5 Hidden Gems Around Cincinnati

Visitors to the area have a lot of options when it comes to things to do in Cincinnati, Ohio.

There are several special places around Cincinnati that could be overlooked. That’s why I’m sharing 5 hidden gems around Cincinnati that are worth adding to your list.

American Sign Museum in Cincinnati Ohio

1. Tour the American Sign Museum

This is one of the most underrated museums in Cincinnati.  Once you visit, you will feel like you just experienced one of the best-kept secrets.

With over 200 vintage and neon signs, the American Sign Museum does a great job of preserving and bringing back to life classic pieces of Americana.


Take the guided tour to make the most out of your visit. During the tour, you will learn more about the stories behind the signs and the art of neon lighting.

Adventure Mom Nedra McDaniel and husband on the Cincinnati Dinner Train

2. Take a Ride on the Cincinnati Dinner Train

All aboard for a trip back in time on the Cincinnati Dinner Train!

Up to 148 dinner guests are transported back to the era of the 1940s on a 3-hour train ride inside three vintage dining cars.

scenic train ride Cincinnati Dinner Train

There are only about 10 Dinner Trains still in operation in the United States which makes this experience even more special!

The Cincinnati Dinner Train is perfect for a date night or special occasion. I highly recommend that you make a reservation in advance to reserve your spot.

The dinner train adventure is for guests ages 12 and up.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton Ohio

3. Explore Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

The perfect blend of art, the outdoors, and history.  Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is a MUST see for fans of art and the outdoors.

outdoor sculptures at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton Ohio

You can drive yourself around the park or rent an “art cart.” The art cart helps you easily view more than 50 pieces of art in 265 acres of natural surroundings.

A visit to Pyramid Sculpture Park also includes a visit to the 10,000 sq. ft Ancient Sculpture Museum. This incredible museum is filled with sculptures that are thousands of years old.

The Historic Loveland Castle & Museum Chateau Laroche

4. Experience Loveland Castle

Discover one man’s labor of love as you explore the medieval-style castle that he built by hand over the course of 50+ years!

The Historic Loveland Castle & Museum Chateau Laroche was a dream brought to life by Harry Andrews.

Kids and adults will enjoy checking out the collection of weapons and exploring the castle on a self-guided tour.

The Historic Loveland Castle & Museum Chateau Laroche

The castle is located next to The Little Miami River and has several areas that are perfect for a picnic if you decide to spend a relaxing afternoon there.

Cincinnati Fire Museum downtown Cincinnati

5. Hands-on Learning at Cincinnati Fire Museum

This museum is less well known but gives you a greater appreciation for firefighters of all eras with artifacts dating back to the early 1800s.

Cincinnati Fire Museum downtown Cincinnati

Organized firefighting in Cincinnati dates back to the early 1800s. The building where the museum resides was the former home of Engine Company 45 that dates back to the early 1900s.

Kids will enjoy sliding down the fireman’s pole and the hands-on exhibits.

Have you visited any of these Hidden Gems in Cincinnati?

Check out more of my posts around Cincinnati for even more ideas for your next adventure.

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2 thoughts on “5 Hidden Gems Around Cincinnati”

  1. We had my son 5th birthday party at CIncinnati fire museum. It was bar far the best and coolest place we have chosen. Great price very private, plenty to do.

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