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What to do in Columbus and Cincinnati OH

In a few weeks my wife and I will be traveling to visit family in Columbus, OH. We'll be there Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (leaving Sunday). On Sunday we're planning on detouring to Cincinnati for the night and driving home late Monday.

So ... Ohio Otters, what do we need to eat, see, do, etc. while in/around Columbus? My brother suggested the football Hall of Fame in Canton, but it's about two hours away.

Sunday we plan on going to the Cincinnati Reds game (I think it is a 3pm game if I remember correctly). We are looking at staying at the Drury Inn (about 25 minutes from the ballpark) or the Hampton Inn in Covington, KY (2 miles from the ballpark). Suggestions on which has more to do within walking distance? Is it possible to walk from the Hampton in Covington to the ballpark? Any tips on ticket deals for the game?

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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

Plenty of empty seats at GABP shouldn't have any problem on stubhub or any ticket seller.

This is the building that was used as the look for the Hall of Justice in the old Justice League cartoon series.
While this building is closed to the public moslty, the outside is really cool to see and get pictures of.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincin...Union_Terminal

We went to Skyline Chili and while I'm sure people will so don't, we recommend it for a quick tasty meal.

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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

I used to stay in Covington KY all the time on weekends. It's not far from the ballpark and easily accessible by public shuttle bus. There's a really cool aquarium there too. I was a big fan of weekends in Covington (Caveat : this was like 14 years ago, I imagine things have changed somewhat).
Lots to do in Cincy. The Zoo is fantastic on days they aren't killing gorillas.
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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

When we went last month we stayed in Covington.

Took a shuttle trolley to the game and walked back over after the game.
Took about 30 minutes. It was a nice walk.

Our hotel was right next to a White Castle so that was perfect.
Even better is the White Castle there has Barq's Red Cream soda on the fountain.
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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

Newport Aquarium is solid.

I haven't been in years but King's Island is fun. Ride the Beast multiple times. One time at dark.

If you're near Columbus (silly suggestion) but you can check out Jungle Jim's grocery store. They carry everything imaginable. You get a map when you walk into the store...it's that large.
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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
This is the building that was used as the look for the Hall of Justice in the old Justice League cartoon series.
While this building is closed to the public moslty, the outside is really cool to see and get pictures of.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincin...Union_Terminal
I don't know how I've never heard of this. I'm usually in Cincy 1-2 times a year between King's Island/baseball, etc. My kids and I love the old cartoons so this would be really cool to check out.
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Buckeyes in town that weekend? Even if you don't have tickets to the game, the Skull Sessions for the band (basically a large pep rally) are free.
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Cincinnati has an airport you could use to fly someplace else.
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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

Depending on where you'll be in Columbus, PM me and I'll buy you a beer.

Honestly, it depends on what you want to do while you're here. Columbus is a great place to live but it's not necessarily a great place to visit, unless you like college football, crappy pro hockey (or soccer), huge state universities, golf, or hipsters.
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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

Well... the first thing I would do is learn to spell Cincinnati.

Lots of misinformation in this thread:
- The Covington Aquarium is conveniently located in Newport now.
- Jungle Jim's has exactly two locations, neither are in Columbus. The one on Dixie Highway is the bomb.

For seeing a game at PBS or GABP, I recommend you park in Covington ($5 or free) and pay $1 to ride the TANK (Transit Authority of Northern KY) bus to the game. If you park in the city lot at 3rd and Philadelphia, it'll be $2 (or free) and it's immediately adjacent to Covington's Mainstrasse, which has lots of beer and food and beer options. If you're dragging kids, there's a ton of fast food right there as well. And there's a TANK stop right at the lot entrance, you can't miss it.

While you're in Newport visiting Covington's Aquarium, you might be interested in the Hofbrauhaus. They have beer.
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Nearly forgot.... if you're making the Columbus-Cincinnati run, you might actually enjoy heading to Dayton instead to visit the Air Force Museum. It's amazing, it's huge, and it's free. And it's not terribly out of the way, being right off I-675.

But then again, there's no Hofbrauhaus in Dayton.



