Since its founding in 1998, the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. has been dedicated to preserving, and educating others about, the rich history of the railroad in Northwest Ohio. The center's sprawling gift shop and museum, which features two model-train layouts, explore the role of trains in American life in the past and the present. Outside, quarter-scale deisel and steam trains chug across a field crossed with railroad tracks with dozens of gleeful passengers in tow. As part of its celebration of all things railroad, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. also curates seasonal events, such as train rides brimming with holiday festivities.
At Hansen Performance Horses, riders of all ages and experience levels saddle up under the direction of Teresa Hansen, who has owned and shown horses for more than 25 years and has coached amateurs to top finishes at prestigious competitions. Hooves gallop across the Hansen family's training facility, which consists of a heated indoor arena, an outdoor arena, and a climate-controlled viewing room for onlookers and curious TVs considering new career paths. Aside from private, one-on-one lessons, aspiring gauchos can earn their spurs during an assortment of different lessons, including therapeutic sessions for autistic children, as well as instruction in Western pleasure, hunter under-saddle, and reining divisions.
Formerly the expansive estate of the philanthropic Joseph and Marie Schedel, the Schedel Arboretum & Gardens boasts four bountiful flower gardens on more than 17 picturesque acres nestled next to the Portage River. A self-guided tour brochure outlines a leisurely stroll through the gardens, highlighting beautiful, unusual, and rare plants.
After 20 years of successfully frightening fear fans, The Haunted Hydro is back for another season of shudders with more than 50 actors, multiple attractions, and an “Evil Inferno” theme. With a Monster Bash ticket, guests begin their journey by entering the 20-foot Tunnel of Terror leading to Hydro’s cursed chambers. Inside, realistically made-up monsters and mutants make screams scream in horror and force flesh to sprout goose feathers. Visitors can also venture into the brand-new Lair of Scare, a dark cavern of undeath where each turn is as futile as the one before it. A free paintball ticket gives brave citizens the chance to hunt the zombies that lurk in Paintball Alley, and a free soft drink soothes sore throats resulting from too much shrieking, screeching, and light- bulb eating.
Interstate Lanes complements its 40 bowling lanes with several classic avenues of entertainment, from the video arcade's flashing lights to the lounge equipped with billiard tables. As bowlers attempt to topple sets of pins, automatic scoring systems keep track of their feats, and bumpers prevent balls from triggering gutters' traumatic memories of serving in a giant mousetrap. Beyond open-bowling hours, the alley hosts competitive leagues for men, women, and children, and an onsite kitchen fires up bites such as chicken wings, specialty burgers, and freshly baked pizzas.
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Go-karts
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
At Putt-Putt Fun Center, there's no shortage of fun activities—all of which are family-friendly. Mini golf gives groups the chance to hone their whacks on an 18-hole course, and the go-kart track offers cars designed for kids, grown-ups, or both parent and child. The batting cages are another way to take on some friendly competition, as participants practice their swings in hopes of sending a ball soaring across the cage or back into the tube it came out of to teach it a lesson. Those activities can also be rolled into a birthday party package, which may include access to a private party room and pizza.