View of Cincinnati from across the river in Northern Kentucky
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. Known as the "Queen City" or "Queen of the West," Cincinnati was the only 19th century American city that left a favorable impression on the then 30-year-old English author Charles Dickens. “Cincinnati is a beautiful city; cheerful, thriving, and animated,” Dickens wrote in “American Notes.” “I have not often seen a place that commends itself so favorably and pleasantly to a stranger at the first glance as this does: with its clean houses of red and white, its well-paved roads, and foot-ways of bright tile. Nor does it become less prepossessing on a closer acquaintance.”
Cincinnati is distinct amongst Midwestern cities. Its culture is a mixture of the Northeast, Old South, Midwest, and Appalachia blended with a strong German-Catholic heritage. It was one of the United States' early boomtowns, and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is the largest National Historic District in the country. Today, it's part of a fast-growing metro area, and home to a remarkable blend of industry and architecture. Downtown Cincinnati is surrounded by picturesque foothills that add a beautiful backdrop to the Queen City and its legendary skyline – celebrated in the opening credits of television show WKRP in Cincinnati.
Formerly known as Losantiville, the city was renamed Cincinnati by the first governor of the Northwest Territory, Arthur St. Clair, in honor of Geroge Washington at the end of the Revolutionary War. Roman consul Cincinnatus gave up the Empororship of Rome to become a farmer after having been an immensely successful general, much like the way George Washington gave up the presidency after 2 terms.
The city's early economy was based on the pork industry, and this was celebrated in the summer of 2000 with the Big Pig Gig, during which large flying pig statues took up residence along the city's main thoroughfares. Many of these pig statues later found homes downtown in offices, parks and even private residences. The Miami and Erie canal was completed in the 1840s, and was used to transport hogs and butchered pork products to Cincinnati from much of western Ohio.
During this time period massive waves of Germans settled into the city populating neighborhoods which at their height in the late 1800s were some of the most densely populated outside of New York City. These German immigrants built a culture based off of beer gardens, beer brewing, dance and music halls giving Cincinnati a very distinct and vibrant local culture. Unfortunately very little remains from this era due to the double whammy of World War I anti-German backlash and prohibition combined with massive depopulation of the city's core in the mid 20th Century. Lately, with the beginnings of revitalization of the Downtown Basin neighborhoods, there has been a renewed interest in this heritage and some of it can be seen to this day in faded German signs on densely built ornate Victorian buildings in Over-The-Rhine, a high per-capita number of bars, and the celebration of large German festivals such Bockfest, Mayfest, and Oktoberfest.
Cincinnati also has a charming riverboat heritage that dates back to the days when large, steam and paddle-wheel driven vessels were used to transport locally produced pork products. In recognition of this tradition, the city plays host to the Tall Stacks Festival every four years, during which time the river front is transformed into a mass of color, with river boats of all shapes and sizes jostling for positions along the river banks. Baseball is another Cincinnati tradition, and the Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team in the United States; in deference to that, Opening Day is always a home game for the Reds, held at Great American Ball Park.
No, Cincinnatians are not correcting your manners. Cincinnati's linguistic claim to fame is the distinctive expression its residents use when other English-speaking Americans might say "What?" or "Could you repeat that?" Cincinnati was built by German immigrants, whose native expression was "Bitte?", which translates most directly into English as... "Please?"
Cincinnati has a thriving local industrial economy and is home to many businesses ranging from manufacturing to services, including General Electric, Procter and Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, Milacron, Chiquita, Kroger, Federated Department Stores, and the American Financial Group. In World Wars I and II, Cincinnati's local machine tool companies, such as LeBlond (now Makino) and the Cincinnati Screw and Tap Company (now Milacron), played an important role, providing what is commonly considered the best machine tool technology in the world for its time.
Recently, Cincinnati has seen some large scale revitalization projects, such as the construction of Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium, the reconstruction of Fountain Square, the construction of the first phase of the Banks neighborhood (which will eventually include, a hotel, shopping, houses and entertainment) and the beginnings of restoration of Over-The-Rhine through the "Gateway Quarter". This has given the central areas of Cincinnati a vitality that hadn't been around for decades, though it is still very much a work in progress with other projects like a Streetcar line connecting Downtown to the University on the horizon.
This progress did not come easy. For instance, county officials, city government, and area residents were flabbergasted that large scale projects like "The Banks" were undeveloped for over 10 years while the smaller cities of Newport and Covington, across the Ohio River, continued to develop their riverfronts and draw visitors away from Cincinnati. However the tide seems to be flowing back in Cincinnati's favor, time will tell as these developments mature.
The city center is "Downtown" Cincinnati, sometimes referred to as the "Central Business District." With many major attractions and corporate headquarters located here, the focus of the region revolves around this district. Downtown's north-south streets can be easily remembered by the mnemonic:
Big Strong Men Will Very Rarely Eat Pork Chops
Going East to West this stands for:
Broadway Sycamore Main Walnut Vine Race Elm Plum Central.
The Cincinnati skyline is breathtaking -- especially at night -- when viewed from Devou Park in northern Kentucky, Mount Echo in Price Hill, or Eden Park and neighboring Mt. Adams.
There is a rivalry between the "East Side" and "West Side" of Cincinnati. Historically people from the West Side were blue collar workers, while those from the East Side were white collar workers.
Avondale is a primarily residential urban neighborhood near the center of the city, notable for the presence of the Cincinnati Zoo.
Hyde Park is an upscale, largely white and upper class residential neighborhood. At the heart of the neighborhood is Hyde Park Square, a tree-lined esplanade of boutique shops, such as Morrison & Me, Knickers XY, 45/46 XY Inspired, and Knickers of Hyde Park, and restaurants, including Indigo, Teller's, Cock & Bull Pub and Graeter's Ice Cream.
Mt. Adams is a trendy, upscale neighborhood located directly northeast of downtown Cincinnati. It is known for its lively night scene, beautiful views of the skyline, and the Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church. Steep terrain on three sides, and Eden Park on the fourth side, give the neighborhood a unique sense of isolation. Mt. Adams has some of the highest property values in the city, and is a good destination for anyone overly worried about personal safety.
Clifton, not to be confused with a nearby Clifton Heights, is also located near the city center, and is home to an especially wide range of people, boasting a population diverse in ethnicity, race, sexuality, gender, age, country of origin, and economic status. A number of students at the local University inhabit the stately apartment buildings, as well as many of the beautiful older homes that line the gas-lit streets, though a number of families and other residents are also proud to call Clifton home. Especially notable is the stretch of Ludlow between Clifton Ave and Whitfield, as it is home to a number of restaurants specializing both in American fare (perhaps the best Skyline Chili in all of Cincinnati, as well as local diner the Proud Rooster) and ethnic delights (Ambar and Amol India, Thai Cafe, Mediterranean Foods), as well as a number of independent shops and boutiques, and the quirky art-house movie theater, The Esquire Theatre, which is over 100 years old and generally shows indie and foreign films.
Mt. Washington is an up and coming economically diverse neighborhood located on Cincinnati's east side. The neighborhood contains a variety of shopping options along its Water Tower business district, ranging from thrift shops to upscale women's boutiques (Magnolia Clothing Boutique originated in Mt. Washington). The neighborhood is known for its variety of homes, ranging from large estates (along Salem Avenue and Wayside Avenue) to affordable apartments. Architecturally the neighborhood is home to several notable buildings, including the Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, and Guardian Angel Church.
Northside is an economically and racially diverse neighborhood notable for a strong sense of community investment and pride. The neighborhood is home to many unique shops including Shake It Records (an independently owned record store), Fabricate (a shop that specializes in locally made artistic goods, Tantrum (a family-oriented boutique), and two vintage clothing stores, NVision and Casablanca Vintage. Restaurants include culinary delights Take the Cake, Django Western Tacos, Tacocracy, and Melt, among others. The nightlife in Northside is lively with a variety of clubs including Mayday, Serpent, The Comet, and the Northside Tavern. The neighborhood is also home to a sizable LGBT population and hosts many of of the city's gay pride events. This neighborhood is full of hipsters.
Oakley is an up and coming neighborhood that borders Hyde Park. Oakley has a lively downtown area with many unique restaurants and shops including Dewey's Pizza, Habits Cafe, Denim, and Bova Furniture. Also notable is Aglamesis Ice Cream, a long-time competitor of Graeter's in the gourmet ice cream category.
Over-the-Rhine (OTR) is the city's historic district. It is the location of Music Hall, home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera; Findlay Market, Ohio's oldest public market in continuous operation; the Main Street Entertainment District; and much of Cincinnati's creative arts. Care should be taken when visiting this neighborhood as crime is more frequent here than in other areas of the city. The safer areas of OTR are just north of Central Parkway on Vine and Main Streets in the Gateway Quarter. North of Liberty Street the area is a bit rougher around the edges. For the past thirty years the neighborhood has been a battleground between advocates for low income housing and historic preservationists/real estate developers. In the past five years a great renaissance has taken place in this area though, with the redevelopment of Washington Park, and the many great restaurants' in the Gateway Quarter, it has become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. It is also noteable for being the largest home of Italianette architecture in the country, no visit to Cincinnati would be complete without a visit to OTR.
Price Hill is one of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods, first settled in 1789 and named Price Hill in the 1870s after General Rees Price. An incline opened by Price and his sons brought many wealthy residents to the top of the hill, and the grand mansions they built still stand today. The community’s history is preserved at the Price Hill Historical Society on Warsaw Avenue, and the neighborhood was home to the first Skyline Chili parlor (which relocated in the early 2000s), the upscale Primavista Restaurant, the 120-year-old Crow’s Nest Tavern and the Gothic-style St. Lawrence Church. While it does boast this vivid history and some notable establishments, Price Hill has some seedier areas that you should be cautious of if you are traveling there.
West End the little bit that survived of this once large densely populated neighborhood would not be notable for travelers except for the Dayton Street Historic District. At its peak in the mid to late 1800s this was a millionaires row that rivaled Prairie Avenue in Chicago, or 5th Avenue in New York City in terms of wealth. Today it’s more than a bit rundown, but less so than the neighborhood that surrounds it. It’s worth a look for the adventurous traveler.
Riverfront/The Banks This is a newly developed area in downtown Cincinnati that falls between Great American Ballpark home of the Reds, and Paul Brown Stadium home of the Bengals. The Banks is a one-of-a-kind, 18-acre mixed-use development located along Cincinnati’s most notable asset – the Ohio Riverfront. Emanating from the foot of the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge, The Banks is currently home to 18 acres of exciting restaurants, entertainment venues and residences. Additional venues coming soon to The Banks include hotels, office structures and additional retail and residential options. Also new and adjacent to the Banks is the 50 acre Smale Riverfront Park a breathtaking cutting edge park that runs along the Ohio River, and contains the Moerlein Lager House, as well as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
"Newport and Covington" Though these neighborhoods are actually across the river in Kentucky, a lot of Cincinnatians would not bat an eye if you still referred to these spots as being "in Cincinnati", sometimes going as far as calling the area "Cincitucky". Many Cincinnati residents spend weekends at Newport on the Levee, a large outdoor mall shopping center which houses a nice AMC movie theatre, and is home to the Newport Aquarium. There are also many festivals that take place in Newport in the summer, down by the edge of the Ohio River. Very close-by is the Covington, KY which boasts a lively night-life scene in the Mainstrasse district home to are many bars, restaurants, and boutique shops, as well as two renowned tattoo parlours, Mother's and Designs by Dana.
Cincinnati has four distinct seasons. Winters range from harsh to mild, while summer and early fall is hot and humid.
The average temperature in the winter drops to the low 30's (F) and during the summer reaches the upper 70's (F) to mid-90's (F).
Normally, there are very few snowy days that impair driving on the city's hilliest roads. Snow in Northern Kentucky is of exceptional concern, though, because of the increased number of hills and rural roads, which are not as quickly treated as roads in Southwest Ohio. If you plan to drive or travel through Northern Kentucky during a snowy period, be extremely careful and phone ahead to make sure your destination is still accessible.
Soapbox Cincinnati. The city's newest weekly publication, focuses on the economic and physical transformation of the Cincinnati region by highlighting interesting development and innovation news, profiles on growth businesses, and providing guides of neighborhoods that have a concentration of locally-owned restaurants, shops, and unique housing opportunities.
Urban Cincy. Blog focusing on issues of urbanism in the Cincinnati area. Also discusses local development projects and news events towards promoting city living. A good source for information regarding local events too.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. (Follow I-275 south then east to Exit 4 (State Route 212.) Follow the signs to airport terminals and parking.) Phone: +1-(859) 767-3151 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG; ICAO: KCVG) is on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, so you'll have to cross the bridge to get to Cincinnati itself. Delta has its sixth largest hub at CVG, so Delta may offer more direct flights to or from CVG. However, fares to CVG are among the most expensive in the nation thanks to Delta's near monopoly at the airport. On the upside, CVG has one of the best records for flights leaving and arriving on time in the entire US.
Lunken Airport. Lunken Airport is the other option for travelers, but, in general, only travelers flying their own private planes or who chartered a flight will use the airport.
Travelers visiting the area should consider using Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH) in Columbus, Dayton International Airport (IATA: DAY) in Dayton, or Louisville International Airport (IATA: SDF) in Louisville, since flights to/from these airports are often cheaper than those serving CVG. Louisville, Columbus, Lexington, and Indianapolis are all within a two hour drive from Cincinnati, while Dayton is only 45-60 minutes away.
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.
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!
Amtrak, 1301 Western Ave (Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center), ☎ 1-800-872-7245 (Amtrak's main line), . Tu.-Sun.: 11PM to 6:30AM. All incoming and outgoing passenger trains stop at Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center during the night. The station is one mile from downtown Cincinnati and since all trains arrive before public transportation is available it may be wise to call a taxi to finish your journey. (See Taxis.) edit
Greyhound, 1005 Gilbert Avenue, ☎ +1-(513)-352-6012, . Station & ticketing hours: Daily: 24 hours. Greyhound offers passenger bus service from many U.S. cities. Buses arrive and depart from Greyhound's station in downtown Cincinnati. edit
Megabus, 4th Street at Race Street (North side of 4th Street at Race Street.), ☎ +1-877-GO2-MEGA, . Megabus is a budget bus company offering service to Cincinnati from Chicago, Indianapolis, Erie PA, Buffalo, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Cleveland, and Columbus. Fares start at $1.edit
Between 1920 and 1925 the City of Cincinnati spent six million dollars building a subway system, which was supposed to ease congestion and spur growth in Cincinnati. However, when funding ran out in 1925, the construction came to an end with nearly seven miles of the subway dug or graded, but no track laid. Several attempts to complete the subway have been made, but all proposals have ultimately failed. However, sections of the tunnel have been used for various purposes including the conversion of the Liberty Street station into a nuclear fallout shelter. The money borrowed to build in the twenties was finally paid off in 1966.
Cincinnati lacks light rail or a working subway system, so the main form of public transportation is by bus. The region is served by two different bus systems. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (Sorta)' operates Metro, the bus company that serves the Ohio side of the state line. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (Tank) serves Northern Kentucky and all routes between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Bus lines marked with a "X" are express routes and make less frequent stops. Be sure to check whether the bus makes a stop at your required destination before you get on. Sorta and Tank operate a different fare rate system, though both require passengers to submit the exact fare and no change is given.
For sightseeing the recommended option is the Metro 1 bus. Metro's tag line for this bus is "Ride the One for Fun," because it visits the most important cultural destinations in the city. The bus loops from the Union Terminal Museum Center, to downtown's theaters and museums, to the sports stadiums and parks on the riverfront, to the upscale Mount Adams residential neighborhood, to Eden Park and Krohn Conservatory, then through some uptown neighborhoods before reaching the University of Cincinnati, and finally the Cincinnati Zoo. This bus is $1.75 a ride, but passes are available.
If you wish to cross the river into Kentucky be sure to ride the Southbank Shuttle, which loops around the riverfront on the Ohio and Kentucky sides. Stops include Fountain Square, The Banks, Newport on the Levee, and Roebling Point. The Shuttle is often used by locals who do not want to drink and drive or pay high parking prices, as the shuttle stops at many popular nightlife spots. The Shuttle is instantly recognizable by its old-fashioned trolley look, but are newer and cleaner than the regular TANK bus system. The shuttle is also cheaper at $1 a ride. Daily passes are available.
Metro charges passengers based on zones: Zone 1 (The City of Cincinnati), Zone 2 (Hamilton County, outside of Cincinnati), and Zone 3 (Stops outside of Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati). Prices for each zone are respectively: $1.75, $2.65, and $3. Metro has several routes, most notably routes 71X and 72 (Both $4.25), which charge a slightly higher fare than normal. Transferring between one bus route to another on the Metro system requires another 50 cents for a transfer ticket and passengers transferring from a Zone 2 or 3 bus to another Zone 2 or 3 bus should ensure that the bus driver hole punches the appropriate zone on the transfer ticket. Otherwise a further payment equivalent to the difference between the zone you're traveling to, if your trip ends in zone 2 or 3, and zone 1 fare must be paid.
TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky) buses charge a flat rate of $1.50 for all adults, 75¢ for seniors, $1; for students. Transfers between Tank buses are free. However, transferring between Tank buses and a Metro buses costs an additional 50¢ or 40¢, if you're transferring to a TANK bus from a Metro bus.
Government Square is located centrally next to Fountain Square
The newly-renovated Government Square is the main bus hub for Metro and is on Walnut Street. Occasionally, when large events are going on downtown, bus routes will be re-routed to avoid Government Square. The square received its name due to the government buildings that border the square, such as the Federal Office Building, a Federal Courthouse, and a Federal Reserve Bank branch. Within the complex is an information kiosk providing details of bus routes and a free Wi-Fi service.
Below is a short list of the most important SORTA (Metro) lines that serve tourist sites. Line 1 is listed twice because the downtown stop changes depending on the direction of the bus.
Route 1 Stops from Union Terminal/Museum Center to Cincinnati Zoo via Downtown: Museum Center, Ezzard Charles & Linn Street, 5th Street & Main Street, Ida Street & Celestial Street, Lincoln Avenue & Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati Zoo on Erkenbrecker.
Route 1 Stops from Cincinnati Zoo to Union Terminal/Museum Center via Downtown: Cincinnati Zoo on Erkenbrecker, Lincoln Avenue & Gilbert Avenue, Ida Street & Celestial Street, 4th Street & Walnut Street, Ezzard Charles & Linn Street, Museum Center.
Route 72 Stops from Downtown to Kings Island: Walnut Street & Court Street (Downtown), Government Square, Area B, Kenwood Road & Montgomery Road, Mason-Montgomery & Fields Ertel Road ("Park and Ride"), Mason-Montgomery & Western Row Road, Kings Island.
Route 71X Stops from Downtown to Kings Island: Walnut Street & Court Street (Downtown), Government Square, Area B, Kings Island, Mason-Montgomery & Fields Ertel Road ("Park and Ride").
The hired car industry (including taxis) in Cincinnati is a bit different than some other cities. Taxi regulations are lax, often causing inconsistent fares to neighboring states/cities and prior to last year, with the passage of reform laws it was illegal for a taxi to be waved down. The no wave down rule has changed and as the number events/nightlife/residents has increased downtown it's becoming easier to find taxis in that part of the city. However, there are still some good tips and tricks to know if using a Taxi in Cincinnati.
Under previous regulations the only place to get a taxi if on the street was at a taxi stand, these are numerous downtown and on every other street. Despite changes in regulations, there are still quite a few taxis that hang out in these areas and its a good bet if you are in need of a taxi particularly during peak times like after last call on the weekends (after 2am).
Unlike New York City (but like Chicago), few taxis have visible markings/lights showing its occupancy status. Simply assume taxis on the move are full, though if you look real close you can tell if there are passengers in the back.
Calling a taxi is the best way to fetch one, especially outside of downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. You typically will only wait five or so minutes for a cab to arrive. Be sure to discuss a possible fare discount if it is crosstown (like from Downtown to Cincinnati- Northern Kentucky airport).
