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Cincinnati: Dinner Cruise on the Ohio River

1. Cincinnati: Dinner Cruise on the Ohio River

Take in the skyline, watch the river go by, and enjoy a fantastic meal aboard the Belle of Cincinnati on this round-trip cruise from Newport. Choose from a wide variety of dinner cruises, all of which include a fully stocked cash bar and a delicious 3-course buffet dinner. Plan a date night with your loved one, on either the Captain's Dinner Cruise or Admiral Dinner Cruise. Looking for fun with the entire family? Bring the kids and have some family fun and bonding on the Sunday Family Dinner Cruise. There is no dress code, so feel free to enjoy the river in casual or formal wear.

Cincinnati: Riverboat Cruise with Lunch and Entertainment

2. Cincinnati: Riverboat Cruise with Lunch and Entertainment

Climb aboard a vintage riverboat and get ready for a scenic cruise down the Ohio River. Savor an expertly-prepared 3-course lunch buffet at your table, and then roam around on deck as you take in the river views. Enjoy games, music, and entertainment. Enjoy some music and have fun on this classic and memorable experience. Take part in games and delight in the entertainment as the boat moves down the river. The cruise ends at the departure point. The lunch menu: Tossed salad topped with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Red Onions served with homemade ranch and Gluten Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings Bone-in Chicken Braised Beef Sirloin Tips and vegetables in a rich brown gravy Whipped Potatoes Fresh Seasonal Vegetable Bakery Fresh Rolls and butter Chef’s Choice of dessert

Bowling Green: National Corvette Museum Admission

3. Bowling Green: National Corvette Museum Admission

Cruise through the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to see the earliest classics to the latest model 'Vettes. Explore the “Corvette Cave In” exhibit, and check out the aftermath of the sinkhole that swallowed 8 Corvettes. For the little tikes, head over to KidZone, an area where children can design, build, and test play cars and "work" in a service station just their size.  Drive the racing simulator, and then make a pit stop at the Stingray Grill to refuel with some classic American fare. Purchase a raffle ticket to win a brand new Corvette. Take a final lap through the Corvette Store for a little shopping before you cross the finish line.

From Lexington: Horse Farm Tour & Keeneland Race Track Visit

4. From Lexington: Horse Farm Tour & Keeneland Race Track Visit

Discover why Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World on this three-hour tour. Start the experience with a walking tour through the ivy-covered grounds of the historic Keeneland Race Track, home to the world’s most expensive horse auctions. Next, take a peek into the lifestyle of thoroughbred horses as you go behind the scenes at a thoroughbred farm and get up close and personal with majestic horses. Later, enjoy a drive by the famous Calumet Farm and learn about the history of the farm, which was the home of a breeding and racing dynasty that dominated the sport during the 1940s, 1950s, and beyond. Continue the tour to the filming locations of the major motion pictures Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and Dreamer.

Cincinnati: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

5. Cincinnati: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Sit back, relax, and enjoy spectacular views of the city along the Ohio River aboard a BB Riverboat on a sightseeing cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of the Queen City and Northern Kentucky, with panoramic views that will take your breath away. See the city unfold before your eyes as you slowly cruise along the Ohio River. Enjoy seeing all the landmarks from a unique vantage point. Listen, as the captain guides your adventure with historic and fascinating commentary of the beautiful river city. A cash bar with snacks will be available for you to purchase on this delightful afternoon river cruise.

Ohio River: Sunset Sightseeing Cruise

6. Ohio River: Sunset Sightseeing Cruise

Experience Cincinnati and the Ohio River on an evening cruise aboard one of the BB Riverboats. Departing from Newport, Kentucky, this tour is scheduled at the perfect time to take in the beauty of the Cincinnati skyline as the sun sets. Enjoy special entertainment such as music as you go. Entertainment is provided by a DJ during the off-season and during the season on Monday – Thursday and a live band during the season (June – Sept) on Fridays and Saturdays. Make the most of the onboard bar as the boat drifts down the river and the scenery moves past. Kick back and relax with a drink as the sun sets on the Ohio River. Admire the views of the Cincinnati skyline as your boat makes its journey.

Louisville Food and History Tour of NuLu

7. Louisville Food and History Tour of NuLu

Visit Louisville's trendy East Market District, known as NuLu, on a guided history & walking tour for foodies. Explore the popular neighborhood, stopping at 6 locations along the way to taste Kentucky classics. Meet your guide in the NuLu District and wander down streets lined with art galleries, eclectic stores, and historic brick buildings decorated with vibrant murals, and learn about the city from your guide. As you make your way through NuLu and neighboring historic Butchertown you'll unravel the history of Louisville, visit a historic home once occupied by Thomas Edison, trace the history of German immigrants, learn about a flood that devastated the city, and more. Make a total of 6 stops along the way to taste the local fare and get to know Louisville through its cuisine. Try bourbon balls, fried chicken, and pulled pork. You'll even get to sample a curious confection inspired by a Victorian-era actress and learn the story behind the sweet treat. And once your tour comes to an end, make the most of discounts at local stores and restaurants and keep exploring on your own.

Louisville: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

8. Louisville: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

Explore the macabre relationship between sickness, death, and beauty on this eerie walking tour in Louisville. Uncover the grisly side of the Victorian neighborhood of Old Louisville. Feel shivers run up your spine as your guide reveals the haunted history of the city. Meet your guide and embark on you walking adventures. Get goosebumps learn about the ghoul on the First Church of Christ Scientists steps and learn hidden history behind the elegant, Victorian Dupont Mansion. Immerse yourself in the past at the former residence of Russell Houston and hear the legend behind the Witches Tree. Learn about the events that took place at the Women’s Infirmary. Stop by the imposing Conrad-Caldwell House and Listen to a facinating tale by the 19th-century James Court Fountain and learn about the protective entity that resides the Pink Palace. Leave the kids at home with a tour that is tailored to adults.

Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

9. Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville.  Join this walking tour through Old Louisville with a professional guide and marvel at more than 1,000 old houses, churches, and buildings of this iconic and beautiful neighborhood. Listen as your guide tells you all about this preserved district and the history of the people who lived there.  Enjoy the tour recommended by The New York Times as a "must" during your time in the city to discover the colorful history of Old Louisville in a very entertaining way.

Louisville: Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Tour

10. Louisville: Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Tour

Take a self-guided tour or a docent-led tour to step back in time at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in Louisville. See the large collection of the original owner's personal possessions and if taking a docent-led tour, learn the unparalleled stories from the home owner's relatives, and more about the era and the families who once called this castle, home. Surrounded by a beautiful courtyard neighborhood at the center of the largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States, Conrad’s Castle featured the latest innovations of its day - including indoor plumbing and electric lighting. Known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors, this Bedford limestone home, featuring massive archways and intricate stone designs, incorporates seven types of hardwood and magnificent stained glass windows making it one of the most stunning homes in Old Louisville. The house has been lovingly restored to the Edwardian era, hosting a collection of items owned by the Conrads and Caldwells as well as many stunning period pieces. The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum stands as a testament to the abundant lifestyle of the owners, two of Louisville’s most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs - Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell.

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based on 773 reviews

Really good, food is average good , but is buffet so you can fill out a lot and is like a plus because only the sail worth the money and alcohol drinks are cheap like 7, not so yummy but enough and not pricy. The view is out of this world.

We arranged this tour visiting from California. Both Adam and Jyler were great and made the experience a lot of fun. Glad I tried this thanks to them.

Had so much fun but it was to cold outside definitely will redo one for the summer. They have music, a bar, and food for sale.

Guide was very professional and passionate about the history of these weapons

Lovely sights, great band, would recommend going again :)