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Cincinnati Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Cincinnati

Cincinnati is known as the first boom-town in U.S. and the first purely American inland city. The city boasts a top-notch zoo and aquarium, unique and walkable neighborhoods, a riverfront with clubs, shopping, and chili restaurants than any other city in the world. It also houses major sports teams including the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. Visit it and enjoy its blooming arts scene, including one of the largest collections of the 19th century Italian architecture in U.S.
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Cincinnati Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Cincinnati Introduction Walk
Guide Location: USA » Cincinnati (See other walking tours in Cincinnati)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Music Hall
  • Memorial Hall
  • Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
  • St. Louis Church
  • Fountain Square
  • Carew Tower
  • Fifth Third Center
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
  • John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
  • National Steamboat Monument
  • Showboat Majestic
  • Taft Museum of Art
  • Lytle Park Historic District
Music Hall

1) Music Hall (must see)

Music Hall, completed in 1878, is Cincinnati's premier classical music performance hall. It serves as home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus, and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The building was designed from the start with a dual purpose - to house musical activities in its central auditorium and industrial exhibitions in its side wings. It is located at 1241 Elm Street across from historic Washington Park. Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery, which has helped fuel its reputation as one of the most haunted places in Cincinnati. In January 1975, it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Memorial Hall

2) Memorial Hall (must see)

The Hamilton County Memorial Building, more commonly known as Memorial Hall, is located at Elm and Grant Streets. The building is next to Music Hall and across from Washington Park in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. This building was constructed by the Grand Army of the Republic and Hamilton County in 1908 as a memorial to the military of the city and county. The building was designed in the Greek Revival style. The auditorium is still used for many functions. It is home to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The hall contains a 610-seat theater that was designed for speaking, but which is also used as a musical venue. It is the longtime home of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and is the site of Cincinnati's MusicNow festival.

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Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati

3) Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (must see)

The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) was founded in 1986. Since 1988, the theater has been located at 1127 Vine Street in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The building formerly served as a consulate, a bank, and a printing shop. Currently, the theater can accommodate 250 people. The theater has associate member status with the Fine Arts Fund and has become Cincinnati's "Premier Theater".
St. Louis Church

4) St. Louis Church

St. Louis Church is located downtown at Walnut Street and 29 East Eighth Street. The church, designed in the Florentine style, is a five-story limestone building with two chapels. The current church was built in 1930 on the former site of St. Ludwig Kirche, a Roman Catholic church that was initially built in 1870 for a Christian sect known as the Campellites. St. Louis Church offers Roman Catholic services.
Fountain Square

5) Fountain Square (must see)

Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of Cincinnati since 1871. The square, which replaced a butcher's market, was a gift from Henry Probasco in memory of Tyler Davidson. Probasco traveled to Munich and commissioned a bronze allegorical fountain from Ferdinand von Miller named The Genius of Water that symbolizes the uses of water, both natural and man-made. Originally, the square was a large island in the middle of 5th Street with buildings to the north and south, much like nearby Piatt Park. A 1971 renovation of the square included slightly moving and re-orienting the fountain to the west, and enlarging the plaza by removing the original westbound portion of 5th Street and demolishing buildings to the north. It is used for lunch-breaks, rallies, and other gatherings.

Fountain square has many events all through the week including speeches, games, movies, concerts, giveaways, and festivals. The square also has many seasonal events such as Halloween on the square, the ice rink, Octoberfest (largest outside of Germany) and more. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day 2010, the square featured "EcoSculpt 2010", an exhibit of sustainable art. The exhibit included "Atlas Recycled" by Tom Tsuchiya, a sculpture made of used atlases that doubled as a recycling receptacle for plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

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Carew Tower

6) Carew Tower (must see)

Carew Tower is the second tallest building in Cincinnati. Completed in 1930, it stands 49 stories tall in the heart of downtown, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront, and is a National Historic Landmark. It contains the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The hotel is described as "one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco architecture" and was used as the model for the Empire State Building in New York City. Prior to the Great American Insurance Building, Carew Tower gave Cincinnati the distinction of having an American city's tallest building, constructed pre-World War II. It is named for Joseph T. Carew, proprietor of the Mabley & Carew department store chain, which had previously operated on the site since 1877.

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Fifth Third Center

7) Fifth Third Center

Built in 1969, Fifth Third Tower was the first building in Cincinnati to be designed in the International architectural style. Today, it is the tallest building on Fountain Square. The west side of the skyscraper facing Fountain Square houses gift shops, restaurants, and more.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

8) National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (must see)

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum in downtown Cincinnati that focuses on the history of the Underground Railroad. After ten years of planning and fund-raising, the 110-million-dollar Freedom Center opened to the public on August 3, 2004. Being a museum of conscience, it offers lessons on the struggle for freedom in the past, present, and future and attempts to challenge visitors to contemplate the meaning of freedom in their own lives. Its location recognizes the significant role Cincinnati played in the history of the Underground Railroad, as thousands of slaves escaped to freedom by crossing the Ohio River.

