Cincinnati Travel Guide

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    Cincinnati, as seen from Newport
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Cincinnati Highlights

  • Pro
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     Heritage, History, Friendly people, small neighborhoods each have something different to offer 

  • Con
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     Harsh winters, not designed for tourism but the locals will always point you in the right direction for the city's hidden gems 

  • In a nutshell
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     A surprisingly fun place! 

Cincinnati Things to Do

  • Fountain Square

    The greatest gathering point in downtown Cincinnati would have to be Fountain Square, a multi-level open space with a central fountain featuring classical figurines in bronze. The square is surrounded by restaurant and shopping activities, and a huge screen provides live action viewing of Reds Baseball. This is also a place to browse exhibitions of...

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  • Purple People Bridge

    The Purple People Bridge connects downtown Cincinnati with the shopping area of Covington Kentucky. The development is called Newport on the Levee, and it is basically a huge shopping mall very much like any other. It does however have some of it's city's German food and beer along with a handful of other unique establishments. The Purple People...

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  • Newport Aquarium

    Since opening the Newport Aquarium has hosted millions of visitors, resulting in a tremendous annual economic impact on the Greater Cincinnati area. . Art That Surrounds You His precision with a paintbrush is matched only by his eye for light, color and pure captivation. He's Eric Henn, a Franklin, Ohio, native whose artistry will surround you...

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Cincinnati Restaurants

  • Now THIS is Coffee!

    When you get out of the car, you can smell the beans roasting; I can't quite describe it - my first thought before I realized what I was smelling was that there was sugar burning somewhere.The hum of the roaster inside the shop quickly calmed my newborn 2nd cousin like a magical caffeinated white noise machine. The staff was very excited to see him...

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  • Awesome Food and Fantastic Views

    Visited for Sunday Brunch in February - no crowd at all at 11:30am - most diners didn't start arriving until close to 1pm. The menu is vast enough to force a difficult choice, but not so big you get lost.Mostly American fare, including nice flatbread and burger selections. I went with the Short Rib Grilled Cheese paired with a tasty porter. I also...

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  • Maybe the Best Indian in the Midwest

    When Indian food is done well, it can be really divine. When it's done poorly, you feel a little ripped off and usually a bit sick.Deep India is one of the better Indian restaurants I've tried in the Midwest. It's the ultimate hole in the wall: a tiny cafe off a busy street where dishes are served in styrofoam containers and you can watch each item...

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Cincinnati Nightlife

  • Fountain Plaza Rocks

    Mynt Martini is one of the best discos in Cincinnati, and is located right on Fountain Plaza downtown. It's very casual as most of these places are, and after a Bengals game expect a lot of excitement. I was there during Octoberfest as well, so this place was really rocking.

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  • Octoberfest in Cinzi

    The German heritage in Cincinnati is very big, and each year at the end of September Octoberfest closes the streets downtown. German food, locally crafted beers, polka music and dancing. What more does one need? When I visited, the weather was still very fair and warm at night.

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  • The Cincinnati Beer Bar

    Although the name may give the impression that food (particularly french fries) is the focus, Fries Cafe is actually a beer bar. In fact, I don't think they regularly serve food even.And what a beer bar it is. Taps are usually exclusively regional microbrew specialties (i.e. - seasonal, small batch and not available in 12 oz. bottles), including...

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Cincinnati Transportation

  • Horse Drawn Carriages Downtown

    The title tells it all. The horse drawn carriages will go over the Roebling Bridge, around Fountain Square, and tour the downtown area.

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  • Cincinnati Area Transportation.....

    I found At Your Service Limousine and Taxi service to accomodate all of my need in and around the city.They will be 15 mins early for your transportation. Very friendly drivers and very good prices.They provide airport, sport event, museums....go to thier website.Thanks.www.ayslimoandtaxi.com

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  • Megabus

    Megabus is an ultra-budget way to travel; the first 10 seats go for $1. This last trip I paid $46 R/T from Cincinnati to St. Louis; cheaper than driving!!I used Megabus early March to get from Cincy to Chicago. It was fine getting there; unfortunately, on the way back we were met with a heavy snowstorm (it may have even been classified as a...

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Cincinnati Shopping

  • Spices Galore!

    I visited the Findlay Market shop where they have a HUGE selection of spices and blends. I was seeking a proper Jamaican Jerk seasoning - got about 6oz for $10. They also had an unusual loose tea that my cousin was seeking. Excellent prices because you only have to buy what you need and never waste.I didn't think about it while I was there, so I...

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  • A Cincinnati Institution Selling Only...

    This 100 year old hat store make custom hats as well as selling a wide variety of hats for men and women. Anyone who walks by this shop will want stop in and see what's going on. This store is named after the original owner who founded it but a guy named Gus makes the custom hats now, and has done so for over 50 years. A lot of celebrities have...

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  • Outlet-Mania

    Typical outlet with plenty of brands and a good selection of stores everything you wish for ;) You can get really good prices for some brands

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Cincinnati Local Customs

  • Price Hill Chili

    The local paper did a feature story on this place. They've been around for quite awhile, so I HAD to try it!4920 Glenway Ave.On the West Side in Price Hill

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  • the way we talk.....

    I have been told, by just traveling 45 mins. away, that some of our words are wierd. so heres a little vocab lesson for ya...pony keg- this is a drive-thru store, not to be confused with a mini keg of beer.please? - we cincinnatians will use this in place of "excuse me" if we didn't hear you or didn't understand. we are not asking for...

