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*[ The Big Pig Gig] The 26 mile race held every May.
*[ The Big Pig Gig] The 26 mile race held every May.
*[ Go To Town - Downtown Cincinnati] When the concierge at the hotel doesn't have the answer visit this site.
*[ Go To Town - Downtown Cincinnati] When the concierge at the hotel doesn't have the answer visit this site.
*[ Cincinnati Travel Guide]- Travel Information
*[ Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau]
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*[ Cincinnati Enquirer, largest circulating newspaper]
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Cincinnati, is Ohio's third largest city and lies on the North bank of the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio in the United States of America. Across the river in Kentucky are the cities of Covington and Newport.

Downtown Cincinnati is surrounded by picturesque foothills on all sides, creating many beautiful views of the Queen City and its legendary skyline, made famous both by the television show "WKRP", which showed the city in the opening credits of every episode, and the Skyline Chili company which was founded here.


Cincinnati is named after The Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded at the end of the Revolutionary War. Arthur St. Claire, a member of The Society of the Cincinnati and the first governor of the Northwest Territory renamed Losantiville to Cincinnati in honor of the Society.

In its early years, Cincinnati's local economy was powered largely by the pork industry. This pork heritage was made evident by the many flying pig statues that lined the streets of downtown during the Big Pig Gig in the summer of 2000. Many of these pigs are still on display at various locations downtown.

Cincinnati also has a wonderful riverboat heritage due to the large, steam powered, paddle-wheel driven vessels that were used for exportation of the locally produced pork products. The local stretch of river here is overrun by riverboats (and people) during the Tall Stacks Festival which calls Cincinnati its home every few years. Baseball is another Cincinnati tradition going back a long way. The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team, which is why they get opening day at home, every season. Most recently, the city has built the Reds a new ballpark, arguably the most beautiful in major league baseball, The Great American Ballpark. Other recent developments on the riverfront include Paul Brown Stadium (new home of the Bengals), the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY, and The Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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, 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.

The Cincinnati skyline is one of the most breathtaking, especially at night- when viewed from Northern Kentucky or Mt. Adams.

Get in

By air

Flights to Cincinnati are catered by :

  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is on the Kentucky side, so you'll have to cross the bridge to get to Cincinnati. Delta has its second largest hub at the CVG airport.
  • Dayton International Airport (DAY) also serves Cincinnati.

By car

Cincinnati is served by Interstates 71 (from Columbus and Louisville), 74 (from Indianapolis), 75 (from Dayton and Lexington), 471 (a spur of I-71- to the south), and 275 (the circle beltway). US 50 also serves the area as an expressway to the eastern neighborhoods (Columbia Parkway) and a connector to the western (River Road).

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) travelling into downtown Cincinnati, just before the Brent Spence Bridge.

By train

AMTRAK offers passenger train service from key U.S. cities. All trains arrive and depart from Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center.

Get Around

To see Greater Cincinnati you should travel by car, as bus service outside the city is limited. Inside the city and immediate surrounding areas, the local transit company, Metro offers great bus service. In the summer Metro usually reduces fare to 50 cents a ride to encourage people to take public transportation in the months when smog is a serious danger, however, in the summer of 2004 Metro did not reduce its prices.


  • Cincinnati Observatory Center 3489 Observatory Place, 513-321-5186.
  • Newport Aquarium One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY, 859-261-7444.
  • Carew Tower Observation Deck, 441 Vine St., 513-579-9735. 10-5:30 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun. The 49th floor of Cincinnati's tallest building provides a breathtaking view of the city.
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., 513-281-4700.
  • Eden Park, Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, and The Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams Cincinnati's Urban Park
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Freedom Way
  • Cincinnati Museum Center, Freeman Avenue,


Cincinnati is home to several beautiful parks. A visit to one of these parks on a warm day is recommended for flying a kite, running/jogging, or to just enjoy the day.

  • City of Cincinnati Parks Department, 950 Eden Park Dr., 513-352-4080. The Cincinnati Parks system, with more than 100 parks and greenspaces, comprises more than 5,000 acres and is the most extensive and best regarded in the nation. Whether you enjoy scenic overlooks, hiking, floral landscapes, picnics, these and many more activities can be enjoyed throughout the Cincinnati Parks system.
  • Ault Park - Ault Park is great for bikers, hikers, and joggers. An annual 4th of July celebration is held there with music and fireworks.
3600 Observatory Ave
Cincinnati , OH 45208
  • Eden Park - Eden Park home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, Murray Seasongood Pavilion, and the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory.
950 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati , OH 45202
  • Cincinnati Nature Center - The CNC is a fantastic way to escape from cities and traffic. The park is 1,500 acres of trees, lakes, and trails. CNC is great for hiking. There is a visitors center next to the parking lot.
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
Telephone: (513) 831-1711

  • Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr., 513-421-4086. 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 a donation.


  • Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., 513-721-ARTS. Free general admission. One of the world's great art museums. Widely hailed as the Art Palace of the West.
  • Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St., 513-345-8400. Hours: Monday: 10AM-9PM, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday-Friday: 10AM-6PM, Saturday & Sunday: 11AM-6PM Admission: Adults $7.50, Senior (65+) $6.50, Student w/ID $5.50, Children (3-13) $4.50 - The CAC is one of the regional leaders in thought provoking art. The Center, itself is a piece of art with Cincinnati's boldest architecture. The center has also been the center of controversy and some may not see the "art" in some exhibits.
  • The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education - Hebrew Union College campus, Clifton. Has received praise for its permanent exhibit, 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 Nuremburg Trials became U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.


Colleges & Universities

  • University of Cincinnati - UC is a public university located in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati.

  • Xavier University - Xavier is a private Catholic college. It's popular among local high school students who will be attending college.

  • College of Mt. St. Joseph On the Ohio-- Private Catholic college located in Cincinnati's western suburb of Delhi. Known for its Education majors.


Music venues

  • Bogart's Concert Hall, 2621 Vine St., 513-562-4949. Small venue with big acts. Popular among younger people.
  • Riverbend Music Center - Is located on the Ohio river and draws big name artists like Elton John, Three Doors Down, and KISS. 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45228.
  • TimberWolf Amphitheatre - TimberWolf Amphitheatre is located at Paramount Kings Island. This arena draws some big name artists also.
  • Music Hall - The Music Hall is home to the world renown Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera.

Amusement parks

  • Paramount's Kings Island - Paramount's King's Island 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 - Beast, the world's longest wooden roller coaster, and the Son of Beast, the only wooden looping roller coaster.
  • The Beach Water Park - General admission to the park cost $26.99, however, there are often discounts after 5 PM, on holidays, and Mondays. Between June 11 and August 21 the park is open from 10 AM to 9 PM. The park is in Mason, OH and is near King Island.
  • Coney Island - 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. Sunlite Pool is the world's largest recirculating pool (200' by 401'). The park is usually open from 10 AM to 9 PM. For cheaper admission go after 4 PM when the price drops to $8.95.


  • Party in the Park Is 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. Check the website for details.
  • Taste of Cincinnati - Taste of Cincinnati is held every Memorial weekend and draws 500,000 people each year. The Taste of Cincinnati is held on four blocks of Central Parkway where more than 40 restaurants sell their food for $4 or less. Live musical acts are brought in to entertain the not-so-hungry.
  • Union Centre Boulevard Bash! The Union Centre Boulevard Bash! is a three day outdoor music fest. The festival is held in August. Check the website for details.
  • Oktoberfest 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. Check the website for details.
  • Tall Stacks - is a festival held every four years and focuses on Cincinnati's riverboat history. The last Tall Stacks was held in 2003 and saw 900,000 visitors. Due to the tremendous success the Tall Stacks festival will be held a year earlier during October 4-8, 2006. Live music lines the festival area.


Sports are taken extremely seriously. Everyone roots for the Reds, and the Cincinnati Bengals, but college basketball is where Cincinnati draws the lines.

  • Cincinnati Bengals - While the Bengals were almost always the punchline of a joke about the NFL Cincinnatians now feel somewhat depressed since the hiring of Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis, because the Bengals are no longer a joke in Cincinnati. In his first season (2003)as head coach Lewis led the Bengals with a 8 (wins) to 8 (losses) record compared to the 2002 record with Bengals Head Coach Dick LeBeau whose record was 2 (wins) to 14 (losses). Since their turn around a visit to a Bengals game is recommended.
  • Cincinnati Reds - The Big Red Machine has always been a leader in professional baseball since its formation as the first professional baseball team and when the Reds played the first night game in Cincinnati. The team earned the name "The Big Red Machine" during the 1970s when the team made six post-season appearances. A visit to a Reds game at the Great American Ball Park is always worth the visit.
  • UC Bearcats Basketball team - The basketball team plays at the Fifth Third Arena on UC's main campus in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati.


Food is one thing that all Cincinnatians can agree on. Chili, ribs, ice cream, and other foods are just some of the hometown favorites.

