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7 Free Things to do in Cincinnati, Ohio

Ah, Cincinnati, the city where chili and Skyline meet, where the Bengals reign supreme, and where fun is always in season – and on a budget! If you're looking for a good time in the Queen City without breaking the bank, look no further.

A Reality Check

Let's be honest--if you had all the money in the world, you wouldn't be looking online for ideas for things to do. But, here we are! Neither you nor I are rich, but we still are looking for fun entertainment and activities around the city that will take our minds off of work and school and the difficulties of life. So, with no further ado, let's dive in! I've got you covered with seven free and fun things to do in Cincinnati that'll have you saying "Who Dey!" in no time.

The Life-Changing Ideas

Seriously, these could be life-changing! Imagine what a little (free!) fun could do for your currently-low-and-suffering levels of happiness and joy!

1. Take a stroll through Washington Park

Washington Park is a 14-acre oasis in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, and it's the perfect place to unwind and soak up some sun. With its lush greenery, charming fountains, and picture-perfect gazebo, this park will have you feeling like you're in a fairy tale. Pro-tip: Take a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing lunch on the grass.

the gazebo in washington park, cincinnati, illuminated with festive lights

2. Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum

Art lovers rejoice! The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the country's most comprehensive art collections and best of all, it's free! With over 67,000 works of art, ranging from ancient artifacts to contemporary masterpieces, there's something for everyone here. Don't miss the museum's collection of 19th and 20th-century American paintings, European masterpieces, and more.

Cincinnati Art Museum Aerial View

3. Explore the Cincinnati Observatory

Star-gazing in the city? Yes, please! The Cincinnati Observatory is the oldest professional observatory in the country and offers free public viewing nights on select weekends. Take a tour of the facility, learn about the stars and planets, and gaze at the night sky through the historic telescope. Who knows, you may even spot a shooting star!

cincinnati observatory with stars in view

4. Walk across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

If you're looking for a scenic walk with a view, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is the way to go. This iconic bridge spans the Ohio River and provides breathtaking views of the city and the riverfront. It's a great spot for a leisurely stroll, a photo op, or even a picnic.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge In black and white

5. Visit the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Union Terminal, once a bustling train station, is now home to the Cincinnati Museum Center. This magnificent building houses several museums, including the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Admission to the museum center is free on select days, so be sure to check their website for the schedule.

The fountains outside the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

6. Check out Findlay Market

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and is a must-visit for foodies and shopaholics alike. With over 40 vendors selling everything from fresh produce to artisanal cheeses, this market is a feast for the senses. Don't forget to sample some of the famous Cincinnati chili while you're there!

Findlay Market bustling with diners at cafe tables

7. Enjoy a Concert at Fountain Square

Fountain Square is the hub of downtown Cincinnati and the site of many free concerts and events throughout the year. From live music to festivals and everything in between, there's always something happening here. Grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

daytime concert at Fountain Square

That's All...for Now...

And there you have it, folks, seven free and fun things to do in Cincinnati. So, pack a picnic basket, lace up your walking shoes, and get ready for a budget-friendly adventure in the Queen City. Who Dey!

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