Things to do

by Kelly U.

Various things to do this summer


Tour Stops

  • Longhorn Head to Tail Tours

    Welcome to a real family event. Visit the largest ranch of its kind in the U.S. and the largest producer of All Natural Pasture raised lean beef in Belmont County, OH. Dickinson Cattle Co. is a working Texas Longhorn cattle ranch located in the beautiful Appalachian Foothills. This large family owned ranch opens up pastures,  previously held private from public view, for groups of 10 or more personally narrated tours. See and hand feed up to 1,000 Texas Longhorns, learn modern conservation ecology, and visit nearby birth place of Hopalong Cassidy. Our 30 x 60 store provides all your Longhorn product and lean beef needs so bring along a cooler or two. Choose from 3 different "Chown' With The Cows" catered meal options for your guests of 20 or more.  You may even purchase registered championship cattle while here. Famous people such as Oliver North, Andre the Giant and George Lucas have purchased cattle from Dickinson Cattle Company. Open April through October for groups of 10 or more paid touring guests by appointment.  We serve groups of 30 or more Sundays after 2pm if needed. Groups needing an after hour event may book after 5 pm, just inquire when booking your date and time.  Special pricing is available for booking our pavilion for parties.

    • Address: 35600 Muskrat Rd.
      Barnesville, Ohio 43713
    • Phone: Local Number: 7407585050
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  • Ohio Hills Folk Festival

    This four-day event includes: Art Show, Kiddie Parade, Mile Long Parade, Queen Parade, Car Show, Flea Market, Craft Hall and craft demonstrations. A 5-K run, children's bike races, and a pet show are among the many activities. Free entertainment nightly, concessions, rides. Festival offers a look at the past and the present with a farm museum, country store and Quaker Meeting House. There will be a large fireworks display on Saturday night.

    • Address: P.O. Box 11
      Quaker City, Ohio 43773
    • Phone: Local Number: 7406792704
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  • Akron Fossils & Science Center

    Akron Fossils & Science Center is a museum and Science Center devoted to teaching Creation Science and Intelligent Design models in contrast to Evolutionary models for the history of life.

    The Science Center features hands on science as well as many fossils from Ohio and around the world. Individuals, families, as well as groups will enjoy our interesting displays as they journey through a series of questions in search of truth.

    Truassic Park which is attached to the Science Center is an outdoor playground with scientific principles and a dinosaur theme for all ages.

    Learn how to make a paper airplane on our tour that will fly 200 ft. and go outside to our "Dino Launch" and fly it. Come to "Pterodactyl Territory" and take a ride on our 200 ft. zip line, our 20 ft. giant swing, our 12 ft. four person helicopter swing, and our giant slide. Ask us about birthday parties, special events and our summer camp!

    Discounts for families and groups!


    • Address: 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
      Copley, Ohio 44321
    • Phone: Local Number: 3306653466
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  • Journey's Family Amusement Center

    Are you looking to have fun for the entire family all under one roof?  Then come out to Journey's Family Amusement Center located through the Kmart parking lot in Fremont, OH.  Our 28,000 sq ft building is home to one of Ohio's largest indoor amusement centers.  Have fun on our gigantic jungle gym that holds up to 150 adults.  We have huge inflatables...big enough for adults.  You'll find an 18 hole miniature glow golf, an indoor train and an arcade room featuring both kids and adult games.  We have party rooms for all occassions.

    • Address: 1811 Dickinson St.
      Fremont, Ohio 43420
    • Phone: Local Number: 4193325322
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  • Kingsway Pumpkin Farm

    Kingsway Farm prides itself in offering a family oriented, cheerful atmosphere, free from the dark side of Halloween. Creative, artistic photo ops are displayed throughout the farm. Children can crawl through a long indoor straw tunnel, play in a large box of corn, pick their own pumpkin on the wagon ride, visit the petting farm to feed the animals, and experience the challenging corn maze.

