Cincinnati, a major port on the Ohio River, is a cultural center with two major sports franchises, many museums and eclectic architecture.

Randie Adam is the vice president of marketing and visitor experience at Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. She shared details about Port City Cincinnati with managing editor David Hoekman. 

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Randie Adam
Credit: Cincinnati USA CVB

Q. What makes Cincinnati an appealing port city?

A. Cincinnati is a river city through and through, with rich history and culture dating back to the city’s beginnings in the late 1700s. Today, as riverboats dock along the Ohio River, visitors have the opportunity to experience the Midwest charm and Southern comfort that create an unmistakably Cincinnati experience.

Q. What attractions do you recommend cruisers visit?

A. The Banks Entertainment District is one of downtown Cincinnati’s newest developments, with bars, restaurants, parks, sports, live music and cultural experiences for cruisers to enjoy, just steps away from the Ohio River. Within a span of a few blocks, visitors can taste Cincinnati’s rich brewing heritage at Moerlein Lager House or spend time at the 40-acre Smale Riverfront Park. 

Sports fans can catch a game with the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, or visit “The Jungle” at Paul Brown Stadium to catch the Cincinnati Bengals in action. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, located in the center of The Banks Entertainment District, is a unique way to learn about the region’s past and Cincinnati’s important role in our nation’s history. 

Q. What advice do you have for cruisers who return to Port City: Cincinnati?

A. Downtown Cincinnati is incredibly walkable, which makes experiencing the city’s energy and offerings easy and convenient. From the banks of the Ohio River, cruisers can walk to Fountain Square in the heart of the city and can continue on toward the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. In each section of downtown, visitors will find vibrant and distinct experiences that can only be found in Cincinnati. 

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Findlay Market, Cincinnati, Ohio

I encourage visitors to combine tried-and-true Cincinnati classics, like Skyline Chili, Graeter’s Ice Cream or a visit to the Cincinnati Museum Center, with some of our region’s newer features, like the shops along Vine Street, new food vendors at Findlay Market or a visit to the Contemporary Art Center. Various tour companies, like American Legacy Tours or Cincinnati Food Tours, can chauffeur you around Cincinnati and highlight many of the can’t-miss experiences throughout the city.

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Ohio River Cruise on American Cruise Lines

Queen of the Mississippi
beginning July 3, 2020
Day One: Depart Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Day Two: Marietta, Ohio
Day Three: Maysville, Kentucky
Day Four: Cincinnati, Ohio
Day Five: Louisville, Kentucky
Day Six: Louisville, Kentucky
Day Seven: Henderson, Kentucky
Day Eight: Paducah, Kentucky
Day Nine and Day 10: St. Louis, Missouri

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