Smale Riverfront Park
Smale Riverfront Park

You've made it to Cincinnati USA...but you only have one day to experience everything that makes this river region unique! We'll point out some of the highlights so that you can see and do a lot in a limited amount of time. Then, you'll just have to come back and visit again when you have more time to explore because this is just the tip of the iceberg!

Newport on the Levee

Newport on the Levee
Newport on the Levee
Start your day at Newport on the Levee. Explore the Newport Aquarium (it only takes about two hours), but if you’re really crunched for time, then just check out the shopping and dining options that the Levee has to offer (plus the awesome views of the river and Cincinnati skyline).

Sawyer Point & Yeatman's Cove

Otto Armleder Fountain at Sawyer Point
Otto Armleder Fountain at Sawyer Point

When you’re finished exploring the levee, hop on a Cincy Red Bike or travel on foot across the pedestrian-only Purple People Bridge to Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove for amazing riverfront views from the Serpentine Wall and a sprayground for the kids.

Smale Riverfront Park & The Banks

Smale Riverfront Park
Smale Riverfront Park

Continue along the Ohio River on walking paths to Smale Riverfront Park. Sit and relax on the porch swings overlooking the river and let the kids play on the playground or take a spin on Carol Ann's Carousel. Before heading farther into the city, stop by the Berlin Wall memorial at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to take a photo with a piece of history. 

For an alternate route and a way to see a bit more of Northern Kentucky, pick up the Southbank Shuttle (only $1 per ride!) at The Banks and ride over to Covington. Admire the murals at the bottom of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and check out the bronze Riverwalk statues of local historical figures. There’s also easy access to and from each side of the river on foot or by Red Bike via any of the four pedestrian-friendly bridges. 

Fountain Square

Carew Tower Observation Deck
Carew Tower Observation Deck
After soaking in the riverfront views, walk (or bike) to the heart of the city and experience the excitement of Fountain Square. Enjoy some Graeter’s ice cream and sit by the fountain - it’s a great spot for people watching! Next, ascend 49 stories to the top of Carew Tower for stunning 360-degree views of the region.

Over-the-Rhine

Washington Park fountains, Music Hall
Washington Park fountains, Music Hall
When you’ve finished taking in the sights, it’s just a short ride on the streetcar or a Red Bike to the historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine. Walk through beautiful Washington Park and snap a photo in front of historic Music Hall for a unique, local backdrop. The kids can play in the playground or cool off in the interactive fountains.

Findlay Market

Findlay Market
Findlay Market

Make your way up Elm Street to Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market. Take in all of the sights, smells, and flavors that make the market one-of-a-kind. Head back towards the park to experience all of the unique shops and restaurants in Over-the-Rhine, plus an incredible nightlife scene. Wind down after a long day of sightseeing by sipping a local craft brew at Taft’s Ale House or Rhinegeist, and pick up fun Cincinnati apparel at Homage or handcrafted pottery from the world-renowned Rookwood Pottery.

It turns out that you can see a lot that Cincinnati USA has to offer in just one day!

Only in town for a few hours? Put these attractions on your must-do list!

PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain Square
PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain Square