The 15-county Cincinnati, Ohio, known for rolling hills, wooded suburbs and a revitalized downtown riverfront, is one of Fortune Magazine's top 10 places in the country to live and work.
On both shores of the Ohio River, Cincinnati is experiencing phenomenal growth and investing in itself, creating an even more exciting destination for visitors.
Downtown Cincinnati, for example, is undergoing a transformation. More than $3 billion will be reinvested in the urban core within this decade. Development projects along 40 acres of reclaimed riverfront include parks, housing, sports stadiums and private mixed-use development in downtown Cincinnati, and Covington and Newport, Kentucky. The Greater Cincinnati area includes towns in its neighbor to the south -- in fact, Northern Kentucky calls itself the “Southern Side of Cincinnati.”
The region boasts 5,000 acres of parks and green space, miles of trails and scenic overlooks along the Ohio River corridor, and a renowned arts, cultural and entertainment scene. The region boasts the fastest-growing major airport in the world - Delta Air Lines’ second-largest hub. Located within 600 miles of more than 50 percent of the country's population, Cincinnati is an attractive vacation or weekend getaway destination.
Cincinnati is nestled among the hills of the Ohio River Valley, with the personality and charm of an Old World city. Northern Kentucky is comprised of three counties and 39 municipalities, and offers the fast-paced excitement of the big city and the relaxed lifestyle and quiet beauty of Kentucky’s rolling hills.
Some of the major attractions in the Cincinnati area include the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which draws more than 1.2 million visitors a year to see the 500 animals and 3,000 plant species. New in 2010 is the Komodo Dragon Exhibit.
Newport Aquarium showcases over 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the world in a million gallons of water. The aquarium boasts underwater tunnels totaling 200 feet and the new Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, which features strange marine animals in a 360-degree, see-through aquarium. The new gallery also features sea horses, frogfish and yellow boxfish, Japanese spider crabs and many other species.
Kings Island theme park offers 40 thrill rides, live stage shows, a themed water resort, and a 10,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. New in 2010 was the Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Park admission includes Boomerang Bay, a 15-acre water park.
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Cincinnati Museum Center attracts more than 1.47 million visitors annually. Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990.
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection includes more than 60,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of world art. In addition to the art of ancient civilizations, there are extensive galleries of Near and Far Eastern art, Native American and Afro-centric art and extensive galleries of furniture, glass, ceramics, silver, costumes and folk art. The museum holds and displays many paintings from Cincinnati’s “Golden Age” (1830-1900) as well as Cincinnati’s own Rookwood pottery and over 40 pieces of Cincinnati-carved furniture.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom -- courage, cooperation and perseverance. In the 1800s, the city served as a major hub of activity on the Underground Railroad.
Newport on the Levee, one of the most popular attractions in the region, is located just across the river from Cincinnati’s skyline and features a year-round schedule of festivals, special events, live bands and a selection of restaurants. The Levee’s popularity has grown because of entertainment venues such as the Newport Aquarium; an exciting interactive game world at GameWorks; Shadowbox, a live sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll club; live comedians at Funny Bone Comedy Club; an AMC 20 movie theater featuring stadium-seating; and local and regional musical acts seven nights a week at Jefferson Hall. Newport on the Levee also features retail venues including Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Tala’s Distant Treasures, and Mango Arts.