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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Cincinnati for student groups

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postedApril 1, 2020

“In Cincinnati, we invite students to experience our city in a way that’s engaging and entertaining,” says Jenell Walton, vice president of communications and strategic development for the Cincinnati USA CVB. “And it’s more than the free activities and museums, the professional sport teams, and the world-class arts and culture scene. Here, we create opportunities and themed itineraries for students that allow them to immerse themselves and connect with the unmistakably Cincinnati experience.”

Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Cincinnati played a pivotal role in many enslaved people’s journeys toward freedom. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center shares the stories of the nation’s heroes via hands-on scavenger hunts through the exhibits and history lessons that meet state and national curriculum standards.

At the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, school groups will find one of the largest collections of animals in the U.S. Later in 2020, the attraction will debut Roo Valley, a new signature area that will feature a two-level adventure course in the treetops with 60 activities, including options for all skill levels and abilities. Beneath the trees, students can interact with kangaroos in a 15,000-square-foot space and see little blue penguins through an underwater viewing portal.

To learn more, email the Cincinnati USA CVB’s Ronnie Mayo or visit

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Top photo: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Photo by Mark Bealer Photography