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AEP RECREATION LAND

The AEP ReCreation Land is a great way to connect with family and nature. Thousands of people travel from not just Ohio but from other parts of the United States as well. Each person has his or her reason for traveling to this very beautiful and serene land. The area is mainly known for its hunting and fishing destinations, but this statement is simply not true.


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Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio

Did you know that our little town of Zanesville is home to the world’s largest bronze sculpture studio, of any living artist? The Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery is hard to miss and easily stands out on S. Sixth Street, lined with life-size sculptures. One is even towering over the building looking out at the Sixth Street Bridge. If you are like me, you’ve always checked them out as you drive by, almost every day for a lot of us small-towners, but have never actually gone in. Today I did, and it was an enlightening experience. I found myself interested in the history behind each piece of artwork. Walking around and getting to read about each individual piece was relaxing. I had plenty of time to walk through each room, of which there are many, on two floors. On my way out, I was sure to ask the artist on the first floor if I could watch him work on what he had his hands dirty with.


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Chapman’s Coffee House

Chapman’s has a great selection of coffee and food items. They have many different types of coffee. I would say my favorite is the double espresso. The pricing isn’t too bad either. It costs about $5 for the double-shot espresso. I also liked the sausage and egg biscuit sandwich, which costs about $4. Walking inside, you have two great, white chairs with a table in between to relax and wait if there is a line. The ordering counter reminds me of an old timey deli, in a good way. When you do order your food, they have nice sitting tables, but I really enjoyed their booths. You can also sit outside underneath the shade of two big trees and enjoy the community that is New Concord. They have a decent parking lot. Many college students from Muskingum University come to the coffee shop for great service and to relax to do school work. They have their own Wi-Fi system and a printer, so students can do most of their school work there. The location of Chapman’s Coffee House is 88 ½ Main Street, New Concord, Ohio. It is located right next door to the John and Annie Glenn Museum.


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Dillon Wildlife Area

Walking through the woods, you hear the fallen leaves crunch underneath your feet. Looking off into the distance, you can hear some rustling in the leaves. Looking through the trees, you see some movement: a big, mature whitetail deer. In that moment everything freezes; it’s only you and your target. You draw your bow, hold your breath, focus in, and then release your arrow to fly. You hit him right behind the shoulder. Lowering your bow, you fill with excitement, knowing you had a good shot on him. Following the blood trail is the next best part. Following the winding trail, seeing the blood drops get closer and closer together, you look up and see the trophy you just harvested, and all of your hard work and dedication pays off. Number 2 on the top five places to hunt, Dillon Wildlife Area is a great place for hunters and fishermen. There are many things to do out there. Located off of Route 146, it is the best public recreation land around here.


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John and Annie Glenn Museum

Have you ever wondered what it was like to orbit the Earth? Good news! There is a local museum that lets you experience the history and life of John Glenn. John Glenn was the first man ever to orbit the Earth. He successfully achieved this three times in a total of five hours. The John and Annie Glenn Museum is a great way to spend some extra time in the perfectly preserved childhood home of John Glenn, a trip back to the 1960s with a living history tour and a tour about his life and achievements.


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McGraw Edison Recreational Area

The McGraw Edison Recreational Area is better than all the other parks because it is an 80-acre park, and it has a lot to do. The park was a little quiet when I went; no one was there, and it was really peaceful. No one will bother you, and you can look at what you want to and be one with nature. There is also a creek and a small pond to go to and fish. If you don’t want to fish, you can walk around and enjoy the scenery and listen to all the birds chirping and the little animals scurrying in the woods. You can see many butterflies on your walk through the park. There is so much land you can go see, but some of the grass is grown up.


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Mission Oaks Gardens

Mission Oaks Gardens is a gorgeous urban garden located at 424 Hunter Ave., Zanesville, Ohio. It is nearly hidden from the street in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood. More than seven acres of gardens are home to an incredible collection of plants, including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, and conifers. Perennials, annuals, and wildflowers fill the gardens year round. There is also a nearly two-acre conifer garden that has over 300 trees that are native to North America.


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Sunrise Strikes

Have you ever been stumped to think of a fun place to take the whole family? If so, your problem is solved because there is a local bowling alley with everything you need to have a fun and safe night with your family or friends. Out of all the attractions located in Zanesville, Ohio, Sunrise Strikes has been my favorite since I was a kid. If you are looking for a fun-filled family day, it is the place to go because they have fun things to do for all ages, very nice employees, and great food all for reasonable prices.


