Look with new eyes: How to see Cincinnati like a tourist

Most Cincinnatians attend Reds games at Great American Ball Park, enjoy meals at Skyline, and battle late-night cravings for Graeter’s from time to time. It’s standard to take pride in the trademarks associated with one’s city, and it’s easy to fall into the habit of frequenting the same comfortable and familiar local attractions. However, it is an injustice to live in Cincinnati and not explore all the glory the Queen City has to offer. Below are eight ways to see Cincinnati through a new lens, from the perspective of a tourist.

Take a 49-floor elevator ride to the top of the Carew Tower. Though it might be a lengthy trek, it culminates in a spectacular view. Visitors are able to see the Ohio River, Northern Kentucky, and Indiana from one spot on the observation deck. This attraction is open daily and only requires a $2 fee for adults and $1 fee for children.

Attend a ‘Workout on the Green.’ Washington Park has scheduled events for the community almost daily, including their ‘Workouts on the Green,’ or outdoor Zumba sessions. Other events include ‘Yappy Hour’ in the fenced section of the park for dogs, live music, movie nights, kickball tournaments, and more.

Walk through the Columbia Tusculum Historic District. Calling all architecture and photography gurus, the oldest neighborhood in Cincinnati offers some breathtaking views. From Victorian to Gothic buildings, it’s hard to not appreciate the beauty and history that the walls hold.

Hop on the Cincinnati Dinner Train. This three hour excursion on a 1940s vintage dining car will take its passengers downtown, past the river, and through the suburbs, all while serving an exquisite dinner. Most tables seat four, and the train runs on all Saturdays from February through December.

Roll through the city with Segway of Cincinnati.  After 15 minutes of training, passengers will be prepared for their 90 minute tour. There is the option between three routes – Riverfront, Downtown, and Eden Park. No matter which one riders choose, they’ll be sure to cruise through Cincinnati in style.

Get a bird’s eye view with Stratus Helicopter Tours. Think you know Cincinnati from edge to edge? Think again with this aerial tour of the city. With one simple appointment, you’ll see picturesque views that will make you fall in love with the city all over again. Flights take off and land on the Newport riverfront.

Grab a bite at Queen City Cookies.  They’re so heavenly, even Oprah featured their bacon schnecken. Using only natural ingredients and donating a portion of all their sales to local charities, Queen City Cookies is an irresistible shop to tourists and Cincinnati natives. You can’t miss their baby blue and bright pink store at 1662 Blue Rock Street or the equally colorful Queen City Cookies food truck that roams the streets of Cincinnati.

Shop at Findlay Market. Go for the diversity, go for the food, go for the fresh air, go to support local farmers and businesses, go to see the street performers; no matter what the reason is, just go. This 150 year old public market is open year round and holds farmers markets April through November on Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., but is also open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


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