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The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region is steeped in a rich history and legacy. The revitalization of historic neighborhoods and the scenic riverfront – coupled with the fact that Cincinnati is one of only 13 U.S. cities with professional companies in all five arts: ballet, opera, fine art museums, symphony and theater – makes the region a vibrant area for arts, culture and history. Experience the German heritage in our festivals and events, marvel at the Art Deco architecture in buildings throughout the area, and delve below the streets to relive the history of such a unique river region.

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Queen City Underground & Ultimate Underground Tours

Downtown

Approximately 7.58 miles from your location
Queen City Underground Tour

Queen City Underground & Ultimate Underground Tours

Downtown

Approximately 7.58 miles from your location

Learn about Cincinnati’s hidden history on one of the Top Five Underground Tours in the U.S. (National Geographic, 2012). Enjoy a stroll through Over-the-Rhine, home to... Read more

Learn about Cincinnati’s hidden history on one of the Top Five Underground Tours in the U.S. (National Geographic, 2012). Enjoy a stroll through Over-the-Rhine, home to America’s largest set of historical landmarks. Visit buildings in the Gateway District that were home to over 130 saloons, bars and beer gardens, and theaters... Read More

Fountain Square

Downtown

Approximately 7.40 miles from your location
Fountain Square

Fountain Square

Downtown

Approximately 7.40 miles from your location

Eat lunch under the sun, check out what’s playing on the video board, or take part in the multitudes of free programming including music, movies and special events.... Read more

Eat lunch under the sun, check out what’s playing on the video board, or take part in the multitudes of free programming including music, movies and special events. Presiding over the Square is the historic Tyler Davidson Fountain, dedicated in 1871 to the people of Cincinnati. 

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Uptown

Approximately 5.94 miles from your location

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Uptown

Approximately 5.94 miles from your location

Manifest stands for the quality presentation, experience, and documentation of the visual arts, engaging students, professionals, and the public from around the world... Read more

Manifest stands for the quality presentation, experience, and documentation of the visual arts, engaging students, professionals, and the public from around the world through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programs, and publications. Manifest Gallery serves as a venue for the display and experience of insightful,... Read More

Northern Kentucky Gambling Museum

South

Approximately 6.36 miles from your location

Northern Kentucky Gambling Museum

South

Approximately 6.36 miles from your location

Showcasing the history of gambling in Northern Kentucky with old slot machines, poker chips and photographs to take you back in time.

Showcasing the history of gambling in Northern Kentucky with old slot machines, poker chips and photographs to take you back in time.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

North

Approximately 22.06 miles from your location

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

North

Approximately 22.06 miles from your location

Pyramid Hill is one of few sculpture parks in the United States. Upon opening in 1996, it was touted as the "most beautiful natural setting of any art park in the country... Read more

Pyramid Hill is one of few sculpture parks in the United States. Upon opening in 1996, it was touted as the "most beautiful natural setting of any art park in the country" by Atlantic Monthly. This 335-acre park features more than 60 monumental contemporary sculptures. The park’s Ancient Sculpture Museum displays antiquities... Read More

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Downtown

Approximately 7.15 miles from your location
Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Downtown

Approximately 7.15 miles from your location

The Reds Hall of Fame, which opened in 2004, is an interactive, historical museum dedicated to recognizing and celebrating Cincinnati Reds baseball. 

The Reds Hall of Fame, which opened in 2004, is an interactive, historical museum dedicated to recognizing and celebrating Cincinnati Reds baseball. 

Cincinnati History Museum

Downtown

Approximately 8.76 miles from your location
Cincinnati History Museum

Cincinnati History Museum

Downtown

Approximately 8.76 miles from your location

Learn about Cincinnati’s past and early life in Ohio in the Cincinnati History Museum part of Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Explore a recreation of the... Read more

Learn about Cincinnati’s past and early life in Ohio in the Cincinnati History Museum part of Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Explore a recreation of the Cincinnati Public Landing of the late 1850s where you can step aboard a replica of the 94-foot side-wheel steamboat, the Queen of the West! Learn about Cincinnati... Read More

James A. Ramage Civil War Museum

South

Approximately 8.57 miles from your location
James A. Ramage Civil War Museum

James A. Ramage Civil War Museum

South

Approximately 8.57 miles from your location

Battery Hooper, one of the few remaining Civil War defensive positions left in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, represents a time when the community came together in a... Read more

Battery Hooper, one of the few remaining Civil War defensive positions left in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, represents a time when the community came together in a crisis. In September of 1862 -- 142 years ago this September --men, women, and children worked together to erect an eight-mile defensive line from Ludlow to... Read More

World Peace Bell

South

Approximately 6.48 miles from your location
World Peace Bell

World Peace Bell

South

Approximately 6.48 miles from your location

You'll want to swing by Newport to visit the World Peace Bell: the largest, free-swinging bell in the world. Weighing in at 66,000 pounds and measuring 12 feet high and 12... Read more

You'll want to swing by Newport to visit the World Peace Bell: the largest, free-swinging bell in the world. Weighing in at 66,000 pounds and measuring 12 feet high and 12 feet wide, the bell was designed and cast by Cincinnati's own Verdin Bell Company, one of the largest bell-making companies in the world. Installed in 1999,... Read More

