Cincinnati Journals

Cincinnati, Ohio: My Home Town

A July 2005 trip to Cincinnati by J. Stephen

Fountain Square Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio More Photos
Quote: Cincinnati is a city of 2 million, on the Ohio River, bordering Kentucky to the south and Indiana to the west. Like Rome, it is built on seven hills, all rich in culture and natural beauty. First time visitors are pleasantly surprised by all Cinncinnati has to offer.

Cincinnati, Ohio: My Home Town

Overview

Cincinnati, Ohio Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati is an Ohio River town and the center for a metropolitan area of about 2 million people, spilling over into Kentucky to the south and Indiana to the west. In the early 1800s, it was the largest American city in "the West" (now the Midwest) and the metropolis of America's rapidly expanding Northwest Territory. In fact, it was the sixth largest city in America, about four times the size of Chicago. When Winston Churchill visited Cincinnati, he called it "the most beautiful inland city in America." Today, Cincinnati has been surpassed by many other American cities in size, but not in character and charm. Cincinnati is a city of neighborhoods. This helps to give it a small-town feel w...Read More
Rookwood Pottery Restaurant Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Rookwood Pottery was first made in Cincinnati in 1880, and was manufactured in this beautiful historic tudor-style building atop Mt. Adams from 1892-1961. That's when the pottery business was moved elsewhere, and the old red bridk kilns were transformed into three dining rooms for this popular Cincinnati restaurant. Regretable there is no view from inside the restaurant, but some say that the view from the parking lot is the best in the city. It is absolutely dazzling to stand beside the restaurant after dark and look down on the lights of Cincinati. The restaurant is tastefully decorated, and reflects the historic significance of the building. The seafood fettuccini is sumptous, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Rookwood Pottery Restaurant
1077 Celestial Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 721-5456

Skyline Chili

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Restaurant

Skyline Chili Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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When I was living in Tennessee and my son, Chris, came to Cincinnati to attend the University, he called home raving about Skyline Chili. So when I went to visit him I insisted that he take me to Skyline for a meal. It was not at all like I expected; it was much better. Skyline first opened in Cincinnati in 1949, and was named for the view from the original location. The proprieter was Nicholas Lambrinides, an immigrant from Kastoria, Greece, who was fulfilling his dream of coming to America and opening a restaurant. Nicholas used family recipes handed down to him from his mother and grandmother back in the Old World. People loved Skyline Chili and the dish gained an almost cult-like ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Skyline Chili
4588 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
513) 531-8381

Rock Bottom Cafe & Brewery

Restaurant | "Rock Bottom Cafe & Brewery"

Rock Bottom Cafe & Brewery Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Rock Bottom Cafe & Brewery is my favorite downtown lunch spot, and I don't even drink. The restaurant has an upscale feel and is in a festive setting at Fountain Square - the very heart of Cincinnati. They are open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, but we have only done lunch there. If the weather is nice and you eat outside, you will enjoy a wonderful view of the splashing fountain, and you may even attract some pigeons to share your crumbs. We love their brick-oven pizza, and the homemade bread has been voted "Best of Cincinnati." People say the beer is passable, but I've never tried it. I hate the taste of beer. The iced tea and diet cola are sublime, especially on a warm summer day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Rock Bottom Cafe & Brewery
10 Fountain Square Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513/621-1588

Graeters Ice Cream

Restaurant

Graeters Ice Cream Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Since 1870, Greaters Ice Cream has been a tradition in Cincinnati, and it's popularity is still growing. This is Cincinnati's own local brand of ice cream, which has managed to become the signature frozen dairy desert for the city. In addition to ice cream, Graeters also serves cookies and cakes. This is a place to come for dessert or a sweet snack, and every time I have ever done so, I have had to stand in line behind others who have come to satisfy their own sweet tooth. I took a photo of this banana split just before consuming it with much gusto. You can choose any flavor of ice cream or toppings. For this delightful creation, I selected a scoop each of vanilla bean and butter pecan ice cream, cro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Graeters Ice Cream
Locations throughout the Cincinnati area
Cincinnati, Ohio

