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Choose Your Adventure: Cincinnati, Ohio

Known as Queen City, Cincinnati has more options for adventure than you possibly realized. For instance, did you know that they hold the largest Octoberfest celebration in the United States? Even if you’re not planning on visiting in October, there is plenty to see and do in this city where traditions run deep.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – You may have heard of Fiona, the adorable baby hippo born at this zoo. What you may not know is that you can have breakfast with the hippos (including Fiona), or with other animals like kangaroos or African penguins, on select dates in April through August.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – This museum, which opened in 2004, is all about the history of the Underground Railroad. Learn of the courage, cooperation and persistence of freedom’s heroes through their many permanent and traveling exhibits.

Pedal Wagon – Explore the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati on this 2-hour pedal-powered tour where you will learn about the local restaurants and bars, as well as local landmarks. It’s a great way to experience the city, especially for first-time visitors.

Ohio River Trail – Spanning 2 states, this 4-mile trail that includes Riverwalk, the Brooklyn Bridge’s sister bridge, gives you a Spectacular view of Cincinnati’s skyline. Walk from Ohio to Kentucky and back again while enjoying these gorgeous views.

Cincinnati Scavenger Hunt: True America – Testing your brainpower as well as your walking shoes, this 2-hour scavenger hunt will give you 20 challenges and will lead you to historic landmarks in what some consider to be the oldest true American city.

Coney Island – This waterpark will feature a new Challenge Zone opening in May. Splash, slide, and play the day away on the waterslides, in Cannonball Cove, or at the more than 70 play stations at Typhoon Tower.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza – With beautiful historic charm, this hotel is located within 4 blocks of more than 90 shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions. Each guestroom includes a mini-fridge, WiFi, and blackout curtains. The French art deco in the public areas is well-maintained and beautiful, and the hotel offers award-winning on-site dining, an indoor pool, and complimentary access to the on-site public gym.

Symphony Hotel – You’ll find composer-themed rooms in this restored 1871 mansion. With only 9 unique private rooms, this is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway. Enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning in the Jazz Lounge and live jazz music on Friday & Saturday nights, the only nights when the on-site restaurant is also open to the public.

Maverick Chocolate Company – Immerse yourself in the site, smell and taste of this delightfully sweet spot. See the award-winning chocolate being made right there on-site, and then taste some free samples before buying your favorite chocolate treats at this quaint shop.

Camp Washington Chili – For more than 75 years they’ve been serving chili at this, the ultimate chili destination. It’s not hard to find chili in Cincinnati, but you can be sure you are having the best when you stop here. The hardest decision is whether you want it to top spaghetti or a Coney dog.

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