I grew up fascinated by the riverboats that were docked along the banks of the Ohio River. Even as an adult, I’ve always wanted to ride on one and recently, my two young children have shown an interest as well. Combine that interest with a current obsession with pirates and we were extremely excited to set sail with BB Riverboats and their Pirates of the Ohio Cruise.
There are several kid-friendly cruises on BB Riverboats that make great “staycation” options or just a special outing as a family. For our cruise, we arrived at Riverboat Row in Newport and hurried toward the “pirate ship,” as my kids were already calling it. Parking was a breeze and we waited in a short line to pick up our tickets. The kids were handed a pirate hat and eye patch, along with a treasure map of things to find during our time on the boat. After a few minutes of waiting, we boarded the ship with the rest of our “mateys” and started exploring.
BB Riverboats knew what they were doing with this kid-oriented cruise. A friendly pirate greeted us as we came aboard and announcements were made to explain the activities available. Each level had a different pirate-themed experience, so we got to walk the plank, have a sword fight and even “swab the deck.” The pirates who led the groups were so great with the kids and kept the swashbuckling shenanigans in check.
Aside from all of the pirate fun, the highlight of the cruise was the view. We got to go under the bridges and see downtown like never before. The trip is an hour and a half long, which was the perfect amount of time to play, roam and relax and take in the views. We grabbed a bucket of popcorn and a few drinks and had no trouble finding a shaded spot to sit and enjoy.
This summer, BB Riverboats also offers Ice Cream Social Sundays, a Princess Cruise and a Super Hero Cruise. These excursions are a wonderful opportunity to show your family our city and a playful time aboard one of Cincinnati’s iconic riverboats. For more information on these cruises, including future dates and pricing, check out their website here.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.