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See, explore, do, eat, and have fun as you possibly can at these incredible Ohio tourist attractions!
Feb 4, 2013 - Offbeat in Ohio
Ohio, in America’s Midwest, may not be your idea of a prime holiday destination to visit in your charter bus, but believe you me, Ohio can dish up some pretty quirky sights and attractions for even the most jaded traveler. For a tour of the weird and wonderful that Ohio has to offer, grab a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches or school bus chartered from Charter Bus Ohio, and take you and your group on a journey you won’t soon forget.
What looks like it might be part of a commune or hippie enclave is actually the Temple of Tolerance in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Creation of Jim Bowsher, who describes himself as master of the temple, this Temple is well hidden behind Bowsher’s home. Anyone casually driving by in a charter bus would never see it from the street. Made up entirely of stones and rocks, many of them collected by Bowsher himself from farmer’s fields, old mills, foundation stones from demolished buildings, some of the quirkiest pieces in the collection include a slab from a counter in a bank robbed by John Dillinger and a stone step from the former Ku Klux Klan headquarters in Ohio.
Also in Wapakoneta is the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, which is not surprising considering that Wapakoneta, Ohio is the birthplace of Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the Moon. Built to resemble a “futuristic moon base” in 1972, the Armstrong Air Space Museum is an easy drive in your charter bus from the Temple. Exhibits detail Armstrong’s life and career, and showcase Nasa’s race to land a man on the moon before the Soviets. On display are a jet fighter similar to one Armstrong flew in the Air Force, a Gemini space capsule, and an Apollo Command Module. The museum’s prized possession is a golf ball sized chunk of moon rock brought back by Armstrong from the moon.
Those ubiquitous toy bricks made in Denmark are the focus of the Toy and Plastic Brick Museum. Started by Dan Brown, who admits he has way too many of those little plastic bricks, the Toy and Plastic Brick Museum is in Bellaire, which is easily reached in your charter bus. The museum is spread over 36,000 square feet and 3 floors in a former Middle School, and contains brick artwork, sculpture, animatronic displays and theme rooms. Due to legal conflicts with LEGO, the museum was forced to drop the LEGO name. This shrine to all things connected with the little plastic brick is sure to bring a smile to your face, and exhibits and artwork are constantly changing with contributions from AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO), and LUG (LEGO Users Groups).
Overlooking the mighty Ohio River, you will find the Cardboard Boat Museum. No, you read that right, boats made out of cardboard. A short trip in your charter bus brings you to the town of New Richmond, which holds a boat race every year on the Ohio River, and cardboard boats are raced down the river. The term “boat” is used rather loosely, in terms of reference to an object floats on the water, is human powered and steerable. Boats are built out of paper and cardboard to resemble anything from a dragon, to a locomotive, a cup and saucer, even a World War 2 Jeep. The current cardboard boat record is 8 miles down river to Cincinnati. The Museum also has a Titanic award, given every year to the most spectacular sinking.
If you’re planning to visit Ohio, and want to see something really way off the beaten track give Charter Bus Ohio a call to find out how they can help plan your trip with the fleet of vehicles and friendly, personalized service.