Top 3 Ohio Upcharge Experiences Worth the Money

Who said Ohio was boring?! These upcharge experiences are sure to impress even the most well-traveled adventurer:

Cameron takes a penguin selfie at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky

1. Penguin Encounter - Newport Aquarium (estimated cost $30.00/ticket)

Cats and dogs? No thanks... I'll take a penguin! Get up-close and personal in Cincinnati, Ohio at Newport Aquarium's Penguin Encounter.

This 20-minute experience takes guests behind the scenes to see these adorable animals like never before. The aquarium staff provides fun facts and information about African penguins while visitors get the chance to photograph and even touch the animals. 

Just in case you were wondering... they don't sell live penguins in the gift shop. I was disappointed, too!


Cameron uses dowsing rods to connect with alleged spiritual energy at The Ohio State Reformatory

2. Ghost Hunt - The Ohio State Reformatory (estimated cost $80.00/ticket)

This is the only time you'll willingly pay to go to prison! 

The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio opened its gates in 1886 as an intermediate step between the Boys Industrial School and the Ohio Penitentiary. Over time, the facility transitioned to a maximum security prison, containing the state's most viscous and high-profile criminals. It is also the filming location of Shawshank Redemption. 

Now, the reformatory allows visitors from all over the country to interact with the property's alleged paranormal residents. The Ghost Hunt upcharge experience gives brave ticket-holders the chance to walk the prison grounds and cellblocks at night with unrestricted access. 

Being surrounded by walls that have soaked up years of violence and terror is a very powerful feeling. I didn't pee my pants... but, I was close! Totally worth it.


Red, White & BOOM! is Columbus Ohio's premiere Independence Day fireworks display

3. Fireworks with COSI - Red, White & BOOM! (estimated cost $100.00/ticket)

Imagine being only yards away from the launch zone of Columbus, Ohio's largest fireworks display. Well, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is your front row seat to the action!

Fireworks with COSI is a specially ticketed, full-day event that gives viewers the chance to explore the facility's exhibits and attractions during the afternoon and enjoy V.I.P. seating for the fireworks show at night. The ticket also includes a buffet and unlimited Independence Day goodies. 

COSI even provides an outdoor, inflatable movie screen after the fireworks show so that guests can relax instead of sitting in traffic.

Have you ever watched BOOM! from High Street? Well, once you experience the convenience and extravagance of this event, you'll never fight the crowds again!