The Ohio River is one of the longest rivers in the United States and runs from the Mississippi River near Missouri to the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This 981-mile long river flows past Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Cincinnati, Louisville, Evansville and Pittsburgh are the four major cities on this river's banks; these cities feature recreation areas and athletic ballparks on the river.
Evansville is the largest city in Indiana on the Ohio River, with a population of more than 117,000, as of April 2011. The river passes by the Casino Aztar (casinoaztar.com), Evansville's riverboat casino, and the District, an entertainment district with nightclubs, restaurants and the Le Merigot Hotel (lemerigotevansville.com). Riverfront Park and Sunset Park offer walking and bicycling paths on the river; Sunset Park is home to the Pagoda, a Japanese-style pavilion for picnicking and parties. Evansville's fine arts and science buffs have access to the Evansville Museum of Arts (emuseum.org), located on the banks of the river.
The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville, is on the southern banks of the Ohio River. As of April 2011, Louisville has a population of approximately 740,000. Downtown Louisville's waterfront attractions include the Muhammad Ali Center (alicenter.org) --a museum dedicated to boxing legend Muhammad Ali--Louisville Waterfront Park (louisvillewaterfront.com)--home of the Waterfront Independence Festival on July 4th--and the Shawnee Park Golf Course. To access Indiana across the Ohio River, Louisville residents may take Interstate 65 or the Clark Memorial Bridge. Louisville Boat Club (louisvilleboatclub.com), located in Northeast Louisville, offers a marina on the river.
Located in southern Ohio, Cincinnati is on the northern banks of the Ohio River, opposite from Covington, Kentucky. This southern Ohio city's downtown area is on the river. Some of Cincinnati's athletic facilities are also on the river, including Paul Brown Stadium--home of the Cincinnati Bengals football team (bengals.com) --and the Great American Ballpark, where the Cincinnati Reds (cincinnati.reds.mlb.com) play their baseball games. Sawyer Point Park hosts concerts at the Proctor and Gamble Pavilion and riverfront dining at the Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse Restaurant (montgomeryinn.com). Cincinnati provides bridges for crossing the Ohio River, such as Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Dan Beard Bridge. As of April 2011, Cincinnati's population is more than 296,000.
The easternmost end of the Ohio River runs to Pittsburgh, one of the largest cities in Pennsylvania. In Pittsburgh, the Ohio River is one of three rivers that meet in a confluence by the city's downtown area; the other two rivers are the Allegheny and Monongahela. The presence of all three rivers has given Pittsburgh the nickname, “The Three River City.” Point State Park is at the confluence of all three rivers; this park is home to a segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail--a recreation path for hiking and bicycling--and the Fort Pitt Museum. Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team (steelers.com), rests at the Three Rivers confluence as well.