Activities in Ohio

60-Minute Downtown Cleveland Segway Tour for One, Two, or Five from Electric Transport (Up to 50% Off)

Cleveland Segway Tours

Tower City Center

$60 $35

Friendly Cleveland native guides segway tours past city highlights

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival at Duke Energy Convention Center on October 17–19 (48% Off)

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival

Duke Energy Convention Center

$42 $22

LEGO-lovers gather to participate in interactive building activities, exercising their creativity and witnessing huge creations

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Southside

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$79 for a One Day Ohio Concealed Carry Permit Course ($125 Value)

1st Advance Security

Dayton

$125 $79

Course covers Ohio's required 10 class hours and 2 live-fire range practice hours with firearms provided; instructors put fun spin on course

Six or Eight 60-Minute Tai Chi Classes at Crooked River T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center (Up to 56% Off)

Crooked River T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center

Parma

$60 $29

Tai chi classes help adult students relax, gain flexibility, learn meditation, improve balance, and may even lower blood pressure

Four-Week Youth Football-Skills Clinic for One or Two at The Pro Football Hall of Fame (Up to 51% Off)

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Canton

$60 $30

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Football clinic teaches kids the core offensive and defensive tenets of the game, as well as important elements of its history

Golf Games or Driving-Range Packages at Parto's Golf Learning Center (Up to 58% Off). Five Options Available.

Parto's Golf Learning Center

Coitsville

$30 $15

Games on 9-hole, par-3 golf course; driving range offers a large grass tee, putting green, and a chipping area with a sand bunker

Eight-Hour Fishing Charter for One or Two from Sara-J Sportfishing Charters (Up to 52% Off)

Sara-J Sportfishing Charters

Multiple Locations

$300 $149.99

Sail across Lake Erie on 34 ft. catamaran boat in search of perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass

$10 for Two Weeks of Boxing and Kickboxing Classes at Title Boxing Club ($50 Value)

TITLE Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

$50 $10

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Students tone arms, legs, and core with fast-paced boxing or kickboxing classes that can burn up to 1,000 calories per class

Admission for Two or Four to the Maze of Insanity at Horror Acres Haunted House (45% Off)

Horror Acres Haunted House

Green

$20 $11

Brave souls wind their way through stalks of corn, encountering unspeakable horrors as they frantically search for the exit

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$59 for Five Horseback-Riding Lessons at Hampton Hill Stables ($165 Value)

Hampton Hill Stables

Chagrin Falls

$165 $59

Horseback-riding lessons let equestrians of all aptitudes mount and steer steeds

3 or 5 Film-Screening Passes or All-Access VIP Pass to the Ohio Independent Film Festival November 6–9 (50% Off)

Ohio Independent Film Festival

Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore

$30 $15

The four-day festival screens films from emerging filmmakers, showing poignant movies that may not otherwise be screened locally

$21 for Six 50-Minute TRX or Spinning Classes at Gunz Fitness ($60 Value)

Gunz Fitness

Liberty

$60 $21

Spinning and TRX classes, which increase cardiovascular fitness and strength training by using your own body weight as resistance

10 or 20 Boot-Camp Sessions at Dynamic Performance (Up to 69% Off)

Dynamic Performance

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Trainers lead boot camps through an ever-changing cycle of exercises

Two Weeks of Martial Arts Classes or a One-Month Lesson Package at Impact Family Martial Arts (Up to 80% Off)

Impact Family Martial Arts

Downtown Newark

$75 $24

Instructors guide students of all ages and fitness levels through self-defense curriculum adopting moves from karate, jiujitsu and krav maga

5 Boot-Camp Classes or 3 or 6 Weeks of Unlimited Classes at Fit Body Boot Camp Beachwood (Up to 77% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp Beachwood

Multiple Locations

$100 $29

Indoor boot-camp sessions reshape physiques with suspension gear and cardio drills; nutritional guidance reinforces healthier lifestyles

$39 for a Martial-Arts Program at Five Seasons Family Sports Club ($80 Value)

Young's Martial Arts

Sugarcreek

$80 $39

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Area's top martial arts program focuses on Tang Soo Do; instructed by 6th degree master black belt

