Kids Activities in Ohio


$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

Bar Louie

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

$90 $45

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"Mummies of the World" with Audio Tour for Two at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (Up to 42% Off)

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

150 artifacts from around the globe—some thousands of years old—spill their secrets thanks to state-of-the-art technology and 3D animation

$69 $39.95

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Interactive Theater Experience for Two, Four, or Eight at Trapped Toledo (Up to 56% Off)

Trapped Toledo

Trapped Toledo

Interactive theater experiences lock 10 participants in a room to solve challenges such as finding a missing spy to foil a terrorist plot

$50 $25

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 54% Off)

AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

More than 200 locations across the country offer two-hour bowling packages for groups of two, four, or six

$30.38 $17

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Roller-Skating Outing for Two or Four at Skateworld of Kettering (Up to 70% Off)

Skateworld of Kettering

Skateworld Of Kettering

Families glide across the rink to Radio Disney, Top 40 hits, or disco during themed skating sessions

$74 $22

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Mini Golf and Bumper Cars or Boats for Two or Four at Sluggers & Putters (Up to 48% Off)

Sluggers & Putters

Canal Fulton

Play on the old-fashioned 18-hole mini-golf course before colliding into friends in bumper cars or floating boats

$25 $14

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six or Family Membership at Arms Family Museum of Local History (Up to 50% Off)

Arms Family Museum of Local History

the Arms Family Museum of Local History

This historical home-turned-museum documents the history of the Mahoning Valley through various galleries and exhibits

$12 $6

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Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Family Membership at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park (Up to 50% Off)

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Hamilton

335-acre park and outdoor museum invites guests to wander among 64 sculptures tucked into gardens and meadows, and alongside lakes

$16 $9

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Three Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two or Four at Mahall's 20 Lanes (Up to 46% Off)

Mahall's 20 Lanes

Lakewood

Restored bowling alley maintains vintage touches, such as manual scoring, alongside live music and two bars

$28 $16

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Carriage Ride for Two or Four from Ladybug Ranch LLC (Up to 39% Off)

Ladybug Ranch LLC

Multiple Locations

Pristine white carriage is pulled by Ribbon, an ivory-colored steed with a silver mane

$50 $35

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Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four, or Eight Weeks of Lessons at C.E. Orr Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

C.E. Orr Ice Arena

Euclid

High school regulation-sized rink hosts open skating sessions throughout the week as well as lessons for inexperienced skaters

$15 $7.50

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Self-Guided Museum Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society (Up to 63% Off)

Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society

Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society

Explore the 19th-century building where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed at your own pace

$18 $10

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Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Mentor Ice Arena (Up to 50% Off)

Mentor Ice Arena

Mentor Ice Arena

Couples and families glide across the ice on rented skates during open admission at this massive complex with two regulation-size rinks

$18 $10

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Three Games of Bowling for Two or Two-Hour Lane Rental Package for Up to Six at Game of Garfield (Up to 74% Off)

Game of Fairfield

Fairfield

Multi-faceted facility hosts bowling parties with packages that include shoe rentals

$31 $14

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$16 for Two Rounds of 18-Hole Mini Golf at Ables Golf on Avery ($32 Value)

Ables Golf On Avery

South Dublin

Play two rounds with up to four friends or family members on a colorful, family-friendly mini golf course dotted with trees and shrubs

$32 $16

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Admission for Two, Four, Six, or Up to 20 to the National Packard Museum in Warren (Up to 54% Off)

National Packard Museum

National Packard Museum

The Packard Company's classic vehicles, catalogues, and photographs let visitors relive the company's heydey

$32 $15

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Tree Top Zipline Tour for Two or Four at Valley Zipline Tours (Up to 50% Off)

Valley Zipline Tours

Lancaster

A course speeds danglers through the air for more than 1 mi. along a series of ziplines, three of which stretch nearly 1,000 ft.

$160 $85

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Admission for Two, Four, or a Family of Four to Armstrong Air & Space Museum (Up to 58% Off)

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Wapakoneta

Learn more about the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, along with the stories of other famed Ohio space explorers

$16 $8

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$13 for Four Rounds of Mini Golf and Six Batting-Cage Tokens at Westerville Mini Golf ($29 Value)

Westerville Mini Golf

Westerville

Guests steer orbs across two 18-hole mini-golf courses lined by waterfalls & flowers before smashing pitches in one of eight batting cages

$29 $13

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$16 for a Karts-Plus Pass and Unlimited Activities for One Person at Swings-N-Things Family Fun Park ($30.99 Value)

Swings-N-Things Family Fun Park

Swings-N-Things Family Fun Park

Park-goers enjoy unlimited loops around the go-kart track, as well as voyages on bumper boats, putts on the mini-golf course, and more

$30.99 $16

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One-Day Play Pass, Teen Dance Night Entry, Summer Pass, or VIP Party at The Jump Yard (Up to 50% Off)

