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Sports and RecreationCincinnati's city parks, Hamilton County's 17 parks and several state parks are easily accessible to Cincinnati visitors looking for adventurous things to do. Among these choices, the sports-minded can find facilities for almost any activity. Many of the parks have tennis courts, camping sites and lakes for boating, fishing and swimming.

Bicycling fans can rent a bike at Smale Riverfront Park's Cincinnati Bike Center (120 E. Mehring Way); phone (513) 282-4260. Red Bike has many bike rental locations throughout Cincy and northern Kentucky; phone (513) 621-2453.

Hiking trails are plentiful, especially at Mount Airy Forest. Eden Park, 186 acres off Gilbert Avenue between Elsinore and Morris, offers picnic facilities, lakes for ice-skating and an exercise course. An enjoyable activity is a stroll along the riverfront at Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point or Yeatman's Cove Park. For information about city park facilities phone (513) 352-4080.

There are many golf courses in the area, including seven city-owned and seven county-owned courses. The most well-known course is The Golf Center at Kings Island, (513) 398-7700, with two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses.

For those more interested in spectator sports, the city has much to offer. When in the Queen City, if your favorite baseball team is not the Cincinnati Reds, it is best to keep that fact under your hat. World Series winners in 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976 and 1990 and National League division champs in 2012, the Big Red Machine has a large following. The Reds play at Great American Ball Park; for ticket and schedule information phone (513) 765-7000.

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When all eyes turn from the diamond to the gridiron, football's Cincinnati Bengals become the city's stars. The team plays at Paul Brown Stadium, which opened in 2000. They gained a lofty status when they captured the 1981 and 1988 American Football Conference championships. For ticket and schedule information phone (513) 621-8383 or (866) 621-8383.

Hockey fans can head to U.S. Bank Arena October through March to root for the ECHL's two-time Kelly Cup winner Cincinnati Cyclones; phone (513) 421-7825 for ticket information. Tennis fans won't want to miss the Western & Southern Open in August in nearby Mason; phone (513) 651-0303 or (800) 745-3000 for ticket information.

Perhaps because of Cincinnati's proximity to Kentucky, horse racing events are popular. Belterra Park, (513) 232-8000, at 6301 Kellogg Ave., offers Thoroughbred racing late April through Labor Day and simulcast racing daily year-round. Miami Valley Gaming, about 30 miles northeast in Lebanon at 6000 SR 63, features live harness racing early January to early May and simulcast racing daily year-round; phone (513) 934-7070 or (855) 946-6847. Turfway Park, about 10 miles south off I-75 exit 182 at 7500 Turfway Rd. in Florence, Ky., is the scene of Thoroughbred racing September to mid-October and December through March; phone (859) 371-0200 or (800) 733-0200 for dates. The Kentucky Speedway, in nearby Sparta, Ky., hosts automobile racing June through September; phone (859) 578-2300 or (888) 652-7223 for ticket information.

Note: Policies vary concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities. Phone for information.

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Cincinnati, OH

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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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