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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: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

2. 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.

Cincinnati: Riverboat Cruise with Lunch & Entertainment

3. 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

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: Guided Walking Ghost Tour

5. Cincinnati: Guided Walking Ghost 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: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

6. 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.

Columbus: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

7. Columbus: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

This is your opportunity to engage in an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Columbus. Guided from any smartphone, you will make your way along well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Your adventure will begin at one of the city's historic churches, and will take you through the expansive Capitol grounds and war memorials. Your quest route will make its way to historic theaters, famous hotels, and other locations with incredible outdoor art to best show you the hidden gems of this city. You will explore the scenic park grounds that follow the Scioto River, discovering unique art as you have fun solving clues and completing challenges in Columbus. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking, using a smartphone as “the guide” which will allow you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. You can feel free to stop to enjoy some of the outdoor art exhibits, or take your time to enjoy a walk through the park.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus

8. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus

Discover the many LEGO attractions at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus. Blast skeletons on the Kingdom Quest ride, hop aboard a royal chariot to save the princess, and see famous LEGO characters on the big screen at the 4D LEGO Cinema. Take flight on the Merlin’s Apprentice ride, where families control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Explore MINILAND, a Columbus cityscape made entirely out of LEGO Bricks — over 1.5 million to be exact. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Heartlake City and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO friend during the visit too. Take on the challenge at the Earthquake Tables and test the strength of a brick tower when the tables start to shake. Create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time.

Niagara Falls, USA: Old Fort & Optional Maid of the Mist

9. Niagara Falls, USA: Old Fort & Optional Maid of the Mist

Meet at Hard Rock Café to start you tour of the USA side of Niagara Falls. Travel in a 6-passenger luxury van while your local guide drives you along the State Park, passing Rainbow Bridge, Robert Moses Hydro-Electric Power Plant, the Niagara Gorge and the Whirlpool Aero Car on your way to Old Fort Niagara. Your guide will explain about the formation of the 3 different falls which make up Niagara Falls and the energy that is produced from the power of the Falls to help light New York City. Soon you will arrive at Old Fort Niagara, which takes you back in time to when great empires struggled for control of North America. The fort consists of 18th century buildings where you can enjoy incredible views and take part in exciting living history programs. This tour includes admission to Old Fort Niagara which features: - a 16-minute orientation film.  - an actual original American Flag from the war of 1812. - Tours of original buildings where Native American, French, British and American soldiers lived and worked from the 18th to the 20th centuries.  - See artisans at work and learn about life on the Niagara Frontier during the 18th and early 19th centuries. - During the summer months you'll witness reenactors giving musket and artillery firing demonstrations, playing historical musical instruments, giving laundry or cooking demonstrations etc. (subject to availability) and you can even join a guided tour led by a guide dressed in historically accurate costume.  - During special events you can also meet additional reenactors who recreate other aspects of the way life was at the fort.  - In the winter months, you'll enjoy self-guided audio tours of the Fort and hourly musket demonstrations.  You will then meet back up with your driver/guide at the entrance to the Fort for your guided tour back to the Hard Rock Café. You have the option to upgrade to a meal at Hard Rock Café with Skip-the-Line access. You can also further upgrade to include either the iconic Maid of the Mist Boat Ride or a breathtaking helicopter ride over Niagara Falls.

Cleveland: Private City Tour

10. Cleveland: Private City Tour

Embark on a jam-packed tour of Cleveland which takes you through history to the present-day. See a range of districts and sights including Millionaire's Row, the theater district, and revitalized neighborhoods full of restaurants, churches, and impressive architecture.  Start your tour downtown where you will meet your private guide. First, head over to Ohio City and Tremont neighborhoods. Then, go east to University Circle to see the Cleveland Museum of Art, Historical Society, Natural Science Museum, Botanical Garden, Severance Hall, Case Western Reserve University, and Lakeview Cemetery. Next, drive through Little Italy to visit historic homes of The Heights. Take a stroll through West Side Market - an indoor/outdoor market with a wide variety of fresh and ethnic foods. Discover Playhouse Square, the 2nd largest theater complex in the US comprised of 6 restored theaters.  Other highlights on your tour include the opportunity to experience the city's industrial past and present, riverside dining, and too many bridges to count at The Flats. Also, explore the Edgewater Park which boasts hiking trails, picnic areas, areas for swimming or boating and the best view of Cleveland’s skyline.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 52 reviews

The entire staff is courteous and very helpful!! The meal is delicious and served buffet style so seconds were possible. We were allowed to roam the entire three decks. The last 30-40 min we played lively games of Bingo with prizes. We were entertained by Banjo Bob who played and told the history of the river, steamships and area towns. This is a must do when you visit Cincinnatti!!

Our overall experience was excellent because of the crew, other passengers, and the Captain. We feel the only thing that will help is if someone announces any significant line marks along the route.

Great conversation with the people sitting on both sides of us during and after dinner. DJ had the whole ship engaged.

Nice tour of the river, and cities. Captain was very informative. Food was good and plentiful.

A very nice relaxing cruise with lunch. The food was very good.