Free and Cheap Things to do in Cincinnati, Winter Edition

It may be cold and it may just snow…. perhaps a few of these fun free and cheap winter things to do in Cincinnati will help you get out and enjoy our fine city!

All activities listed are for the winter of 2017-2018.

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Free and Cheap Things to do in Cincinnati All Winter:

Great Parks of Hamilton County offers a number of winter events that happen inside and outside. You do have to have a park sticker to get into the park and it’s currently $10/car for all of 2017. Click here for the Great Parks event calendar.

The Taft Museum of Art is open and free on Sundays. They often have activities scheduled for Sundays so be sure to check out their event calendar for times.

The 21c Museum Hotel has two floors of art galleries that are free and always open (24/7) unless they have a private event. Click here to see their current exhibition.  The 21C Museum Hotel is right across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

The Cincinnati Art Museum offers free admission and they have a number of fun events.  There is a fee to park in their lot but you can park just down the hill for free and walk up.  As of Dec., 2016, parking is free in the Art Museum lot.

The Contemporary Arts Center (downtown, across from the Aronoff Center) now offers free admission!

The Cincinnati Park District also offers a number of winter time events. Click here for the Cincinnati Park’s event calendar.

“Music Live at Lunch” at the Christ Church Cathedral (downtown): At 12:10 p.m. each Tuesday,  September through May;  The concerts feature a variety of music, ranging from classical to jazz and music of other cultures. You may bring your lunch or purchase one at the cathedral for $5.

The Ice Rink at Fountain Square is open until mid-February; You can bring your own skates or rent them at the rink. $6 to skate and $4 to rent skates; If it rains or gets too warm, the rink may be closed so be sure to check before you head out there.

When proper ice thickness allows, ice skaing is permitted in designated areas at the following parks (Great Parks of Hamilton County): Miami Whitewater Forest, Mitchell Memorial Forest, Sharon Woods, Triple Creek, Winton Woods and Woodland Mound. Safe skating areas are designated with barrels and signs. Great Parks Rangers check ice conditions daily. Great Parks sticker is required to get into the parks and it is $10/car/year.

Let the kids play inside at the Sharon Woods Adventure Station Indoor Playground. Great Parks pass required to get into the park ($10 per car for the entire year). Admission is $2.50/child.

Enjoy a show at the Drake Planetarium in Norwood.

Enjoy an event and see the oldest public telescope in the country at The Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Lookout.

Free and Cheap Tours You Might Enjoy:

The City of Cincinnati offers tours of City Hall.  See our blog post about our City Hall Tour here.

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington) has a self-guided tour and will also lead a tour for your group of 10 or more (for a “small fee”).  See our blog post about our Basilica Tour here.

Tours of the Isaac Wise Temple (aka Plum Street Temple) are given to groups on scheduled Thursday mornings, by appointment only. Contact Margie Burgin, Program Director, 513-793-2556, to schedule. See our blog post from our Tour of the Plum Street Temple here.


All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

About Bridgett Raffenberg 857 Articles
Cincinnati lover, Mom, wife, travel enthusiast, Wordpress lover (not necessarily in that order). Founder of 365 Things to do in Cincinnati.


    • It may be just a parking lot, Terri. I thought there was a garage off to the right as you pull in. No? Perhaps I’m thinking of the Playhouse in the Park.

      • Parking is now free at Cincinnati Art Museum. Revenue now comes from Special Events tickets. Just discovered this when I went to ‘Into the Woods’ exhibit. If you have AARP card those tickets are half-price!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Please keep an eye on our new event calendar. It’s still a work in progress but we should have some suggestions for you there. Have a great time on your visit to Cincinnati!

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