Cincinnati might be flying under the radar as a top vacation destination for now, but don’t count on that lasting for long. The Queen City has experienced a renaissance over the years, transforming its century-old buildings and warehouses in European-style neighborhoods into apartments, offices for tech companies and chic shopping and dining experiences. From food to fun, below are five things you must do during your next trip to this charming city.
Tour the Historic OTR
The Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood has one of the largest collections of 19th-century architecture in the country. Along the rows of renovated Italianate, Queen Anne and Art Deco buildings on Vine Street, you’ll now find trendy cafes, restaurants and shops.
Catch a game in the Great American Ball Park
Home to the Reds, the ball park opened in 2003 along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. It’s one of MLB’s smaller parks, which is why it’s a fantastic place to catch an afternoon game as there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Walk Across the Roebling Suspension Bridge
When the weather is nice, it’s the perfect opportunity to stroll along the city’s public green spaces along the river bank. It’s also the right time to stroll across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, the longest when it was built in 1867, and older sister to Roebling’s other famous design – New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.
Go Museum Crazy
Cincinnati will surprise you when it comes to number of world-class museums within walking distance. There are at least three that must be placed on your list: the Cincinnati Museum Center, an Art Deco masterpiece that includes the Museum of Natural History and its cave with real bats; the American Sign Museum, chock-full of flashing neon like Frisch’s Big Boy and Charo’s billboard from Las Vegas; and the Vent Haven Museum, housing a collection of more than 900 ventriloquist dummies from over three centuries – more than enough for a creepy good time.
Try a Five-Way
Cincinnati is proud of its chili (typically spiced with chocolate and cinnamon). You can order a ‘3-way,’ which is meat sauce and cheese over spaghetti, or a ‘4-way,’ which adds either onions or beans. But why not go all the way and order the ‘5-way,’ which includes it all. Skyline Chili is a cult-classic and has locations all over town.
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