Kids Activities in Ohio


Challenge Nation: $25 for Entry to Cleveland Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on June 6 ($55 Value)

$25 for Entry to Cleveland Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on June 6 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

East Fourth Street

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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Crossgate Lanes: $35 for a Two-Hour Bowling Party for Up to Six at Crossgate Lanes ($70 Value)

$35 for a Two-Hour Bowling Party for Up to Six at Crossgate Lanes ($70 Value)

Crossgate Lanes

Cincinnati

Revelers rent shoes and share a single lane for two hours; large one-topping pizza included

$70 $35

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Trapped Toledo: Interactive Theater Experience for Two, Four, or Eight at Trapped Toledo (Up to 56% Off)

Interactive Theater Experience for Two, Four, or Eight at Trapped Toledo (Up to 56% Off)

Trapped Toledo

Toledo

Interactive theater experiences lock 10 participants in a room to solve challenges such as finding a missing spy to foil a terrorist plot

$50 $25

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Slide The City: Single Slider, Triple Slider, or VIP Slider Entry Package to Slide The City on Sunday, August 2 (Up to 38% Off)

Single Slider, Triple Slider, or VIP Slider Entry Package to Slide The City on Sunday, August 2 (Up to 38% Off)

Slide The City

Akron

Kids and adults zip down a 1,000-foot vinyl slide on tubes at this daylong event while also enjoying music, food, and fun

$24 $15

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Freeway Lanes: Bowling Package for Two or Six or a Bowling Birthday Party for 10 Children at Freeway Lanes (Up to 74% Off)

Bowling Package for Two or Six or a Bowling Birthday Party for 10 Children at Freeway Lanes (Up to 74% Off)

Freeway Lanes

Multiple Locations

Spend a few hours knocking down pins in friendly competition or treat your little one to a bowling birthday party with games and food

$34.50 $12

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Sluggers & Putters: Mini Golf and Bumper Cars or Boats for Two or Four at Sluggers & Putters (Up to 48% Off)

Mini Golf and Bumper Cars or Boats for Two or Four at Sluggers & Putters (Up to 48% Off)

Sluggers & Putters

Canal Fulton

Play on the old-fashioned 18-hole mini-golf course before colliding into friends in bumper cars or floating boats

$25 $14

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Arms Family Museum of Local History: Admission for Two, Four, or Six or Family Membership at Arms Family Museum of Local History (Up to 50% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six or Family Membership at Arms Family Museum of Local History (Up to 50% Off)

Arms Family Museum of Local History

Youngstown

This historical home-turned-museum documents the history of the Mahoning Valley through various galleries and exhibits

$12 $6

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park: Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Family Membership at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park (Up to 50% Off)

Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Family Membership at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park (Up to 50% Off)

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Hamilton

335-acre park and outdoor museum invites guests to wander among 64 sculptures tucked into gardens and meadows, and alongside lakes

$16 $9

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Skateworld of Kettering: Roller-Skating Outing for Two or Four at Skateworld of Kettering (Up to 70% Off)

Roller-Skating Outing for Two or Four at Skateworld of Kettering (Up to 70% Off)

Skateworld of Kettering

Kettering

Families glide across the rink to Radio Disney, Top 40 hits, or disco during themed skating sessions

$74 $22

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Mahall's 20 Lanes: Three Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two or Four at Mahall's 20 Lanes (Up to 46% Off)

Three Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two or Four at Mahall's 20 Lanes (Up to 46% Off)

Mahall's 20 Lanes

Lakewood

Restored bowling alley maintains vintage touches, such as manual scoring, alongside live music and two bars

$28 $16

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Ladybug Ranch LLC: Carriage Ride for Two or Four from Ladybug Ranch LLC (Up to 39% Off)

Carriage Ride for Two or Four from Ladybug Ranch LLC (Up to 39% Off)

Ladybug Ranch LLC

Multiple Locations

Pristine white carriage is pulled by Ribbon, an ivory-colored steed with a silver mane

$50 $35

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C.E. Orr Ice Arena: Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four, or Eight Weeks of Lessons at C.E. Orr Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four, or Eight Weeks of Lessons at C.E. Orr Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

C.E. Orr Ice Arena

Euclid

High school regulation-sized rink hosts open skating sessions throughout the week as well as lessons for inexperienced skaters

$15 $7.50

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Ernst Lanes: Two Games of Bowling with Shoes for Two, Four, or Six at Ernst Lanes (Up to 57% Off)

Two Games of Bowling with Shoes for Two, Four, or Six at Ernst Lanes (Up to 57% Off)

Ernst Lanes

Chardon

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

$30 $15

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Go Ape: Treetop Adventure Admission for One Adult or One Child at Go Ape (Up to 16% Off)

