Who doesn't love free things? I know I do! Vacations can be stressful, especially if you're on a fixed budget. Which is why I love to get out and experience all the low- to no-cost options. (Gotta save some money for new shoes, right?)
GOT AN EYE FOR ART?
21c Museum Hotel
This art gallery is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week showcasing contemporary art in a restored historic building in downtown Cincinnati. Go ahead and splurge on a craft cocktail at the chic Cocktail Terrace rooftop bar with the money you saved on free admission!
Contemporary Arts Center
(Free Wednesdays after 5 p.m.)
The CAC features rotating exhibitions of contemporary art in an internationally-renowned landmark designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid. It was the first U.S. museum designed by a woman. Love that!
Cincinnati Art Museum
Not only does the museum boast a collection of more than 60,000 objects spanning 6,000 years with art from around the world, it also houses relevant pieces of Cincinnati's own art history including pieces of Rookwood Pottery and paintings from the city's "Golden Age".
Taft Museum of Art
(Free on Sundays)
A National Historic Landmark built circa 1820, the Taft Museum of Art is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country.
Northern Kentucky’s largest and only multidisciplinary arts venue houses five art galleries in addition to a theater and education classes. That's a lot of art!
LOOKING FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT?
Enjoy the sunshine and river breezes at this 45-acre park along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. Kids will love all the activities at the playground and go Vibrantscape which includes slides, rock climbing, a giant foot piano and misters and fountains to cool off on a hot summer day.
From live music to salsa dancing to festivals to markets, there's always something fun happening in the heart of downtown Cincinnati at the Square! Or just stop by and enjoy lunch outside with the sunshine warming your face.
This park right across the street from historic Music Hall features an event lawn, playground for kids, interactive water features, a bandstand gazebo with live musical acts, a dog park and more. It's great for hanging out, enjoying a picnic, or participating in any of the free programming like movie nights, live music and kids activities.
Newport on the Levee
This riverfront destination features shopping, dining and amazing views of the river and Cincinnati skyline. Enjoy live music Thursday evenings in warmer months, and many weekends offer live entertainment, as well.
GOT A LOVE FOR LITERATURE?
Enjoy a relaxing read in the urban library's Walnut Street Garden with lush plantings and bubbling fountain walled off from the hustle and bustle of the city. Or view one of its art exhibits or partake in the frequent free programming. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to the library so you know it must be good!
* ALSO: There are so many festivals and events around town with free admission - like Second Sunday on Main, Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks presented by Cincinnati Bell at Riverfest and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - that we can't possibly list them all, so make sure to check out even more free events in our online calendar.