Appalachian Discovery & Birding Trail

Tour the Appalachian Discovery & Birding Trail in Adams County, Ohio.

The Appalachian Discovery & Birding Trail:  Welcome to Southern Ohio’s driving trail featuring wildlife in flight and historical sites across the rural countryside at the foothills of Appalachia. The forested landscape stretches some 200 miles. The trail is intended to be a weekend excursion for visitors to see the region’s most productive birding hotspots, nestle up at quality lodges or cabins, and eat at a number of great dining facilities, and do some sightseeing at the unique historical attractions dotting the countryside. This year-round tour features the springtime migration, breeding season, autumn’s rich palette of colors and winter’s white ground coat making it a snap to see eagles, hawks and ducks. During summertime, Adams County has its specialties for birding such as blue grosbeak, chuck-will’s-widow, and prairie, yellow-throated and worm-eating warblers. The trip is perfect for those looking to spend a couple of days in the slow-lane of life and take in the natural splendor that is increasingly hard to find.

Back Roads & Beaches Geo Trail

The Back Roads & Beaches Geo Trail is free.

  • When: always open
  • Location: (Map It) Throughout Lorain County, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-984-5282
  • Web: Click here 

Nestled between the majestic beaches of Lake Erie, and a vast amount of Ohio’s agricultural heartland, Lorain County offers amazing adventures including the latest global craze – geocaching. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt in which the participants use GPS-enabled devices and online clues to search for hidden containers, or geocaches. The caches come in a variety of sizes and are hidden in unique and interesting public places. The Back Roads and Beaches Geo Trail is a series of 15 caches along our premier cycling and multi-sport route. Anyone can participate: individuals, families, cyclists and groups. Participants completing the trail passport form with all 15 caches logged will receive a special trackable commemorative coin. Coins are limited to the first 250 (one per household). The trail is available for download at

Barn Quilt Tour of Adams County

Driving tour of rural Barn Quilts in Adams County.

  • Open daily
  • Location: (Map It) Adams County in Southwest Ohio
  • Phone: 937-544-5639
  • Web: Click here

Barn Quilt Tour of Adams County, Ohio:  In Adams County, 20th Century ‘Mail Pouch’ ads adorning Ohio barns are being snuffed out by a 21st Century phenomenon – Barn Quilt Squares. The painted Barn Quilt Squares began when Donna Sue Groves wanted to create something to honor her mother’s passion, quilting, and did so with a large painting on the side of their barn. This sparked a movement that has swept Adams County. Adding to the serenity and charm of a lazy rural drive amidst the foothills of Appalachia, the “clothesline” of quilts highlights the adventure with its colorful display of unique artistry dotting the countryside.

Barn Quilt Tour of Miami County

Driving tours of Miami County, Ohio Barn Quilts.

  • When: Free driving tour anytime
  • Location: (Map It) Begin at 405 SW Public Square, Suite 272 in Troy, OH  45373
  • Phone: 800-348-8993
  • Web:

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

miami-county-barn-quilt-squMiami County, Ohio Barn Quilts:  A trip to Miami County, Ohio will bring visitors an opportunity to journey back in time with a new trend for the heritage travelers – the Barn Quilt Tour, a program of the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau.   

A colorful array of traditional quilt patterns, hand painted on barns, decorate the scenic countryside. These true folk art renditions celebrate the historic, rural and agricultural experience while connecting the lovely historic downtown communities with the beautiful landscapes of Miami County.  As visitors travel from town to farm, they won’t have to travel far to see over 67 barns adorned with unique patterns.  Leaving the fast lane behind, this unusual driving tour takes the traveler off the beaten path and away from the major highways where they can enjoy a peaceful, leisurely drive on country roads that criss-cross all parts of Miami County.   

Sprinkled throughout the county, most of the patterns are 8 X 8 foot squares and can be viewed up close by driving into the farm lanes or driveways, where some of the owners may even personally welcome their visitors.  As an added bonus, many of the farms have a wide assortment of horses, cows, goats, sheep, llamas, donkeys, roosters, and more – all waiting to greet you in their own special way. 

The concept of the barn quilts had its origin in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio.  It was the inspiration of one woman who wanted to honor her mother’s enthusiasm for the craft of quilting and to highlight the shared cultural heritage of the Appalachian region.  It quickly spread to other counties in Ohio and other states as well, creating a rich network of quilt barns, while also creating a boost for rural tourism.

The Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau offers a map brochure for this tour which is self guided, available year round, and free to the public.  There is no set trail and visitors can create their own trail, striking out in any direction to see all 67 barn quilts, or just select a few.  No two are alike.  Besides the beauty of the barn quilts, the tour provides a connection to the region’s rural heritage and the still very important role of the barns today, helping to preserve a piece of American heritage.  It also recognizes the traditional art of quilting, which in recent years has made a huge comeback.  The patterns themselves pay tribute to crafts, nature, occupations, politics, events, various states and almost anything that inspires a connection with community and family.  The barns and quilt patterns seem to be a natural partnership, linked in the rural fabric of American history.   

Plan your travels to allow time to visit other sites.  Along the way, scenic parks and preserves such as Brukner Nature Center, Charleston Falls Preserve, Historic Eldean Bridge, Piqua Historical Area/Canal Boat Ride and the Stillwater Prairie Reserve will beckon you to stop and explore, or share a picnic lunch in a lovely natural setting where wildlife, wildflowers, covered bridges, glistening streams and waterfalls will welcome everyone.  It’s a perfect way to experience the outdoors and see things you don’t normally find in the city.  Visitors are encouraged to make it a 2-day, overnight tour.  Visits to historic communities could include Piqua, Tipp City, Troy, Covington and others, each featuring their own quaint downtowns that are blessed with unique shopping, exhibits, local artisans, dining experiences, country stores, farmer’s markets, friendly folks everywhere, as well as historical and heritage attractions, and quality accommodations. 

Day trips are also a perfect way to visit local county attractions, like the barn quilt trail, without the investment of a lot of time and money, and not too far from your own backyard.  Remember the “Sunday Drive” – that grand tradition where families and friends piled in the car and took off on excursions to no place in particular?  The Barn Quilt Tour is tailor made for this type of activity.  We suggest you “take the road less traveled, and journey back in time” in Miami County, Ohio.  And, don’t forget to bring the camera! 

Group tours are welcome, and best viewing would be spring through fall.  For more information on the Miami County Barn Quilt Tour and other attractions in Miami County, visit  or call 800-348-8993.

Bear’s Mill Tours

Tours of Bear’s Mill, an authentic and historic stone grinding flourmill in Greenville. 

  • Admission is free and guided tours available for a fee during business hours.  Tour arrangements can be made for a fee during non-business hours, too.
  • Jan-March Thur-Sat 11-5 & Sun 1-5. April – Dec Tue-Sat 11-5 & Sun 1-5.
  • Location: (Map It) 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road in Greenville, Ohio 
  • Phone:937-548-5112 
  • Web:

Bear’s Mill Tours in Greenville:  Built in 1849, Bear’s Mill is an authentic example of a stone grinding flourmill of its time. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, it is still in use today to grind cornmeal, whole wheat flour, rye flour, and pancake mixes. The mill and the buhr stones are powered by water. Visitors are welcome to take a free self-guided tour of the 4 story structure and to take a walk in the scenic woods surrounding the mill. On the first floor is the Mill Store where the mill flours as well as other gourmet sundries and giftware are available for purchase. The mill offers a line of gift boxes and custom baskets. A special feature of the store is handmade stoneware and raku pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters.

Boyd’s Crystal Art Glass

Cambridge Ohio glass blowing tour of Boyd’s Crystal Art Glass.

  • Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 1203 Morton Ave. in Cambridge, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-439-2077
  • Web:

Boyd’s Crystal Art Glass blowing tours:  The people at Boyd’s offer an open invitation for anyone to stop by and see glassmaking up close. Boyd’s is a family operated business that produce several hundred glass pieces daily, including many collectible figurines and ornamental pieces.

Bucyrus Copper Kettle Works

Tours of Bucyrus Copper Kettle Works, LTD. in Bucyrus, Ohio.

  • Open daily (call Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors Bureau to schedule a tour)
  • Location: (Map It) 119 S. Walnut St. in Bucyrus, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-562-0720
  • Web: Click here 

Bucyrus Copper Kettle Works  tours: This is the last of the old copper shops in America that still makes its original products by hand. The tour of the craftsmen at work is fascinating, but the building is a visual treat from nook to cranny as it is more than 130 years old and has character unique unto itself.  The walls, furniture, floors, furnaces and workbenches all show more than a century of service. The place can easily double as a copper kettle museum of historic proportions. Venture into this old-world of American manufacturing and hear the harmony of tapping, pounding and other clamoring noises ringing from room to room. The tour begins the same place as the copper – by the double doors. The copper is worked into kettles, ladles, skillets and other custom forms as it progresses through the shops five rooms. Each craftsman takes his time to hammer out perfection, often striking up conversation as they work. Bucyrus Copper Kettle, LTD to no surprise, gets orders from around the world. For custom work or ordering product visit Tours are available by calling the Bucyrus Tourism and Visitors Bureau 419-562-0720.

The Cleveland Arcade

The historic Cleveland Arcade shopping mall in downtown Cleveland is a great self-guided tour.

  • Open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 401 Euclid Avenue · Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-696-1408
  • Web:

arcade-clevelandThe Cleveland Arcade provides shopping but is simply a picturesque architectural gem. It was built in 1890, financed by John D. Rockefeller (among others) and was the first building in Cleveland to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is flanked by two 9-story towers and features a 5-story glass sky lighted atrium with extremely ornate brass-filled interior and gargoyles peering down from the uppermost level.

Cleveland West Side Market

Take a tour of the historic Cleveland West Side Market.

  • Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: (Map It) 1979 W 25th St. in Cleveland, OH 44113 – On the corner of West 25th and Lorain in Cleveland’s Ohio City Neighborhood
  • Phone: 216-664-3386
  • Web:

Cleveland West Side Market:  Take a self-guided tour of this 1912 multi-cultural historical landmark. It is produce shopping old-world style and features more than 100 ethnic vendors selling first-rate vegetables, meats, fresh-fish, pastries and a lot more. There is a viewing area high above the main-market floor, which provides tourists with a panoramic view of the hustle and bustle going on below.

Clifton Mill & Gorge

clifton-millThe Clifton Mill & Gorge is open at various times. It is recommended to call ahead before visiting.

Clifton Mill & Gorge tours: Built two hundred years ago in 1802, this is still one of the largest water-powered gristmills still around in the U.S. Visitors can tour all five floors of the mill and learn how it operated and what took place on each floor. In addition, a scenic hike is accessible nearby and provides panoramic views of the Little Miami River and overlooks to the gorge.

Cooper’s Cider Mill

Tours of Cooper’s Cider Mill factory are Monday – Friday from 9am -11:30am and 1pm – 3:30pm. The store is open daily.

Cooper’s Cider Mill factory tours:  Hop over to Cooper’s Cider Mill and see apples and berries go from the vine to spread. Cooper’s apple butter and jellies are sold far and wide. But David Cooper isn’t lying when he says, “it’s just like grandma used to make,” because it is. David learned to make apple butter at his grandma’s farm. Later, he bought a stirring pot and began making his own. Demand grew and a business was formed to handle the requests. For years the mixing was done by hand – David’s father-in-law’s hands – out in the yard. Today, the Cooper’s offer a complete behind-the-scenes tour of the entire production process and visitors get to witness the freshness, quality and care that go into every jar. Afterward, David’s wife Miriam has plenty of tasting stations set up for sampling throughout the country store next to the production plant. Inside, a new generation of Cooper’s is introducing another treat – fudge. The Cooper’s son started experimenting with making fudge for the fair and now has his own fudge station inside the family store.

Crystal Traditions

Glassblowing tours at Crystal Traditions in Tiffin, Ohio.

Crystal Traditions glass blowing tours:  It’s fascinating to see the art of glass blowing as a molten blob is transformed into fine art before your very eyes. This tour demonstrates glass blowing and hand cutting crystal into a beautiful piece to display. During the time there, visitors will hear tales of glass making from its ancient roots through to the modern age. Enjoy!

Garretts Mill Diner

Tours of Garretts Mill Diner, a historic gristmill, restaurant and micro-brewery

  • Open 6am – 1:30pm Mon – Sat and 8:30am – 1:30pm on Sun
  • Location: (Map It) 4226 Hudson Drive in Stow, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-926-1344

The Olde Mill Restaurant/Brewpub is located inside Garretts Mill. Guests can tour of the grist mill anytime. This historic building was built in 1804 and still operates as a gristmill, restaurant and micro-brewery. See grain ground to flour by 3,000-pound millstones, move to different floors via conveyer belt and finally sifted and bagged.

