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Free Things To Do in Cincinnati

If you have extra time, Cincinnati Art Museum is worthwhile.
  • #1
    Things to do in Cincinnati
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    #1 in Cincinnati
    1.3 miles to city center
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    1.3 miles to city center
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located in the trendy Mount Adams neighborhood, the park encompasses 186 acres of green space and tree groves complete with walking paths. There are also a couple of lakes, a magnolia garden and several scenic overlooks.

    One TripAdvisor user was blown away by Eden Park's setting, saying it has "beautiful views of the city — especially at night time." However, some travelers say that the park is a little hard to find. To get there from downtown, drive north on Gilbert Avenue until you reach Eden Park Drive. You can also just call a taxi. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Parks website.

  • #2
    Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
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    #2 in Cincinnati
    4 miles to city center
    Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    4 miles to city center
    Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum was chartered back in 1845, and today exists as one of the pioneers of landscape design for cemeteries. The grounds are idyllic, with gravestones punctuated by ponds, sculptures, footbridges and lots and lots of trees. "It may sound strange to visit a cemetery, but this one is unlike any I have seen before," said one TripAdvisor user. "It is a beautiful and tranquil place to visit and take a walk in the fall."

    You can visit the cemetery and arboretum every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours May 1 through August 31. During the warmer months (April through October), you can participate in public and private tours. Public tram tours run at different times, so you can refer to the cemetery's calendar for further details. Tours cost $5 per person, with discounts for kids and seniors. To book a private tram tour, you can call 513-853-6877 or email tcoordinator@springgrove.org. These run $75 per person.

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    Cincinnati Art Museum
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    #3 in Cincinnati
    1 mile to city center
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    1 mile to city center
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Cincinnati Art Museum contains more than 60,000 works from across 6,000 years of history. Masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, Claude Monet and other famed artists adorn the walls of the museum. And all of this art is housed in a building that was erected at the close of the 19th century; though it has undergone several additions and restorations, the structure stands as one of the city's historic  and simply beautiful  gems.

    As well as complimenting the museum's extensive collection, past visitors also hail its locale, calling the building "stunning." Meanwhile, others were impressed with the views of downtown Cincinnati. 

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    Findlay Market
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    #7 in Cincinnati
    0.6 miles to city center
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    0.6 miles to city center
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Findlay Market first opened in 1855, but only just recently has it expanded into the vibrant mix of ethnic food stalls and flea market vendors that it is today. On the weekends in spring, summer and fall, the streets fill with vendors selling everything from jewelry to kettle corn to purses. You'll also find stalls devoted to goods like chocolate, fresh fruit, vegetables and artisan bread.

    Many visitors recommend coming on Saturdays for the best experience — you can sample a variety of international fare while you people watch.

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    MainStrasse Village
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    #11 in Cincinnati
    1.6 miles to city center
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    1.6 miles to city center
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The German-style MainStrasse Village is on the National Register of Historic Places and makes for a lovely place to stroll. Nearly every month there is a vibrant event to attend, like Goettafest in June and the World's Longest Yard Sale in August. There are also restaurants that range from French (Chez Nora) to Italian (GoodFellas Pizzeria) and of course, German (Strasse Haus and more). And there are a number of little shops and boutiques to explore as well.

    One TripAdvisor user says you "can't go wrong with a walk through the village. Great chops, cute eateries, attractive bars, tree lined cobble streets and a working glockenspiel."

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