Cincinnati and the Tristate · Visiting the Tristate

Attractions

Aronoff Center for the Arts
Ticket information, list of upcoming events, seating charts, and directions to the Center.
Belterra Casino Resort & Spa
Locate information about the Belterra Casino Resort and Spa in Belterra, Indiana.
The Cincinnati Observatory
This historic nineteenth century observatory offers astronomy classes, lectures, tours, and telescope viewing.
Cincinnati Railway Company
Operates three independently owned 1950's railcars that are used for private charters for local excursions or destinations outside of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Find information about animals & exhibits, plants & gardens, and programs for children and adults.
Coney Island Amusement Park
Admission information, Lakeside Pavilion show schedule, hours of operation, and a detailed history of this Cincinnati landmark.
Dearborn County, IN
What to see and do in Dearborn County, Indiana.
Entertainment Junction
The largest indoor train display allows students to travel through three distinct eras in U.S. history from the earliest days of steam-engine railroading in the 1800’s, through the 1940’s, to today’s modern diesel locomotives. Features the American Railroading Museum.
Exploring the Civil War in Kentucky
The Kentucky Civil War heritage trail includes more than 50 sites comprised of a collection of historic and interpretive sites from around the state, focusing on major transportation routes. Provides travelers with specific information and easy access to Kentucky Civil War sites, visitor amenities, and additional recreational and heritage tourism opportunities.
Findlay Market
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this bustling open-air market has been a Cincinnati institution since the mid 19th century. Includes information on the merchants, products, events, and history of the market.
Fountain Square
Fountain Square, at the heart of downtown Cincinnati, is located at the corner of Fifth and Vine Streets and is a public space where Cincinnatians gather, celebrate and connect as a city. Presiding over the Square is the historic Tyler Davidson Fountain. Provides features of the Square and a listing of year-round events, such as the Coney eating contest, Reds opening day, light up the Square, and U.S. Bank ice rink.
Grand Victoria Casino & Resort
Locate information about the Grand Victoria Casino & Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana.
Hamilton, Ohio, City of Sculpture, Inc.
Visit Hamilton, Ohio to view sculptures in public places. Website provides photos and descriptions of monuments and sculptures found in Hamilton.
Happen's Toy Lab
Toy Lab is an outreach program of Happen Inc. that allows children, ages 6-12, to create their own toys from a massive selection of “recycled” toy parts. Offers visits for birthdays, class trips, scout troops, parties, and summer camp.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
An historical and cultural site, the house includes a look into the family, friends, and colleagues of the Beecher-Stowe family, Lane Seminary, and the abolitionist, womens rights and Underground Railroad movements. The Stowe House offers cultural events and programming.
Hillforest
Hillforest mansion, a National Historic Landmark, offers tours of the historical home of industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff.
Historic Downtown Lebanon Ohio
Provides a listing of festivals and events for Lebanon, Ohio.
Hollywood Casino
Locate information about the Hollywood Casino and Hotel in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Krohn Conservatory
Provides information about programs, the Conservatory's history and the annual butterfly show.
Loveland Castle
Visit historical Loveland Castle built with German, French and English architectural styles, four types of towers, a gigantic wall, a domed ceiling, a dry-moat, hand tiled ceilings, stoop doors and more. Offers castle tours, overnight stays, stage combat performance, and sword fighting lessons.
Madison, Indiana
Located on the Ohio River, this scenic town is noted for its historic architecture.
MainStrasse Village
A designated national historic district located in Covington, KY, the 19th century German neighborhood features shops and restaurants and hosts several festivals each year including Mardi Gras, Maifest, Goettafest, River Raid Renaissance Festival and Oktoberfest.
Metamora, Indiana
The past comes alive at this quaint southeastern Indiana canal town that was founded in 1838.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Through exhibits, programs, interactive media, and live performances, the Freedom Center educates the public about the struggle to abolish slavery and showcases the efforts of modern day heroes from around the world.
Newport Aquarium
Locate information about this state-of-the-art aquarium that features 100,000 square feet of exhibits and 11,000 marine animals.
Newport on the Levee
A 10-acre family entertainment, dining, and retail complex located on the banks of the Ohio River.
Ohio River Scenic Byway
Runs along 967 miles through three states offering attactions, unique sights, events, entertainment, and educational opportunities.
Over the Rhine Brewery District
Located in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, the Brewery District contains a large number of Romanesque brewery and industrial structures and a large collection of Italianate architecture. Site includes history, projects, events, and brewery tours.
Paramount’s Kings Island
Detailed information for those planning a visit to the 1,600-acre theme park, including news about rides, attractions, special events, and ticket sales.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
A 265-acre outdoor museum focusing on monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests, and gardens in Hamilton, Ohio. Featured is a 10,000 square foot "Ancient Sculpture Museum" displaying Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan sculpture thousands of years old. Offers seven lakes, hiking trails, concerts, events for children, and an annual art fair.
River Downs
Upcoming events and race information.
Spring Grove Cemetery - Activities, Tours, and Events
One of America's loveliest rural garden cemeteries, Spring Grove's 733 acres offer the public a magnificent arboretum, open air museum, and tranquil sanctuary. Spring Grove sponsors a variety of tours and events throughout the year. Includes a listing of tour topics, docent programs, and events calendar.
Wolff Planetarium
Located at the Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods, star gazing is led by an experienced naturalist who knows diverse myths and obscure facts about the stars.

