Cincinnati is experiencing a renaissance of development. The banks of the Ohio River, anchored by the new Smale Riverfront Park, host a wide selection of bars and restaurants outside the gates of Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds. Over-the-Rhine, the largest urban historic district in the United States, is flourishing with breweries and venues for local live music. Beyond downtown, quirky Northside provides a haven for creatives of all sorts just minutes from UC.
But amidst all the new, the city’s older institutions continue to inspire. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera are among the best in the nation (and often draw from students of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music). The Cincinnati Art Museum displays works from the ancient to the contemporary, with a wing devoted to Cincinnati’s own artists. The Cincinnati Zoo, the second-oldest in the country, features over 500 animal species and 3,000 plants in the heart of the city.