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Comics fans in smaller towns know the frustration of having to travel hundreds of miles to find a great convention. Andrew Satterfield was tired of that feeling, and decided to start his own convention in his hometown of Cincinnati. The first convention in 2010 was small, but notable, drawing a respectable 1,800 fans to its one-day event. Over the years, Andrew and his team have upped the ante, adding more days, moving to a larger venue, and drawing ever bigger names, from comic-artist Stan Goldberg to Firefly's Jewel Staite, as well as Jim Steranko and George Perez. Now a three-day affair that takes place in the Duke Energy Convention Center, the Cincinnati Comic Expo lets fans of every franchise browse thousands of comics, movie posters, and collectibles; hear their favorite celebrities speak; and test out mutant powers without fear of governmental repercussions.

525 Elm St
Cincinnati,
OH
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Train hobbyist Don Oeters founded EnterTRAINment Junction in 2008 to showcase railroading in an educational and amusing way. Two years later, his 80,000-square-foot facility was voted Ohio's Best Family Entertainment Center of 2010.

At the centerpiece, a 25,000-square-foot indoor model train display dazzles visitors with 90 G-scale trains and 2 miles of track winding through handcrafted landscapes, including an 11-foot waterfall, thousands of trees, and scenes documenting railroad's early, middle, and modern periods. Each train car is the size of a loaf of bread, making it easier for groups to see it or break it into communal pieces, and Oeters and his staff continually tweak the locomotive's surroundings by adding seasonal touches and installing minor or major updates. Historical train artifacts, educational videos, and interactive exhibits await amblers in the railroad museum, and the Imagination Junction kids' area entertains youngsters with train-themed play structures, hand-cranked and electronic locomotive rides, and a section dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine, the first train to successfully learn sign language.

7379 Squire Ct.
West Chester,
OH
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Dayton Lane Historic Area creates a portal in time to the early 1900s. On the tours, visitors can ride horse-drawn carriages and see inside the grand homes of Dayton Lane and Campbell Avenue, built by industrial barons in the mid 1800s through 1920. The neighborhood contains a total of 210 historic structures in a variety of architectural styles including Georgian Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne. Amid the picturesque homes, high wheelers ride their old-fashioned bicycles, the Ft. Hamilton Jazz Band plays, demonstrators in period dress walk the street, and craftspeople showcase their wares.

807 Dayton Street
Hamilton,
OH
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Although it aims to make classes welcoming to beginners, the instructors at Broadway Arts also have a knack for keeping seasoned creatives engaged during a variety of fun classes. That's because they're focused on bringing out the creativity in everyone during painting sessions, crochet courses, and even a special five-week course that teaches intuition-honing methods.

114 East Broadway Street
Harrison,
OH
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During warmer months, the rooftop patio at @the Square overlooks the grassy knoll where crowds gather for live music. Seated at one of the sun-drenched tables, visitors can enjoy a variety of casual American dishes, served up alongside cold beer and drinks. When the weather grows cooler, the interior of @the Square is a welcome refuge—a cozy, low-lit interior surrounds diners and drinkers.

1045 Central Avenue
Middletown,
OH
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Ensconcing visitors in spacious rooms surrounded by 30 lush acres of grapevines, Elk Creek Vineyards merges the grandeur of Napa Valley with Kentucky hospitality. Among three discrete lodgings, the Estates' wraparound deck sounds the creak of rocking chairs, the Inn's communial living room welcomes late-night conversation, and the Lodge's private decks open up onto vineyard and lake. Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday keeps eardrums occupied, and a gallery exhibits the creations of local artists. During tastings and tours, guests sample the vineyard's products and stroll through the fields, popping grapes to figure out which ones are alcoholic.

150 Highway 330
Owenton,
KY
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