    Kingsway Farm is creating a memory that will stay with your child for the rest of their life. All of this and more is offered at a family friendly price

    • Address: 1555 Andrews St
      Hartville , Ohio 44632
    • Phone: Local Number: 330-877-6241
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  • Long's Retreat Family Resort

    Over 400 acres in Southern Ohio's scenic hills, Long's Retreat has it all! Camping fun features spacious trailer and tent sites, and guests can choose from shaded and lakeside sites, primitive, electric and full hook ups, as well as cabin rentals.  Water fun includes the Wave Rider, two giant water slides, a beach swimming area with lifeguards, tube slide, and splash pad, along with canoeing, paddle boating and fishing on a 20 acre lake. Recreation fun offers miniature golf, adult and kiddie go karts, full court basketball, a rock climbing wall, carousel, water wars, jump bounce, tennis and volleyball courts, and an indoor recreation center with arcade games.  Amenities include a camp store, two concession snack bars, hot showers and restroom facilities, laundromat, propane gas, security guards, and picnic grounds with shelter houses.  Fun and relaxation are waiting for you at Long's Retreat, whether for the day, the week, or all summer long!

    Long's Retreat Family Resort is also ideal for seasonal camping, economical week long vacation packages, family reunions, company outings, and 4H, club, and youth group events. Come and play for a day, a weekend, or stay all week! Long's Retreat has it all for your family fun!

    • Address: 50 Bell Hollow Rd
      Latham, Ohio 45646
    • Phone: Local Number: 9375883725
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  • Perry's Cave Family Fun Center/The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay

    Perry's Cave Family Fun Center is "the center of it all" at Put-in-Bay. Perry's Cave, an Ohio Registered Natural Landmark, is a limestone cave 52' below the surface of South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The guided tour takes about 20 minutes. In 2004, we opened The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay, a 4000 sq. ft. aviary housing over 500 exotic butterflies from all over the world, along with a 5000 sq. shop with something "butterfly" for everyone.
    Besides Perry's Cave and The Butterfly House, our Family Fun Center is home to Gemstone Mining, Geode Cutting, Antique Car Museum, Rock Wall and a Miniature Golf Course. New in 2006, was Fort aMAZEn', giant maze challenge. In 2011, we added Gotcha Laser Tag!
    The Tour Train makes frequent stops at the Family Fun Center, and is a great way to see Historic South Bass Island.
    Fun Center Combo Tickets are available allowing you to tour the cave & butterfly house, play mini-golf, climb the rock wall, run the maze and/or play laser tag all for one low price. Island Fun Packs are another money-saving option, combining many attractions into one discounted package, available at Miller Boat Line, The Jet Express or the Lake Erie Islands Regional Welcome Center. Also available at the Depot Downtown.  The Island Fun Pack includes your ferry ride to the island, your narrated tour aboard the Put-in-Bay Tour Train, admission to Perry's Cave, The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay, Heineman Winery & Crystal Cave, and a round of miniature golf at The War of 18Holes.  In 2014, we added The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center to the Fun Pack!

    • Address: 979 Catawba Ave.
      Box 708
      Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
    • Phone: Local Number: 419285CAVE
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  • Pymatuning Adventure Resort

    Pymatuning Adventure Resort boasts 150 campsites & 46 cabins for those who don’t have their own RV.
    The resort has a clubhouse with an indoor pool, game room, TVs and more. Outside the clubhouse there are ball courts, a large outdoor pool, paintball and batting cages. Activity directors also make sure that there is something interesting to do on each visit.
    The resort features a water park, with three long adult slides plus kiddie slide.
    Pymatuning Adventure Resort is in Ashtabula County in northern Ohio, about 50 miles east of Cleveland and only 30 miles south of Lake Erie.

    • Address: 7652 S. Pymatuning Lake Road
      Williamsfield, Ohio 44093
    • Phone: Local Number: 440-293-7744
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  • Noah's Lost Ark Exotic Animal Sanctuary

    Come encounter an exotic experience!

