Find the Hidden Gems in Cincinnati

A few weeks ago I asked for advice on Facebook – I was looking for different things to do in Cincinnati, some of the hidden gems. We’ve been there dozens of times as it’s a quick hour and a half from Indianapolis, and it seems like there are at least a few soccer tournaments there each year.

Sure enough, mid-October meant a weekend in Cincinnati for Fall Ball. As it was also our fall break, we headed up early Friday morning ready to discover a new side of the city. Thanks to all your suggestions, we did just that!

We actually started our day just over the river in Hebron, KY at the Gap Clearance Center. This is to my knowledge the only one of it’s kind and it’s not an outlet mall, but a true clearance center. There are racks and racks of clothing from Athleta, Gap, Old Navy, and the Banana Republic. There are amazing deals to be had, but you have to be willing to dig. The boys got tired pretty quickly and went to the car, but my daughter and I scored some bargains. For example, I ended up with a black v-neck t-shirt, two sweaters (one of them Athleta) and an Athleta dress for $35. Yep, only $35. Pretty good shopping, right?

Gap Clearance Store in Hebron, KY

After such a win, we headed to downtown Cincinnati to check out CAC – the Contemporary Arts Center. If you like contemporary art, you’ll enjoy this. Of the four of us, I thought it was terrific, but I was in the minority. Really, though, check it out! Best of all it’s FREE! Love that.

Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio

Next, we moved a bit north to Findlay Market. Everyone in the family loved this area! We found delicious cheeses, olives,  fresh pasta, a wonderful Asian market, wine, and beer. The market also had a variety of fun little stands to grab a bite to eat. We enjoyed a fish taco and sodas as we wandered from store to store. A favorite shop was the artisan chocolate shop. Talk about amazing chocolates. Yum! Thanks to all who recommended Findlay Market – we loved it and will make a point to stop again whenever we are in the Cincinnati area.

Findlay Market in Cincinnati, Ohio

Just down the street from Findlay Market is Rhinegeist brewery. What a brewery! We already knew we loved a few Rhinegeist beers (Press Tart and Bubbles) but now we are huge fans. The brewery is located in a building that is over 100 years old – and that originally held another brewery. It is located in the district of Cincinnati called Over-the-Rhine. Rhinegeist created their name from that history – it stands for “spirit of the Rhine.” In addition to finding a few new favorite beers (Wowie and Peach Dodo Nitro), we took the brewery tour. This was quite interesting and we got to go down on the actual factory floor instead of just watching through windows from above. It was amazing to see the endless towers of empty cans, watch the beer being canned and check out the keg filling line. The brewery tour is $6 per person, but you get a token for a pint of beer. Very good deal. Although this brewery doesn’t serve food (aside from a few snacks), it has a fun vibe with indoor cornhole and pinball machines which the kids loved and a snazzy rooftop bar which the adults enjoyed. Wonderful experience all around.

Rhinegeist brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio

The rest of the weekend was soccer and more soccer, but it was definitely fun and worthwhile to enjoy at least an afternoon of experiencing a side of Cincinnati that was new to us!

Gap Clearance Center, 2050 Global Way, Hebron, KY; 859-586-3320

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th Street; 513-345-8400

Findlay Market;1801 Race Street; 513-665-4839;

Rhinegeist; 1910 Elm Street; 513-381-1367;

 Thanks for following along – we were not compensated for any part of this trip, all opinions are my own. 

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  1. That’s great that you were able to make a family adventure out of the soccer trip. Looks like you guys had fun. I’m not sure my boys would appreciate the Contemporary Art Center either, but I think we would still stop by if we were in the area. It’s one of those “check the box” kind of places.

    1. Exactly! The kids grumbled a bit, but there were a few exhibits that interested them – and we made up for it later with homemade chocolates and playing cornhole.

  2. Woow! I couple of years ago I happened to be in Cincinnati for a few days, and frankly, I didn’t have an idea what to see or do. I wish I had this post to read! Now, I really want to go back and make it right! 🙂 Thanks for all the great info! 🙂

  3. museums and markets are two of the things I look for everywhere I visit – looks like you hit the travel jackpot in cincy!

  4. Love these ideas. We travel through Cincinnati all the time traveling to and from Michigan and Florida. I’m adding the brewery to my list!!

  5. We were just in Columbus this past weekend. We’ll for sure have to make it to Cincinnati to see some of these on your list. They sound great!

  6. I love a good food market and findlay sounds like my kind of place. I love the hidden gems you have written about. Great information on Cincinnati

  7. All looked like neat places to visit. Great job in finding those less visited spots. I think I would also love the Gap Clearance store! Our daughter played league soccer and we traveled all the time and yes it was nice to sometimes add a few extra days onto a trip to do something fun.

  8. Fun! My son’s family lives just south of Indianapolis so I will definitely keep your suggestions in mind for the next time I visit him. Thank you!

    1. If you like modern art, you would enjoy this – and the exhibits change seasonally so there is always something new and different.

    1. It was very cool – and the day we were there the weather was a bit iffy – I imagine on a gorgeous day it would be even prettier.

  9. Looks like a perfect day trip! I’ve been to Cincinnati but for work so I couldn’t explore. I’m bookmarking this for my next trip out there.

  10. A great way to spend time with your family – soccer and touring. Loved the picture of Findlay Market. I’ll probably never make it to Cincinnati, but I was able to get a taste of it through your adventure.

  11. My dad grew up in Ohio, and I’ve always wanted to take him back. I’m sure all of the fun in Cincinnati is going to be brand new to him. Can’t wait to see!

  12. The Findlay market sounds like a lot of fun and good food to be had. I always love going to markets in different states because there are so many things to see and try.

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