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Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine is one of the largest neighborhoods in North America. Locally known as OTR, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Place. Tourists from all over head here for a glimpse of its 19th-century, Italianate architecture. It has previously been compared to the likes of the French Quarter in New Orleans and Greenwich Village in New York City. Notable and famous residents of this district include Buddy Gray, Jim Tarbell, and Venus Ramney. When in town, catch the Second Sunday On Main street festival featuring art exhibitions, craft vendors, food stalls and live entertainment.

Washington Park

In the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood lies this 150-year-old park where many community activities take place. A popular spot for walking, jogging, and biking for locals, Washington Park boasts a playground and interactive water park. The park also hosts an array of cultural events like concerts, festivals, markets, and more. In 2012, Washington Park underwent extensive renovations that included an expansion and the addition of underground parking. Come for a quiet afternoon or local festivities, just don't miss out on Washington Park on your tour of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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.

Fountain Square

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.

University of Cincinnati

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is one of the most important landmarks of the city as it is not only the oldest of its kind in Cincinnati but also among the largest in the nation. It is also considered to be among the top universities in the continent. This public research university offers comprehensive programs which includes medicine, allied health sciences, nursing, criminal justice, arts, sciences and applied science. Its main campus is a mix of old and new architecture and is one of the beautiful college campuses in town. As per Forbes in 2010, its campus is among the most beautiful of its kind in the world. Some of the interesting places within its campus are the Nippert Stadium, Armory Fieldhouse, Gettler Stadium, Marge Schott Stadium and Corbett Center for Performing Arts.

Brewery District

Situated in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Brewery District is a site soaked in history. Once the social and economic heart of the city, the area earned its name due the number of breweries it houses. Considered to be the center of the city's beer history, the are now boasts one of the largest collection of original, pre-prohibition breweries and other historical buildings. Now one of the major tourist attractions in this part of the city, hordes of beer-lovers flock to Brewery District for its brew-fests, brew-trail and several beer-related events.

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