Things To Do in Ohio

Lake Erie Monsters Hockey Game at Quicken Loans Arena on December 12, 13, or 20 (Up to 54% Off)

Lake Erie Monsters

Quicken Loans Arena

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Colorado Avalanche’s AHL affiliate battles Western Conference rivals in home games at Quicken Loans Arena

$32 $16

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Two Weeks of On-Ramp Classes and One, Two, or Three Months of CrossFit at Comanche CrossFit (Up to 79% Off)

Comanche CrossFit

Mount Lookout

Learn proper lifting techniques to ensure safe, efficient movement before enjoying full access to the gym’s ever-changing classes

$210 $49

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Standup-Comedy Show for Two or Four with Bottomless Popcorn at Laffs Inc Comedy Club (Up to 69% Off)

Laffs Inc Comedy Club

Laffs Inc Comedy Club

See touring comics from around the country and hit TV shows; upcoming performers include Jason Benci and Rich Vos

$40.66 $15

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Cirque Ziva Golden Dragon Acrobats at Akron Civic Theatre on Saturday, February 28, at 8 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

Cirque Ziva

Akron Civic Theatre

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Acrobats dazzle with physical grace and heart-stopping stunts drawn from Chinese history

$24.70 $12

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$8 for One-Day Admission for Two to the Dayton Auto Show on February 19-22 ($16 Value)

Dayton Auto Show

Dayton Convention Center

Amble through a high-octane collection of the latest models from Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Buick, Ford, Mazda, and more

$16 $8

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Adult Prom for One, Two, or Four at KD Party Center (Up to 53% Off)

KD Party Center

Parma

Don your finest and relive your glory days at Adult Prom

$50 $25

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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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5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at Eos Whole Fitness (Up to 54% Off)

Eos Whole Fitness

The Calvin Center for the Arts

Chair yoga helps those who can't get on and off the mat easily; Zumba torches calories or keeps kids active; hot yoga releases toxins

$35 $17

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Half-Day or Full-Day BYOB Fishing Charter for Up to Six at Fishin' Boat Charter (Up to 49% Off)

Fishin' Boat Charter

Lorain

Captain walt morris hooks his guests up with all the gear and bait, and takes them to the most plentiful fishing locations on the lake

$795 $405

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Kids’ Farm-and-Horse Camp at Gallop Again (51% Off)

Gallop Again

Royal Oaks Stables

Stable that specializes in the rescue and rehab of neglected horses leads kids’ camp sessions with rides, crafts, and activities

$65 $32

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5 or 10 Group Training Sessions from Jason Reid at Springfield Health & Fitness Center (Up to 80% Off)

Jason Reid at Springfield Health & Fitness Center

Springfield

Trainer Jason Reid pushes clients toward their fitness goals in a supportive group environment

$300 $85

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes with Gear at TAMA Martial Arts Center (Up to 54% Off)

TAMA Martial Arts Center

Kettering

Muay thai instructors teach students to defend themselves with elbow strikes, knee thrusts, kicks, and punches

$194.80 $97

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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Indoor Driving Range, Golf Simulator, or Access to Both at The Golf Dome (Up to 53% Off)

The Golf Dome

Bainbridge

Hone swings from one of 34 stations in an indoor driving range or on golf simulators programmed with world-famous courses

$19 $10

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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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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Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

$99 $49

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$89 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart at Longaberger Golf Course ($158 Value)

Longaberger Golf Course

Hanover

Arthur Hills-designed course that incorporates the area’s natural landscape to showcase the region’s beauty

$158 $89

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoes for Two, Four, or Six at Ernst Lanes (Up to 52% Off)

Ernst Lanes

Chardon

Bowling alley combines traditional fun with modern updates such as automatic scoring and bumpers

$30 $15

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One or Two Private Dance Lessons, One Group Class, and One Practice Party at Alpha Dance Studio (Up to 62% Off)

Alpha Dance Studio

Highland Heights

Private lessons are tailored to individual needs while partners rotate around in group classes; a practice party lets you show off new moves

$122 $59

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Holiday Learn-to-Knit Class with Needles and Scarf for One or Two at Busy Beaver Arts & Crafts (Up to 46% Off)