Some of the older neighborhoods in Cincinnati are quite walkable, with the Clifton Gaslight District (Ludlow), Over-The-Rhine, Mt. Adams, and Downtown being amongst the easiest to travel by foot. Due to massive depopulation of what were formerly neighborhoods with densities approaching that of New York City, (like Over-The-Rhine and the West End), Cincinnati is way more car oriented these days with most destinations being too spread out to walk to. However, many of these districts were built to pedestrian scale and are worth a stroll so long as one exercises caution (see the stay safe section). A visitor from a larger East Coast city may expect neighborhoods of similar scale and architectural composition to be filled with people, but instead oftentimes they are full of abandonment and the problems that come along with it. However, places like Mt. Adams, Downtown, or Clifton around the Gaslight District don't have these problems are well worth exploring by foot, park your car outside of the neighborhood and walk right in.
Cincinnati's Downtown has a Skywalk path. The Skywalk is an indoor, above-ground path through the streets of Cincinnati's Downtown. The Skywalk is free, and only used by pedestrians. Urban analysts hired by the city and downtown business leaders want to tear down chunks of the elevated passageways. Although most of the paths have been torn down, some of the Skywalk still exists, allowing travelers to continue to beat the weather.
Cincinnati has over 400 hillside steps for the adventurous traveler to explore. These steps were built before people had cars to facilitate easy transportation by foot up and down the steep hillsides that populate the city. Some steps are very famous such as the Mt. Adams Steps up to the Holy Cross Immaculata Church (described under the To See section) while others underused and/or are falling apart. Still more, like St. Gregory's steps in Mt. Adams, are hidden gems, guiding a traveler through a hidden forest oasis in a densely populated neighborhood. Be cautious when traveling on these steps, as they sometimes go through remote areas and while the neighborhood on one end of the steps could be safe, the neighborhood at the other could be crime infested. The city has a somewhat difficult to decipher but extensive guide of the locations and conditions of the steps here .
An even better guide to the city's steps is here .
Cincinnati has a long way to go before it reaches the level of Portland or Chicago in terms of bicycle culture and accessibility. However, the city has lately been installing bicycle lanes and even on street bicycle parking in some key neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine and Northside. Biking in Cincinnati is challenging, and is recommended for experienced urban riders, as the terrain is quite hilly producing often curvy roads that can go up or down very steep grades.
Despite the challenge, the narrow roads and urban setting are well suited for using a bicycle. Residential neighborhoods along the river near downtown (Roebling Point, The Banks, Over-the-Rhine, Newport Historic East Row) are relatively flat and quiet. The city posts a color coded map/guide to recommended bicycle routes and facilities as well as information regarding its bicycle policies and projects here . All buses have bike mounts on the front if you get tired or don't want to pedal up a hill.
You can rent bikes from the newly opened Cincinnnati Bike Center at Smale Riverfront Park, from Cincinnati Bike Rentals in Clifton Heights by the University, (charges daily/weekly, supply your own lock) or from Wheel of Fun Rentals by Sawyer Point on the Riverfront downtown (charges hourly, including tandem bikes).
For getting quickly and conveniently to most places in Cincinnati, you will need a car. Be aware that there is a street grid only in Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Outside of those parts of the city navigation can be tough, with street names changing constantly, and unintuitive routes being the norm. Particularly tough, is getting up to Mt. Adams, where if you don't go down the right series of one way streets you could end up getting flung out to one of its surrounding neighborhoods or Eden Park. There are a few signs directing drivers to the neighborhood, but they are easily missed. A good roadmap or GPS system is highly recommended if you plan on driving around.
Many roads are very narrow and very hilly reflecting the age of most of Cincinnati, which was built well before the automobile was the mainstay of transportation. Some streets will feel like country roads with the occasional urban house/apartment built where the terrain can support it. Other roads such as the aptly named Straight Street quite literally go straight down a hill at a very steep grade. Be careful when driving in inclement weather and remember that when parking on a steep slope, point your tires towards (if downhill) or away (if uphill) from the curb and use your emergency brake.
I-75 is to be avoided around rush hours at all costs. While traffic isn't as heavy as one would encounter in much larger cities its still quite formidable. The large amount of truck traffic combined short ramps and many blind corners create a traffic nightmare. If you can, take the much less traveled (though still somewhat congested) I-71 which is most easily accessed by taking the Norwood Lateral (OH 562) across to it at Norwood.
Parking is generally cheap and plentiful in Cincinnati. The few trouble spots are around the University in the Clifton/CUF/Corryville areas (Uptown), Downtown, and Mt. Adams. When parking in Mt. Adams, be aware of parking restrictions by reading the signs, there are far more of them than you'd encounter anywhere else in the city, due to the narrow streets and dense population of that neighborhood.
Carew Tower & Observation Deck, 441 Vine Street (Downtown), ☎ +1-513-579-9735, . M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, Su 11AM-5PM. 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! 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.Adults $2, Children $1. (39.0603,)edit
Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place (Mount Lookout,), ☎ +1-513-321-5186., . 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. edit
Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets (Downtown; sandwiched between the Westin Hotel, Macy's, Carew Tower, and the Fifth Third building), . The newly 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!(39.0605,)edit
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, (Riverfront), . 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. 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.edit
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, . 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.edit
Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church, 30 Guido Street (Mount Adams), ☎ +1-(513)-381-1792, . 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. (39.0627,)edit
Plum Street Temple (Occasionally referred to as Isaac M. Wise Temple), 726 Plum Street, at the corner of Plum and Eighth Streets (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-793-2556, . Built in 1865-1866 for B'nai Yeshurun, this is one of the best-preserved Moorish Revival buildings of the 19th century. (39.0613,)edit
Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 West Eighth Street (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-421-5354 (Info@StPeterinChainsCathedral.org), . Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral is a beautiful and ornate cathedral, a recommended sight for anyone traveling through Cincinnati. St. Peter in Chains Cathedral was the city's tallest structure when completed, as well as one of its most elegant buildings. Copying elements from classical Athenian buildings, architect Henry Walter produced one of the finest neoclassical Greek revival buildings in the United States.edit
American Classical Music Hall of Fame, 1225 Elm Street (Over-the-Rhine, next to Music Hall, in Memorial Hall), ☎ +1-(513)-621-3263 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(513)-621-9333), . Open by appt. The American Classical Music Hall of Fame includes a timeline through classical music (focusing on American classical music) and interactive displays of inductees. edit
Art Beyond Boundaries, 1410 Main Street (Over-the-Rhine), ☎ +1-(513)-421-8726, . M-Sat 10-5. Art Beyond Boundaries is a visual art gallery showcasing the work of local artists with disabilities. They also have showings at Pendelton Art Center's Final Friday. edit
Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive (Eden Park, Go up Gilbert Avenue, until you see the park, and turn onto Eden Park Drive), ☎ +1-(513)-721-ARTS (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Th-Tu 11AM-5PM, W 11AM-8PM, M Closed. The Cincinnati Art Museum is in the beautiful Eden Park, which perfectly reflects the artwork the museum houses. 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 including the worlds largest collection of Rookwood Pottery. The Damascus Room is a particular interesting artwork and should be seen by all of the museum's visitors.Admission: Free. (39.0650,)edit
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, 3101 Clifton Avenue (Hebrew Union College Campus, University Heights, about a block from the University of Cincinnati), ☎ +1-(513)-487-3055 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(513)-221-1842), . 9AM-5:30PM daily. CHHE has a heart-wrenching and inspiring exhibit called Mapping Our Tears, which follows the stories of Cincinnatians involved in the resistance to Nazis and Holocaust survivors now living in Cincinnati. One part of the exhibit tells the tale of a local man, who after interrogating suspects to be tried at the Nuremberg Trials became U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.Free. edit
The Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal
Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court Street, ☎ +1-(513)-621-5553, . Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su noon-4PM. Closed all holidays. 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. Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $4. edit
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Avenue (Queensgate), ☎ +1-(513)-287-7000 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-6PM. Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building 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. Admission for one museum or OMNIMAX show: Adults $7.25, Seniors $6.25 , Children (Ages 3-12) $5.25; Admission for all three museums and one OMNIMAX show: Adults $16.25, Children $11.25. Parking is $4.50 per vehicle. (39.0636,)edit
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine Street (Avondale), ☎ +1-800-94-HIPPO. (email@example.com), . From September 4th until May 25th, the Zoo is typically open daily from 9AM until 5PM. From May 26th until September 3rd the zoo is typically open from 9AM until 6PM. Hours may be extended on some days for special events like Festival of Lights or HallZOOween. The zoo is closed November 22nd and December 25th. 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. The zoo is well worth a visit.Adults (13+ years) $14, Seniors (62+) $9, Children (2-12) $9. Parking: $7. (39.0841,-84.3030)edit
Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth Street (Downtown, Across from the Aronoff Center), ☎ +1-(513)-345-8400 (fax: +), . M 10AM-9PM, Tu Closed, W-F 10AM-6PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM. The CAC is one of the regional leaders in thought-provoking art; the building itself 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. Adults $7.50, Senior (65+) $6.50, Student w/ID $5.50, Children (3-13) $4.50. edit
Harriet Beecher-Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Avenue (Walnut Hills), ☎ +1-513-751-0651. (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Hours vary, see website. Harriet Beecher-Stowe is famous for writing the anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin. Free (donations are welcomed).edit
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way (Riverfront), ☎ +1-(513)-333-7500, . Tu-Su 11AM-5PM (Open Labor Day Weekend)Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). 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.$12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Children. edit
Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street (Downtown, Located at the east end of Fourth Street, across from Lytle Park), ☎ +1-(513)-241-0343 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(513)-241-2266), . M Closed, T W F 11AM-5PM, Th 11AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25. 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.Adults: $7, Seniors (60 and over): $5, Students (over 18): $5, Youth (18 and under): Free. Free admission on Wednesdays. Parking costs an additional $3. edit
Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton Street (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-559-3958 ext. 1257 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Final Friday 6-10PM; Second Look Saturday 10AM-2PM. Final Fridays at the Pendleton Art Center are the "The World 's Largest Collection of Artists Under One Roof!" On the final Friday of each month, Pendleton Art Center showcases many floors of local art for those interested in buying or just admiring.Free admission. edit
Birthplace of William Howard Taft, at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut Street (Downtown, on the corner of 7th and Walnut, connected to the Aronoff Center), ☎ +1-(513)-977-4165 (WestonArtGallery@CincinnatiArts.org, fax: +1-(513)-977-4182), . Tu-Sa 10AM-5:30PM. Su noon-5PM. The Weston Art Gallery is located within the Aranoff Center for the Arts. Exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, prints, photography, textiles, independent film, performance and electronic media. Ten diverse exhibitions are programmed annually in the gallery's 3,500 square foot museum-quality space. Free. edit
William Howard Taft National Historic Site, 2038 Auburn Avenue, ☎ +1-(513)-684-3262 (WIHO Interpretation@nps.gov, fax: +1-(513)-684-3627), . The park is generally open from 8AM to 4PM daily (it is closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1). 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.Free. edit
With more than 100 parks and green spaces  covering an area of over 5,000 acres, Cincinnati has the most extensive and highest regarded park system in the nation. In addition to offering respite from the urban landscape, the parks also offer scenic views, hiking areas, floral landscapes and picnic facilities.
