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With a population nearing a million, Cincinnati has to be a city of culture and sights in order to survive. Geared to both the high-brow tourist and the typical family traveler, Cincinnati shows off its essence, history, and decoration in its numerous museums and attractions.
Committed to family entertainment, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest in the country and brings in over a million visitors to its house of 500 animal species every year.
For the artistically inclined, the Contemporary Arts Center has been dubbed by the New York Times as “the most important building to be completed since the end of the Cold War.” Standing at the edge of the avant-garde, the Contemporary Arts Center appeals to children, teachers, parents, and artists with its innovative works that beg interpretation at numerous levels of understanding.
The city takes pride in its abolitionist history, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center makes this pride most manifest, putting the unpleasant past into the present with three buildings of education of and testament to the struggle to end the biggest blemish in our nation’s history.
The most must-see attraction in the city, however, is probably the Cincinnati Art Museum, which has been in business and expansion since 1886. Renovations after the Second World War brought the museum into the tier of top art centers in the world, leading Ohio as the largest artistic museum in the state. As a holding place for tens of thousands of masterpieces, the Cincinnati Art Museum is itself a magnet for visitors to the city.
For those who are interested in music, the city has a rich history. Home to the acclaimed Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, a trip to the city would not be complete without a trip to see the CSO in season in their home at beautiful historic Music Hall, or the Pops in their summer home at Riverbend. If you want to make a weekend of it, Cincinnati is home to one of the oldest May Festivals in the country - usually held mid-May.