4.1 out of 10

Cynthiana

38.3853076290646 -84.3001311299446
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
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Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 20, 2012

"Nothing to do... seriously"

I'm going to be extra honest about Cynthiana. It's a perfectly nice town, but I don't like it all that much. I haven't had any really bad experiences here, but it's just not the place I'd like to be. You don't get a lot of restaurants, bars or much to do at all. I like quiet towns, and though Cynthiana isn't a terribly small town, as the population is sorta middle ground for small towns in Kentucky with somewhere in the area of 6-7 thousand residents, it's just not a terribly 'happening' place and there's little to do.

Looking for nightlife? The only bar I know of is Toaster's, and while it's a moderately adequate option, it's nothing to write home about. Seriously, boring. I've been there on a few occasions and I'm surprised I remembered it when writing this review. The drinks were cheap enough, and maybe I was just there on the dead nights, but it was slow. I did not get a good impression. Not dangerous or rough or any of that, but it was boring.

Food and shopping is essentially the same story. Like a few other Kentucky towns, there's a Don Senor for mediocre Mexican food. I'll agree with the other reviewer that Biankes is pretty good, but it's so basic. It's just another mom and pop place.

I've been through Cynthiana on a few occasions, and I still had to call a friend of mine from the area to give me some info. The schools are fine, and it's safe enough, but neither of those things help it stand out from much of Kentucky. I did some online research too just to see if there's something worth noting. Well, there is one thing. For about 30 years Cynthiana was where post-it notes were made. Well, if I could put a post-it note here I'd say look somewhere else for a fun time or to live. I don't hate Cynthiana (I realize it must come across that way) but I just don't have positive things to say. I don't have really negative things to say, but there's just too little to take note of.
Pros
  • Reasonably safe
  • It's not a BAD place
Cons
  • Boring boring boring
  • Not a lot job opportunities
  • Not a ton to do
Recommended for
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 02, 2012

"Cynthiana has lots of History, but not a lot to do today!"

Cynthiana has a lot of history that gives the town a distinct flavor, even amongst the many historic towns of Kentucky. This is an old state with a lot of history everywhere, but Cynthiana has taken their past to heart and really used it to their advantage. There were a few Civil War battles fought here and there are still tours today for these sites. I've been on one of these tours and it's actually really interesting to see hear what they had to say.

Other historic elements in Cynthiana include the Cynthiana-Harrison Museum, which has history of not just the wars and battles, but also the town itself and the many changes/advancements that have taken place there over the years. My daughters have all been through Cynthiana and seen the history, and while it was difficult to get them interested (they were teenagers at the time) I think they gained a lot from the experience.

Outside of their history, Cynthiana has some good restaurants, though not really fine dining options. One great place to get a bite to eat is Biankes. It's good old fashioned American style food, with friendly service and a good atmosphere. There aren't a ton of options, but the few around aren't half bad.

The schools in Cynthiana are also good, though I don't get the impression higher education is as important to Cynthiana residents, so you won't find a lot of people here with advanced degrees. Harrison County High School serves the town, and it's pretty good from what I've heard, and there's at least one private school with St. Edward School, though that's for younger kids.

Cynthiana is pretty safe, fairly cheap to live in and has some good restaurants, but overall you won't find a whole lot to do. In the long run you better be the type of person that likes to relax and enjoy a lot of quiet time with the history and calm of the town. For more to do, look elsewhere.
Pros
  • Great historical tours
  • Quality tourism location
  • Good local restaurants
Cons
  • Not a ton to do
  • Not a lot job opportunities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists