From the Purple People Bridge that separates Ohio from Kentucky and spans the width of the Ohio River to the thrills and excitement generated by Kings Island amusement park, Cincinnati is a unique city full of things to do.

The Cincinnati Riverfront is particularly hopping. Home to the Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium, the area also boasts the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ball Park. A plan is in place to enhance and develop the space between the two stadiums and add to the list of things to do in Cincinnati. The project is called The Banks, and once complete, it will have everything from a carousel to water features and walking paths.

Thanks to the two colleges located in Cincinnati—Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati—there are plenty of bars and clubs to spend an evening in. Some Cincinnati deals can be found at the local pubs and the historic Over-the-Rhine brewery district, where a series of brewery tours are held year-round in order to celebrate the brewers of years past.

Outdoor lovers will find plenty to do in the area around Cincinnati, which is full of parks, golf courses, natural lakes and rivers to fish in, and even Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Company. For those not afraid of heights, the balloon rides offer breathtaking views of Ohio’s landscapes.

No Cincinnati guide is complete without mentioning the many historic locations in the area. Loveland Castle, a modern-day castle on the bank of the Little Miami River, hosts Knights Tournaments throughout the summer. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum dedicated to the abolitionist movement, and the William Howard Taft National Historic Site marks the home of the former U.S. President. The Betts House, which is Ohio’s oldest brick house and museum, will please those interested in the history of architecture.

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