Be A Tourist

  • Marion has many museums, natural areas, local restaurants, and entertainment venues that entice people from all over Ohio and beyond to visit. In an effort to create more awareness for and appreciation of the Marion area’s many tourism attractions, restaurants, and other activities, Saturday, May 12, 2018 shall be designated BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD day. The day features discounts and special activities for Marion County residents as part of a weekend of tourism related events. Offerings include discounts, free admission, and free gifts. BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD day is designed to remind us of these great places and to visit them again – or maybe for the first time.


    Participating Locations:


    Curiosity, 141 South Main Street, Marion
    Game demos all day. Anyone who demos a game gets 10% off a total purchase (some exclusions apply.)


    Harding Home, 380 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion
    Free Restoration Tours of the Home
    10 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m.
    No regular admission charged; freewill donation encouraged. Maximum of 25 people per tour. Assemble on the front porch.


    Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street
    Freed admission and a free box of popcorn.


    Hope Crossing Christian Books, 187 West Center Street
    Free gift with purchase


    Lawrence Orchard, 2634 Smeltzer Road
    Bloom walk, 1-3 pm. Your well behaved, leashed dog friends are welcome to join you.


    Main Squeeze Juices and Smoothies, 123 West Church Street
    10% off all day!


    Marion Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1713 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion
    Open house May 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


    Marion County Genealogy Society, East Church Street, Marion
    Free Intro to Genealogy folder for anyone that stops in and you can also register to be in a drawing for a free set of Marion County Census Records.


    Marion Flower Shop, 1045 East Church Street, Marion
    For moms (and dads alike), 10% off of our large selection of outdoor items (flats of annuals, perennials, vegetables, hanging baskets, combo pots, and geraniums)


    Owens Quarry Opera House, 1674 Owens Road, Marion
    Free coffee & cookies from 11:00-2:00.


    Pop’d Sensations, 1473 Marion-Waldo Road, Marion
    25% off all day!


    Sansotta’s Fresh Italian, 1292 Delaware Avenue, Marion
    10% off your purchase all day.


    Shirk’s Homemade Candies, 1235 South Prospect Street, Marion
    Free samples from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.




Visitor's Guide

Traveling Ohio? The Marion County 2017 Visitors Guide is now available! View it online in a convenient flipview format, or order a print version at 800.371.6688.

Upcoming Events

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