Cincinnati, the “Queen of the West,” sits on the northern banks of the Ohio River surrounded by picturesque hills. A blend of the Midwest, Old South, and Northeast, this city offers plenty of things to see and do for a nurse who accepts a travel assignment here.
Here are five reasons to consider Cincinnati for your next travel nursing job:
Smale Riverfront Park, created to connect the river and downtown Cincinnati, is an ideal place to relax and unwind between shifts. Its 45 scenic acres run alongside the Ohio River with plenty of spots for quiet contemplation. When you want to get active, walk or bike the Ohio River Trail, or indulge your inner history buff by visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (or possibly down a local brew or two at the Moerlein Lager House).
The Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), FC Cincinnati (currently USL, soon to be MLS) and Cincinnati Reds (MLB) call this city home. The latter is the oldest pro baseball team in the league, now hitting home runs from a sparkling stadium on the downtown riverfront, Great American Ball Park. Sports are taken rather seriously in this city, so whether it’s baseball, football, soccer, or college basketball season, catching a game here is a great way to mingle with the fans and get to know the locals while cheering on the home team.
The Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is home to one of the largest urban historic districts in the country. It includes Findlay Market, which dates all the way back to 1852 (open year-round). During the warmer months, shop outdoors for everything from fresh produce and ethnic cuisine to flowers and seafood, enjoying the street performers in between. You’ll find multiple dining and imbibing options, too, like Rhinegeist Brewery, a taproom set within a historic bottling plant, complete with a rooftop bar for sipping while enjoying the view.
The Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park doesn’t cost a thing to explore and is a must-visit for art lovers, with more than 67,000 works that span over 6,000 years. There’s so much to see you’ll want to return again and again—in fact, you may find you need to stay longer than that 13-week assignment. If you aren’t sure where to start, take the free tour ,which includes highlights of the museum’s permanent collection.
One of the oldest, and “greenest” zoos in the country, the Cincinnati Zoo was established in 1873 and is an important part of large-scale conservation efforts to protect and preserve the lowland gorillas of the Congo as well as other endangered animals. A visit here is a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy close encounters with everything from the great apes in an “African jungle” habitat to tigers in Cat Canyon. At Giraffe Ridge, if the graceful, long-necked creatures oblige, you can even reach out and touch them.
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