3 Affordable Adventures in the Queen City

Cincinnati has so much to offer it’s residents and visitors.

There are the obvious adventures like visiting Kings Island, catching a Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium or taking the family to the Cincinnati Zoo. But what about the insider secrets? The less than obvious, extraordinary adventures?

Having fun in Cincinnati doesn’t have to break your bank, so here are a few options to have the time of your life without doing so.

The Vineyard Experience

Tucked away in Morrow, OH off of US 22 and 3, is something you wouldn’t expect to see in a Cincinnati town. The producer of internationally award-winning wines for almost 40 years, Valley Vineyards, is a winery and brewery that not only hosts some of the most elegant wine tastings and tours, but also hosts a variety of dinners for that “special occasion”.

Join Valley Vineyards during the weekend to enjoy a low-key “Weekend Cookout” — their most popular feature at the vineyard. Prepare your own steak or salmon on their indoor/outdoor grills, taste their world renowned wines and craft beer and enjoy live music by some of Cincinnati’s most talented artists.

During the week they also regularly host tastings, tours and so much more. To learn more about the vineyard and all that they offer, visit them online at www.valleyvineyards.com.

Take in the city, in a whole new way

The downtown Cincinnati area is a beautiful one — but if you don’t slow down to take it all in, you might overlook all that the urban core has to offer. Luckily, the area is home to an enchanting experience that allows you to truly see the thriving culture and unique characteristics — horse-drawn carriage rides.

Operated by “Elegant Carriage” based out of Northern Kentucky, they offer various ride lengths and reservations, promising an experience that “is like seeing the city for the first time.” “Walkups” are also welcomed, in the event that you’re downtown and feeling spontaneous!

For more information, visit their website at www.elegantcarriage.com or give them a quick call at 937.903.5156.

The Freedom Center:

The underground railroad was a pivotal movement in our nation, and Cincinnati is the home to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Freedom is the foundation of our lives in the United States of America and the Freedom Center, located at the newly developed “Banks” on the Ohio Riverfront, hopes to inspire others and engage the community.

The Freedom Center is open daily, with tickets starting at $10 and hosts various, unique exhibits through out the year. Purchase tickets to visit the Freedom Center and get more information at freedomcenter.org.

I hope you’ll take the time to go on these 3 adventures in Cincinnati and experience all that the city has to offer.

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