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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: The Roller Coaster Capital of the World

April 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Sure, cultural experiences and taking in a little history are great options when heading out on holiday, but sometimes we recognize that a dose of serious fun is in order. Thatís why we suggest skipping the long-haul hassle to hit up some summertime fun early in the season, and thereís nowhere better than to do so than Sandusky, Ohio.

Spread across 364 acres right on Lake Erie sits the world's best place to take in all things roller coaster. Cedar Point have over 70 rides and amusements, and when we last checked we think there were like 16 different roller coastersóalthough honestly we may have lost count. The park has been welcoming visitors as a summertime rite of passage since 1870, so you can bet they know how to keep a crowd happy.

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Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos Space Jump Lives Again

February 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to aviation, Dayton, Ohio seems to have all the best stuff. There's the history of the Wright Brothers, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in nearby Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. You'd think those would be enough attractions for the middle of Ohio, but not so.

Dayton is now temporarily home to Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit.

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A Tale of Two Groundhogs: Pennsylvania and Ohio Have a Weather Rivalry

February 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

So what if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and held that there'd be six more weeks of winter? CNN doesn't even believe in his credibility: "The good news is that, according to analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is wrong most of the time."

And if Phil is wrong, then that means somebody's got to be right. For 2014, that honor goes to Ohio's own official groundhog weatherman, Buckeye Chuck, who didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Staten Island Chuck of New York and General Beauregard Lee of Georgia even have their own less influential groundhog opinions, but the fact of the matter is that Ohio's big rodent may be slowly supplanting Phil in popularity and prediction success.

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United Decides That Cleveland Doesn't Rock, After All

February 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

When two airlines love each other very much and decide to merge thereís plenty of celebration, but at the same time there is often loss and sadness. Thatís the case over at United, as after shacking up with Continental a couple of years agoóitís time to revaluate things.

United is getting rid of their hub over in Cleveland, as apparently plenty of flights in and out of the airport are just no longer part of the bigger picture. With hubs in plenty of including spots like Chicago, Washington, and Houston, it sounds like thereís just not the need to have planes and people hanging out at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

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Hoist the Mainsail on 18 Tall Ships During August's 'Battle of Lake Erie' Festival

August 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The War of 1812 actually didn't happen in 1812. In truth, it was a 32-month conflict between the US and Great Britain which stretched from June 1812 to February 1815, with one of the most notable turning-of-the-tides going down in 1813. On September 10, Captain Oliver Hazard Perry flew the flag "Don't Give Up the Ship" on the ships of his fleet as they went head-to-head (or cannon-to-cannon) with the Royal Navy, eventually winning the Battle of Lake Erie.

His victory is essentially the reason why (most of) Lake Erie, Detroit and much of eastern Michigan and northern Ohio belong to the United States.

Naturally this is a huge frickin' deal, and 2013 marks the bicentennial of the battle. To celebrate, ports of the Lake Erie Islands are banding together to host a gathering of 18 tall ships and re-enactments, and the public is welcome to do more than watch; you may sign up to join the crew on a ship, be a part of the land militia, or just volunteer to help the onboard tours when the ships pull into port.

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2013's Hottest New Roller Coasters: Cedar Point's GateKeeper

May 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

According to Mother Nature itís not technically summer for at least another month, but we go by the calendar and the season starts with Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully theme parks also seem to follow the calendar, so the last few weeks of May are always a good time to enjoy that new roller coaster smell. Thatís especially the case over in Sandusky, Ohio, as once again Cedar Point is welcoming the amusement park season with a brand new ride.

This year itís GateKeeper thatís taking up a permanent residence inside the park, as the new roller coaster breaks all kinds of records. With a 164-foot drop and over 4,000-feet of track itís the best in its class, and thatís even before your get buckled in for a ride.

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Tractors Pulling Planes? Yep, at This Weekend's Heritage of Flight Festival

October 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Itís only Tuesday, but that hardly means thatís it too early to start talking aboutóand planningósome stuff to do this weekend. If youíre looking to get outside to enjoy the cooler temperatures but also want a little entertainment, thereís always the option to attend a fall festival. Lucky for you we have one in mind, and itís all taking place this weekend in New Carlisle, Ohio.

