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by Andrea G.

2013

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  • Toledo Police Museum

    The Toledo Police Museum, located at 2201 Kenwood Boulevard, is in the beautiful Ottawa Park. Much work was done to create an inviting venue where our visitors can discover the history of the Toledo Police Department.

    Do you know what a Semaphore is or what a Callbox was used for? At the Toledo Police Museum both these items are on display.

     
    The museum will intrigue and educate children with its interactive exhibits which includes being locked inside a jail cell, activating police lights, or having their mug shot taken by a booking camera.
    Adults can see the events that shaped both the City of Toledo and the Toledo Police Department, as they come to life in our historic timeline display. History buffs will love our historical artifacts some dating back to the late 1800’s, including equipment, transportation, badges, photographs, police uniforms, weapons and technology.

    • Address: 2201 Kenwood Boulevard
      Toledo, Ohio 43606
    • Phone: Local Number: 419-720-2485
    • Email: toledopolicemuseum@gmail.com
    • Website: http://www.toledopolicemuseum.com
  • Piatt Castles Tours

    The Piatt Castles is a private, family owned museum that offers tours and programs at two historical mansions, Mac-A-Check and Mac-O-Chee. These 19th century homes of Brigadier General and farmer, Abram Sanders Piatt, and his brother, famed journalist and poet, Colonel Donn Piatt, have interpreted Ohio history and inspired visitors since they opened in 1912.

    Constructed of local limestone and decorated with elaborate woodwork and frescoes, the castles contain collections of Native American tools, books, military artifacts and family furnishings from two centuries. The museum works in partnership with a non¬profit organization to provide programs, exhibits, and publications about the central Ohio region.

    Other words to consider from the mission statement: The corporation is committed to preserving material culture, documents, stories and traditions associated with all generations of the Piatt family in America. Its mission is to interpret the life stories of members of the Piatt family and their associates through engaging and effective programs that enable visitors:

    • to explore the relationship between people and the land in central Ohio

    • to investigate the inter-connectedness of history, literature, math, science, nature, architecture and the visual and performing arts

    • to discover the humanity of history and to realize that history is the story of many individuals making choices

    • to appreciate their own family histories.

    From the vision statement: We value what has come before as it helps us understand and define who we are today. Our programs share that understanding with others in order to spark interest in creating the future.

    • Address: 10051 Twp Rd 47
      West Liberty, Ohio 43357
    • Phone: Local Number: 9374652821
    • Email: macochee@2access.net
    • Website: http://www.piattcastles.org
  • Lighthouse Resort

    The Lighthouse Resort Hotel is located on Lake Erie, the east shore of the beautiful village of Marblehead, Ohio, and is within walking distance to the famous "Marblehead Light House" State Park. Cedar Point Amusement Park, The Lake Erie Islands, and East Harbor State Park all are located nearby.

    Have something to eat or drink on our lake side patio and enjoy watching all the activity on the lake, not to mention a breathtaking sunset. No matter what your interests are - rollercoasters, island hopping, fishing, golfing, sight seeing, shopping, swimming, boating - all are available within a 20 mile radius. No matter what the occasion may be, a wedding, business meeting, church group, military stay or just a vacation, try relaxing with us.

    • Address: 614 E. Main Street
      Marblehead, OH 43440
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197989600
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.thelighthouseresort.com
  • Beeker's General Store

    Beeker's General Store is one of Ohio's oldest general stores. The double doors have greeted guests the past 130 years. With the look and feel of simpler times, this Victorian era building is a historic landmark known for its nostalgic candy counter, tin ceiling, wooden floors, vintage keepsakes and friendly service.

    • Address: 226 E. Front St.
      (State Route 105)
      Pemberville, Ohio, Ohio 43450
    • Phone: Local Number: 4192873274
    • Email: info@beekersgeneralstore.com
    • Website: http://www.beekersgeneralstore.com
  • Johnson's Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery

    Nearly 9,000 Confederate soldiers and civilians were housed at Johnson's Island Confederate Officers Prison. The cemetery holds the remains of more than 200 men who were imprisoned on the island. Self-guided tours of the cemetery are free, but there is a $2 toll-causeway to the island.

    • Address: Gaydos Rd. & Confederate Drive
      Marblehead, OH 43440
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197989777
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.shoresandislands.com
  • Merry-Go-Round Museum

    "GRAB THE BRASS RING" is the Merry-Go-Round Museum's latest exhibit. You are invited to take a spin on an antique merry-go-round at the end of an entertaining guided tour! Remember summer fun at the county fair or an amusement park. Learn about the art and history of carousels. Generations of joy for the entire family!

