Tours at American Whistle Corporation cost $4 per person.
American Whistle Corporation in Columbus: Have you ever wondered how the ball gets inside a whistle? Take a personally guided tour of the only whistle factory in the United States where metal whistles are made. For approximately 45 minutes, you will see a thriving, small, American manufacturing plant and be entertained with interesting information about whistles and fascinating machinery – some state of the art, some dating back to the beginning of the company. Best of all – everyone leaves with a shiny new “American Classic” whistle!
The Amish Heartland Tours vary in cost per package.
- When: Open year round with advanced reservations
- Location: (Map It) 5568 Township Road 381, Millersburg, Ohio – Tours depart from Yoders Amish home, the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center and Holmes County Flea Market.
- Phone: 330-893-3248
- Web: amishheartlandtours.com/
Amish Heartland Tours in Millersburg: Have you wondered why the Amish still live a life apart from society as we know it? Let expert tour guides explain the culture as it is in Holmes County. The tours could include stops at a candle maker, basket maker, leather works, Amish home chocolate business or a broom maker. Tours are taken in a comfortable 11 passenger high-top Sprinter sightseeing vehicle. Past tours have included dinner tours; history and heritage tours; artisan cookie tours and bakeries, buggies, brunch and back roads tour. There is also a do-it-yourself tour available at www.amishcountry-hitch.com.
Tours at Anthony Thomas Chocolates cost $2 per person age 19+ and $1 for those 3-18 years old. Admission fee may be used towards a purchase.
- Open Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 3pm. No appointment is necessary.
- Location: (Map It) 1777 Arling Gate Lane in Columbus, Ohio
- Phone: 877-226-3921
- Web: www.anthony-thomas.com/
Anthony Thomas Chocolates in Columbus: Have you ever fantasized about visiting Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Well, in about an hour’s time, you can almost taste it. Visitors can walk along a glass-enclosed suspended catwalk to see candy made at this 152,000 square-foot state-of-the-art candy factory. In one shift, 25,000 pounds of chocolate are produced. Even Augustus Loof would be left satisfied (sorry, no chocolate river here).
The Bamboo Tour cost $10 per person.
- When: Saturdays, April thru September -1 pm
- Location: (Map It) 7352 Gheils Carol Rd, Morrow, Ohio
- Phone: 513-646-7687 (reservations requested)
- Web: burtonsbamboogarden.com/
Bamboo Tours in Morrow Ohio: Learn how to grow and contain bamboo! See many items such as flooring, clothing, flutes and the latest craze – bamboo “bricks”! The only bamboo museum in the Mid West. Learn how the Indians used bamboo for many purposes. Walk through large bamboo groves with peacocks and phoenix roosters strutting. See large granite Foo Dogs and a Temple Bell from China. A Peaceful and tranquil setting next to a large lake. Ideal for groups!
Phoenix Bat Company baseball bat making tours cost $10 and includes an engraved mini bat.
- When: Tuesdays 6:00p, Thursdays & Fridays 1:30p (call to confirm)
- Location: (Map It) 7801 Corporate Blvd., Ste. E in Plain City, Ohio
- Phone: 614-873-7776
- Web: https://www.phoenixbats.com/
Phoenix Bat Company baseball bat making tours: Come see a wood bat being made on the biggest, baddest bat making machine anywhere! Spend an hour and experience a level of bat making like no other: Learn how to make a great bat – from wood to design. Go on the shop floor and see bats made right in front of you. Hear about today’s pros … and get your hands on their bats. Step back 100+ years to bats from baseball’s start. Ohio’s own pro approved wood bat manufacturer. Just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus and only 5 minutes from the I-270, Rt. 33 West interchange on the NW side of the city.
Tours at BIBLEWALK range from $3.75/person – 20/person.
