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I’m going out on a limb to proclaim I love the Cincinnati Bell Connector (aka the Cincinnati Streetcar). Yes, it has suffered from growing pains, but come on; it’s still in its infancy.

Why do I love the Cincinnati Streetcar? Let me count the ways:
1. The Cincinnati Streetcar is a cheap mode of transportation.
2. It provides a scenic ride. You ride past a lot of interesting ArtWorks murals.
3. It is safe. You can’t get lost on a 3.6 mile loop.
4. The Cincinnati Streetcar takes you to the fun spots in town, from the stadiums at the Banks, to Fountain Square, the Aronoff Center, Jack Casino, Findlay Market and Rhinegeist Brewery to name a few.
5. The Cincinnati Streetcar makes it easy for visitors (as well as some locals) who have a difficult time navigating the one way streets in downtown Cincinnati.
6. It is fun for anyone who has never experienced a ride on a streetcar.
7. It is air conditioned in the summer and warm in the winter.
8. The Cincinnati Streetcar is accessible and easy for those physically challenged.
9. It’s convenient to most downtown hotels.
10. It’s pretty unique. Cincinnati is one of maybe 3 dozen or so cities in the whole US with an operating Light Rail System.

Here’s why it’s handy:
First, it’s FREE to ride.  There are 18 stops along a 3.3 mile figure 8 track layout.

I can hop off at Fountain Square to catch a special event or enjoy lunch or dinner at a wide variety of restaurants or walk over to Race for even more restaurants.

I can view some fantastic art exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center and 21c Museum Hotel for FREE and dine in one of the many restaurants on Walnut and 6th Streets across from the Aronoff Center.

I can go to a Cincinnati Reds ball game, enjoy a few beers, ride to Over the Rhine, enjoy a few more beers and never have to move my car.

I can take the kids on the weekends to Washington Park to play for hours and then stroll over to Graeter’s for a sweet treat.

I can take a ride to Findlay Market experiencing all the sights and aromas, have a bite to eat, do a little shopping and not have the hassle of finding a place to park on the busy weekends.

I can journey north and hop out right in front of Rhinegeist Brewery, less than 20 feet from the Streetcar Station.

User Friendly Guide:

Cost: It’s FREE!

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday and holidays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

My Stuff:
What can I bring on the streetcar? Bicycles, strollers, wheelchairs, scooters, luggage and personal shopping carts or really almost anything but your pet (unless pooch is contained in a carrier). Service animals are allowed.

About Me:
In case you’re wondering what my qualifications are in writing a User Friendly Guide for the Cincinnati Streetcar, I ride the streetcar 4 to 5 times a week. And I’m never alone. I have the pleasure of hosting groups of locals and out-of–town visitors on a 3 hour guided food and culture tour. We begin at the Banks and eat our way to Findlay Market!

If you haven’t taken a ride yet, what are you waiting for? We offer 2 distinct Streetcar Food and Culture Tours 4 times a week.

The Cincinnati Streetcar Food and Culture Tour is every Friday at 1:00PM.
Enjoy dining at 5-6 restaurants, plus that includes a wine and beer tasting. Let us do the work while you relax and enjoy!
Adults $65.00 Children 6-10 $55.00

Our NEW Cincy Top 10 Tour is every Mon/Wed/Fri at 10:00AM.
See the Top 10 Sites and enjoy 5 Famous Bites that Cincinnati is known for! Don’t let the word bite throw you. The food is plenty for lunch.
Adults $60.00 Children 6-10 $50.00

Riverside Food Tours offers 6 different food and culture tours 7 days/ week.

For questions or more information, call 513-289-0035

Laura Noyes
Owner & Guide
Riverside food Tours
March 24, 2018