Buca di Beppo

Restaurant

Buca di Beppo Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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After the hostess greets you at Buca di Beppo, you will be taken through the kitchen, filled with savory aromas, and into one of ten dining rooms. The walls are almost totally covered with photos, posters, record albums and other items of Italiana - 5-000 of them. That with the colored lights and upbeat staff soon puts everyone into a festive mood. Your server arrives at your table and encourages everyone to feel free to get up and look around, be loud, be obnoxious, wild, and crazy. And that was even before the wine was served. When the food comes out, it is heaped on platters, family-style, and everyone is encouraged to share. This is no place to grab a quick bite. It's a wonderful venue for ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Buca di Beppo
2635 Edmondson Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209
513/396-7673

LaRosa's Pizza

Restaurant

LaRosa's Pizza Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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In 1954, a young man named Buddy LaRosa opened a little carry-out stand the the Cincinnati suburb of Westwood. His friends at San Antonio Catholic Church, in Cincinnati's "Little Italy," liked his Aunt Dena's pizza so much, he thought other people in the neighborhood might like it too. People loved Aunt Dena's recipe and the entreprise grew. Half a century later there are dozens of LaRosa's Restaurants scattered all around the metropolitan area and Buddy, who still has his hand in the business, is something of a local celebrity/legend. Lots of folks in and around Cincinnati wouldn't think of eating pizza anywhere else. LaRosa's offers a full line of Italian dishes: hoagies, lasagna, spaghetti, r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

LaRosa's Pizza
Locations Throughout the Cincinnati Area
Cincinnati, Ohio
513/347-1111

El Rancho Grande

Restaurant

El Rancho Grande Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Of the 50 or so restaurants in the Sharonville suburb of Cincinnati, this is the one I eat at most often. It has great food, friendly service, and the prices can't be beat. A local favorite, the place is always busy. On some nights, a strolling maharachi band is there and will come by and sing at your table. Everything at El Ranch Grande is good. I usually order the "Special El Rancho," which is one chicken burrito, one chicken enchilada, topped with lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes, for only $7.95. Lunch specials start at only $3.95, for the "Speedy Gonzalez." The servings are ample.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

El Rancho Grande
11765 Lebanon Road
Cincinnati, Ohio
513/733-45241

The Root Beer Stand

Restaurant

The Root Beer Stand Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Since 1957, this old-fashioned Root Beer Stand has been making their own brew from water from their own 280-feet-deep well. The owners attribute the distinctive taste of their root beer to this water. They have been voted in years past by readers of Cincinnati Magazine as "Cincinnati's Best Root Beer!" and in 2003 ranked #12 in the list of the "Best 100 Places to Go in Cincinati." The only problem is that they are only open during the warmer months of the year, the exact times of which may vary from season to season. In Summer this place is HOT! Or maybe we should say COOL! Every time we have been here we have had the big one: "The Timmy Dog." It's a foot long and comes with chili, onions, hot s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

The Root Beer Stand
11566 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
513/769-4349

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

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Attraction

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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When the 1,057-foot-long Cincinnati and Covington Suspension Bridge opened to traffic on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was completed not long after the close of the Civil War, connecting Cincinnati with Covington, Ohio with Kentucky, and the North with the South. The designer and builder of the bridge, John A. Roebling, used the Cincinnati Bridge as his prototype when he later built the longer and more famous Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in 1883 in New York City. The Cincinnati and Covington Bridge was renamed for its designer in 1984. Several newer and more modern bridges now span the Ohio River in and around Cincinnati, and the Roebling B...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
follow signs from Fort Washington Way
Cincinnati, Ohio

