Category: Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

A- Overview:
Dayton, Ohio is known as the birthplace of aviation. In their Dayton, Ohio, bicycle shop Wilbur and Orville Wright, self-trained in the science and art of aviation, researched and built the world’s first power-driven, heavier-than-air machine capable of free, controlled, and sustained flight. The Wrights perfected their invention during 1904 and 1905 in their hometown of Dayton before launching it at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Wilbur and Orville’s original laboratory has been moved to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, but Dayton Aviation Heritage Park with its Wright Brothers Aviation Center and Wright Cycle Company Building continues to pay tribute to their monumental achievement.

Another native son, Paul Laurence Dunbar, is equally honored within the National Historical Park. This gifted and prolific writer produced a body of work that included novels, plays, short stories, lyrics, and over 400 published poems. His writings, which reflected much of the African American experience in America, contributed to a growing social consciousness and cultural identity for African Americans in the United States

Many original buildings still stand in one of the city’s first communities, now known as Dayton’s Oregon Historic District. This 12-block area is bordered by 5th Street, Wayne Avenue, US 35, and Patterson Boulevard. Christmas tours of the district take place the first Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of December; Spring garden tours are available, by reservation, in late May and June.

Dayton was first surveyed for settlement in November, 1795. Today, Dayton is home to more than 830 technology companies, to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and is known as an educational and cultural center.

Courthouse Square is the venue for many local events such as concerts and impromptu entertainment. At 130 Riverside Dr. is the Ohio Korean War Memorial and Veterans Walkway. Downtown Dayton features Metroparks’ RiverScape, an attractively landscaped park with gardens and reflecting pools. In winter visitors can skate on an outdoor ice-skating rink, enjoy festive light displays and other family activities

Dayton is home to the University of Dayton, known worldwide for its academic excellence. Ohio’s largest private university has an enrollment of over 10,000 students. Well known alumni include the late columnist Erma Bombeck, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, and ESPN anchor Dan Patrick.

The cultural and creative spirit of the city is apparent in performances of the Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Benjamin and Marian Shuster Performing Arts Center. The Victoria Theatre presents a Broadway Series, and dance is offered by Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Downtown Dayton is the place to be for winter holiday fun! The excitement begins on the day after Thanksgiving with the 2005 Grande Illumination on Court House Square. This is followed by the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, an annual celebration within the community for over 30 years. Other Dayton annual events include the Ohio Folk Festival held in Carillon Historical Park each May and extremely popular Dayton Vectren Air Show.

Sports and recreation, shopping and dining, cultural and scientific pursuits are all features of this city of progress with a down home, friendly atmosphere.

B- City Information:
Population: 166,179

Elevation: 740 feet

Time Zone: Dayton is in the Eastern Time zone. When it is noon in New York City, it is also noon in Dayton, Ohio, and it is 9:00 AM in California. Daylight saving time is observed from April through October.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
37F
22F

February
39F
23F

March
48F
30F

April
61F
41F

May
72F
51F

June
81F
62F

July
85F
65F

August
84F
64F

September
77F
56F

October
66F
45F

November
50F
34F

December
38F
24F

When to Visit: Winters are cold and summers are pleasantly warm in this region. Winter precipitation is usually light, and comes in the form of snow rather than freezing rain. Clear skies and lots of sunshine are a welcome feature of the weather year round in the Miami Valley of Ohio in which Dayton is located.

Holidays Observed:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

Washington-Lincoln Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October

Veterans Day Nopvember 11

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Dayton International Airport

I-70 West, Exit #32

Dayton, OH

937-454-8200

Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

22 South Main St.,

Dayton, OH

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
United States Air Force Museum

Springfield Pike

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

(937) 255-3286

The museum features some 300 aircraft and missiles over an area of more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. The displays reflect the history of aviation from the days of the Wright Brothers to the present age. An IMAX Theater presents space exploration and aviation films.

Wright-Patterson AFB

1250 Kittyhawk Center

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

(937) 255-6321

Huffman Prairie Flying Field is at gate 12A on the Base. This is the field used by the Wright brothers for test flying and perfecting their planes. A re-creation of their 1905 hangar and their catapult launch device are on the site.

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North

Dayton, OH

(937)223-5277

The galleries are housed in an Italian Renaissance building and are extensive. There is a collection of African, American, Asian, and European art as well as photography, sculpture, furniture, and decorative art. The Experiencenter presents family oriented, participatory thematic shows. Guided tours are available.

Carillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Boulevard

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 293-2841

Open April thru Oct.

Tues.-Sat. 9:30am-5pm

Admission charged.

Carillon Historical Park’s mission is to celebrate and preserve the history of the Miami Valley and illustrate how it leads to the future. The Park is a 65-acre outdoor museum with 24 exhibit buildings and structures, and is the site of the 57-bell Deeds Carillon, Ohio’s largest. The highlight of the collections is the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane, and a National Historic Landmark.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 Deweese Parkway

Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 275-7431

9am – 5pm

Admission charged

This museum invites exploration of the wonders of the world by combining play and learning. Interactive exhibits cover an area of covers 90,000 square fee. It contains a science theater, labs, and a three story climbing tower. There is also a child friendly village. A small zoo houses animal species native to Ohio. Planetarium and light shows are also featured.

Sunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

2301 West River Road

Dayton, OH 45418

(937) 268-8199

Tues.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm

Admission charged

SunWatch currently combines experimental archaeological research, including the reconstruction of the Fort Ancient structures in their original 13th century locations, with an interpretive center that exhibits many of the artifacts that have been recovered from the site. There is also a picnic shelter and picnic tables overlooking the village and are available for visitors to relax.

Aullwood Audobon Center and Farm

1000 Aullwood Road

Dayton, OH 45490

(937) 890-7360

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm, closed school holidays

Admission charged.

This environmentally based education center, wildlife sanctuary, and organic farm contains woods, streams, ponds, prairies, meadows, and hiking trails. Hands-on exhibits educate visitors about southwestern Ohio’s plant and animal life. Livestock are humanely tended and present another valuable lesson in the care and management of farm animals.

Carriage Hill Metropark and Farm

Highway I-70, Exit 38, 1 mile north on State Road 201, then .5 miles on E. Shull Road.

(937) 879-0461

Mon-Fri: 10-5; Saturday; Sunday: 1-5. Admission charged.

This is an 1880s working farm with draft horses, vegetable gardening and preserving of food, and a video presentation and interactive exhibits for the whole family.

Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial

219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street

Dayton, OH

(937) 224-7061

Mon-Sat: 9:30-4:30. Sunday: 12:30-4:30. Admission charged.

The restored former home of poet, novelist, and civil rights advocate Paul Laurence Dunbar contains many of his personal belongings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Gateway Sports Park

103 Gateway Drive

Dayton, OH 45404

1(937) 224-7529

Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm

This is a multi-sport recreation facility that includes a golf driving range and 27,000 square feet of sports recreation space.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 Deweese Parkway

Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 275-7431

9am – 5pm

Admission charged

This museum invites exploration of the wonders of the world by combining play and learning. Interactive exhibits cover an area of covers 90,000 square fee. It contains a science theater, labs, and a three story climbing tower. There is also a child friendly village. A small zoo houses animal species native to Ohio. Planetarium and light shows are also featured.

Sunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

2301 West River Road

Dayton, OH 45418

(937) 268-8199

Tues.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm

Admission charged

SunWatch currently combines experimental archaeological research, including the reconstruction of the Fort Ancient structures in their original 13th century locations, with an interpretive center that exhibits many of the artifacts that have been recovered from the site. There is also a picnic shelter and picnic tables overlooking the village and are available for visitors to relax.

Aullwood Audobon Center and Farm

1000 Aullwood Road

Dayton, OH 45490

(937) 890-7360

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm, closed school holidays

Admission charged.

This environmentally based education center, wildlife sanctuary, and organic farm contains woods, streams, ponds, prairies, meadows, and hiking trails. Hands-on exhibits educate visitors about southwestern Ohio’s plant and animal life. Livestock are humanely tended and present another valuable lesson in the care and management of farm animals.

Carriage Hill Metropark and Farm

Highway I-70, Exit 38, 1 mile north on State Road 201, then .5 miles on E. Shull Road.

(937) 879-0461

Mon-Fri: 10-5; Saturday; Sunday: 1-5.