The Jump Yard

North Royalton

Toddlers through teens let loose at this play area with bounce houses, games, and teen dances as well as wi-fi and TVs for parents

$14 $7

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

Cloverleaf Lanes

Independence

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

$27 $10

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

African Safari Wildlife Park

Danbury

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

$84.95 $50

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Four or Eight 30- or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons, or Guitar Restringing at Sound City Music (Up to 56% Off)

Sound City Music

Sound City Music

Students improve their musical skills under the tutelage of experienced instructors; guitar restringing gets instruments back in top shape

$176 $79

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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

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

$31.50 $12

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$10 for $20 Worth of Music Lessons — Fusion Violin Studio

Fusion Violin Studio

Perrysburg

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

$20 $10

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$214 for $475 Groupon — Strike Zone Sports Training

Strike Zone Sports Training, Llc

Northwood

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

$475 $214

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Admission Pass for Two or Four or 12-Month Individual or Single-Household Membership to Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (70% Off)

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

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

$20 $6

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$4 for $7 Worth of Batting Practice — Batter's Advantage

Batter's Advantage

Lebanon

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

$7 $4

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Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Up to Six People at Scores Fun Center (Up to 54% Off)

Scores Fun Center

Scores Fun Center

Two games of bowling at an alley that also hosts laser tag

$22 $12

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Eastwood Mothers Day Expo at Eastwood Expo Center on May 1–3 (Up to 40% Off)

Eastwood Mothers Day Expo

Eastwood Expo Center

Crafters, wineries, face painters, home-repair contractors, glass artists, and potters occupy booths to celebrate local moms

$10 $6

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Two Go-Kart Races or Go-Kart Driving School with Rental Gear at Whiteland Raceway Park (Up to 50% Off)

Whiteland Raceway Park

Whiteland

Birel N 35-X karts whip riders around the track; the driving school offers basic training and track time

$24 $13

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$53 for $88 Worth of Music Lessons — Great Lakes School of Music

Great Lakes School Of Music

Mayfield Heights

Instructors with university degrees teach beginner or advanced students the art of singing and playing an instrument.

$88 $53

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Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar or Ukulele Lessons at Songdog Music (Up to 51% Off)

Songdog Music

Songdog Music

Experienced instructors teach lessons and classes based around the music students want to play for instruments like guitar and ukulele

$50 $25

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$45for 10 Games of Laser Tag at Q-Zar ($85Value)

Q-Zar Toledo

Sylvania

In 15-minute matches, marksmen aged 7 and older stalk their opponents through a 4,000 sq. ft. black-lit arena while dodging laser crossfire

$85 $45

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

South Columbus

Memorabilia and ephemera from the history of motorcycling, plus themed exhibits and programs

$20 $10

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Admission or Membership Options at The Milan Museum (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Milan Historical Museum

Milan

Museum of 7 buildings with folk art & glass galleries and a decorative arts building, offers scavenger hunts for children & monthly programs

$14 $10

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Entertainment Center Package for Two or Four or Birthday Party at Putt-Putt Fun Center (Up to 50% Off)

Putt-Putt Fun Center

Becher Enerprises

One round of mini golf, go-kart ride, and batting-cage rounds; birthday party packages for up to 10, including mini golf for each kid

$20 $12

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Up to 53% Off All Day Play with Juices & Chips at The Jump Palace

The Jump Palace

Streetsboro

From the merchant: One day play pass for 4 or 6 children with juice boxes and bags of chips. Valid for one day of play together.

$40 $20

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$39 for Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Lifetime Guitar Lessons ($80 Value)

Lifetime Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

Guitar instructor with more than four decades of experience teaches students of all ability levels

$80 $39

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Three or Six Flute or Piano Lessons at Price Music Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Price Music Studio

Vandalia

Students learn to play the flute or piano during private lessons

$70 $35

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Mechanical-Music-Machine Museum Visits at Debence Antique Music World (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Debence Antique Music World

Debence Antique Music World

Explore the world of antique auto music players at a museum stocked with nickelodeons, music boxes, and phonographs

$16 $8

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Admission for Two or Four to Campus Martius Museum (Up to 46% Off)

Campus Martius Museum

Marietta

Three floors of exhibits focused on Northwest Territory and its first settlement, Marietta; guided tour of General Putnam’s house

$14 $8

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Four or Eight Weekly 30-Minute Guitar, Electric Bass, or Beginner Piano Lessons at Stylie Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Stylie Studio

Old Worthington

Seasoned performer and composer Matt Steidle teaches students the ins and outs of guitar, electric bass, or piano at weekly lessons

$72 $35

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Two Games of Bowling for Two or Four at Super Bowl Family Fun Centers (Up to 47% Off)

Super Bowl Family Fun Centers

Multiple Locations

As each member of your party rolls their ball, the automatic scoring system keeps track of points

$21.50 $12

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Zipline Adventure with Photos at Markin Farms Zipline Adventures (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Markin Farms Zipline Adventures

Markin Farms Zipline Adventures

Fast-paced zips weave through forests, over ponds, and past rivers, with a double-zip setup at the finish. Perfect gift for adrenaline fans!

