Institute 2018

Making the Most Out of Your Visit to Cincinnati #alsc18

Cincinnati skyline at night

There’s no doubt that the amazing lineup of speakers covering the latest hot topics in children’s librarianship is sure to be a huge draw for attending the ALSC National Institute this September, but so is “The Queen City” itself. Cincinnati is your destination for a fun fall getaway!

Foodies will want to start their Cincinnati foods tour by sampling Cincinnati-style chili; tastes are divided between Skyline Chili and Gold Star Chili, though many neighborhoods also feature chili parlors, so try one or try them all and see which recipe reigns supreme. Don’t miss Graeter’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat; we’re especially digging the Chunky Chunky Hippo flavor inspired by our favorite resident of the Cincinnati Zoo, Fiona the hippopotamus.

A number of local eateries have been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives so hop on the streetcar and make your way to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to experience the Taste of Belgium, Senate, Bakersfield OTR, Pho Lang Thang or ride on thru to The Banks to do some barhopping. Might we suggest Holy Grail Tavern & Grille or the Yard House?

Calling all sports fans! Have you heard? Major League Soccer recently welcomed FC Cincinnati into its ranks! Why not stay the weekend and catch a game? Speaking of home teams, the Cincinnati Reds will be in town during conference weekend and tickets start at $5! What’s not to love about that?! Friday games are followed by a Rozzi Fireworks display and the view of the Ohio River from Great American Ball Park is among the best the city has to offer.

History buffs unite! Spring Grove Cemetery is a must-see destination. Not only is it designated as a National Historic Landmark, but it is considered the second largest cemetery in the United States. Spring Grove encompasses 733 acres and includes an expansive collection of both native and exotic plants.

Festivals abound in Cincinnati, and here’s a look at a few that overlap with conference weekend. Just across the river, Newport Oktoberfest promises to be the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area; enjoy free admission and beer tents sponsored by German breweries with food, music and continuous live German entertainment. Or step back in time at the Ohio Renaissance Festival on a 30-acre recreated 16th century English village. The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 14 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, and, of course, the joust!

For fun right outside your hotel window, look no further than Salsa on the Square!  After your first full day of conference, enjoy hot salsa bands and tips from expert instructors teaching the basics from 7-10 PM on Fountain Square.

We’re certain that after a weekend in Cincinnati, it won’t be long until you’re making plans to come back!

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