This is an 1880s working farm with draft horses, vegetable gardening and preserving of food, and a video presentation and interactive exhibits for the whole family.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Mid January

Miami Valley Home Improvement Show

Dayton Hara Arena

1001 Shiloh Springs Road

Dayton, OH 45415

(937) 278-4776

Established in 1982, this is the largest home show in the Dayton area. Offers exhibits, seminars and “Ask-An-Expert” sessions on all aspects of home improvement. Landscaped exhibits, model room additions, and much more.

Early-Mid March

Dayton Home and Garden Show

Dayton Convention Center

22 East Fifth Street

Dayton, OH 45402

(888) 823-7469

Fri and Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm

Admission charged.

Since 1996, this annual event has annually featured over 250 exhibitors displaying and selling home and garden products and accessories. Exhibits of professionally landscaped gardens offer audiences the latest ideas for home and garden.

May

Ohio Folk Festival

Held annually at Carillon Historical Park, the festival celebrates our American heritage with period costumes, reenactments, food, and entertainment.

Memorial Day weekend

Concert at the Town Greene

Carillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Boulevard

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 293-2841

Free. Bring family, friends and a blanket or lawn chair to celebrate music and history each Memorial Day weekend as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents a patriotic performance on Carillon Historical Park’s Town Green. Rain date is Monday.

June

Summerfest at SunWatch Indian Village

Native American history and culture come to life with music, dancing, and storytelling at this summertime favorite event.

Mid-July

Vectren Dayton Air Show

Dayton International Airport

Dayton, OH

(937) 898-5901

Nearly 100,000 people turn out every summer to view the aerial displays of military and civilian aircraft. The Air Force Thunderbirds, the elite U.S. Army Golden Knight Parachute Team, and award winning acrobatic pilots are among the star attractions. The show provides displays of aircraft for spectator viewing, from the beginning of flight to modern jet aircraft. Also featured: the Kids Hangar program for young children, Students Open to Aviation Research (SOAR), a program promoting aviation to underprivileged children, and Aerospace Adventures (A2) providing interactive, hands-on activities including full-scale flight simulators.

Late August-Early September

Montgomery County Fair

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

1043 South Main Street

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 224-1619

Since 1854, this annual event has featured fun for the entire family including exhibits, livestock, children’s activities, entertainment, rides, music, and a wide variety of food and attractions.

Late September

Octoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute

Live music, traditional German food, and a wide variety of beers are featured. Local artisans display pottery, jewelry, leather goods, and crafts.

Late October

Corvette Car Show

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

1043 South Main Street

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 224-1619

Step back in time through the history of the incomparable corvette.

Late November

National Holiday Gift Show

Dayton Hara Arena

1001 Shiloh Springs Road

Dayton, OH 45415

(937) 278-4776

Fri and Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

A tradition since1982, the show has become a Miami Valley holiday tradition. Hundreds of exhibitors offer a huge assortment of seasonal crafts, artwork, collectibles, ceramics, and personalized items. Santa is on hand to add to the festivities.

Early December

Flea-N-Tique

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

1043 South Main Street

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 224-1619

A wide array of antiques, collectibles, and household items. Held in the Coliseum.

Arts and Entertainment

Ohio Performing Arts Institute

36 1/2 N. Center St.

Springfield, OH

(937) 324-7444

Dayton Ballet

140 North Main Street

Dayton, OH

(937) 449-5060

Dayton Playhouse, Inc

Dayton, OH

(937)333-SHOW

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park N

Dayton, OH

937–223–5277

Sports

Dayton Bombers – Hockey

Ervin J. Nutter Center

Dayton, OH

(937) 775-4747

Dayton Dragons – Baseball

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, OH

(937) 228-BATS (2287)

Parks

For information about area parks contact

Five Rivers Metroparks,

1375 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414

937-275-7275.

Columbus, Ohio

A- Overview:
Columbus is the largest city in the world named after the great explorer. It is fitting, therefore, that one of the city’s most popular attractions is a full-size replica of Columbus’s three-masted flagship, The Santa Maria, which is permanently moored downtown on the Scioto River and open to visitors.

This Ohio State capital city continues to lead the way to the future. State of the art is synonymous with Columbus, which ranks with Washington, D.C., as a center for scientific and technological information. More than 150 high-tech companies have a presence in Columbus.

These businesses made Columbus one of the first areas offering citywide cable television and introduced such technology as the 24-hour banking machine, interactive cable television and the electronic newspaper. The city is also a center for retail banking, insurance and real estate, and has emerged as a leading convention city.

It all began with the opening in 1873 of Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College, (later renamed Ohio State University), which established a new outlook for the city. Education moved to the forefront, and the intellectual atmosphere helped contribute to the invention of the forerunner of the computer, the development of the xerography process, and numerous advancements in the medical treatment of physical disabilities. Current enrollment at Ohio State University is 48,500.

Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Visual Arts is housed in a castle like structure that is itself considered a work of art. Architect Peter Eisenman juxtaposed a red-brick armory with a modern glass-and-steel building, creating a stunning visual effect. The Center houses an extensive art collection, offering various collections and shows of interest to the serious art lover as well as the browser. There is also a film and video center and a performance theater. Tour guides acquaint visitors with the highlights of Ohio State, one of the largest and most significant university campuses in the country.

Columbus offers a perfect cross section of consumers for the testing of new products. Because so many fast-food chains develop their menus in Columbus, the city is often referred to as “Test Market, U.S.A”. However, the cuisine of Columbus is by no means limited to fast food. Dining choices include Asian, Irish, French, Italian, Cajun, German, Mediterranean, Mexican, Greek, Japanese, Indian, and vegetarian, to name a few! Many of the city’s restaurants have enjoyed success and have served fine food for decades.

A privately funded historic district, German Village, is made up of restaurants, shops and beer gardens that are housed in buildings from the 1800s. The nearby Brewery District has several old beer-making factories that have been converted into restaurants, microbreweries and specialty shops. German Village and the Brewery District are pleasant places to spend an afternoon or evening.

In nearby Westerville a replica of a German village from the 1800s can be seen. North of Columbus, in Marion, Ohio are the home and tomb of U.S. President Warren G. Harding. The Harding homestead is carefully appointed with its original furnishings. Southeast of Columbus, in Cumberland, visitors take a drive on the wild side at The Wilds, a conservation center that is home to roaming herds of rhinos, giraffes and zebras, among other species, all of whom can be observed from your automobile.

Greater Columbus is an arts and cultural mecca with a symphony orchestra, grand and light opera companies, one of the top 12 ballet companies in the U.S., and several noteworthy museums. A thriving theater scene is centered upon three historic theaters. Live music clubs offer everything from alternative rock and jazz to blues and country.

The Arena District surrounds Nationwide Arena, while the Short North Arts District houses what has been described as the best collection of art galleries between New York and Chicago.

The Short North, north of downtown Columbus, a strip of bars and restaurants, art galleries, clothing and antique stores is home to the funky, exotic and trendy. It offers up a once-a-month “Gallery Hop”, a combination sale and party that brings out artists, patrons, and revelers in force.

COSI, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry, is a favorite with children of all ages, with four floors of interactive exhibits. Over 2.5 million visitors visit the Columbus Zoo annually. The Zoo has received national recognition for its success in breeding cheetahs, polar bears and lowland gorillas. Adjacent to the zoo, a favorite spot to spend a warm, summer day is Wyandot Lake, a water amusement park with water slides, rapids, and canyons.

The renovated and expanded Franklin Park Conservatory is a beautiful and serene showcase. Inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, the conservatory contains tropical gardens and exhibits of four of the Earth’s ecosystems. Also, plan a visit to the Ohio Historical Center, with its Ohio Village, a small Ohio town replication from the 1800s, with costumed interpreters.

Well worth seeing is Discovery Reef, a 100,000-gallon tank containing artificial coral and more than 1,000 species. Other “must sees” are the gracefully proportioned Statehouse, the beauty of the changing leaves in the fall, and the famous Ohio State Fair.

Sporting events are another major draw. Columbus is home to three major-league sports teams. The National Hockey League’s Blue Jackets and the Arena Football League’s Columbus Destroyers play downtown in Nationwide Arena, while Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew plays in the first stadium in the U.S. designed specifically for soccer. The Columbus Clippers is a minor-league affiliate of the New York Yankees. Columbus also hosts the National Champion Ohio State University Buckeyes.

