Great Ohio day trips

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Looking for somewhere to go without breaking the bank? Check out these great destinations, right here in the state of Ohio!


Columbus Zoo

Visit all the zoo's regions, ride the train in North America, feed the giaraffes in Africa and take a boat ride in Asia.

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The Wilds

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres nearCumberland in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around the world living in natural, open-range habitat, as well as home to hundreds of indigenous species. In addition to innovative, in-depth science and education programs, the Wilds offers guided experiences to the public on select days May through October, including Safari Transport Tours, Open Air Safaris, Sunset Safaris, summer youth camps, Nomad Ridge at the Wilds, plus the Butterfly Habitat, Gift Market, Overlook Cafe, mountain bike trails, Birding Station and more. The winter is a wonderful time to see and experience the Wilds at work. Exclusive Winter Safari Tours have been created for adults and children alike to experience the Wilds between the general visitor seasons. See and learn about rare and endangered animals during the winter months of November through March on these special safari tour programs. Website:

African Safari Wildlife Park(Admission is $19.95 Reg (7 yrs and up) & $12.95 Child (4-6 yrs)

When: Early March – End of May open daily from 10AM-5PM (last car admitted at 4PM). Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day open daily from 9AM-7PM (last car admitted at 6PM). Tuesday after Labor Day through the 1st week of December open daily from 10AM-5PM (last car admitted at 4PM). Two Weekends before Memorial Day and all Weekends in September open from 9AM-6PM (last car admitted at 5PM).

Location: 267 S Lightner Road Port Clinton, OH 43452

Phone: 800-521-2660

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Come for a day of fun, education, and entertainment. It is home to more than 400 of the world's most beautiful and exotic animals. Make sure to bring a camera. View and feed the animals from the comfort of your own vehicle. The 100-acre preserve is something you don't want to miss. Pay-one-price admission includes the drive-thru safari and safari junction walk-thru. Kids won't want to leave there is so much to do! Also enjoy Camel Rides, Animal Shows and Pig Races.

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

(Admission: FREE, fees only for special events and scheduled presentations)

Open Tuesdays thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 3774 Orweiler Rd. · Mansfield, OH 44903

Phone: 419-884-HAWK

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary, near Mansfield, is an education and rehabilitation center for Ohio's songbirds and birds of prey. It provides a safe haven for orphaned and injured birds from across the country. Visitors have the chance to encounter thirteen of Ohio's birds of prey including the Bald eagle, the Barn Owl, and the Peregrine Falcon. One of the sanctuary's popular attractions for visitors is the Songbird Aviary. This attraction showcases a huge range of various species of birds at one time. Visitors can feed mealworms to certain birds for .25/cup and get a hands-on experience with the birds. Ohio Bird Sanctuary teaches its public to be educated on the environment and encourages them to be stewards of their natural surroundings. The Sanctuary also offers eight scenic hiking trails on their 90 acres of forest and marsh near the Clearfork Reservoir and a butterfly garden.

Newport Aquarium

(Admission is $23 for those 13 and older and $15 for those 12 and younger (2 and under are free)

Open: Daily from 10am to 6pm (see web site for extended hours)

Location: (Map It) One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY (Greater Cincinnati, Ohio)

Phone: 859-261-7444


Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today's in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler in 2014 and Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Toledo Zoo

Admission: $9.00 Adults (ages 12- 59) $6.00 Children (ages 2 – 11) and Seniors (60+) FREE for Members and Children under 2 years; free for all Lucas County residents on Mondays between 10 a.m. and noon (must have valid ID; does not apply on holidays)

Parking: $5.00 per vehicle

Open: every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 1 – Labor Day. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Labor Day – April 30

Location: 2700 Broadway, Toledo, Ohio 43609 (mailing address: P.O. Box 140130, Toledo, Ohio, 43614)

Phone: (419) 385-5721

This is not your ordinary zoo, folks. For starters, Toledo Zoo houses an internationally-famous Hippoquarium®, where observers watch from inches away as hippos swim and play in their 360,000-gallon glass-sided pool. Other exhibits that make this zoo special are Arctic Encounter, Frog Town, Cheetah Valley, and Primate Forest. The newest exhibit, Africa!, which opened in May of 2004, features free-roaming African animals such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, wild dogs, and ostriches, and can be enjoyed from an observation deck or the guided Safari train that circles the exhibit itself.

Youngsters will especially enjoy riding the African animal carousel (made in Mansfield, Ohio), playing on the playground, visiting the Museum of Science, and petting the animals in the Children's Zoo. And then there's the food; 13 (yes, 13) eateries that include an outdoor gourmet restaurant, a barbeque pavilion, and a cafeteria built inside the former lion house. Who needs McDonald's?

Akron Zoo

(Admission: Adults $10.00; Seniors $7.50; Children Ages 2 to 14 $6.00)

Open May thru October: 7 days a week: 10a.m. to 4p.m.

Open November thru April: 7 days a week: 11a.m. to 4p.m.

The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Location: 500 Edgewood Avenue · Akron, OH 44307

Phone: 330-375-2550

The Akron Zoo, just west of downtown Akron, has six diverse themed areas visitors have a chance to explore and experience over 700 animals and a variety of 90 different species. This particular zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is involved in breeding programs to save endangered creatures. There are 6 different themed areas that give visitors the opportunity to visit over 700 animals, including snow leopards, jaguars, endangered Humboldt penguins, Sumatran tigers and Komodo dragons. These 6 attractions- Legends of the Wild Komodo Kingdom, Jellies Rhythm in the Blue, Penguin Point Farmland, Wild Prairie and Lehner Family Zoo Garden, and Tiger Valley each represent specific regions of the world, making your trip a complete global adventure.

The Butterfly House

Admission: $8.00 Adults ages 13-64, $7.00 Seniors ages 65+, $6.50 Children ages 4-12 and Children 3 & under are free with an adult

Hours: May 1 through September 30 from Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Location: 11455 Obee Road, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571

Phone: 419-877-2733


Come and visit the enchanting world of butterflies at The Butterfly House. The air conditioned Visitor Center is filled with educational information about our numerous butterflies and offers a gift shop. The outdoor butterfly gardens and other habitat have been created to promote increased population of the local species. Many people pack a picnic lunch and are welcome to use the outside picnic tables. The Butterfly House is handicap accessible and is equipped to serve groups of all different sizes. Prior scheduling is requested to insure maximum comfort. The average length of stay in The Butterfly House is approximately 45 minutes. Get eye-to-eye with a Butterfly. Hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Central America and Asia in free flight in a beautiful, indoor garden setting. We look forward to seeing you!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Admission is FREE for Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township residents on Mondays ONLY. (If a legal holiday falls on a Monday, an admission is charged but the FREE day will apply on the next day – Tuesday instead)

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (extended to 7:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays during the summer)

Location: 3900 Wildlife Way · Cleveland, Ohio 44109

Phone: 216-661-6500

Ready for safari? This is no ordinary zoo. It lays claim to the largest collection of primate species in North America. In addition, there are thousands of other animals to see, hear and yes, smell throughout nearly 170 acres of discovery. The zoo also features an Australian Adventure and enormous two-acre indoor tropical rainforest. The Australian Adventure is designed for children and has many unique sites, sounds and activities available for its little explorers. And the rainforest captures the mood just right with its towering waterfall entrance to a room that rains every 15 minutes. It comes complete with wildlife, including animals and plants.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Admission: Adults $18, Seniors (62 and over) $12, Children (2-12) $12 Purchase tickets online and save! Parking is $9.

