Cincinnati, OH


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With riverboats, sports stadiums, historical museums, seemingly endless shopping and dining, abundant nightlife, and the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest just outside its border, Cincinnati provides entertainment for all ages. Its equally impressive parks and green spaces match Cincinnati's impressive cityscape.

Must See in Cincinnati
Take a ride on the world-class carousel and play with the family in the interactive outdoor P & G Vibrant Playscape at 45 acre Smale Riverfront Park. See the Cincinnati Reds play or take a tour of The Great American Ballpark, and visit the largest team Hall of Fame in all of professional baseball. The largest half dome in the western hemisphere is also home to three museums and an Omnimax Theater at Cincinnati Union Terminal.

Where to Stay in Cincinnati
Hotels in the Fountain Square area are perfect for keeping guests close to festivals and activities without straying far from nightlife. Bed & Breakfasts, budget and upscale accommodations can be found in Mount Adams, one of the safest places to stay in Cincinnati; and it's not far from Graeter's Ice Cream in Hyde Park. The Eastgate area gets you away from the bustle of downtown with budget friendly hotels that are close to shopping and dining.

Best and Worst Times to go to Cincinnati
German food and beer, live music, and dancing are part of the festivities that make Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (the largest Oktoberfest in the country) a good reason to visit in September. The worst time to visit is January and February when it's typically cold and snowy.

Where to Get Lost in Cincinnati
Rookwood Commons offers an open-air mall and dining center that includes over 70 upscale shops and dining options in one of the ritzier areas of Cincinnati.

The Best Deal in Cincinnati
Festivals and performances are often held at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove. This mile-long riverfront stretch includes an over-the-top playground, sprayground, volleyball and tennis courts, a three-story steamboat monument, concessions and more. Admission is free.

Transportation in Cincinnati
Most places can be easily accessed aboard a Metro public transportation bus.

Getting in from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
The Airporter by TANK (less than $5) is the cheapest way to get from the airport to Cincinnati. Once visitors arrive in Cincinnati, they can travel on the Metro bus.

Local Tip for Visitors to Cincinnati
If you truly want to get a taste of Cincinnati, you have to try Gold Star or Skyline's Cincinnati chili. Order a 5 way chili spaghetti or a cheese coney. When you're ready for dessert, Graeter's ice cream, born in Cincinnati, is still the only commercial ice cream produced 2.5 gallons at a time in French pots.

Author's bio: Edie Schmidt is a freelance writer in Central Florida. She was once blessed to live in the beautiful city of Cincinnati. Check out her other interests here.