Cincinnati Travel Guide

Compiled by Betsy Heintz Wood

We hope those of you coming from out of town will make a weekend of it in the ‘Nati! Here are some suggestions of things going on that weekend, plus other cool places to visit while you’re back in town:

Cincinnati Reds: Home stand vs. the Marlins, games at 7:10 Friday August 8 (Fireworks Friday) and Saturday August 9 (Reds t-shirt and HOF inductions) and 1:10 Sunday August 10 (Kids Day).

Riverbend Music Center: Toby Keith with Colt Ford, Friday, August 8.

Western & Southern Open Tennis: Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, beginning Saturday August 9 and continuing through Sunday August 17.

PNC Summer Music Series: free concerts on Fountain Square, most nights during summer.

Glier’s Goettafest, Festival Park, Newport, August 7-10. You know you have missed eating goetta these last 25 years!  (Speak for yourself, Betsy!–Ed.)

Hamilton County Fair: I hear this is one of Senator Kearney’s favorite haunts. August 6 through 10.

The Banks: Downtown’s new hotspot between the two stadiums, fun bars, restaurants and a nice riverfront park.


Wikipedia photo.

Horseshoe Casino: In case you are having difficulties separating yourself from your money. Also several good restaurants in here, check out Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace or Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café. Free parking.

Washington Park: Over the Rhine is experiencing a huge revitalization the last couple of years, much of which surrounds this park, located across from Music Hall. Check out Taste of Belgium for chicken and waffles, The Senate for gourmet hot dogs, and Holtman’s Donuts!

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal: is still hosting the traveling Princess Diana exhibition, “Diana, a Celebration,” among all of its amazing other regular offerings.

Segway of Cincinnati: Experience downtown, the riverfront, or Eden Park by Segway.

Don't forget Sawyer Point Park!

Don’t forget Sawyer Point Park!

Cincinnati Zoo: Still one of the best in the country; definitely worth a trip if you haven’t been in a few years.  Their new Africa exhibit, Giraffe Ridge, and the racing cheetahs are a blast!

Kings Island Amusement Park: Check out Banshee, the newest inverted coaster, and Soak City Waterpark; nightly fireworks.

B & B Riverboats: Cruise the mighty Ohio.

Newport Aquarium: Turtles, penguins, sharks, rays, oh my!

Hofbrau Haus: right across from the Aquarium, enjoy a beverage and a fine polka after hanging with the sharks.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: The only museum of its kind in the country, heartbreaking and enlightening stories of slavery throughout history and in present day.

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion: Upscale lifestyle shopping center and origin of the landmark eminent domain case, City of Norwood v. Horney. Shopping, restaurants, hotels, etc.


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