and Nearby Attractions
People throughout the entire world know about Cedar
Point. It's the number-one rated amusement park on the
planet. This year Cedar Point will debut "Windseeker",
a 30-story-tall swing ride. Windseeker will tower above everything
around its location on the beach, rising almost as high as
the Millennium Force roller coaster's giant first hill. The
new WindSeeker will be a 301-foot-tall tower that will spin
riders nearly 30 stories above the Lake Erie shoreline. At
the top, the swings will be reaching speeds between 25-30
mph, flaring out almost 45 degreees from the tower. Every
year more than three million people visit Cedar Point. Discount
discounts are available at the Shelby/Mansfield KOA. www.cedarpoint.com.
Ohio Festival kicks off Miss Ohio Week. It is held the
weekend prior to the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant in downtown
Mansfield in June. The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program will
feature 29 young women from around the state of Ohio. Festival
is held June 15 - 17th, 2013.
Sports Car Course
This 2.4–mile road course boasts six national and international
motorsports events during its season. Fans can roam the 330-acre
facility, spread a blanket on one of the grassy mounds, and
enjoy the races. www.midohio.com.
First new hand carved wooden carousel to be build since the
early 1920s. Fifty-two beautiful animals and two chariots.
Indoor facility. Accessible to the handicapped. www.richlandcarrousel.com
Welcome to Carousel Magic! Step back in time as you watch
skilled craftsmen use time honored techniques of carving,
finishing, and painting to transform hardwood blocks into
prancing ponies and magical menagerie figures. Tour displays
will teach you about the history, styles, and construction
of carousels. Group tours by reservation. www.carouselmagic.com
Kingwood is the 47-acre former estate of Charles K. King.
The grounds are renowned for both their historic significance
and the brilliant floral displays of the new gardens. The
French Provincial mansion contains many rooms decorated with
Mr. King’s original furnishings and one of Ohio’s
outstanding horticultural libraries. An elegant greenhouse
features year-round displays and plant sales. The extensive
grounds offer opportunities for hiking and quiet isolation
from vehicles. www.kingwoodcenter.org
Witness the Holy Bible come to life before your very eyes.
Fifty-nine life-sized dioramas accompanied with special effects
and an audio text will provide for you an experience you will
never forget. Also included: Miracles of the Old Testament,
Ohio’s only wax museum, and the Christian Martyrs. A
collection of rare Bibles, woodcarvings, and American Votive
Folk Art are now on display. The museum is non-denominational.
Each tour is one hour in length and wheelchair accessible.
State Reformatory - Mansfield
With the cornerstone laid in 1886, this castle-like prison
was designed as a reformatory for young offenders. Abandoned
in 1990, the original cellblocks and administration areas
remain intact. Four major motion pictures have been filmed
on location, including “The Shawshank Redemption”
and “Air Force One.” Listed on the nation Register
of Historic Places, tour admissions are applied directly to
the preservation of the building. Not handicapped accessible.
The largest eating festival in Ohio of German heritage. This
years dates are August 16 - 18, 2013.
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Murals - Bucyrus
“Great American Crossroads” depicts many stories
and scenes in the mural. The people and activities were chose
from various times throughtout the last 100 years. Over 130
Bucyrus citizens modeled for the artist, 88 of whom can be
found in the mural. The mural artist isEric Grohe of Marysville,
Washington. Also designed and painted by Eric Grohe during
the summer and fall of 2001, “Liberty Remembers”
honors veterans of all wars. The portraits of 284 Crawford
County veterans flank Lady Liberty, who is embracing a dying
soldier. During the painting of this mural, the events of
September 11, 2001, unfolded. Immediately after, Eric painted
a phrase on the banner which he taped to the mural and later
incorporated in the painting. The phrase, “Our flag
still waves. Her torch still shines,” can be seen on
the back arch of the monument. www.bucyrusohio.com
The history of Seneca caverns is long, you could say it started
over 460 million years ago. That's when the limestone bed
where the Caverns formed was laid under an inland sea. Limestone
is formed from the remains of shells from clams, coral and
other shellfish, which settle on the bottom of the sea over
Genealogical Society Library - Mansfield
This is a 15,000 volume genealogical library, primarily for
the Ohio family research. Included in this library are census
record, cemetery listings, and Bible records, and lineage
papers for first families of Ohio. www.ogs.com
Although Ohio’s Amish live the simple life, traveling
the country roads by horse and buggy, visitors to Amish country
can still see the sights from the comfort of their cars. Large,
white-painted farmhouses are scattered across the green fields.
