Things to Do in Cincinnati, Ohio

Things to Do in Cincinnati, Ohio
The original Midwestern boom town, Cincinnati remains a vibrant metropolis to this day. With a population of just over 333,000, Cincinnati is the third-largest city in the state and the 56th largest in the nation. Situated on the shores of the Ohio River, Cincinnati represents a crossroads of sorts where Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana meet. Its status historically and culturally makes Cincinnati an interesting place to visit with a number of opportunities for those looking for something to do.

Walk the Over-the-Rhine

Immediately north of downtown is one of the most impressive historic districts in the country. Over-the-Rhine features numerous examples of 19th-century Italianate architecture. In fact, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as having over 900 such buildings, making the district an unparalleled cultural treasure. Sights worth visiting include Findlay Market and the Music Hall.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Situated on the historic border between the anti-slavery Union and the pro-slavery Confederacy, Cincinnati played a significant role in the abolitionist movement, with many citizens actively aiding in the safe passage of escaped slaves. Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to learn more about slave conditions and those who worked tirelessly to bring an end to the practice. The museum features a reconstructed slave quarters, a theater showing educational films and even a system to help visitors search for genealogical information about their own families.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 333-7500


Cincinnati, with its strong German heritage, features the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States and the largest in the world outside of Germany. Half a million people come to try the beer and German cuisine. The festival is also famous for its opening night dachshund race. The festival typically runs over the third weekend in September. Expect to see lots of lederhosen.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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