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Cincinnati has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years, combining big-city sophistication and warm Midwestern atmosphere. The city’s picturesque setting along the banks of the Ohio River is centrally located, allowing for convenient travel by air or ground.
For conference attendees traveling with family and friends, we have added two tours to our list of the exciting things to do in Cincinnati.
Begin your tour of Cincinnati from the heart of the city at Fountain Square, where throngs of people gather for brown bag lunches, concerts, sports and political rallies. You will pass the Contemporary Arts Center, Procter and Gamble’s International Headquarters and the Taft Museum in beautiful Lytle Park. Become familiar with many of Cincinnati’s most well-known landmarks including Museum Center at Union Terminal, Music Hall, Bicentennial Commons, Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park – home of the Bengals and Reds.From there, you'll climb some of Cincinnati’s famous hills and take in the spectacular views. Enjoy the old world charm of Mount Adams with its “shot-gun” row homes and charming district of shops and restaurants. Picturesque Eden Park is the home of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park and Krohn Conservatory. Cross the Ohio River to Kentucky’s historic Riverside Drive with its antebellum homes. Pass the entertainment district at Newport on the Levee and the World Peace Bell – the largest free-swinging bell in the world. While in Kentucky, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Cincinnati skyline. This tour will last approximately 3 hours.
Date: June 11, 2014Where: Tour will begin at the HiltonCost: $32.00Time: 10amDeadline: Must sign up by May 15, 2014Register: Sign up for this tour
The tour begins at the most logical place to start it – Arnold’s, Cincinnati’s oldest continuously operating saloon. Built in 1838 as a brothel, 210 E. 8th became Simon Arnold’s Saloon in 1861 and has been serving libations to Cincinnatians ever since, including straight through Prohibition. Tour guests get the inside scoop on Arnold’s from the beginning to its more recent but equally colorful history. The tour then takes a walking route that explores the days when Cincinnati’s dozens of breweries and distilleries and almost 2,000 saloons made it notorious for inebriation and mayhem. Guests then enter a side-alley entrance into subterranean cellars that were part of the Gerke Brewery complex. Renowned for its corruption, vice and crime, one of Cincinnati’s lowest moments is the Courthouse riot of 1884. Guests hear about the history of the riot, how dozens of people came to be slain in the surrounding streets, then return to Arnold’s – where cold beverages and great food always await at the place that Men’s Health Magazine has voted one of the “Top 50 Bars in America,” and CityBeat readers have declared the “Best Outdoor Dining” year after year.
Date: June 12, 2014Where: Tour will begin with Lunch at 12:00pm at Arnold’s (210 E. 8 th St., Cincinnati)Cost: $25.00Time: 90 minute walking tourDeadline: Must sign up by May 15, 2014 Learn more: Visit the Queen City History websiteRegister: Sign up for this tour
There are plenty of family-friendly activities in Cincinnati, including the Cincinnati Zoo and King's Island.
Cincinnati is home to the second oldest zoo in the country, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo year. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country.
For thrill seekers, King's Island is a 364-acre amusement park located just 25 miles north of Cincinnati. The largest amusement park in the Midwest, King's Island boasts thrill-ride roller coasters, kid friendly amusements and a water park.
Downtown and Riverfront Entertainment
More than $2 billion has been invested in recent downtown and riverfront development, including a redevelopment of Fountain Square, a year-round gathering place with programming and entertainment for all ages, and the Cincinnati riverfront entertainment area known as The Banks.
New restaurants, retail and nightlife surround Fountain Square and The Banks, creating an exciting entertainment district that is lively, welcoming and close to your hotel.
Where to Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Just a block or two from the Hilton you'll find Fountain Square and some of Cincinnati's finest restaurants, including:
For a true Cincinnati experience try these local favorites, each just a short walk from your hotel:
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati.
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