With so many cities to pick from for a weekend getaway, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with by your choices. If you’re looking for a city escape with options for the entire family but without skyrocketing prices, choose Cincinnati.
Accommodations With a View
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The first thing to book is your hotel in Cincinnati. Choosing the right place to stay allows you to perfect your trip and add extra activities to your itinerary. Book a room at a hotel that offers a rooftop to enjoy skyline views of the city, and keep in mind that hotels with lounges and cocktail terraces offer the ideal nighttime ambiance for romance and mingling.
Choose a hotel in Cincinnati’s Central Business District to stay close to the Ohio River and numerous waterfront attractions. You can also dine at surrounding hotels and restaurants to experience more and taste the many options on offer.
Art and History in the City
Cincinnati was founded in the late 1700s and holds volumes of history. Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum and its collection of 60,000 works for free. For a modern mix, head to the American Sign Museum to learn about the manufacturing process and view famous signs and billboards. Transportation lovers will enjoy the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
The Great Outdoors
You can’t visit Cincinnati without experiencing the outdoor lifestyle that locals love. Take advantage of the parks within the city, including Smale Riverfront Park and Bellevue Hill Park. Burnett Woods offers 90 acres of hiking trails, a lake for fishing, and even a performance space for local bands in the summertime. Cincinnati’s Botanical Garden & Zoo offers weekly events, exhibits, and tours for all ages to enjoy. For group outings and a larger rural park, head further north to the Caldwell Nature Center.
Check the dates for Cincinnati’s festivals and annual events before you book your weekend trip. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is rated second only to Oktoberfest in Munich, but Cincinnati’s version runs for just three days. Choose from over 100 shows and 135 pop-up shops at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, and wear a costume if you like.
Spend the end of summer celebrating at the Cincinnati Bell as fireworks explode over the Ohio River and a street festival happens downtown. Beer lovers should attend Bockfest in the spring to observe brewing tradition in action and witness a funky parade.
Activities in the Suburbs
While staying near the center of downtown Cincinnati might put you in a prime location, you’ll find many other excursions nearby in the suburbs. In the wintertime, go skiing or tubing at Mid River Mountain. Visit multiple nearby wineries, such as Henke and Woodstone Creek.
Children can enjoy pony rides at Parky’s Farm, and Shaw Farms boasts 15 acres of kid- friendly mazes and games during Fall Festival. For thrills, check out the rides at Kings Island and bring your bathing suit along to enjoy the large water park.
With so much to see and do in Cincinnati, a weekend is just enough to give you a great first taste of this destination.
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