Cincinnati Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Cincy; our list of the best things to see, including William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Riverbend Music Center and Newport Aquarium.
  • The best place in Cincinnati: William Howard Taft National Historic Site

    William Howard Taft National Historic Site

    2038 Auburn Ave
    The park is generally open from 8AM to 4PM daily. Free. The William Howard Taft National Historic Site, which is administered by the National Park Service, was the birthplace and home of William Howard Taft. William Howard Taft served as the 27th President and became the 10th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. The Taft family has become one of the most politically distinguished families in Ohio, let alone the US.
    Mount Auburn food nearby
  • Riverbend Music Center

    Riverbend Music Center

    6295 Kellogg Ave
    Box office hours: M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-2PM. Located on the Ohio river and draws big name artists like John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, and Jimmy Buffet.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Newport Aquarium

    Newport Aquarium

    1 Aquarium Way
    Hours: Daily: 10AM-6PM. Hours are usually extended during the summer, however, on special occasions hours can be cut back.. Admission: Adults: $22; Children (Ages 2 - 12): $15. An Aquarium that has a unique design, spectators are in a "cage" which is a glass surrounded tunnel, completely surrounded by large underwater exhibits.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

    Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

    1301 Western Ave
    M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-6PM. Admission for one museum or OMNIMAX show: Adults $7.25, Seniors $6.25 , Children (Ages 3-12) $5.25; Admission for all three museums and one OMNIMAX show: Adults $16.25, Children $11.25. Parking is $4.50 per vehicle. Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The Cincinnati Museum Center is comprised of The Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, Duke Energy Children's Museum, and the Robert D. Linder Family OMNIMAX Theater.
    Lower Price Hill food nearby
  • Cincinnati Art Museum

    Cincinnati Art Museum

    953 Eden Park Dr
    Th-Tu 11AM-5PM, W 11AM-8PM, M Closed. Admission: Free. The Cincinnati Art Museum is in the beautiful Eden Park, which perfectly reflects the artwork the museum houses. According to the Zagat Survey, The Cincinnati Art Museum ranks with The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Modern Art in New York as the best art museums in the nation. The museum features special exhibitions and a terrific collection of art by Cincinnati artists including the worlds largest collection of Rookwood Pottery. The Damascus Room is a particular interesting artwork and should be seen by all of the museum's visitors.
    Mount Adams eat nearby
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

    50 E Freedom Way
    Tu-Su 11AM-5PM (Closed: Labor Day, September 7, October 15 at 14:00, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day). $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Children. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience; it offers lessons on the struggle for freedom in the past, in the present, and for the future as it attempts to challenge visitors to contemplate the meaning of freedom in their own lives. Its location recognizes the significant role of Cincinnati, where thousands of slaves escaped to freedom by crossing the Ohio River, in the history of the Underground Railroad.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

    Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

    962 Mount Adams Cir
    Adams Circle (Mt. Adams), ☎ +1-(513)-421-3888. Box office hours: M.: 10AM-5PM. Tu-F.: 10AM-9PM. Sa: 10AM-10PM. Su: Noon-8PM. Box office hours may vary on days when performances are held. The Playhouse in the Park is a Tony Award winning playhouse, housing two theaters in Eden Park, not far from the Cincinnati Art Museum. The playhouse hosts performances ten months out of the year.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Taft Museum of Art

    Taft Museum of Art

    316 Pike St
    M Closed, T W F 11AM-5PM, Th 11AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25. Adults: $7, Seniors (60 and over): $5, Students (over 18): $5, Youth (18 and under): Free. Free admission on Wednesdays. Parking costs an additional $3. The Taft Museum of Art is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built around 1820, the Taft is home to an extensive art collection that includes European and American master paintings; Chinese porcelains; and European decorative arts.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • River Downs

    River Downs

    6301 Kellogg Rd
    free admission and free parking everyday. Cincinnati's racetrack is River Downs. Free admission and free parking everyday. River Downs has a unique 110 channel in-house television system in place that allows the viewers access to race replays of every race, advance viewing of upcoming simulcast race conditions and preview shows, changing odds formats and program changes.
    California restaurants nearby
  • Cincinnati Bengals