Fountain Square

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Attraction

Fountain Square Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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This is the signature spot in Cincinnati, a gathering place and focal point in the heart of the city. The "Tyler Davidson Fountain" rises 43 feet in the center of the square. It is the oldest sculpture in the Queen City, and is her best known and most loved symbol. Water streams from the outstretched arms of a 9-foot-tall female figure representing the "Genius of Water." Below, four adult figures dramatize the life-sustaining uses of water and four relief panels depict the industrial uses of water. These are fitting symbols in a river city. Four drinking spouts on the lower tier once held communal cups for pedestrians to use. The fountain was a gift to the city of Cincinnati in 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Fountain Square
Corner of 5th and Vine
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 352-6301

Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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In its heyday, this beautiful old Art Deco terminal was one of the busiest passenger railway stations around. It could handle a maximum of 17,000 passengers and 216 trains per day. The last passenger train pulled out of the terminal in 1972. However, since 1991, Amtrak once again is using the station. Now only six trains a week pass through Cincinnati. It's the "Cardinal," with three weekly trains going west (to Chicago) and three trains going east (to Washington, D.C.). My wife and I love railroading. We have traveled in and out of this terminal on several occasions and we hope for the day when America will once again have a more viable railway system. Union Terminal was begun in Au...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
(513) 287-7043

Carew Tower Observation Deck

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Attraction

Carew Tower Observation Deck Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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One of the cheapest thrills in Cincinnati is the $2.00 admission to the observation deck atop Carew Tower. At 574 feet (49 floors), it is the tallest building in town. Like the Empire State Building in New York, Carew Tower was built during the Great Depression. Construction began Jan. 8, 1930. Workers labored around the clock and the first tenant opened for business less than 9 months later, Oct. 1st of the same year. The tenants have changed, but today the building still houses upscale shops, offices, restaurants, and a hotel. Although the interior of the building has been updated to modern standards, the outside looks much as it did 74 years ago. It was designated a National Historic La...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Carew Tower Observation Deck
441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 241-9660

Cincinnati Music Hall Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati Music Hall is widely regarded as one of the best and most beautiful music performance venues in the world. The 3,516 seat Springer Auditorium, with its extraordinary acoustics and lavish old-world decor, makes any concert here a very special event. The magnificent old building was erected in 1878 with private funds in what is believed to have been the nation's first matching grant fund drive. Cincinnati Music Hall is the home of the Cincinnati Arts Association, and provides rehersal and performance space for a dozen arts institutions, performing groups and companies. They are: Broadway in Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Music Theatre, Cincinn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Cincinnati Music Hall
1225 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 744-3344

The Purple People Bridge Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Of the nine bridges that span the Ohio River Between Cincinnati and Kentucky, this is the only one that is purple. It is also the only bridge dedicated exclusively to pedestrian traffic. The bridge was built in 1872 to carry tracks for the L&N (Louisville and Nashville) Railroad. in recent years, after the railroad no longer needed the bridge, the municipal governments on either side renovated the bridge at a cost of $4 million and God knows how many gallons of lavender paing. On April 25, 2003, the newly renovated Purple People Bridge opened to pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters. At 17-feet-wide and 2,670 -feet-long (just over 1/2 mile) it is the longest pedestrian bridge in America t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

The Purple People Bridge
Pete Rose Way to Third Street
Cincinnati, Ohio

National Steamboat Monument Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The National Steamboat Monument is topped by the original 30-foot diameter paddlewheel of the American Queen, the largest overnight passenger steamboat to be built in the last half century. The paddlewheel was given to the city of Cincinnati when the steamboat was refitted with a slightly smaller one. Beneath the bright red wheel are two dozen stainless steel columns, or torchiers, built to represent smokestacks. Photo sensers set off steam jets that whistle and hiss through these stacks when a person passes them. The sight and sound is attention getting to say the least. This monument is a reminder of the steamboat heritage of Cincinnati. At the height of the riverboat era, in the mid 1800s, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 11, 2004

