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Best Times to Visit Cincinnati

The best times to visit Cincinnati are September or May when the weather is pristine and the city's events calendar is packed. Summertime is hot, but pastimes on the river — as well as frequent concerts in the city's Fountain Square — redeem the humid season. Cincinnati is pretty cold between October and April, and snowfall is common. Still, if you're looking for a slight break on hotel rates, winter is the time to visit.

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May sees temperatures between the 50s and the mid-70s, and a few of the city's most vibrant festivals are held this month. All you'll need is a light jacket to enjoy them. Keep in mind, however, that hotel rates seem to rise with the temps.

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Summertime in Cincinnati is defined by heat and humidity (and a lot of baseball). Expect average highs to be in the mid-80s. The Ohio River provides some respite from the sticky weather conditions. In the summer, visitors can catch some breeze wakeboarding or riding a scenic riverboat.

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In September, temperatures in Cincy range from the upper 50s to the mid-70s, making it a lovely time to explore the city's outdoor attractions. A handful of Cincinnati's major events fall in September as well. Accommodations, however, are at some of their highest rates. Plan to book a few weeks in advance of your trip to snag the best rates.

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October marks the start of winter in Cincinnati. Average low temperatures in October hover in the mid-40s and will drop into the teens in January before they start rising again in February. However, if you can brave the cold, the dead of winter is a good time to save money on accommodations.

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