    Cincinnati Bengals

    1 Paul Brown Stadium
    For more than a decade, the Bengals were the punchline of a joke about the NFL. No more, though. Since the hiring of Head Coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals have gone on to win the AFC North Division and have gained respect within the NFL. In his first season (2003), Lewis led the Bengals with an 8-8 record compared to the 2002 record of 2-14. The Bengals have since posted an 8-8 record in 2004 and an 11-5 record with an AFC North Division Championship. Since their turnaround, a visit to a Bengals game is recommended — if you can get a ticket. Their new home is Paul Brown Stadium, named for the Hall of Fame founder and owner/first head coach of the team in their American Football League days.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • ECHL Hockey Cincinnati Cyclones

    ECHL Hockey Cincinnati Cyclones

    U.S. Bank Arena
    Bank Arena (Riverfront), ☎ +1-(513)-421-PUCK. $10-$20. Hockey has a long legacy in Cincinnati. In the fifties, Cincinnati was home to the Cincinnati Mohawks, five time winners of the International Hockey League's Turner Cup. In the seventies, Cincinnati was home to a WHA team, in the Cincinnati Stingers, and an AHL team, in the Cincinnati Swords. Then came the Cyclones (1990-2004, 2006-present), and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (1997-2005). The Cincinnati Gardens was frequented by the likes of Barry Melrose, Don Biggs, Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky on a pretty regular basis. Now, the second incarnation of the Cincinnati Cyclones play in the ECHL and are 2007-2008 ECHL champions. Crowds run 1,000-3,000 on a weeknight and 4,000-9,000 people on a weekend, far below the capacity of 12,000, so tickets should be easy to come by. However, crowds have grown significantly during the latter part of the 2007-2008 season. Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Championship game has the largest crowd in seven years to see an ECHL championship game, with 8,676 in attendance. Game 6, and final game, had 12,722 in attendance, a league record for a post-season game.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • AMC Newport On The Levee 20

    AMC Newport On The Levee 20

    1 Levee Way4100
    The Levee is a collection of stores, restaurants, an aquarium, and movie theater.
    Central Business District
  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers

    Barnes & Noble Booksellers

    Newport on the Levee is the most popular dining and entertainment attraction in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky supported by research performed by Northern Kentucky University's marketing department.
    Central Business District
  • Zip's Cafe

    Zip's Cafe

    1036 Delta Ave
    Lookout Square), ☎ +1-(513)-871-9876, M-Sa: 10:30AM - 11:30PM, Sun: 11AM - 11:30PM. $5-$10. Zips Cafe is not only the absolute best place in Cincinnati to get a burger (The Zip Burger), but it is also a bar! Perfect for the budget traveler!
    Hyde Park
  • BB Riverboat Cruises

    BB Riverboat Cruises

    101 Riverboat Row
    Prices vary, check website for event. Series of riverboat tours offered on an old steamboat, the Belle of Cincinnati. You can take either a normal 1 hour cruise seeing both Downtown Cincinnati and the old Riverfront cities of Northern Kentucky or have lunch or dinner on board. Also available are cruises for special events, including a very expensive cruise during the Labor Day fireworks at Riverfest which fills up early.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Cincinnati Zoo

    Cincinnati Zoo

    3400 Vine St
    , From September 4th until May 25th, the Zoo is typically open daily from 9AM until 5PM. From May 26th until September 3rd the zoo is typically open from 9AM until 6PM. Hours may be extended on some days for special events like Festival of Lights or HallZOOween. The zoo is closed November 22nd and December 25th. Adults (13+ years) $14, Seniors (62+) $9, Children (2-12) $9. Parking: $7. The Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in America and one of the most important worldwide because of its success with the mating of animals in captivity. The zoo is well worth a visit.
    Avondale food nearby
  • Carew Tower Observation Deck

