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50 Things To Do in Cincinnati

The Queen City has tons to offer both tourists and natives-- make sure to check all of these great items off your bucket list while you're in town.

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    The Queen City has tons to offer both tourists and natives-- make sure to check all of these great items off your bucket list before you head out of town.
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    Visit historic Union Terminal! This art-deco masterpiece was once a thriving train station and is now the home of Cincinnati Museum Center. The Museum of Natural History and Science, The Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, an OMNIMAX theater and the Cincinnati History Library & Archives guarantee a full day of exploration and family fun.
    Photo Credit: Phil Didion
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    Wander around the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the oldest zoo west of the Allegheny, which boasts over 2,800 animals and thousands of plant species.
    Images Provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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    Go to Zoo Babies and meet the products of one of the top breeding programs in the country, many of whom are endangered animals.
    Image Provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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    Be awed by Festival of Lights, the Zoo's winter wonderland, which is filled with over 2 million LED lights and plenty of holiday-themed exhibits and characters.
    Image Provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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    Let it all out at Kings Island, riding the longest wooden coaster in the world, The Beast, as well as the 80 other attractions in the biggest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest.
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    Stock your pantry or enjoy a meal at Findlay Market, the oldest continuously-operated market in Cincinnati.
    Photo Credit: Darrin Hunter
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    Take a drive or stroll through Spring Grove Cemetery, the second-largest cemetery in the country, and stop at the Rose Garden and the Arboretum.
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    Check out a book at the 4th-largest non-Academic library in the country: the Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
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    Catch a winning Reds game at Great American Ballpark and see the great post-game fireworks.
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    Enjoy a Big Boy and Hot Fudge cake at Frisch's. Don’t forget the tartar sauce!
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    Go to a concert on Fountain Square, the heart of downtown Cincinnati.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    Let a butterfly land on you at Krohn Conservatory.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    Watch the Bengals win at Paul Brown Stadium.
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    View the Queen City from the Carew Tower Observation Deck, 49 stories up.
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    Get your music fix at the Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati's own festival, which began in 2012.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    Be one of the lucky 250 to tour the abandoned subway the second Saturday in May.
    Image provided by Paige E. Malott, CincyWhimsy.com
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    See a horse race at Belterra Park, formerly known as River Downs.
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    Enjoy a giant chunk of chocolate in a scoop of Graeter's ice cream.
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    Celebrate German culture at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest and most authentic Oktoberfest in the United States.
    Photo Credit: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
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    Cheer on the Cincinnati Cyclones at a hockey game.
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    Walk across the Ohio River via the Purple People Bridge.
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    Experience the world's best Reuben at Izzy's.
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    Peer through the oldest telescope still in use by the general public at the Cincinnati Observatory.
    Photo Credit: The Cincinnati Observatory
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    Dine in style at Jeff Ruby's Precinct, the police-patrol-station-turned-steakhouse.
    Photo Credit: Jeff Ruby's Precinct
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    Cheer on runners at the Flying Pig Marathon... Or even run it yourself!
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    Head down to Covington and check out an art exhibit at The Carnegie.
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    Cheer on your favorite Cincinnati university at the Crosstown Shootout!
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    Rock out down by the river at the WEBN Fireworks on Labor Day weekend.
    Photo Credit: David Long/CincyPhotography
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    Be awed by a Broadway play or musical at the Aronoff Center.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    Explore world foods at Jungle Jim's International Market, essentially the amusement park of grocery stores.
    Photo Credit: Jungle Jim's
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    Take a leap into Coney Island's Sunlite Pool, the largest flat-surface pool in North America, then dry off by riding the Python!
    Photo Credit: Coney Island
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    Admire the Roebling Bridge, which preceded the Brooklyn Bridge as the longest suspension bridge in the world.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    Try your luck at the Horseshoe Casino and enjoy food from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.
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    Taste some original Cincinnati brews at the Moerlein Lager House.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    Visit the statue of Cincinnatus, the namesake of Cincinnati, at Sawyer Point.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    See a ballet or opera at the beautiful Cincinnati Music Hall.
    Photo Credit: Megan Kappes
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    Lose your voice at a concert at Riverbend Music Center.
    Photo Credit: Riverbend Music Center
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    Dig into some secret-recipe ribs at Montgomery Inn.
    Photo Credit: Montgomery Inn
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    Take a visit to the past at the Ohio Renaissance Festival.
    Photo Credit: Ohio Renaissance
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    Brush up on your history at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
    Photo Credit: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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    Grab a slice of Cincinnati's own LaRosa's pizza.
    Image provided by LaRosa's
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    Get some sun or run through the fountains at Washington Park.
    Photo Credit: Susan Keller
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    View the works of masters at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
    Photo Credit: Don Ventre
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    Walk through the shark tunnel at the Newport Aquarium and see the thousands of animals contained within a million gallons of water.
    Photo Credit: Newport Aquarium
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    Try the best foods of the area at the Taste of Cincinnati!
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    Root for your favorite tennis stars as they compete to win the Western & Southern Open.
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    Chow down on a cheese coney or three-way (or both!) from one of Cincinnati's famous chili joints, and pick a side-- Skyline or Gold Star?
    Images provided by: Skyline Chili and Gold Star Chili
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    Catch some NASCAR at the Kentucky Speedway.
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    Explore the Loveland Castle, a replica of a 10th-Century English castle.
    Photo Credit: Kate Lawniczak
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    Take a ride on the Belle of Cincinnati, the pride of BB RiverBoats.
    Photo Credit: BB RiverBoats
 
 

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