Discover the city's vibrant revitalization and rich culture through our new walking tours. These 2-hour walks through our beautiful city will cover a variety of interests and captivate individuals, families and groups.
Walking tours for the 2017 season have wrapped up for the year. Please take a look below at our past offerings and contact our team if you are interested in setting up a custom tour.
Westwood (The Cincinnati & Westwood Railroad)
Presented in conjunction with the Westwood Historical Society
The Cincinnati & Westwood Railroad began operations as a narrow gauge railroad in 1875, to provide a reliable way to move people between the Village of Westwood and the Cincinnati city basin. Starting with a tour of Westwood Town Hall, learn about railroad's history, its impact on the growth of Westwood, and the role of two of its major champions, James N. Gamble and Michael Werk. You will crisscross the C&WRR right of way as you walk down neighborhood streets, view the restored Village of Westwood School clock and bell, and stop in Westwood Library.
Cincinnati Riverfront/The Banks
The steamboat days of the mid-1800s may be gone, but the banks of the Ohio River have found new life thanks to innovative family-friendly green space, living and dining options. During this 2.5-mile walk, explore the riverfront's transformation from an 18th century river town to its industrialization in the 19th and 20th century and its return to prominence today as a world-class recreation and entertainment venue. Covering dozens of points of interest, both historic and current, the tour loops from the Banks and Smale Park up river to Sawyer Point and historic Lytle Park.
This charming small town in the center of Clinton County boasts a fabulous old theater you won't believe (The Murphy Theater), a beautifully maintained downtown that might remind you of OTR, a charming little college (Wilmington College) and a rich Quaker history. Visit the statue of Isaac Harvey who was sent by God for a critical mission. See the wonderful, refurnished county Courthouse. Stay for lunch in the historic General Denver Hotel (not included in the tour). Learn how a 19th century adventurer now inspires a thriving book publisher. And hear about the devastating story of the impact on the area when DHL pulled out in 2008 and how the city has survived since then.
Westwood (Westwood History - Epworth Avenue)
Epworth Avenue is a time capsule for Cincinnati's largest neighborhood which started out as the Village of Westwood in 1868. Learn about the growth and development of Westwood as reflected along this predominantly residential street. The street is lined with homes in a wide variety of architectural styles from the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth century and passes by two schools, a church, a nationally recognized winery, a busy library branch, a town hall serving as a recreation center on a city park, a soon-to-be puppet center and theater, a former railroad right of way, and a recently decommissioned firehouse.
In the shadow of the iconic Roebling Suspension Bridge we begin a walking tour of the gem that is historic NKy! Walk the Riverside Drive neighborhood, enjoying stunning views of Cincinnati and impressive statuary, as you pass spectacular historical homes of several architectural styles. Visit George Rogers Clark Park and recall the area’s settlement history followed by the glory days of steamboat travel. This 2.5 mile walk passes by the resplendent Mutter Gottes Kirche and historic German neighborhood, looping down Madison Ave. See for yourself the glorious architecture of this commercial district experiencing a renaissance after decades of neglect. Learn what the buildings were and what they are becoming! Follow Greenup St through the stately neighborhoods and hear the stories of the founders, the rebels, the ghosts and the visionaries who built these uniquely beautiful historic districts of NKy.
Presented in conjunction with the Greenhills Historical Society
On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced the designation of the Greenhills Historic District as a National Historic Landmark! Join docents from the Greenhills Historical Society for a walking tour of one of three planned “Greenbelt” communities created during the 1930s by FDR’s Resettlement Administration. The tour will start at the Greenhills Community Building, which features murals and a bas-relief by WPA artists and the Society’s museum collection of original items from pre-WWII Greenhills. Other highlights include the village’s International style housing, village common, retail district, pocket parks, walking paths, and municipal pool.
Tucked high up on the hill just east of downtown is one of the city's most beautiful parks. Eden Park, aptly named "the Garden of Eden" by winemaker Nicholas Longworth, spans 186-acres and offers gorgeous vistas of the city from multiple overlooks. Meander through the park and discover the architecturally significant water works ruins, the Spring House, unique statuary, veteran memorial sites, historic groves and the iconic Krohn Conservatory. Hear the fascinating history of the park, including stories of the several famous (and infamous) local families during this 2.4-mile walk.
Northside - Cincinnati's Early Suburb
Once known as Millcreek Station, Northside has always been a busy transportation hub for travelers by horse, stage coach, canal, railroad and trolley. Stroll through this walking neighborhood which was once Cincinnati's 3rd largest business district. Walk past houses both big and small, from worker to industrialist. From Knowlton's Corner to Millionaires Row well examine the growth from settlement-to-booming industrial center-to-today's vibrant new growth neighborhood. Terrain is mostly flat, a moderate walk.
Mt. Auburn was Cincinnati's first hilltop suburb where wealthy mid 19th century Cincinnatians built grand homes away from the noise, crowding and smoke in the basin area. The tour will cover the beautiful Victorian era architecture and fascinating history of the homes, churches, and institutions located along Auburn Avenue and several of the neighborhood's side streets. We will end the tour back at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site where the guests may tour the Taft home led by a National Park Service ranger before departing.
Union Terminal/ Duke Energy Convention Center Murals
The mosaic tile murals of the Union Terminal building (now Cincinnati Museum Center) have long been an iconic part of Cincinnati art and history. In 1974 many of the murals were relocated to CVG airport. Now nine of these murals have returned to the city and are proudly displayed on the exterior of the Duke Energy Convention Center. Join us for an hour tour on the history of these murals, the local companies they represented, and the incredibly difficult journey to save these masterpieces.
Memorial Hall OTR
One of the jewels of Cincinnati, Memorial Hall was designed by Samuel Hannaford in beautiful Beaux Arts style and built in 1908 in memory of those soldiers who died in the Civil War and Spanish American War. Now re-opened after a major restoration, we will tour the ornate building architecture, the magnificent 560 seat theater with Tiffany chandeliers and extensive stenciling, a new lighting and sound system, enlarged stage and back stage areas, as well as the enlivened ballrooms. Come see the transformation of Memorial Hall as it becomes a significant event venue for the OTR while maintaining its historic and venerable status. This is a 1 hour tour.
Grab your walking shoes and strollers as we head out for a tour celebrating the heart of our city, downtown Cincinnati. Explore the history, architecture and importance of Fourth, Fifth and Vine Streets. Stroll through Piatt Park, the oldest park in Cincinnati, and survey several of the city's finest religious buildings and 19th century renovated homes. Covering more than 60 points of interest, this 1.9-mile tour will tell the story of downtown's development; from its early years, to its business peak, to becoming an urban living and dining destination.
This town may have been built on bacon and beer, but the German immigrants of the 19th century also had a knack for building one of the most architecturally beautiful neighborhoods in Cincinnati. A century of neglect in Over-the-Rhine is now overshadowed by its beautiful transformation, attracting families, young professionals and retirees who are captivated by its charm. See for yourself the appeal of city life as we wander the streets exploring Italianite-style architecture, parks, galleries, churches, schools and the ongoing restoration of a beloved neighborhood, covering 2.4-miles of beauty at every turn.