Things to Do While You’re in Cincinnati!

Consider checking out these local attractions before or after the NLGA Business Meeting, or during the afternoon breaks before the evening events! 

1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater.

Originally opened in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990. The venue’s exterior served as the basis for the design of the Hall of Justice, the headquarters of the Justice League in the 1970s cartoon Super Friends. It is also a marvel of Art Deco architecture as the largest half dome in the Western hemisphere. Union Terminal is also home to the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center, which uses storytelling, interactive experiences and genuine artifacts to ensure the lessons of the past inspire action today.

Admission: $16.50
Cincinnati Museum Center is accessible from the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza via 5-minute car ride or rideshare.

The Zoo’s 75 acres house more than 580 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties making it one of the largest zoo collections in the U.S. The Cincinnati Zoo is consistently recognized as one of the top Zoos in the country.

Admission: $15-$20.50, plus parking.

The Cincinnati Zoo is accessible from the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza via 12-minute car ride or rideshare.

50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue, and a bea­con of light for inclusive freedom around the globe.

 Our physical location in downtown Cincinnati is just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River, the great natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. Since opening in 2004, we have filled a substantial void in our nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, we illuminate the true meaning of inclusive freedom by presenting permanent and special exhibits that inspire, public programming that provoke dialogue and action, and educational resources that equip modern abolitionists.

Admission: $15 and up

The Freedom Center is accessible from the Hilton Netherland Plaza via the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar (download the ‘Transit’ app), rideshare, or a 7-minute walk.

Vine & Fifth Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Skate the day away on Fountain Square amidst downtown’s tallest buildings. At 7,000 square feet, it is about the size of the rink at New York’s Rockefeller Center. Amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches, and concessions options. Warm up with hot drinks and sweets at Graeter’s on the Square or Ingredients across the street.

Admission: $15 rink and bumper cars session; $10 ice skating session only. Reservations required online.
Fountain Square is located across the street from the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 Krohn Conservatory opened in 1933 and is located in Eden Park. The land in the park used to belong to Nicholas Longworth and he called it his Garden of Eden. The conservatory has many features in a style called Art Deco that was very popular in 1933.

 November through January, Krohn will feature the annual Holiday Show, “Trains and Traditions, a Cincinnati Holiday.” Experience a tapestry of colorful poinsettias, charming garden railways and beautiful replicas of Cincinnati landmarks created out of “Botanical Architecture” by local artisans; Applied Imagination. Krohn Conservatory is where holiday traditions take place in the warmth of the tropics.

 Admission: $10
Krohn is accessible from the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza via 8-minute car ride or rideshare.

1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071

 Newport Aquarium welcomes your family to discover the wonder of an underwater world located in Newport, Kentucky right across the river from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. SEA thousands of the world’s most exotic aquatic creatures as you waddle with playful penguins, meet rare white alligators, be surrounded by sharks and surprised by smiling stingrays. Encounter thrilling adventures like the first-in-the-world Shark Bridge, where you can cross inches above a tank full of sharks on a rope bridge. Plus, experience the NEW exhibit Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels and explore a long ago-sunken ship and the creatures that call this accidental reef home. All while spending quality time together and creating lasting memories.

 Admission: $22.99-$34.99

Newport Aquarium is accessible from the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza via 7-minute car ride or rideshare.

 

AND…DID YOU KNOW? Cincinnati offers one of the most robust cultural scenes in the Midwest, with all five major arts disciplines represented, including ballet, opera, art museum, symphony and theater. It is home to several orchestras, a large community of working artists and artisans, Cincinnati Opera (the nation’s second-oldest opera company), Cincinnati Ballet and a variety of museums and theaters.
Learn more about Cincinnati’s arts offerings here: https://cincinnatiusa.com/article/arts-culture-all, and take in an experience while you’re here!