Cincinnati is known as the “Queen City”. It’s located in southwestern Ohio on the Ohio River. This was our first visit to Cincinnati. We were surprised by its rich history and all that there was to do. We enjoyed learning about Cincinnati and admired its beautiful skyline.
Cincinnati is also no stranger to famous stars; Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong, George Clooney, and Jerry Springer were all born in Cincinnati. And let’s not forget 617 Vine St., Downtown where every “WKRP in Cincinnati” television episode opened with the cameras zooming in on the old Enquirer building, now occupied by a hotel. It was also interesting to learn of Cincinnati’s baseball legacy. Cincinnati is the birthplace to the first professional baseball team, making The Cincinnati Reds the oldest professional baseball team in the Major Leagues.
Where to Stay. The Lytle Park Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond hotel situated within a classic 1909 building newly transformed into a crown jewel. The luxury hotel features 106 oversized guestrooms, including 18 suites and the city’s only four-season rooftop venue offering panoramic city views, views of Lytle Park, downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. The hotel is in walking distance to several attractions including Sawyer Point Park along the Ohio River.
Be sure to check out these top attractions on your trip to Cincinnati.
The Fountain Square District. A restaurant and entertainment hub where you’ll find never-ending activities like free music, movies, ice skating rink, and special events. The biggest attraction presiding over the Square is the historic Tyler Davidson Fountain, dedicated in 1871 to the people of Cincinnati. The Tyler Davidson Fountain is a must see attraction! In 1971, the city renovated the square, moved the fountain slightly and re-oriented it to the west. In the early 2000’s, the fountain was renovated and moved again to a more central location. Each part of the fountain tells a story. At the top is the 9 foot tall woman known as “The Genius of Water”.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Slaves frequently used Cincinnati as a stop on the Underground Railroad network of safe houses and routes that ferried slaves from Southern states to freedom. Cincinnati was also home to many abolitionists who helped slaves along the Underground Railroad. The Center opened in 2004, paying tribute to efforts to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.
Historic Sightseeing Cruise on the Ohio River. Sit back, relax, and enjoy spectacular views of the city along the Ohio River aboard a BB Riverboat sightseeing cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of the Queen City and Northern Kentucky, with panoramic views that will take your breath away. See the city unfold before your eyes as you slowly cruise along the Ohio River. Enjoy seeing all the landmarks from a unique vantage point. Listen, as the captain guides your adventure with historic and fascinating commentary of the beautiful river city.
Findlay Market. Food, history, and culture, you’ll find it all at Findlay Market! Findlay market is now Cincinnati’s most popular gathering place and the favorite destination for food lovers.
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Has been an iconic landmark over the Ohio River for more than 150 years. When the Roebling Suspension Bridge opened in 1867, it spans 1,057 feet and was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1883 when the Brooklyn Bridge opened which was modeled after the John A. Roebling Suspension
American Sign Museum. Is the largest public museum in the country dedicated to signs. The American Sign Museum takes you through a half century of sign history, beginning with the goldleaf glass signs of the early 1900s, through the peak periods of neon signs.
Reds Team Store. Make sure to visit to the enormous team shop, which you can access from outside the park and walk around the outside of the stadium for photo ops. Take a photo with this memorable mascot at the entrance to the Great American Ball Park.