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Cincinnati: Dinner Cruise on the Ohio River

1. Cincinnati: Dinner Cruise on the Ohio River

Take in the skyline, watch the river go by, and enjoy a fantastic meal aboard the Belle of Cincinnati. Choose from a wide variety of dinner cruises, all of which include a fully stocked bar and delicious 3-course dinner. Plan a date night with your loved one, on either the Captain's Dinner Cruise, or Admiral Dinner Cruise. Looking for fun with the entire family? Bring the kids and have some family fun and bonding on the Sunday Family Dinner Cruise. There is no dress code, so feel free to enjoy the river in casual or formal wear.

Cincinnati: Riverboat Cruise with Lunch & Entertainment

2. Cincinnati: Riverboat Cruise with Lunch & Entertainment

Spend a fun and relaxing afternoon on a 2-hour river cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch buffet, games and some entertainment. Climb aboard a vintage riverboat and get ready for a scenic cruise down the Ohio River. Enjoy an expertly-prepared lunch at your table, and then roam around on deck as you take in the river views. Enjoy some music and have fun on this classic and memorable experience. Take part in games and delight in the entertainment as the boat moves down the river. The lunch menu: Tossed salad topped with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Red Onions served with homemade ranch and Gluten Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings Bone-in Chicken Braised Beef Sirloin Tips and vegetables in a rich brown gravy Whipped Potatoes Fresh Seasonal Vegetable Bakery Fresh Rolls and butter Chef’s Choice of dessert

Cincinnati: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

3. Cincinnati: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Sit back, relax, and enjoy spectacular views of the city along the Ohio River aboard a BB Riverboat on a sightseeing cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of the Queen City and Northern Kentucky, with panoramic views that will take your breath away. See the city unfold before your eyes as you slowly cruise along the Ohio River. Enjoy seeing all the landmarks from a unique vantage point. Listen, as the captain guides your adventure with historic and fascinating commentary of the beautiful river city. A cash bar with snacks will be available for you to purchase on this delightful afternoon river cruise.

Ohio River: Sunset Sightseeing Cruise

4. Ohio River: Sunset Sightseeing Cruise

Experience Cincinnati and the Ohio River on an evening cruise aboard one of the BB Riverboats. Departing from Newport, Kentucky, this tour is scheduled at the perfect time to take in the beauty of the Cincinnati skyline. Along the way, enjoy special entertainment such as music. Customize your cruise experience by choosing from two options: a Sunday early evening cruise or a sunset cruise on a weekday or Saturday.

Cincinnati: Midwest Ghosts and Dark History Walking Tour

5. Cincinnati: Midwest Ghosts and Dark History Walking Tour

Meet your guide then set off through the atmospheric streets of Cincinnati, known for its Midwest charm. Follow your guide to some of the most haunted locations in the city, and hear the spooky tales they have to tell. Visit Washington Park, the site of at least 2 known murders and home to a lingering dark spirit. Next, encounter the ghost of a child that haunts Memorial Hall, then catch a glimpse of Peter Moelhnann’s ghost, the former pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, which now houses a pub. By the end of the tour, you’ll have seen a new side of Cincinnati, and have a few spooky stories to take home with you.

Cincinnati: Guided Underground Walking Tour

6. Cincinnati: Guided Underground Walking Tour

Dig deeper into Cincinnati's storied past on a walking tour with a local guide. Explore the stunning Washington Park, explore the underground brewery tunnels, and hear fascinating stories of bygone eras. Meet your guide and begin your journey into Cincinnati's past. Stroll through the historic Over-the-Rhine district, which houses the country's largest collection of 19th-century buildings. Walk past buildings that housed saloons, bars, and beer gardens before continuing to Washington Park. See the fountain and the historic Music Hall before heading underground. Descend below the streets to find a hidden crypt with the resting places of some of Cincinnati's first residents. Before returning to the surface, explore the tunnels and learn about their importance to Cincinnati's brewery culture.

Cincinnati: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

7. Cincinnati: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

The concept is simple, but the game is anything but — enter a series of elaborately designed rooms, you and your group must work together to find clues and crack codes to complete your mission. With 5 thrilling adventures to choose from, you may find yourself as a prospector, hunting for a lost cache of gold, a special ops agent investigating a suspicious bazaar, a spy sent to recover a stolen painting, or a falsely accused prisoner, determined to break out of jail. No matter your choice, keep your wits about you and focus; you’ve got one hour to escape. After you and your group have emerged victorious, you’ll be conveniently located in the heart of Cincinnati, so you can celebrate with a bite to eat or a beer.

Cincinnati: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Audio Tour

8. Cincinnati: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Audio Tour

Ditch the tour group and discover the historic OTR neighborhood in Cincinnati with the help of a fully narrated audio tour by app. Go at your own pace and hear spooky tales about hauntings and spirits. Begin your eerie adventure by heading to the starting point and pressing play on the app. Listen to ghoulish stories told by professional horror narrators from Britain, all set to the tune of spooky horror-style music for added atmosphere. Visit famous ghostly attractions, lurk in the park in search of the Witch of Washington Park, and hear the story of Charlie Manson's childhood. Walk down the Elm Street that inspired Freddy Kruger, learn the haunted history of Music Hall, see where the lady in red resides, and more. You'll receive instructions on how to download the app after booking. Then, get ready to explore the spooky side of Over-the-Rhine. Pause the tour for a quick bite or grab a drink, then simply carry on from where you left off.

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What people are saying about Cincinnati

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 305 reviews

The ambiance and music was perfect. Friendly, attentive staff and plenty of seating for enjoying the live music. The food was mediocre at best basically all starches. Pasta, potatoes, corn, bread, then meat. But the overall experience made up for the lack of variety in the buffet.

Absolutely loved it, staff were very friendly, food was good, music was a nice touch. The ride down the river was so relaxing and enjoyable. Definitely recommend

The staff was great. Great food. Reasonable drink prices. We had a really fun day.

It was a fun, entertaining night out with good music and great views.

Make sure you arrive an hour early so you can eat and enjoy the trip.