Things to See and Do in Cincinnati

Parks and Recreation


Eden Park

Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Playhouse and the Krohn Conservatory, it is one of the most popular parks in the city. Landmarks include the Hinkle Magnolia Garden, gazebo, memorial tree groves, two lakes, foot bridge and walking paths, sculptures and playgrounds.

Winton Woods

A large, 2,500-acre park and recreation area offering trails, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, camping, picnic areas and playgrounds. There are also dog parks, paddling, geocaching, and more.

Ault Park

Enjoy trails and flower gardens in this 224-acre park, as well as regal pavilion and the Heekin Overlook, with its spectacular panoramic view of the Little Miami River Valley.

Smale Riverfront Park

Located on 45 acres along Cincinnati’s riverfront, the park features fountains, gardens, play areas, monuments, trails, picnic grove, labyrinth, rose garden, and a carousel.

Krohn Conservatory

Built at the height of the Art Deco era, the conservatory showcases more than 3,500 plant species from around the world, and includes a rainforest waterfall and palm, tropical, desert, and orchid houses.

Devou Park (Covington, Kentucky)

Nestled in the hills overlooking the cities of Covington and Cincinnati, the 700-acre park offers an array of recreational opportunities including an 18-hole golf course, multiple playgrounds, picnic areas, eight miles of bike trails, a fishing lake, and nature trails. Also home to the Behringer-Crawford Museum.

Museums and Art


Cincinnati Museum Center

The Cincinnati Museum Center, in the magnificently restored Union Terminal railroad station is home to several museums and organizations, including the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, as well as an OmniMax theater, Cincinnati Railroad Club, and the Cincinnati Historical Society and Library.

Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States. Located in scenic Eden Park the museum features more than 67,000 works of art on display spanning 6,000 years.

Taft Museum of Art

Located in a National Historic Landmark house, the museum includes permanent and special exhibitions, performance hall, museum shop and café.
American Sign Museum

American Sign Museum

America’s largest public sign museum, celebrating the rich history of American signage through preservation and education. The premier institution for preserving and displaying historic signs.

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Cincinnati is the birthplace of professional firefighting. The museum houses firehouse artifacts and includes an interactive safe house as well as fire safety tips and resources.

Cardboard Boat Museum (New Richmond, OH)

Featuring the art and science of cardboard boats.

Vent Haven Museum

The only museum in the world dedicated to the art of ventriloquism, housing more than 900 ventriloquist figures from 20 countries. Open for tours by appointment only.

Creation Museum

A state-of-the-art 75,000 square feet museum presenting biblical history. Over 140 exhibits incorporating animatronics and life-size displays including Stargazers Planetarium, Special Effects Theater, and Botanical Gardens.



National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

A museum and center based on the history of the Underground Railroad paying tribute to all efforts to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people. Several guided and self-tour options available.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum Historic Site

A 733-acre combination cemetery, park, outdoor museum, and arboretum with over 1,200 plant species. Over 44 miles of roads, 15 lakes, wooded preserve, and a collection of architecture, sculpture, and horticulture.

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

The birthplace and childhood home of William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States. Restored and includes family portraits, books, and other items belonging to the Taft family.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Historic home which was once the residence of influential antislavery author Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site (Union, KY)

A unique state park recognized as the birthplace of American Vertebrate Palentology, with fossilized remains that were discovered in 1739. Today herds of wild bison roam and activities such as biking, fishing, camping, birding and more abound. Camping also available.

William Arnold Log Home and Museum (Williamstown, OH)

Built in the early 19th century and constructed out of huge poplar logs with a wood shingle roof, it was the home of William Arnold, founder of Williamstown.

John Parker House (Ripley, OH)

Home of former slave and inventor John P. Parker was a stop on the underground railroad and is now a National Historic Landmark and museum.

Fun and Exploration


The Belle of Cincinnati River Boat

A luxurious, Victorian-décor, paddlewheel riverboat with majestic and ornate beauty. Guests have multiple options for both dining and sightseeing cruises.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and opened its doors in 1875, making it the second oldest zoo in the United States.

Newport Aquarium (Newport, KY)

One of the top 10 aquariums in the USA. Over 70 exhibits and 14 galleries including a rain forest, shark central, the Amazon, a coral reef, and much more.

Great American Ballpark

Located in downtown Cincinnati it is home to the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional franchise. Guided tours and souvenir team shop.

Ark Encounter

A one-of-a-kind historically-themed attraction featuring a full-size Noah’s Ark built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Three decks of world-class exhibits.

Coney Island Amusement Park

A small amusement park located right on the Ohio River with thrill rides, kid’s park, family attractions, and waterpark.

Findlay Market

Ohio’s oldest, surviving market house since 1855. A variety of local food stands, vendors selling meat and produce, plus a seasonal farmer’s market.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Exhibits and memorabilia commemorating famous players and moments in Cincinnati Reds baseball history. Ballpark tours available.

World Peace Bell and Exhibit Center (Newport, KY)

The world’s largest free-swinging bell weighing 66,000 lbs. Rings daily at 12 Noon. Guided tours available.

Carew Tower Observation Deck

The highest elevated building in the city boasts a 49th floor observation deck with beautiful, panoramic views of the region.

EnterTRAINment Junction (West Chester, OH)

The world’s largest indoor train display, railroad museum, rides, and children’s play area. Also the A-Maze-N Funhouse.

Kings Island Theme Park

With roller coasters, rides, children’s park, live entertainment, and water park, this is the largest amusement park in the Midwest.

Rookwood Pottery Company Showroom

Since 1880 Rookwood Pottery has strived to provide joy and enrich lives by creating uncompromising handcrafted ceramics of enduring inspiration. Studio tours and showroom.

Eagle Bend Alpaca Farm (Burlington, KY)

A National Historic Registry property and home to more than 125 show-quality and award-winning alpacas. Offering educational tours and gift shop.

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (Lebanon, OH)

The railroad offers historic train rides through Southwestern Ohio in Warren County.

Loveland Castle

This historic castle and museum was built as an expression and reminder of the simple strength and grandeur of the men who lived when knighthood was in flower.

Tours and Sightseeing


ArtWorks Public Art and Mural Tour

Walk through historic downtown streets exploring Cincinnati’s impressive collection of larger-than-life murals.

Queen City Underground Tours

Come learn about Cincinnati’s hidden history on one of the Top Five Underground Tours in the United States.

Walnut Hills Abolitionists Walking Tour

A walking tour showcasing sites of the antislavery movement, including Walnut Hills Presbyterian Church, Lane Theological Seminary, Calvin and Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Elizabeth Blackwell House, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.