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“Birds Eye View of Cincinnati”
Review of Carew Tower

Carew Tower
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Toronto, Canada
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Birds Eye View of Cincinnati”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Carew tower is located at the top of an Art Deco inspired office building in downtown Cincinnati, OH. We found the exact building a little difficult to find as we could not find address numbers on the outside of many of the downtown businesses so we had to call for directions. Parking was another hurdle. I didn't find the core to be very 'tourist friendly' as there are several one-way streets, endless NO PARKING zones and an abundance of 'street people' whom we found rather intimidating. None of which is a reflection on Carew Tower but is a truthful, visitor observation of the city of Cincinnati. Once we found the correct office building, we took a most 'interesting' elevator ride to the observation deck which consisted of two separate elevators, malaligned, that would not comfortably hold our family of 6 so some of us climbed the stairs for the last portion of the journey up the tower. At the top, we paid our admission to walk around the perimeter of the roof and view the city from above. The views are spectacular! We were there in December so the weather was cold and windy. Consequently, we had the place to ourselves! In fact, I recognized the voice of the woman who took our money upon arrival as the same person who answered the phone when we were looking for directions. She tried twice to kindly discourage us from coming as it was quite foggy and I think she felt bad that we paid $12.00 for a 10 minute 'adventure'. None-the-less, we took some goofy photos, skated around on the frozen puddles, took in the scenery (as best we could) and made the best of our time at Carew Tower.

Visited December 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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50 attraction reviews
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“Must stop for visitors”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Carew Tower, above almost any other spot, is a must see for visitors to the city. It's by far the best view of the area. And it's just plain fun to go to the top. The scary small elevator at the tippy top is fun too.

Visited February 2012
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Chapel Hill, NC
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158 reviews
88 attraction reviews
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“Great value”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

At only $2/person, this is a wonderful opportunity to get a nice view of Cincinatti, including its wonderful bridge. Small gift shop up there, and was not crowded at all. Worth 15 minutes for sure.

Visited December 2012
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Breath-Taking Views of Beautiful Cincinnati, KY, and IN!”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Wow, thank you Trip Advisor and those who previously reviewed this place. We would have never discovered it without your suggestions! What a cool, old building! You end up riding a small elevator to the top, paying a few dollars and stepping out to a priceless view! We were blessed with a cloudless, November day and spent a good hour taking in the view! You can see all the way across to Kentucky and Indiana. This is a must-visit place for anyone visiting Cincinnati!

Visited November 2012
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Pottsboro, Texas, United States
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience to introduce the city!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

My 9 year old son and I were in town last weekend for the Cowboys game and a daddy-son away game weekend. We definitely wanted to go up and see the city from the roof of the Carew tower and we were not disappointed! The views were spectacular and my 9 year old thought it was awesome! We could get a bird's eye view of the stadium and the city! This 30 min excursion added so much to our wonderful weekend together. I would highly recommend. All you have to do is check in with the security guard on the first floor and he will send you up to the 45th floor. Then you either take a small elevator up the remaining 4 floors or take the stairs. It was $3 ($2 for me, $1 for a child) and worth every penny. Would highly recommend.

Visited December 2012
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