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OHIO 2017

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50 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 WE'RE KID FRIENDLY! Y outh groups will enjoy the active adventures and interactive learning experiences available at each of these sought-after attractions. COSI: CENTER OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY | C O L U M B U S Instead of listening to someone talk about space, children can roam around inside a replica of John Glenn's Friendship 7 spacecraft, test remote-operated vehicles and experiment with simulated rover landings. This immersive learn- ing lies at the heart of COSI's main exhibit areas that each focus on a single topic with hands-on experiences. PIR ATE CRUISE ON THE NAUTICA QUEEN | C L E V E L A N D Captain Willie entertains children aboard the Nautica Queen with what he calls "accidental learning" by blending education and musical entertainment. This tour presents an engaging way to learn about the Great Lakes. TOLEDO ZOO AND AQUARIUM | T O L E D O Guests can look down on giraffes, Watusi cattle and wildebeests at the Toledo Zoo's newest attraction, the Aerial Adventure Course. The course has views of the zoo's Africa exhibit from a sky bridge, a challenge course or, for an extra thrill, a zipline. Youth love this new attraction, as well as the zoo's 9,000 animals and more than 800 species. OHIO STATE PARK LODGES Tire out your youth group with canoe- ing, cycling, swimming, hiking and other active options at these five Ohio state park lodges and conference centers. Deer Creek, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson Manor and Salt Fork parks have a lodge in a dis- tinctive natural setting and a list of on-site activities. OH WOW! | Y O U N G S T O W N Groups can report a weather forecast, launch their own paper airplanes, create musical compositions and generally let their imaginations run wild at Oh Wow! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology. At the interactive museum, visitors can let loose and play in a setting that fosters learning. Courtesy Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers Courtesy Toledo Zoo and Aquarium Toledo Zoo and Aquarium Courtesy Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers Deer Creek State Park Lodge Salt Fork State Park Lodge ge g e od od d L L rk rk Pa Pa a Park Lodge Sa Sa a lt lt F F or or k k St St t t at at e e Salt Fork State YO U T H

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