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  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
    In 1880, the final fasteners and sleepers on the Valley Railway were tightened into place. It wouldn’t be long before a billowing cloud of steam announced the arrival of the first train running through the Cuyahoga Valley, a territory that had served as a passageway for foot traffic for thousands of years. Over the next century, the railway contributed to the growth of commerce between Akron and Cleveland, changing ownership multiple times, and transforming from a freight train, into a passenger train, back to a freight train, and finally into a UFO. Now celebrating its 41st year of passenger-rail service, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports sightseers over the historic rails through 33,000 acres of land owned by the National Park Service. With a year-round roster of trips, including wine- and beer-tasting excursions, passengers can set forth on morning, afternoon, and evening journeys that sweep past meadowlands, pinery, and rivers and give glimpses of native wildlife, such as fox, deer, bobcat mascots, and owls.
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    7900 Old Rockside Road
    Independence, OH US
  • Spooky Ranch
    Spooky Ranch corrals five different haunted attractions onto one patch of terrifying farmland. The experience begins in the Haunted Barn, which echoes with strange noises and screams even as visitors pass through to buy their tickets. An enormous skull sits atop the barn, belching clouds of fog and staring balefully at passersby with glowing green eyes. But the skull's frightful gaze is nothing compared to the horrors that await guests beyond the haunted barn. In Crazy Clowns 3D, for example, visitors don a pair of 3D glasses and delved into a psychedelic trip through ultra-bright, horrifyingly realistic imagery. Bloody Mary's Revenge, meanwhile, features Hollywood-quality special effects; in fact, it's a replica of the Halloween attraction created for Universal Studios Orlando. In addition to gore and scares, Bloody Mary's Revenge features actor-operated, hybrid multi-motion animatronics, which, in layman's terms, translates to "people inside scary robots that come after you". While special effects terrify and astound, they're hardly the only impressive scare on the Ranch. The classic Haunted Hayride, for instance, takes visitors through the Forest of Fear, where ghouls lurk in the fog beneath the limbs of 30-foot tall animated creatures who summon pyrotechnic fire. If visitors survive the other attractions, then all that stands between them and the exit is the Funny Fun House. This classic circus attraction has reflection-mutating mirrors, a spinning black hole tunnel, and an upside down room. Once guests have righted themselves, the attraction deposits them at the Halloween gift shop, where they'll have the opportunity to take revenge on the spooks by buying a few and forcing them to sing show tunes on the ride home.
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    19066 E River Rd
    Columbia Station, OH US
  • Mulligan's Strongsville
    Bathed in the glow of more than 20 big-screen TVs playing soccer and football games, diners at Mulligan's Strongsville dig into plates of classic pub grub such as fried chicken wings, massive burgers, and fish and chips. In addition to the food, the bar also boasts 12 beers on tap including Fat Head Bubble Berry, Great Lakes Dortmunder, and Commodore Perry, which guests can enjoy inside the restaurant, outside on the sunny patio, or straddled over the entryway to get the best of both worlds. On the weekends, Mulligan's turns up the energy with live music and dancing between drinks.
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    20880 Royalton Road
    Strongsville, OH US
  • The Barber Haunt
    The century-old pig barn on the historical Anna Dean Farm has seen a lot of life, and a lot of death. It might be that slightly sinister influence that inspired the barn's current creepy dwellers to take up residence there, creating a nightmarish scene. Strewn with bloody specters, creepy clowns, and dismembered body parts, the barn provides such an intense scare that any guest who can make it through in one try is granted another free entry to see the ghoulish sights again.
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    248 Robinson Ave.
    Barberton, OH US
  • Farnam Museum
    Farnam Museum wasn't always a museum. Originally, it was a manor built by Everett Farnam in 1834. He and his wife raised five children on the premises, and plenty of flora, too?one pine tree planted in the 1800s still shades the property today. Over the years, the Western Reserve-style manor has weathered plenty of ups and downs. At its peak, it housed a lively Danish restaurant; at its nadir, it fell into such deep disrepair that snakes took up residence in its rooms. Today, it's open to the public as a museum, thanks to the preservation efforts of the Farnam Foundation. Modern visitors learn about watershed moments in American history, like the War of 1812 and the Civil War, all through the lens of Farnam's life. They also mingle at the manor's seasonal events, like the haunted tours of the grounds held around Halloween.
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    4223 Brecksville Road
    Richfield, OH US
  • The Grape and Granary
    The family of vintners at The Grape and Granary have concocted vinos for years, and their ancillary enthusiasms for beer brewing and other DIY drinks have led to some one-of-a-kind grape distillates. The Grape and Granary?s specialty Jalapeno Pepper wine ($12.95) saunters across the palate's runway and leaves behind sweet and spicy smoke trails. This particular semi-dry white?sold only in Ohio by buckeye-flavored salesmen?pairs well with piquant cuisines and tabasco-flavored frozen yogurt. A jalape?o pepper luxuriates in every bottle. The Grape and Granary also culls dry wines from grapes born, raised, and mostly educated in California?s Central Valley such as the dry red 2009 Renaissance Wine Cellars merlot ($12.99), which boasts a light body with dry, fruity tones in hot pursuit.
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    915 Home Ave
    Akron, OH US

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