Greenville Area Atractions
The Garst Museum
The primary local attraction is the Garst Museum at 205 N Broadway, that is quite well done. The two most famous “locals” are Annie Oakley and Lowell Thomas with nicely done sections on each as well as plenty of other local history. The Treaty of Greenville ended the Northwest Indian Tribes War between the American forces under General Mad Anthony Wayne and the coalition of northwest Indian tribes. The Treaty was negotiated and signed here. Check with the museum for times when open. GarstMuseum.org
Shawnee Prairie Preserve
The Shawnee Prairie Preserve is a County park near Greenville with a nice little nature museum. Admission is free. There areevents on Eclipse Day that there is an admission fee for. http://DarkeCountyParks.org/Shawnee-Prairie-Preserve…
Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe
The Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe is a local institution diner known for its Loose Meat Sandwiches. The shop is inexpensive and fun. www.Maidrite-Greenville.com
The downtown business district has a number of little shops, restaurants and pubs that you may want to check out on the 500 and 600 blocks of South Broadway.
Traveling to the Rally
The following places are worth considering checking out when traveling to the rally. Always check the location for hours of operation.
If you are coming from the EAST:
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals representing over 800 species and sees over 2 million visitors annually. The animal exhibits are divided into regions of the world, with the zoo currently operating eight such regions, Adventure Cove, North America, Polar Frontier, Asia Quest, Shores & Aquarium, Congo Expedition, Australia and the Islands and the Heart of Africa
There are three modes of transportation through the zoo other than walking. These include a train that circles the North America region, a tram that borders the southern part of the North America Region that takes visitors to Polar Frontier, and a boat ride around the Islands of Southeast Asia region.
The Newark Earthworks in Newark and Heath, Ohio, consist of three sections of preserved earthworks: the Great Circle Earthworks, the Octagon Earthworks, and the Wright Earthworks. This complex, built by the Hopewell culture between 100 BC and 400 AD, contains the largest earthen enclosures in the world, and was about 3,000 acres in total extent.
The earthworks were used by the indigenous Native Americans as places of ceremony, social gathering, trade, worship, and honoring the dead. The primary purpose of the Octagon earthwork is believed to have been scientific. Scholars have demonstrated that the Octagon Earthworks comprises a lunar observatory for tracking the Moon’s orbit during its 18.6-year cycle.
National Veterans Memorial and Museum
The museum’s main focus is on the personal stories of U.S. veterans, in contrast to other war museums that are dedicated to the conflicts themselves. The museum’s mission is to “honor, inspire, connect, and educate”. It has two permanent exhibits and one temporary exhibit space.
The museum houses personal artifacts such as footlockers, military ribbons, and letters service men and women sent home. Exhibits include stories from veterans dating from American Revolutionary War onwards to recent conflicts.
Franklin Park Conservatory
The Franklin Park Conservatory contains more than 400 plant species. They exhibit Biomes that represent global climate zones including the Himalayan Mountains, Tropical Rainforests, Deserts, and a Pacific Island Water Garden. Additional plant collections include a Bonsai Courtyard, showhouse with seasonal displays, orchids and tropical bonsai collections, and Palm House with more than 40 species of palms.
Center Of Science and Industry
The Center of Scuence and Industry contains seven main exhibit areas: Ocean, Energy Explorers, Space, Progress, Gadgets, Life, and the American Museum of National History Dinosaur Gallery. Hallways between each learning world are filled with hands-on exhibits and displays.
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
The preserve has a Nature Center, and three miles of trails for hiking and biking. It also adjoins the 752-acre John Bryan State Park, which offers additional trails as well as boating, fishing, camping, and other amenities.
Hocking Hills State Park
Within the park are over 25 miles of hiking trails, rock formations, waterfalls, and recess caves. The trails are open from dawn to dusk, all year round, including holidays.