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart Rental at Deer Pass Golf Course in Seville (Up to 50% Off)

Deer Pass Golf Club

Westfield

$58 $29

18-hole, par 71 course snakes across 6,012 yd. of rolling hills & memorable holes, including 155 yd. par 3 with island green

10 or 25 AMP Fitness Classes at Explosion Fitness Solutions (Up to 56% Off)

Explosion Fitness Solutions

Multiple Locations

$90 $45

Intense AMP classes combine interval training, functional movements, and cardio and core exercises to burn fat and trim inches

10 or 20 Yoga and Fitness Classes at PAI Yoga & Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

PAI Yoga & Fitness

Multiple Locations

$125 $55

Students flow through rigorous poses with yoga, sweat calories in spin, build strength in TRX suspension classes or lean muscle in barre

Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at Dipson Theatres (Up to 30% Off)

Dipson Theatres

Multiple Locations

$32 $23

Everything from summer action flicks to independent dramas, arthouse films, and family features lights up a network of 29 screens

$19 for 12 Martial Arts, Self Defense, and Kimoodo Healing Arts Classes Plus a Uniform ($350 Value)

The Oriental Martial Arts College

Multiple Locations

$350 $19

Students learn the basics of martial arts while developing self-defense and health and fitness skills, plus confidence, focus, and respect

Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at La Ru Lanes (Up to 52% Off)

La Ru Lanes

Highland Heights

$20 $11

Bowlers slip into rental shoes before taking to the lanes for two full games, where automatic scorers make for fun, smooth games

Four Hours of Open-Play Rope Courses for One, Two, or Four at Summit Vision (Up to 57% Off)

Summit Vision

Blendon

$40 $19

Highly trained instructors supervise guests as they clamber across a rope course during an open-play session

One or Three Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Fit Bodies (Up to 65% Off)

Fit Bodies

Reynoldsburg

$75 $35

Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and conditioning classes at a facility run by a trainer who went through her own weight-loss experience

Four-Week Summer Gymnastics Class or Birthday Party for Up to 20 at Capitol City Gymnastics (Up to 64% Off)

Capitol City Gymnastics

South Columbus

$64 $23

Kids build upon the gymnastics skills they learned the previous class in a four-week course; a birthday party reserves the entire facility

$25 for Two Discount Golf Cards from My Loop Network Golf Card ($50 Value)

My Loop Network Golf Card

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Discount golf cards help golfers save on greens fees during the 2014 golf season

One Month of Unlimited Cardio-Fit Kickboxing Classes or Five Classes at Asian Sun Martial Arts and Fitness (Up to $70 Off)

Asian Sun Martial Arts and Fitness

Multiple Locations

$99 $29

Cardio Fit Kickboxing tones physiques with mix of martial arts-inspire moves that torch calories, build strength, and boost self-confidence

One or Three Months of Baton or Dance Class at Angel's Hi-Steppers (Up to 69% Off)

Angel's Hi-Steppers

Mingo Park Indoor Recreation Center

$48 $19

Girls and boys two years and up learn the graceful movements of tap, ballet, twirling, hip-hop, or jazz dance

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four, or Weekly Tee-Time Through October at Skyland Golf Course (Up to $540 Off)

Skyland Golf Course

Hinckley

$70 $28

Streamlined 6,115-yard course presents an approachable, par-72 layout with water features and bunkers to challenge experienced players

$12 for Movie Tickets and a Medium Popcorn for Two at Grandview Theatre ($22 Value)

Grandview Theatre

Grandview Heights

$22 $12

At 88-year-old theater, movie goers enjoy selections from local eateries, such as Cowtown Pizza and Patisserie Lallier, while watching films

$49 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Barre Fitness Classes at Pure Barre ($115 Value). Two Options Available.