Treetop Adventure Admission for One Adult or One Child at Go Ape (Up to 16% Off)

Go Ape

Mill Stream Run Park

Adventurers traverse a treetop course using rope ladders, tarzan swings, and six ziplines spread across Mill Stream Run Park

$57 $49

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Ables Golf On Avery: $14 for Two Rounds of 18-Hole Mini Golf at Ables Golf on Avery ($32 Value)

$14 for Two Rounds of 18-Hole Mini Golf at Ables Golf on Avery ($32 Value)

Ables Golf On Avery

South Dublin

Play two rounds with up to four friends or family members on a colorful, family-friendly mini golf course dotted with trees and shrubs

$32 $14

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National Packard Museum: Admission for Two, Four, Six, or Up to 20 to the National Packard Museum in Warren (Up to 54% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, Six, or Up to 20 to the National Packard Museum in Warren (Up to 54% Off)

National Packard Museum

Multiple Locations

The Packard Company's classic vehicles, catalogues, and photographs let visitors relive the company's heydey

$32 $15

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Valley Zipline Tours: Tree Top Zipline Tour for Two or Four at Valley Zipline Tours (Up to 50% Off)

Tree Top Zipline Tour for Two or Four at Valley Zipline Tours (Up to 50% Off)

Valley Zipline Tours

Lancaster

A course speeds danglers through the air for more than 1 mi. along a series of ziplines, three of which stretch nearly 1,000 ft.

$160 $85

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Summit Vision: Four Hours of Open-Play Rope Courses for One, Two, or Four at Summit Vision (Up to 63% Off)

Four Hours of Open-Play Rope Courses for One, Two, or Four at Summit Vision (Up to 63% Off)

Summit Vision

Westerville

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

$45 $18

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World Of Bounce: Two or Four Open-Bounce Visits with Drinks at World Of Bounce (Up to 35% Off)

Two or Four Open-Bounce Visits with Drinks at World Of Bounce (Up to 35% Off)

World Of Bounce

Grove City

Kids play in a 12,000-square-foot indoor facility outfitted with interacive inflatables and giant slides

$20 $14

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Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness: $52 for a Month of Youth Self-Defense Classes at Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness ($188 Value)

$52 for a Month of Youth Self-Defense Classes at Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness ($188 Value)

Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness

Gahanna

Kids 5–12 learn self-defense essentials while developing a foundation of physical fitness, respect, and self-discipline

$188 $52

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Buckeye Lanes: Bowling Outing for Two or Up to Six with Shoe Rental at Buckeye Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Bowling Outing for Two or Up to Six with Shoe Rental at Buckeye Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Buckeye Lanes

North Olmsted

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

$29.40 $17

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The Beach: Water Park Admission, Zip Line Passes, and Sodas for Two or Four at The Beach (54% Off)

Water Park Admission, Zip Line Passes, and Sodas for Two or Four at The Beach (54% Off)

The Beach

Mason

Palm trees decorate this 35-acre waterpark, which features several thrilling slides, relaxing lazy rivers, and a mammoth wave pool

$79.96 $37

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The Jump Yard: All-Day Play Pass, Summer Pass, 20 Child or VIP Party, Teen Night Entry or Teen Party (Up to 50% Off)

All-Day Play Pass, Summer Pass, 20 Child or VIP Party, Teen Night Entry or Teen Party (Up to 50% Off)

The Jump Yard

North Royalton

Toddlers through teens let loose at this play area with bounce houses, games, and teen dances as well as wi-fi and TVs for parents

$14 $7

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Cloverleaf Lanes: Bowling for Two or Six at Cloverleaf Lanes (Up to 63% Off). Three Options Available.

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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Rinky Dink Family Fun Center: Mini Golf and Hot-Dog Meal for Two or Four at Rinky Dink (Up to 60% Off)

Mini Golf and Hot-Dog Meal for Two or Four at Rinky Dink (Up to 60% Off)

Rinky Dink Family Fun Center

Medina

Mini-golf courses inspired by wonders of the world and nursery rhymes coax players through 18 holes before guests feast on concessions

$21.50 $9

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Camp Sandusky: $30 for a One-Night Stay at a Four-Person Cabin with Two Pancake Breakfasts at Camp Sandusky ($75 Value)

$30 for a One-Night Stay at a Four-Person Cabin with Two Pancake Breakfasts at Camp Sandusky ($75 Value)

Camp Sandusky

Sandusky

Campers savor the great outdoors and an included pancake breakfast from an Amish-built cabin for four

