The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region offers many options for sightseeing and enjoying the area. In an attempt to ease your planning, we’ve put together several “day trips” that will guide you through our region, highlighting the multitude of activities available in the area. We’ve included “art-focused” events, Red Bike tours, and “over 21” casino trips completely routed for you. While enjoying a leisurely breakfast at Weller Haus Bed, Breakfast & Event Center, take a few minutes to review the trips below to plan your day.
Trip 1 – Head across the river to Eden Park and spend the morning at the Cincinnati Art Museum, which offers free admission to everyone. The art museum houses a collection of over 65,000 works spanning 6,000 years in an impressive building that is nestled within a 186-acre park. Next, visit the adjacent town of Mount Adams for lunch at the Rookwood Bar & Restaurant, which honors the rich history of Rookwood pottery and hosts a panoramic view of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. Finally, make your way down the hill to Over the Rhine and shop at the Rookwood pottery store and other art boutiques in the area before having dinner at one of three restaurants featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Bakersfield, The Eagle, or The Senate).
Trip 2 – Take a short trip across the river to the Taft Museum, which features an award winning collection of masterpieces – from Rembrandt to Whistler – displayed in the historical home of the Taft’s. Then, relax at the Taft Museum café for lunch before traveling a few blocks to the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. Close the day out with a drink atop the 21 C Museum Hotel Bar after you take in the free contemporary art exhibit in 21 C’s public space.
Tour the Area via Red Bike
Tour Cincinnati using the Red Bike network of over two dozen bike stations placed throughout Northern Kentucky, downtown Cincinnati, and Over the Rhine. The stations are located in ideal areas around the cities so you can ride them to each location and then store them in the kiosk until you leave for your next destination.
Trip 1 – Walk a few blocks towards the river and rent a Red Bike from the kiosk in Bellevue, Kentucky. Head to Newport on the Levee, deposit the bike at the kiosk, and visit Newport Aquarium. Retrieve your bike and cross over the Purple People Bridge and tour Smale Park. Deposit the Red Bike to the kiosk, ride the carousel, and enjoy a great meal and craft beer at Christian Moerlein Lager House. After lunch, visit the Underground Railroad Freedom Center or the Reds Hall of Fame. Retrieve a Red Bike, travel back to Bellevue, and return your bike to its original kiosk before walking to dinner on the river in Bellevue, Kentucky.
Trip 2 – Walk a few blocks towards the river and rent a Red Bike from the kiosk in Bellevue, Kentucky. Bike through Newport to the World Peace Bell and then over the Licking River into Covington. Bike through the historical homes on the Ohio River in Covington before heading to Main Strasse for lunch at Otto’s, Bouquet, or Wise Guys. After lunch and sightseeing, bike back towards Newport and have a drink at Newberry’s, which is home to the largest bourbon selection in the world. After Newport, retrace your steps to return your Red Bike to the kiosk in Bellevue. Walk across the street and tour the New Riff Distillery before walking back to the bed and breakfast.
Trip 3 – Walk a few blocks towards the river and rent a Red Bike from the kiosk in Bellevue, Kentucky. Cross over the Purple People Bridge and travel to Fountain Square. After visiting the center of town, bike north to Music Hall and Washington Park before depositing the Red Bike in a kiosk while you shop and eat in Over the Rhine. Either bike back to Bellevue, or catch a cab or Uber if you decide to stay and frequent the many watering holes including Rhinegeist, Taft Ale House, or Sundry and Vice.
“Over 21” Trips
Trip 1 – Make your way over to Cincinnati for lunch at Arnold’s, the city’s longest continuously operating bar and grill. If available, take the Bootlegger’s tour from Arnold’s, or purchase tickets for the American Legacy Tours for Queen City Underground (which was voted one of the Top 5 Underground Tours in the nation). Finish the day off by visiting and having a tasting at some of our favorite local breweries: Rhinegeist Brewery, Madtree, Fifty West, Braxton Brewery, Mt. Carmel, Eight Ball, or Taft Ale House.
Trip 2 – Tour the area casinos, making your way down the Ohio River in consecutive order. Here we have listed how far away each casino is from our bed and breakfast.
- Stop 1 – Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center – Cincinnati, OH (7 miles)
- Stop 2 – Jack Casino – Cincinnati, OH (2 miles)
- Stop 3 – Hollywood Casino – Lawrenceburg, IN (31 miles)
- Stop 4 – Rising Star Casino Resort – Rising Sun, IN (43 miles)
- Stop 5 – Belterra Casino Resort – Florence, IN (54 miles)
Trip 3 – Plan an evening out at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Prior to the show, make the night special by eating at one of Cincinnati’s finer restaurants – either Boca or Sotto – which are less than a block away from the Aronoff Center. Before or after the show, grab a cocktail at Igby’s, the bar located next-door to both restaurants. Finish the evening off with a romantic carriage ride around the city from Fountain Square.