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Plan Your Ohio Holiday Shopping
Ohio offers tourism experiences that will create unforgettable memories long after the holidays end
11/21/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (November 21, 2012) – As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, the perfect gifts for loved ones can be found in Ohio! Whether you opt to wow family or friends by giving them an Ohio adventure they will cherish forever, or you’re looking to save on traditional gifts at a fabulous outlet shop, Ohio’s holiday gift options are endless.

Ohio is full of world-class art and hands-on science museums, the one-and-only Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, outstanding theater districts, 75 State Parks, historical sites and more – all ready with memberships, tickets and fantastic gift shop finds to provide the experiences of a lifetime. Following is a sampling of Ohio travel experiences that will keep friends and family members raving for holidays to come:

Give the Gift of Thrills and the Great Outdoors
Soar through the trees of one of Ohio’s premiere State Parks with an adventure on the Hocking Hills Zipline Canopy Tour. Order online at www.zipohio.com, or call (740) 385-9477. Experience rare and endangered animals from an aerial perspective aboard the Wilds Zipline Safari! Overlook various animal species and enjoy the rolling hills and open range at the Wilds during this 2.5-hour zipline tour. Zip through the trees, over the animal watering holes, lakes and pastures, finally landing among the amazing giraffes. Order online at www.zipthewilds.com, or call (740) 638-5030 ext. 2947.

Learn to ski and save money at the same time! Snow Trails, a winter sports destination in Mansfield, offers 15 runs, snow tubing and more across 60 acres of hills. Snow Trails is offering cards for three visits that include equipment rental, a beginner’s area only lift ticket and a group skiing or snowboarding lesson. Purchase the 3PEAT Beginner Card for $99 (value of $264). For details, call 800-OHIO-SKI (644-6754) or visit SnowTrails.com/FUN. And don’t miss another great ski resort in Zanesfield, Ohio, at Mad River Mountain!

Everyone knows someone who just can’t get enough of the great outdoors and would love a gift card to enjoy any of Ohio’s 75 outstanding State Parks. Gift cards may be purchased in any dollar amount and can be used for an overnight stay at any of 56 State Park campgrounds; getaway rentals or cottages; camp stores; boat or bike rentals; or for a round of golf.

Ohio’s Unique Destinations
With a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, visitors can peruse the hall of football’s finest, and test their arms and trivia knowledge before stopping in the visitor’s shop where football lovers’ dreams come true. From jerseys to collector’s items, find it all and pair it with tickets for a gift that would bring tears to the eyes of gridiron fans anywhere.

Relive moments from first dates, college years, weddings, concerts and more with tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s the only museum of its kind in the country and has a great gift shop where visitors can find anything from apparel and rock history books to jewelry and desk accessories. There’s even some gear for the little rocker in the family!

In Cincinnati, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center tells the stories of former slaves, conductors on the Underground Railroad and the struggles of those vying for freedom yet today. As a major player in the Underground Railroad movement, Ohio helped more than 40,000 slaves gain freedom. Members to this museum enjoy free access to the museum and numerous other perks.

Celebrate the holidays with Columbus Food Adventures! Gift certificates can be purchased covering all of the food tour itineraries, including delectable excursions that focus on the Short North, German Village, Columbus’ decadent desserts and the city’s famous taco truck scene. For more information, visit http://columbusfoodadventures.com/.

Memberships – A Gift that Keeps Giving
A membership to the Ohio Historical Society is the gift of knowledge. Members receive a year’s free entrance to more than 60 sites across Ohio including historic forts, ancient earthworks and mounds, U.S. Presidential homes, the National Afro-American Museum, Underground Railroad sites, the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum and more.

Give the gift of curiosity with a membership to COSI: Columbus, the No. 1 Science Center in the country, according to Parents Magazine. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout its discovery-based, themed exhibition areas. Order online at http://www.supportcosi.org/ or call (614) 228-2674 by December 17. Memberships also may be purchased at COSI through December 23. As a bonus gift, receive a ticket voucher for “Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic” (Feb. 1 – 5 in Columbus) with every gift membership purchase!

Historic Sauder Village, Ohio's largest living-history village, features costumed guides and working craftsmen in more than 40 historic homes and shops. A Sauder Village membership provides admission to the Historic Village and all special events for an entire year, and a 10 percent discount on shopping and classes. Single memberships are $40, $65 for a couple and $75 for a family/grandparent. Call (800) 590-9755 or email info@saudervillage.org

Save big on Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal memberships for the whole family. Special for the holiday season, you can buy one membership and get 50 percent off a second or third membership. Originally built as a train station in 1933, this iconic building is now home to the Cincinnati Natural History Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, Children’s Museum and OMNIMAX Theater, and hosts world-class traveling exhibits every year. Memberships can be purchased at the Cincinnati Museum Center, or by phone at (513) 287-7041. For more information, visit http://www.cincymuseum.org/join/.

Ohio’s Outlet Options
Cincinnati Premium Outlets, which boasts more than 100 stores, is a perfect destination for holiday shoppers! Also in southwest Ohio, the Tanger Outlet Center near Jeffersonville offers more than 100 name brand outlet stores, including Puma, Pottery Barn and Nike. Shoppers in northeastern Ohio can visit the Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, featuring 70 designer and name-brand stores, including Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach and Gap Outlet.

About the Office of TourismOhio
The Office of TourismOhio is the premier source of information for travelers and media about Ohio’s vibrant tourism experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs contributed to an estimated $40 billion in sales from visitor spending in 2011. A part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Office’s mission is to market and celebrate Ohio’s unique travel opportunities and promote the State’s outstanding quality of life.
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