When it comes to places to visit in the mid-west, one of the best cities would have to be Cincinnati.
This Ohio city is located in the south-western region of the state and is nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, right near the Kentucky border.
Cincinnati is considered to have been America's first major boom town, its first major inland city and is even sometimes thought of as the first purely American city.
All of these titles, as well as the fact that it is full of vibrant and thriving attractions and great opportunities to play, shop, explore and celebrate, make it a must-see on any American holiday.
1. BB Riverboats
The BB Riverboats have been a staple of the beautiful Cincinnati riverfront for the past 25 years and will probably continue to be for many years to come. If you have a love for the water and want to see everything that this amazing city has to offer, the best way to do it is to embark on one of these cruises.
The cruises allow you to learn about the history of the river, all while taking in a magnificent meal, or dancing under the stars and enjoying the stunning city lights. This truly is a journey you will never forget as it will capture and hold your heart forever.
2. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo is regarded as one of the top zoos in the nation and was also voted one of the best for the kids. Home to over 500 animals and 3000 plant species, this zoo is so highly visited that it has become Cincinnati's most popular attraction. Popular exhibits here include the Cat House, Gibbon Islands, Giraffe Ridge, Gorilla World and the Jungle Trails.
There are also some great interactive activities that will not only amuse and entertain the kids, but inform and educate them of important facts about nature.
The botanical gardens here are equally amazing and are guaranteed to leave you speechless. The beautifully manicured grounds are ideal for a family picnic after an exciting day of exploring the world's animals.
3. Fountain Square
Right at the heart of the city of Cincinnati you will find Fountain Square, a public space where locals and visitors meet. Now when it comes to arts, culture and entertainment, you can find it all here. No matter what time you visit there is sure to be something going on.
Presiding over the square is the historic Tyler Davidson Fountain, which in 1871 was dedicated to the people of Cincinnati. This statue overlooks an area of beautiful garden-like landscaping, a fully functional ice-skating rink and plenty of great places to eat.
This truly is a place that lets you do what you want to do and opens your mind to new and exciting things.
4. Cincinnati Art Museum
All those lovers of art out there just can't be disappointed with the Cincinnati Art Museum, because it offers everything from Picasso to Monet. In fact, this art museum is home to an encyclopaedic collection of more than 60,000 objects, spanning 6,000 years of world art. Featuring art from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as extensive galleries of Near and Far Eastern art, Native American and African art, along with many pieces of furniture, glass, ceramics, silver, costumes and folk art, it's safe to say that there is great diversity within this museum.
The diversity and uniqueness of this museum is essentially what has ranked it so high as a top museum for families. Offering public tours and educational activities for all ages, this museum is sure to please the entire family.
5. King's Island
Los Angeles may have Disneyland, but Cincinnati is not far behind with King's Island. This mini-vacation destination is like no other in the Mid-west as it offers a wide array of dynamic activities, entertainment and fun that just won't stop. This truly is a premier entertainment destination for those seeking the best in rides, shows, games, food and fun.
In total, the park offers seven colorful themed areas, 40 world-class thrill rides, great live entertainment stage shows, a huge Australian-themed water resort and a 10,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. There really is something here for everyone, so if you don't pay it a visit, you will be rather sorry.
Cincinnati offers something for every taste, want and need. There really is a never-ending list of fun and exciting things to do that will entice you to come back time and time again.