Five Cincinnati Tours Worth Taking

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Lace up your comfy shoes and prepare to learn something new about Cincinnati. At a walker’s pace you can get up close and personal with our food, art, and history, so slow down and lean in.

Cincinnati Food Tours

Early Cincinnati settler James Findlay did a heck of a lot for this town, not the least of which was his bequest of a swath of forested land he purchased and developed into what was then dubbed Northern Liberties (now Over-the-Rhine). Hear fascinating tales of before and after the market’s founding in 1852, how generations of German immigrants made it what it is today, and how its current merchants keep the traditions of Ohio’s oldest public market alive. Cincinnati Food Tours founder and guide Barb Cooper enthusiastically brings its history to life in a 90-minute tour, introducing a handful of merchants who lovingly recount their time at the market and—because we know you’re wondering—share samples of their goods.

Newport Gangster Tour

Gambling, prostitution, racketeering—Newport was one seedy place from the ’20s to the ’60s. Get a taste of what the original Sin City was like before Bobby Kennedy cracked down on organized crime and Campbell County Sheriff George Ratterman busted the operation once and for all.

ArchiTour Cincinnati

If you’ve ever been downtown, looked up, and wondered how we amassed such a diverse skyline, wonder no more. The Architectural Foundation’s ArchiTour app guides you through a walking tour of seven neighborhoods.

Brewing Heritage Trail

Here, we don’t just love beer; it’s in our DNA. Learn what made Cincinnati one of the nation’s largest beer-producing cities in the 1800s with a variety of guided walking tours through bygone breweries throughout Over-the-Rhine’s historic brewery district.

ArtWorks Mural Tours

Go behind the Instagram-friendly Over-the-Rhine, downtown, and Pendleton public art murals with stories from the volunteers and youth apprentices who painted them in 90-minute, one-mile weekend walking tours. Free self-guided tour maps are also available online.

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