Busy Beaver Arts & Crafts

Beavercreek

Artisans help students knit beautiful holiday-themed cowl during each two-hour class

$39 $22

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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

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

$58 $29

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$75 for Eight Beginner Gymnastics Classes for Children at Cincinnati Gymnastics ($155 Value)

Cincinnati Gymnastics

Fairfield

Once-weekly classes cover gymnastics fundamentals across eight-week periods; classes begin December 8 or February 9

$155 $75

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

PAI Yoga & Fitness

Multiple Locations

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

$125 $55

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

Dipson Theatres

Multiple Locations

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

$32 $23

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$38 for $69 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Findlay Martial Arts Academy

Findlay Martial Arts Academy

Findlay

Kempo karate Incorporating the techniques of karate with the takedowns and joint locks of ju-jitsu

$69 $38

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45-Minute Jetpack or Flyboard Experience at Jet Pack Water Adventures (Up to 50% Off)

Jet Pack Water Adventures

Multiple Locations

Pressurized jetpacks or flybaords propel customers along the water and high into the air

$299 $149

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Monster X Tour with One Pit Pass on Friday, March 13, or Saturday, March 14 (Up to 27% Off)

Monster X Tour

The Bank of Kentucky Center

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Roaring monster trucks thrill motorsports fans in an high-octane evening of races, wheelies, and car crushing

$34.25 $25

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$100 for $200 Worth of Services at World Martial Arts Academy

World Martial Arts Academy

Westerville

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

$200 $100

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

Fit Bodies

Reynoldsburg

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

$75 $35

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Roller-Skating and Arcade Package for Two, Four, or Eight at Skate America (Up to 67% Off)

Skate America

Grove City

Sodas and arcade tokens accompany public roller-skating sessions; eight-person package also includes an extra-large pizza

$44.98 $20

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5 or 10 Zumba or Yoga Classes at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (Up to 50% Off)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Forest Glen Estates

Zumba dance classes torch calories with easy-to-follow moves and a party atmosphere; yoga sessions enhance muscle tone and flexibility

$40 $20

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Karate Classes at Hickey Karate Center (Up to 64% Off). Four Options Available.

Hickey Karate Center

Stow

Students as young as five learn discipline, self-defense, and respect in fun, energetic karate classes

$105 $39

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$24 for $59 Worth of Martial Arts — Kodiak Jiu Jitsu GF Team

Kodiak Jiu Jitsu

Delaware

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

$59 $24

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Bulldog Jakz (Up to 72% Off)

Bulldog Jakz

Brunswick

Functional-fitness CrossFit classes, whose workouts change daily, and Flex Band medicine-ball workouts, which focus on resistance training

$135 $40

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$15 for a 90-Minute Cooking Class for Kids or Teens at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna ($30 Value)

Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna

Gahanna

During 90-minute classes, instructors teach kids or teens recipes and basic techniques, and open their minds to new foods

$30 $15

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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

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

$120 $35

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$39 for 1of 3 Season Passes Available for Attractions at Swings-N-Things Family Fun Park ($78 Value)

Swings-N-Things Family Fun Park

Olmsted Falls

Depending on pass chosen at redemption; they grant unlimited paintball, batting-cage practice, or attractions during the respective seasons

$78 $39

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Classes with Uniform at TNT Midwest Martial Arts Inc. (81% Off)

TNT Midwest Martial Arts Inc.

Fairborn

Students embark on a journey that fosters self-discipline and respect

$150 $29

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Two Nights of Primitive, Tent, or RV Camping for Four at Clay's Park Resort (Up to 64% Off)

Clay's Park Resort

Lawrence

When you camp, you get access to 18 holes of mini golf, volleyball courts, a heated indoor pool, hot tub, and live music

$92.20 $33

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6 or 12 Yoga Classes at Anahata Yoga Center (Half Off)

Anahata Yoga Center

Mason

The 75-minute classes range from traditional Vinyasa flow to aerial Bat yoga, during which students hang upside-down from hammocks

$140 $70

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$33 for One Month of Karate for Kids Classes with a Uniform at Karate for Kids ($79 Value)

Karate for Kids

Multiple Locations

Karate for Kids classes for ages 3 or older keep kids active and teach them about sportsmanship, confidence, and discipline

