Established in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest of its kind in America. Over 500 species of wildlife call this 65-acre (26-hectare) landscape home. The zoo offers visitors a plethora of fascinating exhibits and educational programs. Explore the Reptile House for its snakes, turtles, and alligators; Monkey Island for its playful primates; and Wings of the World for its penguins, flamingoes, and array of feathered friends. Families can also enjoy amusement rides and a 4D theater experience. When you've gotten your fill of exotic fauna, walk through the site's botanical gardens for exceptional flora and immediate tranquility.
Nestled in the heart of Cincinnati, Fountain Square dates to as far back as 1871. Having been the primary locus of the city's civic and commercial nuances, this iconic square has been an integral part of the city center ever since its inception, and array of restaurants, shops and offices lie strewn across its structural expanse. Perhaps the centerpiece of this sprawling square is the incredibly ornate, bronze-cloaked Tyler Davidson Fountain, which was built when local businessman Henry Probasco wanted to honor his brother-in-law. Popularly known as 'The Square', this cherished landmark comes alive with effervescent dusky hues come night, further accentuated by the mellow glow and gushing fervor of the fountain lying in the foreground. With its tagline 'Where Cincinnati Connects' doing justice to its communal, inclusive and spirited tenor, the Square is, indeed, an indelible landmark of the city. Fountain Square has played host to a string of well-known festivals and events including Oktoberfest, and continues to do so.
This versatile park is perfect for an afternoon hike, picnic with the kids, evening stroll or large event. Ault Park in Cincinnati features a plethora of trails, lush green areas and a large pavilion with stunning views that is popular for weddings. A playground, and wooden bridge can also be found in the park.
Overlooking the Ohio River, the Sawyer Point Park offers a spectacular view of the riverfront. The beautifully landscaped space has tennis courts, volleyball courts, along with playgrounds and pavilions. The park often plays host to festivals and local events. Enjoy a family picnic or a leisurely walk here.