But I know what you’re really wondering is … Is there anything to do in Cincinnati
The answer is a resounding YES! Here are some resident favorite activities broken down by common interests:
Have kids or are a kid at heart:
Smale Riverfront Park: on the Ohio riverfront, the park sits between the Paul Brown and Great American Ballpark and includes playgrounds, a carousel, family sized porch swings, a rose garden, multiple fountains and a flying pig!
Newport Aquarium: home to the largest jellyfish gallery in the Midwest, you can get up close with penguins and mermaids and Santa have been sighted in the Shark Tank.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: a world-class zoo and horticulturist’s paradise
Tumblebees: at KidsFirst offers gymnastics classes and open gym sessions starting at six months
Kings Island Amusement Park: The largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest offers rides, a kid’s area, Soak City Waterpark and Dinosaurs ALIVE
Starlight Drive In: Visit an old style drive in movie.
FC Cincinnati: an MLS Soccer Team that began play in the USL in 2016
Cincinnati Cyclones:an ECHL team that plays at US Bank Arena
Cincinnati Reds:the oldest franchise in major league baseball, opens the season each year with the largest Opening Day Celebration in the country
UC Bearcats: Football and Basketball
Xavier Basketball: appearing in the NCAA tournament 26 times, of teams yet to make a Final Four appearance, Xavier has the most all-time tournament wins with 24
Tennis - Western & Southern Open: the oldest tennis tournament in the US still in its original city and the second largest American summer tournament after the US Open, come see some elite players like Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and many more!
Craft Beer Central!- in 2020 Smart Asset compared 384 cities and rated Cincinnati as the top city in the nation for beer drinking. We have 31 breweries in the Queen City which offer around 112 different beers. Thats 10.20 breweries per 100,000 residents!
Cincinnati Style Chili: with only about 140 options including Skyline, Goldstar and Camp Washington. Cincinnati Chili is not traditional. It’s served over spaghetti or a coney often with oyster crackers on the side, so whether it's a 3-way, 4-way or 5-way make sure to try some!
The Senate Pub: known for hot dogs, poutine and craft cocktails some favorite menu items are the “una noche con Nick Lachey” dog which features queso, avocado and pickled jalapenos or you can’t go wrong with the Dog of the Day, a rotating special that has included “The Adele Saves Thanksgiving Dog” and the “Marty McFly”.
Taste of Cincinnati: held downtown each Memorial Day weekend a great opportunity to try some different food from around the area
Graeters Ice Cream: founded in 1870, Graeter’s is a Cincinnati tradition, the family still utilizes the same recipes and methods of production at their plant off Reading Road
Aglamesis Bros.: opened in 1908 Aglamesis Brother’s is being run by the third generation and is known for delicious ice cream and candies
Goetta: made of ground meat and steel cut oats, Goetta was popular with the German settlers who emigrated to Cincinnati in the 19th century, 80% of the Goetta produced by the largest producer is consumed in Cincinnati
Findlay Market: at the center of Over-the-Rhine Findlay market was founded in 1852 and is now the oldest continuously operated public market in Ohio, offers fresh meat, seafood and produce by local suppliers
The list goes on and on, Festival Park Newport has a festival for everyone: Goetta Fest; Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Festival; Brew Ha Ha, Cincy Blues Fest, Taste of Newport, PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport on the Levee Summer Concerts.