Harveysburg Free Black School

Tours of Harveysburg Free Black School are by appointment only.

  • Location: (Map It) 23 North St. · Harveysburg, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-897-6195

The Harveysburg Free Black School tours:  Welcome to the very first free school in Ohio for black (African-American) children. The town was a once renowned stop along the Underground Railroad. The one-room schoolhouse was founded in the 1830’s by the Quakers and was recently restored to reflect its former self as a nineteenth-century classroom.  In addition to providing education to young freed slaves, the school also taught to Native-American children in the area.

Irish Fairy Door Trail

The Irish Fairy Door Trail is free.

  • When: Available year-round during participating businesses hours. (generally, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Dublin, Ohio- Pick up passport at the Dublin Visitor & Information Center at 9 South High Street.
  • Phone: 614-792-7666
  • Web: Click here

Dublin, Ohio is home to the nation’s first Irish Fairy Door Trail, a one-of-a-kind activity for fairy fanatics of all ages. Search the shops of Downtown Dublin for tiny green fairy doors sent from Dublin, Ireland. Find the name of each resident fairy and return your passport to redeem a free Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin t-shirt. Start the hunt today!


Jungle Jim’s International Market


Take a self-guided tour of Jungle Jim’s International Market daily 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tours of Jungle Jim’s International Market:  Six acres of food under one roof! It’s not a supermarket, it’s a zoo-permarket!  An international mecca, Jungle Jim’s offers thousands of imported and national brand groceries: 12,000 wines, 1,200 beers, 1,600 cheeses, 1,000 kinds of hot sauce, one full acre of produce (including organic and international). If it’s edible, you’ll find it here!   Jungle Jim’s is truly a Food Lover’s Paradise!


  • The Jungle Scene complete with waterfall and wildlife
  • The General Mills Big G Cereal Bowl Band perched on the S.S. Minnow
  • Singing Creatures
  • The Brain (a pesky know-it-all employee)
  • European gourmet village
  • The Cake Canopy, International Elephant Gates and more.

There are five restaurants on the premises, including Chipotle, Rib City Grille and our one-of-a-kind Jungle Subs and Salads. Each year they host three major festivals; Jungle Jim’s International BeerFest, Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire Hot Sauce Show, and Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival. There is a full service event center, The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market capable of holding up to 1,000 people for any type of event. In addition, there are three boutique gift shops on site, monthly cigar/wine/beer tastings, a Starbucks coffee, food demonstrations/samples throughout every weekend, and a 3,000 square foot department of just culinary and cookware items. This madcap grocer has even won the “Best Bathrooms in America” award.

King’s Glass Engraving

Glass blowing demonstrations at King’s Glass Engraving in Tiffin, Ohio.

  • Location: (Map It) 181 S. Washington St. in Tiffin, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-447-0232

King’s Glass Engraving in Tioffin: Daily demonstrations of glass engraving are made available to visitors. Engraved glass includes fluted champagne glasses, crystal bells and more.

KitchenAid™ Experience

Tour the KitchenAid factory in Greenville, Ohio or enjoy a cooking demonstration at the store downtown.

  • Open: Call  1-888-886-8318 for store hours and factory tour schedule
  • Location: 423 South Broadway in Greenville, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-888-886-8318
  • Web: Click here
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The KitchenAid™ Experience factory tours and cooking classes in Greenville, Ohio:  Proclaimed to be more than a store, it’s a mixing, blending, slicing, juicing culinary adventure!

Learn new cooking skills by attending the many cooking classes offered that promise to stir up fun in eight interactive areas. Each class allows you to roll up your sleeves and use the KitchenAid™ products, learn various techniques and more. Free Live! Cooking Shows weekly – no reservations needed.

Factory Outlet shopping is available downstairs where the heritage exhibits are displayed. These authentic KitchenAid™ artifacts are used to tell the history of an ever-evolving iconic American company. It explains how products were improved and refined over the years since 1919 when the first stand mixer was introduced. An original Model H KitchenAid™ stand mixer is also exhibited.

Tour the nearby mixing factory and see firsthand how the entire manufacturing process works. The tour enables visitors to see a stand mixer move to the final stage of assembly by peeking over the shoulder of an assembly line worker.

