Things To Do in Ohio

Lake Erie Monsters – Up to 64% Off Hockey Game

Quicken Loans Arena

$42.05 $23

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

"Sesame Street Live" – Up to $14.50 Off

U.S. Bank Arena

$36.50 $22

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When a new music teacher's instruments go missing, Elmo and friends save the day with rubber duckies and other unlikely music makers

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

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 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 54% Off Mini-Golf

Coitsville

$14 $7

Unlimited rounds of mini-golf on a nine-hole course plus a snack or drink

Up to 55% Off Dance Classes

Sheffield Lake

$50 $25

Adults and kids boost balance and coordination while burning calories during classes designed for beginners

Up to 54% Off Historical Home Tour at Dayton Lane Historic Area

Hamilton

$40 $20

10+ renovated historical homes are flung open on this tour that also includes a carriage ride, live jazz, and costumed demonstrators

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

50% Off Yoga at The Source Yoga Studio

Lakewood

$80 $40

Vinyasa and Hatha classes lead guests through a series of flowing poses

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company – Up to 49% Off

Blossom Music Center

$39 $20

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Southern-rock legends behind “Sweet Home Alabama” join British ’70s giants of “Feel Like Makin’ Love” fame for evening of classic-rock hits

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 Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Claddagh Irish Pub

$90 $45

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

Up to 41% Off Fifth Harmony Concert

Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

$34 $20

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Girl group formed on "X Factor" sings everything from glam pop to R&B, and even performs Spanish-language versions of their hits

67% Off Classes at Modo Yoga

Clifton

$180 $60

The studio's signature hot-yoga series helps students focus on achieving a calm mind, fit body and inspired life

Up to 85% Off Karate Classes

Toledo

$65 $10

Third-degree black belt Randy Kopke teaches Okinawan goju ryu karate to adults and kids as young as four

Up to 66% Off Bowling and Pizza at Eastgate Lanes

Ellet

$75.25 $25

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

Dayton Funny Bone – Up to 72% Off Standup

Beavercreek

$36 $15

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Ian Bagg, John Morgan, Greg Morton, and other nationally touring funny people grace the stage

Up to 57% Off Outing at Intense Paintball

Canton

$46 $22

Players receive a marker, goggles, a compressed air tank, and 200 paintballs each to battle each other on the indoor or outdoor battlefield

Up to 61% Off at Skate Zone Fun Center

Austintown

$37.50 $15

Family fun center houses a skating rink, 10,000-square-foot rope maze, laser tag, and a bumper car arena

Up to 77% Off Paintball Packages

Multiple Locations

$80 $19

Paintballers choose gear up with equipment and marker rentals

Up to 74% Off at Champion City CrossFit

Springfield

$175 $49

Exercisers improve their fitness level and health with functional, constantly varied workouts that are scalable to any ability level

Up to 51% Off Martial Arts for Adults or Kids

Kettering

$59 $29

Martial arts instructors integrate a variety of martial-arts styles tailored to individuals' strengths and weaknesses

60% Off Two Hours of Bowling and Snacks at Legend Lanes

Cuyahoga Falls

$73 $29

Refuel on snacks and sodas during regular games of bowling for up to six people

Up to 66% Off Kids’ Gymnastics

Liberty

$220 $79

A 9 ft. deep foam pit and competitive trampolines let kids practice gymnastics skills during classes or birthday parties

Up to 62% Off at Body Vision Personal Training

VO2 Fitness

$60 $29

After a free assessment, a certified personal trainer creates a customized fitness plan to help build muscles and burn calories

Up to 64% Off Indoor Rock Climbing

Busch

$81 $30

4,000 square feet of indoor terrain; numerous routes for top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering

Up to 51% Off Golf Practice at The Range

Highland Hills

$55 $29

3 acres of grass tees, 30 artificial turf tees, and a short-game area facilitate focused practice of the whole golf game

42% Off Segways at Sunset Tour

Central Business District

$60 $35

Guided tours showcase Cincinnati sights while segway riders enjoy sunset views

54% Off Martial Arts

Toledo

$100 $46

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

50% Off

Huber Heights

$70 $35

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

Canton Classic Car Museum – Up to Half Off Visit

Canton

$15 $8

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

62% Off Martial Arts

Austintown

$125 $48

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 Martial-Arts Classes at Storm MMA

Springfield

$168.33 $29

Learn to grapple, kick, and block in these group martial-arts classes, then refine skills in a private session

Up to 54% Off Muay Thai Classes

Kettering

$194.80 $97

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

50% Off

Auburn

$165 $83

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

Half Off Flight Experience

Middletown

$150 $75

Soak in aerial views of Caesar Creek and downtown Dayton during a flight experience and learn about historic planes during a museum tour

