Because of the rapid growth Cincinnati saw in the 40 years after its founding, residents began referring to the city as The Queen City or The Queen of the West around 1820, giving Cincinnati its nickname. Cincinnati was named for the Roman hero Cincinnatus. General Arthur St. Claire named the city to pay honor to George Washington, who was president of the Society of Cincinnatus in Philadelphia at the time.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings (later the Reds) became the first professional baseball team in 1869 with a total of 10 players. They were also the first team to travel to another city by airplane. As the first baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds always open the season at home. The Reds have won five World Series, 10 pennants and 15 playoff appearances. baseball is a lifestyle. Opening day of the baseball season in Cincinnati is more celebrated than anywhere else in the nation. The whole city basically shuts down, with parades, Cracker Jack’s, and plenty of partying. Most real fans will take the day off of work. And those who can’t suddenly feel a little “under the weather.”
When people think “foodie Mecca,” places like New York and San Francisco come to mind. While those places are fine and dandy, nothing will fill your stomach like the Taste of Cincinnati, the longest running culinary arts festival in the nation.
While the rest of the state is seeing red, this isn’t the case in the Queen City where most people aren’t cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes. With this act of treason, most Ohioans would probably threaten to redraw the state lines if Cincinnati wasn’t such an awesome place.
Home to the Xavier Musketeers and the Cincinnati Bearcats, college sports fans in Cincinnati have plenty of teams to cheer for. While everyone is technically forced to pick a side, most Cincinnatians will be happy if either team is having a great year.
Folks In Cincinnati ride or die for the Bengals. Sure, they may not be the winningest team in NFL history but that doesn’t matter to this hardcore fan base. Besides, at least they aren’t the Browns, am I right?
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati One of the biggest German festivals around, the streets of Cincinnati become a treasure trove of sausages, beer, and lederhosens on an annual basis. Pulling in half a million people every year, its real claim to fame is setting the world record for the largest chicken dance, this is a festival not to be missed.
Cincinnati’s Run Like Hell Hundreds of Cincinnatians don their wackiest costumes to raise money for charity in the “Run Like Hell” 5K. Whether you’re a runner or a professional people-watcher, this party is sure to entertain.
The Flying Pig For those a little more intense when it comes to fitness, the “Pigs Can Fly” race is the event of the year. The history behind this 26.2 mile footrace is as interesting as the race itself. The flying pigs concept originated after plans were made to commemorate the city’s 200th birthday and one of the features were giant bronze pigs. Unique smokestack placement made it look like these pigs were being blasted 30 feet into the air, thus the pigs with wings were born.
Before there was the world famous Brooklyn Bridge, there was the Roebling Suspension Bridge completed in 1867. It doesn’t take a genius to realize they were built using very similar designs. Any Cincinnati will agree that the original was the best.
Jurassic Park, ET, Indiana Jones, Jaws They’re all directed by Cincy native, Steven Spielberg. This industry giant is the son of local restaurateur, Arnold Spielberg. Though he spent a lot of his early life on the East Coast, his roots are still in Porkopolis.
George Clooney was born in Cincinnati. You’re welcome, ladies.
From the 1820’ to the 1930’s, Cincinnati had the largest pork processing center in the country, earning it the nickname “Porkopolis.” Needless to say, anywhere that puts out that much meat should be have some awesome barbecue joints. Most Cincinnatians would agree that Eli’s is the best.
Culture The Midwest often gets a bad rap for not being cultured, but anyone who visits the CAC will disagree. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center has one of the most extensive and unique contemporary art collections in the country. Maybe someday it will include the “Hashtag Hall of Fame” or the Kim Kardashian selfie collection, we can only hope.
Cincinnati Pops, The Aronoff
With thousands of visitors annually, Cincinnati has one of the best Underground Railroad museums in the country. Flame Fridays are the best days to visit, as amateur historians are able to snap a selfie with the Eternal Flame and the city skyline on the third floor.
Riverbend Music Center Known for attracting some of the best pros in the music industry, seeing a show at Riverbend is a must. You’ll quickly learn to take advantage of the reasonably priced tickets that often sell out very quickly, especially when your favorite band is coming to town. Complete with an art gallery up stairs, if you want a classy time, Greenwich is the place to be. Located in Walnut Hills, there’s always something awesome going on. Even if you don’t know the artist on the stage, it’s sure to deliver one of the best shows around.
When it comes down to it, every Ohioan knows Cincinnati is the best of Ohio’s big three C’s. With plenty of sports, music, and food to go around, the city is one of the most entertaining places to be in the country. Plus, with unlimited local chili and unlimited German indulgences, any new resident will quickly realize that some things simply never get old.
The first man to walk on the moon was Cincinnati native Neil Armstrong, putting the city on the intergalactic map forever.
Cincinnati is the home to five US presidents: William Howard Taft, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.
Widely regarded as the “Birthplace of American Astronomy,” the Cincinnati Observatory is located at the top of Mt. Lookout and is the oldest professional observatory in the U.S.
The world famous Cincinnati Zoo. Opened in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the U.S
The University of Cincinnati was the first university in the country to offer cooperative education which allows students to balance a full-time school schedule with work.
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Some of the many great features…
Cincinnati Music Hall is considered one of the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
The Aronoff Center is a large performing arts center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Events that can typically be found at the Aronoff Center include: plays, ballet, popular music concerts, stand-up comedy shows, and musicals.s
The Cincinnati Pops is the alter ego of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and performs a diverse array of musical styles, all bathed in the world-renowned “Cincinnati Sound.” The Pops was officially founded in 1977 and just since 1980, the Orchestra has sold ten million recordings around the globe.
The world famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey.
Official team site with audio and video clips, team news, depth charts, transactions, statistics, and player profiles.
The official website of the Cincinnati Reds with the most up-to-date information on scores, schedule, stats, tickets, and team news.
Cincinnati’s thriving open-air market with fresh foods all year round.
The Brandery is a nationally-ranked startup accelerator that leverages the expertise of the Cincinnati region, namely branding, marketing and design. – See more at: http://brandery.org/#sthash.sBu1ZsWg.dpuf
Cintrifuse is a startup catalyst, a public/private partnership that exists to build a sustainable tech-based economy for the Greater Cincinnati region. Our purpose is to advocate for entrepreneurs leading high-growth tech startups– attracting, inspiring, and supporting them on their journey.
Over-the-Rhine is an urban treasure trove. It is home to such fine arts jewels as the Cincinnati Symphony, Music Hall, the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Ballet, School for Creative and Performing Arts, Know Theatre, New Stage Collective and Ensemble Theatre. It is also where you can find Cincinnati’s oldest public market, Findlay Market. Full of specialty retail shops and boutiques, Over-the-Rhine makes a great place to visit as well as a convenient place to live – it’s centrally located and within walking distance to all of Downtown.