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Cincinnati, located in the southwestern corner of Ohio along the Ohio River, grew up as a river port city, and the "Queen City" still embraces its river past with annual steamboat races and waterfront eateries. Home to more than 300,000 residents, Cincinnati has several distinct neighborhoods including elegant Mount Adams, scenic Walnut Hills, and the quirky and fun Over-the-Rhine. The city's varied history and vibrant future combine to offer visitors plenty of exciting things to see and do, from major league sporting events and historic house tours to popular amusement parks. It's not an exaggeration to say that Cincinnati offers something for everyone.

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1. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Located in Cincinnati's Avondale neighborhood, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the United States. The 75-acre park is home to nearly 1,900 animals and includes more than 500 species. Noted for its successful breeding program, the Cincinnati Zoo is the birthplace of the baby hippo Fiona and a notable reptile house. More than 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo each year.

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