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8 Things to Do in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati earns its Queen City crown through the adventures and educational experiences around every corner. And that’s not just for Bearcats! Cincinnati has it all, from museums to artwork to fresh-churned ice cream to a public market that’ll rival even Pike Place. 

Explore Queen City’s exciting streets whether you’re an alumnus, potential student, or traveler searching for a Midwestern city experience. Take to the town with these eight things to do, see, and eat in Cincinnati. 


Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

The past, present, and future collide through the transformative experiences at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Adults and kids alike will find something to learn through the museum, whether that’s an immersive natural history exhibit or an engaging science exploration.

The Cincinnati Museum is actually a multi-museum complex featuring a history museum, archives, a children’s museum, a museum of natural history and science, and an OMNIMAX®, all housed in a historic Art Deco train station.

Insider Tip

Get your education on at the Cincinnati Museum Center. You can learn everything from science to history.

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The Eagle

Cage free, all natural chicken is brined, dredged, then plunged into the custom-built fryers at The Eagle. Dip it in their special hot honey for a mouthful of fried chicken unlike any other in Cincinnati. 

Though The Eagle is known for their chicken, they also serve up countless other comfort food favorites like bacon-topped mac and cheese and shrimp po boys. Wash it all down by ordering a from-scratch cocktail or a cold craft beer from their list of more than 100 local breweries. 

Insider Tip

 If you aren’t afraid of a little spice, order a side of the cheesy grits (topped with minced pickled jalapeño!).

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Findlay Market

Walk the rows of Findlay Market, Ohio’s longest continuously-operated public market. More than one million visitors each year flock to the market, perusing stalls packed with colorful produce and locally-made artisan goods. 

More than 50 regular merchants sell their wares at the market, spanning meat, fish, poultry, produce, and more. Walk amongst the Cincinnati locals as they complete their weekly shop and you’ll have experienced one of the city’s most beloved staples.

Insider Tip

Traveling with your four-legged friend? Bring ’em along and make sure to check out their dog-friendly vendors!

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

More than 500 animals and 3,000 plant species call the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens home. Though the zoo originally occupied just 64.5 acres when it opened in 1873, its spread into neighboring blocks and outer suburbs and has earned its spot as a National Historic Landmark. 

The Cincinnati Zoo is the sixth-oldest zoo in the United States, and it shines through their inspiring exhibits, commitment to conservation, and unique architecture. Roam the plains of Africa, explore African Penguin Point, stroll through Hippo Cove, and more, before making your way through the vibrant botanical gardens.

Insider Tip

You can’t make a trip to Cincinnati without stopping by to visit Fiona! She is world-famous and a local celebrity.

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Cincinnati Art Museum at Eden Park

Immerse yourself in more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Each artwork offers a window into a moment in world history, from Africa to East Asia and everywhere in between. You’ll also discover art in a mixture of mediums including paintings, photography, and musical instruments. 

Beyond the permanent collection, the museum welcomes several traveling exhibits each year, some from around the nation and others from around the world. The museum is open every day of the week but Monday, so chances are the museum will be ready when you are. 

Insider Tip

This museum has over 67,000 different pieces of art that come from all over the world.

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Graeter’s Ice Cream

Sweeten up your Cincinnati escape at Graeter’s Ice Cream. This local-favorite scoop shop serves up fresh-churned flavors like brown butter bourbon pecan, caramel macchiato, and black raspberry chocolate chip. 

Cincinnati locals have been eating up Graeter’s Ice Cream since 1870. With 150 years of ice cream making under their belts, you know it’s going to be good. They also ship their scoops nationwide so you can get your Graeter’s fix no matter where you are.

Insider Tip

Grab a scoop or three! The Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip was named America’s 5th best ice cream flavor by Food Network.

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The Native One

Shop home goods, plants, and more at The Native One, a boutique retail experience dedicated to helping Ohio women feel their best. Freshen up your look or simply stock up on goods you forgot, whether that’s tops, bottoms, dresses, or even a killer hat. 

New clothes in hand, peruse The Native One’s displays piled high with plants, pots, stationary, and other home goods so your home can look as beautiful as you do.

Insider Tip

Bring home something uniquely Cincinnati, like The Native One’s signature candle hand-crafted by local candle maker Alexis Nickelle.

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Shake It Records

Groove to the countless toons at Shake It Records. As the name suggests, the store keeps it old-school with actual vinyl records. Page through shelves packed with records both old and iconic. You never know what piece of music-history you’ll uncover within Shake It’s doors. 

Rep Shake It no matter where you go next by grabbing store merch. They also sell a selection of their vinyls online so you can get your Shake It fix in between trips to Cincinnati.

Insider Tip

 Check out their Online Jukebox and listen to their curated selection of tunes on the go!

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