Cincinnati Information

Nestled among the hills of the Ohio River Valley, the City of Cincinnati has the personality and charm of an Old World city, complemented by the stature of a world class business center. As the first major inland city in the country, it is sometimes thought of as the first purely American city, lacking the heavy European influence that was present on the east coast. Downtown Cincinnati is surrounded by picturesque foothills on all sides, creating many beautiful views of the Queen City and its legendary skyline, made famous both by the television show "WKRP", which showed the city in the opening credits of every episode, and the Skyline Chili company which was founded here. One can still echo the words of Charles Dickens, who described the city in 1842 as "a place that commends itself...favorably and pleasantly to a stranger."

Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:

Carew Tower & Observation Deck
441 Vine Street (Downtown)
The 49th floor of Cincinnati's tallest building provides a breathtaking view of the city.

Fountain Square
Fifth and Vine (Downtown)
The newly renovated Fountain Square holds the Tyler Davidson Fountain, newly added and renovated restaurants, ice skating rink, big screen video board, and a hands-on water wall! It is also a free wireless internet hot-spot.

Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place (Mount Lookout)
Cincinnati Observatory was the first professional observatory in America, and is now operated by volunteers. Hosts star gazing events, which, are remarkable considering light pollution has nearly surrounded the observatory.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet (322 m) when the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866-- a status it maintained until 1883. It served as the prototype for John A Roebling's design of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Ingalls Building
4th and Vine (Downtown)
The Ingalls Building was the first reinforced-concrete skyscraper in the world. Reflecting its importance as the first high-rise of its type, the Ingalls Building was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

PNC Tower
1 West 4th Street (Downtown)
When completed the PNC Tower was the 5th-tallest building in the world, only behind buildings in New York.

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
The Cincinnati Art Museum is located in the beautiful Eden Park, which perfectly reflects the artwork the museum houses. The museum routinely has a special exhibition and has a terrific collection of art by Cincinnati artists. The Damascus Room is a particular interesting artwork and should be seen by all of the museum's visitors. Admission: Free.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine Street (Avondale)
Until early October hours are normally 9AM-5PM with several days the zoo will be open until 6PM.. The Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in America and one of the most important worldwide, because of its success with the mating of animals in captivity. The zoo is well worth a visit. Adults (13+ years) $12.95, Seniors (62+) $10.95, Children (2-12) $7.95. Parking: $6.50.

King's Island
Paramount's King's Island is one of the world's greatest amusement parks. The park is divided into three different areas - the main park with adult attractions, a children's park, and a water park. Admission to the park grants access to every one of the areas. Kings Island is also the home to record holding coasters - Beast, the world's longest wooden roller coaster, and the Son of Beast, the only wooden looping roller coaster. Kings Island has just recently been sold to Cedar Fair, it is currently unclear whether the park's name and name for some of its rides will change.