Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Louis Rideout)
Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Louis Rideout)
There's so much to see and do throughout the Cincinnati region, we hope you'll stay a few extra days when you're in town for Cincinnati Music Festival this year. Use this guide to explore Unmistakably Cincinnati experiences, dining, shopping and more located near where you'll be staying. And be sure to check out this guide to all the special activities happening downtown leading up to the festival
 

Downtown

Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Louis Rideout)
Cincinnati Music Festival (photo: Louis Rideout)
Whether you’re staying in downtown Cincinnati or Over-the-Rhine, or just spending your days in the urban core, here are some can’t miss-items in the heart of the region.


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Uptown

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (photo: Kathy Newton)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (photo: Kathy Newton)

Staying just outside the city center near University of Cincinnati, Rookwood/Norwood/Hyde Park and the surrounding neighborhoods? Be sure to stop by some of these local favorites.
 

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Northern Kentucky/South

The Purple Poulet, part of The B-Line (photo: Samuel Greenhill)
The Purple Poulet, part of The B-Line (photo: Samuel Greenhill)
Here are some nearby options if you're staying near the river in Covington or Newport, Kentucky or bit farther south of the river like Erlanger or Florence.
 

Nearby Unmistakably Cincinnati experiences

  • Newport Aquarium - Touch a stingray, go eye-to-eye with rare white alligators, and dare to walk above the sharks on the world's first suspended rope bridge at this aquarium located at Newport on the Levee.
  • BB Riverboats - Step aboard for amazing views of the Cincinnati skyline and riverfront areas from the Belle of Cincinnati or the River Queen.
  • The B-Line - Create your own unique bourbon experience at distilleries, bars and restaurants in Northern Kentucky.
  • Ark Encounter - Tour this life-size Noah's Ark towering higher than four stories and stretching more than 1.5 football fields long.

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North

Kings Island (Photo: Kings Island)
Kings Island (Photo: Kings Island)

Staying north of the city in areas like Blue Ash, Sharonville, Kenwood, Springdale, West Chester or Mason? Here are some places to include in your itinerary.

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  • Kings Island - Enjoy world-class fun and thrills on more than 100 rides and attractions throughout Kings Island and Soak City Water Park.
  • The Beach Waterpark - Water slides abound plus white sand, cool water, real palm trees and a sunset party on Reggae Sundays.
  • Jungle Jim’s International Market - Browse this wacky, gargantuan jungle of a supermarket with hundreds of thousands of products from more than 70 countries.

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West

Cincinnati Skyline (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Cincinnati Skyline (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

Whether you're west of the city or nearby in Indiana, consider some of these options.

East

Coney Island (photo: Coney Island)
Coney Island (photo: Coney Island)

If you're staying near Mariemont, Loveland, Eastgate or farther east, enjoy some of these options nearby.