Founded in 1963 at a local YMCA, the Cincinnati Ballet grew into a major regional company by adhering to its mission to express the human experience through dance. Today, it continues upholding that vision by housing resident artists who entertain audiences with dance performances of both classic and original work. Beyond supporting local audiences and their right to clap, the Cincinnati Ballet also seeks to nurture artists through the Otto M. Budig Academy. There, a professional faculty trains aspiring performers at all skill levels. These training opportunities are supplemented by outreach programs such as CincyDance!, which provides free training and dance attire to children.
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.
Outside of saddling a flying squirrel or constructing a eagle-drawn chariot, there’s nothing quite like zipping from tree to tree through a blur of branches and leaves, hearing the fresh forest air whiz by. To bring the experience to central Ohioans, Jerrod and Lori Pingle built a network of ziplining platforms in the forest canopy of Camp Mary Orton and began leading ZipZone canopy tours. During the company’s signature two-hour tour, professionally trained guides lead guests through the sky-brush and over ravines and streams, just out of reach of leaping sasquatches. To protect the natural scenery that surrounds the 20-acre tour, ZipZone implements a number of eco-friendly measures, such as building hiking trails in lieu of roads, limiting tree intrusions, and reducing soil compaction.
An unmistakable sight on the streets of Columbus, the Pedal Wagon is a pedal-powered party on the go, transporting up to 15 happy passengers all over town?and making plenty of stops at local watering holes. The High Street Shuffle cruises through Columbus's Short North in search of discounted drinks and new friends. Other tours include the Blue Jackets Brew Cruise, Buckeye Saturday Stumble, College Night, and Polar Bear Express.
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We were established in 1988, celebrating our 27th year. Representing South-Western Ohio's sole full-time, full-service hot-air balloon company, ballooning is what we do and we do it professionally! At Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Co, a team of commercially rated, FAA-certified pilots whisk passengers skyward on journeys over southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. One-hour flights take off from Lebanon Warren County airport and travel as high as to 2,000 feet, where visitors can take in panoramic views and snap pictures. Retrieval crews track each trek from the ground and transport guests back to their meeting location.
Along with standard flights, Gentle Breeze?s team hosts specialties such as private couples flights followed by champagne toasts, Hummer or Escalade limo rides to launch sites, and voyages over Cincinnati and Dayton?s metro areas.
To maintain its 100% safety record, Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Company employs an arsenal of FAA-certified commercial pilots. After a pre-flight briefing, where you'll meet your pilot and flight crew and learn the necessary facts about hot-air balloonistry, the propane burners are fired up and your inflatable vessel is inflated with motorized fans (takes about 30 minutes). From there, you'll slip the surly bonds of earth for an awe-inspiring hour of panoramic sightseeing from the comfy confines of an oversized picnic basket. The airborne adventure will skim over treetops and stampeding herds of wild office workers, soar among flocks of birds, and rise to 1,000 feet using only the wind as your propeller. The sunrise and sunset flights mean you'll enjoy glorious lighting conditions for photographs, marriage proposals, and marriage retractions.