Fairs & Festivals

Appalachian Festival
Designed to raise awareness of Appalachian culture, this annual festival at Coney Island features hundreds of skilled handicraft artisans and musicians.
ArtsWave Sampler Weekend
A free weekend of arts activities in multiple locations celebrating the arts in the Cincinnati area. Activities range from live music and dancing to theatrical performances and hands-on art activities. Formerly the Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend.
Bockfest
Home of the world's oldest Bock Festival, Bockfest is an annual renaissance celebration of bock beer and the coming spring. Includes a parade, competitions, and tours.
Books by the Banks
Provides information about the annual Cincinnati book festival organized by the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, University of Cincinnati Libraries, The Mercantile Library, CET, Cincinnati Magazine, and Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Includes regional and local authors, book signings, and author panels.
Catholic Telegraph Church Festival Guide
Lists church festival dates, times, and featured food and entertainment in the Cincinnati area.
Cincinnati Celtic Festival
International Celtic and World music stars, as well as outstanding regional musicians, are among the many attractions of this festival.
Cincinnati Flower Show
The only North American flower and garden showed endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain. Exhibit information, lecture schedule, and ticket information.
Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Presents work from local, regional, national, and international artists for a festival of artistic celebration in both traditional and non-traditional art. Artists represent a variety of media including theatre, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and everything in-between and beyond.
Cincinnati Hispanic Fest
The festival features traditional Hispanic foods, music, dancing, games, arts and crafts and entertainment; The Hispanic Queen of this region is crowned every year.
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival
An annual festival celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation - the end of slavery in America. Includes diverse, family-centered activities such as traditional story telling, magic acts, sack races, sweet potato pie bake-off, music (blues, African drumming & dancing, gospel, jazz, reggae, etc.), historical reenactments, exhibits, and craft demonstrations.
Cincy Blues Fest
The annual event brings more than 50 local, national, and international blues acts to the banks of the Ohio River, at Sawyer Point Park. Also presents the best of the Cincy Blues Challenge finalists. Includes performance, schedule, and ticket information.
Cincy Cinco Latin Festival
Celebrates Latino art, music, food, and dancing and includes activities for children.
Friends of Big Bone
Non-profit organization that works to promote, preserve, research, and memorialize the history and prehistory of the Big Bone Lick Valley, located in Boone County, Kentucky. Provides educational programs for schools, teachers and the public. Site offers articles, reports, videos and related resources. Sponsors an annual Salt Festival with educational activities, programs, and special events to educate the public about the park's archeological and paleontological history.
Great Inland Seafood Festival
The annual event on Riverboat Row in Newport, KY showcases seafood dishes from area restaurants. Includes entertainment and lobster raffle.
Great Miami River Days
One of the largest water education events in the country. Located in Hamilton, Ohio, the festival includes food vendors, crafters, historical re-enactors, rides, Ski show, jet ski show, wake boarders, rowing, pontoon rides and music for the entire family.
Greater Anderson Days
A celebration of the Anderson Township community. Includes food, entertainment, and family activities.
Hamilton County Fair
Find information about the annual fair including exhibits, pie contests, and judging categories. Provides information about vendors, entertainment, and rides.
Harvest Home Fair
Website for the annual community festival held in Cheviot, Ohio. Events include a parade; runs and walks; stage shows; horse, art, and flower shows; and general and livestock exhibits and auction.
May Festival
Learn about the organization’s annual choral music festival, including a schedule and history.
Middfest International
Held annually in Middletown, this festival celebrates the history and culture of a different country each year.
MidPoint Music Festival
Founded in 2001, MidPoint provides three days of showcases and music industry seminars with independent regional, national, and international artists.
Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion
Held the third weekend in August at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, The Reunion, which began in 1989, now draws more than 100,000 people for three days of free, family-focused programs and entertainment.
Octoberfest-Zinzinnati
Annual festival that celebrates Ohio’s German heritage. News, visitor information, German recipes, entertainment schedule, and more.
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Provides information about the annual festival that revolves around 16th century England with family entertainment and amusement in a permanent 30-acre English village.
Ohio River Way Paddlefest
Paddlefest celebrates, promotes and protects the beauty of the Ohio River with two days of paddling, education, entertainment, competition and camaraderie at America's largest on water paddling event.
Old West Festival
Visit an authentic Dodge City Wild West town dating back to 1878. Provides educational live action programs with period interpreters. Includes shows, period music, frontier village, and a steam locomotive.
Panegyri Greek Festival
Provides information about the annual festival, which includes authentic Greek food, live Greek music and folk dances.
Second Sunday on Main
Presented by the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, the street fair runs from May into September on the second Sunday of each month. Combines live music, activities, food, art, and local vendors for a neighborhood event.
Summerfair
Site of the annual Summerfair event, featuring selected exhibits of fine arts and crafts. Summerfair is held in June at Coney Island in Cincinnati.
Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival
Riverboats from around the country steam into Cincinnati every four years for this nationally recognized festival commemorating the city’s rich river heritage. Includes links to Ohio River Valley history sites.
Taste of Cincinnati
A three-day food and entertainment extravaganza that takes place on Memorial Day weekend. Menu, event map, entertainment schedule, and information about the Best of Taste awards.
WestFest
Provides information about the annual street festival on the west side of Cincinnati started in 2002 and hosted by Cheviot Westwood Community Association.