    • Address: 301 Jackson St
      Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    • Phone: Local Number: 4196266111
    • Email: merrygoround39@peoplepc.com
    • Website: http://merrygoroundmuseum.org
  • Little Portage Wildlife Area

    This 407-acre wildlife area lies at the confluence of the Little Portage and Portage rivers, approximately six miles west of Port Clinton. It is easily reached from State Route 53, four miles southwest of Port Clinton, by traveling two miles west on Darr-Hopfinger Road.

    Waterfowl hunting is popular in the area. Trapping is open to the public and is unrestricted. Good catches of muskrat are common. Since approximately half the perimeter of the wildlife area is bordered by the Portage and Little Portage rivers, much of the area is available for bank fishing. A boat ramp on the Little Portage River enables anglers to use a boat.

    Small footbridges are maintained for access over the channels surrounding most of the flooded marsh units. A parking lot and boat launching ramp are also located on the area.

    • Address: Little Portage Wildlife Area
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: (419) 424-5000
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.wildohio.com
  • Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center West

    The Lake Erie Shores & Islands, from Vermilion to Genoa, is Ohio's most exciting, year-round vacation destination. From exciting thrills like amusement parks and waterparks to natural thrills like Lake Erie fishing, beaches and Ohio's only islands, this area offers something to please everyone. Cedar Point amusement park offers more rides and roller coasters than any other park on the planet and has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for 15 years in a row.  Islands have always been an appealing escape, and Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands are no exception. South Bass Island, also known as Put-in-Bay, offers unparalleled adventure around every corner, while, Kelleys Island provides a milder blend of attractions with exquisite natural beauty. Be warned, it’s easy to lose track of time exploring on bicycle or golf cart, especially when you include stopovers at the one-of-a-kind, island-inspired boutiques and eateries.
     
    For liquid refreshment, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands boasts six water playlands. Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay, Kalahari, and Rain all combine lodging, entertainment and aquatic fun under one roof, attracting visitors year-round with 80º temperatures. Add in two outdoor seasonal waterparks, and this area is Ohio’s waterpark capital. History and educational opportunities for enrichment are plentiful too. The variety of experiences is dizzying! Only a few miles separate a 136 year-old Chautauqua community, the birthplace of Thomas Edison, a former U.S. President’s home and various museums, animal adventures, cultural entertainment, lighthouses and more. The list goes on and on!Special Hours: We offer extended hours starting in May, and are open daily Memorial Day-Labor Day weekends.

    • Address: 770 S.E. Catawba Rd
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197344386
    • Email: tourism@lake-erie.com
    • Website: http://www.shoresandislands.com
  • African Safari Wildlife Park

    Experience life on the African plains at this 100-acre preserve, African Safari Wildlife Park is home to more than 400 animals. Midwest’s only Drive-Thru Safari also offers daily animal shows and pig races. The African Safari Wildlife Park is open seasonally March 1- December 1. The African Safari also has Pig Races, Animal Shows, and Camel Rides for children.

    • Address: 267 South Lightner Road
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: (419) 732-3606
    • Email: info@africansafariwildlifepark.com
    • Website: http://www.africansafariwildlifepark.com
  • Del Sol

    Ohio's only Del Sol store has amazing products that include apparel, tote bags, jewelry, nail polish and toys that change color when exposed to sunlight! Located on the second level in Harbor Village, downtown Put-In-Bay.

    • Address: 185 Toledo Ave
      Put-In-Bay, OH 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: 4192851111
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.shoresandislands.com
  • American Civil War Museum of Ohio

    History buffs and families will learn about the Civil Warand Ohio’s role in this unique educational center meant for all ages. This10,000 sq. ft. facility offers exhibits, research library, theatre, gift shop,and 40 hands-on activities. Please check our website for events & times.Collecting, Preserving and Informing.

