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Old 02-27-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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Weekend of March 14. I can't wait. Sorry if I made it out to seem it was sooner. I'll be back to update!
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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Got back a few hours ago. Cincinnati was great! Didn't have much time there, but we drove around a lot and checked out neighborhoods. The Surrealism exhibit was great, but the rest of the Cincinnati Art Museum was unbelievable, the best I've ever seen. Had lunch at Andy's Mediterranean Food (I think) in Mt. Adams. Excellent falafel, best I've had in the Midwest so far! Sunday, we had a choice between 3 hours at the aquarium with the crowds before a 4.5 hour drive home, or just leisurely driving around and seeing more of the city. We went with the latter, including breakfast at the Proud Rooster in Clifton. All in all, you've got yourself a fine city down there. Can't wait to go back, and go to the aquarium next time.
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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Glad to hear you had fun here. Come back in the summer and visit King's Island and the Cincinnati Zoo (one of most reknowned in the country)...make it the end of summer (Labor Day weekend) and cap it off with Riverfest before heading back.
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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New to the area..... What is "Riverfest" on Labor Day weekend?
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:19 PM
 
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Glad to hear you had fun here. Come back in the summer and visit King's Island and the Cincinnati Zoo (one of most reknowned in the country)...make it the end of summer (Labor Day weekend) and cap it off with Riverfest before heading back.

I've always wanted to go to King's Island. I grew up 20 miles from its sister park King's Dominion, and of course the Brady Bunch went there. I saw it on the way into and out of town. Impressive collection of roller coasters. I hope it didn't get overdeveloped like Kings Dominion. I stopped going there a few years ago because it's just all concrete now. Busch Gardens is much better.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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New to the area..... What is "Riverfest" on Labor Day weekend?
Riverfest is basically a huge festival with music, food and entertainment that takes place on both sides of the riverfront, between Newport and the waterside parks of Cincinnati known as Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove/Serpentine Wall. The river is crammed with boats that weekend as people meander around enjoying the events. It's Cincinnati's "official" end to summer, culminating in a half-hour fireworks display that is synced to music and draws over a half million people to the parks for the fireworks display alone.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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I've always wanted to go to King's Island. I grew up 20 miles from its sister park King's Dominion, and of course the Brady Bunch went there. I saw it on the way into and out of town. Impressive collection of roller coasters. I hope it didn't get overdeveloped like Kings Dominion. I stopped going there a few years ago because it's just all concrete now. Busch Gardens is much better.
Ouch. Yeah, unfortunately a lot of Kings Island's former "green spaces" are now getting covered over with development. It's pretty crowded during the summer, but worth a trip. It has an incredible selection of shows, shops and rides, particularly with the opening next month of Diamondback - the first B&M hypercoaster in America that utilizes stadium seating. It looks to be a showcase coaster, and will definitely become an instant classic for the park. You should come back and check it out.....allow yourself a full weekend to enjoy the park and that way you won't be as rushed to "do it all" in one day. It's actually impossible to do KI in one day anyhow. And please...when you come back to Cincinnati, stop by Jungle Jim's in Fairfield. It's a unique experience and tourist draw all in itself.
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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OH yess.....Jungle Jims! You must check that place out - What is it? A farmers market ...of sorts...but don't let that description fool you. It's HUGE and has the most impressive produce section of any place you've ever been....plus fresh seafood (it's own fish hatchery) and food from all over the world. Amazing. Go on Saturday and they have free samples all over the place! You won't have to eat lunch! I also recommend picking up some fresh baked bread in the bakery and getting a spread of some sort (made on site)...cheese, crab...whatever you fancy!

As for Kings Island....when Paramount bought it years ago it went a little downhill IMO. They were so focused on "movie-theming" the rides that the old faithful's suffered. Phantom Theater closed, which brought a tear to my eye...and now it's some Scooby Doo Haunted Castle thing. Yuck.

The old standby's are still there - Beast, Vortex, Racer...although now that the park has been sold AGAIN, they did away with the backwards Racer! Bastards!

I highly recommend Firehawk - its the coolest roller coaster that you're basically lying down to ride - makes you feel like you're flying!! Plus Delirium is my favorite - as long as you don't get sick swinging or turning.

Check out the website at Kings Island | Official Home Page. Enjoy!
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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OH yess.....Jungle Jims! You must check that place out - What is it? A farmers market ...of sorts...but don't let that description fool you. It's HUGE and has the most impressive produce section of any place you've ever been....plus fresh seafood (it's own fish hatchery) and food from all over the world. Amazing. Go on Saturday and they have free samples all over the place! You won't have to eat lunch! I also recommend picking up some fresh baked bread in the bakery and getting a spread of some sort (made on site)...cheese, crab...whatever you fancy!

As for Kings Island....when Paramount bought it years ago it went a little downhill IMO. They were so focused on "movie-theming" the rides that the old faithful's suffered. Phantom Theater closed, which brought a tear to my eye...and now it's some Scooby Doo Haunted Castle thing. Yuck.

The old standby's are still there - Beast, Vortex, Racer...although now that the park has been sold AGAIN, they did away with the backwards Racer! Bastards!

I highly recommend Firehawk - its the coolest roller coaster that you're basically lying down to ride - makes you feel like you're flying!! Plus Delirium is my favorite - as long as you don't get sick swinging or turning.

Check out the website at Kings Island | Official Home Page. Enjoy!


I just got the worst news of my life. Due to a car accident from ten years ago, I have to have neck surgery. Until I get it, I'm in danger of paralysis from even a minor accident. No more roller coasters for me, probably forever.

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