Know Your City: Don't Miss Out On These Cincinnati Neighborhood Favorites!
If you’re new to Greater Cincinnati (or even if you’re a lifetime resident) you may not be familiar with or have visited every neighborhood and their popular attractions. Sometimes in our fair city we tend to stick to our local area and don’t venture too far from home.
But if you’re ready for some new adventure, there’s plenty of excitement right here in the Queen City! We have gathered an accumulation of celebrated Cincinnati attractions for you right here so you don’t have to go searching for new experiences.
Read on for the details!
OTR – (Over-the-Rhine)
The revitalized downtown neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine is chock full of places to visit and things to see. A concentrated effort by the City in partnership with private developers resulted in a beautiful walkable neighborhood with green space, parking, and multi-use buildings with residential space above commercial space.
On any given day there is plenty of activity at Washington Park. This green space features a children’s playground, a splash park that is turned on during the summer months to relieve the heat, and a dog park for our furry friends. Additionally, there are often free music concerts as well as free yoga and other workouts performed in the space. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served at the on-site bar called The Porch. So take your whole family down to Washington Park on a Saturday to enjoy a day outside downtown! Visit https://washingtonpark.org/ for more information.
Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions, welcoming more than one million visitors each year. This local gathering spot is a favorite for food, fun and family. It features farm-fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods, as well as jewelry, potted plants and more. Open Tuesday through Sunday year-round, Findlay Market is home to more than 50 full-time merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On weekends, the Market is known to host numerous street performers and several special events. Visit https://www.findlaymarket.org/ for more information.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975, Cincinnati’s Music Hall is among Cincinnati’s most recognizable buildings. Impressive from the outside for its Victorian-gothic architecture, it is home to the Cincinnati Opera (the nation’s second-oldest opera company), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (the nation’s sixth-oldest symphony orchestra), and the Cincinnati Ballet. Music Hall is also a popular venue for hosting weddings and other large events. Visit https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/music-hall for more information.
Pyramid Sculpture Park
About a half-hour north of Cincinnati in Hamilton, Ohio, lies a hidden artistic gem called the Pyramid Sculpture Park. Offering annual memberships as well as daily tickets, the park offers visitors the opportunity to drive through, walk through on a 1.75-mile loop, or rent a golf cart (“art cart”) to get around as the park is 300+ acres in total.
Outdoor as well as indoor sculptures in different mediums from different artists are featured. Some are permanent while some are on loan. Food and gifts can be purchased in the Pyramid Sculpture Park’s gift shop. This is a great place to spend 3-4 hours with family outside on a nice spring or summer day, taking in nature and beautiful works of art. Visit https://www.pyramidhill.org/ for more information.
The Web Extreme Entertainment
The Web Extreme Entertainment, located just north of Cincinnati in West Chester, Ohio, is the perfect place to burn off some energy on a rainy day! It features an indoor go-kart racetrack, black light laser tag, mini bowling, black light miniature golf, an interactive trampoline, a Virtual Reality experience, and lots and lots of games to play–both video games and games like basketball, where you can earn tickets to spend in their prize purchase area.
If you’re hungry you can grab a burger, quesadilla, salad or other fare in the Winner’s Cafe to recharge. For more information visit https://www.funattheweb.com/
Top Golf takes the driving range to the next level! This facility is designed for group fun. Whether it’s a work happy hour, a family night out, or a group date…Top Golf offers food and a unique type of entertainment. Climate-controlled “bays” are priced by the half hour. They feature relaxing seating with a table for eating…enjoy a local brew, shareable appetizers or even dessert. Each bay holds up to six people. A bay host will help you select the golf game you want to play and will then set up the game for you and create player profiles for each player. Use the establishment’s golf clubs or bring your own. Use them to hit the targets while your friends and family cheer you on. For more information, visit https://topgolf.com/us/
Spend a day in the sun at Coney Island. This 130-year-old place for adventure is set on the banks of the Ohio River. It features Sunlite Pool, the world’s largest recirculating pool, a floating obstacle course, water slides, a children’s splash playground, and a diving pool. Rent a cabana for your own little private shaded nook or bring beach towels and find a spot on the grass. Coney Island offers a variety of Cincinnati local food favorites such as Skyline Chili, Montgomery Inn barbeque and LaRosa’s pizza, but it also has snacks such as soft pretzels, boneless wings and saratoga chips. For more information on Coney Island visit https://coneyislandpark.com/
Did you know that there’s a real-life castle right in Cincinnati? Yes, there is! It’s called Chateaux Laroche and was hand-built by one man from the 1920s-1960s and is located on the banks of the Little Miami River in Loveland, OH.
