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  • Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville

    One of the Hocking Hills region's historical and cultural landmarks is the Historic Victorian Public Square in Nelsonville. This charming arts destination is home to an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and artisan galleries, as well as the beautifully restored Stuart's Opera House. The Opera House was orginally built in 1879 and today serves as the hub of this very active arts community.

    Throughout the year, Stuart's offers a variety of musical and theatrical performances by top national, regional and local artists. (For the latest information on upcoming shows call 740-753-1924 or check out the website at Stroll the streets and sidewalks made of the famous Star Bricks and marvel at the graceful Victorian architecture. Visit the galleries of Starbrick Clay, The Majestic Galleries, Paper Circle, Nelsonville Quilt Company, and Nelsonville Pottery and Gifts.  Enjoy a cup o' joe at FullBrooks Cafe or grab a bite to eat at the Mine Tavern (we recommend the cheeseburgers). And on the Final Friday of every month (except December), the Square celebrates the evening with additional art, music, and food from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

    • Address: Nelsonville Public Square
      Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
    • Phone: Local Number: 7407534346
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  • 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 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
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  • Challenge Park at Cedar Point

    Challenge Park is a collection of four fun and exciting family activities adjacent to Cedar Point. They include Challenge Golf (two separate 18-hole miniature golf courses); Challenge Racing's two raceways; RipCord, a Skycoaster experience; and Skyscraper, an incredible thrilling ride!

    Challenge Park is located adjacent to Cedar Point Amusement Park, but Cedar Point admission is not required. Each Challenge Park attraction has a separate fee.

    The Skyscraper features a giant propeller that spins guests in a full circle, up to 160 feet in the air.

    Challenge Golf's elaborately landscaped miniature golf course is loaded with obstacles and water hazards.

    Explore your need for speed on the go-kart tracks for medium and adult drivers at Challenge Racing.

    RipCord is a Skycoaster which combines elements of skydiving, hang-gliding and free-fall-type ride experiences. After being hoisted 15 stories, flyers plummet 150 ft. on a tethered cable at nearly 80 mph.

    Dates, hours, prices and schedules are subject to change.

    • Address: One Cedar Point Drive
      Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    • Phone: Local Number: 4196272350
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  • Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort

    The whole family will love Cedar Point. With over 150 rides and attractions, award-winning entertainment, four children's areas, and beach, there’s something for everyone. We'll reopen May 9, 2015.

    The park features more than 70 rides, including 17 coasters, with four more than 200 feet tall.  Millennium Force holds the title of number one steel coaster on the planet.

    Debuting in 2015: A dynamic new coaster-riding experience, Rougarou feeds on screams and lurks in and around the swampy lagoon at the center of the park, shared with other coasters like Iron Dragon and Top Thrill Dragster.  Rougarou’s floorless trains will take riders on an epic journey at speeds reaching 60 mph as their feet dangle just inches above the track and the murky waters below.

    Cedar Point also offers three children’s areas, including Planet Snoopy, and musical entertainment.  Overnight guests enjoy accommodations, from the totally renovated, beachfront Hotel Breakers to waterfront cottages and cabins.   

    All Resorts offer guests huge savings on regular one-day Cedar Point admission tickets.  Resorts guests also enjoy Early Entry, the opportunity (with paid admission) to enjoy select rides an hour before the park opens to the general public (weather and maintenance conditions permitting). 

    • Address: One Cedar Point Drive
      Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    • Phone: Local Number: 419-627-2350
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  • Athens County Indian Mounds

    Between 1,000 B.C.E. and 200 A.D., Athens County was home to the Adena Indians, a hunter-gatherer society that preceded the Hopewells and other Native-American cultures. The Plains, just north of Athens in Athens County, was the second largest center of Adena activity in Ohio and when white settlers arrived in the 1800s they found at least 30 mounds there.
    Over the years most of the mounds have been destroyed. Excavations of the mounds have unearthed pottery, jewelry and tools. The largest mound in The Plains, the Hartman Mound on Mound Street, the first right turn after exiting into the Plains off of Rt .33, has never been excavated and is 40 feet high and 140 feet in diameter. The Connett Mound is on Adena Drive, also in The Plains.

    • Address: Adena Drive
      The Plains, Ohio 45780
    • Phone: Local Number: 7405922280
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  • Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve

    Flint Ridge contains quarry pits where all of the ancient people of Ohio came to get flint for both tools and weapons. The flint was also a trade item for many of these people and was especially prized by the Hopewell Culture for its quality and beauty. A walk through the site brings home how hard people labored to remove this material from the earth.