National Steamboat Monument
downtown on the Ohio Riverfront at Cincinnati Public Landing
Cincinnati, Ohio

Statue of Cincinnatus Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The City of Cincinnati was founded in 1788 near Fort Washington and was first called Losantville, meaning "town opposite the mouth of the Licking River." In 1790, Arthur St. Clair, Governor of the Northwest Territory, changed the name to Cincinnati, in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, of which he was president. The Society honored General George Washington, considered a latter-day Cincinnatus. In 458 B.C. Rome was in deep trouble. An enemy, the neighboring Aequi, was at Rome's gate with new weapons and offensive tactics. Cincinnatus Lusius Quinctius was a Roman nobleman who had retired from public service and returned to his small farm. He was in his field when he learned he had been app...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 11, 2004

Statue of Cincinnatus
downtown riverfront at Sawyer Point
Cincinnati, Ohio

Copeland's Restaurant & Bar

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Attraction | "Copeland's Restaurant"

Copeland's Restaurant & Bar Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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When Karen and I decided to meet for the first time, after we had been chatting for a few days on the Internet, she suggested we meet for dinner at Copeland's. I'll never forget that fateful night: March 28, 2001. Copeland's is an upscale but casual restaurant with a full American menu, and a speciality is New Orleans-style Cajun dishes. In fact, Copeland's flagship restaurant in New Orleans has been voted "Best Cajun Restaurant," for eight years by New Orleans magazine. Normally, a first blind date would just be for a drink, or lunch. However, it must have been in the stars that this was to be a magical evening. We hit it off from the start (unlike many other first dates we had both had...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Copeland's Restaurant & Bar
5150 Merten Drive Mason
Cincinnati, Ohio 45040
513/336-9798

Cincinnati Fire Museum Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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This small museum tucked away on a side street in downtown Cincinnati came as a delightful surprise when Karen and I first visited it on a Sunday afternoon. We were the only visitors in the museum at the time, but learned it is a favorite destination for school children field trips. Adults should find it equally as interesting, if not even more so. The Cincinnati Fire Museum chronicles the story of fires and firefighting in more than 200 years of Cincinnati history. There are also many displays telling about the Ahrens-Fox manufacturing company, one of the most famous names in firefighting history, which was established in Cincinnati in 1913. This was the company to develop the first steam engin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Cincinnati Fire Museum
315 West Court Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 621-5553

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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My grandchildren (pictured) LOVE this zoo, especially when Papa pulls them around it in his big red wagon. Founded in 1875, it is America's second-oldest zoo and is consistently rated as one of the top zoos in the nation. In these 75 acres are 500 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties, drawing 1.2 million visitors per year. There is far too much at the zoo to list it all here. A few of our favorite sections are: Wings of the Word Lords of the Arctic (polar bears) Manatee Springs Children's Zoo Gorilla World Cat House Elephant House Jungle Trails And there's a whole lot more, so you'd better plan to make a day of it. There a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

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

Great American Ball Park

Attraction | "The Great American Ball Park"

Great American Ball Park Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Great American Ball Park, new Ohio riverfront home of the Cincinnati Reds, opened in the spring of 2003. This ultra-modern professional baseball complex was built at a cost of $280 million and seats 42,263, with 19,012 of the seats on the first level.

To find the current game schedule and for ticket information, log on to www.cincinnati.com/reds/gabp, or call 513/831-7337.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381-7337

Cincinnati Flying Pigs Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Just about anywhere in the downtown Cincinnati area you are likely to see a whimsical flying pig. This one, at Sawyer Point on the Ohio Riverfront, is "Lucius (Lucky) Quinctus Pigasus." It is the creation of Eric Reed Greiner and was sponsored by the Cincinnatus Association. The flying pigs are tied to Cincinnati's rich history in the pork-processing industry, which once caused some people to refer to the city as Porkopolis. A pig actually did fly in Cincinnati on November 4, 1909. Lord Brabazon of Tara, holder of the first pilot's license in the United Kingdom, took the piglet for a 3.5-mile joy ride over the Queen City. The squealer was in a basket tied to a wing strut of Brabazon's Short Brot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Cincinnati Flying Pigs
Throughout the Downtown Area
Cincinnati, Ohio

