Things To Do in Ohio

Standup Comedy at Cleveland Improv (Up to 75% Off)

Cleveland Improv

Ohio City

Audiences munch BBQ chicken wings or fried pickles while watching comedians such as Jay Phillips and Rob Little

$60.99 $20

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$20 for Entry for Two to the Spirit of Christmas Tour ($40 Value)

Spirit of Christmas Tour

Cincinnati

Guests walk the Gateway Quarter during the Spirit of Christmas tour before arriving at the St. Francis Seraph Church and Dickens village

$40 $20

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

Laffs Inc Comedy Club

Laffs Inc Comedy Club

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

$40.66 $15

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Zoso: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin at Akron Civic Theatre on Saturday, February 7, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Zoso

Akron Civic Theatre

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Popular Led Zeppelin tribute act mirrors the famous rock band in looks, spirit, and impeccable musicianship throughout a long list of hits

$24.70 $12

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$11 for a Dayton Demonz Hockey Game for Two at Hara Arena ($21 Value). 28 Games Available.

Dayton Demonz

Hara Arena

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The Demonz look to defend last year’s championship run, an impressive feat that came in the club’s second year of existence

$21 $11

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Six or Eight 60-Minute Tai Chi Classes at Crooked River T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center (Up to 65% 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 $26

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One or Three Private 60-Minute Golf Lessons from Doug Lemons, PGA Professional (Up to 52% Off)

Doug Lemons, PGA Professional

Canton

Golfers meet with a PGA pro with nearly 20 years of experience during private lessons where their swing is analyzed and they run drills

$99 $49

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Knitting 101 Class for One, Two, or Four at The Flaming Ice Cube (Up to 61% Off)

The Flaming Ice Cube

Youngstown

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

$35 $19

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

TAMA Martial Arts Center

Kettering

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

$194.80 $97

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

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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Standup Comedy at Funny Stop Comedy Club (Up to 57% Off)

Funny Stop Comedy Club

Funny Stop Comedy Club

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Seven-time Cleveland Hot List-topping comedy club hosts headlining comedians in weeknight and weekend showcases

$14 $10

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

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

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

$300 $20

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$18 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 $18

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

Longaberger Golf Course

Hanover

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

$158 $89

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

Ernst Lanes

Chardon

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

$30 $15

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

Alpha Dance Studio

Highland Heights

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

$122 $59

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

Busy Beaver Arts & Crafts

Beavercreek

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

$39 $22

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart Rental at Deer Pass Golf Course in Seville (Up to 50% Off)

Deer Pass Golf Club

Westfield

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

$58 $29

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

Cincinnati Gymnastics

Fairfield

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

$155 $75

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Two Argentine Tango Lesson or Four Father-Daughter Wedding Dance Classes at The Dance (Up to 88% Off)

The Dance

Multiple Locations

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

$92 $20

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

Dipson Theatres

Multiple Locations

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

$32 $23

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

Findlay Martial Arts Academy

Findlay

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

$69 $38

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

Jet Pack Water Adventures

Multiple Locations

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

$299 $149

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$20 toward an 8 Week Self Defense Course ($45 Value)

The Kokoro Samurai

Huber Heights

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

$45 $20

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$25 for 30-Day Ultimate Trial Passport at Westerville Community Center ($60 Value)

Westerville Community Center

Westerville

One-month passport grants unlimited access to fitness room, track, gymnasium, watering hole, and climbing wall

$60 $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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$80 for $160 Worth of Services at Bob Yoder's Kung Fu Aademy

Bob Yoder's Kung Fu Academy

Hilltop

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

$160 $80

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

Kodiak Jiu Jitsu

Delaware

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

$59 $24

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Bulldog Jakz (Up to 66% Off)

Bulldog Jakz

Brunswick

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

$135 $49

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$13 for a 90-Minute Cooking Class for Kids or Teens at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna ($30 Value)

Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna

Gahanna

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

$30 $13

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Yoga, Barre, or Zumba Classes at Krysia Energy Yoga (Up to 73% Off). Seven Options Available.

