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Covington (Kentucky)

Just south of Cincinnati across the river, home to good restaurants and Devou Park, which provides one of the best views of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Mainstrasse Village is a popular destination for bar-goers.

4.02km

Florence (Kentucky)

Just south of I-275 in Northren Kentucky. Famous for the Florence Y'All water tower.

17km

Lebanon (Ohio)

North of Cincinnati in Warren County (Ohio). Home of the Golden Lamb which is historical and famous for hosting many US presidents including George Washington.

44km

Mason (Ohio)

North of Cincinnati in Warren County (Ohio). Home of several amusement parks including Kings Island.

33km

Milford-Miami Township

An average town with plenty of outdoor activities and parks.

21km

Mariemont

East, at the end of Columbia Parkway (US 50). Beautiful 1920s planned community featuring lovely Tudor architecture, a pleasant public square and an old movie theater.

Newport (Kentucky)

Just south of Cincinnati across the river, locally famous because it was home to local Italian mobsters and was known as a sin city at one point. Now its more family friendly featuring Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee as popular regional destinations.

3.06km

Norwood (Ohio)

A former industrial urban suburb and center of Appalachian culture. This town which is surrounded on all sides by Cincinnati, is increasingly gentrifying due to its central location.

Oxford (Ohio)

Home to Miami University, called "the prettiest campus ever there was" by Robert Frost.

50km

Rising Sun

Indiana. 30 mins west in Indiana by the Ohio river. Regional center for casino gambling, home of the Grand Victoria Casino.

St. Bernard

Surrounded by Cincinnati near I-75. Old industrial suburb that is home to Ivorydale which is one of Procter & Gamble's original factories.

Chicago

The largest city in the Midwest is a little over a four-hour drive from Cincinnati via Interstates 74 and 65. Flights to Chicago are also available from $100-200 and take just under an hour.

406km

Cleveland (Ohio)

The Rock and Roll city is in northern Ohio and is about a four-hour drive from Cincinnati. Flights to Cleveland are also available from $200-300 and take just under an hour.

359km

Columbus

Ohio's capital and largest city is a 1½ hour drive from Cincinnati.

161km

Hebron (Kentucky)

17km

Williamstown (Kentucky)

51km

Dayton

45 min north on I-75. Home of the Wright Brothers, The Dayton Art Institute, The National Museum of the United States Air Force, and The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

77km

Indianapolis

Home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 automobile races. A two-hour drive from Cincinnati via Interstate 74.

160km

Lexington (Kentucky)

Lexington is Kentucky's beautiful college town. It's home to the University of Kentucky and the top ranked Wildcats, and is generally acknowledged as the Thoroughbred racehorse capital of the world, with many famous horse farms nearby. Lexington is a 1½-hour drive south on Interstate 75.

119km

Louisville

Home of the Kentucky Derby, the world's most famous horse race. A 1½-hour drive southwest on Interstate 71.

144km

Mammoth Cave National Park

The world's largest cave system, in Kentucky. About three hours southwest, via Interstates 71 and 65.

256km

Sights

Carew Tower

The Carew Tower served as the basis for the design of the later Empire State Building. During the mid- to late-1980s, a giant inflatable gorilla was attached to the upper floors! Notice the Art Deco interior of the common areas as you follow the signs to find the elevators. You have to change elevators and then take the stairs up the final level to make it to the 49th floor. The 49th floor of Cincinnati's 2nd tallest building provides a breathtaking, inexpensive, and gorilla-less view of the city. Take a high-speed elevator to the 45th floor, then choose from walking up four flights of stairs or taking another elevator to the 48th floor and walking up one flight. The admission is collected once you reach the top.

Cincinnati Observatory

The Cincinnati Observatory was the first professional observatory in America, and is now operated by volunteers. Hosts star gazing events, which, are remarkable considering light pollution has nearly surrounded the observatory.