$79 $33

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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

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

$36 $19

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

Watkins Quarter Horses

Canfield

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

$45 $25

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

Synergy Paintball

Eaton

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

$114 $59

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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

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

$62 $31

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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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10 or 20 Martial-Arts Classes at U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy (Up to 69% Off)

U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy

Multiple Locations

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

$89 $29

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5 or 12 Hip-Hop Hustle, TurboKick, or PiYo Classes at Blue Sky Exercise (Up to 64% Off)

Blue Sky Exercise

Power Shack

TurboKick, hip-hop hustle, and PiYo classes sculpt and tone arms, legs and torsos through up-tempo series of dance-inspired movements

$40 $15

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Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at Artists Uncork’d (Up to 54% Off)

Artist Uncork'd

Multiple Locations

Guests gather in a welcoming spaces as teachers give step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the night’s themed painting

$35 $17

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$29 for a Bar Art Party and Bowling at The Fast Lane Bar, Bowling and Party Center (Up to $70 Value)

The Fast Lane Bar, Bowling and Party Center

Magic City Plaza

Full evening of art and bowling beings with a step-by-step painting session in the bar followed by an after-party on the lanes

$70 $29

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Laser Tag, Children's Play-Zone Admission, or Roller Skating at Acres of Fun & Wooster Skateland (47% Off)

Acres of Fun & Wooster Skateland

Wooster

Age-appropriate family fun includes laser tag and roller skating for all ages; a massive play zone entertains kids ages 3–11

$30 $16

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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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$69 for an All-Inclusive Concealed-Carry Course Package at Ohio Concealed Carry Institute ($150 Value)

Ohio Concealed Carry Institute

Multiple Locations

All-inclusive package includes lunch and dinner, range fees, targets, safety gear, rental handgun, ammunition, handbooks, and instruction

$150 $69

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$99 for Three Horseback-Riding Lessons at Tiara Arabians ($225 Value)

Tiara Arabians

Troy

Faculty that’s been training for 25 years teaches students English, Western, Hunter, and Halter styles of riding, plus grooming

$225 $99

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10 or 20 Youth or Adult Fitness Classes at Team 2 Sweat by The Pack LLC (Up to 83% Off)

Team 2 Sweat by The Pack LLC

Trotwood

Instructors harness 16 exercise stations and cardio, boxing, and self-defense workouts to help students aged 10 and older get in shape

$120 $21

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

BodybyJuana

Polaris

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

$150 $45

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One, Three, or Five Horseback-Riding Lessons or Admission to Family Fun Day from Elite Stables (69% Off)

Elite Stables

Novelty

Instructor supervises and coaches up to four students of any riding level during each one-hour indoor lesson; fest includes pony rides

$80 $34

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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

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

$140 $29

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

TPA Paintball

Alliance

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

$150 $30

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

Zen Gardens Massage

South Euclid

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

$100 $35

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Two Dance Lessons and Two Group Practice Parties for One or Two at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (Up to 86% Off)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Willoughby

Instructors lead private, personalized lessons in students' choice of dance and oversee lively group practice parties on Friday nights

$208 $29

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Rock-Climbing Package for Family of Six or Package for Two with Intro Lesson at Kendall Cliffs (Up to 76% Off)

Kendall Cliffs

Boston

Climbers practice skills learned during intro classes in 7,000-sq.-ft. indoor enclave designed by Nicros with varying difficulty

$376 $90

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10 or 20 Boot-Camp Sessions at Dynamic Performance (Up to 75% Off)

Dynamic Performance

Multiple Locations

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

$120 $32

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Atomic Speedway

Ride along with a dirt-track driver or take the wheel for a 10- or 15-lap experience in a Dirt Late Model car

$129 $64

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10 or 20 CrossFit Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes, at Advanced Performance Crossfit (Up to 84% Off)

Advanced Performance Fitness & CrossFit

Wadsworth

CrossFit program builds stamina and endurance with foundational movements such as deadlifts, shoulder presses, and overhead squats

$150 $29

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Dance and Martial Arts Classes at Avon Dance and Martial Arts (Up to 68% Off)

