Do you plan on spending time at Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment? Great! That’s a good place to start… But we all need at least a small break from all the casino gaming, right?
With that said, if you’ve never been to Cincinnati, if you’re looking to either explore the city when you stop by, or if you’re interested in visiting some of the most prominent landmarks in the area, you’re in luck. Because you can turn your trip to Cincy into an amazing vacation full of unexpected experiences!
From classic ballparks in town that host top-end professional sports teams to musical theaters, historic hotels, and one of the last showboats in America, here are eight ways to stay busy when you venture to Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment.
Let’s discover what the best of gambling in Ohio has to offer.
Great American Ballpark
It is the home of the Cincinnati Reds and one of the most architecturally pleasing structures in the region. The Great American Ballpark and its neighbor, Paul Brown Stadium, will light up the architecture enthusiast in you.
So, what is it that makes this stadium one of the best if not the best ballpark in Major League Baseball? And how is it any better than legendary structures like Wrigley Field and Fenway?
Yeah, it’s a safe bet that you’ll find the aptly-named Great American Ballpark an architectural symbol of the great American pastime. So, if you’re into architecture and baseball, then this is a must-see for you. And if you’re a stadium enthusiast, it’s easy to rejoice at what you’ll find here. Plus, if the Reds are in town, why not venture off to a game and cheer on the home team?
You don’t even need to support the Reds to get excited about all the features you’ll come across here at the park. Whether you’re into architecture, history, or baseball itself, you’ll find a lot of value at this venue.
It’s a great way to pass the time if you need a break from all the gaming going on at Belterra Park.
Nippert Stadium is where the architecture, history, and sports betting enthusiasts can meet and have a drink.
Why? Because the structure hosts a plethora of tenants over the years that include the NCAA’s Cincinnati Bearcats and Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati, among others; it is also the fifth-oldest stadium in college football.
Yeah, Ohio Stadium in nearby Columbus may have the size, but Nippert Stadium’s architecture, eight renovations, dynamic horseshoe shape, and consistent expansion blows the copycat horseshoe in Columbus out of the water.
So, with its history, design, and number of tenants that have called the field home, it’s the perfect place to pay a visit if you’re in the area. And if the Bearcats or FC Cincinnati have a game going on, why not buy a ticket and absorb the raucous atmosphere?
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Okay, so as the name suggests, you can expect several Shakespearean ensembles to be played here.
If that’s your thing, then Lady Luck has your back even if she disappeared for a while over at Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment.
In fact, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company joined a hallowed few back in 2014 when completed the 39-play canon regarding Shakespeare following the production of The Noble Kinsmen.
And if you aren’t into Shakespeare, catch a show anyway! You may just uncover a new passion and appreciation for 16th-century literature and the famous playwright.
Cincinnati Music Hall
Starting in 1920, the Cincinnati Music Hall has produced many productions in June and July, along with accompaniment by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
If you’re into anything that ranges from classical music to classic stage productions, then the Cincinnati Opera House is a must-see attraction. That’s especially true if Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment are merely serving as just a sliver of an overall destination experience in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tracing its roots back to 1920, the Cincinnati Opera that hosts the production is also the second-oldest opera company in the United States behind New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
Given the longevity of the Cincinnati Opera, you know you’re in for the show of a lifetime when you walk through its doors. So, come in and experience a night of singing and classical music. I’ll tell you this—if you’re looking to spend a relaxing evening doing something besides playing popular casino games, this is the place to be.
One of the city’s largest performing arts centers, the Aronoff Center is full of events that range from ballet, plays, popular music concerts, comedy, and musicals.
So, if live entertainment at Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment falls short of your expectations, venture out to the Aronoff Center to see what’s happening.
Whether you’re in for something sophisticated or if the latest and greatest world-class pop group is in town, take a walk to the Aronoff Center and see what it has to offer.
The Showboat Majestic holds the distinction as the last riverboat theater built in the United States, and it still exists to this day. So, if you’re in the mood for a real history lesson, Showboat Majestic, or simply Majestic, is a surefire location to pique your interest.
For years, the showboat entertained generations of audiences all the way until the early 2010s before she was permanently docked at Cincinnati’s Public Landing in 2013.
After being out of service for over six years, Majestic returned in December 2019 for a Christmas production, and you can bet they’ll use the vessel more often if the demand calls for it.
While you won’t expect to see any shows if you venture out to view this vessel, you’ll definitely get a thrill from paying this National Historic Landmark a visit. And that’s especially true if you’re into historical structures that contain many stories within their walls.
She’s reportedly moving to nearby Manchester, Ohio. So, if you can’t find her in Cincy, just drive a few minutes east and she’ll be waiting!
Looking for a historic stay in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati? Then, take a trip to the Cincinnatian Hotel, where you’ll receive a perfect blend of a quaint setting with all the modern amenities.
Having opened its doors in 1882, and serving generations of Cincinnatians and tourists alike, this hotel is now a member of the Historic Hotels of America. It has also been a member of the National Register of Historic Places since 1980.
So, walk through the doors and experience a piece of history while the hotel continues to evolve well into the next decade.
Paul Brown Stadium
Alright, we started with a tour of Great American Ballpark and Nippert Stadium. It’s only appropriate to end the tour with another soon-to-be legendary piece of architecture known as Paul Brown Stadium.
Designed by Dan Meis’ firm NBBJ, it became the first NFL stadium to win the AIA design award and, at the time, one of just two sports venues to have won the award.
Some of the most dynamic features at Paul Brown Stadium include its open corners, which allow fans breathtaking views of the Ohio River, downtown skyline, and the city’s numerous bridges. It probably came of good use to fans of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2000s and parts of the 2010s decade.
It was also the only football stadium to earn a spot on the list of America’s Favorite 150 Buildings and Structures, ranking 101st on a list that included skyscrapers, national memorials, hotels, churches, and bridges.
Only Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium ranked higher on the list in terms of sports structures. It shows what kind of treat you’re in for if you’re an architecture or stadium enthusiast.
With that said, if you’re venturing to good old Cincinnati as part of a group that includes the sports fan, the historian, and the architect, you’re in for a real treat. The stadium’s home tenant—the Cincinnati Bengals—can offer a reason to attend their home games.
Definitely a diverse list, right? Cincinnati is often overlooked because of the ultimate boom periods its revitalized neighbors like Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh have experienced in recent years.
But Cincy has more than its fair share of attractions to get excited about.
So, when you’re looking to take time off from the gaming floor at Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment, know that you’re just a 15-minute drive away from a diverse set of nearby attractions that perhaps no other city in the United States of similar size brings.
From its major sporting outlets, theater houses, and more, there is a lot to get excited about when you visit Cincinnati and turn your day or two at the casino into a week-long vacation outing.
Have you been to Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment? And if so, tell us all about your experience. We’re always looking forward to hearing from you!