The first thing that comes into mind is Baseball when we hear the name of Cincinnati city but it is not the only thing it is famous for. Yes, it is home to the Major League Baseball team the Cincinnati Reds but Cincinnati is also known for its amusing beauty, amazing nightlife, Ohio River, delicious food, historic architecture, the Bicycle Community, music and much more. There are enough reasons for you to visit this underrated city. Cincinnati is a city located in south western Ohio, United States. The city has medium population and the city has a stunning skyline overlook. One of the founders of Cincinnati, John Filson, gave the name, Losantville, to this city in during 1790. Cincinnati was incorporated as a town on January 1, 1802. It became a city on February 5, 1819. According to a popular belief, Cincinnati was built on seven hills like Rome. But it is just a belief and nobody known what the original seven hills were.
The climate of Cincinnati is quite continental and produces a wide range of temperatures from winter to summer. Extensive cloudiness is seen in the winters which are moderately cold and the summers are quite warm and humid and the temperature reaches almost 90 degrees for about 19 days every year. The best time to visit the city is late spring and the period from September to October is ideal.
How to get here?
Cincinnati is just 14 km away from the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Airport and there are almost 46 airlines which operate out of this airport. Just outside the airport you can find a lot of cabs, limos and local buses that will take you to downtown. There is also Cincinnati metro train services by which you can wander around the city.
Accommodation and Food
There is a long range of places to stay in Cincinnati from Luxury hotels to hostels and inns. If you wish to stay at a luxurious place then 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnatian Hotel, Garfield Suites Hotel, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza etc will be a good choice as these hotels have private Spa, free internet, Pool and restaurant facility for you. There are many affordable hostels which offer discounts for groups and are in the center of the city so that you can get access to a lot of places around easily. Jefferson International Hostel might be a good choice as it is located right in the heart of the city.
Cincinnati has some of the best unique and tasty dishes, you can’t find anywhere else in the country. It is not only known for its famous Cincinnati style Chili, super thick Graeter’s and United Dair Farmer’s ice cream but also one of the best food markets, Findlay Market, which was opened in 1972. it sells some of the freshest meat, fish, poultry produce, flowers, cheese and some ethnic food. You can have some delicious pizza at Dewey’s or Adriatico’s and Burgers from Arthur Café or Terry’s Turf Club. You will find Indian, Italian, Thai, Japanese and almost all other tastes of the world in this city.
Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest Zoo of the country and was founded in 1873. It features more than 5000 animals and 3000 plant species which makes it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. This amazing zoo sets the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces and over 1.2 million people visit the zoo annually. The Zoo is located on Vine street and can be accessed by local buses or other transport means.
Great American Ball Park
The Great American Ball Park is home of the Cincinnati Reds which was Baseball’s first professional franchise. It is located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. The Ball Park was opened for the 2003 season and now, going to make 2014 its 12th big league season. You can take a special VIP tour which includes a visit to the clubhouses, dressing rooms, Crosley Room, Press Box and dugouts. You can enjoy some baseball action also if you are at the right time in the city.
Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium is a sports stadium and home to Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. The stadium has 65,515 seats on three levels, including 7600 club seats and 114 private suites. There are Fan Information Booths on Gates A and D, where you can get a Fan information card with full information about the stadium along with directions. There is Stadium tour available from Monday to Friday costing only $ 7 per person.
Carew Tower is located on Vine Street of Cincinnati and is the second tallest building in Cincinnati. It is home to 25 shops, restaurants and other amenities including the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and offices. It was completed in 1930 and today it stands 48 stories tall in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. You can enjoy a 360 degree view of Cincinnati from the top of Carew Tower.
Coney Island is an amusement park which includes 50 separate rides and attractions. It is quite a seasonal center operating between Easter and Halloween. Here are some attractions like Sunlite pool which is 200 feet wide, 401 feet long and holds more than three million gallons of water. There are some classic rides here and live shows and that make your visit amusingly enjoyable.
John Roebling Bridge
The John Roebling Bridge is named after designed John A. Roebling, a civil Engineer and designer of Bridges. It was really a groundbreaking achievement, controlling the suspension of the bridge. The bridge spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.
These attractions are just a glimpse of this excellently blessed city so, just plan a trip and come to experience the “Queen of the West”.