Things To Do in Ohio

Admission to Hoppy Hour Beer Event for Two or Four at Cleveland Botanical Garden (50%)

Cleveland Botanical Garden

University

Wednesday-night event with local brewery includes tastings and discussion of beer topics like sustainability, spices, or homebrewing

$10 $5

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Led Zeppelin 2 at Bogart's on Friday, December 26, at 9 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Led Zeppelin 2

Bogart's

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This popular tribute act re-stages famous gigs from Zeppelin’s storied history complete with Robert Plant-esque vocal histrionics

$16.12 $8

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents “Legends” (Up to 55% Off). Six Showtimes Available, Oct. 30–Nov. 2

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS

Huntington Center

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Unicorns, wooly mammoths, and even a pegasus perform unbelievable feats alongside acrobats, cossack riders, clowns, and lion tamers

$28.75 $13

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The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live at Akron Civic Theatre on Friday, November 14 (Up to 50% Off)

The Fresh Beat Band

Akron Civic Theatre

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Pop quartet of Nick Jr. stars play irresistibly catchy tunes from a trove of fan favorites and new material in a dance-along show

$39.50 $20

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$16 for Two Laser-Tag Games and One Laser-Maze Round for Two at Laser Web Dayton ($34 Value)

Laser Web Dayton

Centerville

Laser beams target opponents in the laser tag arena, and darting players in the laser maze

$34 $16

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Six or Eight 60-Minute Tai Chi Classes at Crooked River T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center (Up to 56% Off)

Crooked River T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center

Parma

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

$60 $29

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Paintball Outing for Two or Four with Gear Rental at Intense Paintball (Up to 57% Off)

Intense Paintball

Canton

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

$46 $22

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Knitting 101 Class for One, Two, or Four at The Flaming Ice Cube (Up to 68% Off)

The Flaming Ice Cube

Youngstown

During 90-minute knitting class, instructors teach students beginner knitting techniques; yarn, needle, and book provided

$35 $16

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5 or 10 Dance Classes at Make It Happen Studios LLC (Up to 55% Off)

Make It Happen Studios LLC

Sheffield Lake

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

$50 $25

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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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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Range Balls at Reid Park Golf Course (Up to 59% Off)

Reid Park Golf Course

Springfield

18-hole rounds on one of two public golf courses overseen by the National Trail Parks and Recreation District

$60 $27

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5 or 10 Dance Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at MVP Dance Fit (Up to 51% Off)

MVP Dance Fit

Kettering

Fitness center offers dance-based workouts that seek to tone, energize, and burn calories, including Zumb and cardio classes

$20 $10

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One- or Two-Hour Flight Simulation or Year of Unlimited Flight Simulation at Zone Aviation, LLC (Up to 51% Off)

Zone Aviation, LLC

Lorain County Regional Airport

FAA-certified instructors provide hands-on training in a Redbird FMX AATD Simulator that recreates the experience of piloting an aircraft

$125 $69

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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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Six or Nine K.I.S.S. Swim Program lessons, taught by an K.I.S.S. Swim Infant Aquatics instructor (50% 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 $55

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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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$21 for Six 50-Minute TRX or Spinning Classes at Gunz Fitness ($60 Value)

Gunz Fitness

Liberty

Spinning and TRX classes, which increase cardiovascular fitness and strength training by using your own body weight as resistance

$60 $21

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Holiday Museum Tour for Two, Four, or Six from the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society (Up to 65% Off)

Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society

Mansfield

Follow a tour guide through the rooms where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed, or explore the 19th-century building at your own pace

$28 $11

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Two Weeks of Martial Arts Classes or a One-Month Lesson Package at Impact Family Martial Arts (Up to 80% Off)

Impact Family Martial Arts

Downtown Newark

Instructors guide students of all ages and fitness levels through self-defense curriculum adopting moves from karate, jiujitsu and krav maga

$75 $24

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Range Packag at Point Blank Range & Gun Shop (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

Point Blank Range & Gun Shop

Mentor

Visit a 20-lane indoor range for an hour of shooting, learn the basics of handguns during a four-hour course

