As much as we love every single thing about our beloved Great White North, we’ll admit the Cincy Region has got the maple syrup beat! Hold onto your touques, Canadians! Once you visit Cincinnati, you may never want to return home.
With weather that’s always nice, fun that’s always on, and culinary delights that’ll make your taste buds dance a jig, you’ll be spoiled rotten in the Queen City.
While this culture and fun-rich region has tons to offer, there are some things that just make it straight-up irresistible. And here are 6 of many that will make you want to call Cincy Cincinnati your new home…
All the beer in the world
The Cincy beer scene has been hopping for many years, and it remains a must-visit destination for beer enthusiasts, thanks to its strong German heritage. With more than 50 breweries in and around the city today, your palate is in for an adventure. From traditional German-style beers to bold and innovative craft brews, there’s something to satisfy every taste.
For a truly unique experience, venture into the underground tunnel network that once stored beer before Prohibition. With its cool-meets-eerie ambiance, complete with dusty beer bottles and cobwebs in every corner, it’s quite a fascinating tour. And while you’re at it, be sure to visit Ghost Baby, one of the city’s best speakeasy-style bars, located four stories beneath Vine Street in one of the tunnels. It’s a definite must-see when you visit Cincinnati.
The biggest Oktoberfest outside Germany
Another testament to Cincy’s German heritage is Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, one of the largest celebrations of German culture outside of Munich. This festival alone is a compelling reason to visit Cincy. Spanning four days from Thursday, September 14 to Sunday, September 17, this event guarantees endless fun and entertainment. Expect an abundance of German-inspired food and beverages, Bavarian music, events and activities for all ages, and an unlimited supply of lip-smacking and refreshing brews.
Countless family-friendly experiences
Despite its reputation as a beer lover’s paradise, Cincy offers a wealth of family-friendly attractions. From boat rides and amusement parks to sporting events and museums, the city has everything you need to create lasting memories for your family vacation. Looking for themed cruises? BB Riverboats has got you covered. Want to experience wildlife up close? Head to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden or the Newport Aquarium. Seeking thrilling adventures? Visit Kings Island amusement park or the historic Coney Island amusement park.
Road trips to take your breath away
Thanks to its strategic location, embarking on road trips from the Cincy Region to various destinations across the US is a breeze. However, don’t miss out on the joy of taking day trips to explore the stunning surrounding areas. You can embark on a distillery-hopping adventure that begins with The B-Line® in Northern Kentucky – an Official Gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® – featuring 7 distilleries and a collection of bourbon bars and bourbon-centric dining experiences.
Additionally, you can take day trips to historic river towns along the Ohio River, such as Rabbit Hash, Augusta, and Maysville, all located in Kentucky. These charming towns offer a delightful experience for any road-trip enthusiast.
A collision of culture (& colour)
Another compelling reason to visit Cincinnati is the city’s vibrant and diverse culture. While there are numerous museums that provide a glimpse into the city’s celebrated heritage, there are also countless other experiences that will leave you in awe.
Consider staying at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel in the historic Lytle Park, the award-winning Hotel Covington, or the 21c Museum Hotel, featuring the upscale Metropole restaurant with changing exhibits and a seasonal rooftop deck. Don’t miss the opportunity for a personal bourbon blending experience at Wenzel Whiskey or the chance to shop for exquisite faux fur collections at Fabulous Furs. And if you’re smart enough, you will plan your trip around BLINK, the largest light and music festival in the US. If you visit the Cincy Region just for BLINK, it is still worth your trip.
Unparalleled gastronomic adventures
Given its cultural diversity, it comes as no surprise that Cincy boasts a rich culinary landscape with influences from America, Germany, Italy, and France. One of the most iconic food preps of Queen City is its chilli and chilli preparations. Think chilli spaghetti, chilli dog, chilli salad and more. Goetta and buckeye candies are other local faves that are worth trying.
While the local cuisine is a flavour explosion in itself, the city also offers a remarkable upscale dining scene. Indulge in Italian- and French-inspired cuisine at Boca, savour a surf and turf experience at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, delight in the eclectic, farm-inspired menu at Mita’s, or experience an award-winning prix fixe menu at the seasonal Baker’s Table. The Cincy Region truly is a gastronomic haven.
There you have it, folks… These are all the reasons that will undoubtedly make you fall irrevocably in love when you visit Cincinnati. Our advice: travel at your own risk!