Tough call.
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There's a Hofbrauhaus in Columbus, too.

But why would you want to waste your time going to some chain, when there's so many great, local brewpubs in Columbus:

Zauber
Hoof-Hearted
Four String
Land Grant
Seventh Son
North High
Lineage
Barley's
Elevator
CBC

And probably several others I haven't visited yet. So, don't waste your time with swill like Hofbrauhaus.
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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

Didn't know Hofbrauhaus was a chain.

Then screw them. Get local beer and go see the pretty airplanes.
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Re: What to do in Columbus and Cincinnatti OH

Originally Posted by kenbuzz View Post
Didn't know Hofbrauhaus was a chain.

Then screw them. Get local beer and go see the pretty airplanes.
Yup. There's one across the street from the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas.
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Plenty of empty seats at GABP shouldn't have any problem on stubhub or any ticket seller.
Not really interested in buying tickets from an online seller. I quit using them due to the outrageous tack-on fees (Stub Hub included). I have no problem buying tickets at the box office, just wondered if one could typically find deals from the "guys outside" the stadium on game day. I had always been hesitant to do that, but had really good luck at St. Louis Cardinals games this year (just have to be willing to negotiate pretty hard).

Originally Posted by Mabuse View Post
Cincinnati has an airport you could use to fly someplace else.
Ironically, their airport is somewhere else. It's in Kentucky.

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
Depending on where you'll be in Columbus, PM me and I'll buy you a beer.

Honestly, it depends on what you want to do while you're here. Columbus is a great place to live but it's not necessarily a great place to visit, unless you like college football, crappy pro hockey (or soccer), huge state universities, golf, or hipsters.
We should be there September 29 - October 2.

Yeah, that list doesn't appeal too much to me. My brother is an Ohio State fan, but I can't stand college sports. One of these days I may try golfing again, but it won't be soon. My brother mentioned hockey and soccer but didn't know if they were in season. Fuckin' hipsters ... unless they are at a local microbrew!

Originally Posted by kenbuzz View Post
Well... the first thing I would do is learn to spell Cincinnati.

Lots of misinformation in this thread:
- The Covington Aquarium is conveniently located in Newport now.
- Jungle Jim's has exactly two locations, neither are in Columbus. The one on Dixie Highway is the bomb.

For seeing a game at PBS or GABP, I recommend you park in Covington ($5 or free) and pay $1 to ride the TANK (Transit Authority of Northern KY) bus to the game. If you park in the city lot at 3rd and Philadelphia, it'll be $2 (or free) and it's immediately adjacent to Covington's Mainstrasse, which has lots of beer and food and beer options. If you're dragging kids, there's a ton of fast food right there as well. And there's a TANK stop right at the lot entrance, you can't miss it.

While you're in Newport visiting Covington's Aquarium, you might be interested in the Hofbrauhaus. They have beer.
Fixed the spelling ... would you believe me if I blamed Apple's autocorrect?
No kids going on this trip ...
Thanks for the public transit advice (and thanks to whotony also). I just found out I am not going to be off of my crutches by then.
Do the TANK buses run on Sundays though?

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
There's a Hofbrauhaus in Columbus, too.

But why would you want to waste your time going to some chain, when there's so many great, local brewpubs in Columbus:

Zauber
Hoof-Hearted
Four String
Land Grant
Seventh Son
North High
Lineage
Barley's
Elevator
CBC

And probably several others I haven't visited yet. So, don't waste your time with swill like Hofbrauhaus.
Now you're talking! My wife was already looking for a brewery tour ... any suggestion there?
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Do the TANK buses run on Sundays though?
TANK runs daily. Their Southbank Shuttle is the one that runs to the stadiums. It also runs daily, with extra buses on gamedays. I've linked the route map - the Shuttle stops all have big round markers.



Besides the regular-sized city buses that TANK runs, they also have Trolleys. They're noticeably smaller, but have the advantage of being light enough to use the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which drops you off right at the Freedom Center (adjacent to GABP and only 1-2 blocks from PBS). Like the regular buses, the TANK Trolleys are always out running on gamedays.

