Things To Do in Ohio

60-Minute Downtown Cleveland Segway Tour for One, Two, or Five from Electric Transport (Up to 50% Off)

Cleveland Segway Tours

Tower City Center

Friendly Cleveland native guides segway tours past city highlights

$60 $35

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Frankie Ballard on December 18 or David Nail on October 26 at Bogart’s (Up to 30% Off)

Frankie Ballard and David Nail

Bogart's

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Country stars on the rise take the stage on the heels of hot new albums

$29.27 $20.49

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Southside

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

$50 $25

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

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

$32 $17

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$79 for a One Day Ohio Concealed Carry Permit Course ($125 Value)

1st Advance Security

Dayton

Course covers Ohio's required 10 class hours and 2 live-fire range practice hours with firearms provided; instructors put fun spin on course

$125 $79

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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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Four-Week Youth Football-Skills Clinic for One or Two at The Pro Football Hall of Fame (Up to 51% Off)

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Canton

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

$60 $30

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Golf Games or Driving-Range Packages at Parto's Golf Learning Center (Up to 58% Off). Five Options Available.

Parto's Golf Learning Center

Coitsville

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

$30 $15

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Eight-Hour Fishing Charter for One or Two from Sara-J Sportfishing Charters (Up to 52% Off)

Sara-J Sportfishing Charters

Multiple Locations

Sail across Lake Erie on 34 ft. catamaran boat in search of perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass

$300 $149.99

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$10 for Two Weeks of Boxing and Kickboxing Classes at Title Boxing Club ($50 Value)

TITLE Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

Students tone arms, legs, and core with fast-paced boxing or kickboxing classes that can burn up to 1,000 calories per class

$50 $10

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$255 for Ultimate Flight Package with Flying Lessons and Logbook at Middletown Regional Flight Institute ($500 Value)

Middletown Regional Flight Institute

Multiple Locations

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

$500 $255

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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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$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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Two-Part Pottery Class for One or Two at Wheel Works Art Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Wheel Works Art Studio

Chagrin Falls

Internationally-renowned potter teaches students to shape clay on the wheel and how to use pottery tools

$120 $55

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3 or 5 Film-Screening Passes or All-Access VIP Pass to the Ohio Independent Film Festival November 6–9 (50% Off)

Ohio Independent Film Festival

Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore

The four-day festival screens films from emerging filmmakers, showing poignant movies that may not otherwise be screened locally

$30 $15

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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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10 or 20 Boot-Camp Sessions at Dynamic Performance (Up to 69% Off)

Dynamic Performance

Multiple Locations

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

$120 $39

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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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$39 for One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club ($129 Value)

Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club

Mentor

Boot camp workouts, Zumba, suspension training, and other fitness classes at a massive facility with a country-club vibe

$129 $39

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$39 for a Martial-Arts Program at Five Seasons Family Sports Club ($80 Value)

Young's Martial Arts

Sugarcreek

Area's top martial arts program focuses on Tang Soo Do; instructed by 6th degree master black belt

$80 $39

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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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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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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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$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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Four Hours of Open-Play Rope Courses for One, Two, or Four at Summit Vision (Up to 57% Off)

Summit Vision

Blendon

Highly trained instructors supervise guests as they clamber across a rope course during an open-play session

$40 $19

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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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Four-Week Summer Gymnastics Class or Birthday Party for Up to 20 at Capitol City Gymnastics (Up to 64% Off)

Capitol City Gymnastics

South Columbus

Kids build upon the gymnastics skills they learned the previous class in a four-week course; a birthday party reserves the entire facility

$64 $23

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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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One Month of Unlimited Cardio-Fit Kickboxing Classes or Five Classes at Asian Sun Martial Arts and Fitness (Up to $70 Off)

Asian Sun Martial Arts and Fitness

Multiple Locations

Cardio Fit Kickboxing tones physiques with mix of martial arts-inspire moves that torch calories, build strength, and boost self-confidence

$99 $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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Bowling Outing for Two or Up to Six with Shoe Rental at Buckeye Lanes (Up to 62% Off)

Buckeye Lanes

North Olmsted

Bumpers & lightweight balls equip pintsize bowlers at alley with late-night Rockin’ Bowl & eight billiard tables

$29.40 $15

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: "Built to Amaze" (Up to 35% Off). Showtimes Available September 25–28.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Built To Amaze

Wright State University Nutter Center

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Humans and animals perform their most spectacular stunts with cannons, upside-down trapezes, towering unicycles, and other contraptions

$34.45 $23

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Two Groupons, Each Good for One Inflatable Open-Play Pass for One or Two Kids at Run Jump-n-Play (Up to 53% Off)

