Local Attractions

Explore ONU, Historic Ada, and Northwestern Ohio

The best of ONU, Ada, and Northern Ohio – just minutes from one of top hotels near Freed Center. Please note that attraction info is subject to change; contact each for their latest hours and information. 

Wilson Football

Take a tour of the famous Wilson Football Factory or purchase a ball made right here in Ada! Available for tours, when scheduled in advance. 

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Pierstorf Family Pharmacy Museum

Take a trip back in time and visit the Pierstorf Family Pharmacy Museum, located on the Ohio Northern University campus. This museum has many worthwhile features, including everything from ancient medicine bottles to pestles that were once awarded to pharmacists. Contact (419) 772-2302 to set up a tour. 

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Historic Ada Depot

You can still hear the whispers of a bygone era at our famous and historic train depot in the town of Ada. 

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Old Order Amish Road Tour

Discover the many Amish community handcrafted and homemade products, as you explore scenic back roads where the remaining true fundamental Old-Order Amish still live. Learn about the community’s lifestyle by visiting a much less commercialized Amish order. 

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Antiquing in Mount Victory

Mount Victory has a long history and popular reputation as an antique and craft shopping destination. You’ll find a variety of items from large turn-of-the-century cupboards and furniture, to primitives, ’40s style Hoosier cupboards, garden antiques, glassware, and more. 

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Art Space Lima

Located in a turn-of-the-century, three-story brick building, The Art Space Lima is dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region. This wonderful studio offers many art exhibitions, art classes and concerts for locals and tourists. Call for hours. 

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Allen County Museum

The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Discover the main museum, the 1893 Victorian MacDonell House, log house, John H. Keller Railroad Archives, Shay Locomotive display, and the Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library. Group tours and school field trips are welcome. Call for hours. 

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Lima Symphony Orchestra

Go to a Lima Symphony Orchestra performance and experience musical excellence. The LSO presents six subscription concerts, a family concert, two or more Mozart by Candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert. Call for hours. 

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ONU Observatory

The ONU Observatory has a mission to educate and inspire students at Ohio Northern University, as well as the surrounding community, about the rapidly evolving and exciting science of astronomy. The observatory is primarily used by ONU students, faculty, and the ONU Astronomy Club, but is also opened up for public events on a semi-regular basis. 

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Indian Lake

Indian Lake offers a variety of on-the-water recreational options on its 5100 acres of water including boating, fishing, jet skiing, and swimming. Off the lake, visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, and winter activities such as ice fishing and snowmobiling.

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Armstrong Air and Space Museum

The museum is in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the hometown of aviator and astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon. Opened in 1972, the museum chronicles Ohio’s contributions to the history of aeronautics and space flight.

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Stay at The Inn at ONU

Unwind in our deluxe, on-campus rooms and suites, featuring a host of signature amenities. Our specialty rooms offer fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and separate living and sleeping. Turndown service is available upon request. 

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