Open: Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Early Entry (9 a.m.) is available for members and Zoo Adventure Ticket (ZAT) holders. From May 23 – September 7, open daily from 10am – 6pm (same Early Entry at 9am for members & ZAT ticket holders). Call (513) 281-4700 or visit our website at for information on current hours and details on special events for the entire family.

Location: (Map It) 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1399. Located 10 minutes from downtown, with easy access from three major interstates: From I-71 South – Take Dana Avenue Exit (#5). From I-75 North or South – Take Mitchell Avenue Exit (#6). From I-74 – Take I-75 North to Mitchell Avenue Exit (#6).

Phone: (513) 281-4700


The world famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opened to the public 140 years ago and was rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was listed as a Top Ten Winner in the Animal Attractions category by FamilyFun magazine in 2015! Over 1.5 million people visit the Zoo's award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3000 plant species annually. The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.

Kids will love the train rides as well as the Zoo's Carousel and Children's Zoo. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the number one family attraction in town. Don't miss it!

Cleveland Aquarium

Admission adult $21.95 / ages 2-12 $15.95 / under 2 years Free. Parking $3-$5.

Open: Everyday 10:00am-6:00pm

Location: (Map It) 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-862-8803


The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is in The Powerhouse, which was built in 1892 to generate electricity to run streetcars. The iconic brick building has hosted several high-energy outlets since then, including comedy clubs, restaurants, and retailers. As most architects will tell you, there's not much you can do with the building except let it shine – and renown design firm Marinescape NZ Limited lets it do just that.

The first exhibits visitors see are dedicated to Ohio's freshwater fish – and let's give the brook trout its due; it is a splendid creature – but admittedly, most visitors don't go to see the trout. That said, it's hard to pick a single species that qualifies as the star of the show.

As guests make their way from room to room through the exposed-brick hallways, they encounter alligators, eels, lobsters (look up!) octopi, clownfish, cuttlefish and wonderpus (the latter two recently introduced in the 'Weird and Wonderful' exhibit) before reaching the expansive touch pool.

While most of the aquarium is most aptly described as an "underwater walk-through experience," the touch pool is just that. Clad in wetsuits, members of the education staff patiently answer questions about the bonnethead shark that's circling their legs while they help guests get to know animals, from starfish and stingrays to lobsters and horseshoe crabs.

Amusement parks & waterparks

Zoombezi Bay

Zero entry wave pool, lazy rivers, giant slides and much more.

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The Beach Waterpark

With 49 of the most thrilling water rides and exciting attractions anywhere, including the Kahuna Beach and Volcanic Panic, the entire family can plunge into all the fun of summer at The Beach.

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Cedar Point

Opened in 1870, Cedar Point is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States behind Lake Compounce. New for 2015 is the steel floorless roller coaster Rougarou. The park boasts 72 rides with 16 of those being roller coasters. For a separate admission fee, visitors can go to neighboring Challenge Park and Soak City. Located near Sandusky. Web site:

CoCo Key Water Resort

CoCo Key is a 50,000-sq.-ft. indoor water resort with a zero entry pool, waterslides, water cannons, spray nozzles and a huge, 300 gallon dump bucket. The resort is located just east of Newark. Web site:

Kings Island

Now a sister park of Cedar Point, Kings Island has an eclectic mix of thrill rides, family-friendly entertainment and the Planet Snoopy park for kids. Located off of I-71 in northern Cincinnati. Open May-October. Web site:

Science & nature

Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory offers botanical collections, gardens, waterfalls and educational programs.

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Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

COSI features 300 interactive exhibits throughout 7 exhibition areas. Explore hidden worlds under the seas or become an engineer. Explore the universe and land a rocket ship, or play tricks on your senses. Test the laws of gravity on the country's only high wire unicycle! Discover the magic of the movies on our giant 7-story Extreme Screen Theater.

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Olentangy Indian Caverns

Off of Home Road, 3 miles west of US 23 north of Powell. Tours of this limestone wonder are offered daily April 1- Oct. 31. During the off-season, self-guided tours are available. Outside the caverns visitors can participate in gem mining, putt-putt, a petting zoo and more.

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Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns is the largest of all Ohio caves. It has exquisite crystal-white stalactite and stalagmite formations. The diversity of formations and unexcelled coloring are all the more interesting because the formations are still in the process of development so be sure to bring your camera to keep these memories. Ohio Caverns is situated 4 miles east of West Liberty, Ohio on the Logan/Champaign county line.

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Seneca Caverns - The Earth Crack

Located south of Sandusky in Bellevue, Ohio. 2.5 hours from Columbus.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

From dinosaurs to diamonds, the Museum is a beautiful blend of traditional and interactive galleries related to history, art and the natural world.

1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland.

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Great Lakes Science Center

Almost 250,000 square feet of space make the Great Lakes Science Center one of Americas largest interactive science museums. More than 400 hands-on exhibits, larger than life OMNIMAX¨ films, daily demonstrations and more than 4,000 exciting educational demonstrations annually, show visitors the interdependency of science, environment and technology, particularly in the Great Lakes Region. 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland.

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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Admission to Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is $8.50 adults; $7.00 seniors; $7.00 Children 2 – 12.

Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm

Location: (Map It) 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton, Ohio

Phone: 937-275-7431


The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton is based on the understanding that science is the process through which we come to understand our world, and that play is the way children do science. We are a place where play and learning come together so that visitors of all ages can explore the wonders of the world. The Museum includes a host of places for adventure – – That Kid's Playce, the Hall of the Universe, the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater, Oscar Boonshoft Science Central, EcoTrek, the Mead TreeHouse, Bieser Discovery Center, Charles E. Exley, Jr. Wild Ohio Zoo, and two galleries for temporary exhibits – where reality and imagination mix. Adventures are enhanced through real specimens and artifacts from the museum's collection of 1.4 million items.

Akron Fossils & Science Center

Admission to Akron Fossils & Science Center is $10/adult, $8/youth (ages 3-17). Admission to the Adventure Park ONLY is $5

Open: Winter Hours (Labor Day-Memorial Day): Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm Summer Hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd in Akron, Ohio

Phone: (330) 665-DINO (3466)


The Akron Fossils & Science Center features hands-on guided tours and science activities. We present creation science and intelligent design models on the origin and history of life. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. Pack a lunch and spend time in Truassic Park the outdoor park and playground. General admission includes a guided tour, entrance to Truassic Park, and one zip line ride per eligible rider. Please visit the Akron Fossils & Science Center website for zip line rules and guidelines.

EarthShip at Blue Rock Station

Tours to EarthShip at Blue Rock Station cost $10/adult.

Open: Call for availability

Location: (Map It) 1190 Virginia Ridge in Philo, Ohio

Phone: 740-674-4300


Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center is home to Ohio's first Earthship – a cozy home made of tires, cans, bottles, straw bales, plus loads of other recycled materials. The tour includes other buildings made of sustainable materials, feeding rare breed chickens and working with the llamas or speaking French with the recycled French-speaking dog Rosie. Take a workshop on cottage gardening, constructing a plastic bottle greenhouse or how to make garden walls out of tires. There's fun for everyone.

