Visiting Cincinnati ... any tips?

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    Oct 16, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    I'm thinking of visiting Cincinnati from November 12 to 14. Any tips on what I can do and see there? I'm most interested in seeing contemporary art and architecture. Any idea where I can find art galleries? Any suggestions where I can stay? Any tips will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Oct 16, 2010 6:11 AM GMT
    Best tip is to not go.
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    Oct 16, 2010 8:05 AM GMT
    mplsmike saidBest tip is to not go.


    That's what I was thinking when I drove through last night. I thought, "Oh Really, this is that place called Cincinnati?"
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    Oct 16, 2010 1:42 PM GMT
    Oh ... that's depressing.

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    Oct 16, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    There's a dude who says he needs a date:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1176764/?forumpage=0

    Other than that I know nothing of Cincinnati.
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    Oct 16, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    harsh comments. i actually interviewed there twice a few years ago and really loved it. clearly i didn't choose to live there but thought it was an excellent place to visit. the neighborhoods are quite varied, and the way the city perches around the river is very scenic. i believe you'll be pleased with the high caliber of the restaurants and would recommend you spend some time in the mt. adams neighborhood. the museum is also amazing and is housed in a truly gorgeous mansion. as for the gay scene, i was less impressed with that. they seemed a little reserved for this southern boy. all in all, though, don't despair; the city should supply you with plenty of an adventure for a quick trip. have fun. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 16, 2010 2:05 PM GMT
    mplsmike saidBest tip is to not go.


    Good lord - you people are the crankiest people on the planet.

    Monochrome, ignore the two bitchy queens before - they just want to seem funny and clever by saying "Oh yeah, Cincinnati sucks!". It's not a horrendous place. Nothing fantastic, but if you listen to people like these two, you'd think it's Nazi Germany!

    There actually is a Contemporary Arts Center right in downtown; 6th and some place. The Aronoff Center is right downtown, and is more events based. The schedule for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park should have kicked in by now. The Cincinnati Musuem of Art is, I believe, right downtown, and Union Terminal has the Cincinnati Museum Center; the Terminal itself is and an old train station they converted over. It's fairly cool.

    Other than that, the Ochestra is supposed to be good and Music Hall is right in downtown.

    If you're looking for architecture, head to Mt. Adams/Eden Park. The one thing that surprises people is how hilly it is, and that's the area where some of the more interesting homes are. The place is right near downtown, off i-71. Music Hall is actually a beautiful building, and if you're looking for more modern, the skyline in Cincinnati is surprisingly nice coming in from the Kentucky side. The Roebling Bridge connecting Covington to downtown is something like 160 years old. Fountain Square downtown has the iconic statue you see on a lot of a sporting event videos.

    But by all means, if you're going, don't listen to the crank asses who say "Duh,Cincinnati sucks". It's not heaven, it's not Camelot, but my lord, people just need to relax. Cincinnati's a mid-sized midwestern town. There are plenty worse places. Good luck!

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    Oct 16, 2010 2:13 PM GMT
    I have never heard of anybody going to visit Cinncinnati. Why would you spend your time and money going there? Tell me you're not going to get a bumper sticker saying "I visited Cinncinnati" to put next to your bumper sticker that says "I visited South of the Border."
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    Oct 16, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    Yes, don't listen to the guys who say "don't visit." I'd rather live in Cincinnati than Alexandria, Virginia and Bloomington, Indiana. Here are some websites of art museums. Definitely visit Mt Adams and Over-The-Rhine for architecture. No city is perfect and Cincinnati has it's share of flaws, but overall it's made a lot of change in the past 5 years. If you need any other tips let me know. I know some great places to eat and drink.

    www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org
    www.contemporaryartmuseum.org
    www.taftmuseum.org
    www.cincymuseum.org
    http://www.insiderohio.com/features/mtadamsneighborhoodvisit.aspx

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    Oct 16, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    Lock your doors!.....Don't spend all of your time in Cincinnati...COME TO COLUMBUS!....We are the STATE CAPITAL, WE HAVE Ohio State University, The Crew, the Blue Jackets, Museums, cool Architecture, COSI, many trails and parks for walking/running, bike riding....great food and shopping, lots to do! History , breweries, ....biggest city in Ohio, very gay friendly (Cincinnati isn't) many clubs, etc.....HAVE A BLAST!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 16, 2010 3:52 PM GMT

    I've never heard of anyone having Cincinnati as their travel destination either. But I know what I like to see. While planning on a short trip late summer, I did some research on Cincinnati. Seems like there are not a lot to see in Cincinnati. So it's perfect for a really short weekend trip. I am planning to visit the Zaha Hadid designed Contemporary Arts Center. There are nice buildings designed by star architects on the UC campus. Can any locals tell me whether the buildings on campus are open on weekends? I would love to see the interior spaces of those buildings as well. I would also like to know if there's an art gallery district in Cincinnati. Thanks again.


