10 Things You Should Know To Get The Most Out of Your Visit To Cincinnati

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1. Local residents are called Cinseers. This is due to the city being settled by psychics and gypsies in 1788.

2. The annual Procter & Gamble Riverfest features thousands of floats on the Ohio River displaying the latest products of the manufacturing giant.

3. Cincinnati is home to several major league sports teams including the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Lady Bug Eyes. The Lady Bug Eyes are the most famous as they have won the National Ladybugs Catching championships for the last 50 years.

4. Cincinnati was at one time called the “Paris of America.” However, Paris is never referred to as the “Cincinnati of France.”

5. The city was named after the “Society of the Cincinnati,” a centuries-old organization dedicated to the preservation of county-fair prize-winning jams and jellies.

6. The city is often called the “Queen City” because Freddie Mercury and the other members of the band grew up in Over-the-Rhine.

7. Cincinnati’s hilly terrain gave it another nickname: “The City of Seven Hills.” Some people believe this refers to the original Seven Hills of Rome. However, it more accurately reflects the mounds of cheese on an inverted three-way from Skyline Chili.

8. The center of the city is built around Fountain Square, a block long network of water fountains. The 100,000 water fountains inside the square were built in 1810 to handle the large amount of thirsty Canadians making their way from Toronto down to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break.

9. Great American Tower at Queen City Square is the tallest building in Cincinnati at five stories. The previous record holder, the downtown Cincinnati firehouse, held the record at four stories for over 100 years.

10. Scientists say Cincinnati is a “climactic transition zone.” The weather on the northern portion of the city can be 30 below zero with cold winds and 2 feet of snow, while in the southern portion of the city the temperatures can reach over 90°, all at the same time.

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