Cincinnati, Ohio. Just another city in the Mid-West, right? Wrong. Cincinnati is one of the greatest cities in Ohio. With our stunning river front view, our bustling downtown, and the newly gentrified Over-the-Rhine, what else could we have in store?
For starters, Cincinnati has the 7th best zoo in the nation. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a great location for exploration and learning. People of all ages can appreciate the wide variety of animals found in the Zoo. Not only are the animals astounding, but guests get the chance for a hands on experience with many of the animals. For example, in Giraffe Ridge, guests can purchase a snack for the Giraffes and then feed them over the balcony. These moments will be remembered and cherised for the rest of a person’s life.
Another great accesory Cincinnati has is the new, urban planned area called “The Banks“. The Banks features apartments on the second floor of the buildings and resturaunts and music venues on the first floor. This is a great area for younger couples to hang out at night.
Findlay Market is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or weekend. Findlay Market is the oldest public market in the state of Ohio. The market is open everday but Monday and is one of the best places to find locally and organically grown foods. Another great feature about Findlay Market is that the area surrounding the market is newly gentrified, meaning that it has been refurbished. This makes the area evern more desirable.
The Newport Aquarium is not located in the city of Cincinnati itself but it is an awesome place for family fun. Newport, Kentucky is only a 10 minute drive from downtown Cincinnati and has other amenities. Other places to visit while in Newport would be Dewey’s Pizza, Brothers, Brio, and the Haufbrau House. All these resuraunts give a different essence to the name “Cincinnati”. Dewey’s is a local pizza joint that runs the gamut in avaliable options. Clever names and quick service make for a great time. Brothers and Brio are italian resuraunts that serve authentic Italian cuisine (Brothers is the less expensive option). The Haufbrau House is a German Bier Garten style resturaunt that offers a large selection of beers and sandwiches. Along with normal options, the HaufBrau House also provides authentic German food. After you eat, the chicken dance is played, giving patrons the opportunity to dance on the table tops.
Other Cincinnati food traditions are Goetta and Skyline. When German immigrants came over to America, they settled along the Ohio River, then called the “Rhine”. The Germans created a meat similar to sausage called Goetta. Goetta consists of ground pork or beef, oats, and a variety of spices. This specific meat can only be found in Cincinnati and ocasionally there are large festivals for Goetta and German heritage. On the other hand Skyline is chili, created by Greek immigrants. The name “Skyline” originates from the owner believing that the Cincinnati skyline was the most beautifl he had ever seen. Skyline chili has a unique flavor due to the large amount of chocolate used in the chili.
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