Sawyer Point, 720 E. Pete Rose Way (Riverfront), ☎ +1-513-352-4000, . 6AM-11PM daily. 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.edit
Mt. Echo, 381 Elberon Ave (Price Hill), . 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.edit
Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave (Mount Lookout), . Ault Park is great for bikers, hikers and joggers. An annual 4th of July celebration is held there with music and fireworks. Ault Park also has great examples of natural glacial history throughout the park.(39.0809,-84.2441)edit
Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive (Entrances from Kemper Lane, Victory Parkway, Nassau Avenue, Martin Drive or Gilbert Ave), . M-Su 11AM-11PM. Eden Park home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, Murray Seasongood Pavilion, and the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory.(39.0700,-84.2935)edit
Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, 1101 Eastern Ave (along Cincinnati's downtown eastern riverfront area), . The park is named in honor of Cincinnati's first African American mayor, Theodore M. Berry. This park features an International Plaza with ceremonial flags, an earth sculpture in the form of two interlocking hands, a pavilion to provide settings for communal gatherings, celebrations and events, Commissioned sculptures, a serpentine-shaped sitting wall, garden areas representative of the continents, and a bike trail. edit
Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive (Eden Park), ☎ +1-513-421-4086, . M-Su 11AM-11PM. Rainforest-under-glass. 5000 varieties of exotic tropical, desert and orchid plants. One of country's largest public greenhouses with beautiful seasonal floral shows.Admission is by donation. (39.0655,)edit
Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street (In front of Music Hall, Over-The-Rhine - parking in garage under the park), . 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 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 their 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.edit
John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way. ==Do== *Museum Day. edit ===Tours=== Though not as well known as other cities with a large collection of 19th century architecture, Cincinnati has quite an impressive assortment of old buildings. Even if a shocking amount of it is quite shabby, parts of town will remind a visitor of large east coast cities like Boston or Brooklyn. Recently, with a renewed interest in the oldest parts of the city there are an increasing number of tours highlighting Cincinnati's glory days in the 19th century when it was one of the largest cities in the US. During some events like Oktoberfest or Bockfest additional tours are offered, such as those highlighting the cities strong brewing heritage, or even the rare venture down into the abandoned subway tunnels, inquire locally or read local blogs as these are not well advertised to people from out of town. *Queen City Underground Tours (Cincy Haus), 1281 Vine Street (Over-The-Rhine), ☎ (859) 951-8560, . Spring,Fall: Sa: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 2:30, and 3:30, Su: 11:30,2:00. Summer: M-Th 12:00 and 3PM Sat, Sun same as fall. A popular and expanding tour run by American Heritage Tours discussing the many buildings that once housed over 130 saloons, bars, beergardens and theaters on Vine Street in Over-The-Rhine's "Gateway Quarter" followed by a trip down into the network of tunnels underneath that at one point were used to age/store beer and even a hidden tomb. Also discussed is Cincinnati's corrupt political history in the 19th century under Boss Cox. $15. edit *Architreks (Cincinnati-Walks), 342 West Fourth Street (Various starting points, check website for info), ☎ (513) 721-4506, . May-Oct. See website for dates and times. Tours run by the Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati focusing on the architecture of older neighborhoods in the city and the rich history that comes along with them.$10-$15 adult $5 child. edit *Cincinnati Heyday Walking Tour, 1801 Race Street, Findlay Market Biergarten (Over the Rhine), ☎ (513) 549-3220, . 10:30AM, 1:30PM Saturday's through December. 2.4 mile above ground tour following the path of the never finished Cincinnati subway that focuses on historical events in the area surrounding and including the construction of the abandoned tunnels. There is also a photo op outside of one of the tunnels.$15. edit *Cincinnati Brewery District Lager Tours, 116 West Elder Street, Cincinnati, OH (Findlay Market Biergarten, Over the Rhine), ☎ (513) 604-9812, . May 21st-September 1PM Sat and Sun. Tours of the old breweries and the tunnels underneath them that once made Cincinnati one of the largest producers of beer in the United States. Tours are run by the Brewery District Community Redevelopment Corp.$15. edit *Stratus Helicopters, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071, . Th-Su 12-10PM Spring/Summer, 3-8PM Fall & Winter. Though technically located in Newport, this company provides various tours of scenic Cincinnati from the air in a helicopter. Included on the itinerary is a date night tour. Tours last anywhere from 10 mins to a few hours.edit ===Music & theater===
Esquire Theatre is a very popular movie theater.
* Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle (Mt. Adams), ☎ +1-(513)-421-3888, . Box office hours: M.: 10AM-5PM. Tu-F.: 10AM-9PM. Sa: 10AM-10PM. Su: Noon-8PM. Box office hours may vary on days when performances are held. 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. edit * Cincinnati Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street (Over-the-Rhine), ☎ +1-513-744-3344 (fax: +1-513-744-3345), . 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. (39.0634,)edit(39.0634,)edit
Bogart's Concert Hall, 2621 Vine Street (Corryville), ☎ +1-(513)-562-4949, . Small venue that attracts some well-known acts. Crowds can get rough with mosh pits growing annoyingly large. edit
Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue (California/Anderson Township), ☎ +1-(513)-232-6220, . Box office hours: M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-2PM. Located on the Ohio river and draws big name artists like John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, and Jimmy Buffet. edit
TimberWolf Amphitheatre, (TimberWolf Amphitheatre is located at the Kings Island amusement park). This arena also draws some big name artists, usually teen heartthrobs like Aaron Carter. edit
Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Avenue, ☎ +1-(513)-281-8750 (email@example.com), . The Esquire Theatre is a movie theater that generally runs indie/foreign films along with some other mainstream films. It also hosts twice-monthly showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is on Ludlow Ave, which is close to great coffee shops, restaurants, and specialty stores. $5.50-$8.50. edit
Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave (Exit 72 off of I-275), ☎ +1-(513)-232-8230, . usually 10AM-9PM. Coney Island is a piece of Americana - a park that has been in operation for over 120 years. The park is located 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'). For cheaper admission go after 4PM when the price drops to $8.95. edit
Kings Island, (About 20 miles from Cincinnati), . Kings Island, located in Mason, OH, 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 just recently been sold to Cedar Fair, and the names for some of the rides have changed.edit
Appalachian Festival, 6201 Kellogg Ave (Located at Coney Island Amusement Park), ☎ +1-(513)-251-3378 (fax: +1-(513)-251-3377), . Mothers Day Weekend; Friday, 9AM - 9PM, Saturday, 10AM - 9PM, Sunday, 10AM - 6PM. The Appalachian Festival is bigger and better than ever... with more than 130 crafters, dozens of entertainers on three stages, cultural and educational programs and a new mountain life exhibit area. The Appalachian Festival draws nearly 50,000 people over the three-day event to Coney Island on the shores of the Ohio River.edit
PNC MidPoint's Indie Summer, (Fountain Square, 5th and Vine), . 7:00-11:00 Fridays from June to September. Fountain Square on Friday nights is the place to be for all fans of independent rock music. Local, regional, and national bands will perform every Friday night from 7 to 11PM After party at Righteous Room located at 641 Walnut St.Free. edit
Cincy Cinco Festival, 6295 Kellogg Ave (The Plaza at Riverbend Music Center), ☎ +1-(513) 232-5882, . Cincy Cinco Festival- Cincy Cinco celebrates the 5th of May (Mexican Holiday). It showcases aspects of Latino culture, values and traditions. All proceeds benefit the tri-state charities that support the Hispanic population. Adults $10, Kids 16 and under are free. edit
MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF), . The Midwest's biggest and best independent music festival. Over 300 emerging bands from the U.S. and abroad playing all kinds of music in Downtown and Over-The-Rhine every September. edit
Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion, (Sawyer Point Park), . Conceived in 1986 by Dr. Dorothy I. Height, President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, the Black Family Reunion Celebration is a 4-day cultural weekend event which brings consumers, corporations, communities and government agencies together to focus on the historic strengths and traditional values of the Black Family. edit
Oktoberfest, Fifth Street (Downtown), . Cincinnati remembers its German history with a two day festival dedicated to beer and the marriage of Bavarian royalty. Cincinnati's Oktoberfest draws 500,000 over two days (Munich's Oktoberfest draws 6 million over two weeks) making it second biggest Oktoberfest after Munich's. On the Sunday everyone gathers at Fountain Square to participate in the "World's Largest Chicken Dance." This is a must for any visitor to Cincinnati. Oktoberfest is held in mid to late September.$3 and above depending on restaurant booth.. edit
Party in the Park, (Riverfront), . Held several times through out the summer and entertains 8,000 with the hottest musical acts and cold draft beers. The party is held at Yeatman's Cove.edit
PNC Festival of Lights, Dury Avenue (Cincinnati Zoo), . The Cincinnati Zoo hosts the annual Festival of Lights to celebrate the holiday season with 2.5 million Christmas lights and over 100 light displays. Other activities, include ice sculpture shows, taking a train around the zoo, and meeting Santa. You'll want to arrive a few hours before the light display starts because there will be little or no parking left by 4PM. See the listing under the See section for more details about the zoo.edit
Riverfest, (Riverfront). Riverfest is Cincinnati's largest bash and is held on the banks of the Ohio during the Labor Day weekend. The event is essentially the spectacular Rozzi's fireworks display, which last for half-an-hour and is choreographed to music by local radio station WEBN. There's also a famous race between rubber ducks called the Rubber Duck Regatta. edit
Tall Stacks, (Riverfront), . Held every four years, this festival honors Cincinnati's riverboat history. The festival also stages multiple concerts by both well-known artists and local artists. The last Tall Stacks was held in 2006 and saw 900,000 visitors. It is currently on hiatus due to the current economic slowdown, but plans are in the works to bring it back soon.edit
Taste of Cincinnati, (Fifth Street), . Taste of Cincinnati is held every Memorial weekend and draws 500,000 people each year. More than 40 restaurants sell their food for $5 or less. Live musical acts are there for entertainment once you're full.$3 and above depending on restaurant booth. edit
Bockfest, (Various places Downtown, Over-the-Rhine), . Usually first weekend in March. Quirky series of events that celebrate Over-the-Rhine’s history, the coming of spring and bock beer. Usually features a parade in the Main Street Entertainment District on Friday, a nomination of a "Sausage Queen" on Saturday and a series of tours of rarely seen parts of Over-The-Rhine. Performances and other German related events are also included, check website for more details and pricing on tours.edit
Sports are taken extremely seriously in Cincinnati. Everyone roots for the Reds and the Bengals, but college basketball is where the city becomes divided. One of the most intense college rivalries is the Crosstown Classic, the annual matchup between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University; the 2011 edition ended in a bench-clearing brawl. This incident led to an official renaming of the rivalry as a "Classic" instead of a "Shootout", and more significantly caused the game to be relocated downtown to the neutral U.S. Bank Arena (it had alternated between the schools' home arenas for more than 20 years).