This weekend the eighth annual Heritage of Flight Festival and Parade rolls into town, as stuff is scheduled for October 5, 6, and 7. The highlight of the festival has to be the tractor pull, but weíre not talking about the usual country fair style tractor pull. Here the tractors are pulling airplanes on a parade route right through the center of town, so if youíve ever wanted to see a biplane being towed by a John Deere tractoróthis is the place to accomplish that mission.

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Did You Know? Cleveland Airport Has a Special-Edition Beer

September 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.

Fact: Cleveland Airport serves a special edition, locally brewed beer: The Wright Pils.

Okay so typically we wouldn't recommend your scheduling an extra hour or two before your flight to spend at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport, but that was before we found out a little secret the airport's been keeping within Terminal C (mostly Air Canada and United flights).

At the Great Lakes Brewpub near Gate C 14—the only location of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub outside their Brewery in Cleveland proper—the limited edition beer is on draft. You'll want some of this, as it's more than just limited edition; it's aviation-themed. The Wright Pils is "classic style with flowery bouquet and an elegantly dry finish." It's made to pair well with salads, salmon, tuna and "marbled meats." It also happens to be named for Ohio's own Wright Brothers.

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Did You Know? Cedar Point Once Had a Boeing 747-Theme Roller Coaster

September 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (2)

Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.

Fact: Cedar Point Amusement Park used to have a Boeing 747-themed roller coaster named "Jumbo Jet."

It's the late 1970s at a theme park in Ohio, but this isn't just any theme park; it's Cedar Point. This park, on a peninsula sticking out into Lake Erie, celebrates over 100 years of fun, with five roller coasters at the time: Blue Streak, Wildcat, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Corkscrew and Jumbo Jet. Three of those five still exist and the losers are—you guessed it—Wildcat and the very similar Jumbo Jet.

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You Know, There's Already a Whole Museum Honoring Neil Armstrong

August 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

What you already know by now is that Neil Armstrong, NASA pilot and first man on the moon, died Saturday at age 82 of complications from cardiovascular procedures. What you probably don't know is that the man already has a museum dedicated to him, and it's been around for thirty years! The museum opened in 1972, three years after the famous first moonwalk 1969.

The Armstrong Air and Space Museum sits in the tiny (under 10,000 people) town of Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong's birthplace. Since Ohio has a reputation as a breeding ground for aviators, astronauts and presidents, the structure branches out beyond Neil to cover all Ohio's contributions to the history and politics of space flight.

Among the items on display are Armstrong's uniforms, an F5D Sky Lancer, the Gemini VIII spacecraft (in which Neil flew and which also made the first space docking), Apollo 11 artifacts (Neil's backup Apollo 11 spacesuit!) and a moon rock. Even the architecture of the museum is notable; it resembles the moon rising and the dome that gives this effect contains a star theater.

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Cedar Point's Already Psyching Up to Break Roller Coaster Records in 2013

August 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

The summer season is quickly coming to a close and that means only a few more chances to ride your favorite roller coaster this season. Even though timeís running out for some theme parks in 2012, we like to stay optimistic and look forward to 2013. Already we hear that Cedar Point is cooking up something spectacular for next season, and now the details have been revealed.

Itís name will be Gatekeeper, and itíll be all about breaking records as it scares riders silly. As a "winger coaster," it will kind of hang riders off the sides as the main part of the car maintains a connection with the track. Thereís still plenty of pieces to put togetherówe imagine itís much like assembling a piece of IKEA furniture; however, when the final screws are set into place the thing will be over 4,000-feet long with a drop of around 164 feet.

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So You Want to Ride in a Torpedo-Toting PT Boat from World War II?

August 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

531 PT Boats plied the waves for the Allied powers during World War II. These torpedo-toting motorboats of 70-80 feet were designed to zip up to large ships, attack, and zip away. The American military called them the "Mosquito Fleet," Japanese forces gave them the nickname "Devil Boats," but these days we just know them as museum pieces, since only 13 still exist, 3 or 4 of which are still operational.

What happened to the rest of 'em? Well, PT boats were made of wood, wood which was then burned or re-used at the end of the war. Countries celebrating their victory while simultaneously worrying about piecing together a broken Europe and getting their boys back into the workforce weren't thinking about putting PTs up on plinths. Heck, it would be nearly another twenty years before John F. Kennedy, former commander of PT-109, would become president and spark the public fascination with these boats.

Now, of those 3-4 left seaworthy, two are now to be found in Ohio of all places, the newest pieces of the collection of the also very new Liberty Aviation Museum.

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