Under the guidance of founder Chad Fath, the licensed helicopter pilots and instructors at Higher Ground Helicopters take visitors on scenic 'copter rides above the city as well as train students to become full-fledged pilots. Flight training lessons take place in the evenings to accommodate busy adult schedules, with the goal of turning inexperienced students into certified professionals within 10 to 18 months. For guests on the fence about flying, Higher Ground offers hands-on demos, which consist of 30 minutes of ground training and 30 minutes of piloting in the air. For guests who simply wish to enjoy the scenery, Higher Ground's expert pilots host scenic tours that showcase the Cincinnati skyline.
Though mac 'n' cheese egg rolls, ranch-fried green beans, and fried-to-order cinnamon donuts might not sound like typical menu items at a sports bar, at Ole Friends Tavern, the chefs take an interesting spin on standard fare. The family-friendly pub also features outdoor seating, happy-hour specials, and Saturday-night DJs.
The instructors at Gymnastics Training Center of Ohio help children as young as 16 months to develop confidence and self-esteem through movement-based training and recreational programs. They welcome students of all skill levels to the facility, which features ample open floor space and a wealth of equipment including balance beams, in-ground foam pits, and trampolines. Here, the coaches train little ones to perform their first somersault and dedicated athletes to compete at the regional and national levels.
Their tumbling lessons steadily introduce more challenging techniques, helping students master everything from back handsprings to free flips over time. But some classes are more about having fun: During recreational classes, they incorporate basic gymnastics moves into engaging workouts that keep kids active while building their strength, agility, and stamina. Regardless of the focus, every training program fosters skills and attitudes that carry over into everyday life and extracurricular activities, such as repeated back-flipping.
In the true spirit of a saloon, there's always something happening inside Whiskey Barrel Bar, whether it's test-your-knowledge trivia or a pool tournament. Order bar-friendly hot dogs and fries from the kitchen to pair with mixed drinks or draft or bottled beers from the bar.
Amidst an atmosphere of spirited patriotism, Grande Ole Pub nullifies hunger with a menu loaded with savory wraps, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Introduce taste muscles to culinary brawn with a beef burrito adorned with enchilada sauce and cheese ($8.99), or kiss kissers with a spicy chicken and black-bean wrap ($8.95), fortified by contingents of rice and a napkin inscribed with the Scoville scale. Louisiana Purchase gumbo ($8.99) celebrates prodigious acquisitions in a meaty ensemble, and the cottage cheese and tomato salad ($4.95) houses a vegetarian dog pile inside a hollowed-out tomato.