Cincinnati Journals

College Trip

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A January 2003 trip to Cincinnati by cr008k

Fountain Square Photo, More Photos
Quote: Weekend trip to Cincinnati to look at colleges.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cincinnati

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Ex Suites Cincinnati"

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We decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Ex Suites on our trip to Cincinnati. This hotel had been recommended to us and although it was a little more expensive because it is a hotel that specializes in suites, we decided to go for it. I shopped around a little to try to get the best price on it - we checked Expedia and those types of places and also called the hotel and ended up getting the best deal by just calling the hotel and using our AAA discount, so if you plan to stay here I suggest that you do that. We only booked a few days in advance so you should have no problem getting a reservation here, unless you go during a time when there are a lot of conferences or tourist season - but for the most ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2006

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cincinnati
130 West Mitchell Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45217
(513) 242-1010

Fountain Square

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Fountain Square Photo,
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Fountain Square is very conveniently located in Downtown Cincinnati. It is crowded, especially on weekends, but they have ample parking (which does cost money) and you can also walk here if you are staying in a local downtown hotel. Once you get there, first stop and take a quick look at the Tyler Davidson Fountain- it's quite pretty and is right outside in the center of the square so you can throw some coins in and make a wish on your way to the shops. The square itself is quite a nice place to be outside when its warm out- its well landscaped and has nice gardens and sort of feels like a nice square where people come to gather. There are plenty of things to do here besides admire the gar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2006

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

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Zagat rated the Cincinnati Zoo one of the top zoo's in the nation. It's also been rated as 1 of the top 10 zoos for kids. With all this in mind, it seemed like it would be a fun idea to check it out. We parked at the zoo- which cost money. We paid our entrance fee to the zoo- it costs less for young children (under 12) than adults. It was your typical price to enter the zoo- reasonable as long as you intend to stay for at least a few hours to get your money worth. We got our zoo map at the door (which you need because this zoo is large) and headed in. There are 500 animals and 3000 different plant species at the zoo so it was kind of overwhelming to know where to start. Elephants ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

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

Newport Aquarium

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Newport Aquarium Photo, Newport, Kentucky
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Newport Aquarium is so large it is almost overwhelming. I really don't recommend going there with any kind of fish lover unless you want to spend way more hours than you can imagine looking at all of the offerings this aquarium has. But, that being said, if you love aquariums and do want to spend lots of time exploring a great one, you can't find one too much better than this. And the Zagat guide agreed with me- as this aquarium was named the number 1 aquarium in in 2004. There are over 7000 different sea animals to be seen here- they have everything from every different continent- warm water fish, cold water fish, penguins, eels, sharks... the list goes on and on (and needless to say I wo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2006

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

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I think this museum is actually called the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science. We decided to visit because we had already gone to the zoo and the aquarium and we were cold and wanted to do an indoor activity in keeping with the sciency-learning theme we'd begun. However, in our visits to the educational tourist activities in Cincinnati, this was our first disappointment. To be fair, there are a lot of great exhibits here. There are many historical exhibits- there's an ice age exhibit, a historical society library, some dinosaur stuff, and the usual. However, the exhibits just were not that sophisticated and did not really offer that much unique or even that much that really ca...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 31, 2006

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