Orton Geological Museum

Admission to the Orton Geological Museum is free.

Open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: (Map It) Orton Hall on Ohio State University's main campus at 155 S. Oval in Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-292-6896


The Orton Geological Museum: Some may think of this museum as Ohio's little Jurassic Park. After all, it features a full-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex scull, skeleton of a giant ground sloth and teeth from a Mastodon and Mammoth. But that's only the beginning. Visitors will find other eye-opening exhibits such as fluorescent minerals, crystals, fossils and a meteorite that fell in Ohio. Tell the kids your going to a museum of Ohio's "rock" history and open the fascinating world of geology to them. Tours are available for groups with prior arrangement.

Imagination Station

Admission to Imagination Station in Toledo is $9 for ages 13-64, $7 for ages 3-12 and $8 for ages 65 or older.

Open: Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. (Closed Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day)

Location: (Map It) One Discovery Way in Toledo, Ohio 43604

Phone: 419-244-2674


AHA! A Hands-on Adventure

This is the perfect place to take the little ones, especially those under 7 years old. It is the liveliest, most adventuresome, convenient, educational and fascinating place for children. AHA! is located in Lancaster, Ohio, and has 23 exhibits and activities, including Lego play, sand play, water play, and a pretend theater. And it only costs $5 per person. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Note: There is no food available for purchase at AHA!, so plan accordingly. Visit for more information.

Wexner Center for the Arts

All kinds of events are planned for summer at this convenient OSU campus destination, from special exhibits to movies, family days and guided tours. Admission is usually $5, but will vary depending on the exhibition. Some are free. Some events may not be child-friendly, but could make a fun night on the town for parents. Be sure to check online for information about exhibits and events. Visit

Perkins Observatory

PERKINS OBSERVATORY ?was founded in 1923 by Hiram Perkins of Ohio Wesleyan University. It is an active research and educational facility used by the faculty and students of the OWU Physics and Astronomy Department. Public nights are fun for the whole family! Individuals, families, and groups of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Programs are offered on Friday nights year-round. Sessions include a tour of the observatory & museum, an astronomy lesson, observing sessions, through multiple telescopes.

Ohio Wildlife Center

Second Sunday of the Month Noon–4 p.m., 6131 Cook Road

Powell, OH 43065 The Ohio Wildlife Center is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education situated on 20 acres. Visit the resident animals, take part in scheduled activities, explore the nature trails, browse the

gift shop, and enjoy unique wild bird-viewing stations.


Columbus Commons

Friday mornings are all about kids at Columbus Commons from the end of May to the end of August, when all activities and games are offered free of charge. Kids can take a spin on the carousel or bounce on inflatables. Their imaginations can run wild with the Imagination Playground, the Art Box, a lifesize Chess game, and more! If Mother Nature cooperates (temperature is 80 degrees or above), we will feature an inflatable water slide and kid's swimsuits are welcome. 10-minute storytimes hosted by the Columbus Library along with other special visitors each week. See web site for details. The commons is in downtown Columbus just south of the Ohio Theatre. Web site:

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a place where you can learn about history and nature at the same time. There are over 125 miles of trails including the The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Parts of the old Ohio & Erie Canal runs through the park. It was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants. Cuyahoga Valley National Park can be accessed by many different highways, including I-77, I-271, I-80 (Ohio Turnpike), and State Route 8. Park signs are visible from each of these freeways.

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Kelley's Island Glacial Grooves

The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest easily accessible such grooves in the world. They were scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet which covered part of North America. A trough 400-feet long, 35-feet wide, and up to 10-feet deep remains today. The ice, probably hundreds of feet thick, flowed from the north in what is now the Lake Erie basin. The Devonian limestone containing the grooves contains marine fossils that are 350 to 400 million years old. Many other grooves were quarried away during the last century. There is camping available on the island at the Kelley's Island State Park. Reserve early as spots fill up fast in the summer months.

Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island

Putinbay, Nicknamed the "Key West of the North" offers an exciting nightlife with live musical entertainment to satisfy all generations. Strolling Barbershop singers, bagpipers, steel drums and Ohio's best entertainers are frequently seen on Put-in-Bay island. Also on the island is Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. For a small fee, you can go to the top of the column and can see all the way to Canada on a clear day. Web site:

Great Circle Earthworks

The Great Circle Earthworks in Heath, formerly known as Moundbuilders State Memorial, was built by the Hopewell Indians approximately 2,000 years ago. The circle of mounds is nearly 1,200 feet in diameter and was used as a vast ceremonial center by its builders. The Great Circle Earthworks is now open to the public after extensive renovations.

A 1,000-square-foot exhibit includes a timeline of Ohio's ancient cultures and an explanation of why Native Americans regard Earthworks as a sacred site. Following the museum tour, visitors can take self-guided tours of the grounds during daylight hours. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Hocking Hills

For those who are super "outdoorsy," come stay at Hocking Hills for a week of hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining, canoeing, rock climbing and family fun. There are cabins to rent and plenty of campgrounds, too. Play mini-golf with the kids, or try one of the many hiking trails. Be sure to keep a close watch on the kids while hiking because some of the trails may be dangerous. For more information about the trails, lodging and entertainment visit

Metro Parks

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks (Metro Parks) is a public agency serving the citizens of Central Ohio by providing a regional system of clean, safe, natural area parks. Metro Parks features 17 outstanding natural area parks with more than 200 miles of trails and over 27,000 acres of land in seven Central Ohio counties. The mission of Metro Parks is to conserve open spaces, while providing places and opportunities that encourage people to discover and experience nature.

Scioto Mile

Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile is an urban oasis comprised of more than 145 acres of lush parkland. Stretching along the riverfront from the vibrant Arena District to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula, the Scioto Mile reconnects downtown to the Scioto River through an integrated system of parks, boulevards, bikeways and pedestrian paths. Fostering some of our City's most celebrated features: a stunning 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain, the country's largest free outdoor climbing wall and the world's most authentic replica of the Santa Maria -- the Scioto Mile has something for everyone.

150 S. Front St. Columbus, OH 43215 614-545-4700

American Whistle Corporation

The American Whistle Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States. For approximately 45 minutes, we will show you a thriving, small, American manufacturing plant and entertain you with interesting information about whistles. You will see some fascinating machinery – some state-of-the-art, some dating back to the beginning of the company. Best of all – everyone leaves with a shiny new whistle! Cost of the tour is $4 per person. Web site:

German Village

German Village is a beautiful historic district on the southern edge of downtown Columbus.

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Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays and has tons of interactive activities for all ages.

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Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Statehouse is open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free guided tours are offered from Mondays through Fridays on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m. Tours depart from the 3rd Street Information Desk.

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Columbus Crew

The Crew is Ohio's professional Major League Soccer club. Mapfre Stadium is located off I-71 and 17th Avenue on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center. The season runs April-October.

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Anthony Thomas Candy factory tours

In 45 minutes or less, view chocolates being produced from copper kettle to final packaging. Free factory tours are every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am. to 2:30 pm.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Immerse yourself in the sounds and spirits of the greats at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Rock and Roll Night School. Night School consists of a monthly series of educational, discussion-based classes offered free of charge from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Museum's 4th floor theater. Check out the Rock Hall exhibits and musician appearances this summer including: "Take Me Out: Baseball Rocks!" and the Legacy of the Doors which opened in June.

