Tag Archive: Ohio attractions

Nov 06

The Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky

Early "Armored Horse"

Sandusky, Ohio is home to a fascinating museum devoted to the history of the carousel and merry-go-round. You will be amazed at the history of the different styles of animals used throughout the years. There are so many subtle variations within the different styles. Another feature is a full sized and working carousel within the …

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Jul 24

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Candy/Roasted nuts counter

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl is a real off the beaten path gem in Zanesville, Ohio. Sher and I were told to be sure to take in this local treat shop by Alan Cottrill, a local artist. (read about our time with him here.) This favorite shop has been in business since 1948. The history of …

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Apr 07

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus Ohio


The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio is a most remarkable facility. Nestled in the beauty of the Franklin Park, the Conservatory houses a wide varitey of fauna from all over the world. Different ecosystems are represented in different “rooms” within the massive structure. Himalayan Mountain fauna is found in one of …

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Mar 30

1916 era monument to National Road “modern imporvements” in Ohio

You are 220 miles from the start of the National Road in Cumberland, MD.

The Eagles Nest monument on the National Road (US 40) was erected around 1916 after a 29 mile stretch of the then umimproved and often nearly impassable road was replaced with concrete. The stretch of highway ran from Zanesville to Hebron. The monument is a large granite rock with some interesting inscriptions carved into the …

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Mar 08

Arnold puts on a huge Sports Fitness Festival

The streets and sidewalks were packed!

We were visiting family near Columbus Ohio this weekend. We all piled into their van and headed out for the day. We ended up in downtown Columbus and were amazed by the huge crowd at the conention center for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Fitness Festival. According to local media over 180,000 people attended the weekend event. …

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