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The Secret Garden

The Gale Garden is a quiet and secluded place hidden from sight. This garden hides many natural beauties that many people should enjoy. It is a very old garden found in Zanesville with an abundance of unique plants. Many homes are found bordering this garden, which is an acre in size. The time I spent there was very enjoyable and peaceful. It was a relief to escape from the stress of everyday problems and just take a moment to enjoy the surroundings and smell of flowers in bloom, and it provided a chance to relax and de-stress.


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Zane's Landing: A Top Place to Visit in Zanesville

A writer born in the late 1800s named Zane Grey said, ''I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me.'' Now a sculpture of him stands on the west end of Market Street in Zanesville, Ohio, at Zane’s Landing Park. This park has many wonderful things to offer such as events and festivals, commemorative sculptures, the Lorena Sternwheeler, and beautiful photography opportunities, especially along the trail.


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Discover the Beauty of Nature at Blue Rock State Park

Have you ever wanted to find the perfect place to go when you just want to get away from the chaos of life and surround yourself with the beauty of nature? If you haven’t, then I have the perfect place for you. The name of the place is Blue Rock State Park. At Blue Rock State Park, you can find many activities where you’re either in or around nature. The activities that are offered to you at Blue Rock State Park are camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting, and boating.


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A Life-Changing Ride

Incredible horseback journeys, exotic safari animals, and delicious food options are just a few words to describe the amazing adventure you can experience at The Wilds! The Wilds has many food options to choose for all ages. By riding horseback, you’re not only putting your trust in the animal, but you’re also putting your life in its hands. With one wrong move, it could easily end. You could instantly get stepped on or paralyzed with one wrong move. People risk this for their love and passion for riding horseback. At The Wilds, the horseback riding safari obtains the best-trained horses for their guests. They make you feel safe, welcomed, and comfortable with the horse you ride. It’s definitely an amazing experience, and I would encourage everyone I know to give it a try. It’s also very important to feel safe when you’re riding a horse, because they can sense your fear and emotions.


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A Terrific Time at Terry’s Tavern

Terry’s Tavern is one of Zanesville’s oldest and most well-known casual dining destinations. The restaurant sits right beside the Muskingum River on Linden Avenue. Terry’s Tavern is a great spot for amazing food, entertainment, and fun—all in one convenient location. The food and drinks are at a great price with outstanding quality and taste. There is no shortage on entertainment either as there is music and karaoke along with other things. The restaurant is in an easy-access location with an abundant amount of parking. Terry’s Tavern has a great environment as well that starts with its outstanding staff. Terry’s Tavern is an all-around great place to spend time with family and friends.


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The Pros and Conn’s of the Popular Potato Chip

Have you ever picked up a bag of chips to snack on with the intention of eating just a few and ended up eating at least half the bag? It must have been Conn’s. Conn’s is one of the top-selling brands of potato chips in the world. Conn’s manufacturing location in Zanesville provides tours, offers low prices on their chips, presents great customer service, and fills tins per request with hot and fresh chips right out of the fryer and off the conveyor.


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Good Times at The Warehouse in Dresden

Have you ever found yourself hungry and looking for a good time? Then come check out The Warehouse in Dresden! It is a great location for any situation! Many people have come to try the eatery, which ranges from pizza to steak, and have left eager to return for more. Also, if you are a fan of live music, then The Warehouse would be a prime and ideal choice! There are many reasons why you may find The Warehouse to be your new favorite spot.


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Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

Zanesville is a town full of restaurants and fast food, but the restaurant that sticks out the most is Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl. Tom’s is so famous that it has been on Ice Cream Nation on the Cooking Channel. Tom’s has not always been Tom’s. In the past it was owned by Jack Hemmer and Tom Mirgon but was bought by Mirgon, and in 1957 it finally became Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl. Tom worked at the diner until 1984 and finally decided to sell the business to his former manager Bill Sullivan, and Bill owns the place to this day. He still maintains an excellent dining experience and good relations with the people of Zanesville. Tom’s has the best dining experience in Zanesville and surrounding areas; furthermore, Tom’s is the only place in Zanesville that still makes ice cream on a daily basis, with an owner who took a pledge saying, ''I pledge to maintain the fine quality, cleanliness, and excellent service created by Tom and, as a tribute to the many years of Tom’s hard work, to never change the name of Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl.'' With someone who takes a pledge like that, you should know that you are in for a treat of a dining experience.


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