1. Segway of Cincinnati Tours
In the family of two-wheeled vehicles, Segways are like the kooky uncle. Funky and futuristic-looking, Segways offer a zippy way to explore the city. Choose from three two-hour guided tours: the Riverfront tour, offering a zoom across the Purple People Bridge and back; the Downtown tour, foraging the shopping districts of downtown and the Gateway Quarter; and the Eden Park route, which glides past popular attractions like Mirror Lake and Krohn Conservatory. Tickets: $60. Reservations can be made by calling (513) 225-1583 or (513) 477-9403.
2. Ride the Ducks Newport
Set sail on an amphibious duck machine for a 40-minute ride of history lessons, music, and sightseeing. By land and by water, you’ll cruise past Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky landmarks like Historic Riverside Drive, the Serpentine Wall, and the World Peace Bell. Kids (and fun-loving adults) will love getting their very own Wacky Quacker, a duck-like call announcing your arrival to the streets. Tickets: $17 adults, $12 children, free for children under 2 years old. Visit newportducks.com for a schedule of tour times. Tours depart from Duck Central, just outside the Newport Aquarium.
3. Newport Gangster Tour
Follow the lead of two “gangster” guides on a two-hour walking tour past buildings that housed casinos, brothels, and hoards of speakeasies that were once the playgrounds of America’s most notorious crime figures. You’ll quickly learn why these scandalous stops have now earned Newport the nickname “the original Sin City.” This is an offer you can’t refuse. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 children 10 and under. Sat 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5 pm; Sun 11:30 am. Tour begins at Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at americanlegacytours.com.
4. Guided Ghost Tour of Cincinnati Music Hall
It doesn’t have to be Halloween to get spooked in this old town. And when you take a nighttime tour of Music Hall, one of Cincinnati’s most historic (and notoriously haunted) locales, you’ll see the places and hear the stories of documented paranormal activity. You may even leave with your own story to tell! Tours are hosted by experts from the Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies group. Tours run periodically throughout the year, but the next one is June 17th at 9:30 pm. Tickets $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 621-2787
5. Cincinnati Walks Architreks
Within the city’s oldest cornerstone neighborhoods lie endless pockets of history. Find out how our most populated streets got their names, and learn about the residents from centuries past. Tours are led through Northside, Mt. Adams, Findlay Market, downtown, Clifton, Walnut Hills, East Walnut Hills, and Over-the-Rhine. Admission: $15 adults, $5 children. Visit cincinnati-walks.org for a complete list of tour schedules.