Last week I asked: What is there to do in Cincinnati?
It is a good time of the year for a road trip to Cincinnati, Ohio.
“The Queen City” has a lot to offer visitors in the way of history, nature, and shopping.
1. Get Visual: Visitors entering the Cincinnati Art Museum are greeted with a suspended blue Chihuly fantasy glass creation and can continue to view the works of Picasso, Chagall, Tiffany, and more all in location. There is no admission fee. Download Art Work’s walking tour to see the many murals scattered throughout the city.
2. Freedom Museum: The Underground Railroad Freedom Center is the place to open up your mind. The Center celebrates the heroes who created the Underground Railroad; a secret network slaves used to escape to freedom but the center also makes people aware of the 27 million people who are still trying to get their freedom.
3. Presidential: William Howard Taft was raised in the family’s tradition of hard work, fair play, and public service. Taft’s goal was never to be president but he did want to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He said, “Presidents come and go but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” The 27th president was the only person to serve in both offices.
4. Harriet Beecher Stowe: According to legend, Abraham Lincoln greeted Stowe in 1862 by saying “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War.” Her book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” was an international success and fueled the anti-slavery movement. The book tells the horrors of slavery and the dangerous path to freedom taken by many runaway slaves.
5. Parks: Not to miss is the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, home to 3,500 plant species from around the world and the popular “Butterfly Show” where thousands of butterflies are free to fly about. Smale Riverfront Park with P&G Go Vibrantscape is a unique multimedia play area that causes people to exercise without them knowing it.
6. Neighborhoods: They say you haven’t really visited Cincinnati without walking through one of their unique neighborhoods. Over-the-Rhine (OTR) is the largest intact urban history district in the country with unique architecture, great restaurants and microbreweries. ManiStrasse, on the National Historic Register, with cobblestone streets is known for its fun Maifest.
7. Ball Time: See red at The Great American Ball Park, home to the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional franchise. It is also home to the Reds Hall of Fame. Paul Brown Stadium is home to the Cincinnati Bengals, a NFL member. Both stadiums are the site of other events such as Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium.
8. Food: You’ve never had chili until you try Cincinnati Chili: Spaghetti topped with chili and mounds of shredded cheese or try in 4-ways with the addition of beans or onions, or 5-ways with both beans and onions all with a hint of cinnamon. Don’t be embarrassed, ask for a bib!
9. Shopping: Visitors can shop at Tiffany and Saks or in one of the many unique shops such as Rookwood Pottery Co. on Vine Street. No visit to Cincinnati is complete without a stop at Findlay Market to get something to eat. It is the oldest continuously operated public market in Ohio.
10. And more: Drive to Tarpis Street to see the fantastical Mushroom House. Walk across the Purple People Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge across the Ohio River, from downtown Cincinnati to Newport, Kentucky where there is a bevy of great eateries and the award-winning aquarium. Enjoy a riverboat ride on the Ohio River.
Travel Trivia Tease™: How do you make Seven Seas Soup? Look for the answer next week.
Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!