  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 16, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    turtlesarecool said
    mplsmike saidBest tip is to not go.


    Good lord - you people are the crankiest people on the planet.

    Monochrome, ignore the two bitchy queens before - they just want to seem funny and clever by saying "Oh yeah, Cincinnati sucks!". It's not a horrendous place. Nothing fantastic, but if you listen to people like these two, you'd think it's Nazi Germany!

    There actually is a Contemporary Arts Center right in downtown; 6th and some place. The Aronoff Center is right downtown, and is more events based. The schedule for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park should have kicked in by now. The Cincinnati Musuem of Art is, I believe, right downtown, and Union Terminal has the Cincinnati Museum Center; the Terminal itself is and an old train station they converted over. It's fairly cool.

    Other than that, the Ochestra is supposed to be good and Music Hall is right in downtown.

    If you're looking for architecture, head to Mt. Adams/Eden Park. The one thing that surprises people is how hilly it is, and that's the area where some of the more interesting homes are. The place is right near downtown, off i-71. Music Hall is actually a beautiful building, and if you're looking for more modern, the skyline in Cincinnati is surprisingly nice coming in from the Kentucky side. The Roebling Bridge connecting Covington to downtown is something like 160 years old. Fountain Square downtown has the iconic statue you see on a lot of a sporting event videos.

    But by all means, if you're going, don't listen to the crank asses who say "Duh,Cincinnati sucks". It's not heaven, it's not Camelot, but my lord, people just need to relax. Cincinnati's a mid-sized midwestern town. There are plenty worse places. Good luck!



    I agree with all of this, I've lived here in Cincinnati for 6 years now, and I love it, and every time I have somebody come and visit, they love it too, especially if you're in the arts, there is a quite lively arts district...and just wait a few years when we get our casinos and finish of a few other projects, this city will be booming
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    Sporty_g saidLock your doors!.....Don't spend all of your time in Cincinnati...COME TO COLUMBUS!....We are the STATE CAPITAL, WE HAVE Ohio State University, The Crew, the Blue Jackets, Museums, cool Architecture, COSI, many trails and parks for walking/running, bike riding....great food and shopping, lots to do! History , breweries, ....biggest city in Ohio, very gay friendly (Cincinnati isn't) many clubs, etc.....HAVE A BLAST!icon_biggrin.gif



    I did think about Columbus - with Peter Eiseman's Wexner Center and Columbus Convention Center. I won't be driving. Can I get from Cincinnati to Columbus easily by public transit? How long will it take?


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    Oct 16, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    Seriously, cross the Ohio River on the Pedestrian Bridge to northern Kentucky...turn left onto Riverboat Row; there's restaurants, a boardwalk, and a beautiful view of the bridge and downtown Cincinnati lights reflecting on the river.
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 16, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    Columbus is lame, but its an hour 45 min drive, no real public transportation to get there from Cincinnati
  • bmw0

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    Oct 16, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    Actually, You saw the list of amazing things to do in Cincy, there are also a lot of things to do in Newport just across the river. The best rated arts program in the state is in Dayton though. And they aren't too far apart, so if you get bored with one there is always the other. If you come sooner you can catch the fright night at kings island as well.

    I find it a little disturbing that people are talking smack about Ohio. I would encourage them to take a look at what the state has to offer before they do so in the future. We are home to two of the best theme parks on the planet. I love it here anyway. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    monochrome said
    I did think about Columbus - with Peter Eiseman's Wexner Center and Columbus Convention Center. I won't be driving. Can I get from Cincinnati to Columbus easily by public transit? How long will it take?


    If you know who Peter Eisenman is, then you better take a look at the University of Cincinnati's campus. I went to school there and right now, they have one of the most architecturally diverse campuses around. You can find some pretty sweet buildings by Eisenman, Pei, Gehry, Cambridge Seven, Michael Graves, Gwathmey Siegel, Morphosis (probably THE coolest rec center around), Bernard Tschumi, and a ton of others. These are all tied together with an amazing landscape designed by George Hargreaves.

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    Also, as other's have mentioned, downtown houses the Contemporary Arts Center designed by Zaha Hadid as well as the Aronoff Center by Cesar Pelli and the Underground Railroad Freedom Center on the Ohio River designed by BOORA Architects in Portland. Not to mention the two brand new stadiums also on the river. There are some great parks along the Ohio River including Sawyer Point and also an Aquarium, mall, bars, etc.... on the Kentucky side of the river in Newport. Also check out the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park or the Museum Center at Union Terminal.

