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 13, 2017 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.

    Be a Tourist day kicks off in the morning of May 13 with the annual Harding Home waffle breakfast at Tri-Rivers Career Center from 7:30 – 10 a.m. Then, spend the rest of the day visiting attractions, shopping, lunching, and enjoying the outdoors at our many parks and trails.


    Participating Locations:

    29 Brew Pub & Wood Fired Pizza, 1692 Marion – Mt. Gilead Road, Marion
    FREE PUB PRETZELS with a full price pizza.


    ECO Center, 1757 County Road 59, Caledonia
    10% off any private event booked before June 1 at ECO Center.


    Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street, Marion
    Free admission to Heritage Hall & Popcorn Museum, plus a free gift.


    Home Again Stained Glass, 198 West Center Street, Marion
    Stop in and see the handmade stained glass, made in Marion, as well as a large selection of Ohio State merchandise and receive 15% off. Excludes consigned items.


    Hope Crossing Christian Books & Gifts, Charleston Place, 187 West Center Street, Marion
    Special sales, prize drawings every 29 minutes.


    Huber Machinery Museum, 220 East Fairground Street, Marion
    Open house from 1 – 4 p.m.


    Lawrence Orchards, 2634 Smeltzer Road, Marion
    Open house from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with refreshments (cider and snacks) and free wagon ride tours of the orchards.


    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 15-generation pedigree charts to visitors.


    Marion Flower Shop, 1045 East Church Street, Marion
    Free pack of locally grown tomatoes or annual flowers.


    Marion Tallgrass Trail, 2093 Holland Road West, Marion
    The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition Sports Expo; Mystery At the Park.


    Owens Quarry Opera House, 1674 Owens Road, Marion
    Open house from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with light refreshments.


    Ques Brothers BBQ, 1300 Delaware Avenue, Marion
    10% off your meal; NEW PARK DRIVE performing from 7 – 10 p.m.


    Sansotta’s Quick Italian, 1292 Delaware Avenue, Marion
    10% off all day.


    Shirk’s Homemade Candies, 1235 South Prospect Street, Marion
    Free samples!


    Southern Accents Boutique, Charleston Place, 187 West Center Street, Marion
    Special sales, prize drawings every 29 minutes.


    The Candy Shack & Cafe, Charleston Place, 187 West Center Street, Marion
    Free slice of homemade custard cake with any meal purchased. Several flavors to choose from and gluten free as well! Also, sampling chocolate covered potato chips and chocolate covered Fritos.



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.

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