When is the best time to visit Columbus and Franklin County? Anytime! Every season offers a host of recreational and cultural opportunities for individuals and families in this friendly city at the center of Ohio.

B- City Information:
Population: 711,470

Elevation: 800 feet

Area: 210.3 square miles

Location: Columbus is centrally located at the intersection of I-70 from the west, I-71 from the north, I-670 from the east and I-71 from the south. Conveniently located 111 miles NE of Cincinnati and 45 miles east of Springfield.

Nearest city with population over 1,000,000: Chicago, IL, 346.6 miles

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone, Daylight Savings Time observed.

Local Seasons: Columbus enjoys four distinct, colorful seasons of moderate weather. Spring brings colorful wildflowers and lush greenery throughout the city’s parks. Summer is warm and humid, with July’s average high temperatures peaking around 85 degrees. Evenings are cooler, dropping from even the hottest days into the low 60’s. Fall brings a dazzling display of color, perfect for a fall foliage tour. Sunny days with highs of 66 degrees are the norm for October and by November; the nights are cooling down to 33. Ski resorts in the region thrive on an annual 28 inches of snow, and cross-country skiing is popular in the city’s snow-covered parks.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
28.1
32.0
42.1
52.1
62.4
71.1
74.8
73.0
66.3
54.7
43.6
33.3

High temperature (°F)
36.1
40.9
52.1
63.7
73.8
82.0
85.4
83.8
77.6
66.0
52.6
40.9

Low temperature (°F)
20.1
23.1
31.9
40.6
51.0
60.1
64.0
62.2
55.0
43.3
34.5
25.5

Precipitation (in)
2.5
2.2
2.9
3.5
4.1
4.2
4.4
3.9
2.9
2.5
3.3
3.0

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
13
11
13
13
13
11
11
9
8
9
11
13

Wind speed (mph)
9.8
9.6
10.1
9.6
8.1
7.2
6.5
6.2
6.4
7.4
9.1
9.4

Morning humidity (%)
78
77
76
76
79
81
84
87
87
83
80
79

Afternoon humidity (%)
68
64
57
53
55
55
56
57
57
55
63
69

Sunshine (%)
36
42
44
51
56
60
60
60
61
56
37
31

Days clear of clouds
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
7
9
10
5
4

Partly cloudy days
6
6
7
8
10
11
13
13
9
8
7
6

Cloudy days
21
18
19
17
15
13
11
11
12
13
19
21

Snowfall (in)
8.8
5.9
4.4
0.9
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.1
2.2
5.4

How to get there

By Air

Port Columbus International Airport

4600 International Gateway, Columbus 43219

614-239-4000 is 10 mi east of downtown Columbus.

Port Columbus International Airport is served by most national and some regional carriers.

By Car

Columbus is in the center of Ohio, at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

By Bus

Greyhound (800-231-2222) provides service to Columbus from all U.S. destinations.

How to get around

Downtown is fairly compact and easily walkable. Some government buildings are connected to each other and to nearby buildings through underground walkways.

By Car

Two major interstates, east-west I-70 and north-south I-71, intersect near downtown. I-670 connects the airport to downtown, and I-270 loops around the outer boundaries of the city. I-70, I-71, and I-670 heading downtown are congested in the morning; in the evening they’re clogged heading out of downtown. The Short North area and High Street are also very busy. Traffic usually flows smoothly in outlying suburbs (you do need a car in these areas because bus service is infrequent).

By Bus

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (614-228-1776) operates buses within Columbus.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Historic Capitol Square (includes the Statehouse and several statues and monuments).

Between State and Broad Sts, Third and High Streets

Columbus, Ohio

614-752-6350, 614-728-2695 or 1-888-OHIO-123

Ohio Statehouse

Desk at the Third Street entrance to the Statehouse Complex.

Columbus, Ohio

614-752-6350

Call for information

Hours: Weekdays 7am-7pm.

Weekday tours: 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Closed on national holidays.

Admission Free

The Ohio Statehouse was built between the years 1839 and 1861. Prison labor from the Ohio Penitentiary was used to construct the foundation and ground floors of the building. The Statehouse was built in the Greek Revival style, a style which emulates an understated elegance. It is a masonry building, consisting largely of brick and Columbus limestone. The limestone was taken from a quarry on the west banks of the Scioto River. The stone of the Statehouse foundation is more than 18 feet deep. . Learn about Ohio’s Statehouse, its history, architecture and legislative process in a free 45-minute tour. All tours begin promptly near the Information Desk.

Ohio Stadium

Ohio State University

Building 082
411 Woody Hayes Drive,

Columbus, Ohio

614-292-2661 (Call to schedule tours)

Tours can be scheduled year-round, Monday through Friday at any time between 8:00am and 3:30pm.

Admission Charged

Go behind the scenes at the Ohio Stadium on a guided tour that takes you inside the storied history of Buckeye Football. Tour must consist of 10 or more individuals and must be scheduled 2 weeks in advance. A typical tour last 1.5 hours and a large amount of walking is involved.

Dedicated in 1922, Ohio Stadium’s horseshoe shaped configuration makes it one of college football’s most recognizable landmarks. Ohio Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Big Ten and the fourth largest college stadium in America. Its’ fame and design make it a must-see when you visit Columbus. Take a day to experience scarlet and gray.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St.

Columbus, Ohio 43215-6801

614-221-6801

Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am-8:30pm, Thursdays

Admission Charged

The Columbus Museum of Art houses an outstanding collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. This collection includes major works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Hopper and O’Keeffe and other spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. Also recognized for extraordinary regional collections, the Museum boasts the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce.

COSI Columbus (Center of Science and Industry)
333.W.Broad St.

Columbus, Ohio
888-819-COSI

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Science, technology, history and more come alive in this interactive, architecturally-unique museum. COSI features interactive, discovery-based and themed exhibit areas, three theaters, the outdoor Big Science Park, the country’s only high wire unicycle, a restaurant, and shop. The exhibition areas – Adventure, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace, Ocean, Progress, and Space – each provides experiences for all age levels that creatively combine science facts and learning through play.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

9990 Riverside Dr.

Columbus, Ohio

614-645-3400

Hours: 9am-5pm daily; Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day, 9am-6pm.

Admission Charged

The zoo is located along the banks of the Scioto River in Northwest Columbus. Sights include a 100,000-gallon coral reef exhibit, one of the largest reptile collections in the United States and the largest manatee exhibit outside Florida. The newest Southeast Asia exhibit brings Komodo dragons, gibbons, orangutans, Asian small-clawed otters, black swans, Javan whistling ducks, and cattle egrets to the zoo. Travel the world by viewing wildlife species from all corners of the globe.

The Santa Maria

The Santa Maria is located just north of the Broad Street Bridge, moored in the Scioto River, at Battelle Riverfront Park, at Marconi Blvd. and West Broad Street, 2 blocks west of the State House.

Columbus, Ohio

614-645-0351

April 5 – May 23, Wed-Fri: 10 am – 3 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon – 5 pm

May 24 – Aug. 31, Wed-Fri: 10 am – 5 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon – 6 pm

September 1 – October 26, Wed-Fri: 10 am – 3 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon – 5 pm

Memorial Day: Noon- 5 pm; 4th of July: Noon- 5 pm; Labor Day: Noon- 5 pm

Admission Charged

Visit the world’s most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria. Imagine what it must have been like more than 500 years ago to embark on a voyage that would forever alter the world in which we live. Imagine using only wind and current for propulsion and a crude compass, the sun and the stars for direction!

The Santa Maria’s tours dramatize the daring and determination it took for Columbus and his explorers to set out on their mission. Experience the lives they led, interact with replicas of the navigational tools they used and play the games they played to pass the time.

Jack Nicklaus Museum
2355 Olentangy River Rd.

Columbus, Ohio
614-247-5959

Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-5pm.

Admission Charged
The Jack Nicklaus Museum; located in the heart of The Ohio State University sports complex in Jack’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, is a 24,000 square-foot educational and historical facility.

Kelton House Museum

586 E. Town St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-464-2022 or 800-228-3429

Hours: 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri., 1-4pm Sun.

Admission Charged

Beautiful Victorian home with focus on 19th century life in Columbus.

Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. Fifth Ave.

Columbus, Ohio

614-486-4402

Hours: 10am – 5pm, Mon-Fri; 1-5pm Sun.

Admission Free

Located near Upper Arlington and Grandview Ave. Exhibitions featuring artwork created in the field of the American crafts.

Ohio Historical Center

1982 Velma Ave.

Columbus, Ohio

614-297-2300 or 800-OLD-OHIO

Hours: 9am-5pm, Mon-Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. Call for holiday hours.

Admission Charged

Explores Ohio’s history, archaeology, natural history. Ohio Village represents a typical Ohio county seat during the Civil War era. In the Village’s 22 craft shops, residences, & civic building, interpreters share their knowledge of life in the 19th century.

Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame

145 S. Front St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-466-4496

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Display features the names of all of the members of the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and photographs and biographies of the most recent year’s inductees. Also features a video, “Women in Ohio’s History”.

German Village Society

588 S. Third St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-221-8888

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Located six blocks south of the state capitol and south of I-70 (Third and Fourth St. exits)

Restored 19th century German community containing beautifully renovated homes, shops and restaurants.

American Whistle Corporation

6540 Huntley Rd.

Columbus, Ohio

877-876-2380

Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri.

Tours available by appointment (minimum 15 people).

Admission charged for tour (Includes one free whistle)

Visit the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the USA.

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

1777 Arlingate Lane

Columbus, Ohio

614-748-8405

Tours: Mon-Fri. 9am-3 pm. Reservations required.

Admission Free

Visit one of the largest family-owned candy-making facilities in the US and shop for delicious chocolates.

Olentangy Indian Caverns

1779 Home Rd.

Columbus, Ohio

614-548-7917

Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Apr – Oct.

Admission Charged (Children under 7 free).

Cavern tours, Indian Museum, frontierland with gem mining, gift shop, snack bar. Cavern tours.

Shopping:

The North Market

59 Spruce St,

Columbus, Ohio

614-463-9664

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Fresh and prepared foods, flowers, ethnic cuisine, and unique gifts delight the senses at central Ohio’s only public market. Across from the Convention Center, the 30-plus merchant market sits on what was once the North Graveyard.

City Center Mall

111 S. 3rd St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-221-4900

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Major department stores.

Easton Town Center

I-270 and Easton Way

Columbus, Ohio

614-416-7001

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

This outdoor village, complete with two town-square areas with fountains, is an entertainment enclave with a score of restaurants, bars, and bistros; a multiplex movie theater; the Funnybone Comedy Club; and Gameworks interactive games and attractions.

Mall at Tuttle Crossing
5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.

Dublin, Ohio

614-717-9300

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Browse more than 125 shops and restaurants in the northwest suburb of Dublin. The mall is anchored by four department stores and has a children’s play area.

Polaris Fashion Place

1500 Polaris Pkwy.

Columbus, Ohio

Place is located near the Polaris Parkway exit on I-71, just north of I-270, about twenty minutes north of downtown.

614-846-1550

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

At 1.5 million square feet, Polaris Fashion Place is Central Ohio’s largest mall. Polaris Fashion

Short North Arts District

Short North Business Association
120 West Goodale Street

Columbus, Ohio
614-228-8050

Call for additional information

Short North straddles the best known street in town – High Street. High runs straight through town from end to end, north to south.

An arts and entertainment area featuring galleries, shops, eateries and nightclubs.

Parks and Gardens

Metro Parks
1069 W. Main St.

Westerville, Ohio
614-895-6365 or 614-508-8000, 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

Call for local park information

Admission Free

Metro Parks was established on April 14, 1945. Today, Metro Parks manages and operates 14 parks, comprising over 20,000 acres throughout seven Central Ohio counties. Metro Parks offers fun year-round. Each park has its own special and seasonal recreational facilities and activities, carefully balanced with the park’s natural environment.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road

Columbus, Ohio

614-895-6216

Hours: Gardens: 7am-dark daily

Innis House: Tues. – Fri. 8 am – 4:30 pm; Sat-Sun. 11 am – 4 pm.

Admission Charged

A 92 acre botanical garden and nature preserve with theme gardens and nature trails.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

1777 East Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio

614-645-TREE

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voted “best landscape in the world” in 1992. Visitors enjoy earthly wonders of the Himalayan Mountains, Tropical Rain Forest, Desert, Tree Fern Forest, Bonsai, and Orchids, outstanding seasonal shows, café & gift shop.

Downtown Walking Tour

Admission Free

Follow this tour to see downtown and some near-downtown neighborhoods and suburbs.

Difficulty: Easy

Time required: from two hours to all day.

1. Start with a tour of the Statehouse at Broad and High in the heart of downtown. You can park underneath. Historic Ohio Theater is along the south side of the Statehouse grounds on State St.; the Ohio is connected to City Center Mall.

2. From the Statehouse drive east on E. Broad St. The Columbus Museum of Art will be on the left; then after about a mile you will pass Franklin Park, where Ameriflora was held years ago. Continue past Franklin Park and you enter Bexley.

3. Turn left at Cassady Av., and then left at Maryland Av., to pass elegant mansions. Continue to Parkview Av.; turn left and follow Parkview back across Broad St. to E. Main St. Turn left on E. Main; in two blocks turn left at Drexel Av.

4. Take Drexel back to E. Broad St. and turn left. As you pass the old mansions along E. Broad, envision that there was once a boulevard down the middle of this present-day six-lane street. Many of the mansions are now office buildings.

5. Return to downtown, continue past the Statehouse and across the Scioto River to the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), on the left side of W. Broad. (The ‘Santa Maria’ replica will be on the right as you cross the river.)

6. From COSI head back across the river on W. Broad St. and turn right on Civic Center Drive. Go three blocks to W. Main St. and turn left; then turn right on S. High St. The historic Southern Hotel and Theater is on the corner of S. High and E. Main.

7. Head south on S. High St. After you cross I-70/71 you are in historic German Village, a great area to park and walk. Turn left on Kossuth St. and go several blocks to reach Schmidt’s, an authentic German restaurant in a restored building.

8. After visiting German Village, go north on S. High St. back through downtown. After you pass the Statehouse and the Columbus Convention Center you will be in a neighborhood called the Short North.

9. The Short North is an area of art galleries and trendy shops. Look for a parking lot along N. High St. if you want to shop. Continue north on N. High to reach the Ohio State University campus.

10. The N. High St. campus strip is kind of run down right now, but renovation plans are in the works. The OSU campus is along the left; the avant garde looking building on the left is the Wexner Center for the Arts.

11. At the northern edge of the OSU campus, turn left onto Lane Av. Follow Lane Av. until you cross the Olentangy River, then turn left on Olentangy River Rd. The new Schottenstein Arena is on the corner.

12. Right after you turn onto Olentangy River Rd., turn left on Woody Hayes Dr. After you cross back over the river turn right on Cannon Drive. The famous Ohio Stadium where Woody Hayes coached will be on the left.

13. Follow Cannon Drive until it ends into King Av. Turn left; Battelle Memorial Institute–where photocopying, space shuttle tiles, and other innovations were developed–will be along the right side of King Av.

14. After five blocks on King Av., turn right on Neil Av. This will take you through restored Victorian Village. After you pass under I-670 you will enter the Arena District and pass Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL Blue Jackets.

15. When Neil Av. ends into Dublin Rd. (US 33), turn right. Turn right on Grandview Av. in about a mile. After you climb a steep hill, you will be in downtown Grandview Heights. Turn left on First Av. When you reach Marble Cliff, the tour ends.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Magic Mountain Fun Center/Polaris
8350 Lyra Dr.
614-844-4386

Admission Charged.

Call for hours of operation.

Come play! Attractions include Adventure Golf, video and skill games, a KidsGym playland, bumper boats, laser tag, go-karts, rookie karts, sprint karts, a virtual roller coaster and a pizza buffet.

Wyandot Lake (part of the Six Flags family of amusement parks)

Six Flags
10101 Riverside Drive, Powell
1-800-328-9283 or 614-889-9283

Admission Charged.

Call for hours of operation.

At Wyandot Lake, you’ll find over 60 thrilling rides, slides and attractions for all ages! And when you come to Ohio’s premiere family water and amusement park, you get your excitement’s worth because everyone in your group can enjoy all our attractions – wet and dry – for one price!

