Find out what sets the Queen City apart from all the other metropolitan areas in Ohio! People from all over Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana travel to the Tri-State to visit its many attractions. From upscale cultural centers to unique historical buildings and architecture to just-plain-fun amusement parks, there are plenty of places to suit everyone’s tastes. Be sure to stop by these must-see sites for a true Cincinnati experience.
Treat yourself to a performance by the Cincinnati Opera
, the second oldest opera company in the United States and one of the most internationally distinguished. Drawing in world-class artists and conductors from across the country and the globe, the Cincinnati Opera showcases some of the best classic and contemporary pieces.
Address: 1243 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 241-2742
Another major player in Cincy’s cultural scene is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
, or CSO. The fifth oldest orchestra in the US, the CSO is well known throughout the world for its recordings and tours. For over 200 years, the CSO has brought evolutionary music to Ohio and continues to do so with its year-round performances. Hear them play in the historic Music Hall!
Address: 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 621-1919
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
may be one of the oldest zoos in America, but it still has its wild side! This National Historic Landmark attraction covers a little over 65 acres and is packed with packs of exotic and native animals. See the original Reptile House from 1875 or make time for a special Animal Encounter.
Address: 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220 - MAP
Phone: (513) 281-4700
Play hard along the Ohio River when you visit the famous Coney Island
! This popular Tri-State destination is the perfect place to escape from the monotony of everyday life. Take a break from work or school to relax with attractions like roller coasters, carnival rides and a Sunlite water park during the summertime.
Address: 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45228 - MAP
Phone: (513) 232-8230
There's plenty of fun to be had in Cincinnati but if you're a fan of the old adage, "the grass is greener on the other side" then consider taking a trip over the Ohio River and exploring the attractions at Newport on the Levee
. This exciting destination offers something for everyone whether you're looking for retail therapy, a great place to have dinner and drinks, family fun or a night on the town. We recommend you check out the underwater attractions at the Newport Aquarium, knock down some pins at Star Lanes on the Levee Bowling, or walk on water at Hamsters Water Balls.
Address: 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071 - MAP
Phone: (859) 291-0550
Come spend some time at the beautiful Fountain Square
, a park with a rich Cincinnati heritage. Since 1871, this fountain square has played a key role in the center of the city’s civic, social and commercial life. Discover the gorgeous Tyler Davidson Fountain in the middle, surrounded by trees, a pavilion and music stage, a tranquil water wall and a seasonal ice rink.
Address: Fifth St & Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 621-4400
Enter into a whole new world at the Krohn Conservatory
, an architecturally impressive Art Deco greenhouse. Inside this immense glass and aluminum construction is a wide variety of constantly changing horticultural exhibits and attractions. See plants from all over the world up close, and plan your visit right to see the popular "Butterfly Show" in the spring.
Address: 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 421-4086
First opened in 1925, River Downs Racetrack
remains the top thoroughbred horse racetrack attraction in Cincinnati. Located on the city’s outskirts, this 1-mile oval track has survived disastrous floods as well as the passage of time to become one of the best state-of-the-art racetracks in the country.
Address: 6301 Kellogg Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45230 - MAP
Phone: (513) 232-8000
Amuse yourself, your friends and your family at Kings Island
, the second most visited seasonal amusement park on the North American continent. With over 80 permanent rides and attractions—including 14 roller coasters—an animatronic dinosaur park and a 15-acre water park attached, there are plenty of things to keep you busy all summer long!
Address: 6300 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island, OH 45034 - MAP
Phone: (513) 754-5700
Celebrate the history of the abolitionist movement at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
. Dedicated to the efforts of black and white Americans who fought to end slavery, this unique museum educates the public about the horrors of slavery and the struggle for civil rights while honoring those who found freedom and those who lost their lives searching for it.
Address: 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 333-7500
See modern works by visionary pioneers through the exhibits and attractions at the Contemporary Arts Center
. Committed to the exploration of contemporary art in all its forms, the Center displays works by now-famous artists who made enormous breakthroughs for the field, such as Andy Warhol, alongside paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture, performance art and new media works by current artists.
Address: 44 E 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 345-8400