There have been a number of posts from people asking about tips for Opening Day in Cincinnati.
The epicenter for Opening Day festivities is Fountain Square. Events and rallies carry on throughout the day, from 9 AM to 8 PM.
Location: Fifth and Vine Streets.
Weather ranges from the 30s to the 70s this time of year in Cincinnati. It's likely to be on the cool side this year, perhaps in the low 40s. Downtown can be windy, so I'd advise you to bring extra layers of clothing and gloves.
Unique Cincinnati businesses:
An historic, authentic Cincinnati tavern.
Location: 8th Street near Sycamore
* Skyline Chili
Expect something different than Texas-style chili. Try the three-way, but not if you have a timid stomach.
Location: 4th and Sycamore
2 blocks from the stadium
* Graeter's Ice Cream
Famous for Black Raspberry Chip. Also has baked goods and coffee.
Location: On the square near 5th and Walnut.
There are a bunch of places clustered from Fountain Square to the north, along 6th Street and Walnut. Including:
The Rock Bottom Brewery
Location: On the Square, north of the fountain
Mynt Martini on Fountain Square
- The staging area for the parade is at this historic market. Last year, Johnny Bench and Bronson Arroyo were hanging out there, this year Joe Morgan will be the Grand Marshall of the parade.
The parade starts to the north of Downtown in Over-the-Rhine.
If you want to go to Findlay Market, the best place to park is around Central Parkway and Findlay Street. NOTE: if you're new to Cincy, then Fountain Square is a much easier option. Over-the-Rhine is for the adventurous and experienced in Cincinnati who know there way around.
The best place to view the parade is along Fifth Street between Race and Broadway.
Parking is tight and garage owners jack up their prices. If you're in a hotel it's best to walk around downtown. If you're driving to the game, arrive early. You can park for free in some areas outside of Downtown Cincinnati.
Parking in Kentucky is a good option on a warm day.
Covington has a handful of places such as Molly Malone's and a few spots on Greenup Street near Third. Riverside Drive is a pleasant location to take photos of the Ballpark on a nice day. The Main Strasse District is an interesting area, renovated to look like an Old World German village. It's a good place to go at night, about 1.5 miles from the stadium, best to drive.
Newport-on-the-Levee is busy on gamedays. It's a close hop across the bridge from the stadium.
A walk over the Ohio River from Kentucky is great on a Summer Day. During this time of year, I think the best place is Downtown Cincinnati for Opening Day festivities.
Newport also has riverfront restaurants, and the Hofbrauhaus, an authentic German Beer Hall.
If you have time to go farther afield:
The Mt. Adams neighborhood is a must-see if you're in town for a couple of days. St. Gregory Street is in the heart of the neighborhood:
This is a very interesting place. If the observation deck is open, you can see the city from 500 feet up.
If you're going to be in town for a couple of days, I'd recommend checking out the Union Terminal. An art deco masterpiece, this building holds the Omnimax Theater and multiple museums.