Pack a picnic and eat lunch in the castle gardens. Watch a video about Sir Harry Andrews, who built the castle, and learn about the Knights of the Golden Trail who maintain it today. Tour the castle and see real knights’ armor, real swords, and more. The Loveland Castle is a great day trip and is something that really excites the kids! For more information, visit: https://lovelandcastle.com/.
Blooms & Berries
Blooms and Berries Farm Market in Loveland, OH features themed events including “Strawberry Days” “Blackberry U-Pick” and its very popular “Fall on the Farm” that starts in mid-September and runs through the end of October. Fall on the Farm offers hayrides out to a pumpkin patch, a “bee train” ride, a bouncy pumpkin ride, horse rides, a petting zoo, games, a corn maze and more. Enjoy an alcoholic beverage on-site in the beer garden or buy a burger and sit at covered picnic tables. There is also an on-site market barn, produce stand, and garden center where you can shop until your heart’s content. For more information or to buy tickets visit https://www.bloomsandberries.com/.
Right across the river from downtown Cincinnati is the Newport Aquarium, located in Newport, KY. Featuring a Coral Reef tunnel complete with coral and tropical fish, a “Shipwreck” exhibit, a Seahorse exhibit, Gator Alley, Penguin Palooza and more, the Newport Aquarium has hands-on interactive exhibits for kids and is a great way to educate your children on sea life. For more information visit https://www.newportaquarium.com/.
The Behringer-Crawford Museum, located in Covington, KY’s scenic Devou Park, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the unique arts, heritage, and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley.
Founded in the former Eubank-Devou family 19th century home, the museum opened to the public in 1950 as a natural history museum based on the collections of William Behringer, an avid collector, traveler, diarist and Covington resident, featuring fossils, minerals, animal specimens and other oddities from his world travels.
Today it has evolved into an interactive, multi-dimensional cultural center offering education, art, music and history to generations of visitors and schoolchildren. For more information, visit https://www.bcmuseum.org/.
Maine Strausse Village
Designated as a national historic district, this 19th-century German neighborhood located in Covington, KY is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike as the village features unique shops & galleries, a variety of excellent restaurants, beer and bourbon pubs, and entertainment options for live music including rooftop Jazz, authentic Dixieland and more. Throughout the year, the village also hosts numerous popular festivals as well as gallery hops, holiday celebrations, pub crawls, antique and flea markets and more. The village is home to the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, the Goose Girl Fountain, and numerous historical markers. For more information visit https://www.kentuckytourism.com/covington/shopping/specialty-shopping/mainstrasse-village.
Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
In 2015, the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre opened its doors to the public for the first time. This 229-seat performance art venue is programmed year-round by Cincinnati Landmark Productions, with more than 120 show nights per year. It offers shows such as Carousel, Cabaret, and Little Shop of Horrors. The Theatre is the center to the west side’s Incline district. For more information, visit https://www.warsawfederal.com/About-Us/Why-Us/Warsaw-Federal-Incline-Theatre.
Miami Whitewater Forest
Miami Whitewater Forest is the largest park in the Great Parks of Hamilton County with 4,345 acres. It is located in Hamilton County, Ohio, just northwest of Cincinnati. Included in the park is the 7.8-mile outer loop and 1.8-mile paved inner loop Shaker Trace Trail. There are also multiple wooded hiking trails.
Additionally, Miami Whitewater features a campground with 46 sites, each with electric hookup and picnic table. Close to the campground is a lake with canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and pontoons for rental. There is also a fishing area on one side, so bring your folding chairs and your fishing gear. For the kids there is a playground with a climbing wall, multiple slides, swings and more. For further information, visit https://www.greatparks.org/miami-whitewater-forest.
Edgewater Sports Park
Edgewater Sports Park is a Premier Championship NHRA Drag Racing track located along the scenic banks of the Great Miami River just west of Cincinnati in the town of Cleves, Ohio.
Edgewater Sports Park has been in continuous operation since 1958, and features ⅛-mile and ¼-mile Super Pro and Pro drag races. For more information and event dates visit https://edgewaterrace.com/.
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