$106 $55

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Six Playground Visits at Recreations Outlet (Up to 48% Off)

Recreations Outlet

Recreations Outlet

Playground-equipment show room allows little ones to unleash their energies on slides and swings and in playhouses

$48 $24.99

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Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rentals for Two or Up to Six at J.D. Legends (Up to 60% Off)

J.D. Legends

Franklin

Friends and families topple pins at 24 lanes with electronic scoring surrounded by art-deco carpeting and citrus-hued decorations

$47 $19

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Three Hours of Roller Skating with Skate Rentals and Laser Tag for Four or Eight People at Roller Hutt (50% Off)

Roller Hutt

Garrettsville

Skate around the smooth rink surface with a group of friends in tow and steal away to the laser tag area for a battle of speed and aim

$38 $19

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A Private Music Lesson from Powell Academy of Music (44% Off)

Powell Academy Of Music

Powell

From the merchant: 30-minute music lesson with our highly qualified staff

$27 $15

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Two Hours of Bowling for Up to Six People with Optional $10 Snack Voucher at Northwoods Lanes (Up to 62% Off)

Northwoods Lanes

Macedonia

Enjoy half a century of history at this vintage bowling alley, but featuring modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and a snack bar

$75 $32

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Bowling Package for Two or Four at Southern Lanes Sports Center (Up to 55% Off)

Southern Lanes Sports Center

Southern Lanes

Several games of bowling with shoe rental at an all-encompassing facility with sand volleyball courts, an arcade, and a covered outdoor bar

$55 $25

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Punch Card for 6 or 12 Soccer Classes or Party plus Food for Up to 10 at Lil' Kickers Columbus (Up to 64% Off)

Lil' Kickers Columbus

Busch

Kids work toward improving their soccer skills such as kicking and passing as well as their teamwork; birthday parties let kids celebrate

$81 $35

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Visit for Two or Four or a One-Year Family or Patron Membership at Taft Museum of Art (Up to 73% Off)

Taft Museum of Art

Central Business District

World-class museum features collection of fine art including great European masterpieces and stunning rotating exhibitions

$20 $6

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$25 for Two Hours of Bowling and Pizza for Up to Six at Eastgate Lanes (Up to $75.25 Value)

Eastgate Lanes

Ellet

Groups bowl for two hours and share pizza at storied alley with full bar and dance floor

$75.25 $25

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Canton Classic Car Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Canton Classic Car Museum

Canton

Inside decade-themed rooms, vintage treasures from Canton’s yesteryear complement old-school BMWs, Studebakers, and Cadillacs

$15 $7.50

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One- or Three-Month Auto-Storage Membership with Washing and Detailing at Imperial Auto Castle (58% Off)

Imperial Auto Castle

Imperial Auto Castle

The climate-controlled garage houses vehicles; techs detail cars, wash them monthly, and ply them with discounted maintenance and repairs

$359 $150

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Soccer-Skills Session with Mark Mallon at The Soccer Institute (Up to 57% Off)

The Soccer Institute

Chardon Township Park

Work with coach Mark Mallon–a former Yale and U. of California-Berkeley soccer coach–during a private skills session

$100 $55

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Outing for One, Two, or Four at Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark (Up to 63% Off)

Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Sandusky, OH

Indoor, tropical-island themed waterpark with lazy rivers, vortex pools, a lagoon, a treehouse, and signature slides

$39.95 $19

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Edison Birthplace Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Edison Birthplace Museum

Milan

Opened as a museum by his wife and daughter, Edison’s birthplace has been restored and refurnished to appear as it did in 1847

$14 $8

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One or Three 60-Minute Harp Workshops at The Schwartz School of Music (48% Off)

The Schwartz School of Music

Worthington

A talented harpist teaches students the basics of coaxing music from taut strings

$25 $13

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to The Kelton House Museum & Garden (Up to 50% Off)

The Kelton House Museum & Garden

Downtown Columbus

Beautifully restored house and garden present a glimpse of Victorian life through the lens of a family that lived it

$12 $7

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Public Ice Skating and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Northland Ice Center (Up to 50% Off)

Northland Ice Center

Evendale

During public-skate hours, skaters of all ages slice across the same NHL-size rink where ECHL hockey team Cincinnati Cyclones practice

$16 $8

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All-Day Bounce Pass for Two or Four Kids at Inflatable Insanity (Up to 50% Off)

Inflatable Insanity

Inflatable Insanity

Kids bounce, spring, and leap around colorful inflatables

$10 $5

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Ice-Skating Packages at The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink

Chagrin Falls

Guests glide across smooth ice during public-skating sessions; lessons help beginners get comfortable on the ice

$24 $12

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All-Day Water-Park Passes for Two, Four, or Six at Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark (Up to 34% Off)

Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

Columbus, OH

A 40-ft. tower with four dizzying slides, a 40-foot play structure with a water cannon, and an adult-only hot tub inside an 84-degree park.

