Cedar Point Amusement Park
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.
Mid-Ohio 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.
Richland Carrousel Park
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
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
The Living Bible Museum
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. www.livingbiblemuseum.org
The Ohio 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. www.mrps.org
Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival
The largest eating festival in Ohio of German heritage. www.bucyrusbratwurstfestival.com
Eric Grohe Murals – Bucyrus
“Great American Crossroads” depicts many stories and scenes in the mural. The people and activities were chose from various times throughout 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 time. www.senecacavernsohio.com
The Ohio 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 pastel dresses and black work pants hang to dry in the sun. Barefoot boys wearing suspenders stroll alongside the road.
Located at “Prairietown” on SR 97 between Butler and Loudonville. Prairie Peddler Old West Festival. 180 traditional craftsmen in an outdoor setting. Old West theme, pioneer foods, family entertainment.
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
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. www.ohiobirdsanctuary.com
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
Celeryville Vegetable Farms
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 grandmother.
The Picking 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
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 Gas Station
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.
Ashland Balloon Fest
Enjoy the balloon race, balloon glow, entertainment, music and food at the Ashland Balloon Fest.
The Heritage Center Museum
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.
Oak Ridge Festival
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.
Crossroads Original Designs was founded in Bucyrus, Ohio in 2003 by brothers Jason and Justin McMullen. The family-owned and operated manufacturer of scented candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, framed art, and home décor accessories prides itself on offering distinctive products and excellent customer service. Crossroads jar candles are crafted from a blend of paraffin wax, premium fragrance and color, and feature a unique double-wisk design. Each candle is hand wicked and poured at their facility in Bucyrus, Ohio. www.crossroadscandles.com.