$75 $30

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Jumpy's Fun Zone: Laser-Tag Package for Two or Four, or 5 or 10 Open Jump Passes at Jumpy's Fun Zone (Up to 56% Off)

Laser-Tag Package for Two or Four, or 5 or 10 Open Jump Passes at Jumpy's Fun Zone (Up to 56% Off)

Jumpy's Fun Zone

Jumpy's Inflatable Party Arena

Industrial warehouse–themed laser-tag arena; rainbow-colored inflatables with slides

$27 $15

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Sky Zone: Two 60- or 90-Minute Indoor Jump Passes or Party Package for 10 at Sky Zone Boston Heights (Up to 43% Off)

Two 60- or 90-Minute Indoor Jump Passes or Party Package for 10 at Sky Zone Boston Heights (Up to 43% Off)

Sky Zone

Hudson

Jumpers bounce at a trampoline zone with basketball, dodgeball, and a pit full of foam cubes; party includes refreshments and jump time

$30 $17

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

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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Fusion Violin Studio: $10 for $20 Worth of Music Lessons — Fusion Violin Studio

$10 for $20 Worth of Music Lessons — Fusion Violin Studio

Fusion Violin Studio

Perrysburg

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

$20 $10

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Strike Zone Sports Training, Llc: $214 for $475 Groupon — Strike Zone Sports Training

$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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The Big Zipper: Zipline Outing for Two or Four at The Big Zipper (Up to 49% Off)

Zipline Outing for Two or Four at The Big Zipper (Up to 49% Off)

The Big Zipper

Maysville

Customers are strapped into a safety harness, then soar high above the ground as they zipline over ravines, valleys, and treetops

$80 $45

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Batter's Advantage: $4 for $7 Worth of Batting Practice — Batter's Advantage

$4 for $7 Worth of Batting Practice — Batter's Advantage

Batter's Advantage

Lebanon

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

$7 $4

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Scores Fun Center: Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Up to Six People at Scores Fun Center (Up to 54% Off)

Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Up to Six People at Scores Fun Center (Up to 54% Off)

Scores Fun Center

Painesville

Two games of bowling at an alley that also hosts laser tag

$22 $12

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Peak Performance Aquatics: Up to 56% Off 5 or 10 Swimming Passes at Peak Performance Aquatics

Up to 56% Off 5 or 10 Swimming Passes at Peak Performance Aquatics

Peak Performance Aquatics

Broadview Heights

From the merchant: 5 or 10 Swim Passes for Kids or Adults at Peak Performance Center (Up to 56% off)

$25 $15

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Whiteland Raceway Park: Two Go-Kart Races or Go-Kart Driving School with Rental Gear at Whiteland Raceway Park (Up to 70% Off)

Two Go-Kart Races or Go-Kart Driving School with Rental Gear at Whiteland Raceway Park (Up to 70% 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 $8

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Great Lakes School Of Music: $53 for $88 Worth of Music Lessons — Great Lakes School of Music

$53 for $88 Worth of Music Lessons — Great Lakes School of Music

Great Lakes School Of Music

Mayfield Heights

Instructors with university degrees teach beginner or advanced students the art of singing and playing an instrument.

$88 $53

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Songdog Music: Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar or Ukulele Lessons at Songdog Music (Up to 51% Off)

Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar or Ukulele Lessons at Songdog Music (Up to 51% Off)

Songdog Music

Berea

Experienced instructors teach lessons and classes based around the music students want to play for instruments like guitar and ukulele

$50 $25

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Q-Zar Toledo: $45for 10 Games of Laser Tag at Q-Zar ($85Value)

$45for 10 Games of Laser Tag at Q-Zar ($85Value)

Q-Zar Toledo

Sylvania

In 15-minute matches, marksmen aged 7 and older stalk their opponents through a 4,000 sq. ft. black-lit arena while dodging laser crossfire

$85 $45

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum: Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

Pickerington

Memorabilia and ephemera from the history of motorcycling, plus themed exhibits and programs

$20 $10

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Pump It Up of Hartville: Five Open-Jump Visits, Weekday Party Package, or Unlimited Summer Open Jump at Pump It Up of Hartville (50% Off)

Five Open-Jump Visits, Weekday Party Package, or Unlimited Summer Open Jump at Pump It Up of Hartville (50% Off)

Pump It Up of Hartville

Hartville

Kids careen down a giant 20-foot slide, soar inside bounce houses, and tumble around obstacle courses during open-play sessions

$50 $25

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Milan Historical Museum: Admission or Membership Options at The Milan Museum (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Admission or Membership Options at The Milan Museum (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Milan Historical Museum

Milan

Museum of 7 buildings with folk art & glass galleries and a decorative arts building, offers scavenger hunts for children & monthly programs