$79.90 $55

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One or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, or Drum Lessons at Fairfield Music Academy (Up to 69% Off)

Fairfield Music Academy

Fairfield Music Academy

Instructors with nearly 10 years of experience offer private lessons for students of all ages and skill levels, from beginner to pro

$25 $8

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$45 for $80 Worth of Music Lessons — Falls Rock Shop

Falls Rock Shop

Cuyahoga Falls

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

$80 $45

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Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati Outing for Two or Four Adults or Two-Alarm Membership (Up to 53% Off)

Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Historical firehouse-turned-museum hosts array of 19th-century firefighting artifacts & exhibits on fire safety

$16 $8

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Punch Card for 10, 20, or 50 Games of Bowling at Legend Lanes (Up to 60% Off)

Legend Lanes

Cuyahoga Falls

Multiple people, such as families and bowling leagues, can use the game punch cards over multiple visits

$37.50 $17

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Day Passes, Annual Pass, or Birthday Party Package at CoCo Key Water Resort (Up to 58% Off)

CoCo Key Water Resort

Coco Key Water Resort - Cincinnati, OH

Indoor water park maintained at 84 degrees with four 40-foot slides, an adventure river, water basketball and an arcade

$91.96 $39

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Day Passes, Annual Pass, or Birthday Party Package at CoCo Key Water Resort (Up to 58% Off)

CoCo Key Water Resort

Coco Key Water Resort - Cincinnati, OH

Indoor water park maintained at 84 degrees with four 40-foot slides, an adventure river, water basketball and an arcade

$91.96 $39

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Property Location When you stay at Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort in Columbus, you'll be near the airport and within the vicinity of World Harvest Church and Columbus Museum of Art. This family-friendly resort is within the vicinity of Columbus Motor Speedway and Motts Military Museum. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 343 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have handheld showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a water park (surcharge), a lazy river, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands. Dining Satisfy your appetite at the resort's restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Columbus? This resort has 10000 square feet (929 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).
4560 Hilton Corporate Dr.
Columbus,
OH
US
The orchid has long been associated with opulence and sensuality, and now you can experience these flowers' alluring mystique after dark, cocktail in hand. Every Wednesday evening throughout Orchid Mania Garden, guests can stay among the thousands of blooming orchids until 9 pm. Enjoy a featured cocktail available for purchase from the Garden Cafe as the spectacular orchid show takes on a whole new life. To most, the garden featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is purely make-believe. But not to people who've smelled the chocolate-scented varietals blooming among hidden trails and a climbable tree house at the Hershey Children's Garden. This sweet-smelling garden is just one of the Cleveland Botanical Garden's 20 gardens, which encompass everything from 3,500 herb plants to lotuses and water lilies floating atop a 74-foot-long reflecting pool. Vibrant hydrangeas complement sculptures in an art garden, while the Guren Art Gallery's ever-changing exhibits spotlight new work inspired by botany and the power of pruning shears. Shaded boardwalks and winding trails connect all these visual splendors, eventually leading visitors to the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. Divided into a Madagascar desert and a Costa Rican rainforest, the glasshouse showcases 50 types of butterflies, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, plus 350 exotic plants, including a colossal strangler fig. Experts shine a light on such specimens during botanical lectures, which are one of many educational programs the garden offers, ranging from gardening symposiums to kids' science classes.
11030 East Blvd.
Cleveland,
OH
US
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
Hershey Theatre The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
2 Hippo Way
Toledo,
OH
US
In 1880, the final fasteners and sleepers on the Valley Railway were tightened into place. It wouldn’t be long before a billowing cloud of steam announced the arrival of the first train running through the Cuyahoga Valley, a territory that had served as a passageway for foot traffic for thousands of years. Over the next century, the railway contributed to the growth of commerce between Akron and Cleveland, changing ownership multiple times, and transforming from a freight train, into a passenger train, back to a freight train, and finally into a UFO. Now celebrating its 41st year of passenger-rail service, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports sightseers over the historic rails through 33,000 acres of land owned by the National Park Service. With a year-round roster of trips, including wine- and beer-tasting excursions, passengers can set forth on morning, afternoon, and evening journeys that sweep past meadowlands, pinery, and rivers and give glimpses of native wildlife, such as fox, deer, bobcat mascots, and owls.
2912 Riverview Road
Akron,
OH
US
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
US
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