Pure Barre

Multiple Locations

$115 $49

Experienced instructors lead full-body workouts filled with ballet-inspired stretches and muscle-sculpting movements

10 or 20 Yoga Classes, or 30 or 60 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Krysia Energy Yoga (Up to 73% Off)

Krysia Energy Yoga

Westlake

$120 $35

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Certified instructors lead classes such as power yoga, deep stretching, and a basics class taught by candlelight in a private studio

Bowling Outing for Two or Up to Six with Shoe Rental at Buckeye Lanes (Up to 62% Off)

Buckeye Lanes

North Olmsted

$29.40 $15

Bumpers & lightweight balls equip pintsize bowlers at alley with late-night Rockin’ Bowl & eight billiard tables

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: "Built to Amaze" (Up to 35% Off). Showtimes Available September 25–28.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Built To Amaze

Wright State University Nutter Center

$34.45 $23

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Humans and animals perform their most spectacular stunts with cannons, upside-down trapezes, towering unicycles, and other contraptions

Two Groupons, Each Good for One Inflatable Open-Play Pass for One or Two Kids at Run Jump-n-Play (Up to 53% Off)

Run Jump-n-Play

Deerfield

$10 $5.50

Kids can climb and bounce on extraterrestrial obstacle courses, kraken-wrapped pirate ships, and ball-equipped stadiums

Music and Movement Course for One or Two at The Learning Groove, presented by Beyond Words (Up to 55% Off)

Beyond Words: Music & Dance Center

North Royalton

$120 $59

Kids ages 1-5 play with parents during enriching classes that develop musical skills and artistic expression

9- or 18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Bowling Green Country Club (Up to 53% Off)

Bowling Green Country Club

Bowling Green

$36 $19

Nine-hole course wraps around 2,782 yd. of Ohio countryside for par 35 layout designed for players of all abilities

$25 for $45 Worth of Horseback Riding — Watkins Quarter Horses

Watkins Quarter Horses

Canfield

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

All-Day Paintball Outing for 2, 4, or 12 at Synergy Paintball in Grafton (Up to 55% Off)

Synergy Paintball

Eaton

$114 $59

35 acres dotted with multiple paintball fields offer themed play and capture the flag games in simulated jungle and fort fields

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Kent State University Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

Kent State University Golf Course

Kent

$62 $31

KSU's course is approachable for golfers of all levels with open fairways, forgiving lies, and slick greens

Bowling for Two or Six at Cloverleaf Lanes (Up to 63% Off). Three Options Available.

Cloverleaf Lanes

Independence

$27 $10

Pairs enjoy three games of bowling, while groups of six bowl for two hours with the option for food

10 or 20 Martial-Arts Classes at U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy (Up to 63% Off)

U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy

Multiple Locations

$89 $35

Kung fu or shuai chiao classes for adults and students as young as 4 teach self-defense and discipline

10 Yoga or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Improvement Warrior Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Improvement Warrior Fitness

Hilliard

$115 $39

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Gain awareness of your body with a string of stretching poses that strengthen the body and calm the mind

9- or 18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Rustic Hills Country Club (Up to 58% Off)

Rustic Hills Country Club

Montville

$42 $19

Nine-hole, par 32 course features four par 3s and a pond that nearly surrounds the picturesque seventh green

Haunted-House Adventure for Two or Four to The Barber Haunt (50% Off)

The Barber Haunt

Barberton

$30 $15

Guests to this century-old pig barn face ghoulish specters and crazed clowns

African Safari Wildlife Park Visit for One or Four (Up to 73% Off). Three Options Available.

African Safari Wildlife Park

Danbury

$84.95 $50

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Visitors in cars can offer food to freely roaming African species such as bison, elk, zebra, giraffes, and camels

Four-Mile River Kayaking Trip for One, Two, or Four from Carried Away Recreation (50% Off)

Carried Away Recreation

Riverside Park

$30 $15

Kayaking trips include a kayak rental, paddle, life jacket, and shuttle service

18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart, Range Balls, and Lunch at Vista Golf Course (Up to 49% Off)

Vista Golf Course

Muskingum

$74 $39

Recently renovated course showcases ponds and grasses incorporated into open fairways and sprawling vistas

5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Salsa City Fitness (Up to 52% Off)

Salsa City Fitness

Troy

$25 $12

Zumba, piloxing, tabata, booty barre, and many other energetic fitness classes help clients lose weight in a fun, supportive environment

10 or 20 Boot-Camp Classes at BodybyJuana (Up to 82% Off)

BodybyJuana

Polaris

$150 $45

Up to 30 participants, with at least one trainer per 10 students, work through boot-camp classes six days a week