    The hardwood forest has some magnificent examples of the trees that created a leafy canopy over much of Ohio. Wildflowers in the spring and colors in the fall all are part of the site. Many species of wildlife abound in the forest as well.

    The museum at Flint Ridge is built around a restored pre-historic quarry pit and explains both the digging and shaping of flint. The unique geology of the area is also a feature of the displays. The site includes a museum shop that features flint as a gemstone with locally manufactured jewelry.

    A picnic area with tables, grills and restrooms is available for visitors to the memorial.

    • Address: 15300 Flint Ridge Road
      Glenford, Ohio 43739
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 283-8707
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  • Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve

    Fort Ancient features 18,000 feet of earthen walls built 2,000 years ago on a hilltop terrace overlooking the Little Miami River by the Hopewell culture, who used the earthworks for ceremonies and social gatherings. The stone-covered earthworks at the site are astronomical-marking mounds-by observing the movements of the sun and moon people could gather at certain days of the year.

    The site offers beautiful vistas along hiking trails and overlooks. Convenient picnic areas are available throughout the site.

    The Museum at Fort Ancient features an interactive experience of 15,000 years of American Indian history in the Ohio Valley. The Museum also contains a classroom, a research area and a sales shop with many fine American Indian items.

    • Address: 6123 St Rt. 350
      Oregonia, Ohio 45054
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 283-8904
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  • 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
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  • Historic Downtown Millersburg

    Come enjoy Millersburg, the perfect destination to shop, dine and stay, and experience our historic, eclectic, and unique village inthe heart of Ohio's Amish Country. Historic Downtown Millersburg isproud to be a Heritage Ohio Main Street Community,offering unique shopping, antiques, dining, pubs, lodging, museums, and recreation.In our downtown, merchandise is hand-crafted by local artisans, andeveryone is greeted with a smile! Find us located at the intersection ofState Route 83 and 39 in Holmes County, Ohio.

    • Address: 9 E. Jackson Street
      Millersburg, Ohio 44654
    • Phone: Local Number: 3306742412
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  • John S. Yoder Home

    Learn more about the Amish and Mennonite culture of Ohio's Amish County, while tour guides show you life in an authentic 1869 Amish home. Located behind Beachy's Country Chalet restaurant in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

    • Address: 115 Andreas Drive
      Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
    • Phone: Local Number: 3308524644
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  • Cedar Lanes Entertainment Complex

    Ohio’s first and only off-track gaming and entertainment establishment where you can bet on live horse races from tracks around the country. Food, cocktails, bowling, billards, arcade games, and indoor water slides available. Also featuring a state-of-the-art, 32-lane bowling center with automatic scoring, glitter glow bowling, and bumper bowling.

    Private party facilities are available for groups.

    • Address: 1935 Cleveland Rd. (US 6)
      at Quality Inn & Suites/Rain Waterpark
      Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    • Phone: Local Number: (419) 626-6761
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  • Best Western PLUS Port Columbus Airport

    Welcome to Best Western PLUS Port Columbus!

    Enjoy our complimentary amenities, such as continental breakfast with hot items, high speed internet, indoor pool and whirlpool, business center, fitness center on and off property.
    We are conveniently located 3 miles from Port Columbus, 3 miles from Easton Town Center, and 6 miles from downtown.
    We provide complimentary shuttle service to Port Columbus, Easton Town Center, Ohio State University, and Ohio State Medical Center. 

    • Address: 1450 Airpointe Drive
      Columbus, Ohio 43219
    • Phone: Local Number: 6143378400
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  • COSI Columbus

    At COSI, you’ll be dazzled, amazed and delighted as your family explores one incredible wonder after another. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout our discovery-based and themed exhibition areas – Ocean, Space Gadgets, Life, little kidspace®, Progress and our outdoor Big Science Park.

    The exhibition areas provide experiences for all age levels to creatively combine science facts and learning through play. Beyond the exhibits, you’ll find COSI’s hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, the only High-Wire Unicycle in the country, a seven-story Extreme Screen theater, a Science 2Go! retail store and the Atomicafe’ restaurant. COSI also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions from other museums throughout the year.

    • Address: 333 West Broad Street
      Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Phone: Local Number: 6142282674
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