Things to do in Cincinnati

Welcome to Cincinnati! Vinnie loves this city — and has written a guide to show you the best of the best.

Cincinnati is full of amazing architecture and historic and cultural centers. Check out Vinnie Van GO's guide to The Queen City.


In early March, come celebrate bock beer, a rich, complex lager which marks the end of the winter brewing season and spring's arrival. This ultra-cool underground festival is not to be missed, and features an incredible parade!

Cincinnati May Festival

Begun in 1873, the Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest choral festival in the Western Hemisphere still running. Pull up a picnic blanket and hear performances from the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for this truly unique experience.

Festival of Lights

This annual holiday celebration takes place in November and December, and features more than 2.5 million twinkling lights and over 100 displays throughout The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This is the city’s longest-running tradition, and not to be missed!

Cincinnati Landmark

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

While the Festival of Lights during the holiday season is a must-see, this local institution is fun all year round! Beloved by locals and tourists alike, the second-oldest zoo in the country has been running since 1875, and includes breathtaking exhibits of cheetahs and tigers and gorillas — oh my!

3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Krohn Conservatory

The Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory showcases more than 3,500 plant species from all around the world. Located in local Eden Park, visiting this gorgeous conservatory is a perfect way to spend a sunny day.

1501 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Coney Island

Brooklyn who? Cincinnati has its very own Coney Island — and it's just as fun. This small amusement park and waterpark on the banks of the Ohio River, and just a short shuttle ride from downtown Cincinnati, is the perfect destination for families and groups of friends alike.

6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230

Ciancianti Arena

Paul Brown Stadium

This outdoor football stadium is the home of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. Join the crowds in "The Jungle" to cheer on the home team.

1 Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, OH 45202

U.S. Bank Arena

This downtown indoor arena located along the banks of the Ohio River is one of the biggest in the area, and a great place to catch basketball, ice hockey or arena football game or concert.

100 Broadway Street
Cincinnati, OH 45203

Cincinati City

There are many ways to take in Cincinnati, but here are some of Vinnie's tried and true favorites. If you're looking for an adult way to see the city, check out Craft Connection Brewery Tours. This beer tasting tour is 21+, but tons of fun. Not for you? Try speeding around the city on your own segway. The Garage OTR offers segway tours for all ages, and is one of the best known tours in the area. For something truly spooky, check out American Legacy Tours. They'll take you through the underground and dark corners of Cincinnati, where you'll learn of the hidden history of the city.

Cincinati Restaurants

MadTree Brewing 2.0

This four-year-old microbrewery is a Cincinnati favorite amongst tourists and locals alike. Check out the tasting room to try from dozens of local brews to wash down your delicious pizza.

3301 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Eighth & English

For something more upscale, check out this newer spot for delicious seafood and small plates. Just a short shuttle ride from Downtown Cincinnati, this bistro is perfect for a business dinner or night on the town.

2038 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Queen City Radio

Housed in an old radio repair shop, this modern beer garden and bar serves up classic burgers and shakes from the patio’s food truck. This place is always buzzing, making it a perfect spot to start a night on the town.

222 W 12th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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