40 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Well-preserved 19th-century buildings pepper historic Over-the-Rhine, a onetime working-class German neighborhood now home to craft breweries, hip gastropubs, and trendy bars. Dating from the 1850s, Findlay Market bustles with indoor specialty grocers and a weekend farmers’ market. The city’s symphony orchestra plays at the grand Cincinnati Music Hall, and Washington Park is popular for its fountains and festivals.”
61 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Joint
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“Great food! They do not take reservations and seat family style. The brine fried chicken and mac and cheese are to die for!”
54 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
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“Newport on the Levee is a dining and attraction destination located on Third Street in Newport, Kentucky. It is located adjacent to the Purple People Bridge along the Ohio River and boasts views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. The Levee is only one block away from the East Row Historic District and the Monmouth Street Historic District. It is named after the levee that it rests on. The Levee, as the locals call it, features annual community events like Live at the Levee, Light up the Levee, the Levee Wine Walk, Salute to Service 5K and many more. Some of the featured retail and attractions are Barnes & Noble Booksellers 20-screen AMC Theatres megaplex, DartRush Nerf Arena, Garra Fish Spa, and much more. The main attraction at the Levee is the Newport Aquarium.”
52 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“CMH is a classical music performance hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it serves as the home for the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. If you'd like to add musical or artistic culture to your visit, plan a trip to Music Hall for a concert, a ballet, and more! Music Hall reopened in October 2017 after being closed for its 16-month renovation. More beautiful than before, you'll want to see it in person to experience everything it has to offer.”
35 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Delicious tiny tacos and refreshing margaritas that will NOT disappoint a craving ”
44 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Paul Brown Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home venue of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League and opened on August 19, 2000.”
41 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Check out this modern art museum including the "Un-museum" with it's interactive displays”
43 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue, and a bea­con of light for inclusive freedom around the globe. The physical center is in downtown Cincinnati within steps of the banks of the Ohio River, the great natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. Since opening in 2004, the Center has filled a substantial void in our nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, they illuminate the true meaning of inclusive freedom by presenting permanent and special exhibits that inspire, public programming that provokes dialogue and action, and educational resources that equip modern abolitionists. Located at 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.”
27 locals recommend