The 15-county Cincinnati, Ohio, known for rolling hills, wooded suburbs and a revitalized downtown riverfront, is one of Fortune Magazine's top 10 places in the country to live and work.
On both shores of the Ohio River, Cincinnati is experiencing phenomenal growth and investing in itself, creating an even more exciting destination for visitors.
Downtown Cincinnati, for example, is undergoing a transformation. More than $3 billion will be reinvested in the urban core within this decade. Development projects along 40 acres of reclaimed riverfront include parks, housing, sports stadiums and private mixed-use development in downtown Cincinnati, and Covington and Newport, Kentucky. The Greater Cincinnati area includes towns in its neighbor to the south -- in fact, Northern Kentucky calls itself the “Southern Side of Cincinnati.”
The region boasts 5,000 acres of parks and green space, miles of trails and scenic overlooks along the Ohio River corridor, and a renowned arts, cultural and entertainment scene. The region boasts the fastest-growing major airport in the world -- Delta Air Lines’ second-largest hub. Located within 600 miles of more than 50 percent of the country's population, Cincinnati is an attractive vacation or weekend getaway destination.
Cincinnati is nestled among the hills of the Ohio River Valley, with the personality and charm of an Old World city. Northern Kentucky is comprised of three counties and 39 municipalities, and offers the fast-paced excitement of the big city and the relaxed lifestyle and quiet beauty of Kentucky’s rolling hills.
Some of the major attractions in the Cincinnati area include the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which draws more than 1.2 million visitors a year to see the 500 animals and 3,000 plant species. New in 2010 is the Komodo Dragon Exhibit.
Newport Aquarium showcases over 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the world in a million gallons of water. The aquarium boasts underwater tunnels totaling 200 feet and the new Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, which features strange marine animals in a 360-degree, see-through aquarium. The new gallery also features sea horses, frogfish and yellow boxfish, Japanese spider crabs and many other species.
Kings Island theme park offers 40 thrill rides, live stage shows, a themed water resort, and a 10,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. New in 2010 was the Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Park admission includes Boomerang Bay, a 15-acre water park.
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Cincinnati Museum Center attracts more than 1.47 million visitors annually. Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990.
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection includes more than 60,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of world art. In addition to the art of ancient civilizations, there are extensive galleries of Near and Far Eastern art, Native American and Afro-centric art and extensive galleries of furniture, glass, ceramics, silver, costumes and folk art. The museum holds and displays many paintings from Cincinnati’s “Golden Age” (1830-1900) as well as Cincinnati’s own Rookwood pottery and over 40 pieces of Cincinnati-carved furniture.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom -- courage, cooperation and perseverance. In the 1800s, the city served as a major hub of activity on the Underground Railroad.
Newport on the Levee, one of the most popular attractions in the region, is located just across the river from Cincinnati’s skyline and features a year-round schedule of festivals, special events, live bands and a selection of restaurants. The Levee’s popularity has grown because of entertainment venues such as the Newport Aquarium; an exciting interactive game world at GameWorks; Shadowbox, a live sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll club; live comedians at Funny Bone Comedy Club; an AMC t 20 movie theater featuring stadium-seating; and local and regional musical acts seven nights a week at Jefferson Hall. Newport on the Levee also features retail venues including Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Tala’s Distant Treasures, and Mango Arts.
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Garfield Suites Hotel
The Garfield Suites Hotel is located in downtown Cincinnati and is the only hotel that offers large multiple room condo-suites. Here guests will enjoy lots of space in there guest room for a budget friendly price. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of Piatt Park and the hotel is in close proximity to several attractions and restaurants. The goal of the Garfield Suites Hotel is to provide its guests with a great experience, offering them quality hotel accommodations at reasonable prices, an assortment of amenities and services and a friendly supportive staff on hand to help with all guests needs.(more)
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Guestrooms at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza feature wallpaper, new carpet, individual heat and air conditioning controls, new beds with a Serta pillowtop mattress, high speed internet access, a complimentary USA Today delivered Monday through Friday, a custom designed Cuisinart coffeemaker, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board and two separate telephones. Several attractions are within walking distance of the hotel such as the Tower Place Mall, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, The Contemporary Arts Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and much more.(more)
Arcadia Residential Suites
The Arcadia Residential Suites feature fully equipped kitchens and homelike amenities. The goal at this hotel is to provide its guests with a home away from home feeling in the apartment style accommodations. There is a business center with a computer workstation and convenient onsite parking. There is also an indoor pool with an outdoor sundeck and BBQ grills on the premises.(more)
Comfort Inn Northeast
The Comfort Inn Northeast is in close proximity to Paramount’s Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Sharonville Convention Center and the Beach Waterpark. A variety of shops, recreation areas and restaurants are close by as well. Guests will enjoy free continental breakfast, free weekday newspapers, free coffee, free local calls and a seasonal outdoor pool.(more)
Holiday Inn Cincinnati Eastgate
The Holiday Inn Cincinnati Eastgate is the perfect hotel for your next event or business meeting. This hotel offers a newly renovated ballroom with 10 thousand square feet of meeting space with state of the art audio and visual services. Free wireless internet can be accessed anywhere in the hotel. Holiday Inn is in close proximity to several attractions including the Newport Aquarium, the Beach Waterpark, The Riverbend Music Center, Riverdowns Horse Racing and much more.(more)
Carew Tower is the tallest building in Cincinnati. It stands 49 stories tall in the heart of downtown, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront and is a national historic landmark. Since its completion 70 years ago, the building's function has remained the same: office space, shopping and hotel rooms. Visitors can stand on the 49th floor observation deck, enjoying one of the city's most magnificent views.
Cincinnati Music Hall
Recognized as a National Historic Landmark and premier classical music performance hall, Cincinnati Music Hall was designed from the start with a dual purpose, to house musical activities in its central auditorium and industrial exhibitions in its side wings. This Cincinnati showpiece has been renovated and updated and includes what is judged to be among the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world.(more)
Cincinnati's play land, Coney Island features Sunlite Pool, the world's largest recalculating swimming pool with over two acres and three million gallons of water fun plus the Zoom Flume, Pipeline Plunge and Cyclone water slides. Classic amusement rides for kids and adults, including the Frog Hopper, Dodgem Cars, the Pepsi Python steel roller coaster, the Super Slide, the Tempest, bumper and pedal boats on Lake Como and much more. Every day is a summer holiday at Coney Island.(more)
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Cited as one of Cincinnati’s “Nationally Significant Buildings,” the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was created to commemorate the enslaved fugitives who sought freedom during the 1800´s. The Underground Railroad was a symbolic term given to the routes enslaved African Americans took to gain their freedom from prosecution. Former slaves and other “free“ individuals acted as conductors by aiding fugitives to their freedom. This 19th century freedom movement challenged the way Americans viewed slavery and freedom. Made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom: courage, cooperation and perseverance. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center brings to life the importance and relevance of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history.(more)
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum offers fans of the Reds and of baseball, a comprehensive look into the past. The facility features more than 16,000 square feet of exhibit space on two floors. Nowhere else are fans able to see as complete of a collection of artifacts from the first professional baseball team and its rich history in the major leagues.(more)