University of Cincinnati

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University of Cincinnati Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were founded in 1819. The Medical College, later changed to the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine, is one of the oldest medical schools in the nation. The University of Cincinnati began in 1870 and later absorbed the two earlier schools. UC is a public comprehensive university, and since 1977, has been one of Ohio's state universities. It is the largest employer in the Cincinnati region and graduates 5,000 students per year. Many discoveries have been made at the University of Cincinnati that have created a positive change for society. These include the oral polio vaccine, first electronic organ, first safe anti-knock gasoline, and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
(513) 556-6000

Mt. Adams district

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Attraction | "Mount Adams"

Mt. Adams district Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Topography, architecture, and history combine to give Mt. Adams a unique atmosphere and focus among Cincinnati's legendary hills and neighborhoods. It is one of our favorite sections of the city. Originally called Mt. Ida, the name was changed in 1843 to honor President John Quincy Adams, who visited to dedicate the Cincinnati Observatory. At the time, it was the most powerful observatory in the United States. In the early 1800s, this hill was the site of the Nicholas Longworth Vineyard. The Catawba grape was developed here, and from it came America's first champagne, Golden Wedding. For a brief period of time, Mt. Adams was the center of winemaking in America. In the mid-19th century,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Mt. Adams district
downtown Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Procter & Gamble World Headquarters

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Attraction | "Procter & Gamble World Headquarters"

Procter & Gamble World Headquarters Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The twin towers that house the corporate headquarters of Procter and Gamble are not a tourist attraction, but many visitors to our city find it interesting just to get a glimpse of this corporate giant. P&G, the largest consumer goods company in the world, had its humble beginning in Cincinnati in 1837. William Procter, a candle-maker, and James Gamble, a soap-maker's apprentice, married sisters and decided to become business partners. The large number of hogs being butchered in Cincinnati (sometimes called Porkoplois) gave them plentiful raw material (fat) for their industry. By 1890, they were manufacturing 30 different kinds of soap. Ivory Soap was invented by P&G personnel and became...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Procter & Gamble World Headquarters
301 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Riverfront Park/Serpentine Wall

Attraction | "The Serpentine Wall"

Riverfront Park/Serpentine Wall  Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Serpentine Wall is a massive contoured wall of steps forming the boundary to the Ohio River at Yeatman's Cove and Sawyer Point near downtown Cincinnati. The wall has practical, as well as aesthetic, purposes, since the water levels in the river can fluctuate widely. These steps are used as informal bleachers for riverfront events, such as the Tall Stacks festival and speedboat races. This is also a popular place to just hang out and watch the barges and other river traffic on a beautiful day.

For a schedule of current or upcoming happenings on the river, see www.sawyerpoint.com.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Riverfront Park/Serpentine Wall
Riverfront
Cincinnati, Ohio

Fountain Square

Attraction | "Concourse Fountain"

Fountain Square Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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This large, shallow wading pool is a unique place to cool off on a warm summer day. Parents watch their children from rows of concrete stairs that line the overflowing basin, only 6 inches deep. On one side are three large spurting jets of water (pictured), and on the other side (out of the picture), a high waterfall cascades down a concrete wall. This is a favorite splashing place, especially for families with young children.