Hocking Valley Canoe Livery & Family Fun Center

31251 Chieftain Dr.

614-385-9764 or toll free 800 686-0386

Open April-Oct.

Call for hours of operation.

Admission Charged.

Take U.S. Rte 33 E to Exit 33A, left four miles. Ideal for families and group outings. Canoe, Kayak, raft, go-karts, driving range, miniature golf. Season – April – Oct.

The Wilds

14000 International Rd., Columbus

614-638-5030

9 am – 5 pm daily.

Admission Charged.

Located 90 minutes southeast of Columbus on St. Rte. 146.

10,000 acre endangered species preserve. See rhinos, zebras, camels and more.

COSI Columbus (Center of Science and Industry)
333.W.Broad St.
888-819-COSI

Admission Charged.

Call for hours of operation.

Science, technology, history and more come alive in this interactive, architecturally-unique museum. COSI features interactive, discovery-based and themed exhibit areas, three theaters, the outdoor Big Science Park, the country’s only high wire unicycle, a restaurant, and shop. The exhibition areas – Adventure, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace, Ocean, Progress, and Space – each provides experiences for all age levels that creatively combine science facts and learning through play.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

9990 Riverside Dr., Columbus

614-645-3400

9am-5pm daily; Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day, 9am-6pm.

Admission Charged.

Located along the banks of the Scioto River in Northwest Columbus. Sights include a 100,000-gallon coral reef exhibit, one of the largest reptile collections in the United States and the largest manatee exhibit outside Florida. The newest Southeast Asia exhibit brings Komodo dragons, gibbons, orangutans, Asian small-clawed otters, black swans, Javan whistling ducks, and cattle egrets to the zoo. Travel the world by viewing wildlife species from all corners of the globe.

Ohio Historical Center

1982 Velma Ave.

614-297-2300 or 800-OLD-OHIO

9am-5pm, Mon-Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. Call for holiday hours.

Admission Charged.

Explores Ohio’s history, archaeology, natural history. Ohio Village represents a typical Ohio county seat during the Civil War era. In the Village’s 22 craft shops, residences, & civic building, interpreters share their knowledge of life in the 19th century.

American Whistle Corporation

6540 Huntley Rd., Columbus

877-876-2380

10am-4pm, Mon-Fri.

Tours available by appointment (minimum 15 people).

Admission charged for tour. (Includes one free whistle)

Visit the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the USA.

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

1777 Arlingate Ln.

614 -74-8405

Tours: Mon-Fri. 9 am – 3 pm. Reservations required.

Admission Free.

Visit one of the largest family-owned candy-making facilities in the US and shop for delicious chocolates.

Olentangy Indian Caverns

1779 Home Rd., Columbus

614-548-7917

9:30 am – 5 pm, Apr – Oct.

Admission Charged. (children under 7 free).

Cavern tours, Indian Museum, frontierland with gem mining, gift shop, snack bar. Cavern tours.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

March

Arnold Fitness Week

Greater Columbus Convention Center and Veterans Memorial

614-431-2600

Call for schedule.

Admission Charged.

This may be the largest fitness expo in the world! It routinely draws 10,000 athletes and more than 70,000 spectators. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Weekend features international fitness and strength competitions, a world-class fitness expo and continuous entertainment. Weekend highlights include men’s and women’s bodybuilding, women’s fitness competition, martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading and dance competition, a 5K pump and run race, World’s Strongest Man competition and arm wrestling.

Blooms & Butterflies (March-November)
Franklin Park Conservatory 1777 E. Broad St.
614-645-1802

Call for hours.

Admission Charged

Franklin Park Conservatory is a flutter with hundreds of butterflies at this popular annual event. Walk amid hundreds of the flying jewels–all different colors and sizes. You even can watch butterflies hatching from their cocoons.

May

Asian Festival

1777 E. Broad St.

614-463-1752

Call for exact dates and schedule.

Admission Free.

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Asia are captured at this event. Sample Asian cuisine from a gamut of countries, shop the Asian market, keep the kids active with hands-on activities, and be entertained by the stage performances and cultural booths.

June

Columbus Rose Festival

Whetstone Park of Roses

3923 N. High St.

614-645-3350

Admission Charged.

Call for exact dates and hours.

The 2 day festival is held when roses are at their peak. Take in the sights and smells, or attend a floral design workshop by a gardening expert, listen to live entertainment, or buy a few plants.

Festival Latino

Downtown Riverfront
Bicentennial Park, Genoa Park & Civic Center Drive

614-645-7995

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Free.

Show off your salsa, banda, cumbia, merengue, mariachi, Afro-Cuban or Andean talents, or learn how you can acquire some at this two-day fiesta. Taste the culture at the local restaurants specializing in across-the-border fare.

Greater Columbus Arts Festival

Downtown Riverfront

614-224-2606
Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Free.

More than 300 of the nation’s best artists display their works at this annual 3-day street festival and show along the riverfront in downtown Columbus. Music, food, and art activities add to the festivities.

North Market Berries and Dairy Festival

59 Spruce Street, one block north of Nationwide Arena and one block one block west of
Greater Columbus Convention Center

614-463-9664

Admission Free.

Call for exact dates and times.

The day-long festival will feature berry and dairy related foods throughout the North Market and outdoors at the Farmers’ Market, as well as children’s activities, roving entertainers, music, recipes and samples.

July

Red, White and Boom

Downtown riverfront, Columbus

614-421-2666

Call for date and hours.

The annual Independence Day celebration is full of live music, a parade, and food and is topped off by one of the most extravagant fireworks displays in the Midwest!

The Doo Dah Parade

Goodale Park (Intersection of Park Street and Buttles Ave. in Short North)

Admission Free.

The Doo Dah parade is a satirical celebration of life and lunacy. There is no fee to enter just show up and show off.

August

OHIO STATE FAIR

State Fairgrounds, I-71 at 17th Ave. (Expo Center)

614-221-6623 or 800-345-4386

Call for exact date and hours.

Admission Charged.

It’s not summer until you see the life-size butter cow at one of the largest state fairs in the country. This 17 day fair features everything from star studded performers and heart stopping rides to livestock exhibits and exceptional displays for the whole family to enjoy. Nationally known musical acts, one of the world’s longest sky rides and the largest junior fair in the nation are highlights. Agricultural displays, children’s contests, tractor pulls, laser light shows, and, of course, the butter cow, are mainstays.

Buckeye Invitational

Palace Theater

614-459-0400

Admission Charged

Call for exact date and schedule.

International barbershop competition featuring both men’s and women’s choruses and quartets.

Dublin Irish Festival

Coffman Park

5600 Post Road

614-410-4545 or 800-647-1518

Call for exact dates and hours.

Admission Charged.

Celebrate all things Irish during the annual event, which showcases Irish dance, music and culture.

September

Columbus Family Fun Fest
Riverfront Amphitheater, Genoa Park, Washington Boulevard
614-645-4313

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Free.

Celebrate family at Columbus’ most family friendly festival. Columbus’ downtown riverfront will host extreme sports entertainment, river rides, artistic adventures and an evening fireworks extravaganza, Stars and Stripes, over the Scioto.

Columbus Italian Festival
St. John the Baptist Church, 720 Hamlet St.
614-BYI-TALY

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Charged.

Enjoy fun for the entire family including live entertainment, an open-air market and fabulous food and drink. Whether you’re Italian or not, the Columbus Italian Festival will make you feel like part of the family.

October

German Village Oktoberfest

Mohawk Alternative School Athletic Field

Northeast corner of South Grant and East Livingston Ave.

614-224-4300 or 614-221-8888

Admission Charged.

The German Village Oktoberfest is a celebration blending a time-honored German festival with the vitality and charm of a thriving urban neighborhood. More than 30 bands performing on three stages, a wide variety of authentic German food, as well as artisans and shops; Oktoberfest continues to brew a whole new tradition of fun.

Harvest Festival

North Market, 59 Spruce Street

614-463-9664

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Free.

Shop for crisp apples, flavorful squash, pumpkins and other autumn produce while enjoying an array of fall entertainment at the North Market’s Annual Harvest Festival. The day-long event features cooking demonstrations, amateur pie contest, music, free apple cider and pumpkin bread, roving entertainers, face painting, balloons and other children’s activities.

