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Fountain Square

Attend a rally or art exhibit in this busy piazza marked by a gorgeous bronze fountain from the 19th century.

Fountain Square is a large and spacious plaza in the heart of Cincinnati dating back to the 1800s. The many shops and restaurants that formed around this lively square have made it the nucleus of the city. Meet friends at this popular gathering point, before exploring the entertainment district around it.

Marvel at the opulence of the majestic Tyler Davidson Fountain in the center of the square. Also known as the Genius of Water, the statue is among the city’s most iconic emblems. Sit on the edge of the fountain with a book and people-watch in this busy part of the city.

Gaze up at the central female figure with arms spread wide. The fountain is 43 feet (13 meters) tall and cast in bronze. Inspect the various figures and motifs of this complex work of art dedicated to the memory of a businessman’s brother-in-law.

Attend some of the many events that take place in the square, including concerts, festivals, speeches and other important activities. Visit during holidays to see how the plaza changes. Oktoberfest and Halloween are among the many causes for autumn celebration. In winter, an ice rink appears. See occasional temporary art exhibits showcased in the plaza.

Embark on one of the walking tours that commence from the square. Stroll through the Fountain Square District for its many restaurants and specialty shops. The area is also full of offices and hotels.

Note that Fountain Square stands on a former Indian mound and replaced the butcher’s market when it was built in 1871. See political rallies, large gatherings and workers on their lunch breaks.

Find Fountain Square in the downtown area of Cincinnati. It is a few blocks north of the Ohio River and can easily be reached via the streetcar. Visit nearby landmarks, such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Great American Ballpark and Smale Riverfront Park.


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Millennium Cincinnati $88
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.

    Hyatt Regency Cincinnati $142
    Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

    Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

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

      Located near the slopes, this Downtown Cincinnati hotel is in the city center and 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).

      The Westin Cincinnati $143
      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.

        Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown $71
        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.

          21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati - Mgallery $134
          21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati - Mgallery

          21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati - Mgallery

          609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aronoff Center for the Arts, Fountain Square, and Carew Tower. Great American Ball Park and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are also within 10 minutes.

            Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza $127
            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).

                Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown $134
                Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown

                Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown

                617 Vine Street, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is steps from Contemporary Arts Center and Fountain Square. Carew Tower and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are also within 10 minutes.