    We are not your ordinary zoo! We offer people the chance to see and interact with some of the most amazing animals that inhabit the earth with us. Visitors can visit up close and personal with our animals. Our gift shop  features unique gifts, crafts, collectibles, honey, candles, and unique animal related items.

    Noah's Lost Ark is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) Exotic Animal Sanctuary, located in Berlin Center, Ohio.

    2013 SEASON runs May 15 thru October 31, Tuesdays thru Sundays (closed Mondays)-see hours below
    Open weekends only September 1 thru October 31, 2012, 10am-4pm
    Closed for the season November 1, 2013 thru mid-May, 2014

    Schedule subject to change-please call 330-584-7835.

    • Address: 8424 Bedell Rd.
      Berlin Center, Ohio 44401
    • Phone: Local Number: 3305847835
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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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  • Historic Sauder Village

    There is only one place in Northwest Ohio where you can have fun in the past - Historic Sauder Village - Ohio's largest living-history village! Visit with costumed guides and working craftsmen in more than 40 historic homes, community shops, farms and gardens. Great shopping, special events and special classes also available. A great destination that all ages will enjoy!

    • Address: 22611 State Route 2
      PO Box 235
      Archbold, Ohio 43502
    • Phone: Local Number: 4194462541
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  • Idle Hour Ranch Animal Ministry & Exotics

    Ever want to hitch a ride with a kangaroo? See the world from a giraffe's point of view? Well, Idle Hour Ranch is just the place for you. If you love animals, Idle Hour Ranch is definitely the perfect experience for you and your family, or for groups of all ages. 

    Unlike a zoo, IHR allows you to get up close & personal with the animals. Interact with & see over 200 animals including: Giraffe, Camels, River Otters, Kangaroo, Wallabies, Cougar, Zebu, Llamas, Alpaca, Reindeer, Nilgai, Yak, Wolves, Cavies, Horses, farm animals and many, many more! You'll want to check out our newestattractions - the North American River Otter Exhibit, the Giraffe Observation Deck & the Farm Market.

    This family owned & operated agricultural/animal sanctuary is dedicated to providing a fun, relaxed atmosphere where guests of all ages can be educated about wildlife, agriculture & the overall importance of wildlife & farmland conservation. And, of course, the local "residents"will capture your hearts.

    IHR's Mini Farm Marketand Agricultural Tourism activities will be open most Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm June through October. Please check our website for updates.  IHR specializes in Agricultural Tourism activities for private groups (20 or more).


    • Address: 4845 Fenner Rd.
      Troy, Ohio 45373
    • Phone: Local Number: (937)339-9731
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  • The Children's Museum of Cleveland

    Discover the world and learn through play!  Offering a variety of hands-on, family-oriented exhibits and programming, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is “the” Northeast Ohio destination and resource for all young children, parents and caregivers to engage in fun, innovative, interactive play that accelerates the child’s creativity, development and education.  Permanent exhibits include Splish! Splash! exploring the world of water and weather; Bridges to Our Community, a miniature Cleveland designed for interactive, imaginary role-play and including a safety car, 2-story house and replica Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital; and Big Red Barn, newly renovated and designed specifically for infants and toddlers age 3 and under.  The Children's Museum also offers a variety of activities, camps and workshops year-round for children, birth to age 8.Located within the Museum is our official gift shop, ELF Corner for Early Learning Fun!  Filled with entertaining and educational toys, books, plush and puzzles, it is the perfect place to find that special gift that will continue the learning long after your visit.      For additional information, schedule of events, and directions to The Children's Museum of Cleveland, call 216-791-KIDS.

    • Address: 10730 Euclid Ave.
      Cleveland, Ohio 44106
    • Phone: Local Number: 2167917114
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  • Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday: Back to Nature

    Shut down the tablets and game systems and get outside! 4th Friday: Back to Nature in Historic Uptown Westerville with showcase plenty of ways to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy activities and displays about plants, animals, bikeways, waterways and parks. The event will feature live entertainment, extended shopping hours and plenty of children's activities.

    • Address: N. State St.
      Westerville, Ohio 43081
    • Phone: Local Number: 6147940401
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