Columbus Marathon, Inc.
929 Harrison Ave. Suite 202

Downtown Columbus.

614-42-7866

Call for information.

Admission Charged.

Watch runners wind through a fast and friendly 26.2 miles of streets in the downtown area and surrounding suburbs during the 3 day event, which includes a free sports and fitness expo. The Columbus Marathon has no limit on the size of the field and requires no qualifying time to enter. Participants must be at least 18 years of age as of race day to enter.

November

Columbus International Festival
Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.
614-421-4400

Call for dates and times.

Admission Charged.
The 49th annual Columbus International festival is an entertaining and educational event sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of the United Nations Association. Numerous countries will be represented through food, exhibits, education, shopping and entertainment.

December

Winterfair
Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave.
614-486-7119

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Charged (seniors and children free).

Artists from across the nation will showcase their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metal, jewelry, photography and sculpture. It’s the perfect place to pick up holiday gifts.

Sandusky, Ohio

A- Overview:
Best known for being the home of Cedar Point, many of the Sandusky’s other fine features are often overlooked. First, there is its ideal location on Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie, making it the perfect spot for fishing, boating and sailing. Sandusky is also known for its elegant Victorian architecture and has over 30 buildings that are listed on the historic register. A national survey ranked Sandusky as one of the top 5 favorite family vacation destinations in America.

Sandusky’s fame is, of course, justifiably due in great part to Cedar Point Amusement Park. This major amusement center has consistently been voted the number one amusement park in the United States, and features more spectacular roller coasters and total rides than virtually any other park in the world. It’s one of the main reasons the park draws millions of visitors annually. Hopefully you will be one of them.

The city borders beautiful Lake Erie. This has added to Sandusky’s unique identity and heritage. Take a walk along the waterfront, and you will know why. You will walk amid renovated historic buildings as well as new, modern structures.

While no visit to Sandusky is complete without visiting Cedar Point, there are plenty of other sites, attractions, and things to do. You can visit the African Safari Wildlife Park and view exotic animals, tour Thomas Edison’s birthplace and see some of his greatest inventions, or even take a ride on an antique carousel at the Merry-Go-Round Museum. If culture is more to your liking, be sure to visit the Hayes Presidential Center. It’s the home of the first Presidential library in the country.

If you happen to be visiting in the summer, be sure get wet at Soak City. This 18-acre water park offers splashing fun for the whole family. It will be a sure fire hit with the kids.

Be prepared for the weather while visiting as Sandusky has four distinct seasons with temperatures always getting cooler at night. Be sure to dress accordingly.

Sandusky continues its renaissance as a cultural and recreational destination with quality shopping, dining and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. The distinctive historic architecture, beautifully landscaped parks, friendly atmosphere, world class attractions, and seasonal beauty offer a charm that makes Sandusky a truly memorable place to visit.

B- City Information:
Population: 27,844

Elevation: 600 Feet Above Sea Level

Land Area: 10 Square Miles

Location: Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky has over 22 miles of shoreline within the city limits.

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time and observes Daylight Savings Time

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
25.6
28.0
36.9
47.8
59.4
69.2
73.8
72.0
65.2
53.8
42.6
31.2

High temperature (°F)
32.2
35.0
44.3
55.9
67.4
77.2
81.8
79.9
73.4
61.8
49.1
37.2

Low temperature (°F)
18.9
21.0
29.5
39.6
51.3
61.2
65.7
64.0
56.9
45.7
36.0
25.1

Precipitation (in)
1.9
1.7
2.5
3.0
3.4
4.2
3.3
3.7
3.2
2.3
2.7
2.5

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
15
13
14
14
13
11
10
10
10
10
13
15

Wind speed (mph)
12.1
11.6
11.7
11.3
9.9
9.0
8.2
7.9
8.5
9.7
11.3
11.6

Morning humidity (%)
80
79
80
78
79
81
83
88
87
83
80
80

Afternoon humidity (%)
71
68
62
57
57
57
57
60
59
59
66
72

Sunshine (%)
34
40
47
52
59
65
67
63
60
52
33
28

Days clear of clouds
4
4
5
5
6
7
8
9
8
8
3
3

Partly cloudy days
6
6
6
8
10
11
12
11
10
8
6
5

Cloudy days
22
19
20
17
15
12
11
11
12
15
20
23

Snowfall (in)
12.3
10.5
9.0
2.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
4.0
10.4

Local Seasons:

Sandusky has four very distinct seasons. The winter can be cold, but bearable, as temperatures average below freezing from December through February. Snow can be seen as early as October and as late as April. It makes this season the perfect time for enjoying a warm fire and hot chocolate as well as Mother Nature in Her “white phase”. Spring brings a welcome change of season as the abundant foliage comes alive. It’s a perfect time to get out of doors and enjoy some of the many sites and events in the city. Summer is the season for Sandusky due to its nationally known theme park and access to Lake Erie. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy this beautiful lake as it is usually dotted with a variety of boats throughout the summer. Fall is a time of beauty as the leaves turn and Nature puts on a beautiful and enticing show of colors. Whenever your visit is planned, Sandusky will inspire you with its weather for each and every season.

Getting There:

By Air:

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
5300 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135

216- 265-6000

Sandusky is 55 miles west of Cleveland Hopkins Int’l. Airport and 65 miles east of Toledo Municipal Airport. There is also a local Sandusky airport if you have a private plane.

By Car:

Located midway between Cleveland and Toledo in Sandusky, Ohio. Take the Ohio Turnpike (I-80) or I-90 (from Cleveland) follow the signs north on U.S. 250 or follow Route 4 north.

By Bus:

Greyhound
800-231-2222
6513 Milan Rd. (U.S. Rt. 250) Sandusky

Call for schedule information

By Train:

Amtrak
1-800-USA-RAIL
Sandusky and Erie County are linked to the entire United States by daily Amtrak trains.

Getting around:

Due to the variety of things to do and see outside of Sandusky, the easiest way to get around is by car.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
African Safari Wildlife Park

Sandusky, Ohio

800-521-2660

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This drive-thru safari has exotic animals, camel and pony rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races, a gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar, and a cafe & grill.

Cedar Downs

1935 Cleveland Rd. (U.S. Rt. 6)

Sandusky, Ohio
419-626-6761

Open daily, year-round, from noon until the last race after midnight.

Admission Charged
Ohio’s first off-track gaming and entertainment establishment where you can bet on live horse races from tracks around the country, at such noted venues as Churchill Downs, Gulf Stream, Santa Anita, Saratoga, the Meadowlands, and many more. Food, cocktails, bowling, billiards, and arcade games available.

Cedar Point Amusement Park
1 Cedar Point Dr.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-2350

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Located on a scenic Lake Erie peninsula, Cedar Point amusement park/resort is currently home to more rides (67) and roller coasters (16) than any other park in the world. Opened in 1870, the historic amusement park also features a wide variety of live entertainment, merchandise gift shops, restaurants, kid’s areas, and much more! Cedar Point is also home to an 18-acre water park, family activity complex, mile-long beach, and two large marinas. Cedar Point has received the prestigious “Golden Ticket Award” for being named the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for many consecutive years in an international survey conducted by Amusement Today, an industry publication that covers amusement and water park news and trends. Top Thrill Dragster, is one of the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world!

Challenge Parkat Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Dr.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-2350

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Challenge Park is an action-packed activity center that features a RipCord Skycoaster, two high-speed go-kart tracks, two challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses and X-Treme Trampoline. Challenge Park also offers a popular arcade with state-of-the-art video games and a food stand that features hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks.

Eleutheros Cooke House
1415 Columbus Ave.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-0640

Open Apr. – Dec.; by appointment only Jan. – Mar., call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Sandusky is known for its collection of limestone buildings, including this Greek revival. It includes a ruby and cranberry glass collection, antique furnishings, garden, greenhouse, and gift shop.

Follett House Museum
404 Wayne St. (off U.S. Rt. 6)

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-9608

Open Apr. – Dec.; by appointment only Jan. – Mar., call for hours of operation

Admission Free
Tour a 1830s home filled with Victorian house wares, toys, clothing, and furnishings. This museum has Civil War artifacts from the nearby Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison.

