COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Industrial tours are growing in popularity here
and several new attractions have opened.
Industrial tours range from visits to several General Motors car
manufacturing plants throughout the state to basket-making
businesses. ôSometimes sports tours passing through going to
baseball games do these tours,ö according to Celeste Krolak, group
tour specialist for the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism.
The components of the group tour depend on the region and can
include factory tours where guests observe the manufacture of
candy, jelly, popcorn, ice cream and wine. ôMany of our guests like
to eat their way through Ohio,ö she said.
Other news regarding group tour attractions includes:The Center of Science and Industry in downtown Columbus will
relocate to a larger facility downtown along the riverfront in the
fall.A retired Air Force One aircraft is on display at the U.S. Air
Force Museum in Dayton. The plane carried several presidents,
including John F. Kennedy. Guests can take tours of the aircraftÆs
interior.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will
continue its Elvis Presley exhibit through August. It includes
items that have never before been displayed, including PresleyÆs
high school diploma, U.S. Army uniform, Gibson J-200 guitar and the
jacket he wore during his 1956 performance on the ôEd Sullivan
Show.öThe Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame, in East
Liverpool, opened last fall to honor the former football coach at
Notre Dame. The facility highlights Holtz and other notable figures
in sports, politics, entertainment and medicine who are from the
region stretching from eastern Ohio and western Beaver County, Pa.,
to Wheeling, West Va.The new World War II Vehicle Museum in Hubbard, just north of
East Liverpool, displays tanks, artillery and weaponry from the
U.S. and German forces.The Hard Rock Cafe, which opened in Cleveland last fall,
welcomes groups for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism
Phone: (800) 818-OHIO