Looking for your next vacation spot? It is time to add Cincinnati to your list. This Ohio city is known for a range of things including its major sports teams (Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and FC Cincinnati), its 19th Century architecture, and its mouthwatering food. Experience it all for yourself with a trip to the buzzing city.
Why visit Cincinnati
There are a whole range of reasons why you should visit Cincinnati. This modern, forward-thinking city is earning its place on the map with various economic contributions and social inclusion schemes. Not only will a visit to the city allow you to immerse yourself in the energy and cool vibes of the urban location, but there are also plenty of attractions that will appeal to tourists. Cincinnati has a thriving art scene, numerous breweries, great food, a rich history, and impressive architecture – what more could you want on your next city getaway?
How to prepare for your trip to Cincinnati
Preparing for your visit to Cincinnati will really depend on where you are coming from. USA residents will have a slightly easier task in preparing for their trip without the hassle of passports and visas to take care of. That being said, you will still need to consider transport (Cincinnati Airport makes flying easy if you live far away) and accommodation.
If you are an international traveler coming from a destination further abroad, you will need to invest a little extra time and consideration into your travel planning. In addition to time zones and currency, you will need to make sure you are fully aware of any applicable border control requirements. It is absolutely vital that you have met all criteria otherwise you could be refused entry to the USA or maybe even prevented from boarding your plane altogether! A guaranteed way to ruin a trip is to have it not begin at all.
For some people, getting through border security will require an ESTA USA. This is an electronic check that ensures each individual traveling to the USA meets the entry requirements. That being said, only residents of countries belonging to the Visa Waiver Agreement can obtain an ESTA in place of an official visa. If you are traveling from a country that is not a part of this program, you may still need to get a visa. Always do your research and check your unique entry requirements with reputable sources.
If you are eligible for the ESTA, the process is pretty straightforward. You can complete the entire application online by completing your personal details and answering some questions. While the ESTA does not make you exempt from passing through border security, it will help to speed up the process. It alerts border officials that you meet certain requirements, then they will only need to check a few additional items with you.
We recommend applying for an ESTA several weeks before your trip just in case there are any issues. This will give you ample time to resolve the problems and help you to avoid unnecessary stress. Once your ESTA application check is complete, you will be notified electronically.
What to do in Cincinnati
If you are wondering how to spend your time in Cincinnati, we have you covered! Check out our favorite activities below.
Indoor Activities Cincinnati
Rainy day in Cincinnati? No problem! The city has plenty of indoor activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
- Visit a brewery
Cincinnati is known for its thriving beer scene so make sure you swing by a brewery to try some local products. You might like to create your own DIY tour and visit two or three places.
- Admire the artwork at Cincinnati Art Museum
This one is for art lovers or anyone who appreciates art. Cincinnati Art Museum is home to a diverse range of displays that will keep you mesmerized all afternoon.
- Learn about the underwater world at Newport Aquarium
A great indoor activity for small kids and big kids alike, the aquarium is fun for the entire family. Walking through the shark tunnel will entertain all!
Outdoor Activities Cincinnati
If you have a nice day in Cincinnati, take advantage of the good weather and head out to explore these attractions.
- Eden Park
With various lakes, scenic lookouts, and 186 acres of green paradise, this is the perfect stop to get some fresh air. Go for a stroll, take in the views, or even have a picnic.
- Findlay Market
While some of the market is undercover, it is only open during spring, summer and fall so chances are you will be visiting in the good weather. Head here to pick up some produce and excellent street food.
- Cincinnati Zoo
Admire the exotic creatures with a trip to Cincinnati Zoo. You can get educated on the zoo’s conservation efforts and even get a glimpse of some rare species.
Top of the Park Cincinnati
This rooftop bar deserves its own special mention. Top of the Park is a popular modern drinking spot perched on the top of the Phelps Hotel. Head here for a spectacular view of the skyline – we highly recommend catching a sunset here! All your favorite drinks are available, plus an extensive cocktail list and tapas to tantalize your tastebuds!
Visit the Colleges in Cincinnati
Cincinnati is a booming college town that offers students a lively, enjoyable experience. If you have some space in your itinerary, why not visit one (or more) of the college campuses? There is a whopping 17 of them in total!
The University of Cincinnati is located in the city so makes for a great urban campus experience. You can enjoy the water fountains, admire the art, and even attend a Bearcat football game if they are playing.
For something just outside of town, consider a visit to Mount St. Joseph University. It is located 15 minutes outside of Cincinnati City Centre right on the picturesque Ohio River. The campus grounds are full of greenery, making it the perfect place for a stroll.
Each of the colleges has something unique to offer so it will be a worthwhile visit whichever one you choose.
Cincinnati Day Trip
Got some extra time? Why not head out of the city to experience the surrounding area? Here are some of our favorite Cincinnati day trips.
- John Bryan State Park
- Yellow Springs
- Hoosier National Forest
- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve