Sightseeing in Ohio

90-Minute Queen City Underground Tour for Two from American Legacy Tours (50% Off)

American Legacy Tours

Over-The Rhine

Walking tour winds through city streets full of historic landmarks and descends below ground to explore burial vault and hidden tunnels

$40 $20

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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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$35 for Membership Plus Simulator and Theatre Tickets to the Air Force Museum Foundation ($62 Value)

Air Force Museum Foundation

Dayton

Visits to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force are enhanced by Foundation-operated flight simulators, 3D movies, and more

$62 $35

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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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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 $8

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One- or Three-Month Auto-Storage Membership with Washing and Detailing at Imperial Auto Castle (65% Off)

Imperial Auto Castle

Cuyahoga Falls

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

$359 $127

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15-Minute or 30-Minute Hands-On Helicopter Tour at Higher Ground Helicopters (Up to 43% Off)

Higher Ground Helicopters

Middletown

Students have the opportunity to take control of the flight during 15- or 30-minute tours that include a video to take home

$175 $99

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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

Warren

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

$32 $15

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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

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

$20 $10

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$149 for Shared Hot Air Balloon Ride from Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Co. (Up to $279 Value)

Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Co.

Lebanon

Morning or evening experience includes a briefing, setup, one-hour flight heading up to 2,000 ft. in the air, and retrieval

$279 $149

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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 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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Admission for Two or Four to Campus Martius Museum (Up to 50% 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 $7

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Winery Tour and Cheese and Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery (38% Off)

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery

Amherstburg

Taste several varieties of wine that grow on this beautiful acreage, just steps from Lake Erie

C$24 C$15

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Winery-Tour Package with Cheese Platter for Two or Four at Baker-Bird Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Baker-Bird Winery

Augusta

Historical tour of 150-year-old antebellum winery that houses Kentucky varietals such as vidal blanc and cabernet franc

$30 $15

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$15 for a Distillery Tour and T-Shirt for One at Watershed Distillery ($30 Value)

Watershed Distillery

Tri-Village

Watch distillers handcraft microbatches of gin, vodka, and bourbon with an optional sampling of the spirits at the tasting room

$30 $15

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$35 for a Segways at Sunset Tour from Cincinnati Bike Center ($60 Value)

Cincinnati Bike Center

Smale Riverfront Park

Guided tours showcase Cincinnati sights while segway riders enjoy sunset views

$60 $35

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Basic or Premium Discovery Flight and Flight Simulator Package at Stratus Helicopters (Up to 53% Off)

Stratus Helicopters

Lunken Airport

Students receive ground instruction and time in flight simulator before piloting a Robinson; premium package includes one passenger

$421.50 $199

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Tour for Two or Four with Cincinnati Running Tours (Up to 73% Off)

Cincinnati Running Tours

Fountain Square

Explore Cincinnati’s downtown areas, such as the Riverfront or the city’s bridges, while running with a knowledgable tour guide

$90 $29

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Visit for Two or Four or a One-Year Family or Patron Membership at Taft Museum of Art (Up to 55% 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 $10

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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

West End

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

$16 $8

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American Sign Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

American Sign Museum

Camp Washington

Nearly 4,000 signs, photos, and books celebrate roadside Americana and neon art

$30 $15

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American Sign Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

American Sign Museum

Camp Washington

Nearly 4,000 signs, photos, and books celebrate roadside Americana and neon art

$30 $15

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The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.

Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.

800 E 17th Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

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 West 11th Street
Cleveland,
OH
US

During a self-proclaimed midlife crisis, Tod Swormstedt became the voice for some silent witnesses to American history: signs. The former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine was more than familiar with the subject, and he wanted to give this particular slice of Americana a permanent tribute. He opened American Sign Museum in 1999 and filled it with nearly 4,000 books, photos, and, of course, lots and lots of signs.

  • Size: more than 19,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space (with 20,000 more on the way), featuring 28-foot ceilings for larger signs
  • Eye Catcher: a glowing McDonald's sign from 1963?six years before NASA landed a cheeseburger on the moon
  • Permanent Mainstay: the neon and hand-painted signs of Main Street, which recreates storefronts from decades past
  • Hidden Gem: the grizzly-looking sign from bygone supermarket chain Big Bear?which someone discovered while mowing grass
  • Don't Miss: the neon shop, open weekdays, where workers create new signs and chat with visitors
  • From the Press: For a glance inside the museum, check out the many video interviews here.
2515 Essex Pl
Cincinnati,
OH
US

As the official Wolverines hoops haven for more than 40 years, Crisler Arena holds more than 13,000 rollicking gold-and-blue brethren for each of the storied program's hard-fought home games. Behind playmaking sophomore guard Darius Morris and freshman phenom Tim Hardaway Jr., the Wolverines are ready to challenge conference opponents with a fury of fast breaks, dunks, dribbles, and dirty dishes. Michigan's Big Ten matchup against the Badgers from Madison also marks Fan Appreciation Night, during which ardent hoops hounds are rewarded for their unconditional basketball jones with special prizes and performances by the Michigan dance team. Cheer on Coach Beilein's crew of collegiate ballers as they polish glass backboards and refinish hardwood floors in a valiant attempt to intimidate their haplessly smaller, red-clad weasel prey.

401 Jefferson Ave
Toledo,
OH
US

For more than 75 years, the Lacomini family has graced the local culinary landscape with a rich menu of traditional Italian recipes and an extensive selection of ambrosial wines and martinis. Defy conventional pasta physics with an appetizing antipasto such as crab-stuffed mushrooms ($6.95) or zucchini fretto sprinkled with parmesan cheese ($6.95) before pondering the complex tuscan béchamel strata of a baked rustic lasagna ($14.95). Delectable dishes such as the cashew-crusted trout ($22.95) or sautéed veal scaloppini ($21.95) complement a tabletop like a kiss seals a memo or a rose kisses Seal.

1561 Akron Peninsula Rd
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