$79.68 $35

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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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VIP Admission for Two or Four to Spooky Ranch (Up to 46% Off)

Spooky Ranch

Columbia

This massive event features five scary attractions including Bloody Mary’s Revenge, an exact replica of the Universal Studios haunt

$70 $39

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10 or 25 AMP Fitness Classes at Explosion Fitness Solutions (Up to 56% Off)

Explosion Fitness Solutions

Multiple Locations

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

$90 $45

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Two Argentine Tango Lesson or Four Father-Daughter Wedding Dance Classes at The Dance (Up to 83% Off)

The Dance

Multiple Locations

Learn lavish dance moves in Argentine tango, or get help choreographing a unique father-daughter dance

$92 $29

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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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$19 for 12 Martial Arts, Self Defense, and Kimoodo Healing Arts Classes Plus a Uniform ($350 Value)

The Oriental Martial Arts College

Multiple Locations

Students learn the basics of martial arts while developing self-defense and health and fitness skills, plus confidence, focus, and respect

$350 $19

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at La Ru Lanes (Up to 52% Off)

La Ru Lanes

Highland Heights

Bowlers slip into rental shoes before taking to the lanes for two full games, where automatic scorers make for fun, smooth games

$20 $11

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Certificate for One Round of Golf for One or Two People from Course Caddy (50% Off)

Course Caddy

Multiple Locations

The certificate grants you access to play a round on one of four area courses

$50 $25

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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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One Round of Mini Golf for Two or Four with Batting Cage Tokens at Putt N Play Family Fun Center (Up to 48% Off)

Putt N Play Family Fun Center

Grove City

The 18-hole miniature-golf course challenges players to navigate shrunken boulders and take aim at the bottom of the cup.

$14.50 $8

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$25 for Two Discount Golf Cards from My Loop Network Golf Card ($50 Value)

My Loop Network Golf Card

Multiple Locations

Discount golf cards help golfers save on greens fees during the 2014 golf season

$50 $25

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Five On-Ramp CrossFit Classes or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Rampant CrossFit (Up to 81% Off)

Rampant CrossFit

Stow

Workouts that change each day keep fitness routines from getting stale

$150 $29

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One or Three Months of Baton or Dance Class at Angel's Hi-Steppers (Up to 69% Off)

Angel's Hi-Steppers

Mingo Park Indoor Recreation Center

Girls and boys two years and up learn the graceful movements of tap, ballet, twirling, hip-hop, or jazz dance

$48 $19

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four, or Weekly Tee-Time Through October at Skyland Golf Course (Up to $540 Off)

Skyland Golf Course

Hinckley

Streamlined 6,115-yard course presents an approachable, par-72 layout with water features and bunkers to challenge experienced players

$70 $28

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$12 for Movie Tickets and a Medium Popcorn for Two at Grandview Theatre ($22 Value)

Grandview Theatre

Grandview Heights

At 88-year-old theater, movie goers enjoy selections from local eateries, such as Cowtown Pizza and Patisserie Lallier, while watching films

$22 $12

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$49 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Barre Fitness Classes at Pure Barre ($115 Value). Two Options Available.

Pure Barre

Multiple Locations

Experienced instructors lead full-body workouts filled with ballet-inspired stretches and muscle-sculpting movements

$115 $49

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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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5 or 10 Group Irish-Dance Lessons at Cannon Irish Dance (Up to 58% Off)

Cannon Irish Dance

North Olmsted

Lessons focus on proper Irish-dance technique, coordination, poise, movement, and rhythm

$65 $29

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Ten Classes or One or Six Months of Unlimited Yoga Classes at The Yoga Loft Dayton (Up to 58% Off)

The Yoga Loft Dayton

Fairborn

A team of six teachers lead 12 differnt kinds of yoga series, from heated power yoga to meditative yin yoga

$85 $49

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Two Nights of Primitive, Tent, or RV Camping for Four at Clay's Park Resort (Up to 58% 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 $39

