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.
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.
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.
Most cities take pride in their past, preserving their historic triumphs and unusual claims to fame. The more macabre facets of municipal history, however, can take some digging to uncover. American Legacy Tours' Queen City is Haunted walking tours take the work out of supernatural explorations of Cincinnati. During each walk, expert guides expound on the murders and deaths of yesteryear, taking their charges through haunted buildings, spooky burial grounds, and the spot where they finally buried their dream of dancing. Historical episodes of interest include Cincinnati's Murder College, the phantoms that infest Music Hall, and the tale of the Tri-State area's most prolific killer.
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.
The nearly 50 brewery buildings that make up Cincinnati's Brewery District range from Romanesque works of art to impressive brick industrial spaces. Many have stood on the same spots since long before Prohibition, outlasting neighboring structures that fell to the wrecking ball. If those buildings had faces, they'd use them to thank the Brewery District's redevelopment group. The band of residents, business owners, and developers helps protect and promote the rich history of this former German cultural hub and epicenter of the Cincinnati brewing industry.
As part of a long-term plan to redevelop the area, the organization welcomes visitors into diverse events such as seasonal beer festivals and a pop-up beer garden at the Findlay Market. But the most popular gatherings are the brewery tours that stop at pre-Prohibition breweries and explore the historic, secret barrel-transportation tunnels that run 40 feet below street level and directly into local refrigerators.