Local Appreciation: The City of Cincinnati

The Hard Rock brand is thrilled to be opening a new location in Cincinnati. The Queen City is a welcome home for Hard Rock and the ideal destination for any weekend trip. From sports and culture to shopping, you’ll see you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do in downtown Cincinnati. Read on to learn more about this great city. You’re sure to love it as much as we do!

A Brief History of Cincinnati

In 1788, Colonel Robert Patterson arrived at the 747 acres of land opposite the Lucking River. This settlement was named Losantiville before being renamed Cincinnati in 1790 by the first Governor of the Northwest Territory. 

Cincinnati experienced rapid growth and prosperity within a short period of time. The city also became famous for its beautiful scenery and rich culture. For all these reasons, Cincinnati earned the nicknames “Queen City” and “Queen of the West,” which have been widely used since around 1820. 

The city has continued to flourish over the last 200 years. As a national transportation hub, retail hotspot, and center of culture, the Queen City is easy to visit and always worth the trip! 

Fun Facts About the Queen City

From its humble beginnings to its development into a must-see city, Cincinnati has experienced plenty of achievements and notable events.

Did you know:


  • Cincinnati is the birthplace of Steven Spielberg, Doris Day, and Nick Lachey
  • The city hosts the biggest Oktoberfest in the US with around 500,000 visitors each year
  • The Music Hall is thought to be haunted and featured on Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters”
  • Cincinnati is home to the oldest baseball team in the US (Go Reds!)
  • The Cincinnati Opera is the second-oldest opera company in the country

All this history, culture, and entertainment means there are so many things to do in downtown Cincinnati. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite activities to make the decisions easier for you!

Things to Do in Downtown Cincinnati

No matter whether you prefer some retail therapy or unforgettable city experiences, Cincinnati is the perfect hub for your next urban getaway. Don’t believe us? Just check out these options!

Shopping in Cincinnati

The Queen City became known for its food, cosmetics, textiles, and printing — and that’s still the case, thanks to all our stores and boutiques. 

Open since 1855, Findlay Market offers fresh produce, beers, wines, and unique handmade goods. Best of all, you’re surrounded by biergartens and eateries to fuel your experience while shopping in Cincinnati. Within a short walk, you can also find craft chocolatiers, vegan produce, and ethnic food stores.

Fashion and beauty enthusiasts will be in heaven in downtown Cincinnati. Vintage stores, Oktoberfest outfitters, and upscale skincare boutiques line the streets. Don’t miss Batsakes Hat Shop, which has been in business for almost a century. Koch Sports, which opened in 1888, is the oldest and largest sports store in the city and the perfect place to grab your own Reds or Bengals jersey!

Art lovers are also in luck when it comes to shopping in Cincinnati. You can easily find special gifts or a new piece of art downtown. Visit Cincinnati Art Galleries for international work and Pendleton Art Center or 5th Street Gallery for local talent. Rookwood Pottery, which has been in business since 1880, allows you to explore handcrafted ceramics at its 88,000 square foot production facility, including special Cincinnati collections.

Things to Do in Cincinnati at Night

Even when the sun goes down, there are still lots of things to do in downtown Cincinnati. Remember that haunted Music Hall? You can enjoy world-class performances from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, and Cincinnati Opera, to name a few. As a National Historic Landmark, the Music Hall is worth a visit just to see the beautiful architecture.

If you prefer a sports game, grab tickets to see The Reds or The Bengals. Cincinnati also has its own Major League soccer team, FC Cincinnati, which plays at the brand-new TQL stadium. Afterwards, be sure to visit one of the city's many breweries for craft beer and delicious house-made snacks.

All-Round Entertainment

If you’re looking to combine awesome food with great music and fun around the clock, look no further than Hard Rock Cincinnati. Located in the hip Pendleton neighborhood, we now offer some of the best things to do in downtown Cincinnati!

Visit one of our many restaurants to enjoy the inspired use of local produce before hitting the casino floor. We’ve got the hottest slots in the State of Ohio and a panoramic casino bar to help you cool off after your winning streak. We’re famous for our rockin’ entertainment and music memorabilia, so be sure to check out our entire property. And don’t forget to swing by The Rock Shop® for more unique shopping in Cincinnati and a chance to stock up on classic Hard Rock merch.

If you’re planning a visit to the Queen City this winter, check out this blog post for more things to do in downtown Cincinnati!

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