Blending the flavors of the east coast with mid-western charm, the city of Cincinnati Ohio offers a number of historical landmarks and unique sites to curious visitors. As the third largest city in Ohio and the 28th largest city in the United States, Cincinnati provides the perfect balance of history, modern amenities, and unique culture.
Known for its large collection of historic architecture, stemming back to the city’s settlement in 1788, Cincinnati is home to a number of unique neighborhoods and historical landmarks. Over-the Rhine, a neighborhood located in midtown Cincinnati, boasts some of the world’s largest collection of classical Italian Renaissance architecture. Once nick-named the “Paris of America,” due to its numerous architectural projects, Cincinnati continues to provide visitors with an exceptional collection of breathtaking landmarks.
Check out just a few of these notable historical sites:
- Cincinnati Music Hall: (above) Completed in 1878, this theater continues to be Cincinnati’s premier classical performance hall housing the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera, and more. Designed to house both musical activities in the main auditorium and industrial exhibitions in its lateral chambers, this historical site is located on 1241 Elm Street, minutes away from the center downtown area. Music Hall was built over a pauper cemetery which has fueled the myth that is one of America’s most haunted places.
- National Steamboat Monument: (right) Located on the popular Cincinnati Public Landing at Sawyer Point, this monument features a three-story, 60 ton replica of the original red paddle wheel from the American Queen riverboat. Positioned 40 feet above the ground, it is suspended over 24 metal smokestacks, showcasing the importance of steam power in the early industrial age of America.
- Civil War Museum: Take a guided tour of the Queen City and
learn about the politics, people, places, and events that molded the bloodiest
and most defining conflict in American history. Discover the untold stories and
accomplishments of the Black Brigade and their Medal of Honor winner.
- Great American Ballpark: (left) Located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in the downtown area of Cincinnati, this modern stadium now serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional franchise. The ballpark officially opened in 2003 and features a number of special events, views, and a Hall of Fame Museum. The museum, established in 1958, features exhibitions and special displays celebrating the team’s long and accomplished history.
- Cincinnati Hotel: Built in 1882 this iconic hotel originally featured over 300 guest rooms. The hotel was one of the first to provide modern amenities such as electric lights and hydraulic elevators.
- Kennedy Heights Arts Center: Dedicated to public enrichment,
the Kennedy Heights Arts Center provides a wide array of interactive community
programming. Founded in 2003 by local artists, this center gives both adults
and children the opportunity to experience one of Cincinnati’s most intriguing
art communities. With free admission, visitors can enjoy gallery exhibits, lectures,
programs, and other unique events all year long.
- Krohn Conservatory: (above) Open all year, this conservatory is a nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from all over the world. Located in the city’s scenic Eden Park, the Art Deco structure was built in 1933. The contents of the conservatory change throughout the year and include the extremely popular International Butterfly Show where thousands of butterflies are free to flutter through the themed gardens.
Cincinnati offers some of Ohio’s most unique cultural events, historical landmarks, and breathtaking sites. Both permanent residents and visitors to this colorful city are able to enjoy a wide array of attractions. Whether you a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, interested in American history, or fascinated by city planning and design, this city has it all.