Kids Activities in Ohio


Pump It Up - Middleburg Heights: Unlimited-Jump Summer Pass for One or Weekday Classic Birthday Party at Pump It Up in Middleburg Heights (Up to 54% Off)

Unlimited-Jump Summer Pass for One or Weekday Classic Birthday Party at Pump It Up in Middleburg Heights (Up to 54% Off)

Pump It Up - Middleburg Heights

Middleburg Heights, OH

Kids play all summer with the unlimited-jump pass or celebrate birthdays with time on the inflatables, a private party room, and invitations

$80 $37

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Coney Island: Pool and Ride Combo Tickets with Pizza for Two or Four at Coney Island (Up to 43% Off)

Pool and Ride Combo Tickets with Pizza for Two or Four at Coney Island (Up to 43% Off)

Coney Island

Anderson

Amusement park built in 1925 features water slides and rides for every member of the family, from toddlers up to adults

$65.78 $40

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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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Eastgate Lanes: $25 for Two Hours of Bowling and Pizza for Up to Six at Eastgate Lanes (Up to $75.25 Value)

$25 for Two Hours of Bowling and Pizza for Up to Six at Eastgate Lanes (Up to $75.25 Value)

Eastgate Lanes

Ellet

Groups bowl for two hours and share pizza at storied alley with full bar and dance floor

$75.25 $25

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Sky Zone - Dayton: $16 for Two One-Hour Open-Jump Passes at Sky Zone - Dayton ($28 Value)

$16 for Two One-Hour Open-Jump Passes at Sky Zone - Dayton ($28 Value)

Sky Zone - Dayton

Dayton

Visitors defy gravity as they bounce across trampoline-filled spaces, dive into pits of foam blocks, and make super-powered slam dunks

$28 $16

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Canton Classic Car Museum: Canton Classic Car Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Canton Classic Car Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Canton Classic Car Museum

Canton

Inside decade-themed rooms, vintage treasures from Canton’s yesteryear complement old-school BMWs, Studebakers, and Cadillacs

$15 $7.50

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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

YSU

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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Top Level Martial Arts: $85 for $169 Groupon — Top Level Martial Arts

$85 for $169 Groupon — Top Level Martial Arts

Top Level Martial Arts

Cuyahoga Falls

From the merchant: One month of training at the only Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy in the area; families are our specialty

$169 $85

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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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Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society: Admission, Civil War Day, or Ghost Hunt at Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society (Up to 57% Off). 8 Options.

Admission, Civil War Day, or Ghost Hunt at Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society (Up to 57% Off). 8 Options.

Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society

Mansfield

Explore the 19th-century building where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed at your own pace; commemorate the Civil War or hunt for ghosts

$18 $11

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The Dawes Arboretum: $27 for a Hickory Household Membership to The Dawes Arboretum for a Full Household ($50 Value)

$27 for a Hickory Household Membership to The Dawes Arboretum for a Full Household ($50 Value)

The Dawes Arboretum

Newark

Memberships grant discounts on arboretum purchases, a newsletter, catch-and-release fishing, and benefits at other North American gardens

$50 $27

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Mentor Ice Arena: Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Mentor Ice Arena (Up to 50% Off)

Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Mentor Ice Arena (Up to 50% Off)

Mentor Ice Arena

Mentor

Couples and families glide across the ice on rented skates during open admission at this massive complex with two regulation-size rinks

$18 $10

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Colasantis Tropical Garden: One Round of Mini-Golf for Four or Six with Activity Tokens at Colasanti's Tropical Garden (Up to 48% Off)

One Round of Mini-Golf for Four or Six with Activity Tokens at Colasanti's Tropical Garden (Up to 48% Off)

Colasantis Tropical Garden

Kingsville

18-hole indoor mini golf course set in botanical gardens; activities include indoor rides and arcade games

C$38.67 C$20

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Ables Golf On Avery: $16 for Two Rounds of 18-Hole Mini Golf at Ables Golf on Avery ($32 Value)

$16 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 $16

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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

Warren

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 59% Off)

Four Hours of Open-Play Rope Courses for One, Two, or Four at Summit Vision (Up to 59% Off)

Summit Vision

Westerville

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

$45 $20

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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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Skedaddles Indoor Playground: Up to 46% Off open play admission for 2 or 4 at Skedaddles Indoor Playground

Up to 46% Off open play admission for 2 or 4 at Skedaddles Indoor Playground

Skedaddles Indoor Playground

Boardman

From the merchant: Skedaddles Indoor Playground offers a clean, safe and super-fun atmosphere for kids 8 months to 8 years old!