Operation hours: Sunday-Monday noon to 5:00 p.m Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

9) Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum (must see)

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the career of former Cincinnati Reds players, managers and front-office executives. You can learn about the history of the team from the beginning to present achievements and see unique objects, such as World Series trophies (from 1975, 1976 and 1990).
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

10) John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge (must see)

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington. When the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet (322 m) main span. Today, many pedestrians use the bridge to get between the arenas in Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park, and U.S. Bank Arena) and the hotels, bars, restaurants, and parking lots in Northern Kentucky. The bar and restaurant district at the foot of the bridge on the Kentucky side is known as Roebling Point.

Ramps were constructed leading directly from the bridge to the Dixie Terminal building used for streetcars. These provided Covington-Cincinnati streetcars "with a grade separated route to the center of downtown, and the terminal building was originally intended to connect, via underground pedestrian passages, with the never-built Fountain Square Station of the infamous Cincinnati Subway." When streetcar service ceased in the 1950s the terminal was converted to use as a diesel bus terminal. The ramps were removed in 1998 when it ceased being used as a bus terminal.

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National Steamboat Monument

11) National Steamboat Monument (must see)

The National Steamboat Monument is a 30-foot replica of the paddle wheel of the steamboat American Queen. The monument consists of one bright red wheel and two dozen stainless steel columns. It plays music and discharges steam when visitors pass by. The monument, which rises above the Ohio River, is a fascinating reminder of Cincinnati’s past.
Showboat Majestic

12) Showboat Majestic (must see)

Located on Cincinnati's scenic riverfront, the Showboat Majestic is the last original floating theater still in operation in the United States. The City of Cincinnati has owned the Showboat Majestic since 1967. The theater provides Cincinnati residents with a full season of musicals, comedies, dramas and other entertainment. In 1989, the 75-year-old showboat became an official National Historic Landmark.
Taft Museum of Art

13) Taft Museum of Art (must see)

The Taft Museum of Art, built around 1820, is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. The museum's collection includes European paintings by artists such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Thomas Gainsborough, Frans Hals, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, and Adriaen van Ostade, as well as 19th-century American paintings, including the famous murals by Robert Duncanson. Also on display are Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts, Limoges enamels, watches, sculptures, and furniture.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Lytle Park Historic District

14) Lytle Park Historic District

Lytle Park Historic District in downtown Cincinnati centers on Lytle Park. Described as an "urban oasis", Lytle Park is known for its large seasonal flower beds of tulips and chrysanthemums in entirely urban surroundings. In 1976, the buildings around the park were declared a historic district, and the resulting Lytle Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes examples of the Georgian, Greek Revival, and Italianate architectural styles, as it was an elite residential district from the early days of Cincinnati's history kept free of surrounding industry.

In 2014, Western & Southern Financial Group, owner of many properties within the Lytle Park Historic District asked the city to remove historic status of several historic buildings. The company hopes to demolish sections of the district in order to build new office space. The 11-foot (3.4 m) bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln facing the entrance of the park was commissioned by the Charles P. Taft family. The unusually beardless statue is the only public monument to an individual ever produced by sculptor George Grey Barnard.
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Walking Tours in Cincinnati, Ohio

Create Your Own Walk in Cincinnati

Create Your Own Walk in Cincinnati

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cincinnati is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Tour of Cincinnati

Cultural Tour of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, with a population of approximately a million, is a culturally diverse city. Cincinnati boasts museums and theaters, including the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Aronoff Center and more. For those who love art, theater and history, this tour will help you discover Cincinnati's cultural gems.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Landmarks

Tour of Cincinnati's Landmarks

Cincinnati has a long history as a prosperous commercial center. Today, the city is home to a variety of historic buildings, including German homes, French cathedrals and remarkable 19th-century mansions. Visit such notable landmarks as Fountain Square, St. Paul Church and Elsinore Arch. Take this tour to better appreciate Cincinnati's beauty.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Museums and Galleries

Tour of Cincinnati's Museums and Galleries

The museums of Cincinnati are among the best in the region. You can even visit four museums in one at the Cincinnati Museum Center located at Union Terminal. Take this tour to explore Cincinnati's valuable historic and modern treasures.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 Km or 4.7 Miles
Family Tour of Cincinnati's Eden Park

Family Tour of Cincinnati's Eden Park

Eden Park is undoubtedly the most popular park in Cincinnati. This large outdoor area blends culture, history and architecture in one stunning location. Eden Park is home to a number of famous city landmarks, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Park Water Tower, Krohn Conservatory and more. Take your family on this tour to experience the most beautiful park in Cincinnati.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District

Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District

Over-the-Rhine, which comprises the north downtown area of Cincinnati, is one of the largest historic districts registered with the National Register of Historic Places. The area is well known for its 19th-century Italianate architecture. Over the years, it has remained the heart of the city's German-American community. Take this tour to explore one of Cincinnati's most fascinating...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Modern Architecture

Tour of Cincinnati's Modern Architecture

Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and is home to a number of fine examples of 19th-century Italianate architecture. In addition to its gorgeous historic buildings, the city boasts many fascinating modern structures. On this tour you will visit many of Cincinnati's architectural gems, including Fountain Square, Fifth Third Center, Scripps Center and more.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles