Cincinnati Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Cincinnati, Ohio - OH, USA)

Cincinnati boasts a scenic position along the banks of the Ohio River and is proud of its rich industrial and commercial heritage.

Although it may lack the quantity of major tourist attractions found in other major US cities, Cincinnati still offers plenty of exciting options, especially for families, including great museums and galleries, one of the best zoos in the country, several theme parks and excellent restaurants.

Tourism and Tourist Information

The Cincinnati Visitor Center at Fountain Square can offer you advice when you are planning your holiday and provide information on a comprehensive list of attractions as well as logistics such as opening times and admission costs. It also offers free internet access.

Cincinnati Visitor Center
Address: 511 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio OH, USA
Tel: +1 513 621 6994
Open hours: January to March, Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, April to December, Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00


Over 300 languages are spoken in the USA, including more than 170 that are indigenous to the area, with the most commonly spoken language in Cincinnati being English.


For details on whether you will require a visa for travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, it is best to check with your nearest consulate or embassy for information specific to your home country. There are a number of different visas available, with tourists visiting Cincinnati normally being required to obtain a non-immigrant visa, allowing temporary stay in Cincinnati.


There are several categories of non-immigrant visas available to those wishing to work in Cincinnati on a temporary basis. Working without a visa in Cincinnati is against the law and there are harsh penalties for those who are caught in breach of this. Persons intending to work in Cincinnati must apply for the relevant visa in their home country, often requiring a letter from their prospective employer in Cincinnati , together with other documentation.


Tipping is common in Cincinnati and is required when service has been satisfactory. When dining out in Cincinnati's restaurants, a 15 percent tip is the norm, although service charges may automatically be included. Bars in Cincinnati differ slightly and provide a tips tray at the counter.

Taxes and Refunds

Most states in the US operate a sales tax of between seven and eight percent on goods and services, although some states have no tax at all. Sales tax is not usually reclaimable by tourists departing from Cincinnati, unless the relevant working visa is held.


A short time ago Americans accepted smoking in public places throughout Cincinnati without much fuss, but nowadays things have changed. Laws restrict the public areas in which people are allowed to smoke in Cincinnati and most restaurants are required to have a non-smoking section. If you are a smoker in Cincinnati, it is always sensible to check whether smoking is allowed before actually starting to smoke.