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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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Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

714 North Portage Path
Akron, Ohio
330-836-5533
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, the founder of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and his family. Stan Hywet includes a 65-room manor house and more than 70 acres of artfully landscaped grounds.

Completed in 1915, it is one of the most important remaining examples of an American country estate built by the wealth created during the Industrial Age at the turn of the 20th century. It was at this time that modern America made Akron the "Rubber Capital of...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Carriage Hill MetroPark

7800 East Shull Road
Dayton, Ohio
937-278-2609
This is a 1880s-working farm on 900 acres with draft horses, vegetable gardens and preserving of food, plus a video presentation and interactive exhibits for the whole family. The park offers hiking trails, a horseback riding center, birding, cross-country skiing and sledding, among other activities.
Hours & Admission
Park: April to October, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., November to March, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitor center and farm: Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Historical talks and demonstrations daily 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

Cleveland Botanical Gardens

11030 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio
216-721-1600
Cleveland Botanical Garden boasts 10 acres of award-winning gardens that comprise one of the Midwest's premier horticultural destinations. From the formal beauty of its rose, Japanese, and herb gardens, to the kid-friendly whimsicality of the children's garden (Ohio's first and a model for others nationwide), to such relatively new spaces as the gateway, restorative and nascent topiary gardens, gardening enthusiasts and visitors will find endless beauty and inspiration.

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Hours & Admission
April to October, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hershey Children's Garden closes at dusk. November to March, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Cleveland Metroparks

4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, Ohio
216-635-3200
Because of the location of the various parks around the city, they are often referred to as the "Emerald Necklace." With more than 21,000 acres at 16 reservations (parks) visitors have considerable recreational opportunities available. Select from: golfing (six courses), swimming (four locations), fishing, walking and hiking trails, picnicking and sledding. Educational programs are also held.
Hours & Admission
Daily 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free.

Lake Farmpark

8800 Chardon Road
Kirtland, Ohio
440-256-2139
This agricultural-based park showcases farming, country life and the science behind how it works. Visitors are invited to milk a cow, take a wagon ride, and learn about 50 breeds of farm animals - including a working Border collie, wind and solar power and field crops, plus gardening.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Lake Metroparks

11189 Spear Road
Concord Township, Ohio
440-358-7275
Lake Metroparks oversees 40 parks, properties and facilities in Lake County encompassing 7,625 acres. Two rivers - and their tributaries flow through the park district. Visitors are able to experience recreational and educational opportunities at a diverse number of facilities: an agricultural themed park, a nature center, a wildlife rehabilitation center, two golf courses, a 4.8-mile paved bike/hike trail and a cross-country ski center.
Hours & Admission
Vary by park. Admission.

Penitentiary Glen Reservation

8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road
Kirtland, Ohio
440-256-1404
The 424-acre park, named for the gorge that divides the property, occupies the former summer retreat of the Halle family. The nature center with exhibits, shows and a store occupies an outbuilding of the previous owners. A miniature steam powered train seasonally operates within the park. The park has hiking trails, picnic areas and the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center showcasing native species. Naturalist programs are offered.
Hours & Admission
Daily, dawn to dusk. Free.
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