Weekend Walking Tours of Historic Mount Adams Are Back

Every Sunday at 1 p.m. — from May through November — you can take a guided walking tour of Cincinnati's historic hillside neighborhood

click to enlarge Mount Adams - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mount Adams

Ever wanted to learn more about the history of Mount Adams but are too lazy to Google? Maybe you don't like to read and would rather use your ears instead of your eyeballs?

If you like using your legs, too, you're in luck because the Mount Adams weekly walking tours are back starting Sunday, May 5. 

Every Sunday at 1 p.m. — from May through November — you can take a guided walking tour of Cincinnati's historic hillside neighborhood and the city's first suburb. Now in its 14th season, these tours take interested parties to historic buildings and sites including: 

  • Immaculata Church and the Good Friday Pilgrimage steps
  • Rookwood Pottery
  • Holy Cross Church and Monastery
  • Fire Company Fifteen
  • Fromme’s Bowling Alley
  • Cincinnati’s oldest Irish pub (aka Crowley's)
  • Mount Adams Public School
  • Pilgrim Chapel 
  • The Mount Adams Incline ruins
  • The ArtWorks Mount Adams mural
  • Doris Day’s childhood dancing studio 
  • And a secret alley!

You'll also learn the story behind the hoods' interesting characters, including Nicholas Longworth, Maria Longworth and Ida Martin — the old lady who supposedly lived in a hollowed-out sycamore tree up on the hill (Mount Adams was originally called Mount Ida) plus why John Quincy Adams visited Mount Adams and at which bars Charles Manson drank. 

The tour lasts about two hours and does include steps and inclines. 

Tickets are $10. Tours meet outside the Mount Adams Bar & Grill (938 Hatch St.) and are led by neighborhood guides. Proceeds benefit the Mount Adams Civic Association. To learn more, email Jim Steiner at [email protected] or click here.

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