Avon Dance And Martial Arts

Avon

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

$66 $24

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Standup Show for Two with One Appetizer at Funny Bone Comedy Club Through March 28 (Up to 50% Off)

Funny Bone Comedy Club

Funny Bone Comedy Club

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

$39.99 $20

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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 (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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15 Classes from Fit for Hope (65% Off)

Fit For Hope

Rocky River

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

$210 $74

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$238 for Ultimate Flight Package with Flying Lessons and Logbook at Champion City Aviation ($500 Value)

Champion City Aviation

Multiple Locations

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

$500 $238

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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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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

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

$120 $19

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

Cleveland Fitness Revolution

Multiple Locations

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

$159 $32

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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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Six or Nine K.I.S.S. Swim Program lessons, taught by an K.I.S.S. Swim Infant Aquatics instructor (55% Off)

K.I.S.S. Swim Program

Multiple Locations

Private lessons for infants, toddlers, kids, or adults focus on survival and safety swimming utilizing the swim-float-swim technique

$110 $49

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

A-county Crossfit

Geneva

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

$125 $44

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Old Blue Eyes casts his piercing gaze across the red-walled dining room as the opening strains of ?Strangers in the Night? drift into the ears of diners seated at tables dressed in white linens. The aura of a refined 1960s club permeates every nook and cranny of Trattoria Roma, thanks in part to the assortment of framed Sinatra records and photos displayed behind the bar and the ever-present Rat Pack tunes playing throughout the day. Since its opening 25 years ago, the eatery's owners have fostered a cozy-yet-refined atmosphere bolstered by authentic Roman cuisine forged from local ingredients. This tradition continued when veteran employee Shawn Mason took over the restaurant?s reigns from the original owners. Though he brought his own brand of hospitality to the mix, he made sure to uphold the kitchen?s tradition of high culinary standards. These standards have allowed the restaurant stay successful through the decades, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

As Shawn cheerfully chats with regulars scattered throughout the dining room and at the bar, his partner, chef Matthew Prokopchak, can be found architecting Italian eats with his crew in the kitchen. Having grown up learning the conventions of Italian cooking from his mother and aunts, chef Matthew integrates some of his family?s recipes into the menu, imbuing his dishes with a sense of history and tradition. He assembles his arsenal of fresh produce ?from lush tomatoes to fragrant basil? from local farms. While the menu remains largely unchanged throughout the year, each night the friendly service staff sidles up to tables to detail the day's seasonal specials via verbal recitations or interpretive dances.

Amid the dining room?s ruby walls, a series of Orfeo Tamburi lithographs depicting post-WWII Rome??reportedly the only complete Tamburi collection in the United States??hang in elegant frames. The d?cor works in concert with the savory wafts of garlic emanating from the bustling kitchen to evoke a vintage Italian atmosphere.

1447 Grandview Ave
Columbus,
OH
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Though it isn?t a matchmaking service, Grovewood Tavern is responsible for more than 150 successful relationships in the past decade, all of which were realized over dinner. The brick-enclosed restaurant specializes in the delicious puppy love between food and drink, hosting meals that pair fine wines, beers, and spirits with bites from a globally conscious kitchen. The courses encourage guests to savor combinations in the moment, but also nod to the history inside the glassware. Trivia and origin stories accompany the drinks, detailing their flavors and the favorable reviews they've received. Some dinners benefit from presentation by expert hosts, including vineyard aficionados and people who know how the ghosts are added to each bottle of spirits.

Outside of these showcases, visitors can still enjoy selections from the tavern's regular menu. Duck-burger sliders and spice-rubbed ahi-tuna sandwiches dispel any worries about stereotypical pub fare, and the entrees' emphasis on local and organic ingredients adds a refreshing ease of conscience to each bite. Grovewood?s catalog of savory meats ranges from Japanese-style barbecued chicken to the bison pot roast, which, according to a 2007 feature in the Plain Dealer, "falls gloriously apart, upon gentle forkage." Chefs accommodate vegetarians and vegans as well. A wealth of meat- and gluten-free options speckles the menu's pages, and the pairing dinners list substitutions for nonveggie helpings, replacing tea-smoked duck breast with grilled tofu and skirt steak with vegan beef.

17105 Grovewood Ave
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

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
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