Transportation/Accessibility

  • Located within one hour’s flight or a day’s drive of 60% of the U.S. population
  • Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati create a two-state riverfront hot spot
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is served by 8 airlines and is Delta Air Lines’ second largest hub
  • Airport is 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati
  • Shuttle $20 one way/$35 round trip via Airport Executive Shuttle
  • Taxi $27 one way up to four people
  • NEW Streetcar construction - an electric mode of transportation operating in its first phase on a 3.6-mile loop connecting key communities in the city’s urban core. Running up to 18 hours a day and 365 days a year, the streetcar will be a vital complement to the city's existing Metro and other transportation systems.

Tyler Davidson Fountain on Fountain Square
Tyler Davidson Fountain on Fountain Square

Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati

  • Focal point for City – Meeting Point, Destination Marker, Photo Opportunities
  • Spring/Summer – FREE events and PNC Music Series with live music
  • Fountain Square Ice Rink voted one of the Top 10 Ice Rinks in the Nation by USA Today
  • The Genius of Water (originally built for King Ludwig of Germany) Statue is famous from opening credits of WKRP in Cincinnati

Renaissance of Over-the-Rhine neighborhood

  • This once-bustling community of German beer brewers and pork packers built the nation's largest collection of 19th-century Italianate architecture.
  • Walking through this historic neighborhood today, you’d never believe the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the neighborhood on its list of Most Endangered Historic Places less than ten years ago.
  • One of the nation's largest urban historic districts - 362 acres and 943 buildings made the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
  • Findlay Market: Opened in 1855, Ohio's oldest continually operating open-air outdoor market is home to 30 merchants selling meat, cheese, produce, etc. 900,000 people visit the market each year.
  • Washington Park is surrounded by the historic Music Hall, the state of the art SCPA and one of the largest homeless shelters in the region
    • 8-acre Washington Park sits in the heart of OTR
    • A $48 million renovation in 2013 created a 450-space underground parking garage and a beautiful park with performance stage.
    • Home to outdoor yoga classes, dance nights, concerts, festivals and craft shows
  • What's new in 2014: The Eagle, Salazar, Taft's Ale House (going into a once-condemned German church in Over-the-Rhine, built in 1850). The Ale House will occupy all three floors and open in fall.

New Hotels and Renovations

21c Museum Hotel
21c Museum Hotel

  • Residence Inn by Marriott — Opened in April 2011, the 134-room Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown is located in the historic Phelps Building, which dates back to 1926.
  • 21c Museum Hotel —Opened in 2012, 21c offers 160 rooms and a 8,000 square-foot contemporary art museum open to the public free of charge.  The Metropole restaurant and bar serves contemporary cuisine made with locally grown ingredients. Selected as the #1 Hotel in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards in the November 2013 issue, as well as 11th best internationally.
  • Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza — A $10 million renovation began late 2012 and was completed by end of 2013. The remodeling included updated fire and safety systems, high-definition TVs and wireless Internet systems, new furniture, safes and window treatments.
  • Hyatt Regency Cincinnati — Recently completed a $23 million complete hotel renovation including an overhaul of the hotel’s 486 guest rooms, and a new upscale eatery featuring local, farm-to-table cuisine.
  • Renaissance Hotel by Marriott — Opening September 2014, a $32.2 million renovation by Columbia Sussex Corporation converting the historical Bartlett Building into a 312-room luxury hotel.
  • Homewood Suites & Hampton Inn & Suites — Coming in 2014, a 105 unit extended-stay Homewood Suites will occupy five floors, with a 144 room, limited-service Hampton Inn & Suites taking the remaining four floors in the historic Cincinnati Enquirer Building. The $29 million renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Cincinnati USA is home to TEN Fortune 500 Companies

  • Kroger Company
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Macy’s Inc.
  • Ashland
  • Fifth Third Bancorp
  • Omnicare
  • AK Steel
  • Western & Southern Financial
  • General Cable Corporation
  • American Financial Group

Cincinnati USA employs more than 60,000 marketing, brand management, design, research, advertising and data-analytics professionals, making it an increasingly attractive region for diverse and millennial talent.

