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Armed with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest, Eagle Creek Golf Club challenges long and short gamers over its par 71 course's cushy fairways, bent-grass greens, tricky bunkers, and waterways. Test your clubbing prowess or settle driveway border disputes on any of four sets of tees, including five par 3s and four par, from the first hole's 502-yard straightaway par 5 to the final hole's narrow, tree-lined fairway and bunker-surrounded green.

2406 New State Rd
Norwalk,
OH
US

At one time, the port of Milan was hopping. In the early nineteenth century, it was full of shipping boats and cargo crafts making their way down the canal. The Milan Museum celebrates this era in its town history, when the port was thriving and future inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born at a local address now known as 9 Edison Drive.

  • Size: The museum is actually a collection of seven buildings, each of which celebrates a different aspect of the town's history.

  • Centerpiece: In the Galpin Galleries, one gallery tells the story of the town and how much it once relied on the canal; other galleries display folk and glass art.

  • Throwback: In the Sayles Victorian Home, visitors can explore a family's parlor and playroom, all decorated in period style. The general store's shelves are stocked as they were in the town's heyday.

  • Annual Events: During the holiday season, families gather for a gingerbread house workshop. In the fall, grown-ups sample local microbrews at the Annual Beer Tasting.

  • While You?re in the Neighborhood: Visit Thomas Edison's Birthplace Museum, filled with early inventions and personal mementoes.

10 N Edison Dr.
Milan,
OH
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A prodigy in his own right, Thomas Alva Edison's inventions changed the trajectory of technology before electronics were even a thing. The Edison Birthplace Museum celebrates Edison's life and his contributions to modern society with a collection of memorabilia. Opened by his wife and daughter, the home has been restored and refurnished to appear as it did in 1847, the year Thomas Edison was born.

  • The Building: Samuel O. Edison built the three-story brick house for his wife and family in 1842.

  • Eye Catcher: The room Edison was born in features intricate wallpaper, a white washbasin, and a period-accurate rope bed and handmade coverlet dating to the 1840s.

  • Don't Miss: The master bedroom's pine furniture set, one of the few original pieces, belonged to Edison's sister. The bedroom's closets hold clothing that used to grace the shoulders of Edison and his wife.

  • Hidden Gem: Behind the parlor, a trove of "Edisonia" includes family photos and a collection of his many inventions, such as a phonograph, a stock ticker, and a talking doll.

  • Bring Something Home: The gift shop stocks books about the inventor and his life, for both kids and grownups, as well as CDs of music recorded using Edison's electrical technique.

9 North Edison Drive
Milan,
OH
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For the fourth race on its 2012 tour, the American Drag Racing League returns to Gateway Motorsports Park's 1/8-mile drag strip for the first time since 2010. Piloting dragsters separated into seven all-professional racing classes, from Top Sportsman to Pro Extreme, drivers rocket down the track so quickly that they finish each race younger than when they began. The SuperCar Showdown—a new feature on the 2012 circuit—pits the latest consumer automobiles against one another in no-holds-barred drag race free from the usual handicaps, performance restrictions, and rules against fiddling with rival drivers' preset radio stations. After reopening under the helm of former Indy driver Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park has stepped up its devotion to motorsports of all kinds, looking beyond the drag strip to fill its amphitheater-style seats with fans of everything from hot rods to world-class stock cars.

1300 Highway 18
Norwalk,
OH
US