Things to Do in Cincinnati

Photo of Graeter's ice cream in Cincinnati

Whether you’re in town for a Cincinnati wedding or traveling post-ceremony as newlyweds, this city has an attraction or two – and some tasty local ice cream – in store. The city got its start as a post-Revolutionary War trading post with a riverboat-friendly location on the Ohio River and has since grown into a Midwestern city with artistic influences and just a hint of Southern charm. Indoor, outdoor, or down by the river, we’ve got a few of the city’s favorites right here at your honeymooning disposal.

We recommend you start your tour of the city at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The museum itself is one of the oldest in the nation, and its expansive collection of more than 60,000 pieces put it among the largest art museums in the Midwest region. The museum also happens to be located inside another spot on our list – scenic Eden Park. Part of the Mt. Adams area of Cincinnati, this park also plays host to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the park and the Krohn Conservatory and boasts beautiful views overlooking the Ohio River.

Moving away from Eden Park, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens are top area attractions – as are games at the Great American Ball Park, where the Cincinnati Reds, the nation’s first professional franchise, play baseball. While you’re in the area, stop by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute and a museum honoring Cincinnati’s heritage as part of the Underground Railroad and the abolition movement of the 19th century.

Also downtown is Fountain Square, considered to be the cultural heart of Cincinnati. Here you can find a constant rotation of local events and festivals, as well as good food, plenty of people watching, and the water feature that started it all, Tyler Davidson Fountain. Don’t forget to stop by Graeter’s, a local ice cream shop with quality scoops and a history dating back to the 1800s. The downtown location is most convenient, but if you have the time we recommend heading to the Hyde Park storefront, which has been serving up the best of Graeter’s creamy flavors since 1922.

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