The term always refers to the Cincinnati Bengals and can be used as a cheer or a greeting among Bengals fans. At Bengals games fans screaming "Who Dey!" often leads to an entire section chanting the Who Dey chant: "Who dey! Who dey! Who dey think going to beat dem Bengals?" The answer is an extended "Nobody!" There is still debate over where the chant originated; New Orleans Saints fans claim their "Who Dat" chant predates the Cincinnati Bengals' "Who Dey" chant and vice versa.
Cincinnati Bengals, One Paul Brown Stadium (Riverfront), ☎ +1-(513)-621-8383, . 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. 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. edit
Great American Ball Park is located close to Cincinnati's Waterfront
Cincinnati Reds, 100 Main Street (Great American Ball Park; Corner of Main Street and Second Street), ☎ +1-(513)-765-7000, . 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, located 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.edit
ECHL Hockey Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena (Riverfront), ☎ +1-(513)-421-PUCK, . Hockey has a long legacy in Cincinnati. In the fifties, Cincinnati was home to the Cincinnati Mohawks, five time winners of the International Hockey League's Turner Cup. In the seventies, Cincinnati was home to a WHA team, in the Cincinnati Stingers, and an AHL team, in the Cincinnati Swords. Then came the Cyclones (1990-2004, 2006-present), and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (1997-2005). The Cincinnati Gardens was frequented by the likes of Barry Melrose, Don Biggs, Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky on a pretty regular basis. Now, the second incarnation of the Cincinnati Cyclones play in the ECHL and are 2007-2008 ECHL champions. Crowds run 1,000-3,000 on a weeknight and 4,000-9,000 people on a weekend, far below the capacity of 12,000, so tickets should be easy to come by. However, crowds have grown significantly during the latter part of the 2007-2008 season. Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Championship game has the largest crowd in seven years to see an ECHL championship game, with 8,676 in attendance. Game 6, and final game, had 12,722 in attendance, a league record for a post-season game.$10-$20. edit
Cincinnati Bearcats, 2700 Varsity Way, . The University of Cincinnati has a strong tradition in basketball and an emerging tradition in football. The two-time national champion basketball team plays their games at Fifth Third Arena, located inside a structure known as the Shoemaker Center. The football team plays at Nippert Stadium. Football tickets are $25-$35. edit
Xavier Musketeers, 3800 Victory Parkway, ☎ +1-(513)-745-3411 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(513)-745-3063), . Box Office Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM. The XU basketball team plays at the Cintas Center, on the Xavier campus just northeast of downtown. edit
River Downs Racetrack, 6301 Kellogg Avenue, ☎ +1-(513)-232-8000, . Cincinnati's racetrack is River Downs. Free admission and free parking everyday. River Downs has a unique 110 channel in-house television system in place that allows the viewers access to race replays of every race, advance viewing of upcoming simulcast race conditions and preview shows, changing odds formats and program changes. free admission and free parking everyday. edit
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 3520 Central Parkway (located at the confluence of I-75 and I-74, at the intersection of Central Parkway and Ludlow Avenue, technically in the neighborhood of Clifton), ☎ +1-(513)-861-7700, . Cincinnati State is the technical and community college of choice in the region and nationally recognized for academic excellence and workforce development. edit
College of Mt. St. Joseph on the Ohio, 5701 Delhi Road, ☎ +1-(513)-244-4200, . Private Catholic college located in Cincinnati's western suburb of Delhi. Known for its Education majors. edit
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3101 Clifton Avenue, . HUC-JIR is the oldest "new world" Jewish seminary, founded in 1875 by Cincinnati Rabbi Isaac M. Wise. Since Rabbi Wise was one of the key rabbis in the development of Reform Judaism, the school follows in his footsteps preparing its students for services in the Reform community. edit
University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Avenue, ☎ +1-(513)-556-6000, . UC is a public university located in the Uptown neighborhoods of Avondale, Corryville, Clifton Heights, and University Heights. Ranked as one of America’s Top 25 public research universities and in the Top 50 of all American universities, UC has an annual enrollment of approximately 40,000 students, making it one of the largest universities in the U.S. Though many incorrectly refer to the main Campus of the University as its "Clifton Campus", the University is not located within the Clifton neighborhood. In 2010, Forbes Magazine listed the University of Cincinnati as one of the world's most beautiful college campuses alongside prestigious company like Oxford University and Yale University. edit
Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, ☎ +1-(513)-745-3000, . Xavier (pronounced Zay-vyur) is a private Jesuit, Catholic university located in the neighborhood of Evanston. It was founded in 1831. Its three colleges offer 78 undergraduate majors, 43 minors and 11 graduate programs to 6,646 total students, including 3,961 undergraduates. The University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide. Xavier has been recognized as one of the nation's best colleges and universities for 13 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, including #2 in the Midwest in the 2008 rankings. Xavier is also ranked as one of the "Best 368 Colleges and Universities" by the Princeton Review. Xavier's Williams College of Business is also recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the "Best 290 Business Schools." Xavier's part-time MBA program is also highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the Health Services Administration Graduate Program is ranked number one in the country by Modern Healthcare. Xavier supports 16 NCAA Division I sports teams. The men's basketball team made it to the Elite Eight in 2008 and 2004, and the women's basketball team matched the feat in 2010. Xavier also received the national 2006 Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society as No. 1 in the country for urban university landscaping. edit
The P&G Twin Towers (headquarters) are located Downtown. P&G's influence and history with the region can be seen throughout downtown.
Cincinnati is home to numerous international corporations that are important employers within the Greater Cincinnati area. The region fares well nationally with 10 Fortune 500 companies and 18 Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in the Cincinnati area. Statistically, Greater Cincinnati ranks sixth in the U.S. with 4.98 Fortune 500 companies per million residents and fourth in the U.S. with 8.96 Fortune 1000 companies per million residents. A few of Cincinnati's important employers include: Fifth Third Bank, Great American Insurance, Macy's Department Stores, Kroger and Procter & Gamble.
In the summer, restaurants and amusement parks employ large numbers of foreign students with J-1 Visas. Kings Island in particular is a major employer, hiring several thousand foreign college students.
Cincinnati has 52 neighborhoods, and each one has its own unique shopping districts. Some of the more noteworthy are Clifton Gaslight District (Ludlow Avenue between Clifton Avenue and Middleton Avenue), which offers bohemian and international shops, Mt. Washington Water Tower District (Beechmont Avenue between Campus Lane and Crestview Place), Northside Business District (Ludlow Viaduct/Blue Rock Street/Spring Grove Avenue), Hyde Park Square (Erie Avenue between Zumstein Avenue and Shaw Avenue) and Oakley Square (Madison Road between Hyde Park Avenue and Marburg Avenue) offer upscale boutiques.
If you're searching for something that is quintessentially Cincinnati, be sure to look for Rookwood Pottery, Findlay Market, Ulf's Big Onions, or Graeter's handmade candy.
