Top Attractions for First-Timers

With its prime location along the Ohio River, Cincinnati boasts a unique blend of history, arts, culture, sports, and food that makes it a distinctive destination in the Midwest. Here are the top six categories of attractions and activities that shouldn’t be missed on a first visit to Cin City.

Watch the Reds at Great American Ball Park

As the oldest professional baseball team in history, the Cincinnati Reds are a point of pride for locals. Cheer on the Reds as they face off against division rivals at Great American Ball Park, conveniently located right downtown along the Ohio River. Don’t forget to indulge in game day snacks like a coney dog, Ohio corn on the cob, and local craft beer. For a memorable experience, book a party bus or limo service to take your group to the game in style.

Explore Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine is Cincinnati’s historic district, boasting Italianate architecture and one of the largest collections of 19th century buildings in the country. Today, the neighborhood is home to great dining, breweries, boutique shops, and music venues. Take a walking tour to admire the architecture, grab a craft cocktail, and take in the arts scene. Some highlights include touring the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, catching a show at Memorial Hall, and dining at one of the many trendy restaurants.

See the Sights from Carew Tower

For panoramic views of Cincinnati, head up to the observation deck at Carew Tower, located in the heart of downtown. At 574 feet, this Art Deco skyscraper offers stunning 360-degree views of the cityscape, Ohio River, and surrounding areas. On a clear day, you may be able to see as far as Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Don’t forget your camera! After taking in the sights, pop downstairs to explore some of the tower’s shops and restaurants.

Discover the Brewery District

With over 20 microbreweries and brewpubs, Cincinnati’s Brewery District has exploded in popularity in recent years. Spend an afternoon sampling local beers, ciders, and meads at favorites like Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist Brewery, and Braxton Brewing Company. Many breweries offer group tours and packages. For easy transportation between breweries, leave the driving to the pros and book a party bus.

Find Your Roots at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Located along the Ohio River, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center sheds light on the stories of those who struggled for freedom via the Underground Railroad. Through high-tech and interactive exhibits, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the fight against slavery and the pursuit of freedom. For an enriching experience, take an educational group tour at this important museum.

Cheer on FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium

As Cincinnati’s major league soccer team, FC Cincinnati draws huge crowds to their new state-of-the-art TQL Stadium located in the West End neighborhood. Join the rowdy atmosphere and energetic chants as you take in an exciting match. With their recent joining of MLS, Cincinnati has become swept up in soccer fever. Book group tickets and transportation for the ultimate game day experience.

How to Get Around Cincinnati

With its reasonably compact downtown area and neighborhoods extending out into the suburbs, Cincinnati offers several options for getting around town. Here are the pros and cons of various modes of transportation to consider when visiting and exploring Cincinnati.

Public Transportation

Cincinnati’s public bus system (Cincy Metro) offers an affordable way to get around major destinations downtown and in nearby neighborhoods. While routes are limited, stops include popular areas like Over-the-Rhine, the Banks, the Zoo, Newport on the Levee, and more. Purchase paper tickets or load cash onto a stored value pass for convenient tap-and-go boarding. Schedules can be unreliable, so build in extra time.

Taxis and Rideshares

Taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft offer on-demand transportation around Cincinnati. This option gives you flexibility to travel from point A to point B without fixed schedules or routes. However, rates can add up quickly, especially during peak times. Avoid surge pricing by booking in advance when possible.

Charter Buses

For group transportation, nothing beats the ease and convenience of a charter bus rental. Whether you’re making the trip from out of town for a bachelor party or heading to the Reds game with coworkers, charter buses provide door-to-door service for your entire group. Select from a range of vehicle sizes to accommodate groups from 25 to over 50 passengers. Onsite amenities like WiFi, TVs, and restrooms make for smooth, comfortable travel. Leave the driving to the professionals while you enjoy Cincinnati with friends!

Ready to Get Started?

With this insider’s guide, first-time visitors have all the tools needed to experience the top sites, flavors, and attractions of Cincinnati. From catching a baseball game and admiring city views to exploring historic neighborhoods and sampling local beers, Cincinnati offers an authentic slice of the Midwest. And getting around town is a breeze with the convenience of a charter bus or limo rental from our service. Contact us today at (216) 249-7981 to start planning your customized Cincinnati getaway!