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$25 Date Nights Because The goal is Love, not debt

Rhinegeist rooftop bar in Over-the-Rhine

TAKE A TOUR

Many guided versions are over budget, so try a self-led tour for free. The Over-the-Rhine Brewery District has offered behind-the-scenes looks at Cincinnati's past for over a decade. The nonprofit is beta testing its new mobile app, so you can be a guinea pig for a good cause.

Or make up your own adventure. Hop on the street car ($1 for two hours), hit the Rhinegeist rooftop ($5 to 6 a pint), swing by Goodfellas Pizzeria for a slice (the 12-inch pie, at $8.95, feeds two), and venture over to Washington Park for a festival, concert or movie.

21C Museum Hotel, downtown

Check Out The Arts Scene

If art tickles your fancy, you can't beat the Cincinnati Art Museum. General admission – and now parking – is free, while tickets to special exhibits are $10 each. Join in on a public tour or check out the coffee bar for a trademark Graeter’s chocolate bar or cup of gourmet coffee or tea. Step up the experience by attending the popular monthly Art After Dark event. It's also free and includes music, specialty cocktails and food for purchase along with exclusive access to the entire facility.

And while you're gallery hopping, check out the gallery at 21c Museum Hotel. Free and open 365 days a year, the gallery hosts guided tours at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Grab a drink at the bar before, or head up to the rooftop after your for sweeping views of the city and some delicious cocktails ($7 to $12).

Cincinnati Observatory Center in Hyde Park

Set Your Eyes On The Skies

The Cincinnati Observatory Center  is a hidden gem in Hyde Park. And what could be more romantic? There are guided events on Thursday and Friday nights, where you can stargaze through the oldest telescope in the United States – weather permitting, of course. Thursday admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person; Friday is $7. Reservations are required.

Red Bike station in Cincinnati.

CATCH A RIDE

Each 24-hour day pass is $8 – it's unlimited, but you do have to dock your bike every 60 minutes at a Red Bike station. Get the low-down on how it works and check out CincinnatiUSA's sample routes before heading out. If you're Downtown, take a break and grab a cup of joe at Coffee Emporium ($1.50 to $5) or share dessert at Taste of Belgium at The Banks ($5 to $6)

Hanover Winery in Butler County

Raise A Glass

Head to Hanover Winery in Butler County and split a bottle of chardonnay ($13.99) or Marquette ($18). There's often live music on the weekends. Bring your own food – and blanket or chairs – and take in the park-like setting.

Businesses like The Party Source (Bellevue) and Jungle Jim's International Market (Eastgate and Fairfield) offer tastings. Sample craft brews at Jungle Jim's every Friday from 5-9 ($3 per pint) or "Uncork" at the Whole Foods happy hour in Rookwood on Fridays at 6 p.m. The $7 per person fee includes five wine and food pairings plus the glass. And hey, they've lowered their prices, so maybe pick up some dessert for later, too.

Little Miami Golf Center

Hit Up The Driving Range

There are several upswings to this one. (We like simple jokes.)

A) You get to spend time outdoors, and B) You really don't have to be a world-class athlete to have a great time. Splurge on the jumbo bucket of balls at the Little Miami Golf Center on Newtown Road ($10 to $12), and afterward, take a walk on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. No golf clubs? No worries. They have some to lend. You will need a vehicle permit – the center is part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County – but a daily pass is $3 or $10 for a 2017 sticker.

If you're up north, Cincinnati Golf Center in Maineville has more range space than any other spot in the city. The jumbo bucket here is $12 or check out the 36-hole mini-golf course ($10 per person).

Eli's BBQ

Picnic Like A Grownup

BYOB ($9.99), order a pair of pulled pork sandwiches ($6.25 each) and pony up to the picnic tables at Eli's BBQ on Riverside Drive. You'll even have a little bit leftover for a side ($2.25).

Blooms and Berries Farm Market in Loveland.

Embrace Fall

Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are home to countless great family farms that make fall a season worth celebrating.

Shaw Farms in Milford hosts an annual fall festival each weekend through the end of October. There's no charge for admission, but you'll want to bring some cash ($6 each) for a chance to test your skills at an 12-acre Corn Maze (see what they did there, those witty farmers.)

Other great spots for pumpkins, cider and hayrides - in not particular order: Blooms and Berries, Loveland; Sunrock Farm, Wilder, Ky.; Burger Farm and Garden Center in Newtown.

Fridays Are Fun In Cincy

It's Friday, and you just got paid. If it's the last Friday of the month, you're a lucky dog who gets to hang on to that cash for a bit longer. Cincinnati is home to lots of Final Friday events that won't cost you a dime.

Among them: Consider checking out the Pendleton Arts Center's many galleries while enjoying a backdrop of music, food and drinks. Take the elevator – it's old, old school – to the eighth floor and work your way down. The next Final Friday is Oct. 27 from 6-10 p.m. It's free. There's standard street parking and valet service for $5.

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