mole---Congrats, you will have a great time! There is nothing, and I mean nothing like Opening Day in Cincinnati. Next to my anniversary (have to say that for obvious reasons
), this is the day I look forward to most every year! Christmas, New Year's and even Thanksgiving dont even come close. Like gedred69 said---START EARLY! You definitely dont want to roll into Downtown at 12 noon. I will be coming down from Columbus and not that I'm trying to top Mr. JayBruce32; but I will be leaving at the lovely time of 6 AM. I usually park at Sawyer Point---but since this year my missus will be along--I may bite the bullet and park near the stadium itself. Also, gedred69 is right about GameDay, the prices have become steep and the breakfast lay out leaves a lot to be desired; but since my main man Mike McConnell and the Tracer will on hand, I will hang out there anyway.
At around 10:30 or so, we will head Downtown, probably to the area around Macy's or Fountain Square to take in the Findlay Market Parade. Yes, it may seem corny, especially to those who may feel they are "too cool for the room", but the Parade is a blast. You will see local celebs, former and even current (Bronson Arroyo) Reds, floats and marching bands---plus some chaos. This year remember the game starts at 1; so my game plan has us heading to the park at around 12 or 12:15.
Then if you are inclined, Bill Cunningham, P-Doc and Seg Dennison will be below the unsponsored Smoke Stacks or just take in the on field festivities. After that, hopefully a Reds win! For the full experience, maybe a little Reds Hall of Fame or Willies after the game. Enjoy, and trust me, after your first Opening Day you will make plans to get back next year as soon as you can...