- 1. Eat At Skyline
Skyline Chili is a chain of chili restaurants based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1949 by Greek immigrant Nicholas Lambrinides, Skyline Chili is named for the view of Cincinnati’s skyline that Lambrinides could see from his first restaurant (which has since been demolished), opened in the section of town now known as Price Hill. It is also the “official chili” of many local professional sports teams and venues, including the Cincinnati Reds, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Kings Island theme park. Its unique menu and fantastic flavor have attracted people from all over the world.
- 2. Enjoy a Pizza at Larosa’s
LaRosa’s Pizzeria is a chain of pizzerias serving neighborhoods throughout the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Greater Dayton areas. It was founded in 1954 by Donald “Buddy” LaRosa. Beginning with just one location on Boudinot Avenue in the Westwood area of Cincinnati, the family and franchise owners now operate more than 60 pizzerias, with total annual sales of over $130 million. LaRosa’s signature pizza is a thin crust variety made with a distinctive thick, sweet sauce and topped with provolone cheese. LaRosa’s also offers pasta sauce and other selections from its menu at many Cincinnati grocery stores.
- Ride the Beast at Kings Island The Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. When it opened in the spring of 1979 in the Rivertown section of the park, it was the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. It is still the longest wooden roller coaster with a ride lasting more than four minutes and sprawling over 35 acres. The Beast has been consistently rated as one of the top roller coasters in the world since its debut, having earned a solid reputation among coaster enthusiasts. Even after more than 30 years, it remains one of the main attractions at Kings Island that has accommodated over 45 million riders, third-most at the park.
- 4. Ski Down the Slopes at Perfect North
Perfect North Slopes is a ski area in southeastern Indiana. It consists of 4 magic carpets, 2 rope tows, and 5 chairlifts. The area has 23 trails, 2 of which are expert, 4 of which are most difficult, 3 of which are advanced intermediate, 9 of which are intermediate, and 4 of which are beginner. It is an excellent place for all levels of skiers, snowboarders, and for those who aren’t as athletic, tubers. It provides fun activities for every member of the family.
- 5. Visit the Newport Aquarium
The Newport Aquarium is an aquarium located in Newport, Kentucky at Newport on the Levee. The aquarium has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet (61 m) in length. The aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in 1,000,000 US gal (3,800,000 L) of water, including the “Scooter” and “Sweet Pea,” two of the few shark rays in captivity. The facility is open to the public 365 days a year. Newport Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums a leader in global wildlife conservation
- 6. Ride the Elevator up 49 floors to the Carew Tower Observation Deck
Carew Tower is a 49-story, 574-foot (175 m) building completed in 1930 in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront. It is the second-tallest building in the city and was added to the register of National Historic Landmarks on August 5, 1982. Prior to the construction of the Great American Insurance Building, Carew Tower gave Cincinnati the distinction of having an American city’s tallest building constructed prior to World War II.
- Learn about Cincinnati History at Union Terminal
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, originally Cincinnati Union Terminal, is a passenger railroad station in the Queensgate neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. After the decline of railroad travel, most of the building was converted to other uses and now houses museums, theaters, a library, and special travelling exhibitions. Cincinnati Union Terminal was a significant development in the history of Cincinnati transportation. One of the last great train stations built, Union Terminal has become one of the iconic symbols of the city and one of the most widely regarded examples of the Art Deco style.
- Savor Black Raspberry Chip Ice Cream at Graeter’s
Graeter’s is a regional chain of shops offering ice cream, baked goods, and candy. It originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1870. The thick ice cream has been featured on Food Network and has earned them many fans, including Oprah Winfrey. Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip is considered a signature flavor. Graeter’s ice cream is made using the French Pot method. This is a slow, small batch process, making only two gallons at a time. It creates ice cream that is rich, creamy and dense. Graeter’s also uses this method to create chocolate chips completely different from other brands, making the rich taste irresistible.