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Cincinnati, Ohio is a center
of history and of fun.
Located on the Ohio
River, Cincinnati has been a prosperous town ever since its founding as a
trading post in 1788.
The Queen City
shows off its diversity by scheduling a variety of events throughout the year.
Traveling exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum and performances by the
Cincinnati Opera bring culture to the city, while the Cincinnati Reds and
Bengals offer seasonal games for baseball and football fans. Beer, wine, music
and dance festivals round out the eclectic calendar.
abound in this family-friendly city. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is
a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. In addition, Public
Landing is a mile-long riverside walk featuring views of carefully painted
showboats and other river craft that recall the city's bustling days of river
commerce. For the true outdoors enthusiast, Surf Cincinnati Waterpark offers
visitors, several water slides, miniature golf courses, boat rides and go-cart
skywalks connect the sports stadiums on the riverfront to a vibrant business
district, making it possible to dine, shop, see a game, and hit the clubs all
without leaving downtown. Fountain Square, with its graceful Tyler Davidson
Genius of Water fountain, is surrounded by office buildings full of shops,
restaurants and bars. A few blocks north are the elegant brick buildings of
Over-the-Rhine, a former German enclave that's now the place to go for
live music and trendy clubs.
Cincinnati is proud of its
artistic heritage and history. At the top of Mount Adams sits the Cincinnati
Art Museum, a Romanesque-style building with eighty-eight galleries, displaying
some eighty thousand works of art dating back 6000 years. Its treasured art
and artifacts collection covers 5,000 years of art history and includes an
impressive collection of art from the Near and Far East, Africa, Europe, and
America. Not just paintings and sculpture are displayed, but also finely
crafted furniture (many pieces crafted in Cincinnati), porcelain, glassware,
costumes, and ceramics.
In May of 2003, the Lois &
Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art opened in downtown Cincinnati,
replacing a much smaller gallery that had been located over a drugstore for many
years. The new space is an impressive building of geometric shapes and walls of
glass that is an ideal showcase for what the Contemporary Arts Center refers to
as â€śthe art of the last five minutes.â€ť The art is ever changing and always
fascinating. New and noteworthy developments in painting, sculpture,
photography, architecture, performance art, and new media all find there way
into the museumâ€™s remarkable exhibits.
The Taft Museum, a small,
exquisite museum housed in a mansion built in 1820, has reopened after a
twenty-two million dollar renovation. It exhibits stunning paintings by
Rembrandt, Goya and Turner, as well as priceless Ming porcelains. The Museum
Center at Union Terminal is entered through the original ten-story high rotunda
which retains carefully restored rail terminal signs and symbols from its
glorious past. It now houses a collection of museums including The
Cinergy of Childrenâ€™s
Museum, The Museum of Natural History and Science, the Cincinnati History
Museum, and an Omnimax Theater.
Kentucky is just a bridge away from downtown and offers almost as many
attractions as Cincinnati. One of the bridges, the John A. Roebling Suspension
Bridge, is itself worth a lookâ€”it was the prototype for New York City's Brooklyn
Cincinnati encompasses several
neighborhoods, each with its own ambience.
You may want
to allow some time to drive through the city's historic neighborhoods. Just
north of downtown is Over-the-Rhine, an old German area whose steep streets are
lined with brick row houses, many of which have been renovated. The area
includes the Main Street Entertainment District, where you'll find art galleries
and nightclubs. The West End contains the city's best-preserved collection of
Italianate homes. Mount Adams overlooks the Ohio River, offering spectacular
views, as well as lively nightspots. Clifton (home of the University of
Cincinnati), Hyde Park and Mount Lookout are known for their distinctive homes
on heavily wooded lots and their town square-style shopping districts.
fine German restaurants, as well as excellent Italian and French cuisine. Be
prepared to dine in some unusual surroundings. You'll find restaurants in a
former police station, a pottery factory (where you can eat in a kiln), a
general store and a saloon.
It is its very
diversity that makes Cincinnati a popular destination. For a small city (only
the third-largest in Ohio), it has an impressive array of museums, performing
arts venues, galleries, fine dining restaurants, festivals, shopping areas, and
sports arenas. It also has the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional
baseball team in the U.S. All of this helps explain why more than 5 million
people visit Cincinnati each year.