The Drake Planetarium & Science Center captivates young minds with educational shows as well as after-school programs that teach creative problem solving and teamwork. Planetarium shows cover a wide range of topics and teach audiences to recognize seasonally changing constellations, planets, and lunar foliage. Starry Nights at the Cincinnati Astronomical Society invite stargazers to peep into the universe through the facility's powerful telescopes or highly magnified monocles, and laser light shows also grace the planetarium dome with 2D, 3D, and abstract animations choreographed to classic rock and holiday-theme recordings.
During a self-proclaimed midlife crisis, Tod Swormstedt became the voice for some silent witnesses to American history: signs. The former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine was more than familiar with the subject, and he wanted to give this particular slice of Americana a permanent tribute. He opened American Sign Museum in 1999 and filled it with nearly 4,000 books, photos, and, of course, lots and lots of signs.
More than 80 years ago, the Taft family bequeathed their stately home to the people of Cincinnati?and they also gave them plenty to hang on the walls. Home to the Taft's collection of 690 works of art, the Taft Museum welcomes visitors to view paintings by European and American masters, Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts, and captivating rotating exhibitions throughout the year. As they wander the museum, patrons view Rembrandt van Rijn's Portrait of a Man Rising from His Chair, Whistler's At The Piano, and John Singer Sargent's portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson, among other notable works.
The house itself is equally impressive. William Howard Taft accepted his nomination for President of the United States beneath the portico, and the structure, first built in 1820, is considered one of the country's finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style.
The first Funny Bone location opened in 1982 and has spread infectious laughter ever since. Established stars such as Drew Carey and Jerry Seinfeld have graced the stage, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. The venue also plays host to a full-service bar, where patrons may steep their sorrows in calming brews, then ingest them triumphantly.
Initially designed as a temporary tour and fundraiser for student travel, American Legacy Tours began humbly as the Newport Gangster Tour in 2008. When met with overwhelming success, the friends who had embarked on what they thought was a temporary project decided to take root and expand, creating American Legacy Tours in 2010.
Their first order of business as an official company was to introduce the Queen City Underground Tour, an exploration of the city's underground tunnels and history as a rabbit village. Today, a cadre of educated guides leads 10 different area walking tours, including seasonal Spirit of Christmas Tours and Newport is Haunted Tours held around Halloween.
Cincinnati Reds fanatics touring the Great American Ballpark and the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum will get an inside look at the team's storied past and present. A knowledgeable guide captains the park excursion, leading visitors to many of the park's greatest sites during the 90-minute tour, which includes visits to the dugout, the field behind home plate, the press box, and the iconic spittoon where famous players deposit chewed-up swear words. The self-guided museum tour typically lasts 45–60 minutes. This year's additions to its exhibit roster include a 2010 retrospective, a Johnny Bench tribute, and a 50th-anniversary flashback commemorating the Reds' 1961 National League Championship. Pitch a few rounds in the interactive Play Ball! exhibit, and take in a Reds history film while seated in the wooden vintage-style grandstand in the Palace of the Fans Theater. The tour's grand finale is the Reds Hall of Fame, where a panoramic photo of 1912's opening day engulfs visitors, as well as the four-sided plaque towers commemorating the Reds' greatest sports-doers and most spirited cracker-jack vendors.