Rows of paster dresses and black work pants hang to dry in
the sun. Barefoot boys wearing suspenders stroll alongside
Located at "Prairietown" on SR 97 between Butler
and Loudonville. Prairie Peddler Old West Festival - September
27th and 28th and October 4th and 5th.. 180 traditional craftsmen
in an outdoor setting. Old West theme, pioneer foods, family
September 29 & 30 and October 6 & 7, 2013.
Located on the headwater of the Clearfork River, the marsh
and old growth forest offers great birding and hiking opportunities.
A visitors center, outdoor display area for birds of prey
and a walk through songbird aviary are among its attractions.
A 1928 movie place in grand baroque design is now a nonprofit
community perfoming arts center. Shows range from children's
theater to the Mansfield Symphony. www.rparts.org
A 3,000-acre organic “mulch” vegetable
garden. View the reservoir, labor camps, greenhouses,
celery and radish harvesting machines in action, radish packaging
equipment and processing, packaging and loading all types
of vegetables from the months of June-September. OHIO Magazine
judged it one of the best industrial tours in the state. www.buurmafarms.com
Cooper’s produces the most delicious jams and jellies
you’ll ever spread on your bread. Their famous apple
butter is slow cooked over a wooden fire in 50-gallon copper
kettles, then poured into jars for national distribution.
Owners Miriam and David Cooper got their start with a simple
fresh fruit and vegetable stand outside their home in 1969.
The still use the original jelly recipes from David’s
Copper Kettle Works
The Picking Company is the oldest continuous manufacturer
in Bucyrus and the last of the hand-hammered copper kettle
shops in America. Tours available.
Summit Motorsports Park is a family owned business purchased
by Bill Bader, Sr. in 1974 and run today by Bill Bader, Jr.
Summit Motorsports Park (SMP) is located two miles east of
the City of Norwalk, Ohio, at the intersection of State Routes
18 and 601. Family entertainment is SMP's core business, with
nearly 500,000 visitors each year enjoying drag racing events
from April through October. The schedule has grown from 24
events in 1974 to 90 events in 2009. Providing outstanding
guest service, entertainment and fun with a focus on family
entertainment is our mantra. Our two biggest races of the
year, The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and our signature
event, the NAPA Night Under Fire. You can purchase tickets
to these or any of our events online www.SummitMotorsportsPark.com
or via phone 419-668-5555
Carl’s is the place to relive the 1950s. View a historic
Sinclair gas station and great vintage automobiles. Bucyrus.
Featuring ¼ mile go-kart track, miniature golf, batting
cages, arcade, kids race track and play area.
Enjoy the balloon race, balloon glow, entertainment, music
and food at the Ashland Balloon Fest. June 28th through July
A historical museum in the heart of Ohio depicting small town
and rural life from the 1820's to the present, with Fate Root
Heath Factory locomotives and Silver King tractors. The museum
is located in Plymouth, just 10 minutes from the campground.
The Oak Ridge Festival is an outdoor festival with over 125
costumed craftsmen selling their wares and demonstrating their
skills. Here history comes alive with mountain men, Native
Americans and pioneer families straight out of the 18th and
19th centuries. A food court offers delicious "country
vittles". Entertainment is scheduled at several different
stage locations in the woods. July 21st and 22nd, 2012.
For Everyone – Laser Tag!