Krysia Energy Yoga

Westlake

Certified instructors lead flow, power, Ashtanga, and other yoga classes, as well as barre and Zumba sessions at private studio

$120 $36

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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 63% 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 $34

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Snow Tubing and Hot Chocolate for One, Two, or Four at Beach Mountain (Up to 37% Off)

Beach Mountain

Mason

Zip down a 400-foot run in comfortable snowtubes before sipping hot chocolate to warm up

$26.99 $17

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$39 for One Month of Karate for Kids Classes with a Uniform at Karate for Kids ($79 Value)

Karate for Kids

Multiple Locations

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

$79 $39

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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 $37

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Family-Fun-Center Pass and Concessions for One or Two at Rinky Dink Family Fun Center (Up to 50% Off)

Rinky Dink Family Fun Center

Medina

Unlimited Blacklight Pirates Vs. Aliens game, Inflatable Bouncer Maze, and playground visits fueled by chips, sodas, and hot dogs

$22 $11

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

The Fast Lane Bar, Bowling and Party Center

Magic City Plaza

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

$70 $29

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

Acres of Fun & Wooster Skateland

Wooster

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

$30 $16

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African Safari Wildlife Park Visit for One or Four (Up to 75% 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 $43

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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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Four or Eight 30- or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons, or Guitar Restringing at Sound City Music (Up to 64% Off)

Sound City Music

Troy

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

$176 $71

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10 or 20 Youth or Adult Fitness Classes at Team 2 Sweat by The Pack LLC (Up to 80% Off)

Team 2 Sweat by The Pack LLC

Trotwood

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

$120 $25

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$29 for Five BarreAmped or Mat Pilates Classes at My Pilates Studio ($90 Value)

My Pilates Studio

Washington

Instructors help students lengthen muscles and sculpt and define cores in mat Pilates or BarreAmped classes

$90 $29

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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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$16 for a Wine Tasting for Two with Bottle of Wine and Glasses at John Christ Winery ($30.25 Value)

John Christ Winery

Avon Lake

During the wine tasting, visitors sample award-winning wines that are all produced and bottled onsite, then take home souvenir glasses

$30.25 $16

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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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Three or Six Half-Hour Private Guitar Lessons at James Flood Guitar Lessons (Up to 77% Off)

James Flood Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

Instructor with 24 years experience teaches students basic chords or more complex techniques in classical, acoustic, or popular styles

$75 $19

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

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Willoughby

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

$208 $29

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Rock-Climbing Package for Family of Six or Package for Two with Intro Lesson at Kendall Cliffs (Up to 80% 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 $77

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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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One- or Three-Month Gym Pass, 10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Advanced Performance Fitness (Up to 68% Off)

Advanced Performance Fitness

Advanced Performance Fitness

Tone muscles in a 24-hour gym with variety of fitness classes, plus plenty of amenities and optional babysitting services

$100 $35

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Dance and Martial Arts Classes at Avon Dance and Martial Arts (Up to 65% Off)

Avon Dance And Martial Arts

Avon

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

$66 $26

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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 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 (60% 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 $8

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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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Six-Week Tennis Clinic for One or Two at South Regency Tennis and Fitness (Up to 53% Off). Six Options Available.

South Regency Tennis and Fitness

Miami

At a 2,800-square-foot fitness facility, adults refresh their tennis skills with a six-week clinic run by tennis professionals

$102 $49

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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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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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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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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
US

Scallywag Tag's arena dazzles eyes with a black-lit, neon-tinged pirate ship and 18th-century Caribbean village, which provides a labyrinth of fluorescent walls for marauding swashbucklers. After being split into two competing crews, participants receive a vest, a phaser, and instructions to tally as many points as possible by tagging opponents, swarming the enemy's home base, or holding a referee hostage until he or she doctors the score. The score itself is broadcast on wide-screen LCD scoreboards, but those who are too busy taking out the adversary to look at them can take heart knowing that at the end of the game, the referees announce the winning team.

