Cincinnati Promotions Coordinator
For those planning to attend the 2009
Annual Conference & Stage Expo next March, knowing a bit
about the area can add to the enjoyment. Greater Cincinnati
or the Tri-State area is made up of Southwestern Ohio, Northern
Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana all connected by the Ohio
River. The 100-mile I-275 loop also connects and helps define
Parks and nature preserves abound. The
City of Cincinnati established Mount Airy Forest in 1911 as
the first municipal forest in the United States claiming 1,466
acres of green space. It is the largest of over 100 area parks.
The other most popular city parks are the Airport Playfield
near Lunken Airport, Mount Echo Park in Price Hill, Ault
Park in the Hyde Park area, Bicentennial Commons, Sawyer Point
and Yeatman's Cove on the Ohio riverfront, Burnet Woods
in Clifton across from the University of Cincinnati, and Eden
Park in Mount Adams, home of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park,
Cincinnati Art Museum, Seasongood Pavilion, and Krohn Conservatory,
one of America's largest public greenhouses.
County Park District operates 19 parks that are open 365
days a year charging an annual fee of $5 or a one-time pass
for $1 to any park visitor. Some have bike trails, walking
trails, fitness trails, fishing, boating, horseback riding,
and Frisbee and regular golf Courses. Check out www.greatparks.org for further information.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is an
all outdoor exhibit area covering 265 acres with 35 sculptures.
Visitors can choose to hike on one of the many walking trails
or drive through the park. http://www.pyramidhill.org
are over 100 golf courses in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Some courses are private, but most are public. For Hamilton
County Park District courses, reservations can be made up
to two weeks in advance by calling 513-651-GOLF. The weather
in this area allows for a long playing season.
lovers, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is located
up Vine Street not far from the University of Cincinnati.
The Newport Aquarium is also located on the Levee. Thoroughbred
racing can be found at Turfway Park in Kentucky. All are
King's Island Theme Park, now owned by
Cedar Point, is a seasonal attraction that draws people from
all over the world for some of the best roller coaster rides
anywhere. It has a water park and the best children's
area in an amusement park with rides according to height and/or
accompanied by a taller, responsible person. Some are only
for the wee ones.
For visitors into indoor sports and mall
walking, the most difficult course is Cincinnati Mills filled
with outlet stores, a SuperSaver Cinema, food court, and
WonderPark amusement arcade. Jungle
Jim's, the amusement park for "foodies," is
an international food market that includes fresh, frozen,
canned, and packaged goods from all over the globe. There
are even reservations for an hour and a half guided tour over
the six- acre complex that includes food samples. Tri-County
Mall was Southwest Ohio's first mall, built in 1960,
with a recent remodeling that includes an indoor amusement
park. Kenwood Town Center is considered the top mall in the
area. Northern Kentucky has Florence Mall and Newport on the
Levee. Shopping on the Levee is accessible by foot bridge
across the Ohio River from the Duke Energy Convention Center,
by car, or via the TANK bus system.
Other indoor sports can
be found at the riverboat and riverfront casinos located
in Indiana. The closest to Cincinnati is Argosy VI in Lawrenceburg,
Indiana. It is the largest riverboat casino in the world
being the length of a football field with three decks. The
Belterra Casino Resort and the Grande Victoria
II are about
45 minutes from Cincinnati. These vessels no longer have to
leave the dock for gambling to take place due to the changes
There is something for everyone to do
in the Greater Cincinnati Area!