Though Wilford and Olive Arms haven't lived in their house for decades, the sprawling Arts and Crafts-style stone building still holds their story. Today, the original period rooms house the Arms Family Museum of Local History, where permanent and temporary exhibits interpret different facets of the estate's—and the surrounding area's— history. One explores the home's conception and construction with original photographs, sketches, and Lego models, while another unveils the history of radio-broadcasting in Mahoning Valley. The Valley Experience exhibit, meanwhile, showcases the Mahoning River region's cultural past, focusing on the daily lives of those who lived there, from the first Native Americans to European immigrants to African-American freemen.
Sprawled out across 4,400 acres of public land and facilities, Mill Creek MetroParks attracts nearby humans with recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Rentals—which are available Wednesday–Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.—allow lounge-arounders to abandon dry land and its tendency to get dirt on everything by hopping aboard a boat with a ninesome of loved ones, then gliding off to explore 44 acres of steel-blue ripples surrounded by soothing emerald foliage. The nearby trails, gardens and Visitor & Education Center make it possible to extend the adventure even after the 60 minutes of floating are up.
Securely fastened into a tandem-parachute system, an instructor and a pupil tumble from a Skylane Cessna 182, a floating sensation running through their bodies for the 45- to 60-second plummet. Shortly thereafter, a more experienced jumper takes the leap from 10,500–13,500 feet as an instructor falls separately alongside to ensure that nothing goes awry between the departure of the aircraft and the opening of the chute.
Back on solid ground, a 25-acre drop zone reunites divers post-free-fall, and in the distance, Skydive Pennsylvania's pilots shuttle other divers skyward in a fleet of aircrafts that includes a Super Pilatus Porter, which can ascend 13,500 feet in 15 minutes. The on-ground personnel photograph and videotape all tandem and instruction-assisted-free-fall dives, converting their footage into professionally edited videos, DVDs of stills, and screensavers for skydiving-prone laptops.
At Boardman Lanes, bowling balls thunder down 24 gleaming, waxed lanes. Automatic pin setters and scoring computers allow customers to focus on their games, with little downtime between throws. On Friday and Saturday nights, black lights cast an otherworldly glow during cosmic bowling. The facility also features video games to provide breaks from bowling action and a snack bar to keep players fueled throughout the day.
As one of the largest indoor/outdoor recreational center in the tri-county area, Skate Zone offers activities for the whole family. Kids and parents alike can enjoy the endorphin-inducing effects of skating, laser tag, web city, bumper cars, mini golf, and arcade games. Wheeled shoe fanatics can Cha-cha or Electric Slide their way around the roller rink to sweet sounds from the DJ's speakers, while high-tech hounds can enjoy the interactive nature of laser storm, where up to 24 players congregate to discuss the differences between a peninsula and an isthmus. Bumper cars put the fun back in reckless driving while mini golf truly unites the family on the green for 18 holes of golf-based goodness. Web City offers spiderkids 10,000 square feet of entanglements and obstacles to climb, while the arcade zone offers more fun with buttons than a family dinner held in an elevator. The colorful ambience of this safe and fun recreation center has everything needed for a fun family outing. Equipment and lockers are available for rent at Skate Zone for a bit extra. See the website for more info
The National Packard Museum preserves the Detroit-made Packards from 1899 to 1958, famous for their white-walled tires and art-deco chrome hood ornaments. The car of choice for statesmen, gangsters, and actors playing gangsters chasing statesmen, meticulously maintained Packards from all eras populate the National Packard Museum’s halls and exhibits, from the 1900 Model B to limousines, ambulances, and convertibles from the 1950s. Museum visitors learn how the Packard line advanced vehicular safety standards and how the company implemented design innovations, such as the steering wheel. Auto-tourists will also find the National Packard Museum replete with historical photographs, product catalogs, and company documents, which reveal plans to create a car that could be driven by super-intelligent muskrats by 1992.