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Around the Area at HGTV Urban Oasis 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio, home to HGTV Urban Oasis 2018, is a city with large-town attractions and small-town sensibilities. Great food, wonderful museums, pro sports, an active art scene and big-deal amusements on both sides of the river; but also friendly residents, an easy-to-explore downtown and neighborhoods teeming with community spirit.

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Photo: Michelle Curley

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is our nation’s second oldest zoo, opening its gates to the public in 1875. Now recognized as one of best in the country, this zoo offers visitors the opportunity to meet and learn about animals from around the globe, including the frequently overlooked insect world. To make the most of a visit, arrive early to avoid crowds and consult the website (or visit the welcome center) to plan your route around such scheduled animal events as feedings, baths and chats. Book an encounter, or plan an overnight stay for a real behind-the-scenes experience. There’s nothing like waking up to the roar of a lion.

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Photo: Kings Island

Kings Island

The largest amusement and water park in the Midwest, Kings Island is loaded with fun: a huge water park, 16 roller-coasters, numerous other rides, as well as shows and scheduled events. No wonder it’s a regional favorite! Bring swimsuit, towel and sunscreen for the water portion of the visit and rent a locker to stash your stuff before descending (and ascending) on the roller-coasters. Determine your appropriate level of thrill through the park map’s five-tier Ride Rating System: low to aggressive. Join the line for “The Beast” to experience the world’s longest wooden roller-coaster (an aggressive thrill). When your stomach settles, show your Cincinnati spirit with a lunch at on-site Skyline Chili or LaRosa’s.

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Photo: Leigh Taylor

Great American Ball Park

If baseball is your passion, you undoubtedly know the MLB’s Cincinnati Reds call the Queen City home. See the Reds knock it out of the park at the 42,000+ capacity Great American Ball Park and don’t forget your camera, as the stadium affords great views of the city surrounds. Diehard fans should visit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum for immersion in Reds history, statistics and memorabilia. Take the guided Ballpark Tour on nongame days to get up close and personal with normally off-limit features like the dugout, home plate and press box.

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Photo: Gary Landers

Paul Brown Stadium

Whichever your game of choice, this town has a team to get wound up over. Baseball and hockey, soccer, basketball and… oh, yes, football. The NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals defend their home turf at Paul Brown Stadium. Don your hat and jersey, grab a foam finger, get out there and support your local team. Who Dey!

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