Day Trips: Cincinnati

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

Recently we have been speaking about Iceland, which was on a large scale. We have also done some day trips, which can be much more manageable.

Cincinnati Skyline | Young Broke Travel

Kaleigh and I were watching around for deals when one day we stumbled upon a deal from Atlanta to the great state of Ohio (and don’t worry, this deal is very common). Frontier airlines was featuring a 1 cent sale….you read that right, 1 cent. Every once in a while Frontier will put out a sale, and charge only 1 cent in addition to the standard taxes and fees (only $15 one way). We scanned the list and picked Cincinnati. A round trip just $30. To help you keep track, I’ll be keeping a running total in parenthesis: ($30/pp)

With flights handled we moved onto transportation from the airport to the center of the city, a quick Google search turned up this:

Cincinnati Airport to Downtown | Young Broke Travel

QUICK TIP: You can use Google maps to estimate the costs of all sorts of transit options. Use the bus icon to look into public transportation.

With this quick search we are able to see that the average rideshare cost is over (ENTER PRICE) whereas the bus option is $2.00. I’d say that’s a pretty good deal! ($34/pp).

Once we arrived in the city, we were let off at the Fountain Square. We tend to enjoy climbing tall towers to see the view of the cities we visit, so we made our way to the top of Carew Tower. Even though it doesn’t seem like it (it was not very touristy when we were there), you do have to pay at the top. It was $6 per adult ($40/pp). The views were spectacular though.

Findlay Market | Young Broke Travel

We then we to Findlay Market by Uber which was $8 for us both. ($44/pp) (If you want an indoor/outdoor market with any food you could imagine, I would highly recommend going there. There’s fresh fruits, veggies, meats, pastries, etc. We got an authentic Belgium waffle! The buildings surrounding the marketing are painting in bright colors and there are people selling unique pottery. There is also a Biergarten and plenty of seating.

After the city, we took an Uber for $7.53 to the Smale Riverfront Park. ($47.77/pp). There we enjoyed the view and the metal swings in the park. We were blessed with a gorgeous, breezy day. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge was closed so we were able to walk on part of it.

Cincinnati John A. Roebling Bridge | Young Broke Travel

Then we decided to go see a show at the Aronoff Center, which we walked all the way to. We were able to get tickets for King and I at $30/pp. ($77.77/pp). Piece of advice: before a day trip, get plenty of sleep. We had an event very late the night before Cincinnati and then got on an 8am flight. So we were running off about 3 hours of sleep. That meant I could hardly stay awake during the show.

After the show, we walked around a little more and went back to the Fountain Square. There we went to Chipotle and spit a bowl. Notice I’m not adding food cost into our running total. This is because regardless one has to eat in a given day and we eat rather inexpensively. If we choose to splurge on an expensive meal that is definitely worth the money, I would add it to the trip’s cost. Speaking of food – you must go to Graeter’s! It’s an ice cream shop that has been around since 1870! We tried their salted caramel and it was some of the best ice cream we had ever had, second to Iceland maybe.

Then we made our way back to the airport. We chose to Uber at $22.62 to get back quickly, but we recommend the bus system again for $2/pp. That would make our running total $79.77/pp for the whole trip (excluding food). So budget $100/pp on a day trip to Cincinnati.

- Matt & Kaleigh


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