Fountain Square, Cincinnati

The renovated Fountain Square holds the Tyler Davidson Fountain, newly added and renovated restaurants, an ice skating rink, a big screen video board, free Wi-Fi, and a hands-on water wall!

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet (322 m) when the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866 — a status it maintained until 1883. You can still walk across it today and tour the Riverside Drive historic district - one of the oldest neighborhoods in the region in Covington It served as the prototype for Roebling's design of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. This bridge was featured in the movie Rain Man.

Spring Grove Cemetery

This sprawling cemetery dates back over 160 years, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007. The unique layout, designed by Adolph Strauch, makes it feel less like a cemetery and more like a park that just happens to have people buried in it. The arboretum features many National Champion trees. To find the graves of the many famous people buried here, stop by the office on your way in for a free map.

Dayton Street Historic District

A millionaire's row from the 19th century rivaling the far more famous ones in New York City (5th Ave) and Chicago (Prairie Ave) giving one a glimpse of Cincinnati's heyday in the mid-1800s. This one is far more intact, but is part of an endangered neighborhood that's seen better days (its a bit seedy). The website discusses the history of the houses in the area, though the Hauck House is no longer a museum. An East Coaster would probably have their jaw hit the floor if they saw the low prices on these wonderful old mansions.

Mercantile Library of Cincinnati

Non-members can browse but not check out books during business hours and it's open to the public. Old-school private library complete with busts of famous literary figures, artwork, globes, dusty stacks of books and spiral staircases. Also hosted here are frequently literary events, lectures and local public affairs talks. Its worth a look to see a unique library space.

Holy Cross Monastery and Church

Roman Catholic treasure. Known as the "Church on the Hill". On Good Friday, many Cincinnatians "Climb the steps of Mt. Adams", praying on each step.

Isaac M. Wise Temple

Built in 1865-1866 for B'nai Yeshurun, this is one of the best-preserved Moorish Revival buildings of the 19th century. This was also major pioneering center for the development of Reform Judaism.

Old St. Mary's Church (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Built in 1841, this is the oldest standing church in Cincinnati and was for many years a center for the German-Catholics who called Over-The-Rhine home. For a taste of local culture, attend a mass in German on Sunday's see website for details

Sherith Israel Temple (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Like most old large cities in the US alleyways have old houses and buildings on them, Cincinnati is no exception, though not as many survived the onslaught of mid-late 20th century urban destruction as are in Philly or Boston. In one of these alleys is the oldest synagogue west of the Appalachian mountains, that was saved by being converted to condominiums in the early 2000s. This is a private residence, but should be something noted by travelers who happen to be next to Restaurant Row/The Aronoff Center. The alley is well lit and fairly wide as its branded the Backstage District.

Athenaeum of Ohio

Built as St. Francis Xavier Seminary, the Athenaeum of Ohio is the third-oldest Roman Catholic seminary in the United States being established in 1829. The present-day campus of the Athenaeum of Ohio includes 76 acres of manicured grounds surrounding an impressive granite stone building constructed in 1929.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

theater in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is in the beautiful Eden Park, which perfectly reflects the artwork the museum houses. The museum has a 60,000 piece collection, which explains why the museum is referred to as the Art Palace of the West. According to the Zagat Survey, the Cincinnati Art Museum ranks with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York as the best art museums in the nation. The museum features special exhibitions and a terrific collection of art by Cincinnati artists in the "Cincinnati Wing" including the worlds largest collection of Rookwood Pottery. Be sure to check out the Far Eastern Art section which includes a Jain Shrine; the Egypt, Greece, and Rome room, which features a mummy; the spectacular collection from the Classical & Near Eastern Art section with its spectacular Room from Damascus, a room imported from Syria with beautiful Islamic architectural influences; and don't miss with impressive art from Cincinnatians. You can join a free docent led-tour around the museum's permanent collections on Tuesday through Friday at 1PM, Saturday at 2PM and on Sunday at 1PM and 2PM.

Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

The museum for all of us, who wanted to be a firefighter, but never became one. The museum documents the history of firefighting and it's fitting that the museum is in Cincinnati, which was the first place in America to have a fully paid professional fire department.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in America and one of the most important worldwide because of its success with the mating of animals in captivity. Right now, the zoo's biggest star is Fiona, a young hippo born prematurely in January 2017 who became a social media star when the zoo began posting updates on her condition. Her first birthday party in January 2018 drew about 7,000 fans. The zoo is well worth a visit.

Contemporary Arts Center

The CAC is one of the regional leaders in thought-provoking art; the building is a piece of art with some of Cincinnati's boldest architecture. The center has also been the center of controversy; some may not see the "art" in some exhibits. If you do get this kind of art, hop one door north on Walnut to the 21C Museum Hotel for a few more exhibits in its publicly open/free museum, for info on staying there see details under the Sleep section below.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Harriet Beecher-Stowe is famous for writing the anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin. Free (donations are welcomed).

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience; it offers lessons on the struggle for freedom in the past, in the present, and for the future as it attempts to challenge visitors to contemplate the meaning of freedom in their own lives. Its location recognizes the significant role of Cincinnati, where thousands of slaves escaped to freedom by crossing the Ohio River, in the history of the Underground Railroad.

Taft Museum of Art

The Taft Museum of Art is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built around 1820, the Taft is home to an extensive art collection that includes European and American master paintings; Chinese porcelains; and European decorative arts.

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site, which is administered by the National Park Service, was the birthplace and home of William Howard Taft. William Howard Taft served as the 27th President and became the 10th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. The Taft family has become one of the most politically distinguished families in Ohio, let alone the US.

Betts House (Cincinnati, Ohio)

One of the rare survivors of mid-century urban renewal that destroyed the once very densely populated West End, this is the oldest surviving house in Cincinnati (built in 1804) and one of the older brick houses west of the Appalachian Mountains. It houses a museum and rotating exhibitions usually devoted to the history of Cincinnati.

Fiona (hippopotamus)

hippopotamus born at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman's Cove

Sawyer Point is one of Cincinnati's party parks, where in the summer radio stations throw free outdoor concerts. The park is also used to host the Tall Stacks festival. A popular place to laze about is the Serpentine Wall steps that lead into the Ohio River.

Mt. Echo Park

Mt. Echo is famous for its stellar view of downtown Cincinnati. The band Over-the-Rhine's "Ohio" album cover was shot from this park.

Eden Park (Cincinnati)

Eden Park is a particularly nice city park nestled in the hills near Mt Adams. Its home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, Murray Seasongood Pavilion, and the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory. If you're taking a bus you can reach the park by taking bus number 11 or 69 and get off at the Cincinnati Association of the Blind, then walk into Eden Park until you find a trail that leads up a hill (the trail will take you up to the museum). Alternatively, you can take bus number 1, however, you may be required to walk up a steep hill, if the road is blocked.

Krohn Conservatory

Rainforest-under-glass. 5000 varieties of exotic tropical, desert and orchid plants. One of country's largest public greenhouses with beautiful seasonal floral shows.

Washington Park (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Originally designed in 1855, replacing what was then a cemetery, this park has pretty much followed the fortunes of Over-The-Rhine, going from a prosperous hub of activity and immigration to a crime filled den of poverty and squalor. Fortunately along with the neighborhood, this park has undergone a major renovation, including interactive fountains designed to go with music selectable by phone app, a beergarden (this is Cincinnati), a large event lawn, playgrounds, and a look that combines a respect for the park's history with modern amenities. Its particularly striking to see at night when the fountains are lit up in different colors, and safety shouldn't be an issue then as there are plenty of security cameras installed to quell any potential issues with the neighborhood. 3CDC who remodeled Fountain Square led this renovation and as a result is programming it with plenty of events throughout the year, see website for details.

