The Most Iconic Activities in Cincinnati
Cincinnati is one of the Midwest’s hubs for arts and culture. Whether your idea of a fun vacation involves discussing Renoir’s brushwork or knocking beers back at a ballpark, the city’s got you covered. Here are four iconic Cincinnati activities that out-of-towners shouldn’t miss:
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The rundown: It’s the country’s second-oldest zoo, and with more than 500 types of animals and 3,000 types of plants, it’s one of the biggest.
Highlight: Feed a giraffe or watch cheetahs sprint up to 70 miles per hour during one of the dozens of daily Animal Encounters.
Fun fact: The zoo’s original collection had a talking crow.
Cincinnati Museum Center
The rundown: You get three museums in one (the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, and Duke Energy Children’s Museum), plus an OMNIMAX theater and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.
Highlight: The Dinosaur Hall features a T. rex skull and a 20-foot-long allosaurus skeleton.
Fun fact: The museum complex is housed in the art-deco Union Terminal train station, which was built in 1933 and houses 94 miles of track.
Cincinnati Art Museum
The rundown: The collection has more than 65,000 pieces, ranging from American and Egyptian sculptures to paintings by Titian and Picasso.
Neighborhood: Mount Adams
Highlight: See the galleries in a different light during monthly themed Art After Dark events, which offer drinks and live entertainment.
Fun fact: Staffers and local artists lead adults, teens, and kids in hands-on art workshops.
Great American Ball Park
The rundown: It’s the home of MLB’s Cincinnati Reds and their Hall of Fame & Museum.
Highlight: Guided stadium tours let you sit in the dugout and see the press box up close.
Fun fact: The park is set right on the Ohio River, so many seats have views of the water and Kentucky.
Rashawn hopes to eventually pack her Kindle and trail mix for a trip that requires a passport. For now, she visits US cities with microbreweries and nice views.