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  • Cincinnati Reds

    Professional baseball was born right here in the Queen City, and the Cincinnati Reds continue to offer baseball fans some of the best entertainment value around. Known for a tradition-rich history, the five-time World Champion Cincinnati Reds welcome fans to Great American Ball Park for a taste of America's pastime.Tickets for Reds games at Great American Ball Park are available by visiting www.reds.com or calling (513) 381-REDS or toll-free at (877) 647-REDS. Tickets can also be purchased at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows or by visting any area Cincinnati-area Meijer store.Or, book the ultimate baseball outing while saving money for groups of 25 or more. See the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park with exclusive perks reserved just for group outings! For group sales, including group party areas and premium-seating options, please call (513) 765-7600 for availability and rates.For information about Great American Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum (a year-round attraction) or to get a schedule of events and promotions, please visit our Web site at www.reds.com.

    • Address: Great American Ball Park
      100 Main Street
      Cincinnati, OH 45202
    • Phone: Local Number: 5133817337
    • Email: marketing@reds.mlb.com
    • Website: http://www.reds.com
  • Jungle Jim's International Market, Inc.

    Located in Fairfield, Ohio, Jungle Jim's International Market is arguably the largest supermarket in the country, spanning nearly 6 1/2 acres. Jungle Jim's showcases approximately 180,000 products including nearly 60,000 international items, over 12,000 wine labels, as well as mountains of imported cheeses, exotic wild specialty meats, fresh seafood, and a dazzling display of 1 1/2 of acres of fresh produce. With on-site facilities such as the 1200-person capacity Oscar Event Center and in-store cooking school, which serves up exciting cooking classes, Jungle Jim's has something for everyone. Each week, the store is visited in excess of 82,000 shoppers, whom “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio calls “Foodies”. Jungle Jim's Tour Department also offers tours of the store Monday through Friday. Guided tours are available for $5 a person and take groups on an hour tour of the over 300,000 sq. foot “Food Paradise”. Tour groups will learn about and taste all types of food from around the world. Each tour participant also receives a $2 gift certificate.
    Jungle Jim's has been featured on the History Channel, Good Morning America, The Food Channel, NPR Radio, The Travel Channel and more! At Jungle Jim's International Market, we're not just a store; we're a destination!

    • Address: 5440 Dixie Hwy
      Fairfield, Ohio 45014
    • Phone: Local Number: 5136746000
    • Email: contactus@junglejims.com
    • Website: http://www.junglejims.com
  • U.S. Grant Boyhood Home

    The Grant Boyhood Home in Georgetown was the home of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States, from 1823, when Grant was one year old, until 1839, when he left to attend West Point. Ulysses Grant lived in this home longer than any other during his lifetime.

    Jesse and Hanna Grant, the parents of young Hiram Ulysses Grant, built the original two-story brick section of the Grant Boyhood home in 1823, when they moved to Georgetown from Point Pleasant in Clermont County, where Ulysses had been born the year before. A large kitchen was added the following year and five years later they built a new two-story home connected to the front of the original structure. Ulysses lived with his parents and four siblings at the home until 1839 when he left to attend West Point. It was at West Point that, through a bureaucratic error, his name was listed as Ulysses Simpson Grant.

    During his youth in Georgetown, Grant attended school, worked in his father's tannery, and spent hour upon hour in his favorite pastime - working with horses. A Georgetown couple purchased the Grant Boyhood Home in 1977 to prevent its demolition. The home was restored and furnished, with one room which is dedicated to Grant and Georgetown memorabilia. The site has been open since 1982 when it was put on the National Register and declared a National Historic Landmark.


    • Address: 318 W State St.
      Georgetown, Ohio 45121
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 877-372-8177
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/granthome
  • Grant Birthplace

    Ulysses S. Grant was born 27 April, 1822, in picturesque Point Pleasant near the mouth of Big Indian Creek at the Ohio River.
    This restored one-story, three-room cottage, which was built in 1817, was next to the tannery where Grant's father worked. The small cottage is furnished with period items. At one time the birthplace made an extensive tour of the United States on a railroad flatcar and was also temporarily displayed on the Ohio State fairgrounds.

