From 1996 until 2010 you could get a real “Kitchen Sink Sundae” at America’s Ice Cream and Dairy Museum at Elm Farm in Medina. The sundae, containing dozens of dips of ice cream was served in a real stainless steel kitchen sink. Sadly, for ice cream lovers, the museum and ice cream parlor closed in 2010, a victim of the slow economy. Only the memory of the ice cream lives on.
The 77 foot long Red Witch was Ohio’s only tall ship until 2004 when she sailed away from Port Clinton to her new home on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Today she still carries tourists to view the skyline of the windy city. But back in the 1990’s she was Ohio’s tall ship and many folks got to take an unforgettable cruise on Lake Erie.
Crystal Gardens Dance Hall at Crystal Beach Amusement Park, Vermilion. The lakefront amusement park entertained generations until it closed in the late 1962 and the buildings were auctioned off. The dance hall was the last building to be demolished after a police organization held a final dance in the mid 1960’s.
Mystery Hill on the Marblehead Peninsula. The fiberglass dinosaurs and the shack where the water flowed uphill brought in thousands of tourists each year
Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Medina County. All the big bands played here in the 1930’s 40’s and 50’s. It was a favorite place for me in my young years.
The Buckeye Central Steam Railroad in Sugar Creek. They say up to a million people came to Sugar Creek to ride the steam drawn train across the Amish countryside. The railroad still exists today as a freight hauler, but the steam passenger trains are just a memory
Tivoli Miniature World at Niagara Falls, Canada. It was a chance to see the wonders of the world in miniature. The attraction moved several times and to our knowledge was finally broken up and sold
Former Fox 8 TV Anchor, Tana Carli, hugging Shamu the Whale at SeaWorld in Aurora, Ohio. The Park which opened in 1970 was only the second SeaWorld at the time, the other being in San Diego. The Aurora SeaWorld was sold in 2001 and closed for good in 2004.