If different blokes call for different strokes, you can rest assured Cincinnati has a stroke for you. (Whatever that means.)
Take a look at the following list of adjectives. Click on those that describe you, and we'll direct you to something in the Queen City that we think you might enjoy. Buckle up. This could get a little crazy.
Tell us a little bit about yourself... Are you:
Run the Flying Pig Marathon. Not up to a full 26.2 miles? (It did kill the first person to ever run one, in ancient Greece.) Never fear. There is also a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a one-mile fun run. Plenty of opportunities to work up to the full dance. You might as well do it once in your life.
Eden Park | Sunlite Pool | Ice Skate on Fountain Square | Loveland Bike Trail | Flying Pig Marathon | Canoeing down the Little Miami River | Karaoke and Turbo the Mechanical Bull at Bobby Mackey's | Little Miami Triathlon | Perfect North Slopes
If you're professionally minded, you've come to the right place. Cincinnati is home to 15 Fortune 1,000 companies, almost all of which have employed Xavier graduates in the past. Your status as a Musketeer gives you an instant network to the movers and shakers, right here in the city, across the country or even overseas.
Flying Pig Marathon | Canoeing down the Little Miami River | Gravy-Cheese Fries at PRC | 15 Fortune 1,000 Companies
Take a look at the past, present and future of art at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center. A few general rules to follow when walking through an art museum:
- Avoid direct eye contact with the portrait subjects. They can have an unsettling intensity when they stare back at you.
- When you're walking through the abstract section, try not to say, "I could do that." You probably could, but the obvious is better left unsaid.
- If you develop an allergy to art, avoid sneezing directly on Rothko paintings. They have a delicate immune system.
Cincinnati Art Museum | Cincinnati Ballet | Contemporary Art Center | Northside Parade | Midpoint Music Festival | Batsakes Hat Shop | Riverbend Music Center | Taft Museum of Art
Sing karaoke and ride Turbo, the mechanical bull at Bobby Mackey's in Wilder, Ky. Careful with the high notes on the mic, and mind your extremities on Turbo.
Perfect North Slopes | Karaoke and Turbo the Mechanical Bull at Bobby Mackey's | Gravy-Cheese Fries at PRC | Little Miami Triathlon | King's Island
Cincinnati's Oktoberfest is North America's largest Oktoberfest with over 500,000 people packing away 64,000 sauerkraut balls, 87,542 mets and 400 pickled pigs' feet. The event celebrates the rich German heritage of Southwestern Ohio, with music, food and beer.
Oktoberfest | Montgomery Inn | Panegyri Greek Festival | Taste of Cincinnati | Newport on the Levee | Graeter's Ice Cream | Karaoke and Turbo the Mechanical Bull at Bobby Mackey's
Experience the Cincinnati Ballet performing The Nutcracker in the beautiful Music Hall. Don't forget your monocle, and try not to think of the fact that the climax sequences of the best gangster films always tend to happen in opera halls.
Cincinnati Ballet | Contemporary Art Center | Jungle Jim's | Taft Museum of Art | Cincinnati Art Museum
Fancy a spot of millinery? You're in luck. Batsakes has been making hats for more than 100 years, keeping heads dry and bald spots covered for U.S. presidents, celebrities and the general public.
Newport on the Levee | Rookwood Commons | Batsakes Hat Shop | Kenwood Towne Center | Gap Outlet
Try goetta, the caviar of Cincinnati. They say this sausage mixed with steel-cut oats is a German tradition, but some suspect it was invented by a mad butcher in Newport, Ky. Whatever the case, Cincinnati loves the stuff, and you can eat it any way you want to, for every meal of the day. (Although your cholesterol level may ask you not to.) Try it fried with eggs for breakfast, slipped in a GLT (goetta, lettuce, tomato) sandwich for lunch or grilled as a burger for dinner. There's even a festival that celebrates the stuff every fall in Newport.
Graeter's Ice Cream | Gravy-Cheese Fries at PRC | Jungle Jim's | Goetta | Zip's | Skyline Chili | Montgomery Inn
See great live shows in intimate venues at the Southgate House, just across the river in Newport, Ky. On most weekends, several bands are playing in different rooms of the sprawling house. The Southgate House is 200 years old, once hosted the likes of Abraham Lincoln and was the birthplace of the inventor of the Tommy gun. Who knows what historians will say about this place after you get here.
Taste of Cincinnati | Midpoint Music Festival | Cincinnati Ballet | Riverbend Music Center | Bogart's | Contemporary Art Center
Every spring, Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park hosts an annual butterfly exhibit in their expansive tropical greenhouse. It's transcendental. There's also a local tradition that involves kissing someone behind a waterfall, so bring someone you like.
Cincinnati Observatory | The Butterfly show at Krohn Conservatory | The view from Devou Park | Canoeing down the Little Miami River | Ice Skate on Fountain Square | Eden Park
There's seldom an unathletic moment in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Reds, the country's oldest professional baseball team, open the Major League Baseball season every spring. The Bengals may not be hauling in the Lombardi Trophies, but for the die-hard fans, there's always hope. Cross-town shootouts between Xavier and the University of Cincinnati showcase one of the country's most passionate rivalries. And if you like fast action and hard hits, head out to Cincinnati Gardens to watch the Rollergirls smash up the competition on the roller derby rink.
Flying Pig Marathon | Crosstown Shootout | Cincinnati Reds | Cincinnati Rollergirls | Cincinnati Bengals
Befriend a farmer at Findlay Market. Every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday during growing season, this is the place to be to get the best of the Ohio Valley's local produce. Throughout the year the shops at the market offer specialty foods, including the most delicious Belgian waffles you will have ever tasted, made by a real Belgian with imported Belgian sugar. (It makes a difference.) Grab a cup of coffee and a bunch of carrots, and find a place to sit back and people watch.
Park & Vine | Findlay Market | Northside Parade | Eden Park | Imago Earth Center