It's the weekend. Your boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend/family is visiting from out-of-town. Or, you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend/family want to try something new. These local itineraries offer just that for those native to Cincinnati or relative newcomers. Weekend hours are listed, but most locations have weekday hours as well.
 
 
FOR THE ARTS AND MUSIC LOVER

Start your day with brunch at the Taft Museum's Lindner Café, downtown. Wander the galleries afterward. Admission is reasonable and includes parking. Don't miss "In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows." Free on Sundays. 316 Pike St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends. (513) 241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org
 
Take in the latest exhibit at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, downtown. World-class modern art. The gift shop is not to be missed. 44 E. Sixth St., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. (513) 345-8400 or www.contemporaryartscenter.org
 
Grab an afternoon snack or a quick lunch at Take the Cake Café in Northside. The cupcakes are to-die-for. 4035 Hamilton Ave.,
 
Head up the hill to the Cincinnati Art Museum in Mount Adams. Admission is free every day. 953 Eden Park Drive, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. (513) 721-2787 or www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org
 
At this point, you've probably worked up quite an appetite. Head for a cold beverage, a tasty burger and live tunes at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. 1345 Main St., 5 p.m.-12 a.m. weekends. (513) 381-6687 or www.motrpub.com
 
 
If you are lucky, the Cincinnati Symphony is performing at iconic Riverbend. You won't want to miss Hallelujah Broadway under the baton of John Morris Russell. Check the website for dates and specifics. (513) 381-3300 or www.cincinnatisymphony.org
 
Still going? Head over to The Lackman Bar, Over-the-Rhine, for a nightcap. 1237 Vine St., 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday. (513) 381-0741 or www.lackmanbar.com

 
KNOWING THE 'NATI
 
Start your day downtown at It's Just Crepes, a locally owned creperie and darn good one at that. 39 E. Court St., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. (513) 632-7373 or www.itsjustcrepes.com
 
Next, check out the awe-inspiring view from the observation deck in downtown's Carew Tower. 441 Vine St., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends. www.towerplace.com
 
Continue your Cincinnati experience by taking in a little local history at the Cincinnati History Museum, part of the fabulous Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in the West End. The center, housed in an Art Deco-era train station, offers several museums in one, including an Omnimax Theater, but only one offers an in-depth look at the city's transformation. 1301 Western Ave., 
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. (513) 287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.org
 
Next up: Eden Park. With the Krohn Conservatory and plenty of pretty grounds to wander, have at it. 1198 Eden Park Drive. www.cincinnatiparks.comSince you're already up on the hill, head over to City View Tavern. Awesome burgers + cold beer = neighborhood favorite. Plus, a small but comfy deck offers the best views of the city on the hill. 403 Oregon St., noon-1 a.m. (513) 241-8439 or www.cityviewtavern.com

 
FAMILY TIES
 
Begin with a little breakfast at First Watch Café in Covington. 50 E. River Center Blvd., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (859) 491-0869 or www.firstwatch.com.
 
Head over to Ride the Ducks Newport; the kids will pick up a history lesson about Newport and they'll get to quack like a duck. One Aquarium Way, weekend times vary. (859) 815-1439 or www.newportducks.com
 
Jump in the car and cross the river to downtown Cincinnati for a tour of the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati. 315 W. Court Street, noon-4 p.m. weekends.  (513) 621-5553 or www.cincyfiremuseum.com
 
Go old-school "” milkshakes and all "” at Joe's Diner in Over-the-Rhine. 1203 Sycamore St., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (513) 421-5637.
 
Zip uptown for an afternoon at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. (513) 281-4700 or www.cincinnatizoo.org
 
After all the walking and history lessons, the kids (and mom and dad) deserve a reward. Visit Graeter's Ice Cream in Clifton for a sweet treat at a Cincinnati favorite. 332 Ludlow Ave., 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday. (513) 281-4749 or www.graeters.com

LAZY DAY
Sundays are best begun with a hearty breakfast. Visit Tucker's, a cozy  neighborhood favorite in Over-the-Rhine, for hearty biscuits and gravy and the best shrimp grits this side of the Mississippi. 1637 Vine St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. (513) 721-7123.
 
Next, make your way to Findlay Market, Cincinnati's oldest open-air public market. Spanning an entire city block, you'll find everything from European specialties (gelato at Dojo Gelato cart, Belgian waffles at Taste of Belgium) to fresh seafood (Luken's) to homemade sausage (Kroeger & Sons), and everything in between. 1801 Race St., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (513) 665-4839 or www.findlaymarket.org
 
Jump in the car and head over to Ault Park in Mount Lookout. The flower garden and main promenade are great for sunbathing, people watching or a game of Frisbee. 3600 Observatory Ave., park open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. www.cincinnatiparks.com
 
After an afternoon in the sun, knock back a cold beer and a burger at Arthur's in Hyde Park. 3516 Edwards Road, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday. (513) 871-5543 or www.arthurscincinnati.com
 
Depending on how lazy you feel, go home and take a nap. Or, check out a movie at the Esquire Theater. 320 Ludlow Ave. Movies and showtimes vary. (513) 281-8750 or www.esquiretheatre.com