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  • Cincinnati Chili

    There is a particular style of chili which is associated with Cincinnati. It is less "beefy" than chicago style chili, and more "soupy" than most texas style chilis, but it has a strong and very distinct flavor. in general, if you don't like strong flavors, you won't like Cincinnati chili, but if you do, you should like it. Cincinnati style chili...

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Cincinnati Warnings and Dangers

  • Best List Of Neighborhoods to Avoid

    I have lived in Cincinnati for all 19 years of my life....Some reviews are missing some of the worst neighborhoodsAVOID-East end (eastern ave) etc....-Over the Rhine-Madisonville-Hawaiian Terrace-Winton Terrace-Evanston-Parts of Price Hill-College Hill-Parts of Clifton-Avondale (by OTR)-Lincoln Heights -Bond Hill-Parts of Walnut HillsBE AWARE...

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  • Downtown and Over The Rhine

    I'm not suggesting that you avoid these areas, but just use caution as you would in any other large city.Downtown - There are lots of homeless folks (who are for the most part harmless) that will hit you up for money. There are also lots of others who pretend they are homeless and will try to scam you for money. Best advice is to avoid eye contact...

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  • Cincinnati bad & good neighborhood guide

    1.Definitely Avoid!!!----------------------These areas are moderately high in crime.1.Over the Rhine (Rated #1 dangerous neighborhood in the nation)2.Price Hill3.Avondale4.Clifton5.Walnut Hills6.Bond Hill7.(East) Westwood---------------------2.Be Careful In---------------------These areas are decent but do not be over comfortable in...

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Cincinnati Tourist Traps

  • Horse Buggy

    Not many real tourist traps in this city actually, but these Horse Rides are always quite expensive.This photo was taken outside of Newport on the Levy.

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  • Kings Island

    Ah, good ol' Kings Island! One of my favorite places to go growning up! living 20 minutes away, I was a junkie. Its crazy, its crowded, its annoying, its over priced, but gosh darn it, It is so much fun!!!!!!! I mean, it has The Beast, one of the best rollercoasters in the world! and Spongebob Squarepants 3D! So if ya like amusement Parks, this...

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  • Make sure to know where you want to go

    After visiting a night game of the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team I wanted to head to my hostel by city bus. Unfortunately I took the wrong bus and ended up at a bus station in a bad part of the city. Windows were broken, grafities covered almost every wall. And me standing alone at 11 pm at the bus station with the next bus not leaving until...

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Cincinnati What to Pack

  • ever changing weather

    the weather here changes here all the time. Basically if its winter, it will be cold and wet. Pack to stay warm, with extra shoes in case there is snow. Fall and spring is pretty much "light jacket" weather. Summers range, but stay pretty hot. Just remember, if you don't like the weather, just stay an extra day!

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  • Packing List

    If going between December and March (inclusive), bring a down parka. Remember to pack those nail clippers, underwire bras, aerosol cans, pocket knifes, etc. in checked luggage or you'll have to give them up at airport security.

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    Um... summers are generally warm and humid.. you're still in the Ohio Valley here. Winters are snowy and cold (not too much snow). Basically the weather is like Louisville's, but just slightly cooler and maybe slightly more snow.

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Cincinnati Off The Beaten Path

  • Freeway Art

    Below the Train and Overpasses are several leftovers from the earlier industrial age, that have been turned into art. This is located west of Brown Stadium, just off Pete Rose Way.

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  • Taft National Historic Site

    The Taft National Historic Site is where William Howard Taft (27th President of the United States) was born and grew up. Tour his home here in Cincinnati, Mount Auburn at 2038 Auburn Ave.

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  • Clifton Heights

    If one takes the Vine Street bus up the hill, at the ridgeline begins the Clifton Heights District. There's a Catholic University, and a hip commercial district with houka bars and coffee shops. There's a gothic church turned into a Urban Outfitter store here.

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Cincinnati Sports & Outdoors

  • Bengals Football--Part 2

    Bengal tickets are cheaper than the same in San Francisco, Chicago, or New York, and the venue and tailgating also cheaper. I arrived in the big truck but never paid for my parking space. RV's normally paid $30- for a spot. The stadium is new and clean. The game was sold out, but I bought my ticket from someone who had an extra at regular price. My...

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  • Bengals Football--Part I

    Who Dey! is the local expression of happiness Cincinnati Bengal fans have. The tiger and orange and black colored paraphernalia is everywhere. I arrived the night before with the big truck, and awoke to the sound of heavy metal music. I thought it was live music right outside my cab. Afraid that I might be charged for parking, I hid behind the...

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  • Home of the Cincinnati Reds

    The Great American Ball Park is a very nice stadium to watch a baseball game. When the Reds are winning, the place is rocking. Ticket prices are reasonable so by all means take in a game.For those of us that remember the old days, there is a hall of fame on premises where you can peruse the exhibits of some of your all time favorites like Johnny...

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Cincinnati Favorites

  • Ohio Historical Markers at Findlay...

    These Ohio historical markers can be found at the Findlay Market, a historical location you shouldn't miss while in Cincinnati.

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  • Mount Adams

    Topography, architecture and history combine to give Mt. Adams a unique atmosphere and focus among Cincinnati's legendary hills and neighborhoods. It is one of our favorite sections of the city.Originally called Mt. Ida, the name was changed in 1843 to honor President John Quincy Adams who visited to dedicate the Cincinnati Observatory. At the time...

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  • Best Hard Rock Station in Cincy

    WEBNSurely the best hard rock station in Cincinnati, playing such great rock oldies as The Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, or any of Ozzy's bands.You are always guaranteed to hear Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Misfits/Danzig, at least once in a 2-hour period. Occasionally you might hear the Beatles' Revolution and ONCE I heard The Cure!Bob the Producer & Eddie...

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