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 region. I credit local tours for giving me new eyes and appreciation for all that our area has to offer.  Here are five tours that locals and tourists alike need to take.

Queen City Underground Tour

Queen City Underground Tour
Queen City Underground Tour

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.

Newport Gangster Tour

Newport Gangster Tour
Newport Gangster Tour

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.

Eden Park Segway Tour

Eden Park Segway Tour
Eden Park Segway Tour

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.

Segway of Cincinnati Riverfront Tour

Segway of Cincinnati Riverfront Tour
Segway of Cincinnati Riverfront Tour

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.

Cincinnati Reds Ball Park Tour

Cincinnati Reds Ball Park Tour
Cincinnati Reds Ball Park Tour

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.