The Cincinnati Art Museum is free!
The Contemporary Art Center is located downtown.
The Cincinnati Museum Center is located in the amazing Union Terminal and features a Natural History Museum, a Cincinnati History Museum, a Children’s Museum, and an Omnimax theater.
You can also travel to the top of the Carew Tower and take in the views from the open-air observation deck for just a few bucks.
When in Downtown Cincinnati, check out live music most nights of the week at Fountain Square. While you're there, get Cincinnati's finnest ice cream and sweets at Graeter's. From there, walk up Vine Street to Over the Rhine, where you can grab a taco at Bakersfield, a waffle at Taste of Belgium, coffee at 1215, and a drink at Lackman. If you have any energy left, check out Jason's design shop down the block at 1417 Vine, We Have Become Vikings.
Pop in for some shopping at Mica 12/V at 12th and Vine or Park and Vine at 12th and Main.
Other cool spots downtown include world famous Findlay Market, Christian Moerlein Lager House and Sawyer Point on the river.
Swing in to Northside for Sidewinder Coffee, Listing Loon for a six-pack, Blue Jay for a huge omelette, maybe a taco or two at Northside International Airport, pick up some nice handmades from Mica 12/V and Fabricate and then hit Shake-It Records for hard to find and awesome prices on vinyl records.