Cincinnati: The Paris of America Awaits!

Art exhibit in the 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Art exhibit in the 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A 19th-century boomtown has escalated to a popular travel destination in the United States. Cincinnati Ohio was commonly referred to as the “Paris of America”, due to such ambitious architectural projects it endured during its most progressive development period.

The large city has many fun and family-friendly attractions which have been additions in recent years, creating the ultimate vacation spot for just about anyone.

Cincinnati Museum Center

Under renovation since late 2016, November 2018 was the grand reopening of Union Terminal’s grand Rotunda. As the holiday season approaches the center shows off an impressive 9,000 square foot exhibit of trains, displaying realistic toy-trains in a whimsical setting, and the opportunity to visit with Santa. 

Cincinnati Union Terminal at Cincinnati Museum Center, principal façade.
Cincinnati Union Terminal at Cincinnati Museum Center, principal façade.

Additionally, there are the first phases of the new permanent galleries, the Museum of Natural History and Science’s Dinosaur Hall, and Cincinnati History Museum’s Public Landing. Dinosaur Hall is an entirely new feature, displaying six giant, prehistoric beasts. The premium interactive elements will allow visitors to experience the Jurassic period like never before. The hall will utilize the center’s fossil collection to explore the evolution and biology of dinosaurs.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Opened in the year of 1875, Cincinnati Zoo is the second-oldest zoo in the nation. Gorilla World, in the Cincinnati Zoo, allow visitors to get up-close-and-personal with 11 real-life gorillas in the new indoor habitat. Floor-to-ceiling viewing glass allows for an enhanced experience, close to one might see in the wild, to watch the gorillas play.

Gorilla at the Cincinnati zoo.
Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Visitors can hand feed a giraffe, take a safari ride, or enjoy a cinematic experience in the 4-D Theater. With over 75 acres of land, the zoo hosts more than 580 animal species and 3,000 flora and fauna species, also making it one of the largest zoos in the U.S. The zoo is the optimal location for a unique family day.

Newport Aquarium

The state-of-the-art facility allows guests to enjoy the banks of the Ohio River in the world’s most advanced, creative technology, to create an enhanced trip around the globe featuring amazing animal species. Newport Aquarium’s million gallons host an unbelievable array of sea creatures, allowing guests to get hands-on.

Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati.
Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati.

Guests can touch a shark, play in the interactive frog bog and even pet a penguin during the Penguin Encounter exhibit. Most daringly, take a stroll across the Shark Bridge. It is the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk inches above two dozen sharks. The rope bridge is 75-feet long and is suspended over the open water at the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.

Winterfest at Kings Island

After a 12-year hiatus, Kings Island has finally re-introduced its favorite wintertime family expedition. Kings Island is a popular family location with more than 100 rides, thrills, and family-friendly attractions. In the winter months, the amusement park hosts a festive winter wonderland features an ice skating rink, a 315-foot-tree, carolers, train rides, a Santa’s workshop, under bright Christmas lights.

Brewing Heritage Trail

Once the booming brewing center of the U.S. with a per capita consumption of beer beyond any other U.S. city, The Brewing Heritage Trail celebrates this astonishing heritage. The urban walking trail winds through Cincinnati neighborhoods to the dozens of historic breweries. Walkers will enjoy public art and digital experiences as they follow the trail during a day full of beer. 

21c Museum Hotel

The intricate circuit of hotels in downtown, is easily outpaced by the contemporary 21c Museum Hotel. The historic Metropole Hotel features an 8,000 square-foot art museum, hosting collections of contemporary art in the most unexpected places of the boutique hotel. With 156 rooms, multiple venues, and unique displays of art, 21c is an exciting space full of change and unique experiences and décor.  

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