On Saturday mornings, Steve and I go to Findlay Market, one of our favorite places in Cincinnati. In the winter, it is warm and cozy inside; in the summer the outside activity is vibrant.
On a recent Saturday, we were sitting at outside tables with our coffee and pastries, people-watching as usual. But then we saw something new: the Cincinnati Bell Connector, the new multi-million dollar streetcar. The second time it passed, I said, “Let’s ride it!”
Though he had much to do, Steve agreed, so we joined the folks waiting to get on. Since it was only the second day of operation, volunteers were at each stop to give advice and route maps. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
For about 35 minutes, we rode the loop that goes from Findlay Market through Over the Rhine and Downtown to The Banks—the riverfront development area. It would be an easy ride to the Great American Ballpark where the Cincinnati Reds play or to any number of wonderful restaurants.
Because it was the first weekend of operation, all rides were free. But I’d recommend that anyone ride it and enjoy the views. The price is right–$1 for two hours and $2 for all day. It’s a bargain for “hop on, hop off” that many city tours charge big bucks for. One arrives about every 15 minutes.
We saw the majestic Music Hall from a distance going toward town and close up coming back. All the equipment for the renovations was distracting but interesting.
We had a good view of the Great American building, the tallest in Cincinnati. We saw some of the great murals around town, from Rosemary Clooney to a trompe l’oeil building with stairs that’s always been one of my favorites.
So get out there, if you have a chance, and view our great city from the Cincinnati Bell Connector!