A New Book Reveals Greater Cincinnati’s Hidden Gems

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Cincinnati has no shortage of notable sites. There’s the iconic Fountain Square, Cincinnati Museum Center, and Eden Park. But there’s also a wealth of lesser-known locations. In her new book “Secret Cincinnati: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure” (Reedy Press), Kathryn Witt shines a light on 89 of these hidden regional treasures, including the Cincinnati Dinner Train and the world’s only ventriloquism museum. Witt, a Burlington native and author of historical novel “The Secret of the Belles,” took inspiration for the book from her father, who harbored curiosity for such sites.

Witt also found more than 50 free spots worth checking out. “Cincinnati has it all,” Witt says. “The history, drama, intrigue, colorful characters, innovations in many fields, oddities, paranormal activity—you name it.” Now, go explore it.

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