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Found along the banks of the Ohio River is the city of Cincinnati, a major hub of entertainment, attractions, art, and dining in the Midwest. Dubbed the “Queen City of the West”, Cincinnati has something to offer to practically any type of traveler. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy live games, foodies will find a variety of trendy restaurants, and art-lovers can check out the different museums and theaters around the city. Whether you’re making a quick stop in Cincinnati or you’re a local who wants to see what this town has to offer, you can expect Bounce’s luggage storage to help you move around freely.
Bounce is a proud partner of several businesses across Cincinnati to provide travelers with a short-term luggage storage service. There is a lot to see in the city. Explore as much as you can without the hassle of dragging your luggage around.
Top Things to Do
Cincinnati is a historic city with eclectic neighborhoods and a charm that’s hard to ignore. With plenty of renowned attractions, unique festivals, major league sports, and world-class art, it can be challenging to decide where to go first in this dynamic river region. Luckily, Bounce’s guide of things to do in Cincinnati can help you make the most out of your visit.
Just like most major cities in the United States, Cincinnati knows how to highlight art. In fact, there is an array of local museums that can amaze and inspire any art-loving visitor.
Cincinnati Art Museum: Located in Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum boasts over 65,000 artworks spanning thousands of years. Admission to the museum is free, and they regularly offer free public tours and other activities. (Bag-check policy: There are complimentary coat rooms in the museum’s Main Lobby and DeWitt entrance. Lockers are available free of charge but big items are required to be stored in the coatroom. If you need more mobility or want to store larger items, check out the safe and secure Bounce partners in the Eden Park area).
American Sign Museum: Undoubtedly one of the city’s most unique attractions, the American Sign Museum has on display some of the most iconic signage used over the years – from gold-leaf glass signs to the heyday of neon signs. The museum is located in the Camp Washington area, and the reasonable admission price makes it a great family outing. (Bag-check policy: The museum does not offer coat check (unless you book a private tour). This won’t a problem because Bounce has partners in the Camp Washington area where you can store your luggage.
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum: If there’s one thing that Cincinnati is most famous for, it’s definitely the city’s rich baseball history. In fact, the city’s baseball team, Cincinnati Reds, is so beloved that an entire museum was established in their honor. Situated in 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum pays homage to the team’s historical achievements. (Bag-check policy: The museum doesn’t offer coat check services at the moment. Guests with baggage can opt to use one of Bounce’s partners in the area to store their luggage while they explore.)
Whether you’re on the hunt for vintage items with a rich history or great deals on designer brands, Cincinnati will surely have a spot that you can check out. From malls and outlet stores to quaint local markets and boutiques, you won’t leave empty-handed.
High-end designer brands: Cincinnati is home to several malls and stores that offer luxury brands. Hyde Park Square is located in the affluent neighborhood of Hyde Park, where you will find a number of designer stores, restaurants, jewelers and more.
Antiques and vintage items: For vintage finds in Cincinnati, Fairfield is your best bet. The city is home to the Ohio Valley Antique Mall, which features 65,000 square feet of floor space and more than 450 antique dealers. You can find just about any item you are looking for here – from furniture and tableware to jewelry, clothing and other accessories. Another famous shopping spot in the area is Jungle Jim’s International Market, where you can find over 180,000 products from more than 70 different countries.
Local arts and crafts: When it comes to experiencing local culture, the best place to visit is the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, home to several locally-owned gift shops and arts and crafts stores. You can also find the famous Findlay Market in this walkable shopping district.
Over the years, Cincinnati has slowly established itself as a foodie’s dream destination. From the iconic Cincinnati-style chili to fine dining favorites, you can’t go wrong with any of the town’s dining spots. Here are Bounce’s top picks on where to eat:
Orchids at Palm Court: Nestled in the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, the Orchids at Palm Court is one of the most praised restaurants in Cincinnati. This fine-dining restaurant has a palatial interior and seasonal tasting menus that are sure to amaze diners. A must-try here is their 10-course tasting menu.
The Precinct: Located in the posh Hyde Park neighborhood, The Precinct is a steakhouse that has continuously been recognized as one of the top steakhouses in all of the United States. The restaurant was founded by Jeff Ruby in 1981 and has become a staple in the Cincinnati dining scene.