Lafferty Funeral Collection

Tours of the Lafferty Funeral Collection are open Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment.

  • Location: (Map It) 205 S. Cherry St. in West Union, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-544-5454 or 937-544-2121

Lafferty Funeral Collection tours: See antique hearses and other funeral service vehicles spanning the horse-drawn era from 1848 to motorization. The Lafferty family funeral business preserved their own carriages and vehicles through the years and acquired more to build onto this one-of-a-kind collection.

Longaberger Homestead

The Longaberger Homestead is open for tours Mon, Tue, Thr, Fri at 10:30a, 11:30a and 12:30p.

Longaberger headquarters is inside the world’s largest basket as the entire building’s architecture is shaped like a giant basket including the handles. A visit to the Homestead will treat everyone to a comprehensive gallery, plant tours and basket-making demonstrations. And there is also a theatre where visitors can view the history of the Longaberger company.

Middlefield Cheese House

The Middlefield Cheese House is open Mondays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Middlefield Cheese House is located in the fourth largest Amish community in the country. Middlefield Cheese House has been serving award winning Swiss cheese for several generations. Visitors will learn what’s involved in the cheese-making process and see cheese carvings, antique cheese production equipment and more. Don’t forget to sample the cheese before you leave.

Mosser Glass

Tours at Mosser Glass are Monday – Friday 8:15 – 9:45 and 10:45 – 2:00 (Tours are not available the first two full weeks of July or the last two weeks of December).

The Mosser Glass tours:  Visit “the little red house” and learn about the glass-making business while touring the facilities at Mosser Glass. The tour begins where glass-making does – with sand. And then goes on to include other steps in the process such as heating the ingredients at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The finished products include just about anything from water pitchers to ashtrays.

Ohio Agricultural Research Center

For tours at Ohio Agricultural Research Center, call for hours.

Ohio Agricultural Research Center in Wooster:  What a beautiful place to relax and take in the surroundings – at the 85-acre Secrest Arboretum. Continue onto the greenhouse conservatory and complete a very fulfilling guided-tour with a visit to the historical museum on site. The purpose of the OARDC is to research food, agriculture, family and environment and help produce safe and healthy food and agricultural products.

Ohio Lincoln Highway

Take a road trip along the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway.

Quick! Think of an important historic highway. Most people first think of the National Road… then think of Route 66.

Mike Hocker, Ohio’s Lincoln Highway Historic Byway Director, explains why these thoughts are common. The National Road was the first major government-commissioned road; accomplished by Jefferson in 1803. It spanned the known country then – from Baltimore to the wilderness of southern Illinois. Route 66 was planned by the government in the 1920s and took travelers from Chicago to L.A. A popular television show and a hit song made that highway famous.

But thanks to many advocacy groups and recently organized byway organizations, word is getting out that the “Lincoln” was America’s first coast-to-coast paved highway in America.

The Lincoln Highway was not a government project. Rather it was an idea generated by several industrialists who wanted to promote automobile travel. In 1913, the Lincoln Highway was born and named to honor President Abraham Lincoln. In the 50 years following his death, no major commemoration to this much loved president had been made. Numbered routes had not been standardized anywhere in the nation yet, and it was typical in that time to name a road. Through the primary efforts auto industrialists Frank Sieberling, Carl Fisher and Henry Joy, communities large and small, county governments and tiny townships, donations and sweat equity all worked together to link many existing roads and create “the safest and shortest path” to span America. The road ran from Times Square in New York to the San Francisco bay – an astounding 3,389 miles!

The road joined major cities, yet encouraged feeder roads to be built – an endeavor meant not only to promote the automobile era, but also change the way Americans traveled.

“It brought us from the world of short-haul deliveries to virtually anywhere. Communities that weren’t rail towns could easily get goods and services,” Hocker observed.

The Lincoln Highway also ushered in campsites, roadside rests, and diners that evolved into the fast food restaurants we take for granted today.  Soon, motor courts, and later, motels, ended the roadside camping that travelers had contended with in earlier days.

Comprehension of the legacy of transportation and change in America’s culture has not been completely understood nor popular, perhaps to due to the generational disconnect from then until now.

“Now we look back and see that it is very important to us,” Hocker continued. “The roadside holds much history in re-used buildings, ghost signs from the nineteen teens to twenties and tiny lingering small-town shops that create a fun romp for travelers to rediscover.”

The Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway has been promoted by Ohio’s Travel and Tourism organization for nearly ten years.

“We’ve come light years from when we first began, and yet we have so far to go.  While most people think of the National Road and Route 66, we will continue to let people know about “the Father Road” or “Main Street Across America” – two early nicknames of the Lincoln Highway and the businesses and attractions along the historic drive,” Hocker concluded.

You can learn more at A map may be requested by clicking here.

Content provided by Becky Renock on behalf of Ohio’s Lincoln Highway Historic Byway

Old Stone Church

Take a self-guided tour of the historic Old Stone Church in downtown Cleveland’s Public Square.

  • Open: The Public Square doors are open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 – 1:30.  However visitors are welcome any day, 9:00 – 4:30. They may enter the church through the 1380 Ontario doors.
  • Location: (Map It) 91 Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-241-6145
  • Web:

The historic Old Stone Church in downtown Cleveland Public Square:  If walls could talk, the sandstone of this Romanesque style church would have about 150 years of history to share. If you like beautiful architecture, take a self-guided tour of this house of worship. It is peculiarly set in a corner of Cleveland’s public square neighboring skyscrapers all around.

Old Woman Creek

Visit Old Woman Creek in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

  • Visitor Center Open Tuesday – Friday from 9am – 4pm and weekends 1pm – 5pm. Closed Monday. Trails open dawn to dusk every day.
  • Location: (Map It) 2514 Cleveland Road, East in Huron, Ohio – Erie County east of Huron, Ohio on US Rt 6
  • Phone: 419-433-4601
  • Web: Click here

Old Woman Creek in Huron, Ohio:  This is a thoroughly educational opportunity to learn about the precious ecosystems that surround us.  Old Woman Creek is the smallest reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and is the only Great Lakes freshwater estuary in the national system. It provides multimedia presentations, hands-on field education, guided-tours and a visitor center featuring exhibits on estuary ecology, wetland research, and watershed stewardship.  The Reserve also offers trail access to view a variety of habitats including freshwater marsh, swamp forest, barrier beach, upland forest, estuarine waters, stream, and near shore Lake Erie.

Playhouse Square Tours

Tour dates at the Cleveland Playhouse Square District are listed here.

  • When: Meet RedCoat volunteer tour guides in the State Theatre lobby on select Saturdays (see website below). Tours start every 15 minutes from 10am – 11:30 am and last approximately 90 minutes.
  • Location: (Map It) Tours start at the State Theater at 1519 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-640-8531
  • Web:

Tours of the Cleveland Playhouse Square District:  Did you ever think you could actually go to the theater and get backstage passes for free? Or perhaps even be on stage?

Several restored historic theaters make Playhouse Square the largest theater restoration project in the world. Discover how these gems were saved from the wrecking ball and became the largest performing arts center outside of New York City and hosts nearly 1,000,000 guests and 1,000 curtains each year.

No registration is necessary for groups with fewer than ten people.  To make a reservation for a group of ten or more, call the phone number above.

If you have trouble finding it, look for the world’s largest chandelier hanging over the street out front.

Ross County Barn Quilt Tours

Tours of Ross County Barn Quilts are available all year.

  • Location: (Map It) Ross County Barn Quilt Tour guides can be found at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau at 45 E. Main Street in downtown Chillicothe.
  • Phone: 740-702-7677
  • Web:

chillicothe-barn-quiltsThe Ross County, Ohio Barn Quilt Tours:  Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to explore Ross County’s beautiful countryside while locating Barn Quilts. This self-guided tour features 65 quilts located throughout many of the communities in Ross County. Some of the sites will be found in Chillicothe, Kingston, Richmond Dale, South Salem, Bainbridge, and Frankfort.

Barn Quilts became popular tours started in Adams County, Ohio. This humble and artistic expression of quilting sparked an interest in neighboring counties and states and has caught on like wildfire across America. Today, 24 states and over 1,800 barn quilts grave this countryside. Linked together, they create a “clothesline of quilts” across America that celebrates the art and history of quilting and showcases the uniqueness of each barn or building that they adorn.

Severance Hall & Cleveland Orchestra

Tour Severance Hall, home to the Cleveland Orchestra by calling or visiting the web below for tour times.