Museums

American Sign Museum
Tour through a century of American signs! The Museum provides a history of the sign industry with a collection that includes sign-making equipment, materials and tools, salesman samples, books, catalogs, photographs, artwork, and three-dimensional architectural models.
Behringer-Crawford Museum
Museum in Covington devoted to displays and educational programming covering over 450 million years of Northern Kentucky history.
Ben Shroeder Saddletree Factory Museum
Located in Madison, Indiana, the Museum offers demonstrations, tours, exhibits and special programs that tell the story of Ben Schroeder’s immigration to the United States and his family’s role in saddletree production.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Take a tour of the Museum’s outstanding collection and learn about events and exhibitions.
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Use this site to get information about the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cinergy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theatre, and the Cincinnati History Society, all of which are housed under one roof at historic Union Terminal.
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
Experience the rich history of the world's first professional baseball team. Includes changing exhibits, player appearances, interactive exhibits, and audio tours. Offers ten galleries, educational programs, guided tours, and special events.
Contemporary Arts Center
Information about exhibits, membership, and the museum store.
Creation Museum
Provides information about exhibits, theatre presentations, events, and activities.
Duke Energy Children's Museum
Exhibits allow for hands-on fun for kids of all ages in eight educational and dramatic exhibit areas, including two especially designed for preschool age children and younger, Little Sprouts Farm and Kids’ Town. Offers over 1,800 hours of programming for children such as arts, culture, reading, science and more.
Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati
Plan a visit to this unusual downtown museum where visitors can see fire engines and other equipment used since the 1800s by brave firefighters in Cincinnati.
Fort Ancient
Brief description of this ancient American Indian structure and information about the museum’s educational program schedule.
German Heritage Museum
Located in West Fork Park, the Museum is the repository of historical artifacts, culture and records of the contributions of German-Americans in the Cincinnati area.
Glendale Heritage Preservation Museum
Operated by the Glendale Heritage Preservation, the Museum is located in the former Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad Depot. Includes information about museum displays and walking tours of historic Glendale.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
This downtown museum preserves the history of law enforcement in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum
Includes information about the Museum, exhibits, events and the C. Roger Nisbet reference library.
Heritage Village Museum
The Museum is a living history museum depicting life in Southwestern Ohio in the 19th Century with homes, out-buildings and equipment from the time period. Interpreters at the museum provide facts and stories and demonstrate many of the historic tasks and crafts of the time such as spinning, weaving, candle-dipping, soap making, hearth cooking, carpentry work, herb lore, gardening, printing, trade and bartering, and communication.
James A. Ramage Civil War Museum
Located in Ft. Wright, Kentucky, the Museum preserves and interprets Northern Kentucky's unique role in the Civil War through archaeology, education and research. Includes educational programs and historical events.
McGuffey Museum
Located at Miami University, the McGuffey Museum offers a variety of collections and interpretations of William Holmes McGuffey, the McGuffey Readers, the history of Miami University, and the history of southwest Ohio.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Through exhibits, programs, interactive media, and live performances, the Freedom Center educates the public about the struggle to abolish slavery and showcases the efforts of modern day heroes from around the world.
The Price Hill Historical Society & Museum
Located in Cincinnati's Price Hill suburb, the Museum includes exhibits, displays, and an archive of photographs, family histories, buildings, businesses, schools, churches, and organizations that have existed in Price Hill.
The Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati
Located in the Latonia neighborhood of Covington, Kentucky, the Museum preserves the historic artifacts of the region.
Taft Museum of Art
Take a virtual tour of this outstanding small art museum and learn about its activities.
Verdin Bell Museum
Located in the restored Old St. Paul's Church, displays historic items associated with antique clocks, bells and bell-ringing equipment. Offers guided tours.

