OH Summer Fun Week 10: Big Bone Lick State Park & Garden of Hope

Summer Bucket List

Big Bone Lick State Park


Cost: Free, unless you play miniature golf which costs a couple bucks a person

Time: 2 hours

Located in northern Kentucky, Big Bone Lick State Park is home to a herd of wild bison! Matthew and Jordan especially loved watching the new calves roam with their mommas. It’s not quite the Yellowstone experience (where there are no fences and they really do run wild), but you can still get up close and personal to these amazing creatures. Continue reading

OH Summer Fun Week 9: Ride the Ducks, Newport Aquarium, Lunken Airfield

Summer Bucket List

This was certainly a day of adventure. Our first stop was Newport on the Levee in Newport, KY.

Ride the Ducks Newport


Cost: $18/adult; $12/child (Newport Aquarium pass holders get a substantial discount!)

Time: 1 hour

While this is a somewhat pricey activity, I’ve been wanting to do it since we moved here, so I splurged today. The Ducks resemble the WWII DUKWs and travel on land and water. Our Duck drove from Newport to Cincinnati, entered the Ohio River near Yeatman’s Cove, spent some time rolling on the river and then ended the tour with some sights in Cincinnati and Newport. Our tour guide was awesome – the perfect blend of informative and funny. Actually, I was surprised at how interesting it was and how much I learned about these cities. Matthew, Jordan and Adam loved making noise with the plastic quackers that each guest received when entering the boat, and the tour guide invited them to quack along to the music at different points during the tour. Overall, riding the Ducks was a good experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Continue reading