    • Address: 217 S. Washington Street
      Tiffin, Ohio 44883
    • Phone: Local Number: 419-455-9551
    • Email: info@acwmo.org
    • Website: http://www.acwmo.org
  • Children's Garden and Butterfly House

    This garden, located in Smiley Park on the southwest side of Van Wert, was recently selected by Horticulture Magazine as one of the top 10 Destination Gardens in the United States.  It provides a hands-on learning facility for children and their families.  A gazebo is positioned in the center with several theme gardens radiating out like spokes on a wheel.  The first garden is a large butterfly-shaped garden outlined by flagstone and incorporating vibrant plantings that butterflies love. A walkway through the center of the garden leads to the colorful Vera Bradley Butterfly House that contains lush plantings of aromatic flowers that attract the many multihued butterflies that make their residence in the House.  The garden is a work in progress -  recently a fossil garden path was dedicated.  The path is made up of limestone rocks from both the Silurian (440 million years ag0) and the Devonian (410 million years ago) geologic time periods.  The fossils on display at the Chidlren's Garden come from the Stoneco Ostrander Quarry near Columbus, Ohio



    While visiting the Children’s Garden, families can also enjoy the many other amenities of the 29 ½ -acre Smiley Park. There are lighted softball and baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and a children’s playground.  The park has pavilions with picnic tables and grills, a pond for fishing, restrooms, and a concession stand.

    • Address: 1409 Leeson Avenue
      Van Wert, Ohio 45891
    • Phone: Local Number: 4192389121
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.vanwert.org
  • Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island

    Miller Boat Line - Passenger and auto ferries provide daily service to the Lake Erie Islands of Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and Middle Bass Island. Miller Ferries depart Catawba, take exit Rt. 53 North off of Rt. 2. The ferry trip to Put-in-Bay takes 18 minutes, and 40 minutes to Middle Bass.



    Cars, motorcycles, RVs, boats, trailers and bicycles are welcome aboard - and Miller Ferry is the only service that takes both passengers and vehicles to these islands. Please call our office at 800-500-2421 for vehicle information and restrictions. We are the only ferry to Put-in-Bay that offers free parking. Rental transportation, including bikes and golf carts, available near the dock.



    * Miller Ferry offers the lowest fares: One Way Adult $7.00, Children (6-11 yr) $1.50, Children under 6 ride free, Bikes $2, Car/Motorcycle $15.

    * Trips every half hour-Summer

    * Student and Tour Group discounts. See our web site for meeting and conference center venues. 



    Visit our web site at www.millerferry.com for ferry schedules, Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass coupons, fares, Put in Bay events, maps, lodgings, attractions, kid's page and more.  By signing up online for our free enewsletter, save an additional $1.00 off round trip Put-in-Bay adult fare. Call our office 800-500-2421 for directions and additional island information.

    • Address: 5174 E Water Street
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8005002421
    • Email: mblinfo@millerferry.com
    • Website: http://www.millerferry.com
  • Kalahari Resort

    The Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio is home to America's Largest Indoor Waterpark! Surf indoors 365 days a year or take on the Zip Coaster uphill water roller coaster.  We also take great pride in being Ohio's largest hotel and Convention Center Resort with over 900 guest rooms and suites, and 215,000 square feet of convention center space. Kalahari has a an award wining Spa, World class restaurants including The Reserve and Great Karoo, bars and lounges, retail shops and various activities that include Pottery Pizzazz, Black Light Mini-Golf, an arcade, arcade style bowling all inside!  Outdoors Kalahari has Safari Adventures animal zoo, open year around, an outdoor waterpark and Safari Outdoor Adventure Park, that features zip lines, a 3 story ropes course and two 32 foot tall climbing walls.

    • Address: 7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250)
      Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    • Phone: Local Number: 4194337200
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.kalahariresorts.com
  • Holiday Inn Toledo-Maumee/Splash Bay Indoor Water

    The Toledo area's newest full service hotel and Indoor Waterpark! Fun activities for the entire family. Rocket down a series of waterslides, relax on a lazy river, and younger children have fun on our Ft. Meigs Tree House and kiddie pool.

    • Address: 1705 Tollgate Drive
      Maumee, Ohio 43537
    • Phone: Local Number: (419) 482-7777
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.splashbayresort.com
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort

    Cedar Point is now closed for the season and will reopen on May 10, 2014.
     

    For 16 years running, Cedar Point’s been voted the Best Amusement Park In The World by Amusement Today readers.  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.

    It’s all about new and exciting experiences for the family in 2014! Two new rides will greet you in May. First, the new Pipe Scream thrill ride will rock and roll you on over 302 feet of track, flying 43 feet above the midway at 43 mph! 
     
    Across from Pipe Scream, take flight on Lake Erie Eagles! As the ride spins, the eagles will swing outward – and riders have the unique opportunity to control their flight experience from mild to wild!

