Looking to take a trip to deepen or re-establish your spiritual connection? Pack your bags and make a list--you don’t want to miss any of the faith-friendly attractions that Northern Kentucky has to offer.
At over 1.5 football fields long and reaching higher than a four-story house, Ark Encounter is one of the largest timber-frame structures in the world. Explore three decks of cutting-edge exhibits, zip lines, and petting zoo area. Also enjoy dining in the themed restaurant or grab some ice cream, fudge, freshly smoked meats, and more throughout the grounds.
The Creation Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum that brings the pages of the Bible to life with animatronic characters, a tranquil garden of Eden, life-size dinosaurs, a special effects theater, planetarium and more. Another opportunity for incredible zip lines awaits!
St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
Thousands of visitors visit the Cathedral every year, and for good reason! Whether you want to appreciate the gothic architecture and gargoyles, celebrate mass in a cathedral basilica, or relax in the sunlight pouring through the stained glass, a visit to St. Mary’s will accomplish your goals. The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is one of 85 minor basilicas in the United States.
Mother of God Church
Featuring five large murals depicting the mysteries of the rosary, large stained glass windows imported from Munich in 1890, and Italian Renaissance basilica design, Mother of God church is a work of art that’s sure to lift your spirits.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Located in downtown Cincinnati just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River, the great natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in 2004. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, the museum challenges one’s consciousness and seeks to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.
Garden of Hope
The Garden of Hope was the dream of the Reverend Morris H. Coers, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Covington. Coers was inspired by a 1938 visit to the Holy Land and knew that many in the Cincinnati area would never have the opportunity to visit overseas, so he decided to bring a bit of the Holy Land to Northern Kentucky. The center of the garden features a replica of Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem and the grounds of the garden were planted with thousands of plants and trees, many of which were native to the Holy Land. The garden also showcases an Italian marble statue of Jesus delivering the “Sermon on the Mount” and a large stone from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Pray the Steps at Holy Cross Immaculata
“Praying the steps” is a Cincinnati tradition that involves climbing the steps to the church overlooking the Ohio River atop Cincinnati’s Mount Adams neighborhood. Each year since the 1860s, thousands of people from all 50 states and even international visitors of all faiths make the climb on Good Friday.
NKY Art Tours
Featuring self-guided tours of stunning public art in Northern Kentucky’s river cities, NKY Art Tours is a great resource to use when you’re ready to do some exploring. From black history, architecture, murals, statues, and more, NKY Art Tours will help you map out your intended route, then add a few more to your list.
Monte Casino at Thomas More University
Monte Casino is the smallest church in the world. It was built in 1878 by Benedictine monks and moved to the college campus in 1965 after being abandoned and vandalized. Measuring six feet by nine feet, the ceiling inside is eight feet high. Definitely a sight to see, Monte Casino is full of history and closeby to great shopping and restaurants at Crestview Hills Town Center.