  • Location: (Map It) 11001 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, OH 44106-1796
  • Phone: Reservations are requested and can be made by calling the Severance Hall Ticket Office at (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141. Private tours can be arranged for a fee by calling (216) 231-7421. Individual tickets for Cleveland Orchestra concerts are currently available through the Severance Hall Ticket Office at (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141. In addition to the free public tours, Severance Restaurant is also open for pre-concert dining from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on these dates. For restaurant reservations, call (216) 231-7373. The Cleveland Orchestra Store will open at 1:00 p.m. on these dates, and will remain open through concert intermission.
  • Web: Click here

Severance Hall tours at the home of the Cleveland Orchestra:  The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the schedule for free public tours of Severance Hall, the Orchestra’s home in University Circle. Each one-hour tour is led by a volunteer tour guide who shares Severance Hall’s history and legends as patrons visit the Concert Hall, Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer, Smith Lobby, Organ Loft, Green Room, Ong & Lerner Galleries, and Reinberger Chamber Hall. Patrons will have the opportunity to see the Christoph von Dohnányi stage and the 6,025-pipe Norton Memorial Organ, sit in Box Number One, and, in the Grand Foyer, see the Elsa Vick Shaw murals and the famous brass screw that is embedded in the terrazzo floor.

J.M. Smucker Company Store & Cafe

The J.M. Smucker Company Store & Café in Orrville, Ohio.

  • Store Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Closed Sundays) 
  • Address: (Map It) 333 Wadsworth Road (Rt. 57, ¼-mile north of Rt. 30) in Orrville, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-684-1500
  • Web: Click here

With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good. And nowhere is this more true than at The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café. Located in Orrville, Ohio, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café originally opened in 1999 and was recently expanded and renovated. Now twice its original size, the store retains its classic timber frame barn structure and is the premier showcase for The J.M. Smucker Company’s entire family of brands, including Smucker’s®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Hungry Jack® and more. 

The fabulous new café serves up fresh, tasty treats made with the company’s own branded ingredients, delicious pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven and mouthwatering sundaes topped with heavenly Smucker’s toppings. The store is packed with exclusive branded merchandise and one-of-a-kind gifts, including the Gift Basket Design Center, where you can create your own custom gift basket – the perfect gift for any occasion. 

You’ll also want to take a journey from 1897 to the present day at The J.M. Smucker Company museum, where you’ll experience how the company started and how it continues to evolve today. 

Finally, be sure to visit for a schedule of special events at the store, including classes, concerts and celebrity guests.

Tour of Ye Olde Mill

Take a tour of Ye Olde Mill at the Velvet Ice Cream Company in Utica, Ohio.

  • Visitors Center with hourly tours
  • Ohio’s only ice cream museum
  • Ice cream production viewing gallery
  • 1817 Ice Cream Parlor
  • The Mill Room Restaurant
  • Gift shop
  • Weekend family entertainment
  • Picnic park and shelter houses
  • Children’s playground
  • Nature trails
  • Farm animal petting zoo
  • Buckeye tree grove

Open May – October (call for hours)
Location: (
Map It) 11324 Mt. Vernon Rd. in Utica, Ohio
Phone: 740-892-3921 –

Each year, Ye Olde Mill attracts 150,000 nature and ice cream enthusiasts from all over the country. Ye Olde Mill, on 25 picturesque acres nestled in the gently rolling hills and forests of lovely Licking County, is the perfect spot for family fun, reunions, weddings, and more.  

The restaurant can accommodate large groups for any occasion. For group reservations, contact Guest Relations at 740-892-3921 or 800-589-5000. 


Ye Olde Mill features Ohio’s only ice cream museum, an 1817 Ice Cream Parlor, The Mill Room Restaurant, and gift shop. The Velvet adventure begins with the Visitors Center, built to resemble Grandpa Dager’s old milking parlor, which offers hourly tours of the Mill and museum, along with observation of the Velvet Ice Cream factory at work.  Outside, the adventure continues with the Visitors Center’s livestock barnyard, children’s farm animal petting zoo, and scenic natural trails and picnic grounds.

Open May to October

Mill Room Restaurant, Ye Olde Mill, Ice Cream Museum, and 1817 Ice Cream Parlor

May 11am – 6pm.  June, July, August 11am – 8pm.  September 11am – 7pm.  October 11am – 6pm.

Tours of Ye Olde Mill and Factory

Weekdays: 11 am to 3 pm on the hour

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