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Performing ArtsThe city's premier arts and entertainment destination is the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St. between 6th and 7th streets; phone (513) 721-3344 or (513) 621-2787 for tickets. The center's three theaters present more than 10,000 exhibits and performances throughout the year, including Broadway shows and children's theater. In addition, the center is the main performance hall for the Cincinnati Ballet; phone (513) 621-5219 for information or (513) 621-5282 for tickets.

Other professional theaters include Playhouse in the Park, (513) 421-3888, with its two theaters, the Robert S. Marx and the Thompson Shelterhouse, on Mount Adams Circle in Eden Park. These stages present modern American and European plays September through June.

The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, (513) 421-3555, downtown at 1127 Vine St., presents live theatrical shows from September through May. Performances of new plays and well-known modern works are given Tuesday through Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, at 719 Race St., performs eight to nine classic plays as well as some free traveling performances throughout the summer months; phone (513) 381-2273 for additional information.

Music Hall , 1241 Elm St., was built by philanthropic leaders in 1878 and is fondly referred to as the Grand Dame of the Queen City. The interior of the red brick building is adorned with crystal chandeliers. The hall is a fitting home to the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; phone (513) 381-3300. The Cincinnati Opera, America's second oldest opera company, also performs in Music Hall; its mid-June to late July season includes grand operas, operettas and musicals. Phone (513) 241-2742 for more information.

The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music at Jefferson Avenue and Corry Boulevard makes impressive contributions to the area's music scene. A prominent music school, the 1,400-student college offers a variety of performing arts entertainment, ranging from opera and musical theater to dance and drama. If you're looking for things for couples to do, the conservatory offers more than 1,000 performances a year and many of them are free; phone (513) 556-4183 for schedule and ticket information.

Concerts by popular entertainers and groups are often held at the Riverbend Music Center, (513) 232-6220, the summer home of the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Cincinnati Gardens, (513) 631-7793, and the U.S. Bank Arena, (513) 421-4111, also host many entertainment and sporting events.

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Travel Information

City Population

296,943

Elevation

820 ft.

Sales Tax

The Cincinnati area has a 7 percent sales tax. A lodging tax of 13.5 percent is applicable in Hamilton County. There is a 12 percent rental car tax with an additional 9 percent recoupment tax. The northern Kentucky lodging tax is 11.24 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(513) 765-1212

Fire (non-emergency)

(513) 765-1212

Time and Temperature

(513) 721-1700

Hospitals

The Christ Hospital, (513) 585-2000; Good Samaritan Hospital, (513) 862-1400; The Jewish Hospital, (513) 686-3000; Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, (513) 624-4500; Mercy Health West Hospital, (513) 215-5000; UC Health Academic Medical Center, (513) 584-1000.

Visitor Information

50 E. Rivercenter Blvd Suite 810 Covington, KY 41011. Phone:(859)581-2260 or (800)543-2613

Air Travel

Major passenger airlines serve the

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (859) 767-3535 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

The Amtrak station, (800) 872-7245, is at 1301 Western Ave. inside historic Union Terminal.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, 1005 Gilbert Ave., is the major company serving the city. Megabus, (877) 462-6342, offers routes to several cities.

Taxis

Taxis are metered and charge $4 for a pickup and $2 per mile. There is no charge for additional passengers. Taxis can be hailed at downtown hotels or ordered by phone. Companies include Cincinnati Taxi Inc., (513) 666-2184, and Towne Taxi, (513) 761-7700.

Public Transportation

Metro operates buses throughout the metropolitan area. The base fare is $1.75. Exact change is required, and zone and transfer charges are additional. Signs at many bus stops list the numbers of the routes that stop there.

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