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The Children's Museum The Children's Museum is the only institution in Cleveland completely dedicated to the overall development of young children, ages birth to eight years, through family learning. In its twenty-first year of operation, the Museum continues in its mission to provide exhibits and programs that enhance child development - a place where thousands of young children annually discover the world and learn through play. 10730 Euclid Ave., Cleveland (In University Circle).

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

On Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad you will experience the fun and adventure, the romance and nostalgia of riding the train on one of the oldest, longest, and most scenic excursion railways in the country. Enjoy an unforgettable journey through the heart of beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, along the Cuyahoga River and the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway between Cleveland and Akron, and on to Canton. Choose from a variety of different excursions and special events available throughout the year. Days, departure times, and fares vary.

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National Museum of the US Air Force

The National Museum of the United States Air Force galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 400 aerospace vehicles -- many rare and one-of-a-kind -- along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers' legacy with today's stealth and precision technology. Also home to several Presidential aircraft including the Air Force One which carried President Kennedy back to Washington D.C., after he was killed in Nov. 1963. Located in Area B, Wright-Patterson AFB, near Fairborn, Ohio. Web site:

Amish Country

Come see a different way of life in Amish Country. There are many Amish destinations to visit in and around Ohio. Eat some homemade ice cream, or try homemade cheeses. Check out hand-built furniture, or visit one of the museums. Visit to map your route and plan your itinerary.

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

Hocking Hills is home of Ohio's 1st World-Class zipline canopy tour, the new "X" Tour in 2014, the home of the only dual racing Super Zip® (1400ft+), Off-Road Segway Adventure Tours, and "Dragon Fly - Zipline Adventure for Kids"! Celebrating its 8th year of operations, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers two spectacular 3-hour zip line adventures giving thrill seekers the unique opportunity to zip through the treetops on a network of cables and adventure sky bridges suspended high above the forest floor, overlooking the natural features of Hocking Hills. Boasting over 30+ zip lines, this location has something for everyone! Our friendly and experienced guides will give you a detailed safety and equipment orientation before you are fitted with your personal safety gear for any of the tours offered. You will also have the opportunity to practice "zipping" techniques that you will be using on the tour. On the 100% Tree-based canopy tour, you will complete 10 zip lines, traverse 5 adventure skybridges and rappel back to ground level at the finish line. The new "X" Tour has 11 zip lines, including zipping into a recessed cave and over the Hocking River. You will enjoy amazing views from the observation platforms while your guides point out interesting highlights of the area, including native vegetation, animals, as well as local history. The SuperZip® is the answer to all of your requests for a higher, longer and faster zip. Launching two at a time from the tower, you'll plunge into the forest, fly through the tree canopy until the bottom drops out at the edge of a rock cliff - then swoop down the middle of the Hocking River... all this while in a SUPER HERO flying position. You'll want to zip it again and again. DRAGONFLY - Zipline Adventure for Kids! Now young zippers can enjoy the zipline experience just like adults, as they fly from platform to platform taking in the natural beauty of Hocking Hills. Treat your kids, ages 5 to 12 yrs to this one-of-a-kind, zipline adventure! Great idea for birthday parties, graduations, and other kids events! Want to keep your feet closer to the ground? Check out the Off-Road Segway Adventure Tour, the "coolest" way to take a hike! For thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike, these tours are the perfect adventures for families, couples seeking to escape the fast-paced city, group outings, or adults and kids looking for something new.

10714 Jackson St. Rockbridge, OH 43149 740-385-9477

Hocking Hills Canoe Livery

Hocking Hills Canoe Livery is a full-service canoe, kayak and raft outfitter providing river trips for all skill levels. Our friendly staff work with you to provide the best possible experience on the water, from basic instruction for beginners to a helpful hand for those bringing their own boats. Luxury, primitive camping is available along the river. Our large sites are great for families and groups or anyone looking to get away from it all. Be sure to bring your fishing pole. Special trips include our Moonlight Tours, New Moon Glow Floats, Saturday morning naturalist led river trips and women's paddling trips. River rentals are on the peaceful and scenic Hocking River. Our longer trip passes by the Natural Rockbridge State Nature Reserve, where you can get out and hike up to see Ohio's largest natural rock bridge. This trip also provides the opportunity to do the Super Zip from Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. You just stop at the dock, have a super zipping time, and get back on the river. Come add your story to all of the great ones we have been collecting over the years. Yours just might be the one we tell over and over again.

12789 St. Rt. 664 S Logan, OH 43138 740-385-0523

The King Arts Complex

A performing and cultural arts facility. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 1-4 p.m.; Tues. and Thur., 5-7 p.m.

867 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, OH 43203 614-645-5464

Lazer Kraze Polaris

Lazer Kraze features multi-level, state-of-the-art laser tag in a professionally themed laser tag arena. With instant feed-back sound and scoring, it's great for players of all ages. For even more fun there's a huge arcade with video and redemption games or try out the "Zero Gravity Inflatables" with huge slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses, and a jousting ring. Fresh-made pizzas are a great way to round out an 'Out of this World' trip! No reservations are required but always recommended. See website for open-play session times for inflatables. Laser tag missions run every 20 minutes. Please note inflatables players must be at least 42" to play or 48" to joust. Waivers are required for inflatables and must be parent-signed if under 18.

459 Orange Point Dr. Lewis Center, OH 43035 740-548-7788

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Explore the museum that chronicles Wapakoneta, Ohio, native Neil Armstrong's life and achievements. The Armstrong Air & Space Museum stands as a repository of Ohio's aeronautical history and a monument to Ohio's contribution to aviation and space exploration from the early pioneer days through the space shuttle era. See a moon rock, two full-sized aircraft flown by Neil Armstrong, the Gemini VIII space capsule, artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission and more. The museum gift shop offers a variety of items, including mission patches and a favorite – space ice cream! Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours

Phoenix Bat Company

Come see a wood bat being made on the biggest, baddest bat-making machine anywhere. We've got to admit, it's pretty cool to see a piece of wood turned in to a baseball bat, sometimes to be used by a pro and seen on TV. We see it every day. Now it's your turn! Spend an hour with Phoenix Bats and watch it happen up close - Take in some baseball history, handling replica 100+-year-old bats and find out how this all ties in to our beginning (we blame it on a bunch of guys playing baseball in the 1800s) - Learn the basics for making a great wood bat (it starts with the wood!) - Hear about the pros - and get your hands on their bat - See the bat design process (we draw them up on our computer) - Go out on the shop floor and see bats made right in front of you (it's done on the most advanced machine anywhere in the world...and we're the only bat maker that has it!) - Check out how colors are added (and why the pink bats?!) - Watch a bat being written on with a laser (okay, it's a little smaller beam than a light saber, but still very cool) Tours are very interactive, so come on out, learn a little and have some fun. Tour fee is $10 per person *Receive a FREE mini bat with each tour* Please call for tour times. For more information or to schedule a tour: 877.598.2287 Visit Phoenix Bats, Ohio's only pro-approved wood bat manufacturer, on your next visit to Central Ohio. Just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus and only 5 minutes from the I-270, Rte. 33 West interchange on the northwest side of the city.