    • Address: 1551 State Rt 232
      Point Pleasant, Ohio 45157
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-283-8932
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/grantbirthplace
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

    Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. As seen on WBNS 10TV

    • Address: 1301 Western Avenue
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
    • Phone: Local Number: 5132877000
    • Email: information@cincymuseum.org
    • Website: http://www.cincymuseum.org
  • Harding Home

    Warren G. Harding launched himself into the White House in 1920 with his famous "front porch" campaign, which he conducted from his Victorian home in Marion, Ohio.

    The restored house was built in 1891 and contains almost all original furnishings owned by President Harding and his wife Florence. The library was renovated in 2005. Adjacent to the Harding Home is a press house used during the 1920 campaign which now serves as a museum dedicated to President and Mrs. Harding's lives.

    The Harding Tomb, the final resting place for President and Mrs. Harding, is located in Marion, a few miles away.

    • Address: 380 Mt. Vernon Avenue
      Marion, Ohio 43302
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8006006894
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/harding
  • Shawshank Trail Tour

    The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Tour in Mansfield, Ohio!  Explore the sites!  Stand in the same location as Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman!  See where this impressive movie was filmed!   Hear the fascinating stories!  The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Brochure will help you navigate your way around Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio at your own pace visiting the same sites as Hollywood once did when they were filming Shawshank Redemption.  Visitors and fans can print the brochure from www.shawshanktrail.com with directions for each destination.Highlights of the tour let you see first hand the tunnel in which Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) dug his way to freedom, on display at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory.  Or the opening scene at Pugh Cabin on the property of Malabar Farm State Park where Andy waited for his wife and lover.  See where Brooks fed the pigeons in Central Park in downtown Mansfield.  You can even sit in the very seats where the premier of The Shawshank Redemption was shown in 1993 at the Historic Renaissance Theatre. These are just a few attractions in the Mansfield area where Hollywood walked . . . now you can too!The web site lists attractions that are open to the general public with their hours of operation.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras for great photo opportunities!  Please note that the Oak Tree is located on private property and photos may only be taken from across the road on Malabar Farm State Park's property.The majority of the movie was filmed in Mansfield, with scenes from Ashland, Butler, Upper Sandusky, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Portland, Maine.

    • Address: 124 N. Main St.
      Mansfield, Ohio 44902
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8006428282
    • Email: jpuster@mansfieldtourism.com
    • Website: http://www.mansfieldtourism.com
  • Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center

    Behalt offers fascinating and enjoyable way to learn about the Amish and Mennonite people. Besides a free 15-minute video presentation, visitors may take a 30-minute interpretive tour (paid admission) of a colorful, stunning 265-ft x 10-ft original oil painting depicting Amish and Mennonite history. The presentation is world-class and the facility is handicap accessible and built to accommodate motor coach groups. The mural was painted by German-born, internationally known artist Heinz Gaugel. Other displays highlight heritage aspects of Amish and Mennonites. The Center also has a large selection of books by and about the Amish and Mennonites, local crafts, art gallery, displays, large clean restrooms, and offers group rates. A special exhibit of relief wood carvings display the craftsmanship of local Amish cabinet builder. Pioneer Barn houses an original Conestoga Wagon that brought early settlers to Holmes County. Restored one-room school, dating from 1856, used to tell story of Amish education.

    • Address: 5798 County Road 77
      Berlin, Ohio 44610
    • Phone: Local Number: 3308933192
    • Email: info@behalt.com
    • Website: http://www.behalt.com
  • Mesopotamia Village Historic District

    The center of Mesopotamia, better known as the "Commons", is surrounded by 28 buildings, 21 of them built before the Civil War and included on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Fairview Cemetery, which was established in 1818 and sits adjacent to the Commons on the east side, features unique stone markers carved out of limestone by local sculptor, Howard Brigden. A number of Civil War veterans are buried here.

    The End of the Commons General Store, which has been in continuous operation since the 1840s, sits at the south end of the town’s center. 
     

    Today this area is part of the fourth largest Amish settlement in the country and the second largest in Ohio. Here among the tidy farms and whitewashed houses that dot the countryside in rural northwest Trumbull County, this close-knit community makes a living by farming, working in wood or operating a small unique specialty shop.

    Across from the General Store on the east side of the Commons sits the worlds's largest Amish horse and buggy which stands 14' high and 32' long.


    • Address: State Routes 87 and 534
      Mesopotamia, Ohio 44439
    • Phone: Local Number: 4406934295
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