Downtown Cincinnati Offers Many Free and Eclectic Activities
YOU don’t have to travel to New York, Las Vegas or Chicago just to find summer fun in a big city. While those cities offer a unique atmosphere, so does Cincinnati. Whether you’re looking for family fun, date night, or a night out with the girls, Cincinnati offers a plethora of events, experiences and sites. This summer, travel about 25 miles south and you’ll find a city brimming with the hustle and bustle of summer excitement. Best of all, most of the activities featured are entirely free!
World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano
This one-of-a-kind structure was designed and built by Cincinnati’s Verdin Company, which manufactures bronze bells, clocks and towers. Sensors under the piano keys electronically cause the strikes at the top of the structure to ring the chimes. Verdin’s first factory was built in 1842, just blocks away from this site.
Giant Game of Chess
Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside your favorite board game? Play a game of giant chess under the Roebling Bridge. Each piece is about the size of a small child.
Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of Cincinnati since 1871. It was renovated in 1971 and 2005 and currently features many shops, restaurants, hotels and offices. During July be sure to check out Fountain Feud on Tuesdays, Reggae Wednesdays, Salsa on the Square on Thursdays and Food Truck Brunch each Sunday.
The labyrinth is a serene path to walk in peace and meditate. It’s different from a maze in that there is only one path in and out. It has been said that you enter a maze to get lost and a labyrinth to find yourself.
When the suspension bridge between Covington and Cincinnati opened to traffic on January 1, 1867, it was the longest bridge in the world at 1057 feet. Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Roebling Bridge was named after its Chief Engineer, John A. Roebling, who would later go on to help design the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Cincinnati Red Bike
Red Bike is Cincinnati’s newest and most fun system of public transportation. A bike sharing system consisting of 56 stations and 442 bikes, Red Bike is dedicated to improving community by providing a low-cost, healthy and green transportation option that makes Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant and connected community.
Cool off on a plaza filled with water jets that dance to light and music, just south of Mehring Way. This is a perfect afternoon for the youngsters.
A series of shade pergolas, each containing two porch-size swings, are positioned along the upper river walk with great views of the river.
Carol Ann’s Carousel
Take a ride on one of 44 whimsical Cincinnati-centric characters that make up Carol Ann’s Carousel. The carousel is an amazing work of art featuring original artwork by Jonathan Queen. During the summer, the carousel is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and is just $2 per ride.
A view of the Cincinnati skyline from Northern Kentucky.