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Cultural Tour of Cincinnati (Self Guided), 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.
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Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Cincinnati
Guide Location: USA » Cincinnati (See other walking tours in Cincinnati)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: Eveline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Showboat Majestic
  • Mercantile Library of Cincinnati
  • Aronoff Center
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival Theatre
  • Pendleton Art Center
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Showboat Majestic

1) 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.
Mercantile Library of Cincinnati

2) Mercantile Library of Cincinnati

The Mercantile Library of Cincinnati is a membership library located in downtown Cincinnati. The name of the Library refers not to the type of items in its collection but to the forty-five merchants and clerks who founded it on April 18, 1835 as the Young Men's Mercantile Library Association, a group which included William Henry Harrison.

Throughout the Library's history, many of its books have been donated by members. It originally contained approximately seven hundred books which were housed at a location on Main Street near Pearl Street. In 1840 the collection of 1660 books was moved to the second floor of the Cincinnati College building on the present site. The collection now numbers more than 200,000 volumes, including an especially large number pertaining to Cincinnati and Ohio.

The Library's tradition of cultural programs was initiated by its founders and has featured prominent writers and thinkers since its first lecture series in the 1840s. Speakers in the early days included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wendell Phillips, W. M. Thackeray, Edward Everett, Herman Melville, Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe; more recent programs have brought writers and speakers like John Updike, Tom Wolfe, and Jonathan Winters. Many events, including courses, concerts, author readings and book signings, are scheduled at noon for the convenience of members and visitors who work and shop downtown.

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Aronoff Center

3) Aronoff Center

The Aronoff Center is a fine arts performance venue located in downtown Cincinnati. The center was designed by architect Cesar Pelli and opened in October 1995. Today, the Aronoff Center houses three theaters: Procter & Gamble Hall, Jarson-Kaplan Theater and Fifth Third Bank Theater. It also has an art gallery and space for ballet, musical, drama, and comedy performances.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival Theatre

4) Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival Theatre (must see)

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati at 719 Race Street. The original name of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company was The Fahrenheit Theatre Company, which was founded in 1993 by a young group of artists. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theater company that aims to produce about eight main stage productions each season of Shakespeare and other classic plays.
Pendleton Art Center

5) Pendleton Art Center

The Pendleton Art Center is located on the eastern edge of Over-the-Rhine in an eight-story building that dates back to 1909. The center serves as a studio for more than 200 artists and houses 130 galleries. It is the world's largest artists' cooperative located under one roof. The Pendleton Art Center's mission is to support creativity, to provide an encouraging environment and to raise public awareness of contemporary art.

Operation hours: Monday- Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

6) Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (must see)

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park was founded in 1959 by college student Gerald Covell and was one of the first regional theaters in the United States. Located in Eden Park, the first play that premiered at the Playhouse on October 10, 1960, was Meyer Levin's 'Compulsion'. The Playhouse has maintained a regional and national reputation in the theater community for bringing prominent plays to Cincinnati, as well as hosting national premieres such as Tennessee Williams' 'The Notebook of Trigorin' in 1996 and world premieres such as the Pulitzer Prize-nominated 'Coyote on a Fence' in 1998 and 'Ace' in 2006.

The Playhouse facility includes two theaters: the larger Robert S. Marx Theater and the smaller Thompson Theater. In addition to a full ten-month season of plays, the Playhouse also offers acting classes and programs for children.

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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.
Cincinnati Introduction Walk

Cincinnati Introduction Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 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
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
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 Religious Sites

Tour of Cincinnati's Religious Sites

Cincinnati is known as "The Paris of America" due to the architectural and historical significance of many of its parishes. Cincinnati possesses some fine examples of churches built after World War II. Take a couple of hours on this tour to discover the beauty of Cincinnati's churches and cathedrals.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 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