The Rookwood Pottery Company, 1920 Race Street (Over the Rhine, North of Liberty), ☎ +1-(513)-381-2510, . A highly regarded historic producer of fine ceramics. Due to Great Depression, a dramatic decrease in demand for the company's handcrafted quality artwork caused the original Rookwood Pottery to close its doors. The legendary status of Rookwood Pottery inspired its resurrection in mid-2006. It has recently moved down to Over-The-Rhine.edit
Bengals Pro Shop, (Riverfront, located inside Paul Brown Stadium.), ☎ +1-866-774-4776, . W-F 8AM-6PM, Sa 6AM-6PM, Su 11AM-4PM, M-Tu contact vendors. Get your Bengals gear here.edit
Findlay Market is the oldest operational market in Ohio
Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street, ☎ +1-(513)-665-4839 (email@example.com), . T-F 9AM-6PM, Sat 8AM-6PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Located in Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Ohio's oldest continuously operating market offers collection of fresh food vendors, restaurants, and non-food shops that has been in operation since 1855. The market is most lively, and best visited by tourists, on Saturdays around noon.edit
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road (In the Rookwood Pavillion shopping center, on the Norwood-Cincinnati municipal border), ☎ +1-(513)-396-8960, . M-Th 9AM-10PM, F,Sa 9AM-11PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Locally owned bookstore. Many nationally known authors sign books here. edit
Tower Place Mall, (Downtown, Inside Carew Tower), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Every day 10AM-8PM, Su noon-5PM. Tower Place Mall is a the three-level shopping center features dozens of exclusive shops and renowned retail establishments and an expansive food court with over a dozen dining options. edit
Saks Fifth Avenue, 101 West 5th Street (Downtown, Fifth and Race Streets, Opposite Hilton Netherlands Plaza Hotel), ☎ +1-(513)-421-6800. M-W 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. A branch of the upscale department store selling high-priced designer goods.edit
Shake It Records, 5156 Hamilton Avenue (Northside), ☎ +1-(513)-591-0123, . M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. Independent record label and record store. They have just about every CD you can imagine. They also carry used CDs and vinyl, DVDs, books, magazines, and Japanese toys.edit
Cincy Haus (American Legacy Tours), 1281 Vine St (Over-The-Rhine, Gateway Quarter), . Gift shop for American Legacy Tours, who run the 'Queen City Underground Tours', specializing in Cincinnati memorabilia.edit
Jungle Jim's, . An enormous supermarket with a lot of character.edit
Aglamesis Bros, 3046 Madison Road (Oakley), ☎ +1-(513)-531-5196, . A long-time competitor of Graeter's in the gourmet ice cream category. Take a step back in time as this parlor is largely unchanged since it was opened in 1913!edit
Arthur's Cafe, 3516 Edwards Rd (Hyde Park), ☎ +1-(513)-871-5543. M-Sa 11AM-2:30AM, Su 11AM-9:30PM.. Great bar and cafe in trendy Hyde Park neighborhood. Excellent burgers that are borderline amazing. On Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, Arthur's has "burger madness" where burgers are $5.50 with unlimited toppings.edit
The Echo, 3510 Edwards Road (Hyde Park), ☎ +1-(513)-321-2816, . Great diner located just off of Hyde Park Square. Try the fish special on Fridays (closed after lunch except Th-Sa). Roughly $10 or less. edit
Gordo's Pub and Grill, 4328 Montgomery Rd. (Norwood). Owned by Raymond Gordo, former chef de cuisine for local celebrity and restaurateur Jean-Robert, Gordo's is reknown for their semi-extensive beer list and delicious burgers.edit
Graeter's Ice Cream, 2704 Erie Avenue (one of several locations) (Hyde Park, right at Hyde Park Square), ☎ +1-(513)-321-6221, . Hours: M-Su 7AM-10:45PM. Quite possibly Cincinnati's greatest gift to humanity. No drive through Cincinnati is complete without Graeter's ice cream or another one of their delicious desserts. Often Cincinnati natives who have moved to different cities make it a priority to stop here if they are in town. There are other locations throughout Cincinnati, including one store directly on the Hyde Park Square. Celebrities such as Oprah and Jessica Simpson have claimed it to be their favorite ice cream. About $4 per person, unless you opt for more expensive treats. In that case you could spend upwards of $20. (29.140,-84.442)edit
Ingredients, 21 E. 5th St (Downtown, inside Westin Hotel Atrium), ☎ 513-852-2740, . Ingredients is restaurant with a unique concept and motto: "(some assembly required)". Ingredients serves salads, paninis, sandwiches, and pizzas all made to order. The ingredients used are all gourmet and very tasty! edit
Izzy's, 800 Elm Street (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-241-6246, . M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa 8AM-5PM. Izzy's is well known for its reubens and other corned beef sandwiches. This deli has other delicious sandwiches and its corned beef is available to purchase at any Kroger's grocery store. Served with your sandwich is a big potato pancake. There are multiple locations in the Cincinnati area. edit
Jim Dandy's Family BBQ, 2343 E Sharon Rd., ☎ +1-(513)-771-4888, . Jim Dandy's, although rather new, is considered by many as one of the best traditional barbecue restaurants. Jim Dandy himself is usually on hand to handle the customers, oversee the smoking, and just hang out with whatever crowd is eating. edit
Krishna Indian Carryout, 313 Calhoun St (Clifton), ☎ +1-(513)-961-2878. Located at the top of Clifton across from the University of Cincinnati campus, Krishna is tiny by nearly all standards with only four tables along the wall. Opposite, the staff cooks excellent Indian cuisine atop a four burner stove. Heaping portions with delicious naan.edit
Quatman Cafe, 2434 Quatman Ave (Norwood), ☎ +1-(513)-731-4370. M-Sa 11AM - 10:30PM. "Keep it simple, stupid" is the motto here. No frills, but many locals will tell you this greasy spoon is home to the best burger in town. edit
Tucker's Restaurant, 18 East 13th St (Over-the-Rhine), ☎ +1 (513) 721-7123. Tucker's has been dishing out food since 1946 and is well-known amongst Cincinnatians. Joe Tucker, the owner, has become famous for socializing with his guests.$10 or less. edit
Zips Cafe, 1036 Delta Ave (Mt. Lookout Square), ☎ +1-(513)-871-9876 (email@example.com), . M-Sa: 10:30AM - 11:30PM, Sun: 11AM - 11:30PM. Zips Cafe is not only the absolute best place in Cincinnati to get a burger (The Zip Burger), but it is also a bar! Perfect for the budget traveler! $5-$10. edit
World Food Bar, 1801 Race St. Cincinnati, OH 45202, ☎ 513.342.1968, . T-F 9AM - 6PM Sat. and Sun. 10AM - 4PM. World Food Bar is a catering, dinner-club and carryout operation bringing high quality gourmet foods at an affordable price to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Freshly prepared world and ethnic foods using local and organic ingredients are WFB's specialty.$5-$10. edit
Mayberry, 915 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. M-F 7:30AM - 3PM. Mayberry is an grassroots American style eatery ,open for breakfast and lunch. Savor a little piece of history - some Americana in your mouth.$7- $10. edit
Lendhardt's (Christy's), 151 W McMillan Ave (Clifton Heights, at corner of Moerlein and McMillian), ☎ 1-513-281-3600, . T-Th 4PM-10PM, F 11AM lunch, 4PM-10PM, Sa 4PM-10PM. Housed in a mansion built by famous Cincinnati German beer baron Christian Moerlein, this is an authentic Hungarian/German restaurant which also includes a rathskeller and beergarden. The rathskeller (bar) is known as Christy's which people sometimes mistakenly refer the restaurant as. Comfortable and elegant dinning at a reasonable price, great food too!$5-$15. edit
Cincinnati is famous for its own unique kind of chili, based on a Greek recipe. It contains finely-ground meat, no beans or onions, and usually contains spices such as cinnamon or cocoa powder, and not as much tomato as traditional recipes. It is served over spaghetti with finely-shredded Cheddar cheese on top, known as a "three-way"; add diced white onions or kidney beans to make it a "four-way"; and add both kidney beans and onions for a "five-way". It's also served over hot dogs with shredded Cheddar cheese on top, known as a "cheese coney." Cincinnati has more chili restaurants per capita than any city in the United States. The debate over where to find the best Cincinnati chili is almost a religious war. Two major chili-parlor chains (Skyline & Gold Star) are dominant, but individual parlors and other smaller chains have their fans as well.
Price Hill Chili is a local pitstop for political candidates including Vice President Dick Cheney.
Empress Chili, 8340 Vine Street. Founded in 1922 by two brothers from Greece. Empress is named after the burlesque theater that was originally located next door. It has been suggested that the Empress Chili concept was copied by other chili restaurants. Empress Chili consistently wins taste tests of Cincinnati's chili chains. edit
Skyline Chili, 254 East Fourth Street (Fourth and Sycamore Street), ☎ +1-(513)-241-4848, . The most famous chili chain, with numerous locations throughout the Cincinnati area and franchise locations in Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, and other smaller Midwest and Florida cities. Their chili is sold in supermarkets throughout the Midwestern United States in frozen packages or cans so that Cincinnati natives can enjoy it wherever they may be. For more locations, see Skyline's store locator here .edit
Camp Washington Chili, 3005 Colerain Avenue (Camp Washington), ☎ +1-(513)-541-0061, . Considered by most locals to be the original home of Cincinnati-style chili, though Empress Chili had opened 18 years earlier. edit
Price Hill Chili, 4920 Glenway Ave (Price Hill), ☎ +1-(513)-471-9507, . M-Th 6AM-11PM, F-Sa 6AM-2AM, Su 7AM-3PM. Price Hill Chili has been a landmark for the past 45 years, serving up Cincinnati favorites to West Side regulars. Cincinnati chili and stacked double-deckers are what Price Hill Chili is all about. The menu includes specialty dinners and salads. You can get goetta, Cincy-style. under $10. edit
Gold Star Chili, 2713 Vine Street, ☎ +1-(513)-751-8841, . One of Cincinnati's major chili chains. While most Cincinnatians are loyal to Skyline, there are many who claim Goldstar is Cincinnati's best. Vegetarian chili is available. For more locations, see Gold Star's store locator here . edit
Pleasant Ridge Chili, 6032 Montgomery Road, ☎ +1-(513)-531-2365. Monday Thru Sa 9AM to 4:30AM Closed Sunday. A local favorite that offers great food at great prices. Home of Gravy Cheese Fries which has been bringing people back since 1964. The menu also includes great breakfast at anytime. Cash only. No vegetarian dishes.edit
Christian Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way (Downtown - The Banks), ☎ +1-(513)-421-2337, . A microbrewery, restaurant, event space, and beerhall/garden devoted to Cincinnati's rich brewing heritage which has panoramic views of the city, the Roebling Bridge, the river and the sports stadiums. The Lager House is decorated with old advertisements, signs, bottles and other memorabilia harking back to the time when Cincinnati was one of the world's foremost beer producers. The menu features both beers produced by Cincinnati icon Christian Moerlein (with some even unique to the space) and many guest beers from all over the world and the menu has many dishes where beer is a main ingredient.$6-$28. edit
Porkopolis, 1077 Celestial Street, ☎ +1-(513)-721-5456. Hours: Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. Porkopolis (formerly Rookwood Pottery) is a burger and ribs restaurant, which is housed in the National Historical Register Building that used to house Rookwood Pottery.$10-$20. edit
Indigo Casual Gourmet Cafe, 2637 Erie Avenue (Hyde Park), ☎ +1-(513)-321-9952. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-midnight. Indigo is a small, but chic place to eat. The atmosphere is relaxed and offers a great outdoor patio. Menu consists of pastas, pizzas, and salads. Highly recommended. $10-$25. edit
Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, 625 Walnut Street (Downtown, Across from the Aronoff Center), ☎ +1-(513)-564-9111, . Hours: M-Th 11AM-11PM, Fri&Sat 11AM-1AM, Sun 11AM-9PM. $20-$50 a person. edit
Cumin Indian Fusion Cuisine, 3520 Erie Avenue (Hyde Park), ☎ +1-(513)-871-8714 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(513)-871-3287), . Lunch hours: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM (Dinner hours: M-Sa 5-11PM). A boutique Indian cuisine restaurant. edit
Nicola's Ristorante, 1420 Sycamore Street, ☎ +1-(513)-721-6200, . Italian fine Dining in downtown Cincinnati. Wine list is so-so, but atmosphere and food are excellent. edit
Primavista, 810 Matson Place, ☎ +1-(513)-251-6467 (email@example.com), . Mon.-Thu. 5:30-9:30PM, Fri. 5:30-10PM, Sat. 5-10:30PM, Sun. 5-9PM. Where the food is as captivating as the view of Downtown Cincinnati, Primavista specializes in fresh fish and veal dishes & also offering seafood, steaks, lamb, poultry, and pasta. $6-$30. edit
Senate Pub, 1212 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202-7117 (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-421-2020, . T - Th: 11:30am-2:00pm, 4:30pm-11:00pm F: 11:30am-2:00pm, 4:30pm-1:00pm Sa: 4:30pm-1:00pm. The people at the Senate are self-described "Pushers of beer, wine & gourmet street food" notable reasons to give them a try are the duck fat fries and a line of gourmet hot dogs.edit
Shanghai Mama's, 216 E 6th Street (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-241-7777, . M-Th 11AM-9:30PM, F 11AM-3AM, Sa 5PM-3AM, Su closed. Shanghai Mama's is a great place to grab some late-night grub. You can't go wrong with any of their noodle or rice dishes. They also feature soups and vegetarian options.$10 - $15. edit
Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 E University Avenue (Corryville near the University), ☎ 513-221-5353, . M-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa 5PM-10PM. Established in 1865, this is arguably the only original of the once plentiful German biergartens that were all over the city prior to Prohibition. Lovingly restored, this beergarden features a Large selection of German beers, and food. The garden is quite nice during the summer for a pleasant evening meal.$8-$23. edit
Boi Na Braza, 441 Vine St, ☎ +1-(513)-421-7111 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(513)-421-7112), . Boi Na Braza is a Brazillian Steakhouse located in the Carew Tower in Fountain Square. They serve steak, lamb, chicken and pork dishes. $51 and up. edit
The Celestial Steakhouse, 1071 Celestial St (Mt. Adams), ☎ +1-(513)-241-4455 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(513)-241-4855), . Mon.-Thu. 5-9:30PM, Fri.-Sat. 5-10:30PM, Sun. 4-9PM, Lounge: Fri.-Sat. 4PM-1AM. Rated the Most Romantic by the Cincinnati Enquirer and the New York Times, Celestial's seasonal menu is eclectic and contemporary, with delightful steak and seafood offerings. Wine connoisseurs might appreciate the hundreds of vintages available from the wine cellar. $22 for the least expensive, expect $35+. edit
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, 700 Walnut Street (Downtown, Across from the Aronoff Center), ☎ +1-(513)-784-1200, . M-Th 5PM-10PM, F,Sa 5PM-11PM. Upscale Steakhouse owned by Jeff Ruby, who gained fame for kicking OJ Simpson out of his restaurant in Louisville. Roughly $31 and up. edit
Montgomery Inn Ribs, 925 Riverside Drive (formerly Eastern Avenue) (Riverfront, near Sawyer Point), ☎ +1-(513)-721-7427, . M-Th 11AM-10:30PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 3PM-11PM, Su 3PM-10PM. Renowned as the place to go for great baby-back ribs, Montgomery Inn has become one of Cincinnati's most beloved eateries. The flagship restaurant is in the village of Montgomery, in the northeast suburbs. edit
Palomino, 505 Vine Street (Fountain Square), ☎ +1-(513)-381-1300, . Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM Dinner: Su-Th: 5PM - 10PM, F-Sa: 5PM - 11PM. Palomino is a vibrant restaurant, bar and rotisserie famous for its style, hardwood fired Mediterranean cooking and versatile, imaginative menu. $31-$50. edit
The Precinct, 311 Delta Ave (Columbia-Tusculum), ☎ toll free +1-(877)-321-5454 (fax: +1-(513)-321-8010), . Sun.-Thu. 5-10PM, Fri.-Sat. 5-11PM. The Origional Jeff Ruby Steakhouse, set in a former police precinct! $30+. edit
Teller's of Hyde Park, 2710 Erie Avenue (Hyde Park), ☎ +1-(513)-321-4721 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(513)-321-4717), . Tellers is a trendy restaurant located in old bank building in Hyde Park Square. Tellers has an excellent outdoor patio for dining in the summer. The food is very contemporary American fare. $14-61. edit
Cincinnati Dinner Train, 11013 Kenwood Rd. Cincinnati, OH (Trip starts by BBQ Review 4725 Madison Rd, Madisonville), ☎ 513-791-7245, . Sa 6PM departure. Train ride with 1940s era dining cars that gently rides down tracks towards Downtown, including the Oasis line where the neighbors defeated intercity rail, but for some reason can tolerate this weekly train excursion. Price includes 3 course meal and there is also a bar car on board. Check website for details on special trips, including excursions to popular events like Riverfest. Book ahead to reserve tickets.$69.95 / person. edit
The Main Street Entertainment District (located on Main Street north of 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine) was a popular area featuring many clubs and bars. However the riots did their number on the district forcing just about every bar to close down during the 2000s. This isn't all doom and gloom as, there have been attempts to bring bars back up there with several notable night spots opening up in the last few years such as Neon's and Japp's. After a few years of Kentucky getting the attention, the center of nightlife in Cincinnati has shifted to the area near Fountain Square and the Arnoff Center, or Restaurant Row generally bounded by 8th St to the North, 5th St to the South, Vine St to the West and Main St to the East. The area is always busy on weekends, especially with many young professionals. Over the last few years it has been slowly growing with many new bars/clubs and other night spots opening up.
Across the Ohio River in Kentucky, many restaurants and nightspots are located along the riverbank in Covington's Mainstrasse District and the area of Newport around Newport on the Levee.
Due to its heavily German population Cincinnati was at one time one of the largest producers of beer in the United States . Prohibition and the anti-German backlash following World War I were not kind to Cincinnati's brewing legacy and by the end of the 20th century very little beer was produced in town. Today there is a revival of long dead local brands and recipes led by the new Christian Moerlien Brewing Company. They are even starting to brew them in an old brewery in Over-The-Rhine. If you see beers at a bar such as Burger, Hudy/Hudepohl, Little Kings, and the premium Christian Moerlien beers, get one of them for a bit of local culture. Surprisingly the only large Brewery left that currently brews in town is Sam Adams, which just happens to produce more beer in Cincy than in its hometown of Boston and is according to its founder based off of an old Cincy recipe!
The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave (Northside), ☎ +1-(513)-541-8900, . Bar open daily 4PM to 2:30AM, Kitchen open daily 4PM to 1AM. Featuring a huge selection of beverages including over 200 beers, The Comet's famous San Francisco - style burritos, the hippest jukebox, 2 pool tables, work from local artists, and live music weekly and there is never a cover! edit
Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant, 10 Fountain Square (Downtown, On Fountain Square), ☎ +1-(513)-621-1588 (fax: +1-(513)-621-1722), . M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su noon-9PM. Part of the Rockbottom Brewery chain. Features beer brewed on-site and typical bar food. edit
The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 700 Race Street (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-241-WISP, . Hours: Su-W 9AM-midnight, Th-Sa 9:30PM-1:30AM. Well regarded local jazz club now in a new location a bit closer to the action at Fountain Square. The old location unfortunately is now a parking lot.edit
The Dock, 603 W. Pete Rose Way (Downtown,), ☎ +1-(513)-241-5623, . Tu-Th Su 8PM-2:30AM, F-Sa 8PM-4AM. Gay night club. edit
Mainstay Rock Bar, 301 West Fifth Street (Downtown, Entrance across the street from Convention Center), ☎ (513) 721-7625, . Neighborhood style bar complete with large screen tv's for sporting events that also is a rock music venue that generally features local bands. Large craft beer selection as well as 24 oz beer for $4.edit
Alchemize, 3929 Spring Grove Ave. (Northside), ☎ +1-(513)-541-6777. Alchemize features many locally and nationally known indie music acts. Alchemize is also home to popular dance nights such as girls and boys. edit
City View Tavern, 403 Oregon St. (Mount Adams), ☎ +1-(513)-241-VIEW, . City View Tavern has for years been a popular spot amongst locals to grab an after-work drink. The outdoor deck is small but offers one of the best views of the city. edit
Coffee Emporium, 110 E. Central Pkwy. Cincinnati, OH 45202, ☎ 513.300.9185 email@example.com, . M-F 7AM - 6PM Sat. and Sun. 8AM - 4PM. A locally owned and operated coffee house since 1973. We specialize in artisanal roasted coffee, fine teas, and accessories, as well as a mixed menu of locally made pastries and light meals. Harkening back to an era before coffee house homogenization, Coffee Emporium is a meeting place of art, ideas, and tastes.edit
Neon's Unplugged, 208 12th St E (Over-The-Rhine, 1 block east of Main), ☎ (513) 827-9361, . M-W 4PM-1AM, Th-F 4PM-2AM, Sa-Su 12PM-12AM. Back in the 1980s and 1990s there was a bar filled with Neon Signs that was the cornerstone of Over-The-Rhine's Mainstreet Entertainment District. This bar is now back, and offers a visitor a large selection of craft and local beer, a beergarden with a bocce ball court, and a laid back friendly atmosphere. Live music sometimes is out on the beergarden.edit
Highland Coffee House, 2839 Highland Ave (Corryville near the University of Cincinnati), ☎ (513) 861-4151. 5PM-3AM-ish. Bohemian, hipstery, and friendly coffee house/bar near the university in an old building with high ceilings, a two level outdoor patio, and tons of character. Service is purposely laid back as there is usually only one bartista/bartender to serve the many people who frequent here. edit
Harmony Hill, . F 5-9PM, Sa 2-9PM. An Ohio vineyard, open during the summer months.edit
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street (Over-the-Rhine), . M-Sa 5PM-2AM, Su 10AM-2AM. This bar has live music every night and never charges a cover. Bands who have played in the past include Miniature Tigers, Lord Huron, Alabama Shakes, The Bright Light Social Hour, Kansas Bible Company, Tristen, and many more. They serve food until about 10PM every night and serve brunch on sundays until 2PM.edit
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
$76 - 125
$126 and over
Residence Inn Cincinnati North/Sharonville, 11689 Chester Road, ☎ 513-771-2525, . The newly-renovated Residence Inn Cincinnati North/Sharonville features a new lobby to help you thrive and great amenities with a convenient location, minutes away from Cincinnati, Ohio. At our Sharonville, Ohio hotel, you'll have plenty of space to work and space from work.edit
Residence Inn Cincinnati Blue Ash, 11401 Reed Hartman Highway, ☎ 513-530-5060, . The Residence Inn Cincinnati Blue Ash has perfected the extended-stay experience. Located near premier golf courses and fun family activities, this hotel in Blue Ash, Ohio provides a wonderful travel experience. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet while reading your daily newspaper.edit
Quality Hotel & Suites Central Cincinnati Hotel, 4747 Montgomery Rd, ☎ +1-(513)-351-6000 (fax: +1-(513)-351-0215). Centrally located only seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, 1.5 miles from Xavier University, 20 miles from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and two miles from excellent shopping. Offers 148 rooms and suites. edit
Where did you sleep last night?
