7 Reasons Cincinnati Is The Most Underrated City In The Mid-West
Prepare to have your mind positively BLOWN.
When you think of American holidays, it's fair to say many don't immediately think 'mid-west'.
With shiny New York, glitzy Los Angeles, and sunny Florida all vying for your interest, it's easy to skip straight past the other 47 states.
After hopping over to Cincinnati on WoW air's inaugural flight from Stanstead, we are happy to report that not only is it well worth a visit, but it's one of America's under-discovered city gems.
Here are 7 reasons why you need to visit toot sweet...
1. The Carew Observation Deck
Feel on top of the world (well... Ohio) by scaling the Carew Observation Deck, an iconic Cincinnati-ian landmark that allows you to scour the city's archaic and immense architecture. From it, you can see both Ohio and Kentucky; two states, one stone? Yes, please! Instagram will love it.
2. The National Railroad Freedom Center
Visit The National Railroad Freedom Centre, located directly parallel to The Ohio River; formerly known as The River Jordan.
The trust describe themselves as ‘a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue, and a beacon of light for inclusive freedom around the globe.’
The centre's purpose is to chronicle the history of slavery around the world, right up until the present.
The shed-like building is one of only two discovered ‘slave pens’ from the 1800s. The names of victims incarcerated within are also displayed throughout the exhibition.
A flame located on the balcony of the museum burns to remember those who have been victims of slavery. The trust vow to never let it go out until slavery has ended
3. The New Riff Distillery
If you like booze, The New Riff Distillery is the one for you. You will learn all about the process of drink-making, which may encourage you to think before guzzling it down so fast on a Friday night. Home to the creation of bitters and state-favourite, bourbon, the musky smell will permeate your senses for hours after the visit. And your clothes. Probs bring a change.
4. Rhinegeist Brewery
Rhinegeist Brewery is a fantastic place to play whilst you drink. With in-house drinking games like 'chuck a beanbag onto a platform and drink if you manage it', this funhouse is the perfect place to unwind after a long day exploring the Cincinnati region. Though the production of their own beverages is paramount to the success of the brewery, it is 100% the playful atmosphere that makes this place - perfect for an evening activity with pals.
5. The Contemporary Arts Center
The Contemporary Arts Center is a creative goldmine. Packed with modern art by both local and wider artists, this place is perfect for visitors of all ages. Want to take part yourself? Sure. With many of the exhibits encouraging visitor participation, you really can let out your creative flair here. No one will judge. Promise.
6. The Cincinnati Music Hall
Built in 1878, The Cincinnati Music Hall is a hub of artistic excellence. Whether you like ballet, theatre or opera, the hall will be plentiful in sourcing entertainment for you to enjoy. That's not all, though. Should you choose to pop by in the summer, the hall is famous for its May Festival. The two-week annual choral festival has been an integral part of the city's culture since the 1840s. Soak in the music! It will make you feel super clever, being able to differentiate your Bachs from your Beethovens.
7. The Cincinnati Art Museum
A personal fave; The Cincinnati Art Museum was a bundle of joy. With kooky exhibitions and art pieces, this is great for kids and adults alike. Featuring pieces by the big dogs (Van Gogh, Monet, Murillo) and more modernist work, there really is something for everyone here. Not to mention the intensely knowledgeable staff, who were on hand with many-a-fun-fact.