"Cincinnati is experiencing a boom, especially in the Over-the-Rhine district where rich cultural offerings and breweries thrive."

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River links Cincinnati and Kentucky. Credit Andrew Spear for The New York Times

You’ve got less than two days to do it all. Where do you start? According to this New York Times’ weekly Sunday feature written by Elaine Glusac, the options are as varied as your tastes. From the Zaha Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center and art-filled 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, to (Sotto), the candlelit subterranean “sexy” Italian restaurant where rapper Drake and tennis star Serena Williams were spotted canoodling one summer, Glusac says downtown has something for everyone.

If you’re looking for exercise, the Times suggests you hop on one of the city’s shared Red Bikes and take a trip to Kentucky across the pedestrian-friendly Purple People Bridge, or maybe drop in for the powerful exhibits about the history of slavery and human rights at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where a new VR experience can put you in Rosa Parks' seat on that Montgomery bus.

Hungry after all that walking? Sample such local delicacies as goetta (Google it) on the Cincinnati Food Tours walk, grab fresh produce and local favorites at the century-old Findlay Market, or enjoy a pint at beloved breweries Rhinegeist and Taft’s Ale House. If you’re not too exhausted, the paper suggests a meal at Salazar or Maplewood Kitchen and Bar or maybe a night of theater at the newly renovated Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. There’s definitely a lot to tackle in 36 hours, but you're sure to enjoy trying to do it all.

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