7801 Corporate Blvd Plain City, OH 43064 614-873-7776

Velvet Ice Cream Co.,

In 1914, the Dager family tradition of ice cream manufacturing started in Ohio and continues today. For four generations, Utica has been home to Velvet® Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill - the premier ice cream destination for over 150,000 visitors each year. Join us from May to October - where there's always a scoop waiting for you! There is something for everyone at Velvet! - FREE Factory Tours Frommer's Best Ice Cream Factory Tour (Top 10) - Ye Olde Mill: Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor - Ohio's ONLY Ice Cream Museum - Gift Shop and More

11324 Mount Vernon Rd. Utica, OH 43080 740-892-3921

ZipZone Canopy Tours at Camp Mary Orton

ZipZone is the best new addition to Columbus and the first zip line tour in Franklin County! We will provide you with a hands free, guided tour of the treetops. Our professionally trained guides will take you on a two-hour tour showing you a natural space in Columbus you never imagined. Zip from platform to platform high in the air as you travel over ravines and streams! Climb across one of our sky bridges as you explore the beautiful old growth trees. This tour is perfect for families, couples, adult groups or anyone looking for an adventure. We welcome guests age 7 and up to experience the excitement and beauty at ZipZone Canopy Tours. We are located on the north side of Columbus off of Rt. 23 at 270. Come and see what all the talk is about! Visit the ZipZone Canopy Tour at Camp Mary Orton. Visit our website to book a tour or for more information:

7925 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43235 855-538-7947 ext. LETSZIP

Ohio Railway Museum

Come join us as we celebrate over 65 years of railroading in Worthington, Ohio. Open Sundays 12-4 p.m.. If you love trains, this is the place to be. We have steam, electric, and diesel to see. We offer demonstration train rides every hour on our streetcars or passenger coach, beginning at 12:30pm.

Stratford Ecological Center

3083 Liberty Road?Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:?M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., closed Sunday and holidays (Call ahead for group arrangements)

Stratford Ecological Center is a small, diversified, organic farm that blends ecology with agriculture. The center features a demonstration farm and nature preserve offering hands-on outdoor experiences for all ages. Discover an educational excursion, bird watching, gardening or pick your own farm produce.

Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area

The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area - designated by Congress in 1996 - to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow. Annually, more than 2.5 million Americans find their way to the iconic 81+ mile Towpath Trail running through the heart of the Canalway. The historic Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the nationally designated America's Byway offer alternate Canalway travel options through the National Heritage Area. The Canalway Quest started in April and runs through Nov. 15, 2015. It's a special scavenger hunt where rhyming clues? lead to over 40 hidden boxes across all four Canalway Counties. Visitors can also take a ride on the St. Helena III - a working canal boat in picturesque Canal Fulton. Enjoy regular trips led by historic figures or try specialty cruises.

Warther Museum

Visit the Warther Carving Museum, in Dover, Ohio, and you'll experience the story of the Warther family and how the Warthers combined love of family and a love of hobbies to create an amazing legacy. Ernest "Mooney" Warther turned his joy of carving wood and ivory into creations that the Smithsonian has called "priceless works of art". Mooney lived in a time when steam locomotives were king, so many of his carvings are steam locomotives made of walnut wood, ebony, and ivory. Open 7 Days a Week 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Adults - $13.00 Children (age 7-17) - $5.00 Children (6 and under) - Free

Create your own glass menagerie with an artist in residence at the Toledo Museum of

Art's Glass Pavilion. The Pavilion provides plenty of mus

e with one of the top glass

collections in the world ranging from antiquity to current day.

Test new, innovative KitchenAid products and appliances in eight interactive culinary

areas at the KitchenAid Experience Center in Greenville. Then head over to the factory

for a tour as new mixers roll off the

assembly line.

Mazza Museum in Findlay

Have a hearty breakfast of buckwheat pancakes at one of the country's oldest

working grist mills, Clifton Mill in Clifton. Then hike the rugged natural beauty of

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.

Break the speed limit (legally)

Learn to drive a high performance racecar at the



Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Also stay in Mid


Ohio for some of the best

racing in the Midwest including NASCAR Camping World Truck S

eries, the Honda 200

(Indy Car Series), AMA Superbike Championships NASCAR Truck series and more.

Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton

American Toy Marble Museum

Welcome to the American Toy Marble Museum in Akron –


Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Robert Carpenter

Cleveland pays tribute to Rock and Roll, and Canton has enshrined the game of football, but it's Akron that holds all the marbles-though hardly bullies of the playground. They're eager to share everything there is to know about the little spheres-the simplest of toys-that engender more wistfulness than any plaything in memory.

The history is chronicled at The American Toy Marble Museum which is inside the Akron History Museum at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. It's on the original site of the defunct company bearing the same name, started in 1891 by Sam and A.L. Dyke. The Dyke philosophy was to put a handful of marbles in the possession of every kid who had a penny. Certainly they had the capacity. At it's peak the company produced an incredible million marbles per day.

America's Dairy & Ice Cream Museum

Welcome to the America's Dairy & Ice Cream Museum in Medina.

Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed Easter and Thanksgiving. The ice cream parlor is closed December to March, but the museum, during that time, is open and housed in the original dairy building.

Location: (Map It) 1050 W. Lafayette Road (500 ft. from corner of Rt. 42 and Lake Road) in Medina, Ohio

Phone: 330-722-3839

The America's Dairy & Ice Cream Museum: This is a place to enjoy America's favorite treat at its finest. Savor an ice cream delicacy while learning about Ohio history. Elm Farm began in 1927 when Henry Abell purchased 100 acres of land in Medina. It was run as a dairy until 1950 when the family began its ice cream production… The Abell family still personally welcome visitors to the museum and the Victorian ice cream parlor, which features Elm Farm super premium ice cream made on the premises. The museum shows the evolution of ice cream from its beginning in Pre-Roman times to the present. On display is one of the largest collections of ice cream memorabilia, such as the one-of-a-kind prototype scooper and a complete 1905 soda fountain. Dairy trucks and other items from the Elm Farm and dairy are displayed and there's an interactive area for children as well.

National First Ladies Library & Museum

Admission to the National First Ladies Library & Museum in Canton is $7.00/adult, $6.00/senior and $5.00/child under age 18.

Open 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m., plus Sundays in June, July & August at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday, CLOSED Monday

Location: 331 S. Market Ave. in Canton, Ohio

Phone: 330-452-0876


The National First Ladies Library in Canton is the only museum of its kind and commemorates and showcases the history of First Ladies in America. As a United States National Historic Site, the site features two buildings: the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home and the Education & Research Center, which are a block apart. The Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home was the former home of the wife of U.S. President William McKinley, Ida McKinley, who was also the founder of the National First Ladies Library. The home offers tours of the building that feature history on President McKinley and his wife, pictures other former First Ladies and Victorian Era decorations. In the Education & Research Center, the first floor features a theater for movies and presentation, various exhibits, and a small library room with a collection of books that replicates First Lady Abigail Fillmore's collection for the first White House Library. And the second floor features the main National First Ladies Library that aims at providing unique and historical information to the public.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is $20 for adults, $14 for children, and $16 for seniors.

Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day

Location: (Map It) 2121 George Halas Dr. NW in Canton, Ohio

Phone: 330-456-8207


the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio: The names are revered. The plays forever etched in the collective memory of football fans everywhere. They are the giants of this game. And to pay homage, you must go to the one place sacred enough to immortalize such heroes; the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is here that childhood memories are revisited, and new ones made. Here, your passion is rekindled and breathtaking moments brought to life. It is here…that legends live.

Enjoy America's Premier Sports Museum and Showplace. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is more than a museum -it's an interactive experience! Over 83,000 square feet of awe-inspiring exhibits present pro football's unique story and bring to life words such as courage, skill and dedication. Interactive exhibits act as windows to the dramatic stories behind the artifacts.

Don't miss three new galleries, including the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery featuring Super Bowl Theater. Experience the defining moments of the NFL season and Super Bowl in a wide-screen, surround sound, rotating theater.

Before exiting, don't miss the 4,000 square-foot Museum Store, shop for yourself or friends and family. There is something for all fans with merchandise from all 32 NFL teams plus Hall of Fame collectibles.

Canton Classic Car Museum

Admission to the Canton Classic Car Museum is $7.50/adult, $6/senior, $5 for children 6-18, and free for children under 6.

Open: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: (Map It) Market Avenue at 6th Street SW in Canton, Ohio

Phone: 330-455-3603


The Canton Classic Car Museum is currently home to 45 rare classic and special interest automobiles. The museum also holds thousands of pieces of historic memorabilia on display to complement the cars. The museum features a 1937 Ahrens-Fox Quad fire engine; a 1937 Packard hearse; and a 1957 BMW Isetta to name a few. In addition the museum features vintage toys, steam engines, movie posters, and historic photographs.

Medina Toy and Train Museum

Admission to the Medina Toy and Train Museum is free.

Open: Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Location: (Map It) 7 Public Square in Medina, Ohio

Phone: 330-764-4455


The Medina Toy and Train Museum: All aboard! Make this a whistle-stop and see plenty of railroad memorabilia. The museum features running exhibits of model trains, interactive children's exhibits, real train exhibits, model cars and airplanes dating back to 1900, toys, dolls and more. In addition, there are more than 500 actual train engines on display and a library containing more than 500 books about trains.

NASA Glenn Research Center Tours

nasa-glenn-toursThese guests of the NASA Glenn Research Center are touring a wind tunnel. Tests conducted in wind tunnels increase flight safety, improve aircraft performance and protect the environment

Open: Daily from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Location: (Map It) is at the Great Lakes Science Center – 601 Erieside Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio (Between Browns Stadium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)

Phone: (216) 694-2000

Web: Click here

The NASA Glenn Research Center Tours: You may think you have "the right stuff" but until you tour NASA, you won't know for sure. Public facility tours are offered on the select Saturdays year-round. These include the zero gravity research facility, wind tunnels, and space simulation chambers. Tours include a visit to the NASA Gift Shop where you can pick up a special souvenir or NASA apparel.

USS Cod Submarine Tour

Admission to the USS Cod Submarine in Cleveland is $10/adult, $9/senior and $6/child (K-12).

Open: Daily from May through September

Location: (Map It) North Marginal Drive & East 9th Street in Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: 216-566-8770


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The USS Cod Submarine in Cleveland: Operating from Australian ports during World War II, Cod is a World War II era GATO class fleet submarine. The 312 foot, 1,525–ton submarine, was launched on March 21, 1943 and was commissioned on June 21, 1943. Her five diesel engines were built in Cleveland, Ohio. Cod received a battle star for each of her seven war patrols, and sank more than 12 enemy vessels totally more than 37,000 tons, and damaging another 36,000 tons of enemy shipping, including the Japanese destroyer Karukaya. It was on Cod's seventh and final war patrol that she was honored for performing the only international submarine-to-submarine rescue in history. In the South China Sea she came to the aid of the Dutch Submarine O-19 which had grounded on the coral reef outcropping. After rescuing the 56 Dutch sailors the two captains decided there was no hope freeing the sub. It was destroyed by the Cod and the rescued sailors were delivered to the recently liberated Subic Bay naval base. The Cod is now docked in Lake Erie in Cleveland, and is maintained and operated as a memorial those submarine sailors who have lost their lives during the United States history. Because of her unique status as the very last unmodified U.S submarine from the WWII era she has been named a National Historic Landmark.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Admission to Cleveland Museum of Art is free.

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25

Location: (Map It) 11150 East Blvd. University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: 216-421-7350


The Cleveland Museum of Art is a leader in the international art world and offers many rich and diverse community, cultural and educational programming for the northeast Ohio area. Established in 1913 "for the benefit of all the people forever," the museum is one of the world's most distinguished and comprehensive art museums with the objective of reaching the broadest possible audience.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Admission to the Cleveland Aquarium: adult $21.95 / ages 2-12 $15.95 / under 2 years Free. Parking $3-$5.

Open: Everyday 10:00am-6:00pm

Location: (Map It) 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-862-8803

Web: Click here

It's fitting that to enter the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, you have to go down a flight of stairs.* It suggests that you're about to dive in to something new and a little bit unusual.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is in The Powerhouse, which was built in 1892 to generate electricity to run streetcars. The iconic brick building has hosted several high-energy outlets since then, including comedy clubs, restaurants, and retailers. As most architects will tell you, there's not much you can do with the building except let it shine – and renown design firm Marinescape NZ Limited lets it do just that.

The first exhibits visitors see are dedicated to Ohio's freshwater fish – and let's give the brook trout its due; it is a splendid creature – but admittedly, most visitors don't go to see the trout. That said, it's hard to pick a single species that qualifies as the star of the show.

Bob Evans Farm

Admission to the original Bob Evans Farm, Restaurant and Homestead is free (Fee for additional activities).

Open daily from April 1 through December 23 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 791 Farmview Road in Rio Grande, Ohio

Phone: 800-994-FARM (3276)

Web: Click here

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The original Bob Evans Farm, Restaurant, Homestead and Museum are in Rio Grande, Ohio. Make your pilgrimage to where it all began "down on the farm." Yes, the original 1,000 acre Bob Evans farm, including dozens of horses. Begin your tour with Bob's first restaurant named, The Sausage Shop, and continue to the Homestead Museum, log cabin village, small animal barnyard, quilt barn and much more. For a fee, you can also take part in many weekend events such as the annual Bob Evans Farm Festival. The "Homestead" is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is where Bob and his wife, Jewell, raised their six children. It used to be a stagecoach stop and inn.

Boyd's Crystal Art Glass

Cambridge Ohio glass blowing tour of Boyd's Crystal Art Glass.

Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 1203 Morton Ave. in Cambridge, Ohio

Phone: 740-439-2077


Boyd's Crystal Art Glass blowing tours: The people at Boyd's offer an open invitation for anyone to stop by and see glassmaking up close. Boyd's is a family operated business that produce several hundred glass pieces daily, including many collectible figurines and ornamental pieces.

National Museum of Cambridge Glass

Admission to the National Museum of Cambridge Glass is $4/adult; $3/Senior, AAA members or groups of 12 or more; children under 12 and NCC members are free.

Open: April through October except Easter and July 4; Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 136 South 9th Street in Cambridge, Ohio

Phone: 740-432-4245

Web: Click here

The National Museum of Cambridge Glass is owned and operated by the National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. (NCC). It houses one of the world's most extensive collections of Cambridge Glass, plus the tools, molds and etching plates used to manufacture the glass. There is something of interest for everyone. Enjoy the beauty, the history and learn about this highly skilled craft.

