Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District (Self Guided), Cincinnati

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 areas.
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Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District Map

Guide Name: Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District
Guide Location: USA » Cincinnati (See other walking tours in Cincinnati)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Eveline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Know Theatre of Cincinnati
  • Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
  • Washington Park
  • Memorial Hall
  • Music Hall
  • Findlay Market
Art Academy of Cincinnati

1) Art Academy of Cincinnati

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is a private college of art and design, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It was originally founded as the McMicken School of Design in 1869. It currently offers four undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History, and an Associate of Science in Graphic Design. The Art Academy moved into its current facility at 1212 Jackson St. in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in August 2005. The curriculum of the Art Academy is considered among the best of BFA programs in the nation. It is unique in that it trains students to be self-directed contemporary visual artists and designers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Know Theatre of Cincinnati

2) Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Know Theatre of Cincinnati is a non-profit theatre company located in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, which produces contemporary and collaborative theatre that tends to be edgy, challenging, and thought-provoking. Season performances occur in a 99-seat versatile black box theatre. It produces the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival and a national educational tour of Calculus the Musical. In 2010, Know Theatre launched the Jackson Street Market, a series of programs created to provide resources, foster collaborations, and to strengthen the local community of individual artists and independent arts organizations. Its goal is to retain artists in the city and create opportunities for them to make a living from their artistic endeavors. Know Theatre joins many other arts organizations in Over-the-Rhine to form an arts district.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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".
Washington Park

4) Washington Park (must see)

Washington Park is bounded by West 12th, Race and Elm Streets in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. The park is owned and operated by the Cincinnati Park Board. The nearly six acre park was a Presbyterian cemetery before it was acquired by the city in 1855. It has an old-fashioned bandstand and many trees. Several American Civil War cannons and busts of Civil War heroes Frederick Hecker and Colonel Robert Latimer McCook, who commanded the German 9th Ohio Infantry (Die Neuner) are in the park.

The Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States was held here in 1888 with great success. It was, in addition to the celebration of Ohio's remarkable progress, designed to celebrate the settlement of the Northwest Territory.
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Memorial Hall

5) 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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Music Hall

6) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Findlay Market

7) Findlay Market (must see)

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously-operated public market. The Findlay Market Building was listed as a National Historic Landmark on June 5, 1972. Findlay Market was founded in 1852 on land donated for the purpose by the estate of James Findlay. It is open Wednesday through Saturday, with some vendors open on Sunday. On Saturdays from March to December, the Market also hosts a farmers market, outdoor vendors, street performers, and special events. Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts perhaps the most socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse crowds anywhere in Cincinnati.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:000 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

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
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
Cincinnati's Historical Buildings

Cincinnati's Historical Buildings

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 St. Paul Church and Elsinore Arch on this self guided tour to better appreciate Cincinnati's history.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Eden Park Tour

Eden Park Tour

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
Museums and Galleries

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