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Play Hooky in Cincinnati


For many of us, this year’s vacation is in the rear view mirror. The start of the school year is any day now, and stores have already started promoting Halloween. The end of summer may be approaching way too fast, but that doesn’t mean you have to cocoon just yet. Just sneak away for a day and play hooky!

Of course, our first recommendation for a special day off would be one of our Cincinnati Food Tours. We try to offer at least two different public tour options each week, and we fit private group tours in wherever we can. You still have plenty of time in 2019 to get a group together and book your tour. In fact, some of our favorite tours (and photo opportunities) are fall and holiday experiences.

As you might understand, I’d rather not take a food tour myself when I take a day off. However, I still like to do things in our Cincinnati region that add to my knowledge base. And when I top off the experience at a local restaurant or bar, I feel like I’ve taken a mini-vacation.

Inspired, but unsure of where to start? To help, I’ve done some serious testing and come up with some tried and true ways to spend the day the next time you play hooky in the Cincinnati area.

  1. Visit the Reds Hall of Fame Museum and stroll down to The Banks to enjoy the river views. Then head to The View at Shires Garden for a bite to eat and a rooftop drink, and take in the sights from the 11th floor.
  2. Explore the Cincinnati Art Museum. (Hurry if you want to see The Art of Burning Man exhibit before it ends on September 2.) Finish the day at one of Mt. Adams favorite watering holes like Mt. Adams Bar & Grill or City View Tavern.
  3. Take a tour at New Riff Distillery right across the river in Newport, KY. Then enjoy a walk along the riverfront at George Rogers Clark Park in nearby Covington, KY. The Cincinnati skyline has never looked better than it does right now from the banks of Northern Kentucky. And there are plenty of restaurant options in NKY!                               
  4. Go to the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo. After saying hello to Fiona the Hippo, take a short drive down Vine Street to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Relax at Skeleton Root with a glass of wine in an historic warehouse turned urban winery.
  5. And last but not certainly not least, consider a walking, tasting, cultural tour of historic Findlay Market. This summer, Newsweek recognized Cincinnati’s favorite landmark as one of the Top 5 Food Markets in the World!


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