    The park features more than 70 rides, including 16 coasters, with four over 200 feet tall.  Millennium Force holds the title of number one steel coaster on the planet. Cedar Point also offers four children’s areas, including Planet Snoopy, an ice-skating extravaganza and musical entertainment.  Overnight guests enjoy accommodations, from the beachfront Hotel Breakers to an RV campground.
         
    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
    • Email: cpinfo@cedarpoint.com
    • Website: http://www.cedarpoint.com
  • Fort Recovery

    In late 1791, a confederacy of Indian warriors led by Little Turtle and Blue Jacket surprised and overwhelmed an American army of about 1,600 men under Major General Arthur St. Clair at this site along the Wabash River. Well over half of St. Clair's troops were killed or wounded in this greatest of all Indian victories over American military forces.

    In December 1793, Major General Anthony Wayne sent a detachment to the site to begin a four-sided picketed post with a projecting blockhouse at each corner. Completed the following March, it was christened Fort Recovery to signify it was no longer under Indian control.

    On June 30, 1794, what is believed to be the largest-ever assemblage of Indian warriors east of the Mississippi River attacked the fort but were driven away by the American defenders. The confederacy never recovered from this set back, setting the stage for Wayne's final triumph at Fallen Timbers later that summer on August 20.

    Today the Fort Recovery State Memorial offers visitors a glimpse of the 1790s with two reconstructed blockhouses and connecting stockade wall, an obelisk monument, and newly renovated museum exhibits.

    • Address: One Fort Site Street
      Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-283-8920
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/fortrecovery
  • Comfort Inn Waterfront - Port Clinton

    Where sunsets are complimentary! Jacuzzi suite specials are available during the winter months. There is a free breakfast bar. Kids stay FREE! Ask about our free shuttle service to Island Ferry.

    • Address: 1723 East Perry St
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197322929
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.shoresandislands.com
  • White Star Park

    White Star Park is an 800-acre park, including a 15-acre quarry, open everyday of the year 8:00 a.m. - dark. The site includes nature trails, horse trails, play equipment, picnic tables, grills, well water, restrooms, picnic shelters and an accessible fishing platform. The quarry has a depth of 40 feet and is available for non-power boating, fishing, scuba diving and swimming. Vessels must have a valid Ohio boat license. Ohio fishing laws apply. No ice fishing permitted. Common fish caught: bluegill, bullhead, catfish, bass, trout, yellow perch, and pike. The campground is located across the road from the park's main entrance. 

    Scuba diving is handled by Divers Inc: 419-637-DIVE, www.whitestarquarry.com

    • Address: 925 S. Main St.
      Gibsonburg, Ohio 43431
    • Phone: Local Number: 4193344495
    • Email: scpd@sanduskycountyparks.com
    • Website: http://www.sanduskycountyparks.com
  • Maumee Bay State Park Lodge & Conference Center

    Set in the midst of an 1,850-acre park on the shores of Lake Erie is Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center. A two-story native stone fireplace welcomes guests to a massive beam and glass lobby designed to blend with the natural elements of the park.

    Maumee Bay offers a wide variety of overnight accommodations, including double rooms, king rooms, hospitality rooms and loft rooms. In addition to the lodge we also offer spacious two and four bedroom cabins.

    Our park offers 1,500 feet of unspoiled inland beach, an outdoor amphitheater for 1,200, a nearby wildlife refuge and rare bird habitat... all of this only 10 miles east of downtown Toledo! Guests of Maumee Bay Resort also enjoy our close proximity to such attractions as Cedar Point, Put-In-Bay, COSI, Toledo Zoo and the Toledo Museum of Art.

    Maumee Bay makes meetings or vacations a great adventure...in the great outdoors. Activities abound from golfing on our Scottish Links style course, fishing, boating, tennis, racquetball, volleyball, basketball, or just relax by our indoor or outdoor pools and whirlpools. Reserve now and let the memories begin!

    • Address: 1750 Park Road #2
      Oregon, Ohio 43618
    • Phone: Pro Shop: 4198369009
    • Email: ohioparks@xanterra.com
    • Website: http://www.maumeebaystateparklodge.com
  • Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Lines

    Daily passenger and automobile transportation to Kelleys Island from Marblehead, departing every half hour during peak times. Available year-round, weather permitting.

    • Address: 510 W. Main St. (SR 163 E)
      Marblehead, Ohio 43440
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197989763
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.kelleysislandferry.com

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