Columbus capitalizes on industrial-tour trend


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.ö
  • The 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

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