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Things to Do in Ohio

Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museums of art, science and natural history, history, plus gardens, parks and NASA John Glenn Research Center. Near Dayton, home of the Wright Brothers, find the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Lighthouses, shipwrecks and wine trails dot Lake Erie’s coast. Family attractions include Columbus’ zoo and science center and theme parks - Sandusky’s Cedar Point and Cincinnati’s Kings Island. At Akron, tour Goodyear tire’s Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Other things to do: see the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Amish communities and covered bridges. Restaurants feature world cuisine to Cincinnati’s famous chili. Visitors stay in hotels, inns, cabins and B&Bs.
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African Safari Wildlife Park

267 Lightner Road
Port Clinton, Ohio
419-732-3606
Drive the 100-acre wildlife preserve and discover exotic animals, such as camels, warthogs, giraffes, zebras and buffalo. Then park and walk through Safari Junction with education programs.
Hours & Admission
Late-May to Labor Day, daily 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., September to late-May, daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest

3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, Ohio
216-661-6500
Northeast Ohio's most visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, is home to 3,000 animals representing 600 species - many of which are endangered.

The RainForest with simulated tropical rain is home to orangutans, birds, otters and ocelots. The Australian Adventure with kangaroos and koala bears has live animal shows during the summer. View giraffes, lions, zebras, elephants, rhinos, monkeys and a hippo in the African Savanna. A popular site is the Center for Zoological...
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: ©Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio
216-421-7340
The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 40,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing a multi-phase renovation and expansion project, it is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. Admission to the museum has been free since its founding charter.

Highlights include major exhibitions and an...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free. Admission (exhibitions).
Photo Courtesy: Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, Ohio
216-231-4600
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, founded in 1920, is reputed to be one of the finest natural history museums in North America with an emphasis on scientific research, conservation and education. The museum's collection includes more than five million artifacts and specimens. The highlight of which is the largest, most researched and published collection of modern human and non-human primate skeletons in the world.

Permanent exhibits:...
Hours & Admission
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission (museum and planetarium).
Photo Courtesy: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North
Dayton, Ohio
937-223-5277
The institute is the Miami Valley's only fine art museum. It is housed in Dayton's best-known landmark, an historic 1930 Italian Renaissance-inspired building in downtown Dayton, overlooking the Great Miami River.

The permanent collection has more than 27,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of art history. European art includes works by Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens, Mattia Preti, Edgar Degas, Joshua Reynolds, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Georges Rouault, Pier Francesco...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: The Dayton Art Institute

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
216-694-2000
The Great Lakes Science Center is one of America's largest interactive science museums with more than 400 exciting "hands-on" exhibits and daily demonstrations, such as the Electric Theater where visitors can see the power of lightning firsthand. Educational programs illustrate to visitors the interdependency of science, environment and technology, particularly in the Great Lakes Region.

Featured exhibits: science phenomena - Touch The Indoor Tornado; environment -...
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Great Lakes Science Center

Hale Farm and Village

2686 Oak Hill Road
Peninsula, Ohio
330-666-3711
Experience life from the mid 1800s; encounter farm animals and costumed interpreters from that era. The Western Reserve Historical Society operates several historic properties in northeast Ohio, including this one.
Hours & Admission
September and October, Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., June to August, Wednesday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Western Reserve Historical Society

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood, Ohio
216-781-3010
The museum showcases the history of Northeast Ohio's Jewish community through artifacts, unique exhibits and interactive displays.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed Jewish holidays. Admission.

Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.

73 1/2 South Professor Street
Oberlin, Ohio
440-774-1700
Tour three historic buildings - the Monroe House, the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Jewett House - that tell the story of Oberlin and its nationally significant history - interracial schools, the first co-ed college, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, women's rights and manufacturing of aluminum.

Other self-guided tours available through the center or a biking tour of historic Oberlin, a walking tour of Oberlin and a Charles Martin Hall and Oberlin's Aluminum...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours: 75 minutes, guided; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Oberlin Heritage Center

Pro Football Hall of Fame

2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, Ohio
330-456-8207
At the hall's entrance a bronze replica of football legend Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Canton Bulldogs, greets visitors. Guests are invited to learn about pro football's history from 1892 to 1992, as well as current National Football League (NFL) players.

In the Fame Gallery, inductees are showcased, while their contributions are recognized in the Moments, Memories and Mementos Gallery. The Pro Football Adventure Room highlights other professional leagues that have...
Hours & Admission
Daily Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily September to May 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Pro Football Hall of Fame
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