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5 or 10 Mat or Ball Pilates Classes at Pendleton Pilates (Up to 61% Off)

Pendleton Pilates

Multiple Locations

Instructors at four locations lead 55-minute Pilates classes to strengthen cores

$65 $26

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Music and Movement Course for One or Two at The Learning Groove, presented by Beyond Words (Up to 60% Off)

Beyond Words: Music & Dance Center

North Royalton

Kids ages 1-5 play with parents during enriching classes that develop musical skills and artistic expression

$120 $52

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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 63% 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 $35

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10 Yoga or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Improvement Warrior Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Improvement Warrior Fitness

Hilliard

Gain awareness of your body with a string of stretching poses that strengthen the body and calm the mind

$115 $39

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10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Medina (Up to 82% Off)

CrossFit Medina

Lafayette

CrossFit fuses strength training, cardio, plyometrics, and gymnastics-inspired moves to create intense, varying workouts

$80 $35

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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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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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5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Salsa City Fitness (Up to 52% Off)

Salsa City Fitness

Troy

Zumba, piloxing, tabata, booty barre, and many other energetic fitness classes help clients lose weight in a fun, supportive environment

$25 $12

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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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The Men of Independence Holiday Concert for One or Two on December 13 or 14 (Up to 50% Off)

The Men of Independence

Multiple Locations

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Award-winning barbershop chorus presents its fourth-annual holiday concert, chock full of classic songs and carols

$15 $10

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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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4-Week Boot Camp from Steps To Life 1 Day Event- 30 Day Ab Challenge Kick Off Mar. 23rd- 10:00AM- 1:00 PM (70% Off)

Steps To Life

South Euclid

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

$84 $25

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Walking Ghost Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Cleveland Ghost Tours (Up to 62% Off)

Cleveland Ghost Tours

Willoughby Hills

Take a guided stroll by moonlight through Cleveland’s cemeteries and past sites such as the armory and the Federal Reserve Bank

$70 $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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$330 for $600 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — Hatfield Performance Horses

Hatfield Performance Horses

Marysville

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

$600 $330

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15 CrossFit Classes or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Mastiff CrossFit (Up to 87% Off)

Mastiff CrossFit

Wadsworth

CrossFit blends cardio and strength training in intense exercises that sculpt and tone the body

$225 $29

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

Avon Dance And Martial Arts

Avon

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

$66 $29

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes and Tanning at Sun Tone Tanning and Fitness (Up to 86% Off)

Sun Tone Tanning and Fitness

Parma Heights

Guests enjoy unlimited use of tanning facilities and group fitness classes such as booty beat and cardio kick boxing

$90 $15

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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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$255 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 $255

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One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes or Online Elemental Cleanse from Elemental Om (Up to 68% Off)

Elemental Om

Multiple Locations

Wide variety of yoga disciplines, such as Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini & Yin; online Elemental Cleanse includes yoga & meditation videos

$120 $39

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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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One, Three, or Five 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons from Elite Stables (65% Off)

Elite Stables

Novelty

An experienced instructor supervises and coaches up to four students of any riding level during each one-hour indoor lesson

$80 $35

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Cork & Canvas Painting or Sensory Wine Tasting 101 at Pairings, Ohio’s Wine & Culinary Experience (50% Off)

Pairings, Ohio’s Wine & Culinary Experience

Geneva

Sample and learn how to taste wines, or pair acrylics with vino during painting classes

$40 $20

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Unlimited Classes for One or Two Kids or One-Month Prep-Team Membership to North Coast All-Stars (Up to 58% Off)

North Coast All-Stars

Berea

Kids and teens learn cheer and tumbling at all levels during classes and team membership that foster social development and physical fitness

$65 $29

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Four Weeks of Introductory Martial-Arts Classes or Three Cage-Fitness Classes at All American Karate (Half Off)

All American Karate

Lambertville

Intro martial-arts classes include uniform; cage-fitness classes instill self-confidence and help tone bodies with a T-Shirt included

$100 $50

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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 22 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 eight years ago 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.

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 décor 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
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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

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.

4637 W Bancroft St
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