Explore Outdoor Icons
Visit Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and shop the vendor booths, grab a locally crafted beer in the beer garden, or simply enjoy strolling through the iconic and historic market.
Goebel Park's Carroll Chimes Clock Tower
This historic German-style clock tower displays a mechanical puppet show of the Pied Piper on the hour, April through December.
World Peace Bell
Visit the largest free-swinging bell in the world whose powerful tone resonates as a majestic symbol of freedom and peace.
Enjoy the View
Explore one of these six parks around the region and snap some Insta-worthy photos of the Cincinnati skyline, Ohio River and surrounding landscape.
Excited for history?
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
The region's prehistoric past was captured in what was once land covered by swamps in Northern Kentucky. View Ordovician fossils, Ice Age mammal bones, Native American artifacts and more in the museum, and bison still roam the area.
William Howard Taft National Historical Site
Tour the house in which the former president and chief justice was born, and learn about his life, career and family. (Taft Education Center and Taft House closed due to COVID-19. Park grounds remain open to visitors.)
Riverside Drive Statue Tour
Walk the Northern Kentucky riverfront for photo opps with all seven of the bronze statues of historical figures along Riverside Drive. Statues include Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts, and John A. Roebling, architect and namesake of the iconic Roebling Suspension Bridge.
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
This National Historic Landmark, chartered in 1845, is the second largest cemetery in the United States. Drive or walk through this majestic venue and be awed by the history, architecture, and horticulture.
Looking for family-friendly entertainment?
Newport on the Levee
Try the new outdoor Bridgeview Box Park with drinks, take-out vendors and panoramic views. This riverfront destination features shopping, dining and amazing views of the river and Cincinnati skyline. Enjoy live music select evenings throughout the year.
Smale Riverfront Park
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 enjoy a leisurely lunch or an ice cream cone in the sunshine during the warmer months. Even when it gets cooler you can enjoy football tailgating, holiday events and the Fountain Square Ice Rink (there is a fee for ice skating).
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, kids activities and special holiday events.
Got an eye for art?
Many art venues are currently requiring advance registration. Please check with venue websites for COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Not only does the museum boast a collection of more than 67,000 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". Plus, experience the brand new outdoor Art Climb (pictured above).
Contemporary Arts Center
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, and it even has a section devoted to kids called the UnMuseum.
Taft Museum of Art (Free on Sundays)
This National Historic Landmark was home to the half brother of President William Howard Taft. (President Taft accepted the nomination for U.S. president underneath the house’s portico.) It now features works of art by Rembrandt, Goya, Gainsborough, Whistler, Sargent and more, as well as the greatest Gothic ivory sculpture in America.
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. (Gallery admittance is currently by appointment only.) Go ahead and splurge on a craft cocktail at the chic Cocktail Terrace rooftop bar with the money you saved on free admission!
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!
Weston Art Gallery
Located inside the Aronoff Center for the Arts, this gallery showcases emerging and professional artists in galleries on two levels with 3,500 square feet of exhibition space. And you're just feet away from dining and shopping in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.
PLUS: Check out local art galleries during Final Fridays at the Pendleton Art Center. You can experience the area and enjoy great art and even meet some of the artists! Or take a self-guided tour of the ArtWorks Public Art and Murals found all around the region.
Updated by Julie Brock