Top 5 Tours

Think you know your own city? Take a tour of one of our landmarks to hear the story behind the story.

1. Cincy Brew Bus
Cincinnati’s craft brew industry is ever growing, and this tour is a fun way to experience it all. The Cincy Brew Bus takes you to four local breweries, promising to help aspiring beer buffs figure out their tastes (or to help experts find out what’s new). Oct 25, 11:40 a.m., register online. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, (513) 258-7909, cincybrewbus.com

2. Music Hall
This tour, hosted by The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, gives you an intimate view of Over-the-Rhine’s crown jewel, Music Hall. The tours can be personalized based on your needs and interests, and the length of the tour varies depending on how much you want to see. Weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., OTR, (513) 744-3344, spmhcincinnati.org/Music-Hall-Today/Tours.php

3. Union Terminal Rotunda
We pass through the stunning rotunda every time we go to the Cincinnati Museum Center, but the space itself is exhibit-worthy. A special 45-minute tour includes visiting the Union Terminal President’s Office, the Amtrak waiting room, and plenty of information about the art and architecture of the museum center. Sat and Sun at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Downtown, (513) 287-7031, cincymuseum.org/programs/heritage

4. Aronoff Center
The Aronoff Center tour takes you through all three of the building’s performance spaces. Apart from viewing all of the theaters and galleries that many artists and performances pass through, the tour will teach you about Aronoff Center history, too. Weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, (513) 721-3344, cincinnatiarts.org/aronoff-center

5. City Hall
There are two ways you can tour city hall: Follow a guide through the building, learning about its architecture and history and (by request) sitting in on a council meeting. Or you can do all of that, and then participate in a mock council meeting with the members of your tour. If you opt for the second choice, plan ahead: you need to know whose going to be mayor, city manager, council members, and of course, you need something to discuss. Wed afternoon, call to schedule. City Hall, 801 Plum St., Downtown, (513) 591-6025, cincinnati-oh.gov/council/welcome-to-city-hall

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