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Cincinnati Trip Guide

The Queen City’s crown jewels include pro sports, a thriving arts scene and a unique flair for food.
A towering rotunda draws visitors into the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
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Baseball fans love the Reds' Hall of Fame and Museum.
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What to do

Cincinnati Art Museum A wing dedicated to the Queen City’s rich artistic heritage features more than 400 works, most by artists born or trained in Cincinnati. Free. (877) 472-4226; cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden More than 500 animals live here, but it’s the gardens—especially during tulip season—that enthrall visitors. (800) 944-4776; cincinnatizoo.org

Contemporary Arts Center This acclaimed downtown building explores the art world through temporary exhibits and an interactive UnMuseum for kids. (513) 345-8400; contemporaryartscenter.org

Findlay Market In the historic indoor public market in Over-the-Rhine, you can find fresh meats and produce year-round. (513) 665-4839; findlaymarket.org

Kings Island North of Cincy, this giant amusement park features a cool Dinosaurs Alive! attraction. (513) 754-5700; visitkingsisland.com

Where to eat

Graeter’s Ice Cream The fourth generation of the Graeter family still makes legendary ice cream. Locations around Cincy. (800) 721-3323; graeters.com

Jean-Robert’s Table Local celeb chef Jean-Robert de Cavel’s French bistro near Fountain Square stuns with its flavors and service. (513) 621-4777; jrtable.com

Montgomery Inn Three area locations serve saucy ribs, another of Cincinnati’s signature dishes. (513) 721-7427; montgomeryinn.com

Nada Dine on bright Mexican flavors served in a colorful downtown dining room. We love the pink grapefruit margaritas and beautifully braised meats. (513) 721-6232; eatdrinknada.com

The Quarter Bistro A seasonal menu (including wondrous pizzas) and an Art Nouveau interior beckon in Mariemont. (513) 271-5400; qbcincy.com

What to stay

Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn A renovated Tudor-style building welcomes visitors to Mariemont. (513) 271-2100; mariemontinn.com

The Cincinnatian Hotel The remodeled 1882 downtown hotel offers updated suites with fireplaces and four-posters. (800) 942-9000; cincinnatianhotel.com

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Even if you don’t stay here, stop for drinks at Orchids at Palm Court, the restaurant in this French Art Deco palace. (513) 421-9100; cincinnatinetherlandplaza.hilton.com

More information: Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau. (513) 621-2142; cincyusa.com

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