Explore Cincinnati

Looking to explore more of Cincinnati? There is plenty to do around the city just steps away from your hotel and the Duke Energy Convention Center. With Cincinnati in the midst of a renaissance, many areas of town have been revitalized giving visitors more to do, more to see and more to enjoy.

Restaurants
Whether you want some local flavor from a casual Cincinnati favorite like Skyline Chili or The Eagle Food and Beer Hall or have a river view while you dine at Christian Moerlein or The Yard House, you’ll find somewhere you’ll love during this year’s conference.

Attractions & Entertainment
Ready to take a break at one of Cincinnati’s unique attractions? When it comes to museums, try the quirky American Sign Museum or the Cincinnati Museum Center housed in the historic art deco Union Terminal. Feeling lucky? Try JACK Casino. Get out and enjoy the weather at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Fountain Square, The Banks or head across the Ohio River to Newport on the Levee.

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Fountain Square: Eat lunch under the sun, check out what’s playing on the video board, or take part in the multitudes of free programming including music, movies and special events. Presiding over Fountain Square is the historic Tyler Davidson Fountain, dedicated in 1871 to the people of Cincinnati. Amenities at the Square:


Newport on the Levee: Newport on the Levee is a multi-level urban retail entertainment center located on the south bank of the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky directly across from Downtown Cincinnati.


Over-the-Rhine District: Eateries, bars and locally-owned shops means you’ll have plenty to do all day long and into the night.


The Banks: Nestled along the river between Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium and the new 45- acre Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront park, The Banks offers something for everyone, from family-friendly restaurants to sports-friendly bars.

Orchids at Palm Court
AAA Five-Diamond fine dining in spectacular 1930s French art deco setting in National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Seasonally updated menu by Executive Chef Todd Kelly with local ingredients including from the hotel’s rooftop herb garden and beehives. Forbes Four Star rated and OpenTable’s Top 100 in USA.

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Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
The finest steaks and an exclusive experience have earned Jeff Ruby’s a number of awards.

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Sotto
A hardcore Italian trattoria with a focus on craft. A place of casual intimacy and communal romance. Open for dinner and now lunch Monday through Friday.

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Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
Casual dining without sacrificing style. Serving 3 squares a day with fresh ingredients and a West Coast feel in Cincinnati’s urban core. Offering breakfast and lunch, as well as a cold-pressed juice bar, high-end espresso cocktails, and a full bar.

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The Eagle Food and Beer Hall
The Eagle, Food and Beer Hall is a restaurant and bar that celebrates straightforward, American fare; 100 different beers; and the sounds of blues music. They serve antibiotic-free, all natural, fried chicken, plus bar snacks, salads, and sandwiches are available. A 16-head tap pours local craft and other domestic brews.

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Taft’s Ale House
A purveyor of first-rate comestibles and exceptional ales, housed in the old St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, once the oldest protestant parish in the Queen City.

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Boca
Boca restaurant marries world class, chef-driven cuisine with warm hospitality and emotive environments.

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Nada
Mood lifting, drool worthy, Mexican-inspired food & drink with heartfelt hospitality.

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Moerlein Lager House
Serving lunch, dinner, and of course, Moerlein beer from a two-story restaurant on the riverfront. Flatbreads, burgers, salads, rotisserie items, and steaks, many items inspired by their brewing history.

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Yard House
Enjoy a diverse menu of American fare, 160 taps, and a heady selection of classic rock music on a state-of-the-art sound system. The award-winning and extensive menu of American fusion cuisine features more than 130 items. The lively environment is created by colorful abstract artwork, classic rock music and flat screens in every direction showcasing the day’s news and sporting events.

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Taste of Belgium
Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Leige-style Belgian waffles, filled crepes and bakery items. Full bar.

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JACK Casino Cincinnati
JACK Casino Cincinnati opened March 2013. It is located less than a mile from the Duke Energy Convention Center and most downtown hotels. The casino hosts outstanding entertainment, festivals and special events on their outdoor plaza. JACK Casino also features a 31-table World Series poker room in addition to restaurants such as Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace and Prism Steak & Seafood.

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Opened in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo is the second-oldest zoo in the nation and a National Historic Landmark that is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country.

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Newport Aquarium
A state-of-the art facility, the Newport Aquarium brings to the banks of the Ohio River some of the world’s most advanced, creative technology — not to mention amazing animals — all designed to take you around the globe, visiting each continent, every ocean and hundreds of waterways in between.

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Cincinnati Art Museum
Located in Eden Park and founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of America’s most respected visual arts institutions, offering 6,000 years of great art. The Terrace Cafe offers dining in the midst of great art or in the open-air central courtyard. Free general admission.