$14 $8

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Delaware Lanes: Bowling Package for Two or Four, or Birthday Party for Up to Eight Kids at Delaware Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Bowling Package for Two or Four, or Birthday Party for Up to Eight Kids at Delaware Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Delaware Lanes

Delaware

Pairs and groups can bowl for two hours in alley open since 1961 while enjoying optional soda and hot dogs; birthday package includes pizza

$40 $19

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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 56% Off)

Bowling Outing for Two or Up to Six with Shoe Rental at Buckeye Lanes (Up to 56% 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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Run Jump-n-Play: Two Groupons, Each Good for One Inflatable Open-Play Pass for One or Two Kids at Run Jump-n-Play (Up to 52% Off)

Two Groupons, Each Good for One Inflatable Open-Play Pass for One or Two Kids at Run Jump-n-Play (Up to 52% 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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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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Brunswick Zone: Bowling Outing with Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Brunswick Zone (Up to 43% Off)

Bowling Outing with Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Brunswick Zone (Up to 43% Off)

Brunswick Zone

North Ridgeville

Long-time bowling industry leader with 80 locations across the country offers two-hour bowling packages for groups of two, four, or six

$25.90 $18

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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: All-Day Outings with Mini Golf for Person Over 56" or Under 56" at Rinky Dink (Up to 52% Off)

All-Day Outings with Mini Golf for Person Over 56" or Under 56" at Rinky Dink (Up to 52% Off)

Rinky Dink

Medina

Guests ride bumper boats, sink holes in one on two mini-golf courses & race down go-kart track in driver’s or passenger’s seat

$19.95 $10

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Putt-N-Stuff: Three-Option Play Pass for Two or Four People at Putt-N-Stuff (Up to 51% Off)

Three-Option Play Pass for Two or Four People at Putt-N-Stuff (Up to 51% Off)

Putt-N-Stuff

East Union

This family-friendly amusement park offers games for all ages, including mini golf, bumper boats, laser tag, and more

$36 $18

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Camp Sandusky: $35 for a One-Night Stay at a Four-Person Cabin with Two Pancake Breakfasts at Camp Sandusky ($75 Value)

$35 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 $35

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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

Troy

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

$27 $15

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Olentangy Mini Golf: $15 for Four Rounds of Mini Golf at Olentangy Mini Golf ($28 Value)

$15 for Four Rounds of Mini Golf at Olentangy Mini Golf ($28 Value)

Olentangy Mini Golf

Olentangy

New mini golf facility built in 2015 features two 18-hole courses that challenge family members of all ages

$28 $15

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Lazer Kraze: Two 60-Minute Indoor Trampoline Sessions at Lazer Kraze (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Two 60-Minute Indoor Trampoline Sessions at Lazer Kraze (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Lazer Kraze

Multiple Locations

Kids burn off excess energy and fly through the air on large indoor trampolines with strict safety rules

$28 $14

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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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Kentucky Gateway Museum Center: Admission Pass for Two or Four or 12-Month Individual or Single-Household Membership to Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (50% Off)

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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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 50% Off)

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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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

South Columbus

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

$20 $10

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

Two or Five Open-Jump Visits, Party, or Unlimited Summer Pass 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 or parties

$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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  • Fort Rapids Waterpark Hotel & Conference Center
    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
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad facet_type_id: 818ecec0-5f38-1032-8c1f-123ce5771578 html_text: |- 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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    27 Ridge St
    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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