Cincinnati Sights

Cincinnati's many hills, green parks, and neighborhoods radiate north from Downtown. The downtown area is laid out along the north bank of the Ohio River, with numbered streets running east–west (2nd Street is Pete Rose Way), and named streets running north–south. (Remember the names with the acrostic "Big Strong Men Will Very Rarely Eat Pork Chops," for, from east to west, Broadway, Sycamore,

Main, Walnut, Vine, Race, Elm, Plum, and Central.) Vine Street divides the city into east and west. Fountain Square—which underwent a multi-year renovation that was unveiled in 2006—is the center of a thriving and eminently walkable downtown. Skywalks connect hotels, convention centers, stores, and garages, though the city has been dismantling some sections as part of a long-term plan to bring pedestrian life back to street level.

Across the river is Covington, Kentucky, with a prominent historic district lined with antebellum mansions and wonderful views from Riverside Drive. If flying into Cincinnati, you'll arrive across the river at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), 12 mi southwest of Downtown in Hebron, Kentucky.

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Krohn Conservatory

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The Eden Park sanctuary houses thousands of species of flora from all corners of the world. Krohn is divided into several environments,...

Mount Airy Forest and Arboretum

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Come here in spring, when the lilacs, azaleas, and flowering trees on the 120-acre arboretum are in bloom. You can hike through the 1,400...

Music Hall

  • Arts/Performance Venue

In a style since dubbed "sauerbraten Gothic," this modified and modernized Gothic structure was built in 1878. A 2-ton brass-and-hand-cut-crystal...

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

  • Museum/Gallery

In the years before and during the Civil War, Cincinnati was one of the major hubs along the secret road from bondage in the South to...

Newport Aquarium

  • Zoo/Aquarium

On the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, this aquarium is just a two-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati. The fish are visible through...

Showboat Majestic

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Built in 1923, among the last of the old showboats, the Majestic has floated on the Cincinnati riverfront since 1967. Operation of...

Skirbal Museum

  • Educational Institution

Jewish history and culture are the focus at this museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion. Exhibits...

Taft Museum of Art

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Works by artists from around the globe are displayed in this Federal-period mansion where William Howard Taft accepted his presidential...

University of Cincinnati

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The New York Times has called the university "one of the most architecturally dynamic campuses in America today." It's not surprising,...

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

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This Greek Revival home was the birthplace and boyhood home of Taft (1857–1930), the 27th U.S. president and a chief justice of the...

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