Downtown Cincinnati

Downtown Cincinnati is laid out on a basin on the Ohio River, surrounded by steep hills. Bridges from Downtown Cincinnati span the Ohio River across to Covington and Newport and into Kentucky. 

Often considered to be the heart of Cincinnati, Fountain Square is located in the center of the Central Business District. The 1871 dedicated Tyler Davidson Fountain stands prominently on the often busy city square. Other city parks located Downtown are Lytle Park, Piatt Park and the Backstage District that sprang up around the Aronoff Center that contains nightlife and dining options.

Downtown Cincinnati is marked by its large collection of historic architecture and contains several historic districts and dozens of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since 1971, the Cincinnati Skywalk has connected buildings throughout downtown via a series of primarily indoor, elevated walkways. The Skywalk was officially completed as a 1.3 mile contiguous path in 1997, but has since fallen into disfavor by city leaders, and some sections have been removed.

Museums downtown include the high-rise Contemporary Arts Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Taft Museum of Art. 

The Banks is a waterfront mixed-use development hosting bars and restaurants. It is especially crowded following games at the adjacent Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark, the stadiums of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds. 

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Downtown