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CINCINNATI &

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GROUP TOURS



HISTORY + ARCHITECTURE

The following architechture and history tours in Cincinnati are designed for group tours and motorcoaches. For a sample itinerary of Cincinnati architecture and interests, click here.

Sample Itinerary

Day One

10:00 am National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Guided Tour The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum in based on the history of the Underground Railroad. The Center also pays tribute to all efforts to "abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people."
Noon NURFC North Star Cafe Lunch  
1:30 pm Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal Union Terminal Tour Learn about the construction and Art
Deco architecture of an iconic Cincinnati building.
2:30 pm Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal Cincinnati History Museum Step back in time to Cincinnati’s Public Landing circa 1860 and board a 94‐foot side‐wheel steamboat. Experience Cincinnati’s WWII home‐front and stroll by Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods in the nation's largest full‐motion, S‐scale urban layout.
4:30 Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor Enjoy a cool treat in the most beautifully tiled ice cream parlor in the city.
5:00 Hotel   Down Time
7:00 Carew Tower Dinner Dining amidst an art deco paradise at Orchids at Palm Court


Day Two

10:00 am Cincinnati Civil War Tour Over-the-Rhine Discover how Cincinnati played a crucial role in the Union’s success in the Battle Between the States.  Take in the unique architecture of the Over-the-Rhine district in your tour.
Noon Gateway Quarter in Over-the-Rhine Lunch on your own Over-the-Rhine is one of the largest, most intact urban historic districts in the United States, believed to contain the nation's largest collection of Italianate architecture. Several unique and eclectic choices are available.  Taste of Belguim, Senate, A Tavola Bar & Trattoria, Bakersfield, Venice on Vine
1:30 Findlay Market   Taste of the World Tour to explore this open air marketplace
3:30 Wm Howard Taft Nat’s Historic Site Guided tour Tour the home of the only person to become President of the United States and the Chief Justice of the United States.
5:00 Hotel   Down Time
6:00 BB Riverboats Dinner Dinner cruise on the Ohio River


Day Three

10:00 am Harriett Beecher Stowe House Guided Tour The home of the woman who, as according to President Abraham Lincoln, wrote the book that started the Civil War.
Noon Cohearts Riverhouse Lunch Lunch in Ripley, OH alongside the Ohio River
1:00 John Parker House Guided Tour Learn how this ex-slave became the first African American to hold a US Patent and assist countless passengers along the Underground Railroad.
2:00 John Rankin House Guided Tour John Rankin assisted more than 2000 fugitives over the  years as one of the key stops along the Underground Railroad.  This Presbyterian minister’s house sits on a commanding view of Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley.
3:30 Harriet Beech Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum Guided Tour Visit one of the oldest settlements in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and see antebellum, brick homes.  This is where Harriet Beech Stowe witnessed a slave auction and prompted her to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
6:00   Dinner  

 

Cincinnati's Art Deco Hertiage

Carew Tower is a 49-story, 574-foot (175 m) building completed in 1930 in the heart of overlooking the Ohio River waterfront. It is the second-tallest building in the city and was added to the register of National Historic Landmarks. The complex is a fine example of French Art Deco architecture, and was used as the model for the Empire State Building in New York City. On a clear day, visitors can see for miles in all directions, and three states. The attached Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel has rare Brazilian rosewood paneling, two-story ceiling murals and original German silver-nickel sconces. The hotel's Hall of Mirrors banquet room was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. Cap off your visit to the Carew Tower with lunch at the beautiful Orchids at Palm Court in the Hilton.


Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Just ask anyone who reads mysteries: Cemeteries are in! A National Historic Landmark chartered in 1845, Spring Grove Cemetery offers 733 acres housing a magnificent arboretum, open-air museum, and tranquil sanctuary just minutes away from downtown Cincinnati.






Cincinnati History Museum at Union Terminal

Housed in the Art Deco Union Terminal, the Cincinnati History Museum is a fascinating look at Cincinnati through the years. The museum features the recreated Cincinnati Public Landing from the 1850s and an exhibit covering Cincinnati's role in World War II, Cincinnati In Motion is a scale model representation of Downtown Cincinnati in the 1940s featuring working streetcars. Additional opportunities at the Museum include an IMAX movie, Natural History Museum, Children’s Museum, Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor with other dining options. The Museum can provide your group with a step on guide to tour your group into the city and around the seven hills of Cincinnati.


Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine is one of the largest, most intact urban historic districts in the United States. The neighborhood has a variety of architectural styles that were common in nineteenth and early twentieth century urban America; muted Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne. Thanks to a decade-long revitalization effort, OTR is one of the hottest spots in the rgions. Hundreds of historic buildings have been restored to their former glory, and many are home to trendy new shops and some of the city’s hottest new restaurants.







National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Based on the history of the Underground Railroad, The Center pays tribute to all efforts to "abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people." It is one of a new group of "museums of conscience," along with the Museum of Tolerance, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum. The Center offers insight into the struggle for freedom in the past, in the present, and for the future, as it attempts to challenge visitors to contemplate the meaning of freedom in their own lives. Its location recognizes the significant role of Cincinnati in the history of the Underground Railroad, as thousands of slaves escaped to freedom by crossing the Ohio River to the city.


Underground Railroad tour featuring the NURFC

See the world renowned National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati then visit the home of the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Embark onto the actual Underground Railroad as you visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum to witness locations soiled by acts of slavery then walk into the homes of John Parker and Thomas Rankin who harbored runaway slaves on the journey for their lives across their River Jordan, the mighty Ohio River.

 



William Howard Taft National Historic Site

High atop one of Cincinnati's most prominent hilltops stands the two-story Greek Revival house where William Howard Taft was born and grew up. Hard work, a good education, and an interest in civic duty are attributes that made the Taft family outstanding leaders over the years. The environment that shaped Taft's character and philosophy is highlighted on a visit to the site. Taft went on to become the 27th President of the United States and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have served in both offices.






Heritage Village Museum

Heritage Village Museum is a living history museum depicting life in Southwestern Ohio through-out the 19th Century.  Homes, out-buildings and equipment on the museum grounds were moved here from other locations in the region to be preserved and aid in telling the story of our recent past. Interpreters at the museum provide the facts and stories that bring the Village to life with nostalgic glances of days gone by.


Findlay Market

Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts the most socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse crowds found anywhere in Cincinnati. They come for the sights, sounds, and smells of an old-fashioned public market, the great variety of fabulous fresh foods, bargains, people watching, and a quintessentially urban shopping experience.  Whether you're looking for a school field trip or a unique way to spend an afternoon with your friends, we've got a Findlay Market tour for you!