    Carew Tower Observation Deck

    441 Vine St
    M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Adults $2, Children $1. The Carew Tower served as the basis for the design of the later Empire State Building. During the mid- to late-1980s, a giant inflatable gorilla was attached to the upper floors! The 49th floor of Cincinnati's 2nd tallest building provides a breathtaking, inexpensive, and gorilla-less view of the city. Take a high-speed elevator to the 45th floor, then choose from walking up four flights of stairs or taking another elevator to the 48th floor and walking up one flight. The admission is collected once you reach the top.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Ault Park

    Ault Park

    3600 Observatory Ave
    Ault Park is great for bikers, hikers and joggers. An annual 4th of July celebration is held there with music and fireworks. Ault Park also has great examples of natural glacial history throughout the park.
    Hyde Park restaurants nearby
  • Coney Island

    Coney Island

    Kellogg At Suttn Ave
    usually 10AM-9PM. For cheaper admission go after 4PM when the price drops to $8.95. Coney Island is a piece of Americana - a park that has been in operation for over 120 years. The park is located closer to Cincinnati, on the Ohio River. General admission is $17.50 to use the rides and Sunlite Pool, the world's largest recirculating pool (200' by 401').
    California food nearby
  • Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

    Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

    4521 Spring Grove Ave
    This sprawling cemetery dates back over 160 years, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007. The unique layout, designed by Adolph Strauch, makes it feel less like a cemetery and more like a park that just happens to have people buried in it. The arboretum features many National Champion trees. To find the graves of the many famous people buried here, stop by the office on your way in for a free map.
    Clifton eat nearby
  • Krohn Conservatory

    Krohn Conservatory

    1501 Eden Park Dr
    Admission is by donation. Rainforest-under-glass. 5000 varieties of exotic tropical, desert and orchid plants. One of country's largest public greenhouses with beautiful seasonal floral shows.
    Mount Adams restaurants nearby
  • Eden Park

    Eden Park

    1198 Eden Park Dr
    Eden Park home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, Murray Seasongood Pavilion, and the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory.
    Mount Adams food nearby
  • Cincinnati Music Hall

    Cincinnati Music Hall

    1243 Elm Street
    The Music Hall is the beautiful home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Cincinnati Ballet. The building was built in 1878 and funded by what's believed to be the first matching grant fund drive in the United States. In 1880, the building hosted the Democratic National Convention. Tours can be arranged through the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall [1].
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Washington Park

    Washington Park

    1230 Elm St
    Originally designed in 1855, replacing what was then a cemetery, this park has pretty much followed the fortunes of Over-The-Rhine, going from a prosperous hub of activity and immigration to a crime filled den of poverty and squalor. Fortunately along with the neighborhood, this park has undergone a major renovation, including interactive fountains designed to go with music selectable by phone app, a large event lawn, playgrounds, and a look that combines a respect for the park's history with modern amenities. Its particularly striking to see at night when the fountains are lit up in different colors, and safety shouldn't be an issue then as there are plenty of security cameras installed to quell any potential issues with the neighborhood. 3CDC who remodeled Fountain Square led this renovation and as a result is programming it with plenty of events throughout the year, see website for details.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Esquire Theatre

    Esquire Theatre

    320 Ludlow Ave
    The Esquire Theatre is a movie theater that generally runs indie/foreign films along with some other mainstream films. It also hosts twice-monthly showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is on Ludlow Ave, which is close to great coffee shops, restaurants, and specialty stores.
    Clifton food nearby
  • Queen City Underground Tours

    Queen City Underground Tours

    1281 Vine Street
    Spring,Fall: Sa: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 2:30, and 3:30, Su: 11:30,2:00. Summer: M-Th 12:00 and 3PM Sat, Sun same as fall. $15. A popular and expanding tour run by American Heritage Tours discussing the many buildings that once housed over 130 saloons, bars, beergardens and theaters on Vine Street in Over-The-Rhine's "Gateway Quarter" followed by a trip down into the network of tunnels underneath that at one point were used to age/store beer and even a hidden tomb. Also discussed is Cincinnati's corrupt political history in the 19th century under Boss Cox.
    Central Business District eat nearby
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