Founded in 1788, Cincinnati is located on the banks of the Ohio River in the southwest corner of Ohio. With its lovely hillside landscape and riverfront views, the city offers turn-of-the-century homes and modern suburbs. Home to Fortune 500 companies, such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric Aviation, Kroger, 5th/3rd Bank, Western & Southern Financial, American Financial Group, AK Steel, and Cintas.
On the entertainment side, there's plenty to see and do from baseball and football games with the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals to concerts along the riverfront. The city also boasts outstanding college teams sports from the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. The surrounding suburbs host numerous state, city, and county parks offering hiking, biking, and canoeing.
Throughout the summer and early fall, there's plenty to celebrate — from the annual Labor Day fireworks and the nation's largest Oktoberfest to the Bunbury Music Festival and the Taste of Cincinnati. And, art lovers will enjoy The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Ballet and Playhouse in the Park.
Things to do and check out in Cincinnati
Kings Island offers thrillseekers all they could ever want. With over 300 rides along with other shows and attractions, KI is the perfect place to spend a day, or two or three.
Coney Island Park
"In 1886, Coney Island was a 400-acre apple orchard on the banks of the Ohio River. Since then, Coney Island has become a destination to splash, ride, cheer and play for over 130 years."
"The Beach Waterpark has been open since 1985, and boasts a long of being a leader in the entertainment and waterpark industry. This unique, tropical park offers a lush get-a-way that is close to home and features 22 slides and entertainment attractions for kids of all ages."
"EnterTRAINment Junction has the largest train display in the world! 90 large, G-scale trains run on over 2 miles of track with a panoramic journey through three distinct times in U.S. history in a 25,000 square-foot interactive display."
Florence Family Aquatic Center
"This premier facility contains a lazy river, competition pool, zero depth pool that is ADA accessible, two spray grounds, a spiral and a speed slides, sunbathing areas, shelters, funbrellas, bathhouse (including family restrooms) and concessions area."
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Western & Southern Open
"The Western & Southern Open is the nation's oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin."
University of Cincinnati Bearcats
NCAA football, men's and women's basketball and much more!
Xavier University Musketeers
NCAA men's and women's basketball and varsity sports in Norwood. Ohio.
Northern Kentucky University Norse
Just across the river from Cincinnati you'll find NCAA men's and women's basketball and varsity sports.
"The Cincinnati Cyclones are Cincinnati's Kelly Cup Championship winning Hockey Team. ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres"
Just across the river is a Frontier-League baseball.
Cincinnati Dutch Lions
"The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC are an American amateur soccer club based in Cincinnati, Ohio and playing home games in the suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky. Founded in 2013, the team plays in USL League Two."
An annual celebration of German culture that is the largest Oktoberfest in the United States.
Bunbury Music Festival
"The Bunbury Music Festival is a three-day music festival in Cincinnati, Ohio at Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman's Cove on the banks of the Ohio River. Each annual event typically features over 100 acts performing on three to six separate stages through the park"
"Celebrate the Coming of Spring, Over-the-Rhine's brewing heritage, and bock beer at the largest Bockfest in the United States."
Cincinnati Flower Show
An annual flower show that benefits charity hosted by The Cincinnati Horticultural Society.
An annual choral concert that has been drawing national and international guests and musicians since 1873.
Cincinnati International Wine Festival
"The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote the wine industry and raise funds for local charities. The festival continues to grow each year and has become one of the largest, premier wine events in the country."
PNC Festival of Lights
An annual winter event hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo where more than 3 million lights decorate the zoo and botanical garden as well as a choreographed light show on Swan Lake.
Cincy Fringe Festival
Independently produced theatre, dance, and music with more than 50 events spanning two weeks.
Midpoint Music Festival
Since 2001 the Midpoint Music Festival has been the premier music event for discovering new contemporary music.
Taste of Cincinnati
Since 1979, Taste of Cincinnati is the nation's longest running free culinary festival.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras have been playing since 1895 in Cincinnati's historic Music Hall.
"Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera is one of the oldest and most highly regarded opera companies in the United States."
"Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment."
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
"Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages."
College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati's internationally renowned conservatory features jazz, classical, opera, and musical productions throughout the year.
Cincinnati Arts Association
Cincinnati is a great city for the arts! Check out the Cincinnati Arts Association to find out more.
Contemporary Arts Center
Navigating contemporary culture for communities near and far.
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Come to the Union Terminal in downtown Cincinnati and check out 3 museums under one roof. Learn more about the history of Cincinnati and have fun while doing so.
Cincinnati Art Museum
"Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year."
Cincinnati Fire Museum
Learn about the rich history of Cincinnati firefighting.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
"Through permanent and traveling exhibits, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center shares the stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring us all."
American Sign Museum
"Dedicated to the art and history of commercial signs and sign making. The American Sign Museum is proud to be the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the United States!"
Taft Museum of Art
"Permanent collection, special exhibitions, Museum Shop, and the Lindner Family Café reside within the intimate setting of our circa 1820 historic house and modern museum wing, which conveniently connects with our covered parking garage. The Taft Museum of Art is accessible for everyone to enjoy."
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
One of the top ranked zoo's in the country, the Cincinnati Zoo houses more than 500 animal species. Check out this national historic landmark, you won't regret it.
Check out exciting exhibits and discover the world beneath the sea at the Newport Aquarium.
Cincinnati Ski Club
We're active all year round and we do more than ski!
Established in 1947, the Cincinnati Ski Club has evolved into not only a club for snow skiers, but also a sports and social club. We now offer quality trips for our skiers, but we also do things like take water ski trips, travel, hike, dance, go to Reds and Bengals games, golf, play softball and volleyball—in other words—we have fun all year long!
"Krohn Conservatory was built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era. Boasting five unique floral shows annually, including the ever-popular “Butterfly Show,” which can be viewed mid-March through mid-June. "
"The mission of the Cincinnati Observatory is to maintain the integrity and heritage of an historic 19th century observatory and to educate, engage, and inspire our community about astronomy and science."
Cincinnati Nature Center
"ust minutes away from the downtown urban core, Cincinnati Nature Center offers tranquility and solace among more than 1,700 acres of forests, fields, streams and ponds. With nearly 20 miles of award-winning trails on two picturesque properties, the Nature Center provides spectacular experiences for people of all ages during all seasons. From enchanting spring wildflowers to the dazzling colors of autumn, the ever-changing beauty of nature attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year."
Highfield Discovery Garden
A family friendly interactive park with lots of areas for children.
Purple People Bridge
"The Newport Southbank Bridge — popularly known as the Purple People Bridge — is a pedestrian-only bridge that stretches 2,670 feet (one-half of a mile) across the Ohio River, connecting Newport, Ky. to downtown Cincinnati and to trails along the river in both states."
Carew Tower Observation Deck
"Get your camera ready for panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky from the 49th floor of the highest elevated building in the city."
"Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most cherished institutions, welcoming more than one million visitors each year. Located just blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, a dense historic neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture, Findlay Market remains the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods."
For additional information about Cincinnati, including news and upcoming events, check out Cincinnati.com.