Krohn Conservatory

Uptown

Approximately 6.31 miles from your location
Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory

Uptown

Approximately 6.31 miles from your location

Built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era, step into Krohn Conservatory where more than 3,500 plant species from around the world are showcased. Krohn... Read more

Built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era, step into Krohn Conservatory where more than 3,500 plant species from around the world are showcased. Krohn changes throughout the year with special exhibits and programs, including the ever-popular International Butterfly Show where thousands of butterflies are free to fly... Read More

Duke Energy Convention Center

Downtown

Approximately 7.68 miles from your location
Duke Energy Convention Center

Duke Energy Convention Center

Downtown

Approximately 7.68 miles from your location

Duke Energy Convention Center is located in the heart of Cincinnati USA, within easy walking distance to major hotels, shopping and restaurants. Designed with the meeting... Read more

Duke Energy Convention Center is located in the heart of Cincinnati USA, within easy walking distance to major hotels, shopping and restaurants. Designed with the meeting planner in mind, the center offers increased flexibility, improved design and the latest in technological advances and amenities. The DECC has more than 750,... Read More

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

South

Approximately 15.36 miles from your location
CVG Airport

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

South

Approximately 15.36 miles from your location

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) currently offers 175 daily departures with nonstop connections to 47 cities. CVG’s seven airline partners offer passengers... Read more

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) currently offers 175 daily departures with nonstop connections to 47 cities. CVG’s seven airline partners offer passengers more non-stop flights than any other airport in the region, including direct international service to Paris, Toronto and Cancun. CVG is home to DHL’s North... Read More

Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Downtown

Approximately 8.48 miles from your location

Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Downtown

Approximately 8.48 miles from your location

Since its founding in 1831 as the library of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio, the library has been collecting and preserving materials relating to the... Read more

Since its founding in 1831 as the library of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio, the library has been collecting and preserving materials relating to the greater Cincinnati area, the state of Ohio and the Old Northwest Territory. Today, it houses one of the most significant regional history collections in the... Read More

U.S. Grant Birthplace Historic Site

East

Approximately 16.61 miles from your location

U.S. Grant Birthplace Historic Site

East

Approximately 16.61 miles from your location

Tour the birthplace of our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant.

Tour the birthplace of our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant.

Taft Museum of Art

Downtown

Approximately 6.86 miles from your location
Taft Museum of Art

Taft Museum of Art

Downtown

Approximately 6.86 miles from your location

The Taft Museum of Art is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built in about 1820, the Taft is home to nearly 700 works... Read more

The Taft Museum of Art is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built in about 1820, the Taft is home to nearly 700 works of art, including European and American master paintings; Chinese porcelains; and European decorative arts. The mission of the Taft Museum of Art is to... Read More

Aronoff Center for the Arts

Downtown

Approximately 7.34 miles from your location
Aronoff Center for the Arts

Aronoff Center for the Arts

Downtown

Approximately 7.34 miles from your location

The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the state-of-the-art facility opened in October... Read more

The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the state-of-the-art facility opened in October 1995. The Center consists of three stunning performance spaces: Procter & Gamble Hall, Jarson-Kaplan Theater and Fifth Third Bank Theater. In addition,... Read More

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Uptown

Approximately 7.34 miles from your location

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Uptown

Approximately 7.34 miles from your location

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States. The house that Taft was born in has... Read more

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States. The house that Taft was born in has been restored to its original appearance. A visit to the site includes a tour of the restored birthplace and four period rooms that reflect the family life... Read More

Roebling Suspension Bridge

South

Approximately 7.24 miles from your location
Roebling Suspension Bridge

Roebling Suspension Bridge

South

Approximately 7.24 miles from your location

When the Roebling Suspension Bridge opened to traffic in 1867 connecting Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, its span of 1057 feet was the longest in the world. John... Read more

When the Roebling Suspension Bridge opened to traffic in 1867 connecting Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, its span of 1057 feet was the longest in the world. John A. Roebling, whose next project was the Brooklyn Bridge, is the engineer responsible for creating this iconic feature of our region's skyline which is now a... Read More

Big Bone Lick State Park

South

Approximately 24.73 miles from your location

Big Bone Lick State Park

South

Approximately 24.73 miles from your location

During the Pleistocene Epoch, over 15-thousand years ago, a huge ice sheet covered the ground all the way from Canada down to the Ohio River. On the edges of this ice... Read more

During the Pleistocene Epoch, over 15-thousand years ago, a huge ice sheet covered the ground all the way from Canada down to the Ohio River. On the edges of this ice sheet, great herds of giant mastodons, wooly mammoths and ground sloths were attracted to the warm salt springs that still bubble from the earth at Big Bone Lick... Read More

Cincinnati Heritage Programs Tours

Downtown

Approximately 8.48 miles from your location
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Cincinnati Heritage Programs Tours

Downtown

Approximately 8.48 miles from your location

Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Programs presents historical, cultural and architectural tours throughout the year in conjunction with the Cincinnati History Museum... Read more

Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Programs presents historical, cultural and architectural tours throughout the year in conjunction with the Cincinnati History Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center. See website for specific tours offered.

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