Cincinnati Marathon & Half Marathon
Cincinnati, OH USA
May 4, 2014

Attractions around Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio is a city that contains many cultural attractions all in a relatively compact area that can be traversed quickly by car or public transportation. Each of the attractions around Cincinnati has a slightly different schedule that should be checked before making plans because hours and other details can change depending on the season.

The Cincinnati Zoo is located north of the downtown area. It is a family friendly location that showcases a number of animals in simulated habitats including polar bears, komodo dragons and bonobos. The zoo is very large and includes many different sections including a reptile house, petting zoo and restaurants. The zoo regularly holds special events that are designed to teach children and adults about the animals and ecosystems of the world. These events include movies, lectures and live performances that bring animals close to the visitors. It is possible to schedule reservations for certain events and make advanced plans for large groups traveling together.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is a very large museum that contains tens of thousands of individual pieces of art. The museum contains extensive collections of American portraiture and landscapes as well as classical European paintings. One of the newest wings of the museum is dedicated exclusively to artwork that deals with Cincinnati. A terrace cafe and special exhibits can make staying at the museum for an entire afternoon easy. Admission is always free although parking does have a small fee attached.

The Great American Ball Park is the home of the first professional baseball franchise in the country. Cincinnati Reds games are held in the massive sports venue that seats over 42,000 people and contains 35 bathrooms and 28 concession stands. Tours are given of the ballpark several times a day but mostly on weekends when the Reds are not playing. The tours include a look at the dugout, the press box and the two ball clubs inside of the stadium. Visitors to the city who want to see a Reds game should purchase tickets in advance since it can be difficult to find them available on game day.

The Findlay Market is located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. It is an indoor market that sells seasonal produce and prepared foods from local farmers and chefs. During the summer the market expands to include outdoor stands and entertainment that make it feel more like a fair than a simple historic shopping center. Some special events that are held in the city occur at the Findlay Market. Visitors will find many unique items and fresh produce for sale here.

The Krohn Conservatory is a large botanical garden that is open to the public. It has a range of different plants growing in indoor and outdoor environments. The conservatory has special desert displays, an orchid collection and a tropical house. There are over 3,000 species of plants on display. In addition to the plants there are also special exhibits like the International Butterfly Show. Visitors will find the conservatory larger and more open when visiting during the summer and fall months.