In Cincinnati, Ohio, visitors can enjoy the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Great American Ball Park, and the Duke Energy Children's Museum. The city is also home to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Cincinnati Observatory, and the Taft Museum of Art, designated by the U.S. government as a National Historic Landmark.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the United States and one of the largest. It features approximately 500 animal and 3,000 plant species as of 2015. The zoo receives more than 1.5 million visitors every year.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in 2004. It provides exhibits, historical perspectives on slavery, films, a genealogy library and education programs. Cincinnati played a integral role in the Underground Railroad because of its location on the Ohio River, which thousands of slaves crossed during their escapes from slave-holding states in the South.
The Taft Museum of Art holds collections of 19th-century American paintings, European old masters, Chinese porcelains, and European decorative arts. It is housed in the Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House, which was built in 1820.
The Cincinnati Reds have played in the Great American Ball Park since 2003. The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum is located in the ballpark and features tours, a themed theater and a special clubhouse for kids 6 and under.