There is so much to do when you visit the Cincinnati area.
As a local, I have learned so much from taking a variety of tours. They have given me a greater appreciation for the area and local pride.
I’m sharing the best tours to take around Cincinnati that are wonderful for both tourists and locals alike.
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1. Cincinnati Reds Ballpark Tour
Learn more about the history of the Cincinnati Reds on a guided tour. You’ll explore areas of the ballpark not accessible to the public.
A few of the Cincinnati Reds Ballpark Tour highlights are:
- Walking on the warning track behind home plate
- Visiting the press box
- Sitting in the dugout
Admission to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is also included with your Scotts Great American Ball Park Tour.
2. Take a Cincinnati Food Tour
This is one of my favorite ways to experience a city!
Learn more about the history of the area, meet the owners of local restaurants, and enjoy the best part, which is sampling menu items at popular restaurants.
Discover your favorites and come back again for another meal.
Cincinnati Food Tours offers several tour themes:
- Taste the World at Findlay Market
- Self-guided tour of Findlay Market
- Street Stroll through Over-the-Rhine
- Signature Over-the-Rhine Walking Tour
- Wander Walnut Hills
- Taste the Streetcar Tour
Check out Riverside Food Tours if you want to explore more options on the Kentucky side.
3. Take a Spirits Tour Around Cincinnati
There are also several guided walking tours on Brewing Heritage Trail that offer the option to purchase a local drink.
Northern Kentucky also has a great Craft Bourbon Trail that you can explore on The B-Line.
For a unique mode of transportation between breweries, try the Cincinnati Pedal Wagon for a public or private tour that holds up to 13 people.
4. Take a Segway Tour Around Cincinnati
Everything is more fun on a Segway!
The Riverfront Tour is on flatter terrain and starts downtown and then takes you along the Ohio River.
If you want to experience steeper inclines with less congestion check out the Segway Tour in Eden Park tour.
5. Go on an Underground Tour
The Queen City Underground Tour takes you back in time with stories of Cincinnati’s past above and below ground.
Your tour will take you underground into a crypt below a church where some of Cincinnati’s first residents are buried. Another highlight is exploring a former lager tunnel used pre-prohibition.
The tour ends with a behind-the-scenes visit to the Christian Moerlein bottling plant and taproom. After your tour concludes, you can linger a little longer and discover your favorite beers to try.
American Legacy tours also offer ghost tours in Cincinnati and Covington if you like scary things.
6. Behind the Scenes with Animals
Love aquatic life?
Explore the aquarium from areas not accessible to the public. Get up close with adorable penguins during a penguin encounter.
Did you know that you can also experience a unique overnight at the Newport Aquarium and the Cincinnati Zoo?
7. Take a Mural Tour
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have fantastic murals located throughout downtown.
Take a self-guided tour on the quest for the perfect selfie with the free downloadable map.
Another option is to take a guided walking mural tour that covers 10-12 murals within a mile. The walking tour will give you more in-depth information about the murals and the artists.
8. Enjoy a Scenic Tour on the Ohio River
Enjoy a relaxing riverboat cruise down the Ohio River. BB Riverboat guests get to enjoy fantastic views of both the Kentucky and Ohio side.
Go for a scenic cruise, take a family-friendly themed cruise, lunch or dinner cruise, or a specialty themed cruise.
9. Take a Historic Cemetery Tour
I know that it might sound odd to tour a cemetery.
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is not only beautiful, but it’s also a great place to learn about the interesting lives of the people buried there dating back to 1845.
Sign up for a walking Twilight tour or a Public Tram themed-tour available each month for a small fee.
10. Take a Gangster Tour
Newport Gangster Tour recalls the history of the area while you walk the streets that were once heavily populated with criminal activity.
Learn about notorious criminals who once roamed the streets in this Kentucky city that was part of changing the modern gaming industry.
Tips for Finding Discounts on Tours in Cincinnati
With a little research, you can score a discount and save on an upcoming tour in Cincinnati.
Sign Up for the Tour Email List
Newsletters from the tour company will often share about special discounts and flash sales for upcoming tours.
Follow the Tour on Social Media
This is another great way to learn about incentives and discounts provided exclusively for fans.
Search for Giveaways
Check on social media and websites for tour giveaways.
Become a Repeat Customer
Many tours offer special discounts to previous customers as an incentive to try another tour in the future.
Check the Cincinnati USA Official Travel and Tourism Website for Exclusive Offers and Discounts
The Cincinnati CVB is a great place to find packages, special offers, coupons, and discounts on local attractions.
Search These Local Cincinnati Deal Sites For Discounts on Cincinnati Tours
I would also recommend signing up for emails for the deal sites that you are interested in. Their emails will keep you updated about the best deals on tours and attractions more often.
How to find the Best Deals on Hotels in Cincinnati
Looking for a cheap hotel in Cincinnati that doesn’t compromise in quality?
Check out these deals on hotels and Airbnbs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.