What’s New in Ohio? Lots!
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What’s New in Ohio? Lots!

Think you’ve seen it all and done it all in Ohio! Well, that’s impossible since there are many new attractions or events debuting in the Buckeye State this year. I’m guessing you’ll find it harder what not to do, given the bevy of new Ohio experiences in 2012. There are high-flying adventures, epic musical events, Jurassic beasts, underwater creatures and so much more! That’s one of the things I love most about Ohio – whether you’re a young professional looking for a cool neighborhood arts adventure or a family looking for activities fun for all ages, you can find it here.

Check out the list below of new attractions and events in Ohio this year!

Which attractions/events are you putting on your ‘to-do’ list?

Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland (Opened January 21)
The west bank of the Cuyahoga River is home to the new Greater Cleveland Aquarium, a 70,000-square-foot facility housing fish and marine life from around the world. More than 42 tanks have been integrated into an historic building, as well as the SeaTube that allows visitors to experience life under the sea in a clear, 145-foot walk-through tunnel.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Weekend, Cleveland (April 14)
Cleveland rolls out the red carpet as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland April 14, 2012. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum holds a weeklong series of events, starting April 5, that showcase this internationally followed event. Activities include free concerts–rock and gospel–lecture series, introduction of the new Grateful Dead museum exhibit, the unveiling of the newly-redesigned museum exhibit space and the opening of the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives. The star-studded events, which were last held in the city in 2009, draw tens of thousands of visitors.

2012 World Choir Games, Cincinnati (July 4-14) {video below}
Cincinnati – and America – will host the World Choir Games for the first time. Coined by many as the Olympics of choral music, the World Choir Games aim to peacefully unify nations through song. Cincinnati USA will host more than 400 choirs and 200,000 spectators July 4-14, 2012, for the largest choral competition in the world.

Dinosaurs Alive!, Cedar Point, Sandusky (Opens May 12) {video}
New this summer at Cedar Point will be Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island, a prehistoric-themed attraction that will be located on the wooded island that sits on the lagoons in the middle of the park. Guests will be able to see more than 48 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that will roar and move. Three of the dinosaurs will have interactive consoles that will allow guests to guide the dinosaurs’ movement. Admission to Dinosaurs Alive! will be $5 per person.

Soak City Waterpark, Kings Island, Mason (Opens in May)
Kings Island, the Midwest’s largest amusement and waterpark, will double the size of its existing waterpark when Soak City Waterpark (free with park admission) opens in 2012. The waterpark will feature a massive new Wave Pool and Action River, new entrance, more amenities and lounging areas.

New River Tour at Ozone Zipline Adventures, Oregonia
Ozone Zipline Adventures, the Midwest’s largest zipline tour, adds a New River Tour: two new 1,500-foot ziplines that will fly riders across the scenic Little Miami River at heights of more than 200 feet, landing on a platform at Fort Ancient. Ozone is an educational eco-adventure which allows hands-free riders to choose from three tour options, and take flight across more than two miles of cables and traverse eight sky bridges. Also new for 2012, Full Moon Night Zipping. This nighttime adventure takes place on the weekend closest to the full moon every month.

Valley Zipline Tours, Lancaster (Opens April 2012)
Valley Zipline Tours, the Hocking Hills region’s newest canopy tour adventures open in April 2012. The main Zip Line Course features seventeen zip lines that traverse the tree canopy and the valley including dual racing zips. The mini Zip Course consists of four small zips built in the trees and perfect for beginners and children.

A Day in Pompeii, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati (Opened March 2)
Through August 12, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the largest collection of body casts ever on display in the world, including a collection of 30 skeletons – all frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago. A Day in Pompeii also features more than 250 additional artifacts and an immersive video experience depicting a time-lapsed representation of Vesuvius’ explosion. Cincinnati USA is one of just three American cities chosen for this exhibit’s tour.

Scottish Links Golf Course at Glenlaurel – Rockbridge (Opening in Spring 2012)
The Scottish Links at Glenlaurel will replicate the links-style courses built in the British Isles hundreds of years ago. This eight-hole, private course will feature sand greens and tees and pasture-like fairways. It will be available for guests of Glenlaurel, a Scottish-themed inn in the Hocking Hills, and may be played with modern clubs or – for a true old-time experience – visitors can rent hickory-shaft clubs and vintage golf balls.

WATER – COSI, Columbus (Opens March 17)
This exciting exhibition at COSI, Center of Science and Industry, is designed to engage all learning styles through hands-on and digital interactive elements, videos, wall panels, models, specimens and live animals. In addition to the fun interactive components, WATER will demonstrate how people around the world use water and how we all can help protect Earth’s most precious resource.

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