The hard-court swing is in full action in Cincinnati with the world's top players competing for the title just ahead of the last major of the year. Though the tournament site is in the small city of Mason, Ohio, there are many activities outside of the Western & Southern Open that are worth a visit.

These are the Top 5 things to do in the Cincinnati area. 


American Sign Museum 


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The American Sign Museum protects American history by preserving signage and restoring history. The museum protects the work of many artists and craftsman from the past 100 years. It's a part of American history that goes unnoticed and this museum does a great job at spotlighting it. 


Great American Ball Park


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The Great American Ball Park is home of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds will take on St. Louis Cardinals on Friday and Saturday at home. 


Smale Riverpoint Park 

This 45-acre park is great for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Smale Riverpoint Park is an urban green space along the riverfront between Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium. Take a seat on a porch swing or play foot piano; there's something for everyone at this Downtown Cincinnati park. 


Kings Island Amusement Park


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Located in Mason, Kings Island boats over 100 attractions including 14 rollercoasters and a 33-acre water park. It's the largest amusement park in the Midwest, and recently unveiled the new Orion "giga" rollercoaster" that features a 300-foot drop, set to open next spring.  


The Cincinnati Subway 

The Cincinnati Subway is an abandoned and incomplete rapid transit system below ground. It's only a little over two miles long, but happens to be the largest abandoned subway system in the United States. Visiting the subway tracks itself is nearly impossible, but Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Programs offers all kinds of tours for visitors looking learn more about the city and its landmarks and history.