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Cincinnati: A Summer Sojourn

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A July 2003 trip to Cincinnati by wildhoney269

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Quote: Cincinnati was our half way point on our way to our summer vacation. We spent one night going, and one night on our way back. We did several things in a short amount of time, sampling some of the features of this city on the river.

Cincinnati: A Summer Sojourn

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WaterWorks Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati is filled with many wonderful things to do. Several museums are available to quench visitor’s cultural thirst, but we focused our short visit on animals. Our visits to the world famous Cincinnati Zoo and Newport Aquarium were highlights of our trip. Both places were great, but I highly recommend spending a day at the zoo if you have to choose. Make sure to bring a camera to the ...Read More

Homewood Suites

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Hotel | "Homewood Suites by Hilton® Cincinnati"

Homewood Suites Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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This Homewood Suites is a really nice hotel and is great for families or business travel. We chose the hotel because of its proximity to King’s Island. The lobby area has a large fireplace with large comfortable charges and a wonderful leather couch. All the rooms are suites with a couch, recliner chair, table with two chairs and full kitchen with refrigerator, freezer and sink. The couches pull out into a sofa bed and the bedroom has a door that closes and separates itself from the rest of the suite. We stayed here twice. One night on our way down to our vacation and one night on the way back. When making reservations you can choose from a standard room with or without a fireplace, for the same...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Homewood Suites
2670 East Kemper Road
Cincinnati, Ohio

Pleasant Ridge Chili

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Restaurant

Pleasant Ridge Chili Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati is known for its chili and we found Pleasant Ridge Chili rated as one of the top ten Chili parlors in Cincinnati. We were all happy that Pleasant Ridge Chili is the one we ended up at. We actually ate here twice – something I never do in a city I’m visiting. From the front, the restaurant doesn’t look like much, but when you walk inside you find a small, clean diner. When you look at the chili section of the menu, you will probably be quite confused unless you are familiar with "Cincinnati-style" chili. Chili comes in 3-way, 4-way or 5-way variety. The nice waitress was very kind explaining the differences to us. A 3-way is the basic option. This comes on a plate with spaghetti noodl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Pleasant Ridge Chili
6032 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45213
(513) 531-2365

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The Buckhead Mountain Grill is a lodge overlooking the Ohio River, right across the river of downtown Cincinnati. In fact the restaurant has a great spot right on the edge of the river. If you sit indoors you can request a seat next to the large glass windows overlooking the Ohio River. During the warmer months there is a large deck surrounding the entire restaurant where you can sit outdoors along the river. There is also a bar outside so you can have a few drinks and watch the sunset if you are so inclined. The restaurant is designed as a Rocky Mountain Lodge. It is all wooden and has warm touches such as antler chandeliers and a large fireplace with comfy chairs. The inside bar seems like a g...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Buckhead Mountain Grill
35 Fairfield Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 41073
(859) 491-7333

Newport Aquarium

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The Newport Aquarium is a great way to spend a few hours if you are in the Cincinnati area. This Aquarium is actually in Newport, Kentucky, which is just across the river from downtown Cincinnati. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to get through the entire aquarium. Some of the world’s most unusual and interesting sea creatures are on exhibit in the Bizarre and Beautiful section of the aquarium. The most unique fish we saw were the Flashlight Fish. Walk around into a very dark room and watch these fish flash on and off. This process is called symbiotic bioluminescence. When evading a predator, the flashlight fish will swim away, constantly changing direction while blinking the light...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way
Newport, Kentucky 41071
(859) 261-7444

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Attraction

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Cheetah Encounter was just starting when we got to the zoo so that show was the first thing we did. It lasted about twenty minutes and we met Dawn, a nine week old mountain lion. Three zookeepers were in a large fenced in area with the cats and they brought them out from their cages one at a time. The cats would walk freely next to the trainers and the trainers had them do tricks and things for food. We also met an African Serval which is the only cat that has both spots and stripes. The star of the show was the cheetah. A dog that was raised as a brother to the cheetah was brought in and they ran around the area together. The Jungle Trails is an incredible section of the zoo, and definitely m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
(513) 281-4700

Kings Island

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Attraction | "Paramount's Kings Island"

Kings Island Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Home to the top two wooden roller coasters in the world (according to Discovery Channel), Paramount’s Kings Island is an adventure seeker’s paradise. There is any ongoing debate over which is the better roller coaster: The Beast, the longest wooden roller coaster in the world, or its offspring, Son of Beast, which is the only wooden rollercoaster which takes its riders upside down in a loop. Both of these coasters offer the traditional wooden coaster thrills of being thoroughly shaken around. The Beast takes riders on a long ride through the Ohio woods. Son of Beast offers non-stop twists and turns. My vote is for Son of Beast which is one of the best roller coasters I have ever ridden, and definitel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Kings Island
I-71 & Western Row Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45040