Things To Do in Ohio

Up to 74% Off Bowling at Freeway Lanes

Multiple Locations

$97.50 $25

Family of four bowling alleys scattered throughout Cleveland host retro entertainment alongside modern amenities such as HDTV screens

50% Off from Spring Tour Bus

Multiple Locations

$120 $60

The 55-seat buses are equipped with free WiFi, outlets, climate-controlled air conditioning and heat, a restroom, and reclining seats

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Southside

$50 $25

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

Akron Civic Theatre – Up to 51% Off "Bye Bye Birdie"

Akron Civic Theatre

$24.45 $12

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Humor, romance, and 1950s costumes fill a classic musical about a rock singer, performed by top high-school actors

Up to 63% Off Spring Time Candy Hunt

Five Points

$40 $20

Candy hunt featuring live DJ and activities such as ring toss

Up to 56% Off Tai Chi Classes

Parma

$60 $29

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

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

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

Up to 58% Off at 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

94% Off 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

Up to 77% Off Paintball Packages

Multiple Locations

$80 $19

Paintballers choose gear up with equipment and marker rentals

Up to 71% Off at Davis School of Martial Arts

Springfield

$45 $19

Traditional martial-arts classes organized by age and led by certified teachers with decades of experience

76% Off Functional Movement Training at EveryBody Fitness

Multiple Locations

$329 $79

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Certified personal trainers incorporate TRX suspension straps, battle ropes, and more into high-energy functional movement training sessions

Up to 70% Off Paintball

Grafton

$212 $79

On 35 acres with multiple paintball fields offer themed play and capture the flag games in simulated jungle and speedball arena

Up to 60% Off Fitness Packages

Lakewood

$99 $45

At barre and Pilates classes, exercisers lengthen and strengthen muscles in workouts that concentrate on solidifying cores

64% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons at Hampton Hill Stables

Chagrin Falls

$165 $59

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

Up to 54% Off Tandem Skydiving

Middletown

$279 $135

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Skydivers glide through 10,000–13,000 feet while safely strapped to experienced parachuting professionals.

Up to 69% Off Boot-Camp Sessions at Dynamic Performance

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

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

Up to 80% Off Martial Arts Classes

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

Up to 50% Off Mini Golf at Chip's Clubhouse

Chardon

$24 $12

Par 40 miniature-golf course challenge players with scenic outcroppings, sand traps, and crashing waterfalls

Up to 62% Off Dance Classes and Practice Party

Highland Heights

$122 $59

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

51% Off One Month Martial Arts Program

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

Up to Half Off at Deer Pass Golf Course in Seville

Seville

$58 $29

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

Up to 56% Off AMP Fitness Classes

Multiple Locations

$90 $45

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

55% Off Boot Camp

Shannon Heights

$125 $56

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

Up to 85% Off Paintball for 4, 6, or 12

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

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

Up to 50% Off Tree Top Zipline Tour at Valley Zipline Tours

Berne

$160 $85

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.

50% Off Martial Arts

Huber Heights

$45 $20

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

Up to 55% Off Golf with Cart and Range Balls

Johnstown

$104 $47

18-hole course challenges golfers with water hazards, mature trees, and sandtraps wrapped around bent-grass fairways and greens

80% Off Martial Arts and Self-Defense Classes

Multiple Locations

$145 $29

Students learn the basics of martial arts, such as taekwondo, hapkido, gumdo and Kimoodo Healing Arts like power tai chi and action yoga

50% Off Services

Hilltop

$160 $80

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

Up to 51% Off Golf-Swing Analysis

Boardman

$50 $25

Golf expert captures the student's golf swing using high speed cameras, then analyzes mechanics and offers corrective advice

Up to 56% Off Adult Tennis Programs in Stow

Stow

$88 $39

USTPA-certified tennis coaches introduce beginners to the basics of the sport and help intermediate players fine-tune their games

75% Off CrossFit at Delaware Fit Factory

Delaware

$195 $49

Instructors show new students how to perform the lifts and exercises of CrossFit before gradually ramping up the intensity

Up to 66% Off Fitness Classes at Bulldog Jakz

Brunswick

$135 $49

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

Brendon Walsh – Up to 53% Off Standup

Woodlands Backyard

$33.75 $16

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Popular headliner seen on Conan and Comedy Central's @Midnight delivers an unusual brand of comedy

Up to 74% Off at L-Yoga Flow

Gahanna

$160 $42

The studio owner has blended her exercise experience to provide yogis with unique classes that build strength, inner peace, and flexibility

Up to 71% Off Dance Lessons in Westlake

Westlake

$155 $45

Dancers of all skill levels hone skills in private or group lessons, and showcase moves in dance parties with dancers of similar abilities.

