Walking Tours in the NKY and Cincy Region

There’s no better way to immerse yourself and really get a local “sense of place” when traveling to Northern Kentucky than with a walking tour. You can enjoy history, get spooked on a haunted tour, taste a variety of local cuisine, and get up close with some jaw-droppingly gorgeous works of public art. 

Cincinnati and NKY offer walking tours to match almost every possible interest. Browse the list below to find a walking tour that matches your travel preferences, from food and brewery tours to art tours and everything in between.

Geocaching Adventure Lab

Are you looking for educational self-guided tours or unique and fun scavenger hunts? Download the Geocaching Adventure Lab app now! The Adventure Lab app guides individuals through walking tours while solving puzzles and finding clues and is a great way to get out and see the historic and eclectic communities in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. While there are dozens available, here are 5 that we have curated and recommend:

Image is of a small, brown fairy door that say's "City Manager" on it.

Newport Fairy Doors

Explore Newport's Historic East Row neighborhood and their large population of fairy residents. Don't be surprised if you don't see them, but enjoy the hunt of finding their doors.

Image is of the bronze statue of James Bradley sitting on a bench, reading a book.

Covington Black History Tour

This tour highlights the history and accomplishments of Covington, Kentucky's African American population through art and architecture. 


Roebling Adventure

Learn about the iconic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and its architect, John A. Roebling, through an adventure that takes you to his old office, his statue and shares interesting facts about the bridge and its creation. 

Mural designed like a multi-colored quilt with a portrait of Frida Kahlo in the center

Mainstrasse Village Art Adventure

Explore Covington's charming and historic Mainstrasse Village neighborhood. Enjoy the stroll as you take in statues, a robust collection of art and access to some amazing local cuisine. 

Image is of the Garden Party at the Taft Mural on Fairfield Ave in Bellevue.Exploring Bellevue's Historic Fairfield Avenue

Welcome to Bellevue's Historic Fairfield Avenue. Casually stroll through this charming commerce district where you can find great art, as well as local shops, restaurants and bars. 

The glass windowed front of Revival Vintage Spirits with bourbon bottles visible through the windows and a wood sign with Revival written on it hanging over the door

Covington's Bourbon Walk

On this adventure you will stop at 10 bars and restaurants that embrace Kentucky's native spirit and history. From amazing cocktails and food to historic buildings and famous architects, this walk is tasty and fun.

Image is of the outside facade of Taste of Elm with tables, chairs and umbrellas in front on the side walk.Sipping and Shopping on Elm 

Ludlow, Kentucky welcomes you to explore their vibrant Elm Street. On Elm you can learn about Ludlow's railway history, shop vintage, try Kentucky bourbon and see a circus performance!

Walking food tours in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

On the Northern Kentucky side of the Ohio River, enjoy our favorite local foods with Riverside Food Tours. They can also take you to some of our favorite foodie spots in Cincinnati.

Guided and self-guided art tours

Northern Kentucky also offers many self-guided walking tours like the Riverside Statue Tour, the Covington Black History Tour, and Secret Cincinnati Tour, and several more. Find them at NKY Art Walks.

Walking history and ghost tours in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Interested in seeing history up close? American Legacy Tours is a great option! As they say on their website, “When you’re looking for thing to do in Cincinnati, American Legacy Tours has you covered with the best walking & bus tours in Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington. Our walking tours range from Food and Drink to Underground Tours to Historic, and Haunted Tours” 

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky brewery tours

Our more than 50 craft beer breweries in the Cincy/NKY region draw many travelers and we have amazing beer history too. There were once hundreds of breweries here and we were one of the leading producers of beer in the U.S. pre-Prohibition. 

Brewing Heritage Trail can take you on a walking beer tour through Cincinnati to see the evolution of beer history, both above and below ground.




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