Buildings of Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio on a virtual walking tour
The distinctive skyline of Cincinnati, OH

I’m actually “from” Cincinnati with deep roots in the city. However, I only lived there a few years in the 90’s. Still this trip brought back a lot of great memories of meeting family and taking advantage of all the amazing things Cincy has to offer. I’d love to go back and do some TravelingMel videos of the place as well. It has a long history of arts, culture, and celebrations.

Today’s virtual walk tour takes you along the historic riverfront of Cincinnati OH. The Ohio River rolls inexorably past the “Queen City” with subtle, muddy power. A historical byway for commerce and travel, the river brought riches to the city for centuries and still does. While the area along the riverfront was primarily cement up until the 2000’s, the city has converted much of the riverfront area into lovely parkland with lawns, playgrounds, and art installations.

Just minutes away from the busy downtown, multiple arenas, stadiums, and museums, the Cincinnati Riverfront remains fairly quiet. It’s pleasant to enjoy the gardens and trails in relative peace. I hope you enjoy this personal entry in our series of virtual tours of cities from our latest road trip. Keep on Steppin’ -H Note the bridge mentioned is the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge There’s another pedestrian bridge not far up river.

Flying pig playground swing
Flying pigs reminder of Porkopolis

Settled in 1788, the city is located at the northern side of the confluence of the Licking and Ohio rivers in the Southwest corner of the state. The city is the economic and cultural hub of Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky as well as a good bit of Indiana. The city has a population of 309,317 with a metro are of 2.25Million. Throughout much of the 19th century, it was among the top 10 U.S. cities by population, as well as being the sixth-most populous city from 1840 until 1860. So I was a bit off on that one. The city welcomed a large number of German-speaking immigrants who founded many of the city’s cultural institutions. Cincinnati has many nicknames, including Cincy, The Queen City, The Queen of the West, The Blue Chip City, and The City of Seven Hills and of course, my favorite, “Porkopolis”. This nickname came from the city’s large pork interests.

Graeter's Ice cream in a cup
Graeter’s makes everyone happy

Time Stamps
00:52 Time and Temp
02:27 PayCor Stadium View
02:48 Emergency Vehicle
03:30 Riverbank and port discussion
04:44 Swings and shade in Smale Park
05:50 Gardner Family Grove Rose Garden
07:10 Artificial Stream water feature
07:11 Annie and Elizabeth Anderson Building with Carousel
07:49 P&G Go Vibrantscape Play area and flying pig
08:50 Passing under the John Roebling Bridge
09:17 Spray park
09:30 PNC Grow Up Great Adventure Playground
11:15 Meditation Labyrinth
12:22 River Barge Passing in River
13:21 Splash Park
13:42 Great American Ball Park
14:16 Walking along Ohio River Trail
18:08 American Queen Paddle Wheel
20:55 Taylor Southgate Bridge
21:14 Heritage Bank Center
22:22 Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman’s Cove
24:13 Serpentine Wall
37:34 Turkey Vulture

We’ll be sharing a walk from Downtown and another from the Over The Rhine area in the next couple weeks. But first, I went down to Lexington, KY to visit some people and squeezed in a walk down there.


Skyline chili five way on table
You may not believe it, but Cincinnati Chili will cure what ails you.

Here’s our other Cincinnati Walks from this trip:
Explore Over The Rhine in Cincinnati
Downtown Cincinnati, OH Walking Tour

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