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.
Inspired Shot, a recently formed nonprofit, is headed by Don, a certified Level 1 archery instructor and NRA-appointed training counselor. Don uses his own range or goes on location to teach the fundamentals of gun fundamentals, firearm safety, and introductory archery. He provides all required class items, furnishing ammunition, firearms, portable targets, benches, and stands for practice shooting. He teaches NRA curriculum and can also train others to become NRA instructors.
With decades of experience skimming the shores of Lake Erie, U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain Sib Randolph has had ample time to hone in on the best spots to nab walleye, bass, and perch. Though he relies on years of successful fishing charters to guide his routes, it doesn’t hurt that his 27-foot SportCraft fishing boat is equipped with fish-finding and navigational equipment. In addition to advice on the likelihood of a fish’s ability to grant wishes, Captain Randolph supplies fishermen with free bait and ice.
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.
Field of Dreams Drive-In Theater offers communal, car-friendly film gazing as well as prefeature entertainment. At the Liberty Center location, around 250 vehicles sidle up next to each other to take in double features rain or shine, and the newly renovated Tiffin location can accommodate up to 500 sedans, stretch station wagons, and highway-ready riding lawnmowers. The flickering glow of Hollywood blockbusters joins forces with the twinkling stars overhead to illuminate clear, cloudless nights, helping to direct hungry movie goers to and from the full-service concession stand, and light the way for made-to-order pizzas delivered straight to each car’s drivers side door.
In addition to its first-run films, Field of Dreams features free, family-friendly games including corn hole toss, ladder golf, and putt-putt golf. Four-legged family members can also watch from the safety of a leash or their very own car seat, and portable coolers and grills are permitted on the grounds with the purchase of a $4 outside-food permit.
At Blo Hookah Bar, guests lounge upon cozy couches as they puff up to 70 different flavors of shisha tobacco through ornate water-cooled pipes. Guests can try fun flavors such as Cherry Bomb, grapefruit with mint, or mint with mint. They can even pack a single serving to take and enjoy at home. In the lounge, an array flat screens broadcast sports and TV shows overhead as visitors blow rings of smoke, sip craft beers or tasty cocktails, and pass the time with friends.