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Top Things to Do in Cincinnati


Cincinnati, "The Queen City," is located along the Ohio River in southwest Ohio, about 3 1/2 hours from Cleveland. The riverfront city offers a number of things to do, from sporting events to museums to the annual Tall Stacks Festival. Cincinnati makes a nice, affordable weekend getaway from Cleveland.

Cincinnati Art Museum

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The Cincinnati Art Museum, founded in 1881, is located in the city's Eden Park cultural district. The neo-classical building houses a collection of more than 60,000 objects. Highlights include an extensive collection of locally-made Rookwood Pottery, an array of American and European portraits, and the largest collection of ancient Nabataen art outside of Jordan.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11am to 5pm and on Wednesday until 9pm.

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, the sister casino to Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino, opened March 4, 2013. The casino, located in the heart of downtown, features 100,000-square feet of 24/7 gaming space with 2,000 slot machines, 85 table games and a 31-table poker room

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati isn't all about gaming. The urban casino will eventually house four restaurants. The first of these, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville opened with the casino.

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
1000 Broadway Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513 252-0777

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Cincinnati Reds Baseball

Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati Ohio
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Ohio's National League baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, play at Great American Ball Park, located at the edge of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. The park, completed in 2003, has a capacity of slightly more than 42,000 and a wonderful view of the river. The Reds frequently meet the Cleveland Indians during inter-league play.

Kings Island Amusement Park

Kings Island
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Kings Island, opened in 1972, is located northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The 364-acre family amusement park is open from May through October each year. The park boasts 41 rides, including 13 coasters and three water rides. The centerpiece of Kings Island is the centrally-located 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower.

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Findlay Market

Findlay Market in Cincinnati
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Findlay Market, Ohio's oldest continuously operating market, is located just north of downtown in the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, also known for its many 19th century Italianate homes. The Market, built in 1852, is open Wednesdays through Sundays and offers a variety of produce, dairy products, and meats. It's a fun place to visit, even if you aren't shopping for food...or, pick up the makings for a picnic and enjoy one of the parks by the Ohio River.

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo
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The Cincinnati Zoo, located in the city's urban Avondale neighborhood, is the second oldest zoo in the country (after Philadelphia). Founded in 1875, the 75-acre park houses over 500 animal species and over 3000 varieties of plant life.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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This unique museum, opened in 2004, traces the story of thousands of slaves that began the road to freedom by crossing the Ohio River at or near Cincinnati. (Many of them found their way to NE Ohio before crossing Lake Erie into Canada.) The centerpiece of the 158,000-square foot museum is an authentic slave pen, used to house slaves prior to an auction. It was moved from a farm in Kentucky, just across the Ohio/Kentucky state line.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is located in downtown Cincinnati, between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Mt. Adams

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This colorful neighborhood is located atop one of the seven hills that make up Cincinnati and looks across downtown to the Ohio River beyond. Originally settled by German and Irish immigrants, today Mt. Adams is one of Cincinnati's most sought after addresses. Visitors will find an eclectic mixture of restaurants and boutiques.

Krohn Conservatory

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This garden center is located in Eden Park, near the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Conservatory, opened in 1933, features more than 3500 plant species. Particularly interesting are the Bonsai collection and the ethereal orchids.

The Krohn Conservatory is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Taft Museum

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The Taft Museum, in downtown Cincinnati, is housed in a Greek Revival mansion that once belonged to President William Taft's half-brother and his wife. The Tafts donated the structure as well as their extensive art collection to the city in 1929 and the museum opened in 1932.

Today the museum houses thousands of works, including those by Ingres, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, and Whistler. The museum is also noted for its collection of Limoges enamels, 19th century American paintings, and European decorative arts.

The Taft Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

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