- Family and group discounts. Kids 5 and under are free)
- Open daily April – October from 9-5 Mon – Sat and 3-7 on Sun. Nov -Mar 10-5 Mon-Sat and closed Sun
- Location: (Map It) 500 Tingley Ave. in Mansfield, Ohio 44905
- Phone: 1-800-222-0139
- Web: livingbiblemuseum.org/
BIBLEWALK tours in Mansfield: Ohio’s only life-size wax museum features four tours that become treasured memories of the heart highlighting 70 scenes and over 300 wax figures. Experience the Holy Bible come to life with the Miracles of the Old Testament and Life of Christ, two sixty minute tours that feature life-sized dioramas of beloved Biblical stories. Two additional thirty-minute tours, Museum of Christian Martyrs and Heart of the Reformation, provide an insight into the hearts of men and women as they willingly gave their lives for the Word of God. Each scene is underscored by original music and narration. BIBLEWALK also features a collection of rare and Braille Bibles, American votive folk-art, Religious wood carvings, a snack bar and gift shop. There is also a Christian Dinner Theater.
Ride an authentic, mule-drawn canal boat for $6/adult, $5/senior 60 and over, $3/child 3 to 12. Free tours of historic Isaac Ludwig Mill and General Store.
Mule-drawn canal boat experience in Ohio: Travel back in time to the days when the smoothest way to go long distances was aboard boats towed by mules along man-made waterways. Board an authentic, mule-drawn canal boat named The Volunteer to experience what life was like during the canal era. Historical re-enactors operate the boat, staying in character on the first half of the 45-minute cruise to spin tales of life in mid-1800s Ohio. Then tour an authentic, 1800s saw and gristmill where interpreters demonstrate how water power was used to saw wood and grind flour.
Admission to Christmas Story House in Cleveland: $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Group discounts are available. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the house and yard and admittance into the museum.
- When: Open Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. year-round (and Wednesdays November 1 through January 15). Tours of A Christmas Story House are conducted every half hour beginning at 10:30 AM. The last tour of the day begins at 4:30 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years Day and Easter.
- Where: (Map It) 3159 W. 11th Street ● Cleveland, OH 44109. Admission tickets to A Christmas Story House can be purchased at the museum (1103 Rowley Ave.) located directly across the street from the house. All tours start at the museum.
- Phone: 216-298-4919
- Web: www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com
The Christmas Story House in Cleveland used in the popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story” has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. Purchased and renovated by Brian Jones, a true fan of the movie who sells leg lamps for a living, the house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased. A Christmas Story House is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood.
Tours at Dungeon Descent Adventure at the Sandusky County Historic Jail in Fremont, Ohio.
- When: Usually on a Monday night once per month (most months).
- Location: (Map It) Sandusky County Historic Jail at 622 Croghan Street, Fremont, Ohio
- Phone: 419-332-4470
- Web: sanduskycounty.org/
The Sandusky County Historic Jail and Dungeon tours in Fremont, Ohio: This has been the home of the county sheriff along with his family and countless criminals for many years. The home and jail was built in the late eighteen hundreds with the goal to give the prisoners a sense of home. Some would say this was an early version of rehabilitation. In 2003 the building was restored and is currently used to house the offices of the County Commissioners.
Along with the home, guest will experience the old dungeon located under the Sandusky County Courthouse. Most will conclude if this dungeon was used as the jail today, crime would be at its lowest. The tour will end with a visit to the Gallows Hall. During the evening the guest will be entertained and educated by actual stories that took place behind these walls.
For some additional fun, enjoy the Jailhouse Rocks Dinner Theater and the Dungeon Descent Adventure into the paranormal.
Tours to EarthShip at Blue Rock Station cost $10/adult.
Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center is home to Ohio’s first Earthship – a cozy home made of tires, cans, bottles, straw bales, plus loads of other recycled materials. The tour includes other buildings made of sustainable materials, feeding rare breed chickens and working with the llamas or speaking French with the recycled French-speaking dog Rosie. Take a workshop on cottage gardening, constructing a plastic bottle greenhouse or how to make garden walls out of tires. There’s fun for everyone.
The GoodTime III tours of Cleveland and Lake Erie vary.
- Open: Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day, with limited Public Schedule in May & September, Tues.-Sat.; Noon and 3pm, Sunday; 1:00pm and 3:30pm
- Location: (Map It) East Ninth Street Pier, North Coast Harbor in Cleveland, Ohio
- Phone: 216-861-5110 or 888-916-SHIP
- Web: http://goodtimeiii.com/site/
Cleveland Goodtime III: For courtesy, comfort and just plain fun, you cannot match the experience of a cruise on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie aboard Cleveland’s largest sight-seeing vessel. The GOODTIME III is the largest quadruple-deck 1,000 passenger luxury ship on the Great Lakes, which offers plenty of room and you are not confined to your seats. This sight-seeing trip is unequaled and perfect for individuals, families and groups, large and small. You’ll enjoy the fast changing panorama of Cleveland’s skyline and the exciting Flats area as you listen to Larry Morrow point out the many sights and little known historical facts about this All-American City. A great way to see Cleveland! This company is proud to be family-owned & operated since 1958.
The Great Lakes Touring Company bicycle tours cost $40 per tour and bicycles are included.
- When: daily
- Location: (Map It) Eight locations in Cleveland, including University Circle, Area neighborhoods and the park system
- Phone: 330-532-8687
- Web: www.BikeCLE.com
Great Lakes Touring Company is Northeast Ohio’s premier source for custom bicycle tours and excursions. The company aims to bringing fitness, fun and adventure together on Cleveland-area bicycle trails, while promoting interest in regional tourism and history. Tours of Northeast Ohio communities, the 55,000-acre Cleveland MetroParks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are available throughout the year for riders of all experience levels from beginner to expert cyclist. Great Lakes Touring Co. offers corporate team building events, gym alternatives and birthday party packages. Mobile bike delivery service made easy. We drop off & pick up at your preferred location.
Admission to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary is $20 per person. Youths ages 6-17 are $10 each. Kids 5 and younger are free. Groups may include up to six people. Reservations are required.
- Open: Tour are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00am; 12:45pm; 2:30pm; 4:15pm from May through October.
- Location: (Map It) 5623 New Milford Rd. in Ravenna, Ohio
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary is a sanctuary where horses and farm animals arrive from situations of severe abuse, neglect or abandonment. It’s a facility where healing takes place. Where miracles happen. Where people connect with the animals. And where kindness and compassion are taught. Hear the animals’ stories and learn about their healing process. Learn about Happy Trails Amish retirement program, nursing home visitation program and community outreach. Meet the animals in person. Get a hands-on tour. Be prepared to give a pig a belly rub. Hug a mini horse. Pet a cockfighting rooster. Meet 1,000 lb. farm pigs. Play with goats. Visit the rescued horses.
Your tour fee directly supports the rescue programs at Happy Trails. It pays for things like grain, hay, straw, veterinary expenses, medications, hoof trimming, shelter repairs, and any other special needs of the animal.
Tours last about an hour and a half.
The Longhorns Head to Tail Tours group rates: 10 – 19 guests are $10/person, 20 – 39 guests are $9/person, 40 or more are $7/person.
- Open: April through October by appointment
- Location: (Map It) 35000 Muskrat Rd. in Barnesville, Ohio
- Phone: 740-758-5050
- Web: www.longhorntours.com/
The Longhorns Head to Tail Tours: This is a real family event. Dickinson Cattle Co.is the largest producer of Texas Longhorn cattle in the nation and the largest producer of all natural lean beef in Belmont County, Ohio. Located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills, the 5,000-acre, family owned ranch now opens up pastures previously held private from public view for narrated tours. Longhorns Head to Tail Tours bring you up close to view and hand-feed world-famous Texas Longhorns, African Watusi and Dutch Belted Buelingo Cattle. See modern conservation ecology at work as you ride the ranges. Learn about the nearby birth place of Hopalong Cassidy, William Shanon and Hanging Judge Isaac Parker. Famous cowpokes such as Oliver North, Andre the Giant, and George Lucas caught the Longhorn Passion from DCCI so why not you?
The Ohio Caverns tours were named one of the six best over all caves in America by Parade Magazine and are known as “America’s Most Colorful Caverns.”
- Open for tours daily April 1 – October 31 from 9am – 5pm; November 1 – March 31 from 9am – 4pm (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
- Location: (Map It) 2210 East State Route 245 in West Liberty, Ohio 43357
- Phone: 937-465-4017
- Web: www.ohiocaverns.com
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Tours at Ohio Caverns: Visitors are conducted through the Caverns on guided tours at frequent intervals. There is an admission fee for the one-hour, mile long tour. Ohio Caverns was recently listed in Parade Magazine as one of the top six caves in America! Ohio Caverns is the largest and one of the most beautiful of all Ohio caves. Its exquisite crystal-white stalactite and stalagmite formations are nowhere to be found in greater profusion or artistic settings. The diversity of formations and unexcelled coloring are all the more interesting because the formations are still in the process of development. Still photography is welcome to capture your memories. No matter how far you travel, you will find your visit to Ohio Caverns provides you with rich memories of its great beauty and educational value.
Tours at Ohio State Reformatory (OSR) vary by type of tour. Self-guided tours are $9/adult.
- Open: Daily tours offered April 1 – September 1 from 11am – 4pm. Open for ghost hunts and walks by appointment.
- Location: (Map It) 100 Reformatory Rd. in Mansfield, Ohio
- Phone: 419-522-2644
- Web: http://www.mrps.org/
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The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR) tours in Mansfield: This “museum” offers a variety of tours in the intermediate state prison that was known as the Ohio State Reformatory. This is also the site of the movie “Shawshank Redemption” and the museum offers a Hollywood tour involving many of the most famous sites from the movie including the tunnel Andy Dufresne escaped out of. The old prison is also said to be haunted, and the museum offers ghosts hunts with the help of professional ghost hunters.
The Perkins Observatory at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
- Open Friday and Saturday nights but call in advance
- Location: (Map It) 3199 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio
- Phone: 740-363-1257
- Web: http://perkins.owu.edu/
Perkins Observatory is owned and operated by the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. It offers astronomy programs for the public most Friday and Saturday nights (with some exceptions) throughout the year. The programs are held rain or shine and have limited ticket availability. The programs usually consist of an astronomy talk and a tour of the observatory. Observing through the 32-inch telescope occurs only if it is clear enough and dark enough to do so. Advance tickets prices are $6 adults, $4 for children seventeen and under. Seniors price is also $4. On the day of the program or at-the-door, tickets (if available) are $1 more for each ticket. Groups of ten or more must pre-arrange their tickets at least two weeks in advance. Special weekday, evening, and daytime programs are also offered.
Tours at Perry’s Cave cost $8/adult, $4.50/child 6-12, and free for kids younger than 6.
- Open: April and October: Weekends only: 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Open: May thru September: 7 Days a Week: 10am to 6pm
- Location: (Map It) 979 Catawba Avenue in Put-In-Bay, Ohio
- Web: http://www.perryscave.com/
Perry’s Cave, located 52 feet below the surface of South Bass Island in Lake Erie, is a registered Ohio Natural Landmark. Its natural views of stalagmites, stalactites, cave pearls, and a rare underground lake are all features found inside the cave. Cave tours take place at frequent intervals. The guided tours can take around 20 minutes, and walking shoes with rubber soles and light wrap are suggested. Private, after-hours, guided lantern tours are also available to experience the “total darkness” of Perry’s Cave, upon reservation. Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center also includes gemstone mining, The Butterfly house, an 18-hole miniature golf course, Fort aMAZE’n (Put-in-Bay’s only human maze race), a climbing wall, laser tag and an antique car museum.