If you call Cincinnati home, you are well familiar with its many attributes. Now an esteemed national travel publication has just come out with its nine “can’t-miss” points of interest in the Queen City.
New York City-based Travel+Leisure on Friday gave a shoutout to Cincinnati, which is not only experiencing a transformation but has been identified as one of the hottest emerging cities in the United States.
The magazine recommended nine points of interest for any visitor to the Queen City as a must visit. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“The Queen City's renewal is best seen in flashy new public spaces, buzzy storefronts, and boutique hotels (during your stay, book a room at the 21c Museum Hotel. Of course, there's plenty of old Cincinnati to love. As a city steeped in history, visitors will stumble upon countless museums, landmarks, and impressive collections of 19th-century and Art Deco architecture.”
Here are the nine attractions singled out by Travel+Leisure:
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Located in downtown Cincinnati, this museum focuses on the history of the Underground Railroad. The 158,000-square-foot center is home to stirring exhibits like a slave pen from a Kentucky tobacco farm that dates back to the 1830s.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Center: With more than 65 acres of land and 30 different attractions, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Center is a great family-friendly destination. Unlike many zoos across the country, the Cincinnati Zoo breeds rare animals such as the California sea lion, and was the first to breed the American bison. Visitors should check in on Fiona, the adorable baby hippo born prematurely born in January.
Mount Adams: Situated on a hill with views overlooking downtown, this neighborhood is one of the hipper spots in the city. Historic houses and churches flank new bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops, while the narrow streets evoke a past era.
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge: Connecting Cincinnati with neighboring Covington, this historic bridge is very similar to the slightly more modern Brooklyn Bridge, which was also designed by Roebling. Its proximity to downtown makes it easy to snag snapshots of this landmark.
Eden Park: This urban park is perched above the downtown area in the Mount Adams and Walnut Hills neighborhoods, and offers multiple vistas overlooking the Ohio River Valley. The park contains multiple historic landmarks — a 19th-century water works tower, a 30-foot-tall obelisk from President Herbert Hoover — as well as two lakes adjoined by a picturesque footbridge.
Cincinnati Art Museum: Founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest in the country. The museum encompasses a collection of more than 67,000 pieces that ranges from Industrial Age silver works to contemporary local artists. Its location in Eden Park makes it a convenient stop during a weekend tour of Cincinnati.
Findlay Market: Located in Over-the-Rhine, this market opened in 1855, and is the oldest continuously operated public market in the state. Sample locally sourced produce at the outdoor farmers market, or peruse the gourmet shops and cafés.
Glenwood Gardens: Travelers may forget they are in an urban area while wandering through the wetlands, prairies, forests, and wildflower fields of Glenwood Gardens: a 335-acre park in Woodlawn with miles of walking trails.
Mount Echo Park: This 84-acre hilltop park affords visitors great views of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – arguably the best in the city. Hiking trails meander between sycamore and buckeye trees, along wooded slopes, and past an impressive 88-year-old pavilion.
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