Featured photo: Leigh Taylor; courtesy of Cincinnati USA
It’s time to say goodbye to the hot and humid Summer and hello to the crisp, cool Autumn air, and we can think of no better place to do so, than in the Queen City. Rooted in German heritage, Cincinnati is a city that knows how to celebrate Fall. For locals, the festive season really kicks off with Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the US), which celebrates all things German heritage with beer, food and a crowd favorite, wiener dog races… sign us up for watching dachshunds dressed in hot dog bun costumes any day! For those always searching for the perfect fall ale, the beer-filled celebrations don’t end there. You can find one-of-a-kind fall-inspired beers throughout the city, all season long. If fall foods are your thing, then mark your calendars for Findlay Market’s Fall Food Fest, a 3-day event featuring dozens of fall-themed food samples, live music and activities for the whole family.
Looking for more of that fall-festive-feeling? From the best foliage-filled trails to where to stock up on Autumn-inspired scents, here are our top seven Cincinnati fall activities.
1. Hike amongst the falling leaves.
Step outside and explore some of the best trails the city has to offer. Located just a few minutes from downtown, is Cincinnati’s largest park, Mt. Airy Forest, with miles long trails and a wheelchair-accessible treehouse, making it a destination for everyone. Soak up skyline panoramic views of Cincinnati and Covington’s changing leaves from the highest hill at Devou Park. Planning to add to your at-home garden? Autumn is the best time to plant and you can find more than 60 native plants, scrubs and trees at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Traveling with little ones? The Nature Center’s PlayScape will “inspire passion for nature” while also letting them burn all that never-ending energy.
2. Enjoy a cool beer.
3. Bundle up for a cozy picnic.
4. Warm up with a cup of coffee.
Ditch the pumpkin spice latte and warm up with a cup of Woke-anda blend from our neighbors at blaCk Coffee Lounge. They have everything you need to refuel, including house made pastries, quiches and sandwiches. On your way out, make sure to buy a custom tee and bag of beans to take home with you.
5. Get festive.
6. See a show at the theatre.
7. Shop local.
Find all of the best fall-themed scents at The Candle Lab in OTR. Looking to customize your home fragrances? Pour your own candle in their Candle Lab! After designing your custom scent, get out and explore the rest of the OTR shopping scene! Fill your home with leafy plant babies to help fight the winter blues from Forage, find the perfect fuzzy fall sweater from Sloane Boutique, shop for the perfect soup bowl from Rookwood Pottery and buy a stack of books to help get you through the upcoming hibernation season from the Ohio Book Store. Whatever your fall shopping needs are, you can find it in OTR.