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Nothing But Fun With the Grandkids: a Kentucky Horse Farm, the Newport Aquarium & Some Circus Mojo

Program Number: 2559RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2013 - 6/28/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 11 years of age.

What do horses, sharks and clowns have in common? Together, they’re a great reason to explore the Cincinnati area with your grandchild! At a local horse farm, learn about caring for, grooming, and training horses before enjoying an exclusive riding lesson for kids. Encounter sharks, penguins, jellyfish and more at the Newport Aquarium, where thousands of animals from around the world inhabit a million gallons of water. Enjoy a few laughs as a professional clown from Ringling Brothers shares tips and techniques for entertaining in the circus. Take field trips to a state-of-the-art model train museum and the World Peace Bell, and get an amphibious view of the city via duck boat.




Highlights

• “Clown around” with a professional jokester from Ringling Brothers, and learn what it takes to create laughs at the circus.
• Watch a horse-riding demonstration and enjoy an exclusive riding lesson for kids.
• Go through underwater tunnels that bring you face-to-face with sharks, and encounter the myriad of other species who call the Newport Aquarium home.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. Board a motor coach and public transportation




Date Specific Information

6-23-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.




Cincinnati

Established after the Revolution by founders born in the United States, Cincinnati is the first truly all-American city. Here art-lovers and symphony-goers pack downtown galleries and music halls while paddle-wheelers steam between the banks of the Ohio River, highlighting an appealing balance of folksy Midwestern charm and big-city sophistication.



Accommodations
Hotel in the northern business district of Cincinnati features the indoor swimming pool, well-equipped fitness center, free parking, no charge for wireless Internet and newspaper, guest laundry facilities. Short walk to several area restaurants. Airport shuttle available; children ride free.
Meals and Lodgings
   La Quinta Inn and Suites
  Cincinnati, Ohio 5 nights
 La Quinta Inn and Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: The La Quinta Inn & Suites Sharonville is centrally located in the northern business district and has just completed a total renovation. Conveniently located directly off I-75, 1 mile from I-275 and minutes from I-71. Close to all of the area's premier dining and entertainment venues. La Quinta is 15 minutes or less to Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport on the Levee, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park. All newly renovated rooms have free wireless high speed Internet access, a microwave, a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer. Enjoy the Bright Side Breakfast each morning featuring a "Make your Own" Belgian waffle station. Features the largest indoor pool in the Cincinnati area, and a well-equipped fitness center.
  Contact info: 11029 Dowlin Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241 USA
phone: 513-771-6411
  Room amenities: All newly renovated rooms have free wireless high speed Internet access, a microwave, a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable television, voice mail and alarm clock.
  Facility amenities: Enjoy the Bright Side Breakfast each morning featuring a "Make your Own" Belgian waffle station. Features the largest indoor pool in the Cincinnati area, and a well-equipped fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal rate available. Please telephone the hotel directly at 513-771-0300 for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal rate available. Please telephone the hotel directly at 513-771-0300 for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30 PM program registration at hotel. You will be staying at La Quinta Inn and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM at the hotel. You will be staying at La Quinta Inn and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Health and Safety questionnaire, Release and Indemnification Agreement and Parental Consent Form must be completed and returned to the Program Provider at least six weeks prior to the program.
  Parking availability:
No charge for hotel parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  Nearest city or town:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  Nearest highway: I-71, I-75, I-275
  Nearest airport:  Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
  From End of Program
  Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Executive Transportation Shuttle
phone: 800-990-8841
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 one way or $52 round-trip. Cost subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-40 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

