Music Hall has long been an integral part of Over-the-Rhine for over a centure and is still considered one of the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world. Directly in front of Music Hall is Washington Park where families come to splash in the water fountain, bring their dogs to romp around the dog park, join their neighbors around the bandstand for a concert, and even lighten their spirits in a community yoga class. There’s a parking garage under the park accessible via Elm Street and Race Street.
Washington Park fountains, Music Hall
Findlay Market never left the area; it’s the oldest continuously operating public market in Ohio. You can start your visit with a meal at one of the market's restaurants, then stroll the market aisles for handmade organic soaps, seasonal local produce, fragrant custom spice blends and the freshest cuts of meat (bring a cooler!). Parking lots and meters surround the market. Just a block north of the market is Rhinegeist, one of Cincinnati's craft breweries. The whole family is welcome and will enjoy this colossal space with ample seating and games for all ages.
Senate hot dog (photo: @ashlie.d.stevens)
The stretch of shops and restaurants on Vine Street starting at 12th Street (known as the Gateway Quarter) are popular during the day or evening. Park your vehicle at one of the lots or garages on Vine, then get out and explore! A range of cuisines are available from gourmet hot dogs at Senate, mexican street food at Bakersfield OTR, and wood-fired pizza at A Tavola plus several more options. Top off your visit with a sweet treat at Holtman's Donuts or Graeter's or a cocktail at The Lackman.
Sundry and Vice
If you want to stay out later in the evening, there is no shortage of options in OTR. Spanning the several blocks of the neighborhood you'll find popular bars like Rhinehaus
, Below Zero Lounge
, and Sundry and Vice
to name a few. For a late night snack, try a taco or turtle from Gomez Salsa
on 12th St. or get a slice of pizza at Goodfellas or Lucy Blue
, both located on Main St.
Second Sunday on Main
Main Street is also home to Second Sunday on Main
– a multi-block street fair held the second Sunday of each month spring through fall and Final Friday
with mutliple art galleries open along Main Street and at Pendleton Art Center
the last Friday of each month. While on Main Street, stop by some locally-owned shops like Cincy Shirts
, Indigo Hippo
, and Pink Planet Vintage
for souvenirs, clothing, collectibles and more.
Queen City Underground Tour
To learn more about the history of the area try a walking tour offered by American Legacy Tours
or explore with the Brewing Heritage Trail Tours
. Your adventure just might end with sipping freshly-brewed beer at Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Written by Marnie Hayutin, with additional reporting by Regional Tourism Network.