One of the best ways to enjoy summer in the Tristate is to be outside. But if you’re getting a little tired of your backyard, put on your best walking shoes and take one of the region’s self-guided walking tours. These tours can help you learn more about Greater Cincinnati and assist you in hitting your daily steps goal while enjoying summer.

In Hamilton, one way to explore the city is by taking the City of Sculpture Walking Tour. The tour features the city’s 40 sculptures, including Victory by Rudolph Thiem (which tops the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument near the High Street Bridge) and The American Cape by Kristen Visbal. Downloadable maps of the downtown and citywide sculptures are available on the City of Sculpture website, but you can also download the free app OtoCast. The app gives you access to walking tours throughout the country, including tours of Hamilton’s sculptures and murals. The app uses GPS to help you find your way around and provides information and audio commentary on each of the sites.

While many visit Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum to take in its beauty or visit the grave of a loved one, one can also take a self-guided walking tour of its grounds. The walking tour, which takes approximately an hour to two hours to complete, introduces visitors to the cemetery’s history, art, architecture and landscape. Featured sites include the General William H. Lytle monument and Robinson mausoleum. Those interested in taking the tour can download a free information packet from the cemetery’s website. The cemetery also offers two free 5K route maps for those who would like to use the cemetery for more outdoor recreation.

With more than 50 murals in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine, an ArtWorks mural tour is a great way to explore the city. Inspired by Cincinnati history, icons and people, the murals tell the story of the region in striking, colorful ways. A free map can be downloaded from the ArtWorks website to help you find all the murals.

The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati also has several free architectural-focused tours. Those who download the free ArchiTour Cincinnati app can choose from among seven architectural tours—20 Must See Buildings, 21 by Hannaford (which focuses on buildings designed by architecture firm Samuel Hannaford & Sons), the Cincinnati Riverfront, Covington, Fourth & Fifth Streets, Northern Downtown, Streetcar Route and University of Cincinnati Campus. The app uses GPS to help you find your way and includes information about each building.

In Northern Kentucky, you can find several art-themed walking tours. An initiative of the Public Arts Network of NKY and ArtsWave, NKY Art Tours lists five self-guided tours—the Riverside Drive Statue Tour, NKY Bourbon Barrel Project Tour, Riverfront Floodwall Mural Tour (temporality closed but scheduled to reopen in fall 2020), the Covington Central Business District Tour and the “Secret Cincinnati” Tour, based on locations in Kathryn’s Witt’s book Secret Cincinnati. The tours can be accessed through the NKY Art Tours website. Each tour features an interactive maps and information about each of the stops.