Cost Effective (or Evasive) Ways to Experience Cincinnati: Summer Edition

A photo from a hilltop viewing downtown Cincinnati.

If you are looking for unique ways to get acquainted with the city of Cincinnati, please enjoy this carefully curated, wallet-friendly list:

View the City from Eden Park

A photo of Eden Park

Eden Park is one of Cincinnati's largest urban hilltop parks. It is host to many hiking trails and overlooks, as well as the captivating Krohn Conservatory. The park is a great place to hammock and hang out in nature with many great vantage points to view the surrounding areas (although the best view of the city is at Bellevue Hill Park, which is just a few blocks south of campus).

How many hills can you see from the overlooks that view the city? (Hint: Cincinnati, much like Rome, is claimed to be a "City of Seven Hills")

Behold! Burning Man at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Without even leaving Eden Park, you can visit one of the nation's top art institutions! This summer, the Cincinnati Art Museum is hosting a very special exhibit: "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man". Burning Man is an annual art convergence that takes place in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The event consists of many different artforms, whether it be physical or performance art, and the Cincinnati Art Museum will be showcasing an impressive exhibit of choice pieces from now until September.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is completely open to the public; admission is free!

Take a Stroll through Spring Grove Cemetery

While this may seem like a strange suggestion, hear me out. Spring Grove Cemetery is a gorgeous destination that is a wonderful place to walk through and observe. Spring Grove, which is nationally recognized as a US National Historic Landmark, is the second largest cemetery in the country. The Gothic Revival Architecture is extremely unique and many of the gravestone decorations are totally captivating. Spring Grove is an art museum in itself and is worth checking out to gain a better understanding of Cincinnati’s history.

Enjoy Free Concerts at Fountain Square

The fountain at Cincinnati's Fountain Square

Fountain Square has a few different free concert series events that take place throughout the summer on their P&G Music Stage. Fifth & Vine Live is the independent music concert series that occurs on every Friday and Saturday during the summer. In addition, Fountain Square hosts Reggae Wednesdays, trivia nights, and various other multicultural, foody type events.

Check out Fountain Square for a great way to immerse yourself in the local music scene and pick up some delicious grub!

Have a Weekend Workout at Washington Park

Need a fresh way to reengage your New Year’s Resolution? Washington Park (one of the most picturesque areas in the city) offers a rotating schedule of fitness courses that are free to the public! Open to all experience levels, these sessions take place every Friday at 9am and are a great way to work a new regimen into your existing practice or dabble in a new form of physical exertion. Currently the Weekend Workout sessions are rotating between yoga, zumba, and cardio kickboxing. Be sure to stop to pet some dogs at the dog park while you're there!

Once your workout is over and your stomach is speaking to you, follow the delicious smells that are enticing you a few blocks north towards our next destination.

Cincinnati Music Hall at nighttime from Washington Park

A view of Cincinnati Music Hall from Washington Park.

Visit the Historic, Bustling Findlay Market

Immerse yourself in a multi-cultural experience by spending an afternoon in OTR at Findlay Market! Findlay Market is a Cincinnati staple that has been thriving since 1852. The market is home to over 40 indoor merchants, as well as a plentiful farmer’s market, boutique storefronts, and many street performers and merchants selling their wares. Here are some choice places to grab a bite:

Be sure to stick around a while and grab a mug at the Biergarten!

See Two-for-One Movies at Starlite Drive-In

A sign for a drive-in movie theater

Tired of the standard, everyday movie-going experience? Want a fresh way to immerse yourself in the world of cinema? Head to the drive-in!

Starlite Drive-In, located close to downtown in Amelia, OH, is celebrating 72 years of operation this year. Starlite is keeping the tradition of drive-in movie theaters alive by offering two-for-one movie tickets, which makes them a more unique and cost-effective way to see the newest Box Office hits. They are currently showing "Toy Story 4" and "the Lion King", with new movies being shown every week.

Written by Chris Pasion, graduate assistant to The Graduate School.