24 Essential Cincinnati Attractions to Bring an Out-Of-Towner

Whether you have friends or family in town that you're looking to entertain or you're just interested in becoming a tourist in your own city — this list of Greater Cincinnati attractions has something fun for everyone.
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Findlay Market
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
At more than 150 years old, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continually operated public market. Go for the farmers market, butcher shops, flower stalls, OTR Biergarten and eclectic eats. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Findlay Market

1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
At more than 150 years old, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continually operated public market. Go for the farmers market, butcher shops, flower stalls, OTR Biergarten and eclectic eats.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St., Corryville
The second-oldest zoo in the United States, it’s also one of the nation’s best, with more than 500 species represented, many endangered. Be sure to check out Fiona the famous hippo, the interactive giraffe area and the reptile house, the oldest zoo building in the country. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St., Corryville
The second-oldest zoo in the United States, it’s also one of the nation’s best, with more than 500 species represented, many endangered. Be sure to check out Fiona the famous hippo, the interactive giraffe area and the reptile house, the oldest zoo building in the country.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Newport Aquarium
1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport KY
See and touch a variety of aquatic life at this massive, walk-through aquarium, which boasts the world’s first Shark Bridge. View exhibits featuring penguins, jellyfish, the world’s largest collection of shark rays and more. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Newport Aquarium

1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport KY
See and touch a variety of aquatic life at this massive, walk-through aquarium, which boasts the world’s first Shark Bridge. View exhibits featuring penguins, jellyfish, the world’s largest collection of shark rays and more.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cincinnati Reds Game
Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
Catch the up-and-coming Redlegs led by veteran superstar Joey Votto. New booze this year includes a frose frozen rose wine slushie and a bourbon slush.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cincinnati Reds Game

Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
Catch the up-and-coming Redlegs led by veteran superstar Joey Votto. New booze this year includes a frose frozen rose wine slushie and a bourbon slush.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township
In operation since the 1880s, this historic amusement park is home to classic rides — bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a wooden roller coaster and grand carousel — an old-fashioned arcade, live shows, family-friendly fests and Sunlite Water Adventure. Take a canoe or paddle boat out on Lake Como or dance under the starts at Moonlite Garden. The dazzling Christmas Nights of Lights drive-through display takes over during the holiday season. 
Photo: Patty Salas

Coney Island

6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township
In operation since the 1880s, this historic amusement park is home to classic rides — bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a wooden roller coaster and grand carousel — an old-fashioned arcade, live shows, family-friendly fests and Sunlite Water Adventure. Take a canoe or paddle boat out on Lake Como or dance under the starts at Moonlite Garden. The dazzling Christmas Nights of Lights drive-through display takes over during the holiday season.
Photo: Patty Salas
Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Completed in 1878, the freshly renovated Venetian Gothic Music Hall houses a concert theater — Springer Auditorium — which serves as home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival Chorus, among other local performing arts organizations. The National Historic Landmark is built over a pauper’s cemetery and is rumored to be one of the most haunted buildings in America. The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall hosts “Beyond the Bricks” walking tours Thursdays and Saturdays for a fee. Also keep an eye out for haunted tours. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cincinnati Music Hall

1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Completed in 1878, the freshly renovated Venetian Gothic Music Hall houses a concert theater — Springer Auditorium — which serves as home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival Chorus, among other local performing arts organizations. The National Historic Landmark is built over a pauper’s cemetery and is rumored to be one of the most haunted buildings in America. The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall hosts “Beyond the Bricks” walking tours Thursdays and Saturdays for a fee. Also keep an eye out for haunted tours.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
FC Cincinnati Game
2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton
Our hometown orange-and-blue European-style professional soccer team joined Major League Soccer this year and is the city’s hottest sports ticket. The season runs April-October. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

FC Cincinnati Game

2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton
Our hometown orange-and-blue European-style professional soccer team joined Major League Soccer this year and is the city’s hottest sports ticket. The season runs April-October.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Smale Riverfront Park
166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown
Nestled between Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium in the center of The Banks by the Roebling Suspension Bridge, the park features fountains, walkways, a bike center, gardens, an event lawn and stage, a meditative labyrinth, the Black Brigade Monument and a glass-encased carousel with Cincinnati-themed critters. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Smale Riverfront Park

166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown
Nestled between Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium in the center of The Banks by the Roebling Suspension Bridge, the park features fountains, walkways, a bike center, gardens, an event lawn and stage, a meditative labyrinth, the Black Brigade Monument and a glass-encased carousel with Cincinnati-themed critters.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
See Panoramic Views of Cincinnati at the SkyStar Observation Wheel
SkyStar, a temporary 15-story "observation wheel" (aka Ferris Wheel), will be up at The Banks through Dec. 2. 1-49 E. Freedom Way, Downtown
Photo: Emerson Swoger

See Panoramic Views of Cincinnati at the SkyStar Observation Wheel


SkyStar, a temporary 15-story "observation wheel" (aka Ferris Wheel), will be up at The Banks through Dec. 2. 1-49 E. Freedom Way, Downtown
Photo: Emerson Swoger
Fountain Square
520 Vine St., Downtown
This square at the center of downtown is a gathering place for friends and family. Enjoy coffee or lunch from one of the neighboring restaurants on the outdoor plaza or attend one of the scheduled events ranging from concerts to dancing to open-air movie nights — or just enjoy the Genius of Water fountain. Fun fact: The water from the four auxiliary spigots is drinkable. 
Photo: Paige Deglow

Fountain Square

520 Vine St., Downtown
This square at the center of downtown is a gathering place for friends and family. Enjoy coffee or lunch from one of the neighboring restaurants on the outdoor plaza or attend one of the scheduled events ranging from concerts to dancing to open-air movie nights — or just enjoy the Genius of Water fountain. Fun fact: The water from the four auxiliary spigots is drinkable.
Photo: Paige Deglow