It’s been a long year of no traveling, not visiting our favorite attractions, not going to local concerts and festivals, and especially not spending time with our family and friends. It’s also been a real tough year for all our local restaurants, attractions, museums, hotels, and neighborhood small businesses.
This year it is extra important to share Ohio. When putting together your holiday list, why not fill those stockings with museum and attraction tickets, overnight stays, gifts from Ohio arboretums, botanical gardens, zoos, and historic sites. Ferry and cruise tickets. Gifts that help promote Ohio’s many great places to visit.
Below you will find just some of our “favorite places” to shop that also help support Ohio’s tourism and small business community.
For the artist in the family, a membership, a gift shop item, or a gift card for special events would be much appreciated and you get to support an Ohio museum.
THE BUTLER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown
330.743.1711 | butlerart.com
CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM *
953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202
513.721.2787 | cincinnatiartmuseum.org
* currently the museum is closed, but you can purchase memberships online.
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106
216.421.7350 | clemusart.com
Shop the museum store or give the gift of a membership.
“Special exhibitions are always free to members and the children in their lives. Plus, there are special discounts on parking, food at the café, in the museum store, classes, lectures, concerts, and movies.” Click here to learn more.
TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART
2445 Monroe St., Toledo, OH 43620
Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Located at the entrance of the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
13551 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
419.898.4070 | bsbo.org
The mission of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education, and outreach.
OHIO ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Join Ohio’s birding network. ohiobirds.org
Here is one of my favorite Ohio birding books:
Tickets, a gift certificate for classes or a unique item from their gift shop, the gardener in your life would love whatever you select.
BEECH CREEK GARDEN
11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, OH 44601
330.829.7050 | beechcreekgardens.org
CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDENS
11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106
216.721.1600 | website
FELLOWS RIVERSIDE GARDENS
123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509
330.740.7116 | website
FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
614.715.8000 | website
THE HOLDEN ARBORETUM
9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094
440.946.4400 | website
50 N. Trimble Rd., Mansfield, OH 44906
419.522.0211 | website
SCHEDEL ARBORETUM & GARDENS
19255 W Portage River South Rd., Elmore, OH 43416
419.862.3182 | website
Support a local museum by ordering museum tickets or gift cards. The perfect gift for someone who loves history.
ARMS FAMILY MUSEUM
648 Wick Ave, Youngstown
Phone: 330-743-2589 | website
HALE FARM & VILLAGE
2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, Ohio 44210
330-666-3711 | halefarm.org
Did you know that Hale Farm & Village offers workshops?
Learn glass blowing, natural dye weaving, pottery, spinning, knitting and more. For details and/or to buy a gift certificate visit the workshop page.
HOWER HOUSE MUSEUM
The University of Akron
60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44325
330.972.6909 | website
STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS
714 North Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303
330.836.5533 | website
Have a person on your list that loves the holidays? Why not purchase tickets to one of these magical holiday stops.
A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE
3159 W 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109
216.298.4919 | achristmasstoryhouse.com
(Did you know you can book reservations to stay overnight?)
260 S. Court Street, Medina, OH 44256
330.721.NOEL (6635) |castlenoel.com
Who wouldn’t want a gift that included Island time? Include ferry tickets and maybe a gift certificate for a golf cart rental.
MILLER FERRIES TO PUT-IN-BAY & Middle Bass Island, Ohio
800-500-2421 | millerferry.com
Passenger/ Car ferry service to the Lake Erie Island of Put-in-Bay (South Bass) and Middle Bass Island, Ohio depart from Catawba, the tip of Rt. 53 N. off Rt. 2. Enjoy an 18 minute ride to Put-in-Bay, ferries depart every half hour in summer, we offer free parking, plus children 5 years and younger ride free.
E’s GOLF CARTS
61 Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay
419.285.5553 | esputinbaygolfcarts.com
Family-owned business located at the top of the Miller Boat Dock.
2-4-6 and 8 passenger gas powered carts.
Child seats and windshields provided.
KELLEYS ISLAND YACHT CLUB (KIYC)
This past month we were made aware of the Kelleys Island Yacht Club (KIYC). This family business has a deep rooted history with Kelleys Island. Including, their grandfather was the mayor and was the founding ranger of the State Park. Having spent many a summers on the Island, I found it necessary to add one of their wonderful sweatshirts to my collection.
This holiday season give the gift of music. Not only will you be sharing great music, you will be supporting our local orchestras. Make sure you check out the available CD’s.
92 N. Main St., Akron, OH 44308
330.535.8131 | akronsymphony.org
11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1796
216-231-7300 | clevelandorchestra.com
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
937.228.3630 | daytonperformingarts.org/philharmonic/
TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
1838 Parkwood Ave., Toledo, OH 43604
419.246.8000 | toledosymphony.com
260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, OH 44503
330.744.4269 | youngstownsymphony.com
Our Ohio parks offer so many ways to give the gift of outdoors. Lodge stays, camping, cabins, gift shops and so much more.
