The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, and pumpkin spice everything is back in season. Yes, autumn has arrived! And with it comes a slew of fun fall activities in Cincinnati. There’s something for everyone this season, whether you’re into sports, arts, culture, or just spending time outdoors. So be sure to check out our list of the 15 best things to do in Cincinnati this fall!
1. Catch a Reds game at Great American Ball Park
The Cincinnati Reds are in the thick of their pennant race, and you can be there to cheer them on at Great American Ball Park. There’s nothing like experiencing a live baseball game, and with the Reds playing some of their best baseball in years, now is the perfect time to catch a game. Tickets start at just $15, so it’s a great activity for the whole family.
2. Take in the fall foliage at Sharon Woods
One of the best things about fall is the changing leaves; there’s no better place to see them than Sharon Woods. The park is home to over 75 species of trees, so you’re sure to see some stunning colors. And with over 35 miles of hiking trails, you can explore the park at your own pace.
3. Visit the Cincy Zoo for Fall Fest
The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the best in the country, and Fall Fest is a great time to visit. The event features over 50 rides and attractions, as well as live music and entertainment. And, of course, you can see all your favorite animals up close. Fall Fest runs from September 21st to October 27th, so check it out!
4. Get spooked at the Haunted Hotel
Looking for a few scares this fall? Then head to the Haunted Hotel in Newport on the Levee. The haunted house is one of the most popular in the area, and it’s not for the faint of heart. With over 20 rooms of terror, it’s sure to give you a good scare.
5. Go apple picking at Country Sun Farms
One of the best things about fall is all the delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables, and there’s no better place to get them than Country Sun Farms. The farm grows over 20 varieties of apples, so you’re sure to find your favorite. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try your hand at apple cider making!
6. Attend Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich, and it’s not to be missed. The festival features live music, traditional German food and beer, and plenty of lederhosen! It’s a great way to experience German culture and have a lot of fun simultaneously.
7. Pick pumpkins at Tractor Supply Co.
Looking for the perfect pumpkin? Then head to Tractor Supply Co.! The store has a huge pumpkin patch with over 8,000 pumpkins. And if you’re feeling creative, you can even decorate your pumpkin on site.
8. Go on a hayride at Young’s Dairy
Fall is the perfect time to visit Young’s Dairy, where you can go on a hayride, see the farm animals, and pick out your pumpkin. The dairy also has an ice cream shop to enjoy a delicious treat after all your activities.
9. Relax at a spa day
After all the fun activities, you might need a day to relax. And what better way to do that than at a spa? There are plenty of great spas in Cincinnati, so you can find one that fits your needs. Whether you’re looking for a massage or a facial, you will find the perfect treatment.
10. Go wine tasting at Valley Vineyards
Valley Vineyards is a great place to go wine tasting, with over 20 different wines to try. The vineyard also offers tours and barrel tastings to learn about wine-making. And if you get hungry, there’s a restaurant on site serving up delicious food.
11. Explore Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood
Over-the-Rhine is one of Cincinnati’s most historic neighborhoods and worth exploring. With its cobblestone streets and quaint architecture, it’s like stepping back in time. And with over 100 restaurants and bars, plenty keeps you busy.
12. Take a scenic drive on the Ohio River Scenic Byway
One of the best ways to see fall foliage is from the comfort of your car. And with the Ohio River Scenic Byway, you can do just that. The byway runs along the Ohio River, full of beautiful scenery. Be sure to stop at the overlooks for some great photo opportunities!
13. Visit Kings Island for Halloween Haunt
Kings Island is transformed into a Halloween nightmare during Halloween Haunt. With over 100 scares, it’s not for the faint of heart. But if you’re brave enough to venture through, you will surely have a great time.
14. See a show at the Aronoff Center
The Aronoff Center is one of Cincinnati’s premier performing arts venues, and there’s always something going on. From Broadway shows to local productions, there’s sure to be a show that you’ll enjoy. And with three different theaters, there’s something for everyone.
15. Shop at Findlay Market
Findlay Market is Cincinnati’s oldest public market, and it’s a great place to find unique gifts. With over 60 vendors, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. And if you get hungry, there are plenty of food options.
Which of these activities will you be doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments!