April 10, 2013
travel forecasters expect summer to roar in at the speed of a record-setting Cedar Point roller coaster with 50 years of Rolling Stones music for visitors to enjoy getting wild at the zoos, zipping around the curves with NASCAR and blowing things up with Mythbusters. There are just 99 days from
, so don't wait until the canons fire at the Battle of
to make your getaway plans.
Check DiscoverOhio.com today to build your vacation itinerary and get great discounts. Following are just some of the new experiences awaiting
visitors this year, with photos available in this
at Cedar Point, Sandusky
) Redefining the park's entrance, this 4,164-foot-long winged coaster seats riders on either side of the coaster rails with legs swinging freely, sweeping them over the entrance crowds and narrowly through openings in two towers. At 164 feet, GateKeeper holds the record for the longest drop of any winged coaster.
NASCAR returns to Ohio
, Mid-Ohio Raceway, Lexington
) The Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 brings NASCAR enthusiasts back to
for the first time since 2008, bringing drivers and fans to a 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course that currently hosts the IndyCar Series and Grand-Am Racing.
at the Toledo Zoo
) Visitors will find themselves immersed in
's great outdoors, beginning with a wallaby walk and moving along to more dangerous creatures including a huge saltwater crocodile in the Reptile House. Death adders, laughing kookaburras and more will round out this Aussie adventure.
at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
) Phase III of the
exhibit opens this summer, allowing visitors to see and learn about African primates, wild dogs and more. The exhibit also will feature indoor-outdoor facilities and an African-themed restaurant experience.
at the Akron Zoo
) One of the biggest openings in the Akron Zoo's 60-year history, Grizzly Ridge's main attraction will be a training wall allowing visitors a behind-the-scenes view at how the keepers train a grizzly bear. A fully enclosed slide will run through the otter pool providing kids a chance to slide through with otters swimming around them, and a walk-in aviary will feature native
For Inquisitive Explorers
NASA Glenn Visitor Center
at Great Lake Science Center, Cleveland
)This newly renovated,
facility invites explorers to steer a robotic rover, climb a Martian landscape, and more. Along with 50 new interactive exhibits, visitors also will find space suits from Skylab and Apollo, including one issued to Buzz Aldrin, and a moon rock collected by astronauts from Apollo 15.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
at COSI, Columbus
) Based on Discovery Channel's Emmy-nominated series, this exhibit will uncover the truth behind everything from blowing down a brick house to staying dry in the rain. Try a dozen hands-on experiments, watch live demonstrations, and explore authentic props and gadgets from the MythBusters set.
Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland
) Chronicling the band from the mid-1960s until today, the exhibit will span two-and-a-half floors of the Museum and celebrate the Rolling Stones' incredible contribution to popular music through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology. The Museum also will host a range of free public programs that explore the significance and legacy of the Rolling Stones through interviews, films, and special lectures.
at the Toledo Museum of Art
more than 100 works of contemporary indigenous art from
spanning five decades, this exhibition encompasses media and materials employed by contemporary Aboriginal artists from acrylic painting on canvas to earthen ochre painting on bark as well as sculpture and photography among other media.
For Sports Enthusiasts
Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary
; Enshrinement Festival--
; Hall of Fame Game--
) Experience the new gridiron galleries and exhibits included in the Hall of Fame expansion and renovation project after a ribbon cutting ceremony
. Then, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will celebrate its 50
Anniversary with a Golden Anniversary Reunion, expecting as many as 130 Hall of Fame legends to attend the Enshrinement Ceremony
. The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins will kick off the 2013 preseason in the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game
2013 Summer National Senior Games
July 19-Aug. 1
)This 19-sport biennial competition is open to men and women aged 50+ and includes everything from archery to tennis. Thirteen thousand athletes are anticipated in 2013.
For the History Buff
Tall Ships Festival
)A fleet of 10-12 tall ships will sail into
's harbor to participate in a four-day, family-friendly festival showcasing the Great Lakes' diverse maritime history. Visitors can board vessels, meet crew and experience the heritage these ships symbolize.
also welcomes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®, a series of port-to-port international sailing races, cruises and maritime festivals starting in
and ending in
Bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie
, Lake Erie
Aug. 30-Sept. 10
)The waters off South Bass Island will once again thunder with cannon fire as tall ships recreate the Battle of
. The Tall Ships sail into the area for a Parade of Sail
ports (Aug. 29–30), before heading to
for a full-scale historical re-enactment of the Battle of
. The events wrap up on
with the return of the U.S.S. Niagara, the restored 200-year-old ship Perry commanded in the battle.
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