50% Off Family Fun Park Season Plus Pass

Olmsted Falls

$68 $34

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

81% Off Unlimited Martial Arts and Uniform

Fairborn

$150 $29

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

Up to 55% Off at The Beach Water Park

Mason

$61.96 $28

Palm trees decorate this 35-acre waterpark, which features several thrilling slides, relaxing lazy rivers, and a mammoth wave pool

51% Off One Month of Karate for Kids Classes

Multiple Locations

$79 $39

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

Up to 53% Off Archery Lessons

Liberty Center

$50 $25

Students practice their aim with borrowed equipment under the gaze of experienced instructors

Up to 53% Off at ATA Black Belt Academy

Multiple Locations

$49 $24

Students aged 4 through adult learn karate and tae kwon do moves from black-belt-holding instructors with CPR certification

Up to 63% Off Bowling at Cloverleaf Lanes

Independence

$27 $10

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

Up to 63% Off at 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

50% Off Round with Cart at National Road Golf Course

Jefferson

$48 $24

18-hole, par-71 course connects bent-grass greens and rye fairways for a total distance of 5,312 yards from the tips

Up to 52% Off at Greg Jones Golf Academy

Sharon

$60 $30

Lessons and junior golf program at The Golf Improvement Center with professional instructor whose experience spans more than two decades

Up to 78% Off Two Hours of Bowling

Magic City Plaza

$57 $15

Groups of up to 10 can play as many games as they desire with two hours of bowling with included shoe rental

Up to 52% Off Water-Jetpack Flight

Multiple Locations

$260 $129

Certified instructors remotely control throttle as pressurized jets propel customers along the water and up to 30 feet into the air

Up to 62% Off a Golf Outing for Two or Four

Zanesville

$130 $59

Diverse trees and waterfalls are strewn across bentgrass fairways and greens on 6,508-yard course built on dramatically undulating farmland

Up to 52% Off Music Lessons or Guitar Restringing

Troy

$160 $79

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

Up to 80% Off Youth or Adult Fitness Classes

Trotwood

$120 $25

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

Up to 82% Off Boot-Camp Classes at 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

Up to 43% Off Horseback Riding and Picnic

New Plymouth

$60 $35

After an hour of guidance, equestrian students learn the ins and outs of riding the trail and then sit down to a scrumptious lunch

Up to 57% Off at Young Chefs Academy

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Engaging chef instructors instill lessons of kitchen etiquette and safety in youngsters as they explore their inner chef

Up to 59% Off Youth-Confidence Course

Multiple Locations

$79 $35

The instructors can teach kids self-defense, respect, and self-discipline

Up to 84% Off at TPA Paintball

Alliance

$150 $30

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

70% Off Boot Camp

South Euclid

$84 $25

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

Up to 56% Off Irish Dance Classes

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Award-winning Irish dancers offer classes for all skill levels in soft- and hard-shoe styles, including reel, jig, and slip jig

45% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Marysville

$600 $330

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

Up to 87% at Mastiff CrossFit

Wadsworth

$225 $29

Strength training and conditioning classes sculpt and tone bodies with a blend of intense exercises

Up to 84% Off CrossFit Lite Classes

Oxford

$149 $39

CrossFit Lite classes combine 45-minute, fast-paced cardio workouts with high interval weight training

Up to 61% Off Classes at Avon Dance and Martial Arts

Avon

$66 $29

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

50% Off Music Lessons

Perrysburg

$20 $10

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

Up to 62% Off Group Fitness Classes or Personal Training

Oregon

$50 $19

Certified personal trainer help fitness seekers to get toned, achieve goals, and overcome obstacles in group classes and one-on-one sessions

Up to 34% Off Zipline Outing at The Big Zipper

Maysville

$60 $40

Customers are strapped into a safety harness, then soar high above the ground as they zipline over ravines, valleys, and treetops

Up to 81% Off Personal Training

Rocky River

$130 $35

Trainers lead clients through a workout plan that helps them meet their personal health and fitness goals, based on an initial assessment

Up to 65% Off at Dayton Squash Center

Springboro

$170 $75

Single young professionals or whole families get a healthy dose of exercise knocking squash balls back and forth on a quality court

57% Off VIP Round of Golf for Two

Lebanon

$244 $104.99

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Golfers get the VIP treatment during their round of golf as they enjoy forecaddie services, lunch, and a prestocked cooler

46% Off Admission to Ohio Celtic Fest

Lake County Fairgrounds

$24 $13

Tap toes to the Irish melodies of more than 150 performers while chowing down on food or shopping the Irish market

Up to 80% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Multiple Locations

$159 $32

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

Up to 87% Off Boxing Classes at The Punch House

Multiple Locations

$150 $25

Nationally certified and ranked coaches who have trained NFL players and UFC pros lead muscle-toning martial-arts workouts

Up to 53% Off Go-Kart Racing at Whiteland Raceway Park

Whiteland

$27.95 $13

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

40% Off Music Lessons

Mayfield Heights

$88 $53

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

65% Off 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

Up to 51% Off Guitar or Ukulele Lessons

Berea

$50 $25

Experienced instructors teach techniques and skills based around the kinds of music students want to play and enjoy listening to

Up to 56% Off at Quarry Ridge Golf Center

Sylvania

$41 $19

Twosomes and foursomes play a nine-hole circuit composed of six par 4s and three par 3s

61% Off Pure Barre Classes

Peters Township

$115 $45

Classes set to motivating music challenge exercisers with full-body workouts that utilize a ballet barre and small isometric movements

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum – Up to 50% Off Visit

South Columbus

$20 $10

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

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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,
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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

Inside Miss Cue Sports Cafe, guests are greeted with the clatter of pool balls on 22 tables intermingling with the sound of laughter. Between table times, players shore up hand-eye coordination with games of shuffleboard and darts or play shrunken-down versions of sports, such as basketball shootout and foosball.

Sports fans keep one eye on the televisions scattered about the space and the other on the menu of Harry's Hot Dog Hut. The pure vienna beef hot dogs come with innovative toppings such as creamed peas, bacon, baked beans, and a spicy mango chutney made with a house recipe. The full-service bar stands at the ready to concoct libations that wash down dogs better than frosty mugs of mustard.

216 New Towne Square Dr
Toledo,
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.

750 White Pond Drive
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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