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Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center
One of the earliest contemporary art institutions in the United States and long a progressive cultural force in the Tristate and the nation. The CAC continues to surprise, challenge, educate and entertain audiences by presenting and exploring the art of the ‘last 15 minutes.’ Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the CAC’s home, The Richard & Lois Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, has been hailed as ‘a breakthrough.’ The first floor also offers lunch items from Melt Eclectic Cafe, and the cocktail bar M.Wellman offers handcrafted cocktails during evening hours.

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Taft Museum of Art
A National Historic Landmark, housed in a Federal Period home dating from 1820 and considered one of the finest small art museums in America. On display are 700 works of art — European and American paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Sargent, Turner, Hals and Whistler. Also Chinese porcelains and European decorative arts. Extensively renovated and expanded in 2004 with a new special exhibitions gallery, attractive terrace and gardens, cafe and a museum shop. Free to all on Sundays.

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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Located in an historic Art Deco train station built in 1933, Cincinnati Museum Center offers special exhibitions and houses the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Cincinnati Historical Society Library and the Omnimax Theater. Admission can be purchased for individual attractions, or combination discounts are available.

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American Sign Museum
The American Sign Museum takes you through a half century of sign history, beginning with the fancy goldleaf glass signs of the early 1900s, through the pre-neon era of lightbulb signs, to neon’s heydey in the 1930s-1940s, and on into the plastic era of the funky ’50s. Guided tours are offered and are the preferred way to experience the American Sign Museum’s collection. The American Sign Museum is a quirky hidden gem you won’t want to miss.

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Findlay Market
Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions. The Market is located just blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, a dense historic neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market is open year-around with three dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods plus plenty of dining options. Each weekend the Market hosts a thriving farmers market, dozens of outdoor vendors, street performers, and special events including the OTR Biergarten. Experience for yourself this quintessentially urban shopping experience.

The OTR Biergarten is open daily (except Mondays) May through October and is located at the Elm Street (west) end of Findlay Market. This outdoor biergarten is sponsored by local craft brewer Christian Moerlein and offers Moerlein beers like Hudepohl Pure Lager, Hudy Delight, and a different local guest brewery each weekend.

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Tiffany & Co

Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been the world’s premier jeweler and America’s house of design. For over 170 years, the name Tiffany & Co. has been synonymous with romance, style, quality and luxury. Few American companies have such an illustrious history. Our story tells of the celebrities and heads of state who have worn our designs of gold, silver and precious stones; the groundbreaking designers who have lent us their vision; and, at the heart of it all, the growth of a New York City legend into a worldwide jewelry phenomenon.

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Saks Fifth Avenue
Discover a luxurious shopping experience in downtown Cincinnati. Enjoy exclusive designer collections for men and women.

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Walgreens
America’s pharmacy serving your needs for prescriptions, health & wellness products, health information and photo services.

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Rookwood Pottery Company Store
Located in Over-the-Rhine, Rookwood Pottery Company Store was founded in 1880 carrying thousands of pieces of pottery. Free guided tours are offered Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or by special arrangement for groups of 12 or more.

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Jos. A Bank Clothiers
Full selection of of men’s tailored and casual clothing, footwear, and accessories.

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Booksellers On Fountain Square
A locally owned and operated independent bookseller with a wide variety of books, magazines, newspapers, music, movies, greeting cards, gifts, and items from Rookwood Pottery.

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Cincinnati Bell Connector
The Cincinnati Bell Connector is a modern streetcar system offering a unique way to see all of the happenings in downtown Cincinnati. The 3.6 mile loop stops at popular destinations located in the Banks, the Central Business District, and Over-the-Rhine and runs every 12-15 minutes. Tickets are $1 for 2 hours or $2 for an all day pass. Purchase via the Cincy EZ Ride app or from vending machines at all streetcar stations. Free with Metro day pass or transfer.

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South Bank Shuttle Trolley
Hop aboard the Southbank Shuttle for easy access between Cincinnati and the riverfront cities of Covington and Newport in Northern Kentucky. The shuttle costs just $1 per ride, runs every 15 minutes, and makes stops near many popular attractions in Downtown and along the riverfront.

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Cincinnati Metro
With a centrally located Downtown hub, Metro is a great option for exploring the Uptown, North, East and West parts of the region.

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Tank
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky offers routes throughout the southern part of the region which includes the communities throughout Northern Kentucky.

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Red Bike
Red Bike is Cincinnati’s newest and most fun system of public transportation. A bike sharing system consisting of 57 stations and 442 bikes, Red Bike is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving community by providing a low-cost, healthy, and green transportation option that makes Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant and connected community. A Day Pass is $8.

  • Unlimited 1 hour trips
  • Credit card required
  • Buy online or at station

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