If you have a family member who loves “Big Foot”, why not purchase a gift certificate for Salt Fork? Then purchase them this book to add to the fun.
MUSKINGUM WATERSHED DISTRICT
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
Give the gift of a train ride or tickets to one of Ohio’s museums. Don’t forget to check the gift shops.
AGE OF STEAM ROUND HOUSE
213 Smokey Lane Rd SW
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
CRAWFORD AUTO – AVIATION MUSEUM
10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 721-5722 | wrhs.org
CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD
1630 West Mill Street, Peninsula, Ohio
800-468-4070 | cvsr.com
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
937.656.9286 | nationalmuseum.af.mil
> The museum is FREE to the public. But you can always purchase a gift card or a special item from the museum gift shop.
HOCKING VALEY SCENIC RAILWAY
740.753.9531 | hvsry.org
Tours of Cleveland Walking Tour – toursofcleveland.com
Tours of Cleveland, LLC offers exciting and educational walking tours of beautiful and historic downtown Cleveland.
Ma & Pa’s Winter Sleigh Ride – maandpas.com
Dash through the snow while making a wonderful memory.
Nautica Queen Dinner Cruise –nauticaqueen.com
Enjoy a sunset cruise aboard Cleveland’s Dining Cruise Ship. 2021 Gift Certificates are now available.
OHIO STAR THEATER
1387 Old State Route 39 NE, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
855.344.7547 | dhgroup.com/theater
1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 771-4444 | playhousesquare.org
RABBIT RUN THEATER
5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH 44057
Box office: 440-428-7092 | rabbitrunonline.org
THE OHIO LIGHT OPERA
The College of Wooster
329 East University St., Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-2345 | www.ohiolightopera.org
8154 Garman Rd., Burbank, OH 44214
(MyOhioFun Road Trip Note: Get up close to the action by purchasing a seat in the “cage”.)
One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
419.627.2350 | cedarpoint.com
6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040
513.754.5700 | visitkingsisland.com
Common Ground Zipline Canopy
14240 Baird Rd., Oberlin, OH 44074
440-965-5551 | commongroundcenter.org/zipline-canopy-tour/
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
10714 Jackson St., Rockbridge, OH 43149
740.385.9477 | hockinghillscanopytours.com
Lake Erie Canopy Tours
4888 N Broadway, Geneva, OH 44041
866.601.1973 | lakeeriecanopytours.com
Help support the animals this holiday. There are many ways to support your local zoo or aquarium. Season tickets. Items from the gift shop, donate to conservation programs or sponsor your favorite animal.
500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, Ohio
330-375-2550 | akronzoo.org
CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO AND RAINFOREST
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109
216-661-6500 | clemetzoo.com
2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
216-862-8803 | greaterclevelandaquarium.com
THE TOLDEO ZOO
2 Hippo Way, Toledo OH 43614
419.385.4040 | toledozoo.org
14000 International Rd., Cumberland, OH 43732
740.638.5030 | thewilds.columbuszoo.org
LET’S SUPPORT OHIO
Of course we have to include a few of our favorite Ohio online shops:
BURTON MAPLE HOUSE – store.burtonchamberofcommerce.org
CLOTHE OHIO – clotheohio.com
DON DRUMM STUDIOS & GALLERY – dondrummstudios.com
FANNIE MAY – Harry London Chocolate Factory – fanniemay.com
FOWLERS MILL – fowlermill.com
GORANT CHOCOLATIER – gorant.com
JUST PIZZELLES – justpizzelles.com
KILLER BROWNIE – killerbrownie.com
MOSSER GLASS – mosserglass.com
OHIO PHOTOS – Cleveland Skyline – agphotography
POPPED! – shoppopped.com
ROOT CANDLES – rootcandles.com
SCHMIDT’S SAUSAGE HAUS – schmidtssausageshop.com
SMUCKER’S – shop.smucker.com
WHISKEY STIX – udoughgirl.com
Have a place we should check out? Feel free to drop us a line.
Disclaimer: We have not received any compensation for listing any of the above “Ohio” online stores.
OTHER GREAT OHIO GETAWAY DEALS:
Our friends at the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau have put together a great way to give the “Gift of Travel”. SOLD OUT (12/16/20) “You pay $100 but your package will have DOUBLE THE VALUE – $200 ($150 towards lodging and $50 towards a small business)” Have you ever been to Ohio’s wine Country? Now is your chance.
The Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau have come up with ways you and your family can “love” the holiday season. Places to cut your own tree, where you can find drive-thru fun, local shops and so much more. For details: CLICK HERE
Article and photos: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
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