Cincinnati General Information
Over the past 200 years, proud Cincinnati has captured the fancy of many
renowned individuals. Winston Churchill dubbed it the most beautiful inland city
in the Union. Charles Dickens called it thriving and animated. And, most
famously, Longfellow labeled it the Queen City. For otherwise common folk,
Cincinnati today is a livable city offering steady economic growth, low crime
rates, and easy accessibility. Perhaps its location right on the bend of the
Ohio River overlooking northern Kentucky has something to do with it.
||Cincinnati's position on the Ohio River lured
shipbuilding companies to the area at the height of the steamboat craze. The
city's coffers grew even more when the Miami and Erie Canal was connected to
the Ohio River in 1829. In the final analysis, however, Cincinnati owes its
development to the lowly pig. In 1835, the city was the largest pork
producer in the nation, a title that would later pass to Chicago and St.
Louis. Look for the famous flying pigs in the Bicentennial Commons, the
22-acre riverfront park the city dedicated in 1988 to celebrate its 200th
Cincinnati is divided into several neighborhoods, each with a distinct feel.
Expansive Eden Park is near Mount Adams, a well-to-do neighborhood with
great cafes and restaurants. The Over-the-Rhine district, which got its name
from German immigrants, houses numerous bars, clubs and other fun spots. In
the midst of these various neighborhoods, Cincinnati has built some common
cultural centers that are a source of pride for the whole city. The
Cincinnati Art Museum covers 5,000 years of art history including an
impressive collection of Islamic art.
The Contemporary Arts Center houses modern art that always makes a big
impression. The Taft Museum, a converted mansion, exhibits stunning
paintings by Rembrandt, Goya and Turner, as well as priceless Ming
porcelain. Finally, the Museum Center at Union Terminal is a collection of
museums, including a natural history museum and a history of Cincinnati.
In Cincinnati's rapidly growing downtown area-with its museums, entertainment,
restaurants, and sporting venues, including the Great American Ball Park, which
opened in 2003 -- you can take in everything from a Bengals football game or a
Reds baseball game to a performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra or the
Cincinnati Ballet. There is also a variety of museums -- the Cincinnati Museum
Center, in the renovated Union Terminal (1933) railroad station, houses the
Cinergy Children's Museum and the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History.
Outdoor activities abound in this family-friendly city. The Cincinnati Zoo and
Botanical Garden is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. In
addition, Public Landing is a mile-long riverside walk offering views of
carefully painted showboats and other river craft that recall the city's
bustling days of river commerce. For the true outdoors enthusiast, Surf
Cincinnati Waterpark offers visitors several water slides, miniature golf
courses, boat rides and go-cart racing.
Visitors to Cincinnati are encouraged to take in the city's cultural resources,
while appreciating the various cultures that thrive within its boundaries. Not
only does the city itself offer many unique sites, it also makes a convenient
jumping-off point for visits to nearby states of Kentucky and Indiana.
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