Experience a captivating crossroads in the Cincy Region

The Cincy Region is where the north and south meet, Ohio and Kentucky connect and where urban vibrancy fuses with cool Southern charm. There’s nowhere quite like it…

Cincinnati and its surrounding regions are an exciting blend of history, culture, eccentricity and natural splendour.

Nicknamed the Queen City, it was the fastest growing urban area in the 1830s. Today, with its rejuvenation, there is beer and bourbon to be enjoyed along with plentiful choices for outdoor activities and unique museums that cater to every kind of traveller. The locals here are also happy to share myths, haunted tales and links to the Prohibition Era. What makes it even better is that it is only a direct flight away from London...

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Where the outdoors is your adventure playground

Beyond its sprawling metropolis, the Cincy Region is full of outdoor adventure with many green spaces to explore. Start with a walk or rent a bike to explore Smale Riverfront Park in the city that offers some of the best views of its skyline and the remarkable turquoise-hued John A. Roebling Bridge. If kayaking is more your thing, there are areas near the park where you can rent a kayak along the Ohio River.

Across the Ohio River in Covington, Devou Park is a hilly escape of 280-plus hectares laced with mountain bike trails, fishing opportunities and widescreen panoramas of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky skyline.

Enjoy the beautiful wildflowers at the restored Bender Mountain Nature Preserve that offers a range of hiking options including an abandoned stretch of Delhi Pike. Venture up in the hills of the Cincy Region to Mount Airy Forest which is one of the earliest urban reforestation projects in the United States and is ideal for large groups as you’ll find treehouses and picnic spots here.

 On the Rails-To-Trails bike path, there is a truly special experience which entails a visit to Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to ancient Indigenous ceremonial earthworks. Built in precise geometric shapes by people from the Hopewell Culture over 2,000 years ago, some of these mounds and ramparts had elaborate graves within their earthen walls. The terrific artefacts here show that the people interacted with those as far away as Florida and Yellowstone National Park.

Laced with artistic flair

Cincy Region is proud of its artistic heritage and a robust theatre scene. In the Eden Park neighbourhood is Cincinnati Art Museum, one of the oldest in the country. It is home to an assorted collection of more than 67,000 artworks including ones by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Georgia O'Keeffe, plus an impressive glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly. But you don't need to go inside to see artistic flair on display in Cincinnati: the region is home to over 230 murals and a simple stroll around the city will pique your interest with the colourful displays. The largest of them all, “Cheers to Cincy Brewing the American Dream", is around 1,000 square metres in size.

Catch a show at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park which is only a short walk from the art museum. There are a range of classical and contemporary musicals and dramas in this intimate theatre.

There’s also BLINK, a light festival like no other in the country that transforms the streets of Cincinnati into a colossal immersive art installation. Along with the twinkling and sparkling lights, there are also murals and live performances throughout.

 It is hard to miss Cincinnati Music Hall, a marvellous red-brick structure in the revitalised Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood. This grand hall was built in 1878 and reopened in 2017 after an extensive renovation and still retains an old-world charm. It is also home to the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera (the nation’s second-oldest opera company). For two weeks during the month of May, there is a brilliant choral festival which takes pride in being the longest-running choral festival in the Western Hemisphere. According to historians and locals, there are many ghosts and spirits that haunt the Music Hall.

 Thespians will love the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, a professional resident ensemble theatre performing Shakespeare’s plays in a fresh and interactive style.

 The Aronoff Center for the Arts (which is better known as simply the Aronoff) is a contemporary centre which showcases ballet, stand-up comedy and Broadway shows such as Disney’s Aladdin and The Book of Mormon.

Always game for a party

There is one thing for sure, no matter when you visit, you will be treated to a wide array of festivals in Cincinnati. Beyond the ‘Who Dey’ chants that you’ll come across when the Bengals are playing, there’s never a dull moment in the city as there are always festivals celebrating food, music, beer and art.

One of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the world is right here in the Queen City where it is free to enter and called Zinzinnati. In September, expect a week-long jamboree of the region’s rich German heritage where delicacies such as mett and sauerkraut balls are served with top-notch beer.

Given Cincy Region’s strong ties with beer brewing, it’s no surprise that there are more festivals such as Cincy Beerfest in February and Bockfest in the spring. There are also breweries and bars that offer pairings with their flights of local beer – from doughnuts to ice-cream.

After dark, there are light festivals along the Ohio River throughout winter and you’ll easily get into the festive spirit at the PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Gastronomes should keep an eye out for delicious treats from top restaurants at festivals such as Taste of Cincinnati, Glier’s Goettafest, Cincinnati Coffee Festival, and Asian Food Fest.

 There are also unique events such as the Rubber Duck Regatta where thousands of yellow rubber ducks set sail on the river every year for a noble cause. The money raised goes to Freestore Foodbank, a charity which helps feed hungry children in Cincinnati.

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