Cincinnati is famous for its own unique kind of chili. They have more chili restaurants per capita than any city in the United States. It's almost a religious war as to which Cincinnati chili is the best.

Hometown favorites


Other Cuisines

  • Graeter's Ice Cream is 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 deserts.
  • Montgomery Inn Ribs - With three restaurants - one of Cincinnati's most famous restaurants. Renown as the place to go for great ribs.

Fine dining

  • Jean-Robert at Pigalls. 127 West Fourth St Phone: 513-721-1345, Fax: 513-352-6010 Owned by former five star Maisonette chef Jean-Robert de Cavel who opened his own restaurant in 2002 at the site of closed 5 star restaurant Pigall's.
  • Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse.
  • Maisonette, 114 East 6th Street, 721-2260. Sets the world standard for fine dining as Mobil Travel Guide's longest running five star restaurant.

Other restaurants

  • Brown Dog Cafe, 5893 Pfeiffer Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 794-1610. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10
  • Chocolate Morel. Located in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason. Restaurant is in an old 1870's era house.
  • Encore Cafe. Owned by Paul and Pam (renowned pastry chef) Sturkey. 2 locations.
  • La Normandie. La Normandie is owned by the Comisar family, which owns the Masionette.
  • Nicola's Ristorante - 1420 Sycamore St [1] Phone: (513) 721-6200 Italian fine Dining in downtown Cincinnati. Wine list is so-so, but atmosphere and food are excellent.
  • Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, 625 Walnut Street (across from Aronoff Center), 564-9111. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 4PM-11PM, Su 4PM-9PM. $20-$50 (per person).
  • Ramundos Pizza in Mount Lookout (Hyde Park area). great pizza option if you're sick of the chains.
  • Indigo's - Is located in Hyde Park (Across the street from Graeter's Ice cream) and is 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.


Souvenirs can be purchased at shops in hotels or at the visitors center on Fountain Square. Most travel books recommend a visit to Rookwood Pottery, a Cincinnati shop, though most Cincinnatians have heard of Rookwood Pottery few have ever purchased anything from the store.




  • Best Western Mariemont Inn - This hotel brings to mind Europe with its English Tudor architecture. Fairly cheap - about $85 a night.
6880 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45227, United States
Phone: (513)271-2100
Fax: 513-271-1057

Medium Range


  • Cincinnatian Hotel - Rated four stars by Mobil Travel Guide and four diamonds by AAA. 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.
  • Hilton Netherland 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 tallest building in Downtown Cincinnati.


  • Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau - The GCCVB's visitor center is located in downtown Cincinnati on Fountain Square in the Fifth Third tower.Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sometimes opened Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Stay safe

It's not recommended that a person be out late at night, alone, in parts of the urban neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine, Avondale, and the West End. Most violent crimes in Cincinnati are confined to these areas; however, since April 2001, when the city was rocked by riots, the police and city council have stepped up efforts to make Cincinnati safer. It is recommended that people travel in groups, and not exercise caution, as in all urban areas.


Newspapers, magazines, and books

  • Joseph-Beth Booksellers -
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Tel:(513) 396 8960

Television stations

Religious services


  • Plum Street/Wise Temple
726 Plum Street
Cincinnati, OH.


Roman Catholic
  • St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
Plum Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
  • St. Francis DeSales Church, East Walnut Hills
1600 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Tel: 513.961.1945
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, East End
2501 Eastern Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Tel: 513.871.1162


  • Trinity United Methodist Church
5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road
Milford, OH 45150
Tel: (513) 831-0262


  • The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati -
8092 Plantation Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069
Tel: (513) 755-3280

Get out

Cincinnati is centrally located to other interesting Midwest cities. Some day trips include:

  • Lexington, KY - Lexington is Kentucky's beautiful college town. It's home to the University of Kentucky and the top ranked Wildcats. Lexington is an one-and-a-half hour drive.
  • Columbus - Ohio's capitol and largest city is a one-and-a-half hour drive from Cincinnati.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park - Cave complex.
  • Cleveland - The Rock and Roll city is located in northern Ohio and is about a four hour drive from Cincinnati.
  • Chicago - The largest city in the midwest is a little over a four hour drive from Cincinnati via Interstates 74 and 65.
  • Indianapolis - Indianapolis is a two hour drive from Cincinnati.
  • Serpent Mound - Largest effigy of a serpent in North America (1/4 of a 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.
Serpent Mound
3850 State Route 73
Peebles, OH 45660
Tel: 1-800-752-2757

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