Ghostly Manor
3319 Milan Rd. (U.S. Rt. 250)

Sandusky, Ohio

419-626-4467

Open Jun. – Oct. Handicap accessible; call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Ghostly Manor is a non-stop event that contains the best in “Haunted House” technology. Ghosts lurk in every corner as you wander through this old mansion. Nightmares become reality.

Lagoon Deer Park
St. Rt. 269 (between U.S. Rt. 6 & St. Rt. 2)

Sandusky, Ohio
419-684-5701 or 419-84-5627

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Pet and hand-feed deer and view over 200 exotic animals. Feed the hungry fish or, for a fee, fish in a stocked lagoon. The gift shop features Native American items. Picnic areas available; open May to mid-Oct.

Lyman Harbor
1615 First St. (off U.S. Rt. 6)

Sandusky, Ohio
419-626-6545

Call for schedule

Admission Charged for Events
Sandusky’s premier waterfront entertainment complex with a million dollar view once housed the acclaimed Lyman Boat Works. After extensive renovation, Lyman Harbor will offer scheduled events throughout the year. One can enjoy waterfront fine dining or casual outdoor dining along the pier. Take in a live concert or evening at the nite club; attend a trade-show. Transient boat dockage and services available.

Maritime Museum of Sandusky
125 Meigs St.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-624-0274

Open year-round, call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Explore Sandusky’s rich maritime history through local artifacts, photos, and maps; view displays of Lyman Boat Works, local passenger boats and freighters, and many other boats built in Sandusky.

Merry-Go-Round Museum
Corner of U.S. Rt. 6 and Jackson St.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-626-6111

Open daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day; weekends only in Jan. and Feb.; and Wed – Sun all other times, call for hours of operation.

Admission Charged
Affordable family fun! Ride into history on an antique carousel, enjoy visiting with wood carvers as they create new carousel horses, listen to the familiar music of band organs, take a guided tour, and learn about the art and history of carousels. Exhibits change annually. Unique carousel-
themed items can be found in the museum gift store.

North Coast Parasail & Water Sports
At the Cedar Point Beach

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-2279

Open Memorial Day – Labor Day., call for schedule and reservations

Admission Charged
Visit North Coast Parasail, on the beach in back of the Cedar Point Aquatic Stadium. Experience the thrills of WaveRunner riding and parasailing. Early bird discounts are available. Park admission is not required.

Soak City
at Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-2350

Open daily May 22 – Sept 6, and Sept 11, 12, 18 & 19, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
This 18-acre water park offers splashing fun for the whole family with a wave action pool, body and tube slides, inner tube rivers, special areas for small children, and an adults-only area. New this summer is Splash Zone, a multi-story interactive play area.

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Ave. (off U.S. Rt. 6)

Sandusky, Ohio

419-626-1950 or 877-378-2150

Call for schedule

Admission Charged for Events
This beautiful, fully-restored, 1,550-seat historic venue presents top-name entertainment including touring Broadway musicals, popular and country music stars, stage productions for youth audiences, weekend film screenings.

Other Nearby Attractions

Bellevue

Historic Lyme Village
St. Rt. 4 (south of St. Rt. 113)

Bellevue, Ohio
419-483-6052

Open Jun. – Aug., and Sundays only in May and Sept., call for a schedule of special events.

Admission Charged
Visit this 19th century village of historic homes, barns, and buildings. A 1880s mansion serves as the village museum.

Mad River & NKP Railroad Society Museum
Southwest St. (south of U.S. Rt. 20)

Bellevue, Ohio

419-483-2222

Open daily Memorial Day – Labor Day, and weekends only in May, Sept., and Oct., call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Tour a station house, museum, and a railroad yard loaded with engines, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Gift shop, bus parking, and picnic area available.

Seneca Caverns – Natural Landmark
St. Rt. 269 S.

Bellevue, Ohio

419-483-6711

Call for hours of operation

Open daily Memorial Day – Labor Day and weekends only in May, Sept., and through mid-Oct.

Admission Charged
Discovered in 1872, Seneca Caverns allows you to explore the earth’s depths. Take an hour-long guided tour, pan for gemstones at Seneca Mining Company, shop at Hollow Rock Gifts, and picnic in the shade.

Sorrowful Mother Shrine
4106 St. Rt. 269,

Bellevue, Ohio

419-483-3435

Open year-round, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Walk through 140 wooded acres featuring the Stations of the Cross. Either an open-air or historic chapel hosts mass Mon – Sat at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sun 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Berlin Heights

Samuel Patterson® Baskets
51 Mechanic St. (off St. Rt. 61)

Berlin Heights, Ohio
888-905-1858

Open year-round, Mon – Fri, except holidays

Admission Charged
Visit the oldest basket making business in Ohio (and third oldest in the nation). Established in 1858 by Samuel Patterson, the family-run company makes wooden fruit & vegetable baskets for growers and farmers, and beautiful hardwood maple decorative baskets for the home.

Fremont

Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove

Fremont, Ohio

419-332-2081or 800-998-PRES

Open daily, year-round, except major holidays, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Tour the 31-room Hayes Victorian Mansion and visit the nation’s first presidential library. The 25-acre center includes tombs of our 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes, and his wife, Lucy.

Huron

Huron Playhouse
In McCormick School on Ohio St. (off U.S. Rt. 6)

Huron, Ohio
419-433-4744 (summer only) or 419/433-3503

Call for schedule

Admission Charged
Ohio’s oldest continuing summer theatre will bring five, fully-staged productions this summer season. Don’t miss out on all the exciting musicals, comedies, mysteries, and melodramas.

Kellys Island

Glacial Grooves
Kelleys Island

Admission Free to View

Located adjacent to the Kelleys Island State Park on the north side of Kelleys Island, the Glacial Grooves are the largest in the world. The bedrock which was sculpted by the Pleistocene Glaciers to form the magnificent grooves of Kelleys Island were caused as heavy glaciers, which had rocks and boulders embedded in it’s base, moved south carving out the relatively soft island limestone.

Inscription Rock

Admission Free to View
This large limestone rock is on the south shore of Kelleys Island just east of downtown. The remains of at least two Native American villages were found very near the rock. The 32 x 21’ surface of the rock is covered with one of the finest examples of aboriginal art in the Great Lakes region. Known as a petroglyph, no one is sure what the unusual drawings depicted. The most widely accepted theory is that the large rock was used as a “message stone” where various Native Americans would make drawings noting that they’d been there, how the hunting or fishing had been and/or where they were headed next.

Marblehead

Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill
8232 East Harbor Rd. (St. Rt. 163 E)

Marblehead, Ohio

419-798-5230

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Prehistoric Forest includes a forest filled with 15 life-sized dinosaurs, a 40-foot waterfall, an erupting volcano, and an archeological site. Take great photos of exotic animals. Experience Mystery Hill and defy the laws of nature in this hands-on attraction! Visit the gift shop, arcade, miniature golf, cabins, and playground.

Milan

Edison Birthplace
9 Edison Dr. (off St. Rt. 113)

Milan, Ohio

419-499-2135

Open Feb. – Dec., call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Visit Thomas Edison’s 1847 birthplace. Tour his boyhood home, and see displays of some of his accomplishments as the world’s greatest inventor.

Milan Historical Museum
10 Edison Dr. (off St. Rt. 113)

Milan, Ohio
419-499-2968

Open Tues – Sun, May – Sept., call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Tour one acre of beautiful grounds and gardens along with seven historic buildings. Visit the 1846 Galpin House with Mowry Glass exhibit, a Doll House with 400 beautiful dolls,
or the 1843 Sayles House, a restored Victorian home. Explore Milan’s unique canal history. Located one block from Thomas Edison’s Birthplace.

Port Clinton

Monsoon Lagoon Water Park & Family Fun Center
1530 S. Danbury Rd. N (St. Rt. 269 N)

Port Clinton, Ohio

419-732-6671

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Monsoon Lagoon is a fantastic outdoor water park and family fun complex. Affordable water and thrill rides! WOW what a drenching you’ll receive under the gigantic tipping bucket or zooming down the Typhoon Rush slide tower. Mom and Dad can enjoy the afternoon relaxing at the tiki swim-up bar with a favorite tropical drink.

