100 Things, Part Deux

100 Things, Part Deux

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Looking for fun things to do around the city? We chat with a local author who just released his second book in a series that serves as a bucket list of must-sees throughout Greater Cincinnati.


Rick Pender wants everyone to explore and experience what Cincinnati has to offer. That’s why he wrote the book “100 Things To Do In Cincinnati Before You Die” and the series that followed.

“My book is a bucket list of suggestions for things to do throughout Greater Cincinnati,” he explains. 

The first book is broken down into five sections: Food and Drink; Music and Entertainment; Sports and Recreation; History and Culture; and Shopping and Fashion.

And although the books have Cincinnati in the title, activities aren’t specifically located in the Queen City. “There are recommendations of ‘things’ in Northern Kentucky as well as areas beyond the I-275 beltway,” Pender adds. 

The history of Pender’s book series goes back to 2015, when publisher Reedy Press in St. Louis approached him about creating a work that was all about what Cincinnati has to offer. And the choice for them to go to Pender was easy; he has a history as an arts and entertainment editor and has worked for WVXU’s “Around Cincinnati.” 

The first book, released back in September 2016, quickly became a popular choice at local bookstores. 

However, times change and so do cities. A few years after the first book was published, there were new things popping up in Cincinnati and around the city.

“The Cincinnati Zoo’s Fiona hadn’t arrived on the scene in time for the first edition, Newport still had Duck Tours, and Cincinnati Music Hall was closed for renovation,” says Pender. “It was time for a second edition, released in September 2019.”

Pender says he replaced approximately 12 items with new recommendations and provided refreshed, up-to-date information. 

Although some native Cincinnatians may feel like they’ve seen it all, there’s always something new to see that you’ve never seen before. 

The book series works for many different kinds of people with different kinds of interest. “It’s a natural for people who are new residents, but it also works for people who have lived here all their lives but haven’t gotten around to visiting some of our iconic attractions or experienced some of our great restaurants,” says Pender.

Currently Pender is researching a new book that will be published later this year called “Oldest Cincinnati.” “It’s a compendium of historic sites, locales, and attractions worth visiting,” adds Pender. 

The second edition of “100 Things To Do In Cincinnati Before You Die” can be ordered from Amazon. It’s also available at most area bookstores including Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Commons, Barnes & Noble West Chester, and Roebling Point Books & Coffee in Covington. 

You can stay up-to-date with new information from Pender on his Facebook page, where he also offers information on book signing dates. Over the holidays, Pender even offered followers ideas on holiday-oriented activities based on recommendations from the books. “I’m always glad to hear from people with further suggestions and ideas,” he adds. “And I’m available for signings and appearances.”

To learn more, or get a copy for yourself, click here.