Life in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, the "Queen City of the West," is a beautiful city nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in the heart of America. Small-town charm blends easily into big-city amenities, producing one of the most comfortable and affordable places to live. Greater Cincinnati—the eight-county, three-state region—is home to over 2 million people.
Medical students who come to live in Cincinnati find the proper fit in one of its many unique neighborhoods. Some choose to live in the more urban and cosmopolitan areas of town such as Mt. Adams or downtown. Others prefer one of the historic neighborhoods such as Hyde Park or Clifton, and still others move to newer or more rural areas such as Northern Kentucky, West Chester or Eastgate.
The downtown area offers upscale shopping, inexpensive parking and a variety of restaurants and museums. Ohio River parks and activities are a short walk from the downtown landmark, Fountain Square. In addition, state-of-the-art sporting venues grace the Ohio River, including Great American Ball Park (home of the Cincinnati Reds) and Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengals). Cincinnati also has a winning minor-league hockey team in the Cincinnati Cyclones, who play in US Bank Arena. All sporting events are a few city blocks from Fountain Square, the center of Cincinnati.
Music Hall in historic Over-the-Rhine is home to the Cincinnati Symphony, May Festival (oldest continuous choral festival in the U.S.) and Cincinnati Opera.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is located one block from the medical campus. Noted for the white Bengal tigers and reproduction of endangered species, the zoo provides activities for all seasons.
The world of art can be enjoyed at the Taft Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center, both located downtown. The Cincinnati Art Museum is in beautiful Eden Park, just a few miles from UC.
Kings Island amusement park is located 30 minutes north of the city. This seasonal amusement park is noted for the well-kept grounds and over a dozen thrill rides.
Newport, Ky., is across the Ohio River and linked to Cincinnati by the pedestrian Purple People Bridge. Newport on the Levee provides an extensive complex of entertainment and restaurants, including the only Hofbrau Haus outside of Munich. Adjacent to the Levee is the Newport Aquarium, known for the distinctive shark displays.
Cincinnati has pride in a rich heritage and has incredible diversity in terms of culture, performing arts, education, family, nightlife, spectator sorts, music and outdoor activity. It would take volumes to present all of Cincinnati's living amenities.