$14 $10

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Sauder Village: Visits for Two or Four to Sauder Village in Archbold (Up to 50% Off)

Visits for Two or Four to Sauder Village in Archbold (Up to 50% Off)

Sauder Village

Ridgeville

Costumed reenactors, hands-on exhibits, & master craftspeople guide guests of all ages through travails & daily life of 19th-century Ohio

$32 $16

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The Jump Palace: Up to 55% Off Frozen Summer Luau Party at The Jump Palace

Up to 55% Off Frozen Summer Luau Party at The Jump Palace

The Jump Palace

Streetsboro

From the merchant: Friday June 19th 6-8 pm I Love Summer Luau Party! The Snow Sisters and special guest! Pizza, Singing, Games and prizes!

$30 $15

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Lifetime Guitar Lessons: $39 for Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Lifetime Guitar Lessons ($80 Value)

$39 for Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Lifetime Guitar Lessons ($80 Value)

Lifetime Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

Guitar instructor with more than four decades of experience teaches students of all ability levels

$80 $39

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Price Music Studio: Three or Six Flute or Piano Lessons at Price Music Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Three or Six Flute or Piano Lessons at Price Music Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Price Music Studio

Vandalia

Students learn to play the flute or piano during private lessons

$70 $35

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Splash Bay Indoor Water Park: All-Day Passes for Two or Four to Splash Bay Indoor Water Park (Up to 41% Off)

All-Day Passes for Two or Four to Splash Bay Indoor Water Park (Up to 41% Off)

Splash Bay Indoor Water Park

Maumee

Across 35,000-square foot indoor water park, three lofty slides, kiddie pools, inner-tube river, and spacious hot tub entertain visitors.

$58 $35

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Debence Antique Music World: Mechanical-Music-Machine Museum Visits at Debence Antique Music World (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Mechanical-Music-Machine Museum Visits at Debence Antique Music World (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Debence Antique Music World

Franklin

Explore the world of antique auto music players at a museum stocked with nickelodeons, music boxes, and phonographs

$16 $8

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Campus Martius Museum: Admission for Two or Four to Campus Martius Museum (Up to 43% Off)

Admission for Two or Four to Campus Martius Museum (Up to 43% Off)

Campus Martius Museum

Marietta

Three floors of exhibits focused on Northwest Territory and its first settlement, Marietta; guided tour of General Putnam’s house

$14 $8.50

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  • Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark
    Property Location When you stay at Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort in Columbus, you'll be near the airport and within the vicinity of World Harvest Church and Columbus Museum of Art. This family-friendly resort is within the vicinity of Columbus Motor Speedway and Motts Military Museum. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 343 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have handheld showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a water park (surcharge), a lazy river, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands. Dining Satisfy your appetite at the resort's restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Columbus? This resort has 10000 square feet (929 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).
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    4560 Hilton Corporate Dr.
    Columbus, OH US
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
    The orchid has long been associated with opulence and sensuality, and now you can experience these flowers' alluring mystique after dark, cocktail in hand. Every Wednesday evening throughout Orchid Mania Garden, guests can stay among the thousands of blooming orchids until 9 pm. Enjoy a featured cocktail available for purchase from the Garden Cafe as the spectacular orchid show takes on a whole new life. To most, the garden featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is purely make-believe. But not to people who've smelled the chocolate-scented varietals blooming among hidden trails and a climbable tree house at the Hershey Children's Garden. This sweet-smelling garden is just one of the Cleveland Botanical Garden's 20 gardens, which encompass everything from 3,500 herb plants to lotuses and water lilies floating atop a 74-foot-long reflecting pool. Vibrant hydrangeas complement sculptures in an art garden, while the Guren Art Gallery's ever-changing exhibits spotlight new work inspired by botany and the power of pruning shears. Shaded boardwalks and winding trails connect all these visual splendors, eventually leading visitors to the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. Divided into a Madagascar desert and a Costa Rican rainforest, the glasshouse showcases 50 types of butterflies, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, plus 350 exotic plants, including a colossal strangler fig. Experts shine a light on such specimens during botanical lectures, which are one of many educational programs the garden offers, ranging from gardening symposiums to kids' science classes.
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    11030 East Blvd.
    Cleveland, OH US
  • Scallywag Tag
    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.
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    5055 Glencrossing Way
    Cincinnati, OH US
  • Live Nation National
    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.
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    2 Hippo Way
    Toledo, OH US
  • 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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    2912 Riverview Rd
    Akron, OH US
  • Carillon Historical Park
    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.
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    1000 Carillon Blvd.
    Dayton, OH US

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