Three or Five Latin or Ballroom Dance Classes at WHYM Dance (50% Off)

WHYM Dance

Solon

$30 $15

Group Latin and ballroom dance classes give students a way to pursue a healthier lifestyle while also meeting new friends

One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Jeff Ellis' International Karate Centers (Up to 80% Off)

Jeff Ellis' International Karate Centers

Multiple Locations

$140 $29

Instructors guide students of all age levels through colored belt ranks, each rank defined by new techniques and martial challenges

All-Day Paintball Admission for 6, 12, or 20 People with Gear Rental at TPA Paintball (Up to 84% Off)

TPA Paintball

Alliance

$150 $30

Friends try to splat each other with paintballs and achieve objectives during organized, refereed games

10 or 20 Yoga Sessions at Zen Gardens Massage (Up to 71% Off)

Zen Gardens Massage

South Euclid

$100 $35

Yoga classes are divided into three ability levels to accommodate all students, with options that include power yoga and Vinyasa flow

Walking Ghost Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Cleveland Ghost Tours (Up to 62% Off)

Cleveland Ghost Tours

Willoughby Hills

$70 $29

Take a guided stroll by moonlight through Cleveland’s cemeteries and past sites such as the armory and the Federal Reserve Bank

5 or 10 Barre Fitness Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Pure Barre Beachwood (Up to 66% Off)

Pure Barre

Multiple Locations

$105 $39

With the help of a ballet barre, isometric movements tone the body, burn fat, and build long, lean muscles in abs, hips, and arms

$20 for Two Season Passes to The Maize at Little Darby Creek ($40 Value)

The Maize at Little Darby Creek

The Maize at Little Darby Creek

$40 $20

Seven weekends of unlimited access to a 9-acre corn maze, dodgeball, miniature train, outdoor laser tag, and other family activities

Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Our Gym powered by S.M. Smith Martial Arts (70% Off)

Our Gym Llc

Wadsworth

$90 $27

From the merchant: We offer all levels of group fitness classes and use a variety of training methods.

Dance and Martial Arts Classes at Avon Dance and Martial Arts (Up to 69% Off)

Avon Dance And Martial Arts

Avon

$66 $22

Instructors lead students through dance or martial arts classes for all skill levels

Three Games of Bowling for Two or Six with Shoe Rentals and Option for Soda at Yorktown Lanes (Up to 75% Off)

Yorktown Lanes

Parma Heights

$31.50 $12

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Expansive facility with 40 lanes, automated scoring, and a full-service bar

Standup Comedy at Funny Bone Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)

Funny Bone Comedy Club

Funny Bone Comedy Club

$39.99 $20

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National comedy club chain hosts headlining comics up to five nights a week; adjoining seafood restaurant serves Creole-inspired appetizers

$27 for Entry to the Zombie Frenzy 5K on October 25 ($50 Value)

Centurion Events

Ashland County Fairgrounds

$50 $27

Outrun hordes of zombies intent on stealing your race "life" flags, and switch roles to act as a chaser zombie during the 5K race

Four or Six Corn-Maze Trips and Hayrides at Fleitz Pumpkin Farm (Up to 50% Off)

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

Oregon

$12 $6

5-acre corn maze peppered with fall facts; tractor hayrides travel through cornfields and pumpkin patches

Admission Pass for Two or Four or 12-Month Individual or Single-Household Membership to Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (50% Off)

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

Maysville

$20 $10

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A trio of museums offers a miniature collection of homes, people, and artwork; a research library; and more than 4,000 artifacts

15 Classes from Fit for Hope (65% Off)

Fit For Hope

Rocky River

$210 $74

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$255 for Ultimate Flight Package with Flying Lessons and Logbook at Champion City Aviation ($500 Value)

Champion City Aviation

Multiple Locations

$500 $255

Put ground-school education into action during 2.5 hours of flight time while taking off, flying, and landing the plane beside an instructor

One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes or Online Elemental Cleanse from Elemental Om (Up to 68% Off)

Elemental Om

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Wide variety of yoga disciplines, such as Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini & Yin; online Elemental Cleanse includes yoga & meditation videos

All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for Up to 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 85% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