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IN Columbus, hit up the Hoof Hearted brewery and restaurant. It's downtown.

Some of the best IPA and DIPA's I've had from anywhere. And good food as well. Then you are a 10 min walk to Seventh Son brewery that is a good scene and more goodness.
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Originally Posted by Sdallnct View Post
IN Columbus, hit up the Hoof Hearted brewery and restaurant. It's downtown.

Some of the best IPA and DIPA's I've had from anywhere. And good food as well. Then you are a 10 min walk to Seventh Son brewery that is a good scene and more goodness.


It's not downtown! It's in Italian Village!

Elevator is downtown. Wolf's Ridge is downtown. Hoof Hearted and Seventh Son are in Italian Village. North High is in Weinland Park. Land Grant is in Franklinton. Lineage is in Clintonville, and Zauber and Four Strings are in Grandview.
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Schmidt's in German Village is a decent place to grab a bite to eat in Columbus.

http://www.schmidthaus.com/
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Originally Posted by Abob Teff View Post
Sunday we plan on going to the Cincinnati Reds game (I think it is a 3pm game if I remember correctly). We are looking at staying at the Drury Inn (about 25 minutes from the ballpark) or the Hampton Inn in Covington, KY (2 miles from the ballpark). Suggestions on which has more to do within walking distance? Is it possible to walk from the Hampton in Covington to the ballpark? Any tips on ticket deals for the game?
You can easily walk to the ballpark from Covington. The most scenic route would be walking across the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which will put you alongside Smale Riverfront Park a couple of blocks from the stadium.

You will have no problems finding guys selling tickets along Third Street, one block north of the stadium.

As for things to do before the game, I would highly recommend taking the streetcar ($2 for a day pass) from the station at The Banks (about a block from the stadium) to Findlay Market and/or Rhinegeist, which should be around a 10 minute ride. There are several great options for quick lunches at Findlay (Eli's BBQ, bahn mi at Pho Lang Thang, the best gyros in the city at Areti's, and gelato at Dojo), and you can bring it with you to Rhinegeist (two blocks north on Elm) to enjoy a beer or cider while you eat. Rhinegeist opens at noon on Sunday, and there is a streetcar stop out front that will take you back to the stadium. I'll make the same offer as wendersfan...PM me if you end up going to Rhinegeist, and I'll meet you there and buy you a beer.

There is also a historic brewery tour in that area (Over-The-Rhine), but it unfortunately is at the same time as the game on Sunday.

After the game, you could walk pretty much next door to Moerlein Lager House for dinner, which has a great menu with average beers (although they have "guest" beers in addition to their own).

Finally (and I would probably drive this instead of walk), if you have any interest in visiting the largest liquor store in the country, check out The Party Source in Bellevue, KY (which borders Newport, which borders Covington). It houses a brewery (Ei8ht Ball), a distillery (New Riff), and a huge selection of beer, wine, spirits, and party food.

Jungle Jim's is also great, but I think you would be hard pressed to get to either location (Fairfield and Eastgate, each about a 30 minute drive from Covington) and back, considering the game time and the amount of time you will want to spend wandering the store.

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
This is the building that was used as the look for the Hall of Justice in the old Justice League cartoon series.
While this building is closed to the public moslty, the outside is really cool to see and get pictures of.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincin...Union_Terminal
Union Terminal is unfortunately effectively shut down for the next couple of years due to repairs. It's still cool to see from the outside, but they have the entire ground floor walled off, making it impossible to appreciate the dome from the inside. The only exhibits that remain open are the Children's Museum and the rotating art exhibit (currently da Vinci) in the basement.
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It's not downtown! It's in Italian Village!

Elevator is downtown. Wolf's Ridge is downtown. Hoof Hearted and Seventh Son are in Italian Village. North High is in Weinland Park. Land Grant is in Franklinton. Lineage is in Clintonville, and Zauber and Four Strings are in Grandview.
Ok calm down....the city is small (yes I've been told it's like the 16th biggest in the country).
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I visited the North Market in Columbus a few months ago and it was really cool. It's an indoor market with some really amazing food stands.

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