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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Choose between a variety of theaters and museums in this landmark art deco building.

This 1933 art deco building doubles as a train station and major tourist attraction. The Cincinnati Museum Center is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, an Omnimax theater, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives and the Cincinnati Railroad Club. Learn about history, trains, nature and science, watch a movie, or entertain the children with hands-on activities.

Stop to admire the architecture before going inside. Note the dome with limestone and glass facade and walls with bas-reliefs. Inside there are preserved mosaic murals from the 1930s.

The Cincinnati History Museum has an interesting exhibit of scale models of the city’s trains. You can also learn about the first settlers who founded the city in 1788, and the Great Depression.

Families should make a beeline for the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Younger children can play in the streets of Kids’ Town. Older children can slide down trees and enter caves in The Woods.

A moon rock collected by Ohio-born Neil Armstrong is among the treasures in the Natural History and Science Museum. This museum is also aimed at children, with many hands-on activities. See what Ohio looked like 19,000 years ago when the last glacier was retreating from the region. Explore a replica of limestone caves with a real bat colony.

The Omnimax theater offers the latest films. You’ll find food and refreshments at several cafés and souvenirs in a number of shops.

The Cincinnati Museum Center is one mile (1.6 kilometers) north of Fountain Square. It’s open daily, with movie screenings at night. Pay to park or take the No. 1 bus from downtown. Buy an All Museum Pass for reduced entry. It includes tickets to the Omnimax theater.


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Millennium Cincinnati $90
Millennium Cincinnati

Millennium Cincinnati

150 West 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Duke Energy Convention Center, Fountain Square, and Carew Tower. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Taft Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

    Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown $67
    Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown

    Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown

    800 W 8th St, Cincinnati, OH
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Queensgate, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and Fountain Square. Carew Tower and Paul Brown Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cincinnati Union Terminal is 16 minutes by foot.

      Hyatt Regency Cincinnati $142
      Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

      Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

      151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fountain Square, Great American Ball Park, and Paul Brown Stadium. U.S. Bank Arena and Jack Cincinnati Casino are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza $152
        Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

        Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

        35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this historic hotel is steps from Fountain Square and Carew Tower. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Great American Ball Park are also within 10 minutes.

          Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront $101
          Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront

          Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront

          668 W 5th St, Covington, KY
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Covington, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of MainStrasse Village, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Paul Brown Stadium. Great American Ball Park and Carew Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            The Westin Cincinnati $139
            The Westin Cincinnati

            The Westin Cincinnati

            21 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fountain Square and Great American Ball Park. U.S. Bank Arena and Paul Brown Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

              Symphony Hotel & Restaurant $109
              Symphony Hotel & Restaurant

              Symphony Hotel & Restaurant

              210 W 14th St, Cincinnati, OH
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Over-the-Rhine, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cincinnati Music Hall and Duke Energy Convention Center. Fountain Square and Carew Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cincinnati Union Terminal is 21 minutes by foot.

                5 Minute Walk to the Heart of "over the Rhine"/washington Park
                5 Minute Walk to the Heart of "over the Rhine"/washington Park

                5 Minute Walk to the Heart of "over the Rhine"/washington Park

                412 Wade St, Cincinnati, Ohio
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Findlay Market, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and Fountain Square. Carew Tower and Jack Cincinnati Casino are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cincinnati Union Terminal is 19 minutes by foot.