I love, love, love when my husband takes on the role of cruise director for our family fun.
Recently, we took a trip downtown with Dad to see what we could discover. At Findley Market, we found food and specifically gelato at DoJo, all I have to say is yummy –don’t wait, go get some! It’s right inside the door to Findlay Market from the Race Street Entrance so you won’t have to fight the crowd to get to it and they are conscious about the quality of their ingredients.
We met a lovely couple from Blue Ash at the community style picnic tables in the middle and their food from Bouchard’s which has Pasta or Flatbreads with unlimited toppings for $7. I opted for Baklava instead of lunch but I’ll definitely be back to try Bouchard’s in the near future.
As we were leaving Findlay Market, the girls stopped to perform for us at the Play Me, I’m Yours piano and it was truly “music to my ears.” I love this city.
With our appetites satisfied, we were onto see what else we could find from a higher view. Dad thought it would be much cooler 49 stories high so we ventured over to the Carew Tower, the second tallest building in Cincinnati; and while it’s not the Empire State Building, its right over there.
The Carew Tower is a National Historic Landmark and home to the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel and Shopping. This art-deco building cost $33,000,000 to build during the Great Depression and is open to the public for a $2 entrance fee to the observation deck. From the 45th floor you will take an older and much smaller elevator to the 48th floor and then climb a flight of stairs to the final floor. This enhances the experience, for sure and is worth the adventure. From the top, on a clear day, you can see for several miles in all directions. We could see Findlay Market but it was not very cool like we thought it might be. Now that the weather is cooler, it will be though.
Our next and final stop was Fountain Square and after cooling off by the splash of the Fountain and chasing a few birds we found another Play Me, I’m Yours piano. What a cool exhibit. What a truly fun day with no time limits or somewhere to be. In just three hours we learned more about our city, each other and had some good old fashioned family fun.