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One Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
Cedar Point open May 11-Oct. 27, hours vary
Soak City open May 25-Sept. 2, hours vary
Challenge Park open May 10-Oct. 27, hours vary
Cedar Point will be adding a new roller coaster, The GateKeeper, to its roster of thrill rides when it opens May 2013. GateKeeper will dramatically fly above the main entrance to the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers. Riders will twice narrowly slot through new front gate portals and slide by buildings for near-miss excitement.
GateKeepers world-record-breaking statistics, incredible flying maneuvers and special elements make it a unique coaster experience, stated Cedar Point General Manager John Hildebrandt. GateKeeper is a roller coaster only Cedar Point can build and we are proud to add it to our incredible lineup of world-class attractions.
This new ride will be the longest wing roller coaster in the world and will boast the longest drop of any wing coaster on the planet.
For details on Cedar Point, its attractions and other questions, call 419-6227-2350 or visit www.cedarpoint.com.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force
Six miles northeast of Dayton, accessed off Interstates 70 and 75 to Interstate 675, exit 15, which is the Colonel Glenn Highway exit.
Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Parking and admission are free; however, there is a charge for the IMAX Theatre.
Each year more than one million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America's Air Force. The museum is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Thousands of personal artifacts, photographs and documents further highlight the people and events that comprise the Air Force storyline, from the beginnings of military flight to today's war on terrorism.
A number of popular and historically significant aircraft headline the museum's growing collection. Particularly noteworthy aircraft from the early years include a rare SPAD XIII, Caproni CA 36 bomber and an MB-2 bomber. The World War II collection includes the B-29 Bockscar that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, along with a P-51 and Japanese Zero. The F-86 and MiG-15 help represent the Korean War, with the F-4 among Vietnam standouts.
Modern favorites include the B-52, B-1, F-15, F-16, F-117 stealth fighter, the Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft, the F-22A Raptor and the world's only permanent public exhibit of a B-2 stealth bomber.
The museum features a world-class collection of presidential aircraft, including SAM (Special Air Mission) 26000, a Boeing VC-137C that served as President John F. Kennedy's Air Force One.
For details, visit the museum on the Web at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland
Open daily from 10 a.m. To 5:30 p.m.; open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays
Since the museums opening in 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has welcomed nearly eight million visitors from around the world and reaches more than 50,000 students and educators each year through its education programs on site and at great distances. The 150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, four theaters for films, special events and free public programs and ever-changing exhibits.
One of the highlights this year will be Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction, which is scheduled to open May 24, 2013. Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction will be the Museums first ever major exhibition capturing the bands legendary career spanning more than 50 years. It will include personal items and extraordinary collections that have never been seen before by the public. The exhibit will be open until March 2014.
Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for youth ages 9 through 12, and $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and museum members are free.
For details, call 216-781-7625 or visit www.rockhall.com online.
3850 Route 73, Peebles
March 1 -31, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 1-October 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 1- December 16, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 17-Febrary 28, Closed
Serpent Mound attracts visitors from all over the world. Thousands of years ago Native Ohioans populated the landscape with mounds and massive earthworks. In the late nineteenth century, Harvard University archaeologist Frederic Ward Putnam excavated Serpent Mound and, based on his work, later archaeologists attributed the effigy to the Adena culture that flourished from 800 B.C. to A.D. 100.This theory on the sites origin held true until a 1991 site excavation was able to radiocarbon date pieces of charcoal found within Serpent Mound. Through the radiocarbon dating, archeologists now believe that Serpent Mound is approximately 900 years old. By this date, the creators of Serpent Mound belonged to the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000-1500).
Visitors should allow at least an hour to take advantage of all the site has to offer. The museum contains exhibits n the effigy mound and the geology of the surrounding area.
Visitors may walk along a footpath surrounding the serpent and experience the mystery and power of this monumental effigy. Visitors can also hike the trail that goes down into the valley of the Ohio Brush Creek. Public restrooms, a water fountain, and a gift shop are also available.
Those visiting Serpent Mound also may opt to visit the Fort Hill State Memorial, which is nearby. This site is a nature preserve containing one of the best-preserved Indian hilltop enclosures in North America.
Parking is $7 per vehicle, $2 for motorcycles, $9 fro RVs and commercial vans, $35 for school buses and $70 for commercial buses. Ohio HIstorical Society members are free.
For details, call 937-587-2796 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.
Historic Zoar Village
Zoar was founded in 1817 by German Separatists, who lived there for more than 80 years. Today, Zoar is a community of about 75 families. Many of the original homes and structures have been preserved or restored by private owners and the Ohio Historical Society. In fact, 24 of the 26 original buildings still stand. The first day for site tours is April 6, 2013.
Highlights in 2013 include the Harvest Festival on Aug. 4 and 5, a Civil War reenactment Sept. 7 aand 8, Christmas in Zoar on Dec. 7 and 8, and a Speaker Series, which takes place the first Saturdays of the month.
For details, call 330-874-2646 or visit www.historiczoarvillage.com.
6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island
Open April 27-Oct. 27, hours vary
With more than100 rides, shows and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Guests can experience the parks 14 thrill-inducing roller coasters, including Diamondback, the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the worlds longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast! Families can spend the perfect day together in the 12-time, award-winning Planet Snoopy kids area, or step back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in Dinosaurs Alive!. Admission to Kings Island includes Soak City the parks 33-acre waterpark.
Parking is $15 per vehicle for regular parking and $22 for preferred. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available near the Front Gate on a first-come, first-served basis.
For details, call 513-754-5700 or visit www.visitkingsisland.com.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Christmas Day and New Years Day. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the Zoo and The RainForest remain open until 7 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is home to 3,000 exotic animals representing 600 species. Top attractions include
African Elephant Crossing, The RainForest, Northern Trek, Australian Adventure, African Savanna, Waterfowl Lake and the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building.
Adults are $12.25 between April 1 and Oct. 31, and $8.25 between Nov. 1 and March 31. Children ages 2 through 11 are $8.25 between April 1 and Oct. 31, and $5.24 between Nov. 1 and March 31. Children under 2 are free. Parking is free.
For details, call 216-661-6500 or visit www.clemetzoo.com.
1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Playhouse Square is the second largest performing arts center, second only to New York City's Lincoln Center. PlayhouseSquares diverse performance schedule includes Broadway, concerts, dance, plays, comedy, opera, speakers, family shows and more on its 10 stages. This year, PlayhouseSquare celebrates its 90th anniversary.
For details, call 216-830-7221 or visit www.playhousesquare.org.
Center of Science and Industry
333 W. Broad St., Columbus
COSI is one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. The center has traveling exhibits as well as many permanent features, including live shows, a giant screen theater, and exhibits dedicated to science and history. There's a section for younger children as well. One annual feature, The Science of Big Machines, highlights machines such as bulldozers and dumptrucks, and will be June 15 through 23.
Call COSI for pricing options and hours. For details, call 614-228-2674 or visit www.cosi.org.