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Cruising Kentucky

It's summertime, and the livin' is especially easy if you happen to be aboard a boat in Kentucky.

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BB Riverboats on Ohio River
BB Riverboats offers dining and sightseeing cruises on the Ohio River.


Across the Ohio River from Cincinnati’s bright city lights lies a trio of counties — Boone, Kenton and Campbell — that are collectively known as Northern Kentucky. There’s plenty to see and do here, so whether you’re planning a slow cruise or a fast-paced run, summer provides an all-access pass to this stretch of communities that dot the riverfront.

YOU CAN’T MISS Newport on the Levee in Newport, Ky., for a glitzy dining, shopping and entertainment experience. The Newport Aquarium (rated one of the top aquariums in the Midwest) offers an enjoyable educational experience with 60 extraordinary exhibits.

Cruise back in time as you board one of the majestic BB Riverboats for dining and sightseeing on the Ohio River, or book a 40-minute Ride the Ducks tour on a customized World War II-era amphibious vehicle and see area landmarks from a whole new perspective.

If you’re a fan of German fare, make sure to visit Newport’s Hofbrauhaus. Modeled after the legendary Munich eatery, it’s reportedly the first authentic hofbrauhaus in the U.S.

TIE UP AT Riverside Marina in Dayton, a family owned and operated facility with fuel docks, electric/water, transient slips and ample boat storage. It’s floating Bar & Grille serves up a weekly menu of specials and live music on weekends.

The Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club is another great weekend place to pull up and hang out for an evening of live music.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual Riverfest Regatta (July 19-21) in Augusta, a weekend full of family fun on the banks of the Ohio River.

The Northern Kentucky Music Legends Exhibit at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington run through September 8 and honors performers, bands, composers, lyricists and other musical artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent 20 or more years sharing their love of music.

VISIT NEARBY O’Neill Riverwalk in Augusta, which offers boat docking facilities within easy strolling distance of the shops, museums and restaurants along scenic Riverside Drive. The historic, Revolutionary War-era town is located about 42 miles east of Cincinnati.

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