Auto shows are the safest places to practice pretend engine noises without attracting lawn mowers in heat. Rev up with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two tickets to the Dayton Auto Show at the Dayton Convention Center (a $14 value). Each ticket grants admission to one day of the event, which is held from February 23 to February 26. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
The Dayton Auto Show fills the spacious show floor of the Dayton Convention Center with hundreds of two- and four-wheeled vehicles from the country's most popular manufacturers. Wander past rows of the latest cars, trucks, and hatchback submarines from makers such as Ford, Lexus, Subaru, and Volkswagen. Motorists who can't find a car sitter on short order can park their ride at the Transportation Center garage, a mere block east of the convention center. The garage requires a $2 hourly rate but has a $6 maximum for the day and allows visitors to trek to the auto show by way of a covered skywalk.
Columbus International Auto Show
Each year automobile manufacturers ranging from Acura and Ford to Volkswagen and Volvo zoom into the Greater Columbus Convention Center and set up shop for the Columbus International Auto Show. For four days, throngs of automobile enthusiasts stream into the expansive displays to ooh and ahh over the year's shiny new models of sedans, sports cars, SUVs, and minivans. As onlookers longingly envision themselves behind the wheel or backseat driving inside a Ford Mustang, Fiat 500, or one of the futuristic concept cars on display, a number of events vie for overloaded eyeballs.
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