Our favourite ways to spend summer in Cincinnati, OH

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Cincinnati, Ohio. Nicknamed the ” Paris of America ” for its notable nineteenth-century architecture, Cincinnati sits proudly on the Ohio River as a city of 300,000. It is home to works such as the Cincinnati Union Terminal, the famed Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood and Romanesque Cincinnati City Hall. Aside from its beautiful buildings, it is also the birthplace of William Howard Taft, Steven Spielberg and Doris Day. Read on for some of our favourite reasons to make Cincinnati your summer destination. 

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Since 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden have been serving the Cincinnati area, maintaining the famous Botanical Gardens and housing several celebrated species. Among the residents of the Cincinnati Zoo are the Two-Toed Sloth, Sumatran Orangutan, Sand Cat, Malayan Tiger and Black Rhinoceros. Former residents include the last living Passenger Pigeon and the last living Carolina Parakeet. There are also many behind-the-scenes experiences for animal lovers, such as following a Red Panda care team, shadowing the Hippo facilities, feeding Giraffes, Cuddling with Wallabies or artwork made by a Penguin or Elephant artist of your choice! The Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Gardens also provide a more serene experience, and plenty of photo-ops amid three thousand species of plant.  


Take a tour through the historic Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood and enjoy one of the oldest, best-preserved historic districts in the Country. Stroll along artsy boutique shops and the aromas of myriad eateries, all in a backdrop of diverse nineteenth-century architecture- from Venetian Gothic and Renaissance Revival to Queen Anne and Art Deco. Here you can find local beers, sausages and sauerkraut- stemming from the community’s German heritage, as well as global cuisine including Argentinian Empanadas, Belgian Waffles, Pho and Baklava. In summer, you can also catch the Findlay Market Biergarten, where the neighbourhood comes out to enjoy live music and the wealth of local brews. 


The MusicNOW festival is a recent addition to the city of Cincinnati, featuring contemporary, classical and the visual arts. Some of the notable performers at the MusicNOW festival include Pekka Kuusisto, Lisa Hannigan, Richard Reed Parry and Toumani Diabete. A collection of local and global talent, Cincinnati comes to host musical talent and inspiration every year in early August. In recent years, this festival has been held in the historic Memorial Hall in the Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood.

Cincy Blues Fest

Fans of the Blues and music for everyone will enjoy the Cincy Blues Fest. Right on the riverside at Sawyer Point Park, famous professional acts such as Otis Rush, Slick Ballinger and Lonnie Mack gather to perform alongside amateur Blues lovers. It is an all-volunteer festival, for and by true fans of the Blue genre, and open to everyone. Jam Sessions and grand performances take the stage late into the night, with many performances occurring concurrently. For a great experience of community and the dynamic character of the Blues genre, come to the Cincy Blues Fest.

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