When you make a reservation at the "Embassy Suites Cincinnati", take a closer look at the address – it's actually in Covington, across the river in Kentucky. Many Covington hotels shamelessly play up their proximity to their more famous neighbor. From Covington, it's only a short drive (or walk) across the bridge to get back to downtown Cincinnati, so it's not an inconvenient option.
Garfield Suites Hotel, 2 Garfield Place (Downtown near Fountain Square), ☎ +1-(513)-421-3355 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 513-421-1702), . All-Suites hotel features large rooms with full kitchens, many with balconies offering a great view of the city.$99 - $150 per night. edit
Millennium Hotel Cincinnati, 141 West Sixth Street (Downtown, Entrance on Fifth Street), ☎ +1-(513)-352-2100 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(513)-352-2148), . A large hotel located three blocks west of Fountain Square and three blocks north of Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park. $99 - 179. edit
Cincinnatian Hotel, 601 Vine Street (Downtown), ☎ +1-(513)-381-3000, . Sets the bar for luxury in downtown Cincinnati. Located near Fountain Square and is within walking distance of the convention center and the major businesses in the city. Single: $165, Suites: $254-1,500. edit
Hilton Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street (Downtown, Inside Carew Tower), ☎ +1-(513)-421-9100, . Originally the Netherland Plaza Hotel, a favorite of Bing Crosby and many other celebrities who frequented Cincinnati during it's golden age of WLW radio. Hilton's historic luxury hotel in Cincinnati is the located inside of historic Carew Tower Complex in the heart of Cincinnati (Fourth and Vine Streets). The Carew Tower is the 2nd tallest building in Downtown Cincinnati, and an Art Deco architectural landmark. edit
Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati West, 5505 Rybolt Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248, ☎ 513-574-6000 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 513-574-6566), . The new Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati West hotel near downtown Cincinnati, Ohio and the airport offers affordable vacation packages and amenities including meeting space and free breakfast. edit
Hyatt Regency, 151 West Fifth Street (Downtown, One block west of Fountain Square), ☎ +1-(513)-579-1234 (fax: +1-(513)-579-0107), . Centrally located hotel with a sports bar and hosts Jazz concerts on Fridays during the summer. The hotel is circular shaped, which, depending on your luck may give you a view of a parking lot, another hotel, or Carew Tower and the Fifth Third Building.edit
Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street (Downtown, across from Fountain Square and adjacent to Carew Tower), ☎ +1-(513)-621-7700 (fax: +1-(513)-852-5670), . The Westin is located directly across the street from Fountain Square and is connect to Carew Tower via the skywalk. The hotel offers a great view of adjacent Fountain Square. All rooms are non-smoking. $255 - $300. edit
Cincinnati is a safe city to visit, however care should be taken when visiting certain neighborhoods. Some perceive downtown as unsafe, but according to a 2011 article by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Downtown is "as safe as the suburbs. ... The most common crime [downtown] is theft, which includes shoplifting but not muggings, and the most likely crime you'll suffer is having your car broken into." Therefore, it's safer to park your car in a monitored lot than on the street. As always, be sure to take proactive steps to ensure your safety regardless of where you are by using common sense. There are a fair number of Panhandlers, most aren't harmful, use common sense and firmly say no if approached.
The safest neighborhood near downtown is Mount Adams, which statistically experiences almost no serious crime. Some neighborhoods you should avoid, particularly at night, include Avondale, Walnut Hills, The West End, and parts of Over-the-Rhine.
Over-the-Rhine is becoming a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, but it is still in a transition phase. As of 2011, the safest part of Over-the-Rhine is on Vine Street from Central Parkway to 14th Streets and Main Street up to Liberty. This area is well lit at night, and has constant police presence. Use caution wandering off by yourself in Over-the-Rhine at night as the neighborhood is inconsistent in its makeup. A good rule of thumb for OTR is to stay on the major streets (Vine and Main) and stay south of Liberty. Travel in a group if possible, or call a cab.
Arthur's Cafe, 3516 Edwards Rd (Hyde Park), ☎ +1-(513)-871-5543. M-Sa 11AM-2:30AM, Su 11AM-9:30PM.. Burger Madness is now 8.95 on the days listed above.edit
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street (Downtown, in the vicinity of Aronoff Center), ☎ +1-(513)-369-6900, . M-W 9AM-9PM, Th-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 1-5PM. Visitors should visit the information desk on the ground floor. Ask a librarian to give you access to the Internet. Access is usually for an hour, but can be extended. Free. edit
U.S. Post Office, Main Office, 1623 Dalton Avenue (Queensgate), ☎ 1-800-275-8777, . M-F 7:30AM-9PM, Sa 7:30AM-6PM.. Package and shipping price varies. edit
U.S. Post Office, Downtown Office, 525 Vine St. (2nd floor) (CBD), ☎ 1-800-275-8777, . M-F 8AM-5PM.. Package and shipping price varies. edit
Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church, 30 Guido St (Mount Adams), ☎ +1 513 381-1792, . 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. edit
Holy Trinity-St Nicholas Greek Church, 7000 Winton Rd, ☎ +1 513 591-0030. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is the oldest parish on record in Ohio. edit
Plum Street/Wise Temple, 726 Plum St (Downtown), . According to the Temple's website, the Reform movement of Judaism was organized here 160 years ago.edit
St. Louis Church, E Eighth St (Downtown). Roman Catholic Church located on eastern Downtown. The Chancery offices are located here, as well as the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Catholic Schools Office. edit
St. Francis Xavier Church, Sycamore St (Located on Eastern Downtown between Sixth and Seventh Sts). Roman Catholic Jesuit Church. edit
St. Francis DeSales Church, 1600 Madison Road (East Walnut Hills, DeSales Corner on Madison Road), ☎ +1 513 961-1945. Roman Catholic services. edit
The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, 8092 Plantation Dr, West Chester, ☎ +1 513 755-3280, . Muslim services. edit
Clifton Mosque, 3668 Clifton Ave (Clifton- just north of downtown), ☎ +1 513 221-4003. Muslim Services. edit
Cincinnati is part of a very fractured metro region with many old small towns and suburbs, some of the more notable ones include:
Cheviot, OH. Tiny city close to Cincinnati, popular destination for bar-goers.
Cleves, OH. Small village close to Cincinnati. Home of Harrison's Tomb historical site and also host to the annual Gravelrama event.
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.
Florence (Kentucky). Just south of I-275 in Northren Kentucky. Famous for the Florence Y'All water tower.
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.
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.
Norwood (Ohio). Formerly an 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.
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 Proctor & Gamble's original factories.
Cincinnati is centrally located in reference to other interesting Midwestern or Southern cities and attractions. The following are accessible as day trips:
Chicago. The largest city in the Midwest is a little over a four hour drive from Cincinnati via Interstates 74 and 65.
Cleveland. The Rock and Roll city is in northern Ohio and is about a four hour drive from Cincinnati.
Columbus. Ohio's capital and largest city is a 1½ hour drive from Cincinnati.
Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd, Petersburg KY (7 miles west of the airport, in Kentucky), ☎ +1-888-582-4253, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su (Memorial-Labor Day) 12PM-6PM. A unique and interesting attraction, whether you believe it or not. This museum presents a "young Earth" interpretation of the book of Genesis, depicting vegetarian dinosaurs roaming the Garden of Eden, and explaining how a world that science determines to be ancient could somehow be only several thousand years old.$10 children/$21.95 adults/$16.95 seniors. edit
Daniel Boone National Forest. The Daniel Boone National Forest is home to the Red River Gorge Geological Area--over 80 natural arches, historical sites, and miles and miles of trails made for cross-country backpacking or just day hikes. Eastern Kentucky past the city of Winchester.
Dayton. Just 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.
Indianapolis. Home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 automobile races. A two-hour drive from Cincinnati via Interstate 74.
Kentucky Speedway. A new racing speedway located in Sparta KY, home to major motor races.
Lexington, KY. 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 located nearby. Lexington is a 1½-hour drive south on Interstate 75.
Louisville. Home of the Kentucky Derby, the world's most famous horse race. A 1½-hour drive southwest on Interstate 71.
Mammoth Cave National Park. The world's largest cave system, located in Kentucky. About three hours southwest, via Interstates 71 and 65.
Perfect North Slopes. Winter ski resort in nearby Lawrenceburg, IN. 1/2 hour from Cincinnati.
Serpent Mound. The largest effigy of a serpent in North America (¼ mile long). The park is dated to belong to the Fort Ancient era. The mound apparently represents an uncoiling serpent eating an egg. It's believed that the head of the serpent is aligned with the summer solstice sunset and the coiled tail is pointed toward the winter solstice sunrise and the equinox sunrise. Located at 3850 State Route 73 in Peebles, Ohio.