A new study on Cincinnati boasted the power of tourism for the local economy and community. The report is the first of its kind in a decade. But what is it about Cincinnati that makes it so attractive to visit?
German heritage: Cincinnati's celebrated German heritage holds attractions on its own, including the Hofbrauhaus restaurant, the many German-centric festivals, and the rich beer brewing and bar culture.
Architecture: With a terrific stock of older homes in a variety of styles, combined with unique buildings like Union Terminal, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ascent Building, the area portrays good design and an interesting environment to be in
Food: The unique eats of the Queen City draw a visitor to sample a taste of such treats as Graeter's ice cream, goetta and where else to get the best Cincinnati-style coney but, well, Cincinnati.
Parks: The many unique greenspaces and well-laid out organization of Tri-State parks offer a place to play and relax, but most importantly, to come and see their beauty, and often breath-taking sights.
The river: Whether it's the views, the activities around it or on it, the Ohio River and its slice through the Tri-State offers a majestic pull like no other, with food and fun readily available.
The history: There's plenty of it. Oldest baseball team, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Underground Railroad, the Hopewell burial grounds at Fort Ancient, the Taft Museum, Rosemary Clooney and Roy Rodgers birthplace. Much to learn and interact with.
The Reds: The oldest professional baseball team in history, the beauiful Great American Ball park not only offers a serene spot on the river, but it's cheap too! Stop by for tickets that start as low as $7 most games.
The attractions: From a $25 day pass to Kings Island, to the renowned Cincinanti Zoo, or the pay-per-ride Coney Island, there are plenty of exciting things to enjoy that won't break your bank like higher profile attractions around the nation.
The Arts: The area has murals at every turn, and several museums to celebrate, in addition to a vibrant music and film scene. The Queen City has even turned something as simple as movie-going into an art-form with a place like the Esquire.
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