The Group Travel Leader

OHIO 2017

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18 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e COOL SHOPPING STOPS T hese outside-the-box shopping experiences offer not only unusual retail options, but also group-friendly tours. BASS PRO SHOPS | R O S S F O R D At first glance, Bass Pro Shops seems like a store that would only interest those who hunt and fish. A tour of the mega store proves there is something to entertain almost all: outdoor ponds that attract wildlife, an indoor waterfall and mountain, a memorabilia exhibit and fudge tastings. Bass Pro Shops staff will introduce the group to the store and explain how hunting and fishing traditions have changed since the 1900s. They'll talk about items in the memorabilia exhibit. Groups can then watch the complicated process involved in feeding the bass, catfish, bluegill and other fish in a 19,000-gallon aquarium. JUNGLE JIM'S INTERNATIONAL MARKE T | F A I R F I E L D It can be difficult to describe the zaniness of Jungle Jim's International Market to someone who has never been there. Singing robotic characters, a cooking school, a soda shop and 6.5 acres of food options ensure visitors will not soon forget a stop to this unusual grocery store. Groups can explore more than 150,000 items from 70 countries on their own or on a guided tour that includes samples of exotic foods. For a more structured experience, Jungle Jim's Cooking School gives hands-on, themed classes, such as bread making. WEST SIDE MARKE T | C L E V E L A N D Immigrants who flocked to Cleveland for a new life craved familiar foods from their homeland. In early 1912, the West Side Market opened to serve that grow- ing immigrant population. Today, the market continues to serve a variety of ethnic specialties, as well as fresh meats, cheese, vegetables and baked goods. Groups can use their noses to help decide which of the many food vendors to sample as they wander through the city's oldest, continuously operating, municipally owned market. Courtesy West Side Market Courtesy Rossford CVB Courtesy Butler Co. Visitors Bureau Apple treats at West Side Market Bass Pro Shops Jungle Jim's S H O P P I N G r&YQMPSFSFBM4IBXTIBOL 3FEFNQUJPOñMNJOHTJUFT r4IBXTIBOLUIFNFEMPEHJOH EJOJOHBOETPVWFOJST r4UBOEXIFSF"OEZ3FEBOE 8BSEFO/PSUPOTUPPE 4IBXTIBOL5SBJMDPNrrKTOBWFMZ!.BOTñ FME5PVSJTNDPN

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