Telephone (800) 990-8841 to arrange for transportation from the airport to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From I-75 Take Exit 15 (Sharon Road). Go east to first stop light and left onto Dowlin Drive and follow to hotel.
Elevation Note: Cincinnati's elevation is 574 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment is not required for program participation.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Road Scholar Registration, Welcome, Orientation and Dinner
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in at hotel at 3:00PM. Road Scholar orientation session in the hotel conference room at 4:30PM. Start your Cincinnati Intergenerational experience with an informative overview of the week to come, and a chance to meet our staff and your fellow participants. Pick up your folder which contains the updated schedule of program activities, meals, suggested sites to visit during your stay, your name badge, and a map of the Cincinnati area. The coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders, define responsibilities of the hotel, and mention safety guidelines and emergency procedures. The coordinator will orient you to the hotel location on maps, and discuss program details. Breakfast is at the hotel each day, lunch at the zoo and Northern Kentucky Horse Center and dinners at restaurants around town. The coordinator will facilitate a meet-and-greet experience for the entire group. Late arriving attendees can pick up their packets at the hotel front desk.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner, with multiple entrée choices, at popular restaurant allows time to become acquainted with your fellow attendees and program staff.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cincinnati Zoo/Zoo Exhibits & Activities
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Our adventure begins at the Cincinnati Zoo! Our experience includes admission and 4-D theatre plus tickets to feed giraffes and lorikeets.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Zoo restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue Zoo exploration and programs. The Zoo's MISSION is Creating Adventure, Conveying Knowledge, Conserving Nature, and Serving Community. Go behind the scenes, interact with zoo keepers during animal encounters and enjoy the exhibits. See the cats in action! Watch a Cheetah running demonstration at Cheetah Encounters. At the Cat House see and smell leopards, ocelots, Pallas' cats and more. Discover Lorikeet Landing, an open-air aviary filled with hundreds of lorikeets and parakeets that you can hand feed. Stand eye to eye with the world's tallest living animals at Giraffe Ridge.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entrees.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Horse-Back Riding
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore a near-by Equestrian Park with its owners. The Center is a unique full-service horse facility for experienced horsemen and novice horse enthusiasts alike. Your activities will include an introduction to farm rules, a barn tour, horse safety and equine care, grooming and tacking, and a riding demonstration. Children enjoy an exclusive riding lesson in the arena.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Horse Park.
 Afternoon: Continue activities at the Horse Park.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entrees.
 Evening: An educator from the League for Animal Welfare, a voluntary organization dedicated to bettering the lives of companion animals in the Greater Cincinnati area by providing shelter, adoption and public education, discusses how to apply all you have learned this week to your own pets and those of others. Meet a few adoptable animals from the shelter.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Krohn Conservatory/Butterflies, Plants and Flowers
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: With conservatory staff explore the world of plants and flowers at the Krohn. This popular site is loaded with history celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2008. Eden Park’s first greenhouses, built in the 1880s, were used strictly for growing plants. In 1902, a new greenhouse designed for public displays was opened. The following year, the display greenhouse held a chrysanthemum show, and the Park Board decided to maintain a consistent change of plants and flowers to keep displays new and attractive to visitors. As a result, more than 300,000 people visited the greenhouse in its first two years.
 Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Additional time at the conservatory and other museums in the area.
 Dinner: Unscheduled dinner to explore a variety of local restaurants.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Newport Aquarium and Ride the Ducks/Dulcimer Experience
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Transport to Newport to explore the Newport Aquarium’s 60 exhibits in 16 uniquely designed and themed galleries. Discover the oceans' depths, the rivers’ edge, and the fringe of the Antarctic Frontier. Specially designed underwater tunnels will bring you face-to-face with sharks and other marine life. Exciting exhibits and larger-than-life murals will take you on an up-close encounter with the world's most beautiful, bizarre and dangerous creatures.
 Lunch: Lunch at Sharkee's Cafe.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a Ride The Ducks cruise experience. The boat's Captain leads you through Greater Cincinnati's streets with a splash into the Ohio River as you learn about Newport and Ohio history, the Ohio River, its famous personalities and its impact on the state and our nation..
 Dinner: Dinner catered at hotel.
 Evening: Attend a concert performed by The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Society. Sing and dance along with some old favorites, hear some unusual music, learn about the instrument, and take a quick lesson.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Departures