If you are coming from the NORTH:
Armstrong Air & Space Museum
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is located in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the hometown of aviator and astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon. The museum chronicles Ohio’s contributions to the history of aeronautics and space flight. The original Gemini 8 spacecraft, piloted by Armstrong to perform the world’s first space docking, two of Armstrong’s space suits, and multiple items from the Apollo Program missions are exhibited.
Other highlights include Moon rock brought back during the Apollo 11 mission, and an F5D Skylancer. The museum has several main galleries that cover spaceflight history from the early beginnings of the Space Race to the end of the Space Shuttle era.
Bicycle Museum of America
The museum houses antique bicycles from the 19th century, balloon tire classics of the 1940s and 1950s and banana seat high-rise handle bar bikes of the 1960s. The museum has more bicycles than it can display at any one time, so the museum occasionally rotates the collection. The collection includes bicycle-related objects, such as accessories, cycling jerseys and tools from the past 140 years.
The oldest bicycles are on the first floor. There is a replica of the earliest form of a bicycle by Karl von Drais, an 1816 wooden peddle-less walking bike. The exhibit includes several Penny-farthings, the high-wheelers, including one mounted so people can try it out.
The Airstream Heritage Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM EST.
The museum is located at 1001 W. Pike St. Jackson Center, Ohio 45334. The cost of the tour for seniors is $3. Reservations for the tour are suggested.
If you are coming from the SOUTH:
Wright Patterson Air Force Museum
The National Museum of the United States Air Force, formerly the United States Air Force Museum, is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, six miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display.
Dayton Institute of Art
The museum’s collection contains more than 20,000 objects spanning 5,000 years.
The art museum is an Italian Renaissance–style building, which sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Dayton. The institute’s highlights are the museum’s Asian, 17th-century Baroque, 18th- and 19th-century American, and contemporary art collections.
WAC Airfield, Wright Brothers field, and other aviation related sites around Dayton
The Dayton Aviation Trail is a self-guided tour of selected, aviation-related sites open to the public. The Trail was established in 1981 by Aviation Trail, Inc., whose mission is to preserve and promote the Dayton’s area’s unique aviation heritage, starting with the invention of the airplane by Wilbur and Orville Wright.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the sixth oldest zoo in the United States and was founded in 1873. It originally began with 64.5 acres in the middle of the city but has spread into the neighboring blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s outer suburbs. The zoo houses over 500 species, 1,800 animals and 3,000 plant species.
If you are coming from the WEST:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
On display in the museum are about 75 cars The collection includes over thirty Indianapolis 500 winning cars, various other Indy cars, and several racing cars from other disciplines. It also includes pace cars and passenger cars, with a particular focus on those manufactured in Indiana and by Indiana companies. Other items on display include trophies, plaques, and racing paraphernalia such as helmets, gloves, and driver’s suits. Rotating exhibits include such elements as model cars, photographs, toys, and paintings.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Sites the former home of the 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison. Harrison’s 16-room house was completed in 1875. Harrison instituted his famous Front Porch Campaign in the 1888 United States presidential campaign from this house. In 1896, Harrison renovated the house and added electricity. He died there in a second-story bedroom in 1901.
The Indianapolis Zoo is organized around the concept of biomes, or areas of the planet with similar climates, plants, and animals. Animals at the Indianapolis Zoo are clustered in groups with similar habitats, which define each biome.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the ninth oldest, and eighth largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States. The permanent collection comprises over 54,000 works, including African, American, Asian, and European pieces. Significant areas of the collection include: Neo-Impressionist paintings; Japanese paintings of the Edo period; Chinese ceramics and bronzes; paintings, sculptures, and prints by Paul Gauguin and a large number of works by J. M. W. Turner. Other areas of emphasis include textiles and fashion arts as well as a focus on modern design.
Indiana War Memorial
The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza is an urban feature and war memorial located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, originally built to honor the veterans of World War I. It was conceived in 1919 as a location for the national headquarters of the American Legion and a memorial to the state’s and nation’s veterans. Modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, it houses a military museum and auditorium.
If you like Presidential Sites, Ohio is home to seven Presidents