Wheel Fun Rentals equips visitors with pedal-propelled transit to traverse the oft-overlooked scenery of Cincinnati. A wide range of vehicles, such as a cruiser bicycle ($8/hour), a low-lying chopper ($10/hour), a deuce coupe for two ($20/hour), or a surrey ($20–$30/hour), ferries riders across one of four scenic routes. The Sawyer Point Park and Cincinnati Riverfront trips both unfold 2 miles of pathway along the banks of the Ohio River for two wheelers and four wheelers to lament the existence of no wheelers. The picturesque neighborhood of Mt. Adams lures bicycles on a 5-mile trip that explores the blooming gardens of the quaint town and its neighbor Eden Park, which frames a panoramic view of the Cincinnati skyline. Wheels spin across state lines as peddlers navigate the 2,670-foot Purple People Bridge en route to Newport, Kentucky, where the 350,000-square-foot Newport on the Levee entertainment complex entices sightseers with shops, restaurants, and theaters.
Spring Tour Bus offers transportation between New York and Ohio in comfortable, amenity-packed buses. These buses, which service the Chinatown neighborhood in New York City and travel to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati, are driven by experienced drivers with a minimum of five years experience. The buses feature reclining seats, heating and air conditioning, high-speed WiFi access, outlets, and restrooms in the rear.
Imagine standing on the courthouse steps where dozens of Cincinnatians were slain during a riot in 1884. Or looking down an unlit tunnel burrowed to sustain the black-market trade of alcohol during the Prohibition. The guides behind Queen City History & Education Ltd. illuminate both the highs and lows of Over-the-Rhine’s and downtown’s history through walking tours designed by local attorney and real-estate agent Michael Morgan, author of Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King. They also host lectures and educational seminars that promote the preservation of Cincinnati’s historical structures. To further strengthen that goal, the company donates a percentage of it proceeds to the Brewery District CURC, a nonprofit that supports the redevelopment of Over-the-Rhine. Additionally, the foundation works to preserve the area’s architectural and cultural brewing heritage by placing a bubbling cauldron on every corner.
Tucked away near the banks of the Ohio River stands the other Sin City. Or at least it used to be, during the days when bootlegging formed a powerful underground economy. When a group of teachers and history buffs needed money for school service projects in Central America, they decided to raise funds by starting tours that explored this seamy history, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. A few years and many local accolades later, knowledgeable guides continue expounding upon the town’s rich history of mobsters, gamblers, and ladies of the night.
Tours stroll down Newport blocks littered with buildings once occupied by speakeasies, brothels, and the site of Al Capone’s failed early restaurant career, Al Calzone. Along the way, guides tie the rich past to the rise of the modern-day gaming industry and Newport’s connections to famous crime figures.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Bring a water bottle and comfortable running shoes and clothes
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Downtown Bridges tour, Cincinnati tour
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I first heard of running tours last year. They have become very popular in European cities, and now the U.S.A. Because I have been running many years, and leading tours for the Cincinnati Museum Center for more than four years, it was only natural for me to start Cincinnati Running Tours.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
As a first-timer, you will need comfortable shoes?preferably running shoes?as well as comfortable clothing, a water bottle, and a desire to explore.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
This is a healthy and green activity. Whether walking, fast-walking, or running, participants get a good workout, which makes them feel better about themselves. Also, the activity leaves no carbon footprint.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I really want Cincinnatians to re-explore the downtown area. In the last five years or so, much has improved in terms of housing, restaurants, and parks. Locals need to re-visit the area, and our tours help them do that. While we run, we also discuss the changes within an historical context.
Founded by a group of friends who created the acclaimed Newport Gangster Tour as a fundraiser in 2008, American Legacy Tours blossomed into a full-fledged tour company two years later. Participants choose from seven distinct tours that traverse cities as guides share fascinating and sometimes seedy history. The Queen City Underground Tour ventures beneath the city’s streets into a hidden burial vault and long-forgotten tunnels, and the Newport Gangster Tour delves into a scandalous past by visiting the sites of former brothels and speakeasies. Elsewhere, on the Haunted Covington Tour, guests feed their thirst for fright and their hunger for candy handouts from amiable apparitions.