Day 52 of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” features a great trip across the Ohio River with a ride on the Anderson Ferry.
This is definitely one of Cincinnati’s “not to be missed” activities. It truly gives you a sense of what it was like when you had to cross the river any way you could, back when there wasn’t a bridge for miles.
The Anderson Ferry has been in continuous operation since 1817. Running between the Brent Spence (75/71) Bridge and the 275 Bridge, this ferry totes its riders back and forth from Ohio to Kentucky (or vice-versa).
The Anderson Ferry leaves the Ohio side just 8 miles west of Cincinnati. And it pulls onto the Kentucky side just a few miles from the Cincinnati Airport.
We pulled the car onto the ferry and away we went. The Ohio side of the River can be seen in the picture above as the ferry pulls away from the bank.
The Anderson Ferry can take you across if you’re going by car, by foot, or on a bike. Once you’re on the ferry you can get out of your car and take in the sites. The Ohio River view is quite charming, peaceful and quiet on this stretch of the River.
The Anderson Ferry crews have three different ferries: Boone 7, Little Boone and Deborah A. Our ferry today was the Deborah A. Today they were running one ferry but during a busy time they will run two ferries back and forth.
Years ago we took the ferry across the river and then drove a few miles to the airport where we were able to park our cars in an old gravel lot and watch the planes take off. Does anyone know if you can still do that???
Here’s a new bit of info – Just in from our Facebook fanpage: Facebook user Mike Bianchi comments:
…The plane viewing lot is still there – on Donaldson Rd. near Mineola (the top of the hill from the Ferry). Hours are restricted in the post-9/11 world. Another Cincy thing to do – just down the river from the ferry on the Ohio side in North Bend is the tomb of President William Henry Harrison.
See the The Anderson Ferry website for more information (including their schedules and prices).