Midwesterners have long flocked to the banks of the Ohio River for Cincinnati things to do. Take Coney Island Cincinnati for example. The amusement park opened in 1886, and its classic rides still elicit laughter today. Just down the river from the park, other cheers rise up during concerts at Riverbend Music Center. The open-air amphitheatre has the river as its backdrop—a trait it shares with many of the city’s restaurants, museums, and other cultural attractions. But not everything hugs the water. Travel a little north to learn about railroads and natural history at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, or a bit further to meet lions, tigers, and bears at The Cincinnati Zoo.

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