The Museum includes dioramas depicting the glass-making process; a dining room appointed with Cambridge glass; the Edna McManus Shepard Education Center where hands-on exhibits are available; and a gift shop featuring genuine Cambridge Glass, limited-edition reproductions, and books on glass collecting. The Museum is accessible to the handicapped and parking is free.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Check the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway web site below for fares and excursions along this Ohio scenic railway featuring themed and seasonal train rides in Southwest Ohio.

Phone: 740-753-9531 (depot/gift shop) 1-800-967-7834 (messages only)

Location: (Map It) The Depot in Nelsonville contains the ticket office, and it is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 33 and Hocking Parkway (Fulton Street), behind the Rocky Outdoor Gear Outlet Store at 33 E. Canal Street on U.S. Route 33 in Nelsonville, Ohio

Phone: 1-800-967-7834


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The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a non-profit all volunteer organization founded in 1972. Its purpose is the restoration and preservation of historic railway equipment for the education and entertainment of our members and the public in general.

Season begins the weekend before Memorial Day and continues each Saturday and Sunday through the end of October. For specialty, seasonal and themed trains and to purchase tickets, check the web site

John & Annie Glenn Historic Site

Admission to the John & Annie Glenn Historic Site: $6 adults, $5 seniors (& groups of 10 or more), $3 students of all ages, $2 students in organized groups, free for children not yet in school, teachers, leaders, advisors, bus drivers.

Open mid April – mid October Wed. – Sat. (10 – 4) Sun. (1 – 4). Will open for groups by appointment

Location: (Map It) 72 W. Main St. in New Concord, Ohio

Phone: 740-826-3305


The mission of the John & Annie Glenn Historic Site is to to tell the story of 20th Century American History through the lives of John & Annie Glenn and to create educational programs for learners of all ages. On the main floor of the home, visitors are treated to a living history tour. Actors in costume will greet you at the door and take you through the house as though it were the day you visit, only in 1944. At that time, we were in the midst of WWII and John Glenn, among many, many others were away from their homes, fighting for our country. They talk about life on the Home Front and the sacrifices that were made to help with the war effort. Also, you will see John Glenn's bedroom and some of his childhood toys (tricycle, train set, sled) in addition to displays on his military career, the space program, and his political life.

National Heisey Glass Museum

Admission to the National Heisey Glass Museum is $4 per adult; children under 18 and HCA members are free. Groups of 12 or more $2/each.

Open: Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. year-round except major holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.

Location: (Map It) 169 West Church Street in Newark, Ohio in Veteran's Park at the corner of Sixth & Church Streets

Phone: 740-345-2932


the National Heisey Glass Museum: Owned and operated by the Heisey Collectors of America, Inc. (HCA) since 1974, the National Heisey Glass Museum displays more than 5,000 of glassware and plant memorabilia from the A.H. Heisey & Co. The plant produced high quality, hand-wrought glass in Newark, Ohio from 1896 to 1957. Highly skilled craftsmen produced, cut, and etched glass in many styles and colors. The beauty and superior quality of this glass makes it a highly collectable item.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

Admission to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is $10/adult, $8/senior, $5/AMA Member, $3/student 12-17, and free to kids under 12.

Open: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 13515 Yarmouth Drive in Pickerington, OH 43147

Phone: 614-856-2222


The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum: One can almost hear the resonating sound of revving motors while passing by the more than 200 motorcycles on display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, home to an impressive collection of motorcycles and memorabilia.

Merry-Go-Round Museum

Admission to the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky is $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 4-14 years-old and children three and under are free.

Open: March 2 – May 25 Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

May 25- September 3 open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. and also open September 1

(Labor Day)

September 3rd begins fall hours, Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon – 5 pm.

Open weekends only in January and February.

Location: (Map It) 301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH 44870

Phone: 419-626-6111


Sandusky Merry-Go-Round Museum: Take a Ride Into History! Carousel ride is included with admission. Featuring: guided tour and woodcarvers demonstrations. In addition, there are special events throughout the year and birthday party packages (call for details). ADA compliant.

Bicycle Museum of America

Admission to the Bicycle Museum of America: General, $3.00; Seniors, $2.00; Students (K-12), $1.00; Under age 6, free; Groups over 15, $1.00 per person. Call for further information on group arrangements. Memberships: Single, $10.00 per year; Family, $20.00 per year.

Open – Fall/Winter Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Summer hours, Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 7 West Monroe St. (St. Rt. 274) in New Bremen, Ohio

Phone: 419-629-9249


The Bicycle Museum of America: The bicycle has to be the world's most popular vehicle. The Ohio Bicycle Museum of America offers viewers an opportunity to see how it all began. At the museum bicycles are displayed according to eras. See the 1892 Victor, which must have seemed like the Rolls Royce in its time. It sold for $130 – during a time when salaries were generally $18 per month. The museum also offers glimpses of the 1880s high-wheeler designs and the 1886 model of the bicycle-built-for-two. More modern bicycles, including race models, are displayed. But, let's not forget the balloon tires of the 1940s and 1950s. New Bremen offers a notable museum in a historic setting.

National Construction Equipment Museum

Admission to the National Construction Equipment Museum is $5 per person – large group discounts available.

Open to the public year round by appointment only; call ahead 24 hours to set up visit.

Location: (Map It) 16623 Liberty Hi Road in Bowling Green, Ohio

Phone: 419-352-5616


The National Construction Equipment Museum: If you like to visit offbeat places, here's one you won't want to miss, especially if you have children who like playing in the dirt. Turn north off US Route 6 onto Liberty Hi Road west of Bowling Green and drive 1-1/4 miles. Now, look to your left. There, emerging from the trees like a giraffe foraging for food, you'll see the tips of two crane booms. A little bit further on, a sign at the head of a long gravel driveway signals that you've arrived at the National Construction Equipment Museum, one of NW Ohio's most unusual attractions.

The NCEM, established by the Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) to preserve the history and equipment of the construction, surface mining and dredging industries, is guaranteed to thrill both junior and adult construction equipment enthusiasts.

Wyandot Popcorn Museum

Admission to the Wyandot Popcorn Museum is $4.00 Adults, $3.00 over 55, and $1.50 for Children 6-12, under age 6 free. Tours by the Marion County Historical Society.

Open May 1 – October 31 from Wednesdays through Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. And November , December March and April on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Closed January & February although special appointments may be made)

Location: (Map It) Heritage Hall · 169 E. Church St. in Marion, Ohio

Phone: 740-387-4255


The Wyandot Popcorn Museum: Pop on over to see the largest collection of popcorn poppers and peanut roasters in the world. There's an 1890 Patent Olsen Squirrel cage Dry Popper, 1899 Cretan popcorn machine, Ringling Brothers Circus's 1909 Cretors popcorn Wagon, 1927 concession truck and 1908 Dunbar Concession Wagon once used by Paul Newman to promote his own popcorn in Central Park. These and more than 50 other popcorn and peanut vending antiques are restored and look practically brand new.

Young's Jersey Dairy

Welcome to Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs.

