Great American Ballpark
Home of the Cincinnati Reds
Experience the Park Great American Ballpark Fan Guide
Cincinnati may not be known as a tourist hot-spot but there’s plenty to do around the ballpark, and it has a few advantages over its big(ger) city brethren: it’s surprisingly accessible and easy to navigate, and relatively cheap. Depending on your mood and how much time you have to kill, there are at least three worthwhile stops within walking distance of Great American Ballpark.
Fountain Square is an obvious choice with its cheap parking and convenient location – just three blocks from Great American Ballpark, and smack in the middle of downtown Cincinnati. There are a number of fine dining options just off the square, including Palominos, McCormick and Schmicks, Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse, and Via Vite, which is located right on the Square. If you’re up for a beer, Rock Bottom Brewery, located on the north end of the Square, features locally brewed beer and upscale pub fare at reasonable prices. The famed Graeter’s Ice Cream recently opened a shop on the east side of the Square in the bottom floor of the Fifth Third Bank building. On the southeast corner, just across the street, is the Carew Tower, Cincinnati’s tallest building, which stands 574 feet. With ample shopping and dining possibilities, as well as access to the observation deck for a $2 admission, the Carew Tower is an excellent place to kill time before or after a game. Or, you can just lounge right on the Square beside the Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati’s oldest sculpture.
Sawyer Point, a mile-long riverfront park just south of downtown and just east of Great American Ballpark, is perhaps the best place to spend a couple hours relaxing before the game. Parking is just $5 on game day, and is only a few blocks from the stadium. With paved paths, huge lawns with plenty of benches, a playground, historic sculptures, and a tremendous view of the Ohio River and its five major bridges, Sawyer Point represents much of what is great about Cincinnati. In addition, Serpentine Wall, a massive contoured staircase along the riverbank, is perfect for climbing, or simply lounging on to watch the river barges.
If you park on the Northern Kentucky side, there are plenty of activities to enjoy before or after the game. Newport on the Levee is a full scale mall with shops, a theater, and excellent restaurants, including the Hofbräuhaus, and the Newport Acquarium. Access to the game from Newport can be an experience in itself, whether you cross the Ohio via river taxi or walk the 2,670-foot Purple People Bridge.