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RedsManRick
07-15-2011, 10:27 AM
My fiance' and I are headed to the Queen City for the weekend, mostly to catch the game tomorrow night and visit family in Hamilton. But we're not sure what to do with ourselves the rest of the time. I've not really spent time there as a tourist -- what should we do with ourselves?

medford
07-15-2011, 12:53 PM
Obvious things (don't know if you grew up in this area or not)

Kings Island
New Port on the Levee, Newport Aquarium (do they still have the duck boat tours?)
Casinos
Museum Center
Zoo
Reds Hall of fame
Entertrainment Junction if you have small kids (or are into model trains)
Air Force Museum (Dayton)

How long are you in for? If you're going to the game saturday evening and coming in saturday morning/Friday evening, and leaving again on Sunday, that doesn't leave a ton of time aside from visiting relatives in Hamilton (probably take you a good 30 minutes from downtown to get there) which would limit places like Kings Island or the Zoo that you can't really whip thru in a couple of hours. Its suppose to be pretty hot/humid, so the aquarium or Reds hall of fame prior to the game could make a nice side trip.

dabvu2498
07-15-2011, 12:54 PM
The Cleopatra exhibit at the Museum Center is really worth seeing.

bucksfan2
07-15-2011, 12:59 PM
What do you like to do?

wolfboy
07-15-2011, 04:11 PM
Get some pizza?
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2011/07/08/the-buzz-about-a-tavola-is-true/

Maybe a burger?
http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-15983-terrys-turf-club-%28review%29.html

Or a gourmet hot dog?
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/tag/senate/

Of course, if you're in the mood for something a little fancier, you can't beat this:
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2010/09/09/delicious-layers-of-flavor-distinguish-jean-roberts-table/

You could grab a quality drink before or after:
http://www.japps1879.com/

Of course, there's now a place to do that right across from the stadium:
http://www.holygrailcincy.com/html/banks/banks.php

Of course, like bucksfan2 said, it all depends on what you like to do.

RedsManRick
07-15-2011, 04:19 PM
We're coming in late tonight and heading out Sunday afternoon.

Food, museums and other cultural activities are usually high up on the list. Planning to go down to the creation museum out of pure, morbid curiousity.

I would love to find a decent lookout place where I can get a good aerial view of the city.

wolfboy
07-15-2011, 04:27 PM
We're coming in late tonight and heading out Sunday afternoon.

Food, museums and other cultural activities are usually high up on the list. Planning to go down to the creation museum out of pure, morbid curiousity.

I would love to find a decent lookout place where I can get a good aerial view of the city.

As far as view, here are a few suggestions:

http://www.therookwood.com/

http://www.devoupark.com/

The Contemporary Art Center is top notch:

http://contemporaryartscenter.org/

There's also the Taft Museum:

http://www.taftmuseum.org/

And the Cincinnati Art Museum:

http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/ (close to the nice view at the Rookwood)

bucksfan2
07-15-2011, 04:47 PM
We're coming in late tonight and heading out Sunday afternoon.

Food, museums and other cultural activities are usually high up on the list. Planning to go down to the creation museum out of pure, morbid curiousity.

I would love to find a decent lookout place where I can get a good aerial view of the city.

Never been to or heard anything about the creation museum. It also isn't exactly close to the city or Hamilton.

I have heard good things about the Cleopatra Exhibit.

I have also heard good things about this. The Cincinnati Brewery Tour http://www.otrbrewerydistrict.org/events_tour.php. Its in OTR so I guess you could say thats cultural.

You could head down to the Newport Levy go to the Acquarium, then over to the Hofbrauhaus which is right across the street, and then head to the Reds game. Its only about a 15 minute walk from there.

Red in Chicago
07-16-2011, 08:45 AM
There is nothing to do in cincinnati

Spazzrico
07-16-2011, 10:39 AM
The Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park is great, but I'm a plant lover.

RBA
07-16-2011, 10:50 AM
Go to Paul Brown Stadium and watch the grass grow. ;)

just kidding.

SunDeck
07-16-2011, 12:12 PM
The Zoo is my favorite place to visit. It's not just the animals, but the Zoo has one of the most mature botanical collections in the US. The plant life and landscape design there is just amazing.

Wright Patterson USAF Museum in Dayton. Been there a few times- it's a gem of US aeronautical history.

Newport Aquarium. Great for kids.
The Cincinnati Museum Center. I prefer this to the Aquarium. A large Cincinnati history museum, the museum of Natural History and a pretty good Children's museum.

Eden Park Krohn Conservatory. Another very mature plant collection, with an indoor rainforest and waterfall! Never gets old, and I've been going there for forty years.

reds1869
07-16-2011, 12:18 PM
A different suggestion from those above (which are excellent) is The Queen City Sausage Festival in Newport near the levee. It is a new idea so I don't know how it will turn out, but Queen City is the maker of most of the sausage there and they produce very high quality sausage.

SunDeck
07-16-2011, 03:25 PM
A different suggestion from those above (which are excellent) is The Queen City Sausage Festival in Newport near the levee. It is a new idea so I don't know how it will turn out, but Queen City is the maker of most of the sausage there and they produce very high quality sausage.

A sausage festival? My god, how I miss living there.

Not that this would keep me from going, but I'm not particularly a fan of Queen City Sausage. Had one of their brats last week and it had no taste. Back in college, I drove a truck for Edelmanns, where they gave (gave!) us breakfast and lunch daily of the best sausage around. Queen City put out a cheaper product, but the quality was not nearly what Edelmann's was. Unfortunately, that may have been their undoing. Anyway, when I am in town I prefer to get mine from Avril's, Kroeger Bros., Eckerlin's, Humbert's, etc. Most of them have really, really good brats, metts and leona.

reds1869
07-16-2011, 05:07 PM
Anyway, when I am in town I prefer to get mine from Avril's, Kroeger Bros., Eckerlin's, Humbert's, etc. Most of them have really, really good brats, metts and leona.

Findlay Market is our friend. :beerme:

RedsManRick
07-18-2011, 01:51 AM
Thanks for all the reccos. Had a great time.

Hit the aquarium and the sausage festival on Sat, then did the Reds HOF, Carew tower and the Reds game. What's with the goetta obsession?

Today we had brunch in Hyde Park ( goetta is quite tasty) and then hit the museums at Union Terminal. Took the free tour of the building - very cool if you're on to architecture and/or history - and the museums were good too. Made a stop at Skyline and Graeters on the way out of town -- cute little neighborhood on the northwest side of town just easy of the highway and north of a somewhat sketchy area.

So used to Chicago that it was weird being able to park just about anywhere for just a few bucks.

SunDeck
07-18-2011, 08:30 AM
We're definitely into our goetta. My family has its own recipe and my grandmother taught us how to make it just like her's did. My wife has a theory about goetta- German wives made it for their Irish husbands, who wanted white pudding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_pudding). The two dishes are pretty similar.

Newport Red
08-19-2011, 09:11 AM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/noahs-ark-answers-in-genesis.html

SunDeck
08-19-2011, 10:25 AM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/noahs-ark-answers-in-genesis.html

That could only be better if they weren't calling it a replica.