The Cincinnati Observatory – One of the World’s Oldest Working Telescopes


A historic gem for Cincinnati is the Cincinnati Observatory located in Mt. Lookout nestled among beautiful, stately Victorian homes. The current building site was constructed in 1873 and houses some of the world’s oldest working telescopes.

The main telescopes measure 11 inches and 16 inches in diameter giving amateur astronomers as well as the general public some amazing views into space through their lenses.

The observatory was originally located in Mt. Adams. Former president John Quincy Adams presided over the dedication of that observatory in 1843. (Formerly known at Mt. Ida, Mt. Adams was then named after him following that ceremony.) In 1873, the observatory was moved to its current location due to city pollution. The new site was full of open space and was renamed “Mt. Lookout” in honor of the observatory.

The Cincinnati Observatory is open to the public and many come to see views of the planets, moon as well as eclipses and other interesting celestial phenomena.

 

 

Fun Things to Do this Summer in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

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Looking for things to do this summer? Here is our list of fun activities in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky:

Take a Segway Tour
For Cincinnati tours, go here; For Dayton, Ohio tours, go here.

Try Zip Lining at Camp Kern
Say weeee as you glide through the air.

Eat one of America’s Best Hotdogs at the Senate
It’s not your normal hotdog at the Senate. It’s a hotdog extraordinaire!

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Swim at Sunlite Pool at Coney Island
This pool is the largest, flat-surface pool in North America.

Explore Lunken Airport
Enjoy watching plans take off and land!

Take a Walking Tour
There are tours in Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati. Read more here.

Experience the Rabbit Hash General Store
This general store has been operating since 1831 and will take you back in time.

Take a ferry ride with Anderson Ferry
Enjoy the Ohio River via a ferry ride!

Ride the Pedal Wagon
A bike built for 15 people! You can take a tavern cruise, tailgate cruise before a Reds game, or even book your own party.

View the Floodwall Murals in Covington
There are 17 murals depicting local history

Go to an Outdoor Movie Theater
There are 3 area outdoor theaters in our region. Read more here.

See the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower at the MainStrasse Village
Enjoy an on the hour animated musical show and shop in the village.

Take a Ducks Tour
This is so much fun. Ride on land and then splash into the Ohio River all while learning about the area.

See the only ventriloquism museum in the world
The Vent Haven Museum is open by appointment.

Tour Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave National Park is a car ride away to explore the world’s longest known cave system with more than 400 miles explored.

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Enjoy the American Sign Museum
This is a fun museum to visit and see all kinds of signs. Visit the neon shop, where works create neon signs right before your eyes.

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Watch the stars from the Cincinnati Observatory
The observatory was built in the 1800s and is still operational. It is home to the oldest public telescope in the US.

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Shop at Findlay Market
Open Tuesday – Sunday, this market has produce, meats, flowers, delis, spices, bakeries and so much more!

Cruise on BB Riverboats
There are all kinds of cruises and themes to enjoy while dining on the Ohio River and enjoying the views.

Go Canoeing at Morgans Canoe
Go for a day trip or camp out for the weekend.

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View all of the ArtWorks Murals

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Enjoy a meal at Cincinnati’s Oldest Bar – Arnold’s

Go biking along the Loveland Bike Trail