Cincinnati’s 20 Best Guided Tours

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~ Find Your Perfect Tour ~

I'm visiting Cincinnati soon and there are so many tours to choose from.  Which one is right for me?  Cincinnati draws over a half million visitors a week!  There are multiple tours to choose from.  Before we list your options, what are you looking for?

  1. See the top sites in the city in a short amount of time?
  2. Be escorted by a professional, local and friendly guide?
  3. Want to ride the new streetcar?
  4. Try some of the food Cincinnati is famous for?
  5. Sample craft beer and visit a local brewery?
  6. Interested in the history and culture of the city?
  7. Interested in the various museums and art scene?
  8. Interested in walking tours only?
  9. Interested in the brewing history?
  10. Interested in factory tours?

Besides using sources like Trip Advisor, here is more information in helping you decide.

Riverside Food Tours offers the best, highest rated overall tour experience for those wishing to accomplish the most in a short amount of time.  Their 3 hour tours offers  satisfying and unique food choices for the price, plus most tours include alcoholic beverage samples. The tour encompasses the entire city from the banks of the south side of the city to Findlay Market in the north.  

Their friendly tour guides are Certified Tour Ambassadors who know the city and are excellent story tellers!  Two of the Cincinnati tours include an all day streetcar ticket, but all tours include easy walking so you actually see the city!

They also offer tours across the Ohio River in Covington, KY.  Covington is a hidden gem and only 2 minutes from downtown Cincinnati!  Riverside Food Tours also accommodates your schedule offering 6 different tours 7 days a week plus 2 evenings.

Cincinnati Heritage 'Walk Cincinnati Tours' offers 8 different walking tours throughout Cincinnati.  The 2 tours are led by volunteer docents from Cincinnati museum and are $25. each for non members and $20. each for Cincinnati Museum members.

Cincinnati's Best Walking Tours offers 1 - 2.5 hour walking tours only for $15- 30.00 each in various downtown neighborhoods.

Cincy Brew Bus offers 3-5 hour group tours via bus for up to 16 people from $35 - 69.00 each.  Tours vary depending on locations, time and amount alcohol served (ie. $35.00 for 15ounces on short brewery tour).

Pedal Wagon Tours is a 15-person, pedal-powered open wagon that stops at various bars and breweries in Cincinnati.  Operating 7 days a week.  $30 for a seat on the wagon.

American Legacy Tours offers a wide variety of historic and underground tours ranging from 90 minutes to 4.5 hours throughout the city.  Most popular are their underground tunnel tours in historic neighborhoods featuring beer brewing history.  Fees: $25.-60.00

The Garage OTR as an alternative to walking, this company offers 3 downtown tour routes.  All three routes are 2hr experiences, including 15-20 min of training and a 90 min guided ride. Fee: $60.00 each

Craft Connection similar to Cincy Brew Bus, offers educational tours of Cincinnati​ ​and Northern Kentucky's​ ​best craft breweries​ ​and distilleries​.  Tours are 3-3.5 hrs for $55.00 each

BB Riverboats offers a variety of daily lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises on the Ohio River. Fees: $25. and up

Scott's Great American Ballpark Tours offers behind the scenes tours of the Cincinnati Reds and the Great American Ballpark for only $20. each.

Artworks Cincinnati offers private group tours of the mural scene in downtown Cincinnati.  Or you can download a self guided map and do your own tour!

Cincinnati Urban Adventures is part of a world wide franchise offering various 2-3 hour sightseeing tours in Cincinnati with snacks and drinks.  Fees: $45-69.00

Flavors of the Queen City offers 2 different food tours on Friday and Saturdays.  Check calendar for availability.  Fees $56.

Rookwood Pottery is Cincinnati's oldest pottery company dating back from 1880Free guided factory tours are available on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30am.  Contact tours@rookwood.com to schedule a free private tour.

Findlay Market Tours offers free 30 minute guided tours of Cincinnati's oldest market the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 10am.  Sign up here to take a tour.

Cincinnati Food Tours offers a variety of food tours in Cincinnati starting at $25. for the Findlay Market tour to $65.00. for OTR neighborhood.

Cincinnati Art Museum offers an art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. Free public tours are available at 1pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Cincinnati Dinner Train Step back in time and enjoy a scenic ride and dinner.  the 3 hour dinner excursions are Saturday nights at 6pm.  Fee is $84.95 each.  Reserve early as they are booked weeks ahead.  Tickets

Carew Tower Observation Deck is a self guided stop for those wishing to see a panoramic view of the city.  Only $4.00 allows you a view from 49 stories high!  Hours and information

Contemporary Art Center and 21c Museum Hotel offers a free 2 for 1 tour every Saturday at 1:00pm.  Join CAC docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. Meet in the lobby of the 21C.  

 

Written by Laura Noyes, May 23, 2018