A ride aboard this scenic railroad is a treat for all ages as it ambles through the rolling terrain of the Cuyahoga Valley. The vintage, climate-controlled cars, originally built in 1939 and 1940 for the Seaboard and Sante Fe railroads, have been converted to make scenic excursions to different destinations, including Hale Farm and Village, Quaker Square, Inventure Place, and more. Seasonal trips commemorate Maple Sugar Days, Valentine's Day, and the stunning fall foliage.
A stockbroker from New York, Bill W. had traveled to Akron, Ohio on May 12, 1935, for a shareholders' meeting and proxy fight, which did not turn out his way. Fighting desperately to maintain his sobriety, Bill immediately reacted, by saying, "I've got to find another alcoholic." Starting in an upstairs room at Dr. Bob's home, the two men began helping alcoholics, one person at a time. The house is now known as the home of Alcoholics Anonymous.
It's a crystal-peaked, $37 million conservatory with two parts: a hot, humid Madagascar desert with a 30-foot imitation baobab tree and a cool, dry Costa Rican rain forest with a 40-foot imitation strangler fig. Live insects, such as the tailless whipscorpions and butterflies, inhabit the 18,000-square-foot exhibit.