Free (or Low Cost) Things to Do in Cincinnati.

Purple People Bridge

(Photo c/o CincinnatiUSA.com)

With so much to see and do, Cincinnati really is an exciting city to visit. And best of all: accommodations, attractions, and things to do don’t need to break the bank on your next visit!

With 2 InTown Suites locations to choose from (one in Cincinnati and one in the nearby Fairfield) you’ll have no problem finding affordable accommodations. Read on to discover the top things you can see and do in Cincinnati for free (or, almost free!).

Take a Walk Over the Purple People Bridge.

Get out of your suite and stretch your legs with a walk over the beautiful Ohio River. The Purple People Bridge is an 1886 former railroad bridge, carefully restored into a pedestrian-only route connecting two states – the longest bridge of its kind in the country. Be sure to pack the camera with you – the views from the bridge are absolutely stunning.

Marvel at Eden Park’s Stunning Views.

Home to many well known attractions (the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Krohn Conservatory, and more), Eden Park is one of the most sought-after parks in Cincinnati. Cost-free, enjoy stunning views, the Hinkle Magnolia Garden (including a picturesque gazebo, memorial tree groves and paths), Mirror Lake, and the famous Bettman Fountain. Pack a picnic and head out for a beautiful day in Eden Park; be sure to check out the Krohn Conservatory while you’re there!

Admire Beautiful Artwork at the Taft Museum.

Located in downtown Cincinnati, the Taft Museum of Art offers free admission on Wednesdays your enjoyment. Housed in a Greek Revival mansion, the building itself is worthy of a visit. Here you’ll enjoy thousands of important works, including those by Ingres, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, and Whistler. Taft is also well known for its collection of Limoges enamels, 19th century American paintings, and European decorative arts.

Come Face to Face with Animals at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The second oldest zoo in the United States, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is home to many fascinating breeding programs for cheetahs, Malayan tigers, Masai giraffes, and more. Although not free of charge, buying your tickets online will save a couple dollars ($16 per adult or $11 per child for general admission). Enjoy encounters with dozens of fascinating animals, from birds, to reptiles, mammals and more!

Browse Through the Findlay Market.

Founded in 1852, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously running public market, making it the perfect place to peruse. Grab an open table and simply people watch, or enjoy shopping for delicious eats, artisan gifts, flowers, beer, wine, and much more! 

Learn About Local History at the Spring Grove Cemetery.

Though a cemetery may not be the most typical attraction in a city, the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati is a must-see for new visitors. The second oldest planned cemetery in the United States, Spring Grove is a peaceful haven that offers 12 ponds, breathtaking Gothic monuments, as well as one of the best collections of flowering trees available here in the Midwest.

A visit to Cincinnati, Ohio, doesn’t have to break the bank. Stay with us at InTown Suites and enjoy plenty of free or low-cost activities and things to do in Cincinnati. No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to be entertained.

For more ideas on what to do in Cincinnati, including other amenities, restaurants and shops nearby, check out the Area Guide tab on our Cincinnati Northwest Short Term Housing page.

Enjoy your stay!

Celebrating Easter at Your Home Away From Home

(Photo c/o RealSimple.com)

(Photo c/o RealSimple.com)

Easter is a lovely time of year, signifying renewal, rebirth, and the onset of spring and warmer weather. So if you find yourself away from home this year, worry not – there are plenty of ways to celebrate and the staff at InTown Suites have a few ideas on how to do just that.

Make Easter at your InTown Suite just like any other with the help of these activities and things to do!

Enjoy Easter Egg Fun.

Eggs have long been part of many Easter traditions, and we’re not just talking about the chocolate ones! This year, embrace the tradition and try:

  • Egg Painting – pick up an Easter egg coloring kit at the local grocery store and enjoy hours of fun with the kids, dyeing, colouring and decorating eggs! Get even more adventurous with glitter, stickers, and other decorations. (Be sure to hard boil your eggs and let them cool before dyeing; see full instructions here).
  • An Easter egg hunt - using some of the decorated eggs (and/or some chocolate ones too!), hide the eggs around your InTown Suite or at a safe, outdoor location nearby. Be sure to include a range of hiding spots suitable for the children – some up high, down low, easily visible, and some a little bit more camouflaged.
  • Egg Tapping – the perfect Easter competition! To play, get in teams of two; one person holds their hard-boiled egg and taps the egg of their opponent, trying to crack the opponent’s egg without damaging their own!

Make A Festive Easter Treat.

For many of us, Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without at least one chocolatey treat! There are plenty of great (and simple) recipes out there, but we’ve found one that we especially like, and it requires few ingredients and little prep!

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

At the grocery store, pick up:

  • 1 c peanut butter
  • ¼ unsalted butter
  • 8 oz dark cocoa melting chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ c powdered sugar

Directions

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and 1c powdered sugar over medium heat until completely melted and starting to bubble – stir constantly.

Remove from heat.

Add the remaining sugar in small increments, stirring after each new addition. Set aside and let cool.

Chill dough in the fridge before rolling into eggs.

Using your hands, shape dough into flat ovals. Place the eggs on lined baking sheet, and then put them in the freezer for about an hour until hardened.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating for about 30 seconds and then stirring, repeating the process until smooth.

Using 2 forks, roll each egg into the chocolate and return them to the baking sheet. Once all eggs are coated, return the baking sheet to the freezer for another hour or 2 until completely set.

Store in the freezer until ready to eat. Enjoy!

(Recipe recommended by InTown Suites, courtesy of cakescottage.com).

Try Simple Springtime Activities.

The latest post on the InTown Suites blog was all about things to do this spring, including crafts, activities, and games. For more ideas on how to celebrate Easter this year, check out our ideas for low-cost, simple spring activities for kids!

From everyone here at InTown Suites: Happy Easter!

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