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Over-the-Rhine is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the United States. It was the home to German immigrants in the mid-19th century and saw a resurgence in visitors and residents in the 2010s. Much of the neighborhood’s historic architecture has been restored as it is known for its compilation of styles including Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne, as well as its popular cornices. OTR spans from Central Parkway to the east and south, East Liberty Street to the north and Sycamore Street to the west. Washington and Ziegler parks are two popular OTR attractions, with free events all year and a community pool at the latter. OTR is also home to many restaurants, bars and shops, making it a perfect day-long destination for visitors as well as a great place to live.
Central Business District
Home to most of Downtown’s corporation and business offices, the Central Business District (CBD) is the heart of Downtown Cincinnati. It is home to Fountain Square, Duke Energy Convention Center, and the famous P&G Towers. The Central Business District spans from Central Avenue to the east, Central Parkway to the north, Eggleston Avenue to the west and Third Street to the south. It is separated from The Banks by Fort Washington Way, one of Cincinnati’s major freeways. Some of the country’s best restaurants are located in CBD, including Boca, Sotto and Downtown-staple, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Visitors will find the renowned Aronoff Center for the Arts, Taft Theatre, Taft Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center and Sawyer Point throughout the Central Business District.
The Banks is an entertainment district on the water that falls between Second Street and the Ohio River to the north and south, Paul Brown Stadium to the west and the Heritage Bank Center to the east. The Banks is separated from Downtown’s Central Business District by Fort Washington Way. This district is home to the Cincinnati Bengals, Reds and Cyclones stadiums, as well as the Icon Music Center and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. From 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, The Banks is home to a DORA district, which allows for open containers to encourage visitors to walk around and explore the district’s greenspaces.
The West End
Spanning from Dalton to Central avenues, the West End is home to FC Cincinnati’s new home, TQL Stadium. This neighborhood has seen plenty of transformation over the decades, and is home to the most historic residential structure in Cincinnati—and oldest brick home in the state (The Betts House). The western-most portion of the neighborhood is home to Union Terminal, a train station that initially opened in the mid-1930s and still operates today. Cincinnati Museum Center also resides within the historic Union Terminal, which consists of the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives. Nearby is the West End Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library and another notable stop is a tribute at the site of Crosley Field.
The Findlay Market neighborhood is the area surrounding the historic Findlay Market. Consisting of four city blocks from east to west—East McMicken Avenue to Central Parkway—the Findlay Market neighborhood comes to a point at Ravine Street between the two aforementioned boundaries. In addition to being the home of the state’s oldest continually operating public market, Findlay Market is also home to the most breweries located Downtown: Rhinegeist and Sam Adams Breweries, as well as Off Track Brewing and Northern Row Brewery & Distillery. Though the fully occupied public market is the focal point of the neighborhood, Findlay Market is also home to four parks and playgrounds, also the most of each Downtown district.
Pendleton is a smaller district located downtown, and perhaps its artsiest. It is home of the Pendleton Art Center and the Bell Event Centre. This district is also home to the Ziegler Park Lawn, the 2-acre greenspace that is home to workouts, kickball and features a walking loop.