Mount Airy Forest

Largest park in the city at around 1,500 acres giving the place a very natural feel. Plenty of hiking trails and even a disc golf course.

Ault Park

Park in Cincinnati, Ohio

Piatt Park

Also known as Garfield Park for its statue of President Garfield, its more of a two block long public square than a park, at 200 years old this is the oldest park in the city. Elegantly landscaped, a good place to take a break while exploring downtown by foot. In the summer there is even music sometimes on weekdays aimed at workers on lunch break.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

The Playhouse in the Park is a Tony Award-winning playhouse, housing two theaters in Eden Park, not far from the Cincinnati Art Museum. The playhouse hosts performances ten months out of the year.

Cincinnati Music Hall

The Music Hall is the beautiful home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Cincinnati Ballet. The building was built in 1878 and funded by what's believed to be the first matching grant fund drive in the United States. In 1880, the building hosted the Democratic National Convention. Tours can be arranged through the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall.

Riverbend Music Center

On the Ohio river, it draws big name artists like John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, and Jimmy Buffet.

Coney Island (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Coney Island is a piece of Americana - a park that has been in operation for over 120 years. The park is closer to Cincinnati, on the Ohio River. General admission is $17.50 to use the rides and Sunlite Pool, the world's largest recirculating pool (200' by 401').

Kings Island

In Mason, Ohio, it is one of the world's greatest amusement parks. The park is divided into three different areas - the main park with adult attractions, a children's park, and a water park. Admission to the park grants access to every one of the areas. Kings Island is also the home to record-holding coasters including The Beast, the world's longest wooden roller coaster! Kings Island has been sold to Cedar Fair, and the names for some of the rides have changed.

Mason, Ohio

City in Warren County, Ohio, USA

Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center

Carew Tower & Observation Deck

Cincinnati Observatory Center

Fountain Square

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Merchantile Library

Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church

Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral

Old St Mary's

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The Cincinnati Museum Center is comprised of the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, Duke Energy Children's Museum, and the Robert D. Linder Family Omnimax Theater. If you're a fan of classic comic books, you'll easily recognize Union Terminal as the inspiration for the Hall of Justice.

American Sign Museum

Check out the only museum dedicated to the sign industry and features a very large collection of signs from all around the United States. Covering nearly 100 years of sign making and advertising, the museum boasts an impressive collection of painted, light bulb, plastic, and of course neon signs. Guided tours are available at 11AM and 2PM during museum hours. The museum also houses Neon Works, the last full-time neon workshop in Cincinnati and is able to demonstrate their craft during weekday tours.

American Classical Music Hall of Fame

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Cincinnati Triple Steam

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Harriet Beecher-Stowe House

Betts House

Art Beyond Boundaries

Weston Art Gallery

Pendleton Art Center

Carl Solway Gallery

Manifest Creative Research Gallery

Sawyer Point

Mt. Echo

Eden Park

Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park

Washington Park

William Henry Harrison Memorial

Mt Airy Forest Preserve

Hyde Park Square

Queen City Underground Tours

Cincinnati Heritage Tours

Cincinnati Brewery District Lager Tours

Stratus Helicopters

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Well-regarded local theater troupe specializing in Shakespearean and Classic plays.

Playhouse in the Park

Bogart's Concert Hall

Esquire Theatre

Arnoff Center for the Arts

Woodward Theater

Taft Theater

Know Theatre

Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati

Coney Island

Jack Casino

Appalachian Festival

Bockfest

Bunbury Music Festival

Cincy Cinco Festival

Cincy Fringe Festival

MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF)

Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion

Oktoberfest

Party in the Park

PNC Festival of Lights

PNC MidPoint's Indie Summer

Taste of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals

For more than a decade, the Bengals were the punchline of a joke about the NFL. No more, though. Since the hiring of Head Coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals have gone on to win the AFC North Division and have gained respect within the NFL. In his first season (2003), Lewis led the Bengals with an 8-8 record compared to the 2002 record of 2-14. The Bengals have since posted an 8-8 record in 2004 and an 11-5 record with an AFC North Division Championship. They made the playoffs in each season from 2011 to 2015. However, this success under Lewis hasn't carried over to the postseason—the Bengals haven't won a postseason game since 1990. Since their turnaround, a visit to a Bengals game is recommended — if you can get a ticket. Their new home is Paul Brown Stadium, named for the Hall of Fame founder and owner/first head coach of the team in their American Football League days, who before that was affiliated with and gave the name to the original Cleveland Browns, one of their fiercest rivals.

Cincinnati Reds

The "Big Red Machine" has always been a leader in professional baseball since its formation as the first professional baseball team. The team earned their nickname during the 1970s, when the team made six post-season appearances and won two World Series with the likes of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Tony Perez and manager Sparky Anderson. The Reds' new home is Great American Ball Park, on the downtown riverfront near the site of the stadium it replaced, the now-demolished Riverfront Stadium. Tickets run $7-67, with most seats $22 or less. If you are on a budget, the Reds allow spectators to bring in their own food and drink. Drinks must be non-alcoholic, and in a sealed, clear plastic container. No cans or glass may be brought in. Coolers must be soft-sided and be able to fit underneath your seat. Ballpark tours that take you onto the field and behind-the-scenes are available at 11:30AM and 1:30PM on Saturdays off-season and non-game days during the season, with extra tours available on days with a night game.

FC Cincinnati

The newest addition to the city's sports scene is this soccer team, which will play its first Major League Soccer season in 2019 after three seasons in the second-level league now known as the USL Championship. For now, the team plays its home games at Nippert Stadium, the on-campus home of University of Cincinnati football, though it's preparing to build its own new stadium in the West End and open it in 2021. Nippert normally seats 40,000, but FC Cincinnati will limit seating for most games to about 34,000.

Cincinnati Bearcats

The University of Cincinnati has a strong tradition in basketball and an emerging tradition in football. The two-time national champion men's basketball team, as well as the women's basketball team, play their home games at Fifth Third Arena in a structure known as the Shoemaker Center, which reopens for the 2018–19 season after a year-long renovation. The football team plays almost all of its home games at Nippert Stadium, nicknamed the "Wrigley Field" of college football, and is the fifth oldest stadium in college football. Occasional "big games" in football are played at Paul Brown Stadium. Football tickets are $25-35.

Xavier Musketeers

The XU basketball team plays at the Cintas Center, on the Xavier campus just northeast of downtown.

ECHL Hockey Cincinnati Cyclones

CoCo Key Water Resort

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Cincinnati

Cincinnati is Ohio's third largest city and the largest metro region, and lies on the north bank of the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio in the United States of America.

Arriving

By car

Cincinnati is served by Interstates 71 (from Columbus and Louisville), 74 (from Indianapolis), 75 (from Dayton and Lexington), 471 (a spur of I-71 to the south), and 275 (the circle beltway). US 50 also serves the area as an expressway to the eastern neighborhoods (Columbia Parkway) and western neighborhoods via the Sixth Street Expressway, which links River Road and the Waldvogel Memorial Viaduct to Downtown. If you feel like taking the scenic route, take Columbia Parkway east of the city and enjoy the beautiful Ohio River views along the parkway.

One of the most beautiful panoramic views in the country occurs when driving northbound on Interstate 71/75 (the interstate routes share the same highway in part of Northern Kentucky) traveling into downtown Cincinnati. The panoramic view comes up once you get to what's known as the "Cut-in-the-Hill", which is reached once you pass signs warning you of a steep grade. Traffic on the Brent Spence Bridge sometimes backs up, though, especially during rush hour. Try to plan your trips so you don't get too much of this truly spectacular view!

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