Cincinnati. Also known as The Queen City, The Nati, or simply Cincy.
Incorporated in 1802, Cincinnati is the third-largest city in Ohio. The city’s rich history, diverse and vibrant culture, art, amazing restaurants serving delicious food, and a long list of attractions make it a popular destination among tourists.
If you plan to visit the city or are already there and thinking about exploring it, here are some of the best places to visit in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum was founded in 1881, making it one of the oldest museums in the United States.
The museum boasts an impressive collection of over 67,000 objects — the largest in Ohio — from around the world, traversing around 6000 years of human history. The items in the collection include paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, decorative arts, musical instruments, and more.
Some of the most prominent painters featured at the museum are Matteo di Giovanni, Pablo Picasso, Bernardo Strozzi, Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro.
The most notable works on display include Picasso’s Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Girl, Monet’s Rocks at Belle-Île, Frank Duveneck’s The Whistling Boy, van Gogh’s Head of a Peasant Woman, and Peter Paul Rubens’s Samson and Delilah.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum also has numerous temporary exhibits running throughout the year.
There’s a nice well-stocked gift shop too, in case you want to buy a souvenir.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Founded in 1873, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the sixth-oldest zoo in the country and is generally regarded as one of the best too.
The zoo spans 75 acres and houses nearly 2,000 animals belonging to over 500 species in about two dozen different habitats, including Cat Canyon, Night Hunters, Reptile House, World of the Insect, Gibbon Islands, and Wolf Woods.
The zoo offers several popular behind-the-scenes experiences, both real and virtual. Watching the incredible cheetah run is also something people love.
But that’s not all! The botanical garden comprises ten smaller gardens with thousands of plants and flowers.
During spring, the Tulip Garden turns into an absolute delight with the blossoming of the tulips. Where else can you see 100,000 tulips in bloom!
The butterfly garden is also popular.
Overall, a great place to visit in Cincinnati.
Smale Riverfront Park
A stunningly beautiful park that has something for everyone.
Situated along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Smale Riverfront Park is a 132-acre park outlined by prominent city landmarks, including the Roebling Bridge, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Paul Brown Stadium, and the Great American Ball Park.
The park includes fountains, walkways, a sculpture play area, gardens, event lawns, playgrounds, and restaurants — pretty much everything one could ask for.
A great place to relax — just get on a swing or walk around and enjoy the beautiful views of the riverfront, the Roebling Bridge, and so much else. An equally amazing place for kids to have fun playing. Or even for those looking to burn some calories exercising.
There are not many places like it, so don't miss your chance if you are in or around the city.
So these were some of the places you must visit if you’re in Cincinnati. But if you have more time, there’s a lot more to explore, for example, American Sign Museum, Great American Ball Park, and Krohn Conservatory.
I must add, though, that due to the pandemic, some sections might not be open, or there could be certain restrictions. So make sure you do the necessary research before visiting.
Also, please follow the guideline. Have fun but stay safe.