Concourse fountain is open in summer and has no admission charge. Just jump in and enjoy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Fountain Square
Corner of 5th and Vine
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 352-6301

Krohn Conservatory

Attraction

Krohn Conservatory Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Built in 1933, Krohn Conservatory hosts a collection of more than 1,000 plant species from around the world. Inside are sections that replicate temperate, desert, and tropical rainforest climates. There is a 20-foot waterfall and a fish-filled stream, as well as orchid and bonsai collections. We especially enjoy visiting here in winter for a brief respite from the cold and snow outside. Another of our favorite times to visit the Krohn Conservatory is during the annual spring butterfly show. Countless butterflies are released to add their flashes of color to an already beautiful display. Sometimes you may also spot an iguana climbing on a branch or rock. Krohn Conservatory is open dail...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive
Eden Park, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-5707

Playhouse in the Park Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Playhouse In the Park opened in 1959 as one of the first regional theatres in America, and today many people consider it to be one of the best. The Playhouse presents a broad range of shows with appeal to a wide audience. There are two auditoriums, the 626-seat Robert S. Marx Theatre and the more intimate 225-seat Thompson Shelterhouse. They are situated high on the side of Mt. Adams, with stunning views of the city below. Playhouse in the Park is a not-for-profit organization with an annual budget of $9 million which involves 75 full-time staff and about 1,000 volunteers. Every year, a quarter-million theatergoers attend the performances, which are often sold out. Playhouse in the P...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
800/582-3208

Cincinnati Art Museum Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The quality of the Cincinnati Art Museum is evidenced by the fact that it was recently ranked # 1 by Parenting Magazine. The museum was founded in 1881 and built in 1886, with many new wings being added over the years to house the 80 galleries. In addition to an outstanding permanent collection of art, the museum also hosts numerous special exhibitions throughout the year. Click on the web link below to learn of current special touring exhibitions.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is open every day except Monday from 11am to 5pm, and until 9pm on Wednesdays. Admission is free.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 721-2787

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

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William Howard Taft National Historic Site Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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William Howard Taft National Historic Site is a memorial to the 27th President of the United States. He is the only president who also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. From the time of his birth in 1857, until he embarked on a political career that would win him the two highest offices in the nation, William Howard Taft lived here, surrounded by family and what his mother called "inspiration to everything that was good." The house is restored to its appearance during the years Taft lived here as a child and young adult. Although Taft did not go down in history as a particularly outstanding president, the fruits of his administration are still a part of American life. He backed the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

William Howard Taft National Historic Site
2038 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio

Eden Park

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Eden Park Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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When Nicholas Longworth owned these 186 acres overlooking the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati he called them "The Garden of Eden." The city of Cincinnati purchased the property in 1859 and named it Eden Park. It is the 4th oldest and 4th largest of more than 100 Cincinnati city parks. It may also be the most popular. There are no marked trails in the park, but it is a very popular place for walkers who use the many paths. Karen and I have wonderful memories of strolling here arm-in-arm and drinking in the city's best views when we were courting. (Of course we are still courting). Mirror Lake is used for ice skating in the winter, and outdoor concerts are held in the Murray Seasongood Paviion....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Eden Park
1501 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-4086

Eden Park

Attraction | "Ohio River Monument and Overlook"

Eden Park Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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President Herbert Hoover was at this spot in 1929 for the dedication of the Ohio River Monument (also known as the Navigation Monument). The 30-foot granite shaft with bronze tablets commemorates the canalization of the Ohio River. It recognizes the completion of a system of 49 locks and dams that made river traffic possible along the entire length of the Ohio River. The ceremony coincided with the Great Ohio River Parade, a flotilla of boats that reached 980 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois. On June 30, 2002, the overlook beside the monument was dedicated in honor of Donald A. Spencer, founder of Friends of Cincinnati Parks. From the overlook, spectacular views may be had...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Eden Park
1501 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-4086

Historic Brick Water Tower & Memorial Groves

Attraction | "Historic Brick Water Tower & Memorial Groves"

