The 10 Best Things to Do in Cincinnati, Ohio

Hilly Cincinnati boasts a thriving arts scene, major league sports teams, a world-class zoo and aquarium and a revitalized riverfront with shopping, clubs and restaurants. Located on the Ohio River in southwestern Ohio, Cinci claims more than 4,000 restaurants, and more chili restaurants than any other city in the world. Adrenaline-junkies will want to visit the nearby Kentucky Speedway and Paramount's Kings Island, home of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world.

1. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1333 Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities, Gardens More
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3545 reviews

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

This second oldest zoo in the U.S., considered one of the best in the country, is most renowned for its endangered species and birthing programs, particularly for gorillas and white tigers, and has a wonderful collection of felines and a delightful manatees exhibit.

Reviewed By R I - Howell, MichiganHowell, Michigan

Need to visit this zoo a different time of year I guess.

At 26 bucks a person to enter this zoo, it was disappointing at best. About half of exhibits had no animals for construction, animals being born, cleaning, rearranging the enclosures, etc.. the train ride was excellent, the merry go round they advertise w

2. Smale Riverfront Park

West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45201 Nature & Parks
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 644 reviews

Smale Riverfront Park

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

Great Riverfront Location

Even on a bitterly cold day there were joggers, walkers, cyclists & parents with kids using the various facilities from the paths , tracks , play equipment and the indoor carousel ! The ferris wheel was dormant, out of season but the whole riverfront is v

3. Great American Ball Park

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202-5108 Sights & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2693 reviews

Great American Ball Park

This new home for the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest major league baseball team in the U.S., balances its spiffy new look with nostalgic tributes to the team's history including reminders of Crosley Field, where it all began.

Reviewed By Millerdb - Tolland, ConnecticutTolland, Connecticut

Awesome Stadium, Plus a Surprise!

I love this ballpark. There are plenty of seats, and even on a busy weekend, we could move out of our assigned seats that were in the sun and back under shade. There are restaurants, bars, and other venues all along the walkway inside the stadium. We were

4. Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Dr, In Eden Park, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1557 Museums, Concerts & Shows, Ballets, Art Museums More
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1000 reviews

Cincinnati Art Museum

One of the most prestigious art museums in the country, with over 100,000 works of art, this grandiose building atop an Eden Park hill, is well-known for its 19th-century European and American paintings, but also contains numerous other works including an outstanding pottery gallery.

Reviewed By SharenSierra - Wellington, FloridaWellington, Florida

The Arts Stir Your Heart and Feed Your Soul

Cincinnati is very fortunate to have a foundation as a community who funds the arts both publicly and privately. Carve out time in your life to enhance your life visit a place or Art which houses and displays Art. Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum and if po

5. American Sign Museum

1330 Monmouth St, Cincinnati, OH 45225-1344 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 706 reviews

American Sign Museum

We are home to a visual history of American Signage from 1870 through 1970. Hand carved wooden signs, gold leaf, electric light bulbs, and neon all grace our walls and tell amazing stories, especially when told by our founder and avid collector Tod. Take a trip down memory lane and visit us in the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati!

Reviewed By justget1 - Cincinnati, OhioCincinnati, Ohio

Fun but still growing

It's run more like a private collection that a public museum but if you are over 30, you will appreciate the nostalgia these signs bring out in you. Whether it's from existing classics to now defunct companies, this place as some interesting signs with a

6. Roebling Suspension Bridge

Ohio River, Cincinnati, OH Sights & Landmarks, Bridges
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 602 reviews

Roebling Suspension Bridge

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

Great Suspension Bridge

According to a local we met this Suspension bridge predates the Brooklyn Bridge and the design was copied ? Maybe just a proud Ohian but either way this 1867 beauty is a great sight and on a freezing cold day it was a challenge to cross in the blustery wi

7. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3413 Museums, History Museums
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 928 reviews

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as the nation's newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today.

Reviewed By checkmate2016 - OhioOhio

Disappointed

Of all the sights in Cincinnati, I was looking forward to seeing this museum the most. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Most of the interactive displays did not work. This is very much a "reading" museum, with few artifacts. I certainly don't mind all t

8. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232-1934 Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Cemeteries, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 703 reviews

Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

Reviewed By catgirl_bard

A stunning view of yesteryear

The Cemetery Parks movement of the 1800s and early 1900s gave us a few real gems around the country - and Spring Grove ranks in the top 5. Steep terrain in places, but good access by roads to amazing and lovely tombstones and monuments. A photographer's d

9. Krohn Conservatory

1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202-6030 Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 772 reviews

Krohn Conservatory

Reviewed By retired60165 - Harrison, OhioHarrison, Ohio

not the best

visited Krohn conservatory butterfly show. Loved the butterflies but to be honest with you its not worth the hectic drive on the interstate to get here. The staff provided scratch and sniff paper which was supposed to attract the butterflies. The scratch

10. Carew Tower

441 Vine St, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2821 Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 602 reviews

Carew Tower

Reviewed By BrowsingtheAtlas - Cincinnati, OhioCincinnati, Ohio

See Cincinnati from Up High

I love going to the tops of Carew Tower for the spectacular views of Cincinnati and Kentucky. If you know anything about the region, you can visualize how the glaciers came down and formed this area. You can see a lot of Cincinnati’s German architecture.

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