    Cincinnati is actually great city to visit. I lived there for six years and really enjoyed the city. I wouldn't waste your time trying to get to Columbus via bus because there's plenty of fun things to see and do in Cincinnati.
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    bmw0 saidActually, You saw the list of amazing things to do in Cincy, there are also a lot of things to do in Newport just across the river. The best rated arts program in the state is in Dayton though. And they aren't too far apart, so if you get bored with one there is always the other. If you come sooner you can catch the fright night at kings island as well.

    I find it a little disturbing that people are talking smack about Ohio. I would encourage them to take a look at what the state has to offer before they do so in the future. We are home to two of the best theme parks on the planet. I love it here anyway. icon_smile.gif



    COME ON NOW . . . .You've been in Ohio for how long? Lots of smack to talk about Ohio for lol. I've lived here my entire life and don't even know what we have to offer. . . but yes those theme parks are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Columbus is the only city I would ever "brag" to anyone about in Ohio lol. The others. . . Dayton? Cincinnati? Cleveland? Sorry, never heard of them ;)

    I do not know much about the galleries/architecture in Cincinnati. . . but Columbus has the best Arts District around. the Short North (http://www.shortnorth.org/). Visit that area if you can!

    If you plan on going out in Cincinnati. . . night life sucks, but there are a few places. Hamburger Mary's on Friday and Adonis on Saturday. The former is a mostly bar with a small dance floor. The latter is pretty big. . . 3 rooms, each devoted to something. . . Bar & Lounge / Dance Area / Drag Area. Nightlife starts pretty late, about 12-1230 people will start going out.

    If you make it to Dayton on Saturday night, Masque is the place to be. Best club/lighting/music I'd say in the midwest/coast.

    Places to stay. . . I usually Priceline a hotel in downtown for $50 and end up with the Westin. Great hotel icon_smile.gif

    My 2 cents. ;b
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    I didn't think Cinci was that bad. Campus is cool and Mt. Adams seemed to be a cool place, with a great view. You can always find something in a city the size of Cincinnati. Good luck
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 16, 2010 9:13 PM GMT
    running11 saidI didn't think Cinci was that bad. Campus is cool and Mt. Adams seemed to be a cool place, with a great view. You can always find something in a city the size of Cincinnati. Good luck


    this guy knows what he's talking about, give the city a chance, even if you need me to show you around, I always have a great time here...
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    Oct 16, 2010 9:19 PM GMT
    Cinci isn't the sexiest city on earth, but it has a great collection of Italianate architecture. The Cincinnati Museum is also an imposing structure - the old train station.
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    Oct 17, 2010 5:03 AM GMT

    Thanks so much guys. You've always been so resourceful. Since Columbus is not too easily accessible from Cincinnati while I'm not driving, I would focus only on Cincy, and possibly the Kentucky side of the river.


    halltdIf you know who Peter Eisenman is, then you better take a look at the University of Cincinnati's campus. I went to school there and right now, they have one of the most architecturally diverse campuses around. You can find some pretty sweet buildings by Eisenman, Pei, Gehry, Cambridge Seven, Michael Graves, Gwathmey Siegel, Morphosis (probably THE coolest rec center around), Bernard Tschumi, and a ton of others. These are all tied together with an amazing landscape designed by George Hargreaves.

    Also, as other's have mentioned, downtown houses the Contemporary Arts Center designed by Zaha Hadid as well as the Aronoff Center by Cesar Pelli and the Underground Railroad Freedom Center on the Ohio River designed by BOORA Architects in Portland. Not to mention the two brand new stadiums also on the river.



    Zaha Hadid and the UC campus are exactly what I'm visiting Cincinnati for. I hope I won't be disappointed. Does any know about the art gallery scene (if there's one) in Cincy?


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    Oct 17, 2010 5:25 AM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NHorZ8iZ4Y





    This is what i think of any time someone says Cincinnati, i must have watched this 1,000 a year growing up. Even in summer... ha.

    Have fun in "Ohio's masarati".
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    Oct 17, 2010 5:32 AM GMT
    Moonraker0022 saidHave fun in "Ohio's masarati".


    Hopefully it won't be snowing. icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 07, 2010 4:43 AM GMT

    So I have booked plane tickets to Cincinnati and accommodation for this coming Friday to Sunday. Any tips on where I can find affordable places to eat and good cafes and bars? I'll be staying downtown.