Mini-Moon Monday: Cincinnati

Cincinnati is under 2 hours from Columbus and makes a fantastic weekend get away!

Where to Play:

If you are a sports fan, you’ll have plenty to choose from with Cincy being the home to both the Reds and the Bengals.  If college ball is more of your style, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats are the current Big East Conference champs and 2010 should prove to be another good year for them.

Animal and nature lovers will enjoy the Newport Aquarium with underwater tunnels where sharks swim over and around you and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden with their beautiful white tigers.

History buffs will love the Queen City Underground Tour, a walking tour exploring the history of the Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati and The Newport Gangster Tour which explains why the Newport area was a favorite for gangsters and gamblers in the 40s and 50s.  Make sure to leave some time for the Cincinnati Museum Center which is home to Union Terminal, Omnimax Theater, Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History and Science.

Do a little sightseeing from the river on BB Riverboats.  They offer sightseeing only cruises plus lunch and dinner cruises Tuesday through Sunday and a Dixieland Jazz Brunch on Sundays.

IKEA. Need I say more?

Where to Stay:

A couple downtown hotels that are just gorgeous: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and The Westin Cincinnati.

If you are looking for something a little more intimate or with a little more character, there are a number of Inns and B&Bs in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area including Mariemont Inn, Weller Haus and Gaslight B&B.

Where to Eat:

Hofbrauhaus is always a fun night out – good German food and great German beer in either the Bier Hall or Bier Garden is a great way to start a night out in the Newport, KY area.

The Precinct was voted one of the best restaurants in the US and is housed in a former police precinct.

For bar hopping and restaurants, Mount Adams is a great area to visit – tons of places to eat and drink!

I love local, independent restaurants and Cincinnati has their share – visit Great Cincinnati Independent Restaurants (GCI) and pick one for your visit.

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A huge thank you to Cincinnati resident and fellow Spartan, Tiesha Frazier for her input!  If I missed anything, please feel free to leave some ideas for great places to play, stay or eat in the comments!

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