Sotto: Everybody loves Italian food but Sotto takes their menu to another level. Located underground in the Central Business district, this restaurant is all about simplicity and intimacy. The menu features an array of classic and modern Italian dishes made out of carefully sourced ingredients.
When most people envision a major metropolitan city, they imagine a place with numerous skyscrapers, bustling streets, eye-catching art, and awe-inspiring architecture. Cincinnati, Ohio, fits that bill to a tee. It’s one of the geographically most significant cities in the American Midwest, as well as one of the United State’s preeminent economic hubs. The land that would become Cincinnati was initially inhabited by the Fort Ancient indigenous tribe until European settlers purchased the area in 1788. Over the centuries, Cincinnati’s residents have increasingly made the city one that welcomes everyone into its boundaries. In 2018, Cincinnati became one of the first cities to stop celebrating Columbus Day and start celebrating Indigenous Peoples instead. Cincinnati’s art, music, and food scenes also reflect this trend of inclusivity; you’ll experience meals, songs, and art pieces from all over the world in the “City of Seven Hills.”
It’s no surprise that millions of people visit Cincinnati every year. Combine that with the “Queen City’s” large population of 300,000 plus residents, and you see why Cincinnati’s is consistently ranked as one of America’s all-time busiest cities. Unfortunately, cities that are as large and densely populated as Cincinnati tend to experience greater than average crime rates. Cincinnati ranks 3 out of 100 on the National Crime Index. About 16,500 crimes are reported annually - with violent crimes making up about 2,549, and property-related crimes making 13,936 of that number. Bounce’s luggage storage service can help protect your valuables from property-related crime. Conversely, local law enforcement and a cool head can keep you and your loved ones safe from harm.
“What’s the best way to get around Cincinnati?”
You’ll need a car to get around Cincinnati with relative ease. For the most part, the city’s too wide to travel around solely on foot. Cincinnati’s public transportation system is affordable and convenient, but buses and trains tend to fill up very quickly. However, biking and scootering are great methods of travel for medium distance trips.
“Is public transportation in Cincinnati safe?”
The METRO buses and AMTRAK trains that run through Cincinnati are definitely safe. However, the Queen City’s transit system is rarely empty. Use Bounce’s luggage storage services to store your extra bags before hitting the road.
“What’s the best neighborhood to stay in Cincinnati?”
Despite its name, Dry Run doesn’t remotely resemble a desert. Rather, Dry Run is a peaceful suburb that’s near some of Cincinnati’s best hotels and restaurants. Dry Run also reports very little criminal activity each year.
“What are the best museums to visit in Cincinnati?”
Some of Cincinnati’s most famous museums are the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the American Sign Museum. Places like the Cincinnati Fire Museum and the Cincinnati History Museum at Union Terminal are also must-sees.
“What’s the best time of year to visit Cincinnati?”
Cincinnati’s prices and temperature may be too high for most to comfortably visit during the summer. However, fall is a great time to travel to the City of Seven Hills. Prices are cheaper, the weather is cooler, and you’ll find no shortage of festivals, concerts, and events.
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Where is the best places to stay and eat while in Cincinnati?
The most popular restaurants to visit are Incline Public House, Parkside Cafe, and Restaurant. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Cincinnati are Garfield Suites Hotel, Cincinnatian Hotel, and Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. When traveling on a budget, the best hostels in Cincinnati are BunkHaus.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Cincinnati?
Cincinnati offers several scenic parks including Eden Park, John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park, and Old Coney Amusement Park.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Cincinnati?
You can find local tourist information at Metro Sales Office, Tourist Information, and Cincinnati Visitors Bureau. Additionally, guideposts can be accessed at Guidepost to make the most of your trip.
What are the best museums and historical attractions in Cincinnati?
If you're looking for a good museum in Cincinnati, we recommend Cincinnati Art Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Taft Museum of Art. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Cincinnati's most popular historical attractions including Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, Cincinnati Observatory, or Eden Park Water Tower and monuments like Veteran’s Monument, World Peace Bell, or Tyler Davidson Fountain. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Ruins, Incinerator, or Mount Adams Incline.
Where can I store my luggage in Cincinnati?
We've partnered with local Cincinnati businesses around the city who offer a dedicated storage room or a designated area that's off limits for customers.
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