Culture

Cincinnati offers all of the benefits of the big city without the complexities and hassles. With world-class performing arts, pro sports teams, one of the nation’s best zoos and beautiful parks, there is never a shortage of ways to spend your leisure time.

 

Interested in learning more about Cincinnati? Through the generosity of our Move2Cincy supporters, we are able to offer families up to $600 toward flight expenses when they come to visit.

Performing Arts

Music Hall

The newly remodeled Music Hall is a centerpiece of Cincinnati cultural life and is home ot the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, POPS, Opera and Ballet

Theater & Musicals

Tony Award-winning regional theater at Playhouse in the Park, the Broadway in Cincinnati series at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Music Scene

In addition to the Aronoff, the Taft Theater, US Bank Arena, Music Hall and Riverbend, an outdoor concert venue, play host to the hottest musical acts across all genres and decades. As a city on the border between north and south, it’s an important stop on the country music scene as well as R&B, rap, pop and rock superstars. The city also hosts the Bunbury three-day music festival.

Museums

Cincinnati Art Museum

The museum features an art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition, it hosts national and international traveling exhibitions and offers art programs, activities and special events. General admission is free for all.

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

The museum itself is a work of art, and is the first museum designed by a woman and heralded by The New York Times as the most important American building completed since the end of the Cold War. The exhibition space features 6,600 square feet with rotating exhibitions of contemporary art.

Murals, Architecture and Public Art

Cincinnati’s architecture is reminiscent of New York City, complete with the Roebling Suspension Bridge, a precursor to the Brooklyn Bridge. Public artwork and murals are scattered throughout the city. Read more about the visual arts throughout the city in this NY Times piece.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The museum shares the story of the abolitionist movement and cooperation among slaves, free blacks and sympathetic whites to move people out of slavery before the Civil War. The Hall of Everyday Freedom Heroes includes Mississippi civil rights advocate Rabbi Perry E. Nussbaum and Jewish labor leader David Dubinsky.

American Sign Museum

One of the most interesting museums, the American Sign Museum is dedicated to the art and history of signs and sign making with more than 100 years of signs in 20,000 square feet of space.

Cincinnati Museum Center

With permanent exhibits on natural history and Cincinnati history, a Children’s museum and a regular rotation of the most exciting traveling exhibits, the Cincinnati Museum Center offers year-round engagement and learning.

Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion

One of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America, including the exhibit An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience, which is comprised of seven thematic galleries on the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people.

Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education

Located in the Cincinnati Landmark Union Terminal, this center is the first partnership of its kind, with the permanent exhibit Mapping our Tears on display in the public museum center.

Places to Visit

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

More than 1.2 million people visit the zoo each year, enjoying exhibits of more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species. The zoo is internationally known for its research projects and the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants.

Cincinnati Observatory

A 19th century observatory that houses the oldest public telescope in the country. The Landmark building hosts public astronomy programs as well as guided tours.

Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory has more than 3,500 plant species from around the world, including desert, tropical, Bonsai, rare orchids, carnivorous plants and exotic fruit trees.

Sports

Professional sports are both vibrant and beloved in Cincinnati and uniquely affordable. With ticket prices for Reds games from just $5 to $280 per seat (behind home plate with an all-inclusive gourmet buffet and beverage service). Downtown parking for games ranges from $5 to $20.

Cincinnati Bengals

NFL Football, playing in the AFC North with regular visits from the New England Patriots and New York Jets and occasional visits from the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers and NY Giants.

Cincinnati Reds

MLB Baseball, playing in the National League Central, with regular visits from the NY Mets, San Francisco Giants and LA Dodgers and occasional interleague play against the NY Yankees, Boston Red Soxs and Los Angeles Angels.

FC Cincinnati

The newest addition to MLS Soccer, FC Cincinnati is currently working on its first soccer-dedicated stadium in the city’s West End.

College Sports

Include large followings for local basketball rivals and perennial March Madness teams the University of Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers.

Area Parks

Amberley Village

Amberley Village’s natural beauty is highlighted by its local parks, including Amberley Green, Amberley Park and French Park.

Cincinnati Park District

The city of Cincinnati has 5,000 acres of city parklands, five regional parks, 70 neighborhood parks, 34 natural areas, 5 neighborhood nature centers, 5 parkways, 16 scenic overlooks and 65 miles of hiking and bridle trails.

Hamilton County Park District

The award-winning Great Parks in the surrounding Hamilton County includes 17 large and diverse parks. In addition, the Little Miami Scenic Trail provides a well-shaded bike trail for 78 miles connecting to other trails and two Ohio state parks.

Fun Cincinnati Facts

  • #10 Most Affordable City (largest city in the Top 10)
  • #9 Forbes’ Best Cities for Raising A Family
  • #4 Best Cities to Find a Job
  • Top 10 Metro for STEM Professionals

  • Second Best City for Nightlife in America
  • Top Mid-Sized Sports City in the US
  • Top Travel Destination in the World by Travel + Leisure
  • #4 City for Beer Drinkers
  • Top 10 Cities for Recent College Grads

    • Top 25 Most Environmentally Friendly Cities
    • #2 Best Children’s Hospital in Nation (Cincinnati Children’s)
    • Most Hipster City in the Country
    • Top City for Moviemakers

    Want to visit?

    The best way to experience Cincinnati is to visit. Through the generosity of our Move2Cincy supporters, we are able to offer families up to $600 toward flight expenses. When you visit you will get a tour of the city, escort to schools and shuls and Shabbat hospitality.

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