Maps & Parking

ARTIMIS.org
The Advanced Regional Traffic Interactive Management & Information System provides incident, congestion, and freeway management for the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Region.
Cincinnati Street Map
A detailed map of Cincinnati and the surrounding area by StreetLookup.com.
Downtown Cincinnati - Getting There
Directions to downtown, parking info, and a printable map.
Downtown Parking Map
Maps of downtown that highlight City of Cincinnati parking facilities.
Ohio Literary Map
The Ohioana Library, State Library of Ohio, and Ohio Center for the Book at the Cleveland Public Library collaborated to produce the Ohio Literary Map. Depicts the state and its counties, literary landmarks, the birthplace or residence of 90 authors, and the photos of some of our most famous authors. Also lists more than 200 writers by genre, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism/publishing, drama, crime/mystery, science fiction/fantasy, history, cartoons/graphic novels, humor, and children's literature. The map is a representative sampling of the talented authors who have called Ohio home and presents at least one author from almost all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Visitor Guides

Anderson Ferry
The Anderson Ferry, in continuous operation since 1817, has three Ferries: Boone 7, Little Boone, and Deborah A. Located about 8 miles west of downtown Cincinnati, the ferry provides the only automobile crossing between the I-71/75 Brent Spence Bridge and the I-275 West Bridge. Includes schedules, history, and related information.
Architreks Walking Tours
Offered by the Cincinnati Preservation Association from May to October, tours cover areas in downtown and surrounding Cincinnati neighborhoods. Includes tour descriptions, event calendar, and related community tour events.
Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau
Current information on Cincinnati attractions, accommodations and nightlife. Also includes a calendar of events and guides for those planning a meeting or conference in the area.
Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Program Tours
Presents historical, cultural and architectural tours of unique sites of local or regional interest as an outreach association of the Cincinnati Historical Society.
CincinnatiArts.org
Use their online calendar of events to find out what’s going on in Cincinnati.
Cincy.com
Provides information about Cincinnati neighborhoods, stories, maps, photos, and more.
Discover Ohio
Find places to go, things to do, and travel tools for visiting Ohio from the Ohio Department of Development.
Downtown Cincinnati - Go to Town
There’s lots to see and do in Downtown Cincinnati. Find out what’s going on this month.
German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati
An umbrella association of 28 organizations in the Ohio Valley, with the common bond of interest in German-American heritage and culture.
Greater Hamilton Convention and Visitors Guide
Use this site for news and information about the city of Hamilton.
iRhine.com
Provides information about shopping, eating, working, living, education, and the arts in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine community.
Middletown Convention and Visitors Bureau
Information about attractions, accomodations, and restaurants.
Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau
Those interested in coming to Northern Kentucky for business or pleasure can find information about accommodations, activities, transportation, conventions, and a calendar of events on this web site.
Queen City Walking Tours
Maps and locations provided by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. Includes the Cincinnatus, Losantiville, and Tyler Davidson walking tours.
Welcome to Cincinnati USA
Lots of useful information (hotels, attractions, tickets, calendar of events, etc.) for visitors to the area.