Tourists and those passing through often wonder what there is to do in the city. As it so happens, we have a wide range of attractions and many events going on that might interest you. Here are a few things you should definitely not miss out on the next time you visit.
In one of my other posts, I talked about how Cincinnati is famous for beer. If you are interested in the history and methods of brewing, you should consider taking a brewing tour. There are dozens of craft breweries and a tour might help you experience the craft up close and personal.
Fountains at Washington Park
As a kid, I always enjoyed looking at the fountains. One of the little games I used to play was to imagine and interpret different shapes the water would take on its trajectory. If you share a similar simple joy, you might be interested in interactive fountains at Washington Park. They are open from April to October, and 7,000 square feet of fountains will leave you and your little ones drenched and squealing with joy. I have to point out that there is no running as it is slippery and you should not drink the water. Also, if you want your dog to share this experience with you, I’m afraid you’re out of luck – the fountains follow the same rules as public pools.
Do you want to feel like Steve Irwin and have fewer than $30 per person to spare? Well, Newport Aquarium allows you to play in the frog bog, pet a penguin, or even touch some of the normally dangerous creatures of the ocean, like sharks and stingrays. There is a Dive Show where you can look at what happens underwater and ask questions to experienced divers.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for the blue delight that is blueberry ice-cream. In the 80s, the Kings Island theme park was the first to serve this dessert, but you can now get it at multiple locations throughout the city. The idea behind the ice-cream was to promote the Smurfs-theme ride at the park, but the people liked the treat so much it remains one of the coveted pleasures of the Queen City.
To give you an idea of just how beautiful the location is, you can go to Carew Tower and its observation deck. For as little as $6, you can revel in the 360-degree view of the city. It was built in 1930 and is 49 stories tall. If viewing the city is not enough for you, you can always enjoy the many restaurants and gift shops in the Tower.
The Singing Bridge
The Roebling Suspension Bridge is one of the most beautiful sites in Cincinnati. It allows you to go from the city to North Kentucky on foot. What’s interesting is that this bridge served as a prototype for the New York’s very own Brooklyn Bridge. The project began in 1856 and it faced several difficulties, including the fickle nature of the Ohio River.
Nowadays, when we talk about Jungle Jims, we usually refer to playground equipment and something to that effect. Well, here, a Jungle Jim’s is a grocery store and theme park with a kombucha bar, a selection of hot sauces, and singing animatronic statues. Granted, that last one might not be enjoyed by those who played Five Nights at Freddie’s.