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Fountain Square – Cincinnati – Free Fun!

At the Heart of It All

© Becky Linhardt 2012

Since its 2006 renovation, Fountain Square is THE destination for people looking for something to do. Located in the central business and retail areas, and just a few blocks from riverfront activities at the ballpark, stadium, and The Banks entertainment district, the location at 5th and Vine Street has seen many incarnations but it has always at the heart of downtown activities – in all seasons. 

During the winter months an ice rink on the square attracts skaters of all ages – and, from Nov. 24th – December 23rd Santa Skates on Saturday and Sundays. In January regional mascots meet to compete on the ice in a game of Broomball.  There is a fee for skate rental.

Come the warm weather months, the excitement is generated by the intense FREE programming of musical entertainment, community activities, and sometimes silly competitions such as a Freaky Friday Fish Toss.  You can celebrate National Donut Day in June! There’s always something happening on the Square.

 The official summer season starts with Taste of Cincinnati on Memorial Day Weekend. Want to learn to dance the Salsa, more into Reggae or Southern Sounds?  The PNC Summer Music Series presents a different genre of music most nights during the week and sometimes at noon through Labor Day.  The Strauss & Troy Market on the Square is every Tuesday at lunchtime. Family Day has activities every Saturday morning in June.  There is a family oriented double feature “Movie Night” on the giant LED Board every Saturday night, all summer long.

 The fountain, “Genius of the Waters,” has always been the focal point for this public gathering place.  Now it presides over a multi-level plaza with easier access, a tented stage during the summer, moveable tables and chairs, market umbrellas for shade, vendors with food and beer concessions so you don’t have to leave the square to find refreshments.  You can even pack in your own food and many office workers bring their lunch to the square.  A special security force makes sure things stay neat, clean, and safe 24/7.

 At the edges of the Square there are restaurants such as Via Vite with an upper level patio overlooking all the activities on the Square, Rock Bottom Brewery for burger and a micro-brew, or Chipotle for a burrito and a Margarita.  Families love to stop at the Graeter’s on the east side of the Square for their home town favorite ice cream flavors.  Raspberry Chocolate Chip anyone?  Yummy!

 There are too many things to list here so visit www.myfountainsquare.com or www.CincinnatiUSA.com for details.

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