Octoberfest Zinzinnati: the largest October fest in the country held downtown on 5th street
Bockfest: celebrating the coming of spring and the brewing heritage of Cincinnati, complete with the crowning of the Sausage Queen each year
Riverfest & Fireworks: Celebrate the end of summer with a daylong festival and spectacular fireworks over the Ohio River. Riverfest Fireworks
Like the Outdoors:
Purple People Bridge: the bridge built in 1872 was repurposed as a walking bridge and connects downtown Cincinnati and Newport
Ault Park: events, trails, gardens, multiple picnic spots and playgrounds
Red River Gorge - Daniel Boone National Forest: a 2-hour drive from Cincinnati offers rock climbing, trails and camping sites
Krohn Conservatory: located in Eden Park the conservatory has more than 3,500 plant species and is home to the International Butterfly Show
Ohio River Paddlefest: rent a kayak or bring your own, Paddlefest travels 8.9 miles up the Ohio River
Little Miami Scenic Trail: The Little Miami Scenic Trail is the third longest paved trail in the United States, running 78.1 miles though five southwestern counties in the state of Ohio
Biking trails: Lunken Airport, Miami Whitewater Forest, Loveland Bike Trail, East Fork State Park
Mammouth Cave National Park: 3 hours south of Cincinnati is the world’s longest known cave system offering cave tours, surface hikes, canoeing on the Green river and camping
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum: founded in 1845, Spring Grove is one of the largest cemeteries in the US, and remains one of the most beautiful places in Cincinnati.
Perfect North Slopes: That right, just 45 minutes from Cincinnati we have a ski slope and tubing!
Bunbury Music Festival: in early June, this year’s lineup included: The Killers, Florence and the Machine, DeadMau5, Umphrey’s McGee, and Of Monsters and Men
Concerts in Washington Park OTR: There are always free concerts going on in Washington Park.
Like the Arts:
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal: This beautiful Art deco train station houses the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science and the OMNIMAX Theater
Taft Museum of Art: Our 200-year-old historic house holds an extensive art collection of European and American masterworks
Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts: home to the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Music Theater, Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative, Contemporary Dance Theater and touring Broadway shows
Cincinnati Music Hall: home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Opera the Music Hall is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Art Museum: located in Eden Park - free admission!
American Sign Museum: the museum preserves and displays a collection of signs, neon and otherwise and also demonstrates the making of neon signs
Salsa on the Square: Held every Thursday in the summer months at Fountain Square, live music and dancing
Have a Dog:
Washington Park Dog Park: complete with a creek and water fountain for dogs to play in
Mt. Airy Forest Dog Park
Oakley: young professional neighborhood with affordable housing and walkable square
OTR - Over-the-Rhine: believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the US, OTR as it's called underwent a huge renovation in 2001, and now is one of the most popular areas for new restaurants and bars
Covington, KY - Mainstrasse Village: across the river in Kentucky, this area is one of the most walkable communities, offers many restaurants and bars with live music most nights
Mt. Adams: surrounded by Eden Park, Mount Adams has some of the best views of the river and city, with its narrow streets and eclectic shops you feel like you escaped the city
Downtown Cincinnati: Fortune 500 corporations, urban living, world class arts organizations, dining and shops all co-exist within easy walking distance to one another
Many more family oriented neighborhoods exist in both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky priced within a resident’s budget, you can own a home here! Explore other Cincinnati Neighborhoods. And don't forget Northern Kentucky which is just 10 minutes from the Hospital.
Also, Cincinnati happens to be a very popular place to film movies, here are a few you may recognize:
2018: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
2017: The Life and Death of John Gotti
2016: The Killing of the Sacred Deer
2015: Miles Ahead- Sony Pictures Classics
2014: Carol- Salt Film Productions
2011: The Ides of March- Cross Creek Pictures
2005: Elizabethtown- Paramount Pictures
2004: Mr. 3000- Touchstone Pictures
2003: Seabiscuit- Universal/Spyglass Entertainment
2000: Traffic- USA Films
Summer Catch- Warner Brothers
1991: Lost in Yonkers- Columbia Pictures
1988: Rain Man- United Artists
Cincinnati’s central location lends itself to lots of easy day or weekend trips:
Dayton, OH: home to the National Museum of the Air Force
Louisville, KY: home to the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Lexington, KY: catch a Kentucky basketball game
Columbus, OH: go check out an Ohio State football game
Indianapolis, IN: home to the Indy 500
Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge State Park: go climbing, rapelling, camping
Sandusky, OH: home to Cedar Point Amusement Park: The Roller Coaster Capital of the World
Nashville, TN: check out the Home of Country Music
St. Louis, MO: Gateway to the West and home of the Arch
Asheville, NC: home to the Biltmore and the most breweries per capita in the country