History buffs and aircraft enthusiasts will love the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The museum’s concept was created in 1991 by a group of volunteers who shared an interest in World War II aircraft. After years of collecting and restoring historic planes, and with the coordination of similar organizations, the museum finally found a permanent home at the Erie-Ottawa County Regional Airport, and was opened to the public in 2012.
The museum’s vast collection includes a vintage World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber, restored to flyable condition. The B-25 is flown at various airshows around the country. Other featured aircraft include the Ford Tri-Motor, the TBM Avenger – a vintage torpedo bomber, and a Model 75 Stearman. Because Liberty is an actual working museum, its collection changes depending on show schedules, private collections on loan, and visiting aircraft from other museums.
In addition to warplanes, Liberty also features military watercraft and land vehicles, such as tanks, Jeeps, and motorcycles. Visitors will also see displays of military uniforms and aircraft garb. And no trip to the museum is complete without enjoying a meal at the Tin Goose Diner, a classic lunch wagon built in 1949. For more information, visit www.libertyaviationmuseum.com.
For a variety of family adventures, visit the Greater Grand Lake region of Auglaize and Mercer Counties. The area is filled with historical attractions, led by the Armstrong Air and Space Museum – named after Ohio astronaut Neil Armstrong. Relive historic battles between American soldiers and Native Indians at the Fort Recovery State Museum.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find the region is home to hiking and biking trails, as well as wetlands and nature preserves. Play a round of golf at one of the many public courses.
Most of the region’s activities center around Grand Lake St. Marys. Several marinas service the largest inland lake in Ohio. From sailing and speed boating, to skiing and fishing, Grand Lake St. Marys offers over 13,000 acres of family fun on the water. Its 52 miles of shoreline are perfect for swimming, picnicking, and shore fishing. To plan your visit to the Greater Grand Lake Region, visit www.seemore.org.
The city of Vermilion, on the shore of Lake Erie, offers fun for everyone. Take a relaxing paddle-wheel boat ride on the scenic Vermilion River, where the Mystic Belle cruises the scenic lagoons with a narrated historical tour. Walk the streets of downtown Vermilion, where you’ll feel like you’re visiting a New England seaport. The village is lined unique shops and eateries. See the nearby Vermilion Lighthouse and soak up the sun on a public beach.
At West River Paddle Sports, rent a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and float enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife found along the Lake Erie shoreline and the Vermilion Water Trail. Sherod Park Beach is an ideal family destination for swimming, picnicking, and fishing. The beach also features a walking trail, ball fields, and a play area. Discover Vermilion further at www.visitloraincounty.com.
Drive through African Safari Wildlife Park and meet & feed the animals! Have you ever fed a Camel? Been up close with a Giraffe? If not, you will in our Drive-Thru Safari. Deer, Bison, Alpaca, Bongo, Zebra, and more await your arrival. We also offer a walk thru safari!
Nestled conveniently in the heart of Northwest Ohio, located at the crossroads of the historic east-west Lincoln Highway and the accessible north-south I-75, Lima/Allen County is an active, diverse place with a hospitable spirit. Come be inspired by the charm, heritage, and history of Allen County’s cities, towns and villages.
Nature’s Neighborhood is the award-winning children’s zoo experience that’s 100% explore-able and 100% fun! No matter the weather, your family will discover exciting activities, engage in the natural world and encounter awesome animals in a whole new way.
The Ohio Wine Producers Association provides information on everything related to Ohio’s great wine industry, from vineyards to wine tours and special events.
Tourism Ohio promotes attractions from every region of the state, for all interests and age groups.