Outside the fast-paced laser-tag arena, Scallywag Tag encourages visitors to recharge with a drink or a slice of pizza from the snack bar. The arcade sections also distract patrons by featuring perennial classics such as air hockey as well as new favorites, including Time Crisis 3 and Find That W2 Form.

The West-side location additionally lures younger passersby with a pirate-themed jump house and a 35-foot-long slide in the family entertainment center. The West-side’s black-light miniature golf tests hand-eye coordination skills, leading guests through a gauntlet of 18 holes that similarly embrace the pirate theme.

5055 Glencrossing Way
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

2 Hippo Way
Toledo,
OH
US

Amid the uncertainty and complex nature of the aviation industry in the early 2000s, Denise and Mike decided to buck opposition and follow their dreams. The husband-and-wife team kept their dream relatively simple: move to northeast Ohio, secure season tickets for the Indians and Browns, and open up the world of flight to others. They soon took Mike's 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and Denise's time as a commercial pilot and turned it into American Winds Flight Academy. Today, their flight academy preps prospective pilots with FAA-approved ground courses and hands-on instruction in their fleet of Piper and Cessna airplanes and accommodating pterodactyls. The duo's 15-plus flight-training courses and fast-track program include everything from advanced flight-simulator instruction to commercial-pilot certification. Dedicated to assisting veterans on their path to become commercial pilots, American Winds Flight Academy is one of 12 FAA-licensed (Part 141) flight schools in the state of Ohio.

1600 Triplett Blvd
Akron,
OH
US

On October 5, 1905, years of invention and failure culminated into history as Wilbur Wright took to the sky in a craft that soared through the air for 24 miles. More than a century later, just a few miles from the field over which it first flew, the 1905 Wright Flyer III—now designated a National Historic Landmark—spreads its wings at Carillon Historical Park, inspiring visitors with its tale of innovation, persistence, and progress, and the aptly named "Wilbur Wright: A Life of Consequence" exhibit. Nearby, the park's Heritage Center features the year-round Carousel of Dayton Innovation, which contains 31 figures, a 38-foot hand-painted mural illustrating the turn of events in the Wright Brothers flying exhibits, and rides for $1.

As impressive as they are, the airplane and carousel are only a few of Carillon Historical Park’s myriad attractions. Named for the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon, whose 57 bells have been pealing since 1942, the campus spreads across 65 acres. Just south of downtown, 30 historical buildings, including the 28,000 sq.ft. Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, draw visitors into Dayton’s past and share in the park's devotion to history, heritage, and progress. Early settlement structures such as the Newcom Tavern—the oldest building still standing in Dayton—sit alongside other original buildings such as an 1815-era stone cottage. The park also includes replica buildings, such as the Deeds Barn and the Wright Cycle Shop, which recreate the birthplaces of the automobile self-starter and the airplane.

The park’s transportation theme continues with an 1835 B&O steam locomotive and an interactive 1/8 scale railroad available to ride on select days for an extra fee and whose train cars carry passengers more effectively than 1/8 scale feet would. Nearby, the first Chevy S-10 truck minted by GM’s Moraine Plant in 1988 mingles with a fleet of vintage and classic autos. After admiring their hulls, visitors can swing by Culp’s Café—named and modeled after the eatery where widow and mother of six Charlotte Gilbert Culp served pies in the '30s and '40s—and order burgers or soda-fountain creations off a '40s-style menu. Before leaving, guests can peruse Wright brothers paraphernalia and items from the park’s 1930s letterpress printing shop at the museum store or sign up for educational programming that teaches lost arts such as candle dipping and butter churning.

1000 Carillon Blvd
Dayton,
OH
US