Hours vary depending on season and attractions at Young's (call ahead)

Location: (Map It) 6880 Springfield Xenia Road in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Phone: 937-325-0629


Young's Jersey Dairy: The farm was started in 1869 and is still owned and operated by the Young Family! Young's hosts over one million guests each year. Young's is a working dairy farm with two restaurants (one is a large dairy bar and quick serve food restaurant, the other is a sit down, home-cooked, table service restaurant), two gift shops, two miniature golf courses, batting cages, golf driving range, the best homemade ice cream in the region, friendly service, great food, family fun activities, group & company picnics, off site catering and FUN!

Cincinnati Children's Museum

Admission to Cincinnati Children's Museum is $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children 3-12 with combo discounts to add the OMNIMAX or Special Exhibits.

Open: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 1301 Western Avenue in Cincinnati, OH 45203

Phone: 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077

Web: Click here

The Duke Energy Children's Museum in Cincinnati opened in 1998 and has since consistently ranked in the top 10 children's museums in the world. The museum's exhibits allow kids to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. Discover hands-on fun for kids of all ages in our eight educational and dramatic exhibit areas, including two especially designed for preschool age children and younger-Little Sprouts Farm and Kids' Town. Each year, the Children's Museum presents over 1,800 hours of programming for children covering topics such as arts, culture, reading, science and more. At the Duke Energy Children's Museum, fun and learning go hand in hand.

Serpent Mound

Serpent Mound is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound (a mound in the shape of an animal) representing a snake with a curled tail. Nearby are three burial mounds – two created by the Adena Culture (800 BC-100 AD), and one by the Fort Ancient Culture (1000-1650 AD). The Serpent Mound has no associated burials and was likely used for ceremonial purposes.


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, $8 for kids 3-13 years old.

Open: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 4pm)

Location: (Map It) 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH‎ 45202

Phone: 513-333-7500 or toll-free 877-648-4838


The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati pays tribute to the Underground Railroad and all efforts to "abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people." It features The Slave Pen, a two-story 1830 log structure used to house slaves being shipped to auction; and many other exhibits and films addressing the struggle for freedom. There is also an interactive iPod tour.

SunWatch Indian Village

Admission to SunWatch Indian Village & Archaeological Park is $6/adult and $4/student or senior.

Open year round Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sundays Noon-5pm, closed Mondays and major holidays.

Location: (Map It) 2301 West River Road in Dayton, Ohio

Phone: 937-268-8199

Web: Click here

SunWatch Indian Village & Archaeological Park in Dayton, Ohio is a partially reconstructed Fort Ancient period American Indian village along the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio. Excavations at this 13th Century village exposed a planned, stockaded village with astronomical alignments that was likely occupied for about 20 years. Due to its significance the site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1990. The interpretive center and reconstructed village include displays discussing the excavation and reconstruction of the site as well as the lives of the villagers that resided here. Activities include guided group tours, festivals, overnight programs, and more.

Wright Brothers Aviation Center

Admission to The Wright Brothers Aviation Center and Dayton History at Carillon Park is $8 for adults 18-59, $7 for Seniors 60+, $5 for children 3-17, Dayton History Members are Free.

Open Monday thru Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Location: (Map It) 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45409

Phone: 937-293-2841


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The Wright Brothers Aviation Center and Dayton History at Carillon Park: The world's first practical airplane, the 1905 Wright Flyer III, built by the Wright brothers and flown at Huffman Prairie outside Dayton, Ohio, is the centerpiece exhibit. The Wright Flyer III is the only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark (1990) and a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (2003). The aviation center is located within Carillon Historical Park, which tells the story of Dayton as a city of creativity and innovation.

Wright Cycle Company

Admission to the Wright Cycle Company at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is free.

Open daily 8:30am until 5:00pm

Location: (Map It) 16 S. Williams St. in Dayton, Ohio

Phone: 937-225-7705

The Wright Cycle Company at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park: Visitors are free to see where two of the world's most famous inventors labored in their craft. Two buildings where the Wright brothers worked at their cycle and printing businesses are still standing in their original locations and are open to the public. Their restored printing businesses, where they worked from 1890 – 1895, can be seen in the exhibit area of the Hoover block. They had five different bicycle shops, this being the fourth location. The restored building was home to the Wright's bicycle business from 1895 – 1897. It is where they were when they became obsessed with flying. And from there, these men, self-trained in the science of aviation, went on to build the world's first manned powered, heavier than air machine capable of free, controlled and sustained flight. The Wright Cycle Company is a unit of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

The Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center pays tribute to our firefighters, past present and future, and the rich legacy they have left us. Through a collection of hand-drawn, horse-drawn and motorized fire apparatus, visitors can retrace the steps of firefighters and learn about their day-to-day lives in the engine house. Set in an authentically restored 1908 Columbus Engine House (No.16) our building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Early Television Museum

The Early Television Museum contains one of the world's best collections of old television equipment. It is the only museum of its kind in the United States. On display are many rare TV sets from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, some of the first color television receivers and early camera equipment. Many of our sets are working. Visitors can see what they would have looked like on a 1930 televsion camera. Located in Hilliard the volunteer-run museum is open on weekends.

Zoar Village

Explore this one-of-a-kind village, settled in 1817 and home from 1819 to 1898 of a communal society of German religious dissenters. Visit restored Zoarite buildings and businesses and enjoy a walk in Zoar's big public garden, preserved and maintained as it was in the 1800s. Stop by the Zoar Store, built in 1833 and the commercial center of the 19th-century community. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours

Hale Farm & Village Explore life in 19th century America! Visit authentic historic buildings. Chat with talented interpreters. Enjoy our farm animals. Bath, Ohio in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 2686 Oak Hill Road PO Box 296, Bath, Oh. Educational programs offered daily.

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Ohio History Connection

Ohio History Center

Visit the headquarters of the Ohio Historical Society and a museum showcasing Ohio's history from the ice age to today. Exhibits feature a variety of topics including the Civil War, natural history, glass, pottery and interactive children activities. The Ohio History Center Museum, your link to exploring Ohio's most treasured objects and memories. Bring the whole family for a fun, interactive day filled with exhibits exploring everything from life in the 1950s to extinct and endangered Ohio species to an exquisite collection of restored Civil War battle flags. Learn about all our exhibits.

Ohio Village is your way to travel back in time to the 1860s in this recreated Ohio town. Stroll the village during its summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) or come for special events, dinner programs or to see a vintage base ball match.


Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

Train fares at Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M RR) are posted at the web site seen below.

When: Most Saturdays and Sundays from Easter to Christmas (and select weekdays for One Hour Train Rides too!)

Where: (Map It) 127 S. Mechanic St. in Lebanon, Ohio

Phone: 513-933-8022


The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M RR): Experience a nostalgic train ride on the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad through the countryside in Southwestern, Ohio. The LM&M Railroad invites you to reminisce and capture moments with family. Walk to the back of the train to the open-air gondola for panoramic views. Informative conductors describe railroad history and operation. Inquire about weekend special events. Highlights include:, Easter Bunny Express, Civil War Train, All Steamed Up – The Great Train Robbery (featuring a real work steam engine), Day Out With Thomas, Pumpkin Patch Express and North Pole Express. Bring kids, grandparents, camera, and a picnic, or grab a hotdog at our snack bar located in car 3 during the ride. Enjoy meaningful history you can see, hear, smell and touch every train ride on the LM&M Railroad.