Cincinnati, Ohio Attractions & Things to Do
Finding exciting things to do in Cincinnati, Ohio is easy and fun. Whether you’re on a family vacation, touring the sights and sounds of Cincinnati with friends, or in town for romantic getaway, there’s something for everyone in Cincinnati. Located near the award winning
Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati West hotel are such notable attractions as the Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, U.S. Bank Arena, and King’s Island.
The million-gallon Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky, is an award-winning aquarium featuring marine animals from around the globe. Newport Aquarium is also home to the world’s only shark ray breeding program. Among the aquarium’s 14 galleries and 70 exhibits showcase everything from exotic frogs and deathly piranhas to alligators, penguins, sea turtles and sharks. The Newport Aquarium is open daily. Behind-the-scenes tours are available. Visit www.newportaquarium.com.
Cincinnati Professional Sports Teams.
Fans of professional sports will find plenty to cheer for in Cincinnati, Ohio, home to three major sports teams. Major League Baseball fans will find grand slam excitement with the Cincinnati Reds (mlb.reds.com) hit the field at Great American Ball Park. The Cincinnati Bengals (www.bengals.com) bring NFL action to Paul Brown Stadium. Hockey fans can watch Cincinnati Cyclones (www.cycloneshockey.com) skate to victory on their home ice at U.S. Bank Arena. [Top]
Newport on the Levee.
Newport on the Levee is the entertainment and dining hub of Newport, Kentucky. This waterfront venue is home to the Newport Aquarium, comedy clubs, nightclubs and bars, movie theater, shops, and a variety of delicious restaurants serving everything from seafood to burgers to sushi. Visit www.newportonthelevee.com.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, voted the top family attraction in Cincinnati, Ohio, features nearly every animal species known to man. Three specialized, self-guided tours of the zoo are a unique way to customize your visit and include a tour designed for young children, one on indoor exhibits for cold and hot days, and another one showcasing endangered animals. A variety of discovery programs for kids and adults is also offered at the Cincinnati Zoo. Established in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the nation’s second oldest zoo. Visit www.cincinnatizoo.org. [Top]
Cincinnati Area Casinos.
Try your hand at Lady Luck’s favorite games when you venture to the exciting riverboat casinos on the Ohio River in Indiana. Hollywood Casino and Belterra Casino, located near downtown Cincinnati, together offer thousands of slot and video poker machines, and dozens of Vegas-style table games. In addition to gaming excitement, the casinos offer fabulous restaurants and live entertainment. Hollywood Casino is located in Lawrenceburg and Belterra Casino is in Belterra, Indiana. Visit www.hollywoodindiana.com and www.belterracasino.com.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Situated on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center honors the individuals who banded together to help enslaved people reach the freedom states of America. The museum features detailed exhibits that explain the history of slavery and abolishment in the United States, as well as modern-day slavery around the world. Visit www.freedomcenter.org. [Top]
Find adrenaline-pumping rides and a 15-acre water park at Kings Island amusement park. Located about a half hour from downtown Cincinnati, Kings Island features 80 exciting rides, including over a dozen roller coasters, live entertainment, and a water park with 30 slides and activities. Special events, including Breakfast with the Characters, offer exciting extras to a day at Kings Island. Visit www.visitkingsisland.com.
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is the top attraction in Cincinnati, Ohio, for world and regional history, science, and discovery housed in one location. The complex comprises the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Omnimax Theater, and much more. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is located in downtown Cincinnati. Visit www.cincymuseum.org [Top]
Duke Energy Convention Center.
The newly remodeled Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati features more than 750,000 square feet of flexible event space, including one of the largest ballrooms in the Midwest. Duke Energy Convention Center is a full-service convention center with the latest technical amenities and services, in-house catering, and event planning services. Visit www.duke-energycenter.com.
U.S. Bank Arena.
U.S. Bank Arena is the premier venue in Cincinnati, Ohio for indoor concerts and events. U.S. Bank Arena attracts the world’s top performers and entertainers and is also home to the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey team. U.S. Bank Arena has been a tour stop for such performers or events as the Harlem Globetrotters, High School Musical, Professional Bull Riders, Billy Joel, Elton John, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart and more. Visit www.usbankarena.com. [Top]