I grew up in Northern Kentucky and have moved out of state ... and moved back to the area several times over the past few decades. I'm always amazed at how much I'm still learning and discovering about the Cincinnati USA area. I credit local tours for giving me new eyes and appreciation for all that our area has to offer. Here are seven tours that locals and tourists alike need to take.
This tour gives you A LOT of history about Cincinnati's role before and during prohibition. You don't have to enjoy beer to find this tour fascinating. The tour guides bring history to life with their story telling in buildings that formerly were used at the height of Cincinnati's beer industry.
Read about my brewery tour adventure.
This tour takes you into a crypt beneath a church and into a lagering tunnel that was used pre prohibition. You also learn about the history of the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine while viewing the incredible architecture. This is a great tour for Indiana Jones fans with a sense of adventure.
Read about my underground tour adventure.
Growing up in Northern Kentucky I had NO IDEA about how much crime and gangster activity happened before I was even born. This tour recalls the history while you walk the streets that were once heavily populated with criminal activity.
Read about my gangster tour adventure.
Cincinnati Museum Center Behind the Scenes Repairs Tour
This tour takes you to areas of the Cincinnati Museum Center that are not open to the public. You will get a new appreciation for the design and the history of the Museum Center with a mix of areas that are deteriorating and need help. (Editor's Note: The Repairs Tour is no longer operating, but several other historical, cultural and architectural tours of the venue are still available. The Museum of Natural History & Science, the Cincinnati History Museum and the OMNIMAX Theater are temporarily closed for renovations. Please visit cincymuseum.org or call (513) 287-7000 for complete details regarding the closing of certain parts of the venue for renovation and construction.)
Read about my Behind the Scenes Tour adventure.
This tour offers scenic views and history on the rolling hills of Eden Park. You will learn about a crime that was committed here in broad daylight by a gangster back in the day, and have the opportunity to challenge your segway skills on the rolling hills in the park.
Read about my Segway tour adventure.
This tour takes you along parts of the former canal, on the Purple People Bridge and through several parks downtown with fantastic views of Cincinnati. You get history and a reflective vest. What more could you ask for?
Read about my riverfront Segway tour adventure.
This tour takes you behind the scenes at Great American Ball Park where the Cincinnati Reds play. You will hear stories behind the design of the stadium and also go to areas of the ballpark that are not open to the public. This tour is perfect for baseball fans and is still enjoyable if you are not an avid baseball fan.
Read about my ballpark tour adventure.
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have so much to offer and these tours will only make you fall in love with the region even more, whether you are a local or a tourist.