 

Award Winning Attractions

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Bird show at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Bird show at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

  • Second-oldest zoo in the country, opening in 1875
  • Nicknamed “World’s Sexiest Zoo” for more births than any other zoo in the world
  • Zagat Survey named one of the top zoos in the nation

Newport Aquarium at Newport on the Levee

  • Named a Top-10 U.S. Aquarium by US City Traveler (2014)
  • First aquarium in the Western Hemisphere to display the first Shark Ray, Sweet Pea. Visitors can now see four on display

Contemporary Arts Center

  • One of the first U.S. institutions dedicated to contemporary art
  • Current building, completed in 2003, is the first U.S. museum designed by a woman
  • No. 16 on Complex.com’s list of “The 50 Coolest Museums” (2012)

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

  • Named one of the Top 50 architecturally significant buildings in America by the American Institute of Architects
  • Received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation's highest honor for museums and libraries that make "extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions."
  • *Note: The Museum of Natural History & Science and the Cincinnati History Museum will temporarily close on June 30, 2016,  for renovations. The OMNIMAX Theater will temporarily close on July 5, 2016. Please visit cincymuseum.org or call (513) 287-7000 for complete details regarding the closing of certain parts of the venue for renovation and construction.

Kings Island

  • Largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest
  • Banshee roller coaster opened in 2014 – longest inverted coaster
  • Received Golden Ticket Award for “Best Kids’ Area in the World” by Amusement Today for the 11th consecutive year (2011)
  • The Beast is longest wooden roller coaster in country at 7,400 feet and ranked No. 7 best wooden roller coaster in the world by Amusement Today (2011)

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

  • Only two-time Tony Award winner outside of New York City (Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2004 and Best Revival of a Musical in 2007)

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

  • Named one of the “Ten Best Family Destinations for Learning Vacations” by GoNomad.com (2011)

Sports

Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park

  • Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball at Great American Ball Park – Home of the 2015 All Star Game
  • Cincinnati Bengals football at Paul Brown Stadium
  • Division I Collegiate Sports
  • Thoroughbred horse racing

Award Winning Restaurants 

Cincinnati Restaurants with 2013 AAA Four Diamond Ratings:

Best Sandwich of 2012

  • Tom+Chee’s grilled cheese doughnut made TODAY’s list of “7 best sandwiches of 2012 (so far)”. (March 2012). Also, featured on Travel Channel’s Man V. Food Nation and Amazing Eats, as well as NBC’s Shark Tank.

Best Hot Dog Shops

  • The Senate restaurant named one of the best 25 hot dog shops in the U.S. by Complex.com (2011); Chef Daniel Wright voted The People’s Best New Chef for the Great Lakes region on Food+Wine.com (2012).

Camp Washington Chili 3-way
Camp Washington Chili 3-way

Cincinnati-style Chili

  • Cincinnatians eat more than 2 million pounds of chili each year topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheese. We love it served atop spaghetti as a 3, 4, or 5 Way!
  • In 2011, Cincinnati’s Camp Washington Chili was featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation. Camp Washington Chili was named one of the nation’s best chili parlors by Travel + Leisure magazine in its March 2014 issue.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

  • Only commercial Ice Cream manufacturer anywhere in the world to use French Pot freezers, and its two gallon batches are the smallest in the industry.
  • Released new line of gelatos and “A Little Less Indulgent” line in 2014. “This is the biggest product change we’ve made since Grandpa added chocolate chips back in the ’50s,” said Graeter’s President Rich Graeter.
  • Named to the top ten on Forbes Traveler’s list of “America’s best ice cream” (2008); and named one of the “Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.” by Food & Wine (2012).

Goetta (Gĕt-uh)

  • Primarily composed of ground meat and steel-cut oats, this dish originated with German settlers who immigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century.
  • Glier's Goetta, the largest commercial producer of goetta, produces more than 1,000,000 pounds annually, around 99 percent of which is consumed 

Cincinnati Accolades

  • Lonely Planet recently named Cincinnati No. 3 on their list of top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations.
  • One of the best places to live in the United States, according to a 2014 ranking from Livability.com.
  • Named on of six small cities with big food scenes by USA Today in 2014.
  • Named the Best Walking City in Ohio and ranked 20th in the nation, according to Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
  • Esquire magazine ranks Cincinnati as seventh on its top 10 list of "Cities that Rock". Cities were chosen based on the talent in their music scenes, venues and record stores.
  • In 2012, Cincinnati took the title of "Most Social City" in the world for Mashable.com's Social Media Day.
  • USA Today listed Cincinnati as one of the “10 great beer festivals” in the summer, Okotberfest-Zinzinnati is recognized as the world’s second-largest authentic Oktoberfest.
  • In June 2012, AmericanStyle magazine ranked Cincinnati No. 9 among its list of 25 Midsize Cities for Art.
  • Ranked one of the nation's 10 smartest cities in a 2013 Movoto blog list.
  • Ranked one of the nation's 10 greenest cities in 2014 by NerdWallet Finance.