Living in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, known as the "Queen City", is beautifully nestled on the banks of the Ohio River. Big-city amenities blend easily into small-town charm, producing a dynamic environment that is comfortable and affordable. The Cincinnati Metropolitan Area is home to over two million people and within a one-day drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population.
Cincinnati has a collection of dozens of unique neighborhoods many of which are organized around a central square with eateries, shopping, and walkable green space. Some choose to live in the urban heart of Cincinnati enjoying cosmopolitan living in areas such as Mt. Adams or Downtown. Others prefer one of the many historic nearby neighborhoods such as Hyde Park or Clifton which are within easy commuting distance to campus.
The downtown area offers upscale shopping, inexpensive parking and a variety of restaurants, museums, and parks line the banks of the Ohio River. Newport, our neighbor across the river, is linked to Cincinnati by the pedestrian Purple People Bridge. The 'Newport on the Levee' provides an extensive complex of entertainment and restaurants, including the famous Hofbrauhaus restaurant.
The Reds (baseball's first franchise) play their home games at the Great American Ballpark and the Cincinnati Bengals play at Paul Brown Stadium. The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (minor league hockey) use the Cincinnati Gardens arena for their venue. All sporting events are downtown, accessible by streetcar and just a few city blocks from Fountain Square (pictured), which is converted into a public outdoor ice skating rink in winter.
Museums and the Arts
The world of art can be enjoyed at the Taft Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center; both are located downtown. The Cincinnati Art Museum is located in beautiful Eden Park. The magnificently restored Cincinnati Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Opera.
Additionally, many smaller, local theaters and playhouses are located Downtown and in Over the Rhine.
The Cincinnati Zoo, one of the country's most famous zoos, is located one block from the UC Academic Health Center. Noted for the white Bengal tigers and reproduction of endangered species, the zoo provides activities for all seasons. The Newport Aquarium is known for their distinctive shark displays and national traveling aquatic exhibits.
Cincinnati maintains dozens of beautiful parks and trails for biking and hiking/running. There are several river-ways within the metro for kayaking and canoeing as well. There are many organized running, biking, and paddling events around the city, including the popular Flying Pig Marathon. About 2 hours from the city is the Daniel Boone National Forest and Red River Gorge, a protected wilderness area with natural geological features offering renowned rock-climbing, hiking, camping and backpacking.
A 20-minute drive north of the city will take you to Kings Island, a large amusement park with several nationally known roller coasters and excellent water park.
Cincinnati hosts dozens of festivals throughout the year including the largest Octoberfest in the United States: Zinzinnati Oktoberfest. Also, Taste of Cincinnati, Fringe Festival, The Ohio River Paddlefest and many others. Cincinnati has pride in a rich heritage and has much to offer all of its inhabitants.