Put-In-Bay

Island Transportation
Toledo and Delaware Sts., P.O. Box 190

Put-in-Bay, Ohio
419-285-4855

Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Island tours of historic Put-in-Bay. This tour train departs frequently from downtown Put-in-Bay for a narrated tour of island attractions including Perry’s Cave, Heineman’s Winery & Crystal Cave, an island historical museum, and Perry’s Monument. The Island Fun Pack Tour is interesting, educational, and fun for the entire family.

Tiffin

Crystal Traditions of Tiffin
145 Madison St.

Tiffin, Ohio

419-448-4286 or 888-298-7236

Showroom and outlet open year-round, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
The glass industry came to Tiffin in 1889. Tour a facility continuing to keep the tradition of glass blowing and hand wheel engraving alive. Crystal Traditions has a growing reputation as a maker of quality crystal giftware, awards, and trophies.

Tiffin University / Chisholm Auditorium
155 Miami St. (off St. Rt. 53)

Tiffin, Ohio

419-447-6442

Call for schedule

Admission Charged for Events
Recognized as a cultural center for the performing arts and art exhibitions in northwest Ohio, visitors enjoy a range of productions in TU’s Performing Arts Series featuring music, comedy, lectures..

Tiffin Glass Museum & Shoppe
25-27 S. Washington St.

Tiffin, Ohio

419-448-0200

Open year-round, Tues-Sat 1-5 p.m.; other times by appointment.

Admission Charged
Tours and retail sales of Tiffin Glass and other fine glassware and collectibles. See a display of original Tiffin glass produced at the Tiffin Glass Factory from 1889-1980.

The Ritz Theatre
30 S. Washington St. (off St. Rt. 53)

Tiffin, Ohio

419-648-8544

Call for schedule

Admission Charged for Events
The Ritz Theatre presents professional singers and musicians, Broadway productions, community theatre, and children’s productions in a restored 1928 Italian Renaissance landmark.

Heidelberg College
310 E. Market St.

Tiffin, Ohio

419-448-2000

Call for schedule

Admission Charged for Events
One of the best small, private liberal arts colleges in the Midwest, Heidelberg College is home to 1,600 graduate and undergraduate students. The college annually provides a variety of cultural, arts, and academic offerings, from large- and small-scale music recitals and theatre performances to lectures and presentations, most of which are free and open to the public.

Vermilion

Inland Seas Maritime Museum
480 Main St. (off U.S. Rt. 6)

Vermilion, Ohio
440-967-3467 or 1-800-893-1485

Open daily, year-round, call for days and hours of operation.

Admission Charged
Experience the history of the Great Lakes through interactive and hands-on exhibits, ship models, maritime art, and an authentic 1910 steamship pilot house. Explore shipwrecks, steam engines, original timbers from the Niagara, and models of Great Lakes vessels.

Underground Railroad Tour

Western Reserve Alpaca Farm
13010 West Lake Rd. (U.S. Rt. 6)

Vermilion, Ohio

440-967-6267 or 877-987-7988

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Home to over 100 alpaca on the shores of Lake Erie. Guests welcome daily to view our animals.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
African Safari Wildlife Park

Sandusky, Ohio

800-521-2660

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This drive-thru safari has exotic animals, camel and pony rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races, a gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar, and a cafe & grill.

Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort
1 Cedar Point Dr.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-2350

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Located on a scenic Lake Erie peninsula, Cedar Point amusement park/resort is currently home to more rides (67) and roller coasters (16) than any other park in the world. Opened in 1870, the historic amusement park also features a wide variety of live entertainment, merchandise gift shops, restaurants, kid’s areas, and much more! Cedar Point is also home to an 18-acre water park, family activity complex, mile-long beach, and two large marinas. Cedar Point has received the prestigious “Golden Ticket Award” for being named the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for many consecutive years in an international survey conducted by Amusement Today, an industry publication that covers amusement and water park news and trends. Top Thrill Dragster, is one of the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world!

Ghostly Manor
3319 Milan Rd. (U.S. Rt. 250)

Sandusky, Ohio

419-626-4467

Open Jun. – Oct. Handicap accessible; call for hours of operation

Admission Charged
Ghostly Manor is a non-stop, very high startle event that contains the best in “Haunted House” technology. Ghosts lurk in every corner as you wander through this old mansion. Nightmares become reality.

Merry-Go-Round Museum
Corner of U.S. Rt. 6 and Jackson St.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-626-6111

Open daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day; weekends only in Jan. and Feb.; and Wed – Sun all other times, call for hours of operation.

Admission Charged
Affordable family fun! Ride into history on an antique carousel, enjoy visiting with wood carvers as they create new carousel horses, listen to the familiar music of band organs, take a guided tour, and learn about the art and history of carousels. Exhibits change annually. Unique carousel-
themed items can be found in the museum gift store.

Soak City
at Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr.

Sandusky, Ohio

Open daily May 22 – Sept 6, and Sept 11, 12, 18 & 19, call for hours of operation

419-627-2350

Admission Charged
This 18-acre water park offers splashing fun for the whole family with a wave action pool, body and tube slides, inner tube rivers, special areas for small children, and an adults-only area.

Halloweekends – Monster Fun

1 Cedar Point Dr.

Sandusky, Ohio

419-627-2350

Call for exact dates (usually late September through October) and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Coaster thrills combine with spine-tingling chills at HalloWeekends! Experience unearthly entertainment, haunted houses, a children’s funhouse, Werewolf Canyon and terrifying Fright Zone, where Screamsters lurk in the fog.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

Summer

Sandusky’s Gazebo Concert Series

Weekly at Washington Park in downtown Sandusky

Harbor Concert Series

Weekly at Lyman Harbor

1615 First Street Sandusky

July 4th weekend

Stars and Stripes Celebration

Washington Park, Downtown Sandusky

Mid-July

Tall Ships Festival

A major weekend event featuring the arrival of the Tall Ships, musical entertainment, and a party at the Plaza. (Schade-Mylander Plaza)

September

Early September

Cruisin’ By the Bay

Annual Car and Truck Show with auto-related contests, street vendors, drag races, and fun for all in downtown Sandusky.

Annual North American Sail & Power Boat Show

440-899-5009 Cedar Point

EST at The In-Water Boat Show at Cedar Point showcases more than $50 million in boats and boating equipment. Taking center stage will be over 700 new and pre-enjoyed boats up to 65′. The newest motor yachts, runabouts, cruisers, fishing boats, jet skis, pontoons, ski boats, and sailboats from all the top manufacturers will be showcased for the first time. Plus, show goers will catch the latest wave of new products at hundreds of accessory, equipment and service displays including marine electronics, sailing gear, nautical clothing, jewelry, marinas, boat lettering and more.

Call for exact dates and hours of operation

Late September through October

Halloweekends – Monster Fun

419-627-2350 Cedar Point

Coaster thrills combine with spine-tingling chills at HalloWeekends! Experience unearthly entertainment, haunted houses, a children’s funhouse, Werewolf Canyon and terrifying Fright Zone, where Screamsters lurk in the fog. This is a fun, family-friendly event! Call for exact dates (usually late September through October) and hours of operation

Arts and Entertainment

Huron Playhouse

419-433-4744

Call for schedule
Admission Charged.

The oldest continually running summer theatre in the area, and located in nearby Huron, the Huron Playhouse generally offers around five productions each summer, which include musicals, comedies, mysteries and melodramas.

Chrisholm Auditorium

155 Miami Street
Tiffin University— Tiffin, OH
Tiffin, OH 44883-2109

Located in nearby Tiffin, Ohio, on the campus of Tiffin University, the Chisholm Theatre has garnered a reputation as the cultural centre of Northwest Ohio, by hosting an ever changing array of art exhibitions.

Sandusky State Theatre

Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870-2503

The Sandusky State Theatre offers a venue for concerts, musical productions and other plays, and is host to many touring national acts and productions. This historic theatre has served as a gathering place through the years.

Outdoor Activities

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

2715 Cleveland Road West, Huron

Woussickett Golf Course

6311 Mason Road, Sandusky, OH 44870-9323

This golf course offers all that the golfer may want or need, with a driving range, a full-service bar and grill, a pro shop, sixty five covered gas carts, and tee times seven days a week.

Sawmill Creek Gold Course

300 Sawmill Creek
Huron

This Tom Fazio designed course, first opened in 1973, offers a unique eighteen-hole lakeshore course that features rolling and undulating greens that supply aesthetic pleasure as well as varied levels…