Eat a cheese coney

Cheese coney
Cheese coney

Cincinnati-style chili is a way of life for locals. Whether you pour it over a hot dog for a coney or over spaghetti for a 3-way, you've got to try this regional favorite during your next visit. Find chili parlors here.

Cheer on America’s first baseball team at a Reds game

Reds fans, Great American Ball Park
Reds fans, Great American Ball Park

Attending a Cincinnati Reds game at Great American Ball Park is about more than just watching baseball. It’s about a tradition that dates back to 1869 when the Cincinnati Redlegs became America’s first professional baseball team. Be a part of that tradition when you bring the family to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Get 1/2 price tickets when you book a hotel stay!

Pet a shark at the Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium
Newport Aquarium

Pet a shark. Or a stingray. Visit with seahorses. Or walk across the Shark Bridge suspended over the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. Kids and adults will be amazed at all the sea life on view at the Newport Aquarium.

Ride the Beast at Kings Island

Kings Island - The Beast
Kings Island - The Beast

Riding the world's longest wooden roller coaster is a rite of passage! And if you like those Kings Island thrills, try the record-breaking Banshee (the world's longest inverted roller coaster) or the new Mystic Timbers, a 3,200-foot-long wooden coaster that weaves through the forest on the edge of the park and boasts 16 airtime hills.

Walk across the Roebling Bridge

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is an icon in the Cincinnati region. It's the prototype to New York's Brooklyn Bridge and has been dubbed "the singing bridge" due to the way care tires hum when driving across the bridge. Pedestrian lanes make it a picturesque way to get from Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky (and vice versa) on foot. Read more about the bridge here.

Drink locally-made bourbon in Northern Kentucky

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

Take a tour or take a sip at bourbon distilleries and bourbon bars like New Riff Distilling, the northernmost stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour; Boone County Distilling, which makes authentic bourbon whiskey in the northern hills of Kentucky; and Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar home to more than 300 domestic bourbons and whiskeys to choose from. Find a list of distilleries here

Drink a locally-crafted beer at the oldest bar in Cincinnati, Arnold’s Bar & Grill

Arnold's patio Opening Day
Arnold's patio Opening Day

Arnold's opened as a saloon more than 150 years ago and survived Prohibition by adding a kitchen to convert the saloon to a cafe. These days, the bar & grill is known for its local selection of craft beer, good food and popular courtyard for outdoor dining.

Enjoy the view from the top of Carew Tower

Carew Tower Observation Deck
Carew Tower Observation Deck

Enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the region from 49 stories atop the Art Deco Carew Tower observation deck.

Feed a giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

You can feed a giraffe at Giraffe Ridge, go eye-to-eye with hippos at Hippo Cove, take a train ride, spin on the carousel and so much more at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, open year-round.

Enjoy a black raspberry chip ice cream cone from Graeter’s

Black raspberry chocolate chip from Graeter's
Black raspberry chocolate chip from Graeter's

It's hard to resist a scoop of creamy French-pot ice cream with huge chunks of chocolate chips. Black Raspberry Chip is a favorite at Graeter's, but don't miss the chance to try their seasonal flavors, too. Oh, and we also recommend the donuts.

Play "Heart and Soul" on the foot piano at Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park
Smale Riverfront Park

Kids and adults will enjoy pouncing on the giant foot piano at the popular Smale Riverfront Park. Plus, there's a carousel, slides, rock climbing wall, porch swings and so much more to explore while at the downtown park. Click here to explore more at the park.

Run through the interactive fountains at Washington Park

Washington Park fountains, Music Hall
Washington Park fountains, Music Hall

Enjoy a fun – and free! – way to cool off during hot summer months at the Washington Park fountains. Kids will squeal in delight as the water jets up to drench them. Plus, the park offers free music, festivals, and other events all year long.

Shop at Findlay Market

Findlay Market
Findlay Market

Historic Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine is the perfect spot for families and couples to relax for a casual lunch, purchase fresh locally-sourced food, sip a craft beer in the biergarden, or enjoy a scoop of Dojo Gelato. Click here to find out how to shop like a pro at Findlay Market.

Watch the Carroll chimes at Goebel Park in MainStrasse Village

Goebel Park
Goebel Park

The Carroll Chimes Bell Tower in Goebel Park is a popular German-style landmark in Covington, Ky. The 100-foot tower houses a 43-bell carillon and glockenspiel that chime on the hour while mechanical figures act out the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin; a beautiful photo opp and testament to the neighborhood's German heritage.

Snap Instagram-worthy shots of the Cincinnati skyline from Northern Kentucky

View of Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline
View of Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline

Covington, Newport and Bellevue in Northern Kentucky all have amazing views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline across the river. Go for the views and stay for lunch or dinner at neighboring restaurants. Find more spots for great views here.