Cincinnati, OH

Destination Location

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Overview

Welcome to Cincinnati, home of hearty food, sports fans and celebration. We hope you’re hungry when you arrive to Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport, because you’ll never be short of restaurants that serve Cincinnati’s signature dish – chili. Locals will tell you that some of best bowls can be found at several independent chains around the city like Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili, Price Hill Chili, Empress Chili, Camp Washington Chili, and Dixie Chili and Deli. Cincinnati is proud to be called the “Chili Capital of World" with more chili restaurants per capita than any other city in the world.

If you’re visiting the area with children, be sure to check out the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the U.S., it’s not only the nation's second oldest zoo but also a national historic landmark. Sprawled over 75 acres, it’s home to more than 580 animals and 3,000 plants. The Newport Aquarium is also a great place to learn about animals. Showcasing 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the world in a million gallons of water, it’s designed to take you around the globe, visiting each continent, every ocean and the hundreds of waterways in between. With underwater tunnels and see-through floors, enjoy the adventure as you travel through the wet side in a kelp forest, a moray eel hideaway, a flooded Amazon rainforest, a colourful coral reef, and a shark feeding ground.

Sports fans: you’re going to be busy. Cincinnati has seven major sports venues, two major league teams and six minor league teams. Baseballs fans can enjoy hometown favourites – the Cincinnati Reds – America’s first professional baseball team. On Opening Day, Cincinnati has the distinction of holding the "traditional opener" in baseball each year, due to its baseball history. Many children in Cincinnati skip school on Opening Day, which is commonly thought of as a city holiday. The city is also host to the NFL’s Bengals and the A.T.P. Cincinnati Masters, featuring the best of men’s and women’s professional tennis.

Cincinnati is home to numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including the Cincinnati Flower Show, the Thanksgiving Day Race, the Taste of Cincinnati, the MidPoint Music Festival, the Festival of Lights, the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Riverfest fireworks display and more. Whenever you visit, Cincinnati is a city that’s always ready to celebrate.

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Destination basics

Summers in Cincinnati are hot and humid, with significant rainfall in each month. July is the warmest month, with highs just above 30 C (86 F) and more than 15 days per year reaching a high of 32 C (90 F). If you plan to visit the area between June and September, remember to stay hydrated and consider wearing clothes that wick away moisture. Winters are slightly cold and snowy, with January – the coolest month – averaging -1 C (30 F). The city sees an average of 51 cm (20 inches) of snowfall during the winter. Dressing in layers will be the key to success as you explore what Cincinnati has to offer.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati is well known for several regional foods, particularly Cincinnati chili, Goetta sausage and German food in general. But these aren’t the only things to eat in the Queen City, with a large variety of cuisines from all over the world, from quick bites to fine dining, you won’t go hungry in Cincinnati.

Downtown
As the central business district, Downtown Cincinnati has plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. One spot you should definitely not miss out on is a visit to Arnold’s Bar & Grill, the city’s longest continuously operating bar, and also one of the oldest in the entire country. Make sure you take a look at the upstairs dining room, where tables mingle with the features (and some furnishings) of the Arnold family’s apartment. Downtown also has plenty of upscale locations to try out, like the legendary and award-winning Orchids at Palm Court, where you can experience fine dining in ornate surroundings. Or try the renowned Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, with its classic menu and art-deco interiors.

Over-the-Rhine
Being one of Cincinnati’s largest neighborhoods, it should be no surprise that there are a large number of restaurants, cafes and bars in Over-the-Rhine, including some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. Enjoy refined, New American cuisine at Salazar or Mediterranean small plates at the perennially popular Abigail Street. Sample some of the city’s best hot dogs along with local beers and quality cocktails at Senate on Vine Street, or try Taft’s Ale House for some contemporary pub grub along with, as the name implies, local ales.

Clifton
The Clifton neighborhood, being so close to the University of Cincinnati, is a very lively neighborhood for dining and drinking. No visit to Cincinnati is complete without trying some Cincinnati chili, and there are few better places to try than the iconic Gaslight location of Skyline Chili. Apart from the chili, Cincinnati is also known for its German food. Indulge in bratwurst and goetta sausage in the beer garden of Mecklenburg Gardens, which has been around since 1865.

Rest of Cincinnati
The rest of Cincinnati has plenty more iconic and delicious institutions. Ask a local something they shouldn’t miss out on trying while in town and they will surely mention Graeter’s ice cream, a favorite of locals and Oprah alike, which has been around for over 145 years, using its traditional French Pot method since the beginning. For some of the country’s favorite independent Cincinnati chili, check out the award-winning Camp Washington Chili. Another award-winning locale is Eli’s BBQ, named among the top BBQ joints in the country.

Many of Cincinnati’s 50+ neighborhoods have strong identities due to their histories or because of starting out as villages which were annexed by the City of Cincinnati. Today, there are great destinations to explore in all of the city’s neighborhoods.

Downtown
Downtown Cincinnati is the most centrally located of all Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, sitting on the north bank of the Ohio River and surrounded by hills. Downtown is the city’s central business district, and has many of the city’s main landmarks and attractions. Fountain Square, the Aronoff Center, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Cincinnati Skywalk and the Great American Ballpark are just some of the attractions located in Downtown Cincinnati.

Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine is one of Cincinnati’s most well-known and historic districts. The original builders and residents of Over-the-Rhine were German immigrants in the mid-1800s, and this German influence and culture is still present today. This large neighborhood actually encompasses several smaller districts, including the Brewery District and the Gateway Quarter. Some of the attractions located in Over-the-Rhine include the Cincinnati Music Hall, and Findlay Market and Washington Park, as well as plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

Clifton
Clifton, another historic neighborhood, is one of the top commercial areas in the city, with many restaurants, bars, cafes and independent shops. The Ludlow Avenue district and Gaslight District are also part of the Clifton neighborhood. The Clifton neighborhood is generally more diverse and younger than Downtown. Also in the neighborhood are the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, the unusual American Sign Museum and The Esquire Theatre.

Rest of Cincinnati
Cincinnati has many more neighborhoods containing all the great attractions and landmarks the city has to offer. Other popular neighborhoods include the upscale Hyde Park neighborhood, historic Walnut Hills and hip, trendy Northside. The Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Art Museum, University of Cincinnati and Eden Park are other popular attractions located throughout Cincinnati.

Being the large, thriving city that it is, Cincinnati has a ton of entertainment options for all ages and interests. From masterful works of art to professional sports and everything in between, Cincinnati will never leave you bored.

Performing Arts
The world-class Aronoff Center for the Arts is a perfect place to start a search for performing arts, as it is home to several resident companies. The Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Music Theater and more all call The Aronoff home and perform in one of their three different theaters. For dramatic works, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has a brand new facility in the Otto M. Budig Theater, and the Tony-winning Playhouse in the Park presents excellent plays and occasional musicals.

Live music is not forgotten in Cincinnati. Major concerts that come through town often play at the Riverbend Music Center’s PNC Pavilion. The Taft Theater also hosts touring musicians as well as comedy acts.

Museums
Cincinnati is home to quite an impressive collection of museums covering all kinds of topics, from serious history to quirky Americana. One of the oldest art museums in the whole country, the Cincinnati Art Museum allows visitors to see tens of thousands of objects and paintings from all different historical periods with no admission fees. The Taft Art museum houses works by artists like Rembrandt and Gainsborough is a historic building in Lytle Park.

The Cincinnati Museum Center, in the historic train terminal is home to the Duke Energy Children’s museum as well as space for special exhibitions. For history, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center teaches visitors about the history of the Underground Railroad and about the struggle to escape slavery, both individually and as a nation. The American Sign Museum is a great museum with an unusual subject matter, signs of all types, ranging from painted 19th-century signs to incredible, Vegas-style neon ones.

Sports
Cincinnati is home to over 15 different sports teams, from amateur to college to pro, so there is no shortage of athletic entertainment in The Queen City. The Cincinnati Reds major league baseball team is one of the oldest in America, and play in the Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003. In the National Football League, The Cincinnati Bengals play at Paul Brown Stadium, located downtown right next to the river. There are also quite a few college teams in Cincinnati, with the Xavier basketball and volleyball teams playing at Cintas Center, and the University of Cincinnati’s Bearcats playing football at Nippert Stadium- also home to FC Cincinnati Soccer. If hockey is your sport, you can catch the Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL league at US Bank Arena, which also hosts occasional large concerts.

Cincinnati

State: Ohio

Country: United States of America

Cincinnati by the Numbers
Population: 298,550
Elevation: 482 feet / 147 meters
Average Annual Precipitation: 42.52 inches / 1080 millimeters
Average Annual Snowfall: 22.1 inches / 56.1 centimeters
Average January Temperature: 30.9°F / -0.61°C
Average July Temperature: 75.9°F / 24.4°C

Quick Facts
Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs

Time Zone: EST, GMT -5

Country Dialing Code: 1

Area Code: 513

Did You Know?
The Cincinnati Red Stockings (today the Cincinnati Reds) were the first professional baseball team in America, founded in 1869.

Jerry Springer was the Mayor of Cincinnati in 1977 for one year, long before his television career began.

Orientation
Cincinnati is located the in the southwestern corner of Ohio, just across the Ohio River from Kentucky. Cincinnati is located about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southwest of Ohio’s capital, Columbus.

The area that Cincinnati is located in was originally home to the Shawnee and Ohio Valley tribes of Native Americans. The first European settlement that would eventually become Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and called Losantiville. The following year, Losantiville built Fort Washington to see to its defense. In 1790, the name changed to Cincinnati. The city grew steadily over the following decades, with a large number of these early settlers being ethnic Germans who migrated from other states. Growth increased especially as the Ohio River opened up to steamboats, making the city’s riverfront location a true asset for growing commerce and trade. In 1819, Cincinnati became an incorporated city, and within 20 years had become the main pork packing center in the entire country, earning it the nickname of “Porkopolis”. Trade further increased with the construction of the Miami and Erie Canal in the 1820’s and the construction of the railroad not too long afterwards.

Cincinnati was an important location during the Civil War, being a free state located just across the river from the slave state of Kentucky. Cincinnati was an important source for troops and supplies for the Union Army both returning from enemy territory and heading south on offensives. Also due to its proximity to Kentucky and the Ohio River, Cincinnati was also an important stop on the route for escaping slaves, and had a large number of alleged stops on the Underground Railroad. In fact, today Cincinnati is home to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The city underwent a major period of revitalization between the 1920s and 30s and then again after WWII. Today, Cincinnati is a thriving urban center with thriving business, industry and culture all making it a great place to live or visit.

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