Historic Brick Water Tower & Memorial Groves Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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For most American communities, water towers are a ubiquitous part of the landscape. But the old brick water tower which stands above Eden Park harks back to a time when such utilitarian structures were thoughtfully designed and prominent local landmarks. Now a National Historic Landmark, the 172-foot-high brick water tower in Cincinnati was built in 1894, and was in use until 1912. Actually the tower is still in use, but is now a communications facility for the city. Unfortunately, the public may view the tower only from the outside. Just behind the tower are several quiet, shaded, hilltop acres with four memorial tree plantings. These are: Presidents Grove Heroes Grove ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Historic Brick Water Tower & Memorial Groves
St. Paul and Vine Streets
Cincinnati, Ohio

Ohio River

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Ohio River Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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In the Iroquois Indian tongue, "Ohio" means "Beautiful," and that's where the river and the state on its northern banks get their names. The first European to discover the Ohio was French explorer Sieur De La Salle in 1670. A little over 100 years later, the river was included in the territory of the United States as a result of the Revolutionary War and the Treaty of Paris. The Ohio begins at the confluence of the Monongahela and the Allegheny Rivers at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and flows for 980 miles until it empties into the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois. For more than 200 years, the Ohio was the great highway to the west of the American pioneer. Today, it is still a working river, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Ohio River
Forming the south border of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Eden Park

Attraction | "Wolf Statue in Eden Park"

Eden Park Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Wolf Statue, a bronze duplicate of the original in Rome, Italy, was presented to the City of Cincinnati in 1931, by the Italian goverment, through the local chapter of Order of the Sons of Italy. It depicts a wolf suckling the twin boys, Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. And what is the Rome-Cincinnati connection? Both Rome and Cincinnati are cities built on seven hills, and Cincinnati's name was inspired by a Roman nobleman of the 5th century B.C., Cincinnatus Lucius Quinctius. The statue is also a reminder that many Italian immigrants helped to make up the population of Cincinnati in it's formative years. However there were numerous other immigrants, mostly from ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Eden Park
1501 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-4086

The Kroger Company

Attraction | "Corporate Headquarters for The Kroger Company"

The Kroger Company Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Another large company with corporate headquarters in Cincinnati is The Kroger Company. They are best known for Kroger Supermarkets, the closest thing America has to a national grocery chain. However, in many parts of the country, Kroger also operates supermarkets under 16 different labels. And their diversification doesn't stop there. Kroger owns 794 convenience stores under six banners, 439 jewelry stores under four banners, Price Impact Warehouses on the West Coast under two banners, and 42 manufacturing facilities nationwide. Oversight of this vast empire is from their corporate headquarters at 1014 Vine St. in downtown Cincinnati. One of my fondest childhood memories is of Fowlers Grocery, t...Read More

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The Kroger Company
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 762-4000

US Bank Arena Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The U.S. Bank Arena is the largest indoor venue in Cincinnati, offering up to 17,000 seats for those who enjoy a good show. Everything happens here, from church conventions to rodeos to rock concerts. Built in 1975 as the Riverfront Coliseum, it has since been named The Crown, Firststar Center, and, since 2001, U.S. Bank Arena. Karen and I were there most recently for a Shania Twain concert. The place was packed to capacity, and on the same evening the Cincinnati Reds were playing a baseball game to a full stadium next door. We were amazed that downtown Cincinnati could provide enough parking spaces for 60,000 people that night, but it did. This picture of the Arena, and looking beyond...Read More
Avoid Seedy Neighborhoods after Dark Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati has the sixth lowest crime rate of any major American city, according to a recent survey, but it has gotten a bad rap in the media. We were surprised (shocked) when in London, England, a couple of years ago to learn that potential travelers there were being warned not to go to Cincinnati. We live just outside of Cincinnati and go into the city often with never a second thought for our safety. Sometimes we even go downtown after dark to a concert or other event and feel no need for undue concern. Cincinnati is no more dangerous than any other city of its size. Sure, there is crime here, but it is almost never directed at tourists. Just use common sense. If you frequent the rundown secti...Read More