Cincinnati's Best Attractions Include Historical, Cultural and Recreational Gems

Cincinnati has a wealth of attractions to appeal to every type of traveler. Whether you’re interested in learning about the history of this river town, appreciating the arts, cheering on the sports teams or just having some fun, there’s something here for you.

The Cincinnati Museum Center houses three major museums, one of which covers local history. Since riverboats used to be the primary mode of travel here, a ride with BB Riverboats is another way to experience Cincinnati history. History buffs will also want to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and learn about the courageous people who helped slaves escape to freedom.

Animal lovers find much to enjoy at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden along with the Newport Aquarium.

Sports fans will relish a visit to the Great American Ball Park to cheer on the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati is fortunate to have several museums and galleries where art aficionados can get their fill. The Contemporary Arts Center has rotating exhibitions of vibrant modern art. The Cincinnati Art Museum is located in the picturesque Eden Park.

Cincinnati has many beautiful parks that just about everyone will enjoy. Among them are Eden Park and Smale Riverfront Park. Thrill seekers will want to take a trip to the suburb of Mason to visit Kings Island, a major theme park with top-notch rides, shows and a water park.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center sits on the banks of Cincinnati's Ohio River with clear views of Kentucky on the other side of the river, where slavery was once legal. This museum celebrates the heroes of that dark time –...  Read More

Contemporary Arts Center
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Cincinnati has a thriving arts scene with multiple art museums and galleries. A personal favorite is the Contemporary Arts Center which has rotating exhibits so there's always something new to see. Located in downtown Cincinnati, even the...  Read More

Mount Adams
Eden Park
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Eden Park is a beloved city park located at the top of Mt. Adams. In addition to the scenic lakes, gardens and river vistas, it is home to three other attractions. The Cincinnati Art Museum houses a broad collection of art. Visitors can view...  Read More

Early in Cincinnati's history, most visitors arrived by riverboat, so it is fitting to recommend that modern-day visitors get out and see the Queen City from the Ohio River. BB Riverboats offers sightseeing cruises that allow you to relax and...  Read More

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has been welcoming visitors since 1875, making it the second oldest zoo in the US. Located on 75 acres in the Avondale neighborhood, it is home to almost 2000 animals of 500 different species. The zoo is...  Read More

John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park
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Cincinnati's John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park, originally opened in 2012, was expanded in the spring of 2015, and is a must-see for visitors and residents. The 45-acre park is located along the Ohio River between Paul Brown...  Read More

Wear red and head to the Great American Ball Park to cheer on the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional baseball team, and hosts of the 2015 All-Star Game. Check the website for information about special promotional days like Thirsty...  Read More

Kings Island
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Kings Island is the Midwest's largest amusement and waterpark. Whether looking for high thrill rides or family fun, visitors will find it at Kings Island. Thrill-seekers will want to ride Banshee, the world's longest steel inverted roller...  Read More

Newport Aquarium
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Cincinnati is far from the ocean, but Newport Aquarium provides visitors an opportunity to view the underwater world. Shark lovers are fascinated by several exhibits: a shark tunnel where sharks swim over your head, Shark Central where visitors...  Read More

The Cincinnati Museum Center is a complex of three museums housed inside Cincinnati Union Terminal. This 1933 train station was built in the Art Deco style and is one of Cincinnati's most recognized buildings as well as a national historic...  Read More


Meet Terri Weeks

Terri Weeks, a Cincinnati mother of three, is a former mechanical engineer who became a travel writer quite accidentally. She and a friend started intentionally exploring attractions around...  More About Terri

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