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November 2010 Issue

Too Much Culture, Food & Fun for Just One Day!

Head to the Buckeye State for African adventures, edible affairs and historical attractions.

Family Fun

Take the kids to meet the elephants when they return to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The opening of the brand-new African Elephant Crossing, on May 5, debuts a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly exhibit replicating natural and cultural aspects of Africa for the zoo’s five elephants.

Walk into the five-acre exhibit through the Crossing Gate, representing the exhibit’s theme of the balance for survival between elephants and the people of Africa. The gate also allows the elephants to cross between different ranges.

On one side of the gate is the Savanna Range, complete with a feeding station where guests can get nose-to-trunk with the elephants through viewing windows, and a swim area with a waterfall. On the other side is the wooded Mopani Range with a mud pit for the animals to roll in.

The exhibit also includes an African village modeled after Botswana, the Sydell L. Miller Elephant Care & Visitor Center and other African animals new to the zoo, including meerkats, naked mole rats, African rock pythons and a variety of native birds.

Be sure to check out other exhibits, like the Australian Adventure, The RainForest and the animals of the Northern Trek.

Edible Adventures
Embark on a grape escape with the Northcoast Grapevine Tours, launching this spring. Guests are taken around the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region during these tours that highlight the area’s array of wineries and educate tour goers on grape growing and wine making. Choose your own itineraries or have one custom-made to your taste for a full day of sampling and touring the beautiful countryside.

This summer, set out to sample the delicious cornucopia of food the college town of Athens has to offer with The 30 Mile Meal.

The area around Athens is fast becoming known as a haven for the local food movement with culinary delights aplenty, including farmers markets, independent bars and eateries, farms and food events.

The 30 Mile Meal project is an online interactive map that shows where hungry travelers can find everything from microbreweries to farm stands — all within a 30-mile radius of Athens. With more than 120 participating locales and a host of farm tours and food events on the way, foodies and families can plan a tasty trip to get to know the diverse culinary options of Athens.

Historical & Cultural Happenings

Step back in time and commemorate America’s Civil War sesquicentennial in Ohio. The Civil War 150 project pays homage to Ohio’s role in the war that shaped our nation’s history — like housing key generals, including Ulysses S. Grant, and stops on the Underground Railroad — with activities and events throughout the state.

The war comes to life with can’t-miss events, including “Corsets, Crinolines and Cravats – Historic CW Fashion” at Bryn Du Mansion in Granville. The May 4 lecture explores extravagant fashions of the era. On May 21, celebrate Newark’s hometown hero at the Johnny Clem Memorial Breakfast, with music, speakers, Civil War displays and a visit from Clem himself, at the Licking County Historical Society. See for yourself how soldiers lived during Pataskala’s Memorial Day Encampment with live re-enactors on May 30.

A Civil War history lesson wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the new American Civil War Museum of Ohio in Tiffin. With exhibits, artifacts, dioramas, mannequins and hands-on activities, the museum appeals to history buffs and casual visitors alike. The museum’s eight areas focus on topics such as “The Road to War,” examining the factors that contributed to its start, “Life of a Soldier” and “Medicine.” Visit with Civil War re-enactors doing period demonstrations when the museum hosts a Mustering Encampment on June 11–12.

Delve into music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. While men tend to dominate rock music, it’s ladies first with the opening of “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.” The groundbreaking new exhibit, May 13, 2011–Feb. 26, 2012, shows the important roles of women in rock with artifacts, video and listening stations. Highlighting more than 60 familiar and not-so-familiar faces, the exhibit takes you on a tour through rock history, starting with juke-joint blues singers of the 1920s, rocking all the way up to current pop stars like Lady Gaga.

Step even further back in time during a visit to Ancient Egypt with “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” at the Cincinnati Museum Center, through Sept. 5. Immerse yourself in the exotic world of the last queen of Egypt with nearly 150 artifacts, including jewelry and statues, never-before-seen in the U.S. The exhibit also details the modern-day search for the queen by two archaeologists, one who discovered her royal palace and two ancient submerged cities, and a second who is leading the hunt for the queen’s grave.

Ohio Tourism Month Brings Travel Discounts
While National Tourism Week takes place May 7–15, Ohio is kicking off the summer travel season with the Ohio Tourism Month campaign. During the entire month of May, Ohio attractions, restaurants, lodging facilities and destinations are offering specially priced travel packages, discounted attraction passes and more through the State of Ohio’s Tourism Division marketing efforts.

Here are great ways to find Ohio travel discounts:
Follow @DiscoverOhio on Twitter and “like” DiscoverOhio on Facebook for access to some great “insider” information. Find “secret handshake” type deals — secret words, actions or menu items that will provide discounts or upgrades at Ohio Tourism destinations.

Text “HI” to 95495 to enter the “Ohio Weekend Getaway” text-to-win campaign.

Register for Groupon at because deals offered from May 9–15 in Groupon’s Ohio markets (Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton) will be tourism-related, including restaurants, lodging, camping, travel packages, attraction admission or memberships, event or festival admissions and more.

Look for Ohio’s “Too Much Fun-Mobile” at selected events in Ohio and surrounding states. Everyone who spins the prize wheel will get a free item and information about discounted Ohio travel packages. A list of locations can be found on

Find the Ohio Tourism Division’s “hi” logo at a destination featured in our television ad or download it from, snap a photo and post it on the DiscoverOhio Facebook wall for a chance to win an Ohio weekend getaway.

For more ways to celebrate Ohio Tourism Month, call 1-800-BUCKEYE, or visit
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