Some of Cincinnati’s top rivals when it comes to hot spots are Columbus and Cleveland. Sometimes, it is worth taking a break from one city in order to enjoy the sites of others, because, when you return, you can appreciate the locations and events even more. So, here are a few places you might like in these three cities.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The term rock and roll was actually coined in Cleveland in 1954 by Alan Freed. The new music style was heavily promoted and this is why we get to enjoy the Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Look at some of the exhibits featuring stories and mementos from the Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Metallica, and others. You will learn about the history of rock and roll, its influences on other genres, its roots, and the legends.
A great way to feel like a local resident in Columbus is to visit Huntington Park. You can watch a game with the Columbus Clippers and, if you happen to catch a night game, enjoy the fireworks. Foodies will especially enjoy this location, as there are numerous food options on the court and exquisite restaurants a walking distance away from it.
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
The museum will take you on a trip to the past, where you can learn many things related to the beginnings of baseball in Cincinnati and the entire country. The movie theatre has movies about the history of the team and there are even interactive exhibits where you can, for instance, pitch a ball inside the museum.
James Thurber was an American humorist and cartoonist. If you loved his work, be sure to check out the Thurber House, his former residence, turned literary museum. You don’t even have to get on an official tour – you can attend the Evening with the Authors or many other literary programs. This is one of those places in Columbus that serve as a meeting place for readers, writers, and Thurber aficionados. If you are looking for exposure, some fine literary work, or just want to celebrate the effect the written word has on entertainment and education, make sure you stop by.
Lake View Cemetery
There are several people, including one of my former girlfriends, who find visiting a cemetery a bit macabre. However, there are a few gems, like the Lake View Cemetery, where you can enjoy beautiful buildings and sculptures. Furthermore, Cleveland gives you the opportunity to view some of the graves of prominent people, like the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield and J.D. Rockefeller.
There is a lot to say about Cincinnati’s Eden Park. You can visit it for free, there is about 180 acres of space, guided tours, and the famous Krohn Conservatory. It features 3,500 plant species from all over the world and the one-of-a-kind Spring Butterfly Show, where you can marvel at thousands and thousands of butterflies. It is especially a good place to visit when the rest of the city and country is cold and rainy, as it transports you to what can only be described as a tropical paradise. While the rest of the park is free, there is an admission to be paid for the conservatory, though it varies from show to show.