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast/departures. Wrap-up activity at hotel for those who are able to stay.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cincinnati, Ohio Carew Tower
Built 1930, art-deco architecture, tallest building in downtown Cincinnati-panoramic view from observation deck. Open daily. For additional information, visit www.belevederecorp.com
  Cathedral Basilica of Assumption
Cathedral Basilica of Assumption Small scale Notre Dame with gargoyles & flying buttresses; North America's largest handblown stained glass window; mural-sized oil paintings; Exquisite Venetian mosaics.
  Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum Enjoy 6,000 years of fine art. Free general admission, special exhibits, the Cincinnati Wing, gift shop and Terrace Café. Open 11 am-5 pm Tue-Sun; 11-9 Wed. For additional information, visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org
  Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Cincinnati Historical Society Library - Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal Outstanding regional research center that includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps and newspapers dating back to the 1750's, plus thousands of 19th - and 20th-century photographs and rare publications. See website for museums included at this site For additional information, visit www.cincymuseum.org
  Cincinnati Observatory Center
Cincinnati Observatory Center The "Birthplace of American Astronomy". Founded in 1842 by the citizens of Cincinnati, this National Historic Landmark offers public stargazing and historical tours, set in two fully restored and fully functional observatories. For additional information, visit www.cincinnatiobservatory.org
  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The fifth oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, the CSO has played a leading role in the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest since its founding in 1895. The CSO entered a new era in September 2001, when the dynamic young conductor Paavo Järvi succeeded Jesús López-Cobos (now Music Director Emeritus) and stepped to the podium as the orchestra’s 12th Music Director. Maestro Järvi conducts 14 subscription weeks in Cincinnati and is expanding the 111-year-old orchestra’s repertoire with works never before performed by the CSO, and will lead two additional CSO recording projects with the Grammy Award-winning Telarc label. Over the years, the CSO has built a reputation as one of the world’s foremost orchestras and a champion of the new music of its day. The CSO has been home to the American premieres of works by such composers as Debussy, Ravel and Bartók, and has commissioned works that have since become mainstays of the classical repertoire, including Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The CSO was the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience (1921) and the third orchestra to record (1917). Today, the orchestra continues to commission new works and to program an impressive array of music. For additional information, visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org
  Cincinnati Zoo
Rated the #1 attraction locally by Zagat Survey. Exhibits over 500 animal species and 3,000 types of plants on 75 acres. For additional information, visit www.cincinnatizoo.org
  Contemporary Arts Center
Renowned architect Zaha Hadid designed this six-story museum on the corner of 6th & Walnut. Open Monday 10 am - 9 pm, Wednesday Friday 10 am - 6 pm; and Sataurday & Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. For additional information, visit www.contemporaryartscenter.org
  Findlay Market
Findlay Market Open year-round: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. Open-air marketplace in continuous operation since 1852. Famous for fresh produce and meats. For additional information, visit www.findlaymarket.org
  Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Open May 1 - Labor Day: Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed Sunday, Monday & Friday). Labor Day - April 30: Wed & Sat, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Year-round: Fourth Sunday of the month: 4-6 p.m. Open House. All other dates and times by appointment. Home to Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Beecher family. Prolific group of religious leaders, educators, writers, antislavery, abolitionists and womens' rights advocates. For additional information, visit www.harrietbeecherstowehouse.org
  Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory Rainforest-under-glass; 5,000 varieties of exotic tropical, desert and orchid plants. One of the country's largest public greenhouses; beautiful seasonal floral shows. Free admission. For additional information, visit www.cincinnati-oh.gov/parks
  National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center The Freedom Center uses exhibits and educational programs from the era of the Underground Railroad to inspire modern action by promoting a better understanding of freedom today. Open Tues-Sun, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For additional information, visit www.freedomcenter.org
  Newport Aquarium
Where else can you pet a shark, pet a penguin, and see one of only a few Shark Rays on exhibit in the world? So much to see and do, you'll never want to leave. 1-800-406-3474. 365 days a year. For additional information, visit www.newportaquarium.com
  Taft Museum of Art
Built in 1820, this National Historic Landmark is one of the nation's finest small art museums, featuring paintings by Whistler, Rembrandt, and Turner, Chinese ceramics and European decorative arts. For additional information, visit www.taftmuseum.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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