Free Things To Do in Cincinnati
- #1View all PhotosfreeEden Park#1 in Cincinnati1.3 miles to city centerParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND1.3 miles to city centerParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located next to 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.
- #2View all Photos#2 in Cincinnati4 miles to city centerChurches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND4 miles to city centerChurches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. These run $75 per person.
- #3View all Photos#3 in Cincinnati1 mile to city centerMuseums, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND1 mile to city centerMuseums, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME 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.
- #7View all PhotosfreeFindlay Market#7 in Cincinnati0.6 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND0.6 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME 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.
- #11View all Photos#11 in Cincinnati1.6 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND1.6 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME 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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