8 or 12 Group Training Boot-Camp Classes at Cleveland Fitness Revolution (Up to 80% Off)

Cleveland Fitness Revolution

Multiple Locations

$159 $32

Certified personal trainers whip clients of all fitness levels into shape with intense interval training and circuit strength training

One, Three, or Five 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons from Elite Stables (65% Off)

Elite Stables

Novelty

$80 $35

An experienced instructor supervises and coaches up to four students of any riding level during each one-hour indoor lesson

$44 for $125 Worth of CrossFit — A-County Crossfit

A-county Crossfit

Geneva

$125 $44

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

5 or 10 AntiGravity Yoga Classes at Synergy Sports Massage (Up to Half Off)

Synergy Sports Massage

Berea

$95 $50

Instructors lead groups through challenging yoga poses on suspended silk hammocks, increasing agility and aligning the vertebrae

18 Holes of Foot-Golf for Two or Four with Optional Cart Rental at Whiteford Valley Golf Club (Up to 57% Off)

Whiteford Valley Golf Club

Whiteford

$42 $21

Foot-golf—a soccer and golf hybrid—challenges players to kick a soccer ball through 18 holes with the goal of sinking it into 21-inch holes

Dalton Lee: Magic + Illusion at Frank Sarris Public Library or On-Location Birthday Magic Show (Up to 50% Off)

Dalton Lee: Magic + Illusion

Frank Sarris Public Library

$46 $23

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Parents and children alike will be amazed by sleight-of-hand and illusions at the library or their own home

Bowling for Six with or Without Pizza and Soda at Rule 3 (55% Off)

Rule 3

Pickerington

$66 $30

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Fourteen bowling lanes sit at the center of an entertainment complex with arcade games, a full kitchen, and outdoor activities

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Pins have been toppling at Sequoia Pro Bowl since 1963, but in 2014, the Columbus hot spot has added a new dimension to the bowling game. Its cutting-edge BES X scoring system transforms simple matches into highly interactive experiences filled with fun cartoons and arcade games. Linked to a 42-inch, flat-screen television installed at each lane, the system is capable of tracking statistics such as ball speed and converted splits for more serious competitors. However, casual visitors can use the system's photo capabilities to snap selfie shots that come to life as on-screen animations as they bowl. The BES X technology also has the capability to transform a match into a five-frame, arcade-style experience by loading one of the available games, including Monster Factory, Battle on the Lanes, and Bowling Hood. With its social media connections, the system even allows visitors to check in on Facebook and send text messages directly to the screens of friends at nearby lanes.

Refueling between frames is possible thanks to Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club Sports Bar, packed with ping-pong, cornhole,and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. Or patrons can try their hand at ticketed arcade games that can be turned in for prizes. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.

5501 Sandalwood Blvd
Columbus,
OH
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Since 1983, families have spent their holidays around the television, watching A Christmas Story and joining in the triumphs and failures of 9-year-old Ralphie as he struggles to secure a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa's bag. Although the cult-classic film showed Ralphie living in Indiana, the house in which the movie took place rests in Cleveland?and is now a museum. When MSNBC interviewed lifelong fan and A Christmas Story House & Museum owner Brian Jones, they profiled the story of how he found the house on eBay and jumped at the chance to own it. Today, he?s turned it into a year-round place of pilgrimage for fans and the site of an occasionally-held convention for Ralphies.

Jones?s restoration has returned rooms to exactly how they were in the film, letting guests gaze at the tinsel-strewn tree with its star falling off and explore the bathroom where Ralphie?s mouth was washed out with soap?a time-tested method for cavity prevention. Visitors can even attempt to hide like little Randy in the cabinet under the sink. After seeing the backyard that still houses the original shed, where Ralphie defended his family against Black Bart, fans head across the street to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. Here, original props such as the toys from the Higbee?s department-store window, Randy?s snowsuit, and Miss Shields?s classroom chalkboard join other memorabilia and hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Before leaving, guests drop into the gift shop to pick up a leg lamp just like the one Ralphie's old man cherished so dearly.