Run Jump-n-Play

Deerfield

Kids can climb and bounce on extraterrestrial obstacle courses, kraken-wrapped pirate ships, and ball-equipped stadiums

$10 $5.50

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Music and Movement Course for One or Two at The Learning Groove, presented by Beyond Words (Up to 55% 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 $59

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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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9- or 18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Rustic Hills Country Club (Up to 58% Off)

Rustic Hills Country Club

Montville

Nine-hole, par 32 course features four par 3s and a pond that nearly surrounds the picturesque seventh green

$42 $19

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Haunted-House Adventure for Two or Four to The Barber Haunt (50% Off)

The Barber Haunt

Barberton

Guests to this century-old pig barn face ghoulish specters and crazed clowns

$30 $15

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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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Four-Mile River Kayaking Trip for One, Two, or Four from Carried Away Recreation (50% Off)

Carried Away Recreation

Riverside Park

Kayaking trips include a kayak rental, paddle, life jacket, and shuttle service

$30 $15

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18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart, Range Balls, and Lunch at Vista Golf Course (Up to 49% Off)

Vista Golf Course

Muskingum

Recently renovated course showcases ponds and grasses incorporated into open fairways and sprawling vistas

$74 $39

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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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Three or Five Latin or Ballroom Dance Classes at WHYM Dance (50% Off)

WHYM Dance

Solon

Group Latin and ballroom dance classes give students a way to pursue a healthier lifestyle while also meeting new friends

$30 $15

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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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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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5 or 10 Barre Fitness Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Pure Barre Beachwood (Up to 66% Off)

Pure Barre

Multiple Locations

With the help of a ballet barre, isometric movements tone the body, burn fat, and build long, lean muscles in abs, hips, and arms

$105 $39

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$20 for Two Season Passes to The Maize at Little Darby Creek ($40 Value)

The Maize at Little Darby Creek

The Maize at Little Darby Creek

Seven weekends of unlimited access to a 9-acre corn maze, dodgeball, miniature train, outdoor laser tag, and other family activities

$40 $20

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Our Gym powered by S.M. Smith Martial Arts (70% Off)

Our Gym Llc

Wadsworth

From the merchant: We offer all levels of group fitness classes and use a variety of training methods.

$90 $27

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Dance and Martial Arts Classes at Avon Dance and Martial Arts (Up to 69% Off)

Avon Dance And Martial Arts

Avon

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

$66 $22

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Three Games of Bowling for Two or Six with Shoe Rentals and Option for Soda at Yorktown Lanes (Up to 75% Off)

Yorktown Lanes

Parma Heights

Expansive facility with 40 lanes, automated scoring, and a full-service bar

$31.50 $12

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Standup Comedy at Funny Bone Comedy Club (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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$27 for Entry to the Zombie Frenzy 5K on October 25 ($50 Value)

Centurion Events

Ashland County Fairgrounds

Outrun hordes of zombies intent on stealing your race "life" flags, and switch roles to act as a chaser zombie during the 5K race

$50 $27

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Four or Six Corn-Maze Trips and Hayrides at Fleitz Pumpkin Farm (Up to 50% Off)

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

Oregon

5-acre corn maze peppered with fall facts; tractor hayrides travel through cornfields and pumpkin patches

$12 $6

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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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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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$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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5 or 10 AntiGravity Yoga Classes at Synergy Sports Massage (Up to Half Off)

Synergy Sports Massage

Berea

Instructors lead groups through challenging yoga poses on suspended silk hammocks, increasing agility and aligning the vertebrae

$95 $50

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18 Holes of Foot-Golf for Two or Four with Optional Cart Rental at Whiteford Valley Golf Club (Up to 57% Off)

Whiteford Valley Golf Club

Whiteford

Foot-golf—a soccer and golf hybrid—challenges players to kick a soccer ball through 18 holes with the goal of sinking it into 21-inch holes

$42 $21

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Dalton Lee: Magic + Illusion at Frank Sarris Public Library or On-Location Birthday Magic Show (Up to 50% Off)

Dalton Lee: Magic + Illusion

Frank Sarris Public Library

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Parents and children alike will be amazed by sleight-of-hand and illusions at the library or their own home

$46 $23

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$62 for a Hotshop, Fusing, or Flameshop Class at Neusole Glassworks ($125 Value)

Neusole Glassworks

Neusole Glassworks

Students craft projects such as jewelry, ornaments, bowls, or wineglass charms during approximately two-hour classes

$125 $62

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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,
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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
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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
US