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6 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 SIGNATURE ATTRACTIONS ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM | C L E V E L A N D Michael Jackson's sparkly glove, Ray Orbison's black-rimmed glasses and David Bowie's embellished outfits lie on display inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Once thought a dangerous music genre, rock and roll music has far-reaching ties to Cleveland, including the fact that it is where the term "rock 'n' roll" was first coined, as a local disc jockey described a riotous music concert. The museum's interactive exhibits use sound, video and memorabilia from music giants to explore rock and roll's origins, influences and major players. The sprawling museum not only contains numerous exhibits, but also a Hall of Fame section, a 3-D theater and a stage for music performances and events. COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM | C O L U M B U S With famed American zookeeper Jack Hanna at the helm, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has become far more than your typical zoo. Home to more than 7,000 animals, the world-renowned zoo contains all the animals you'd expect to see in a zoo, as well as more exotic creatures, such as pygmy chimpanzees, red pandas and Komodo dragons. The 140-acre complex separates species by continent, and its Heart of Africa section has camel rides, giraffe feeding and other interactive experiences. Youth groups will also love Jungle Jack's Landing, home to 12 amusement park rides. DAY TON AVIATION HERITAGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK | D A Y T O N Under the same skies the Wright brothers once wistfully looked up at sits the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Orville and Wilbur Wright grew up in Dayton and launched their aeronautic enterprises there. The park explores their impact on Dayton and the world at the Wright- Dunbar Interpretive Center with exhibits on the brothers' bicycle business, which impacted their work in aviation; their family; and their childhood friend, Paul Laurence Dunbar, the poet and author. The park has multiple sites, among them the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, Paul Laurence Dunbar House and the Wright Brothers Aviation Center. The world's first practical airplane, the 1905 Wright Flyer III, is displayed at the aviation center alongside a replica of the brothers' bicycle shop, wind tunnel and other flight-related artifacts. PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME | C A N T O N In a move that would dictate what many Americans would eventu- ally watch on Monday nights, the National Football League was born September 17, 1920, during a meeting in downtown Canton. The Pro Football Hall of Fame explores the historic roots of American football, as well as the later emergence of the Monday Night Football broadcast, the Super Bowl and legendary players. With 115,000 square feet of exhibit space, groups can discover how football started from humble beginnings to become one of the country's favorite sports. CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM | C I N C I N N A T I An immense collection of 65,000 works that span 6,000 years makes the Cincinnati Art Museum one of the most comprehensive art collections in the Midwest. The Romanesque Revival building, which opened in 1886, is itself an impressive work of art. A series of additions and renovations have altered the building but retained its architectural integrity. The first art museum built west of the Alleghenies, the Cincinnati museum emphasizes ancient Middle Eastern art and European old master painters, and has an entire wing devoted to local art. Groups can wander on their own or choose among a variety of guided tours such as American Art, Ancient Worlds and Masterpieces. TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART | T O L E D O Art doesn't just sit on shelves but comes to life during the Toledo Museum of Art's glass-blowing demonstrations. Known as Glass City, Toledo claims a long history with glass manufacturing and with glass art, which guests can learn about in the museum's Glass Pavilion. Visitors often praise the museum for its comprehensive collection, with works that range from contemporary to antique and local to Asian and African. Traditional Old Master paintings also wow the crowds, such as Peter Paul Rubens' "The Crowning of Saint Catherine." Courtesy TourismOhio Courtesy Rock and Roll HOF By Tom Engberg, courtesy NPS Courtesy Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Courtesy Visit Canton Above (left to right): Toledo Museum of Art; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP; Brown bear at Columbus Zoo; Pro Football Hall of Fame