3159 W 11th St
Cleveland,
OH
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Scallywag Tag's arena dazzles eyes with a black-lit, neon-tinged pirate ship and 18th-century Caribbean village, which provides a labyrinth of fluorescent walls for marauding swashbucklers. After being split into two competing crews, participants receive a vest, a phaser, and instructions to tally as many points as possible by tagging opponents, swarming the enemy's home base, or holding a referee hostage until he or she doctors the score. The score itself is broadcast on wide-screen LCD scoreboards, but those who are too busy taking out the adversary to look at them can take heart knowing that at the end of the game, the referees announce the winning team.

Outside the fast-paced laser-tag arena, Scallywag Tag encourages visitors to recharge with a drink or a slice of pizza from the snack bar. The arcade sections also distract patrons by featuring perennial classics such as air hockey as well as new favorites, including Time Crisis 3 and Find That W2 Form.

The West-side location additionally lures younger passersby with a pirate-themed jump house and a 35-foot-long slide in the family entertainment center. The West-side’s black-light miniature golf tests hand-eye coordination skills, leading guests through a gauntlet of 18 holes that similarly embrace the pirate theme.

5055 Glencrossing Way
Cincinnati,
OH
US

While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.

Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.

4637 W Bancroft St
Toledo,
OH
US

Amid the uncertainty and complex nature of the aviation industry in the early 2000s, Denise and Mike decided to buck opposition and follow their dreams. The husband-and-wife team kept their dream relatively simple: move to northeast Ohio, secure season tickets for the Indians and Browns, and open up the world of flight to others. They soon took Mike's 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and Denise's time as a commercial pilot and turned it into American Winds Flight Academy. Today, their flight academy preps prospective pilots with FAA-approved ground courses and hands-on instruction in their fleet of Piper and Cessna airplanes and accommodating pterodactyls. The duo's 15-plus flight-training courses and fast-track program include everything from advanced flight-simulator instruction to commercial-pilot certification. Dedicated to assisting veterans on their path to become commercial pilots, American Winds Flight Academy is one of 12 FAA-licensed (Part 141) flight schools in the state of Ohio.

1600 Triplett Blvd
Akron,
OH
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On October 5, 1905, years of invention and failure culminated into history as Wilbur Wright took to the sky in a craft that soared through the air for 24 miles. More than a century later, just a few miles from the field over which it first flew, the 1905 Wright Flyer III—now designated a National Historic Landmark—spreads its wings at Carillon Historical Park, inspiring visitors with its tale of innovation, persistence, and progress, and the aptly named "Wilbur Wright: A Life of Consequence" exhibit. Nearby, the park's Heritage Center features the year-round Carousel of Dayton Innovation, which contains 31 figures, a 38-foot hand-painted mural illustrating the turn of events in the Wright Brothers flying exhibits, and rides for $1.

As impressive as they are, the airplane and carousel are only a few of Carillon Historical Park’s myriad attractions. Named for the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon, whose 57 bells have been pealing since 1942, the campus spreads across 65 acres. Just south of downtown, 30 historical buildings, including the 28,000 sq.ft. Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, draw visitors into Dayton’s past and share in the park's devotion to history, heritage, and progress. Early settlement structures such as the Newcom Tavern—the oldest building still standing in Dayton—sit alongside other original buildings such as an 1815-era stone cottage. The park also includes replica buildings, such as the Deeds Barn and the Wright Cycle Shop, which recreate the birthplaces of the automobile self-starter and the airplane.

The park’s transportation theme continues with an 1835 B&O steam locomotive and an interactive 1/8 scale railroad available to ride on select days for an extra fee and whose train cars carry passengers more effectively than 1/8 scale feet would. Nearby, the first Chevy S-10 truck minted by GM’s Moraine Plant in 1988 mingles with a fleet of vintage and classic autos. After admiring their hulls, visitors can swing by Culp’s Café—named and modeled after the eatery where widow and mother of six Charlotte Gilbert Culp served pies in the '30s and '40s—and order burgers or soda-fountain creations off a '40s-style menu. Before leaving, guests can peruse Wright brothers paraphernalia and items from the park’s 1930s letterpress printing shop at the museum store or sign up for educational programming that teaches lost arts such as candle dipping and butter churning.

1000 Carillon Blvd
Dayton,
OH
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