Admire the City from High Atop the Carew Tower in Cincinnati

The Carew Tower has been a Cincinnati skyline landmark since the 1930’s and it is still as beautiful as ever! Go exploring downtown- take the elevators to the top and enjoy the panoramic views of Cincinnati from the Observation Deck.

The majestic Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio
The majestic Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio

History of the Carew Tower:

Construction began on the Carew Tower in 1930.  The building project was originally criticized because Cincinnati was believed to be too far west and too small for such a large building.  That’s hard to believe today!  Less than one hundred years later, just look at the surrounding city…

View of Cincinnati from high atop the Carew Tower

The building was named for Joseph T. Carew. Some of you might recognize that name from the old Mabley and Carew department store chain (which originally had a spot here!).

View of Over the Rhine

Carew Tower Facts:

The Carew Tower has 23 elevators and stands at 49 stories tall.  It was the first office building downtown to have an unmanned elevator operated by push buttons.

William Lamb was the building’s architect and it’s said that he then went on to model another building after it – The Empire State Building.

It is the now the second tallest building in Cincinnati but it held the title as Cincinnati’s tallest building for years.

The John Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River

The Observation Deck:

Hop on one of the many elevators and enjoy the panoramic view of Cincinnati that only the Observation Deck can provide!  Ride up to the 45th floor and then change elevators for the last few floors (or climb a few stairs) and you’ll find yourself at the observation deck.

The Carew Tower observation deck

Surrounded by concrete walls, there’s no need to fear the height.  You will be really high up but you will get to see the city from views you’re not likely to have anywhere else.  Just look at this view of Cincinnati’s Fountain Square…

A look at Fountain Square from the top of the Carew Tower

The Carew Tower allows one to really take in all that is Cincinnati.  From Great American Ball Park right on the Ohio River…

Great American Ballpark and the Ohio River

to Paul Brown Stadium (and nearby practice field) trimmed by the bridges.

Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Ohio

Look up the river and you’ll see Mt. Adams with its own skyline landmark, Holy Cross – Immaculata Church (just left of center in the pic).

the view of Mt. Adams from the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio

Construction of the Great American Tower unseated the Carew Tower and is now Cincinnati’s tallest building.  But I would venture to say it will never win the hearts of Cincinnatians like the Carew Tower has.

The Big Mac bridge and Great American Tower from the top of the Carew Tower

Hours and Admission:

Visiting in 2020? Be sure to check to see if the observation deck is open before you head out to see the Carew Tower.

The Carew Tower Observation Deck hours:
Monday-Thursday 9am-5:30pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm

There is a nominal fee to go out onto the observation deck:
$6 for adults, children 6-11 are $3, and children 5 and under are free.
Cash only!

The Carew Tower
441 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

8 thoughts on “Admire the City from High Atop the Carew Tower in Cincinnati”

  1. Love this building! Mosaic tile and gold leaf ceilings. It’s a lot to take in for those who appreciate history. Orchid Restaurant is not to be missed for Holiday buffets. The views are the best Cincy has to offer. Enjoy!

  2. I have the Orchids buffet on my list of things to try. I’ve heard great things about their buffet. Thanks for the tip, Marisa :).

  3. As an out-of-towner, parking is always a consideration. Where can I park when visiting Carew tower?


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