Up to 51% Off Racing Experiences

Columbus Speedway

$99 $49

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

505 off Martial Arts

Cleveland

$30 $15

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

Up to 50% Off Tennis Lessons or Kids Camp

Linwood

$58 $29

Adults learn proper tennis technique during a four-lesson session starting April 7; weekly kids camp starts June 3

Up to 61% Off at Zen in the District – Yoga

Downtown Toledo

$30 $15

Certified yoga instructors lead classes for all skill levels that incorporate multiple styles, meditation, and breath work

Up to 77% Off Flight-Lesson Package 

Ellet

$428 $99

A simulator session prepares students to climb and descend under the tutelage of a certified flight instructor

88% Off Dance Lessons

Belmont

$250 $29

Instructors lead pairs or singles in 21 styles, including salsa, polka, the country two-step, the mambo, and tango; themed practice party

Up to 52% Private Golf Lessons with Doug Dowell

Canal Fulton

$45 $22

Trainer Doug Dowell helps students discover and perfect their own unique golf swing

Up to 50% Off at Arms Family Museum of Local History

the Arms Family Museum of Local History

$12 $6

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

45% Off Personal Training

Washington

$55 $30

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

Half Off Ice Skating

Auburn

$24 $12

Steaming cups of hot chocolate provide warm refreshment after guests glide across smooth ice during public-skating sessions

Up to 42% Off Helicopter Flight

Middletown

$300 $179

Hands-on helicopter demo lesson or half-hour scenic helicopter tours over Cincinnati to view sights or Christmas lights

Up to 50% Off Wine-Flight Education Experience

Short North Columbus

$28 $14

Compare sips of three 2 oz. tasting portions in rustic winery, with family-style table or private room for larger groups

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 Tennis Club Memberships

Hyde Park

$350 $175

Club membership grants you access to six Har-Tru clay courts without you having to reserve court time

Up to 58% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Reynolds Corners

$150 $69

Instructors motivate students to reach their individual fitness goals in one-on-one sessions

85% Off at CrossFit Energy

Bath

$330 $50

Constantly changing workouts use compound muscle movements and bursts of intense cardio to get effective fitness results

50% Off at Brown Institute of Martial Arts

Centerville

$150 $75

Adult and children's martial arts classes such as muay-thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, pencak silat, and integrative combative system

Up to 61% Off Pilates Lessons

Canton

$60 $25

Pilates lessons target core muscles with dynamic stretches and mat exercises

Up to 50% Off Fitness Classes

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

$70 $35

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

45% Off Personal Training at Momentum Fitness

Cuyahoga Falls

$60 $33

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

Up to Half Off at Guitar Lessons Columbus

Old North Columbus

$60 $30

During private lessons, a guitarist with 10-plus years of experience teaches students skills such as improvisation and notating songs by ear

Up to 75% Off Kung Fu Classes

Cleveland

$100 $25

Child- and adult-geared Kung Fu classes teach proper techniques while improving physical fitness

Up to 85% Off Tae Kwon Do Classes

Silverton

$284 $44

Authentic forms of tae kwon do taught in four different age-appropriate programs, including for kids as young as 4

Up to 61% Off Classes at Japan Karate Academy

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

A seventh-degree black belt & a pro MMA kick boxing champion teach Japanese Karate styles, Shotokan and Shito-Ryu

54% Off Women's Fitness and Weight-Management Program

Ellet

$84.73 $39

Ladies whip into shape with the aid of recommended meal plans, unlimited fitness classes, and a group counseling session

50% Off from Laura Azbill Personal Training

Mind to Muscle Wellness

$300 $150

Personal trainer helps clients reach their health and fitness goals during one-on-one training sessions

The Pro Football Hall of Fame – Up to 54% Off Football Clinic

Canton

$60 $30

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

Up to 50% Off Gymnastics Classes at Olympic Dreams

Liberty

$72 $36

Staff's mission is to encourage both physical and mental growth through gymnastics classes for kids aged 18 months through 18 years

46% Off Dance Lessons

Cuyahoga Falls

$35 $19

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

Up to 53% Off Irish Step-Dance Classes

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

A veteran performer in Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, head instructor teaches the art of Irish step-dancing

Up to 59% Off Yoga and Meditation Classes

Downtown

$65 $30

Holistic wellness center hosts yoga and meditation classes

Up to 59% Off Horseback Riding

Cincinnati

$180 $89

Experienced equestrian leads lessons and trail rides for horseback riders of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced

Up to 73% Off Krav Maga or Kickboxing Classes

Crossfit Toledo

$100 $29

Learn the art of self-defense in any situation with krav maga or kickboxing classes

60% Off a Gym Membership and Training

Green

$150 $60

Members have 24-hour access to the gym facilities and equipment; personal trainers guide clients in their quest to accomplish fitness goals

Up to 51% Off Yoga Classes at Avenues to Wellness

Centerville

$120 $59

Students move through stretches and breath-control exercises in stress-relieving yoga classes

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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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