A Father’s Day full of fun family activities awaits GOBA riders when they arrive in Fremont. That’s especially true at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, which is offering big discounts on admission (dads get in free!), special family-oriented activities and extended hours. Another great family attraction is the Sandusky County Historic Jail and Dungeon, which is offering guided tours. Four popular restaurants in downtown Fremont will stay open until evening to serve hungry riders. Meanwhile back at Terra State, there’s also a full slate of activities, culminated by the GOBA opening ceremony at 7 p.m., followed by the band Fusion until 9 p.m. You’ll sleep well Sunday night.

(All events, times and prices are subject to change. Check back for new activities and other updates!)




Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums


• When: noon-6 p.m. (last tour begins at 5 p.m.)
• Where: Hayes and Buckland avenues, about 2.5 miles from camp and on the free bus route.
• About: Visit the Spiegel Grove estate of the 19th president for fun, family activities specially arranged for GOBA. GOBA dads receive free admission to the home and museum. Other adult GOBA riders can purchase a discounted site pass for $15 ($13 for museum-only admission), while admission to one or both buildings is $10 for teens ages 13-18, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger. Activities from noon-6 p.m. that are free with admission include a kids scavenger hunt, make-your-own campaign ribbon, and kids activities in the museum. A photo booth with presidential cutouts is free in the museum lobby. Admission includes hands-on artifact activities in the museum from 1-3 p.m. — wear the same white gloves as the museum’s curators and hold a piece of history. Of special interest to GOBA riders will be the Ohio Wheelmen’s demonstration of high-wheel bicycles and exhibit of antique bikes from 2-5 p.m. on the museum grounds, where admission is free.

Sandusky County Historic Jail and Dungeon

• When: Tours starting at 2, 3:15 and 4:30 p.m.
• Where: 622 Croghan St. downtown, about 2.5 miles from camp and on the free bus route.
• About: The jail and dungeon is offering special hours to allow GOBA riders to take one-hour, guided tours. Cost is $5 per person. Explore the 1892 jail with ties to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 1840s dungeon beneath the county courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring the only original gallows remaining in Ohio, which were used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. The courthouse is the second oldest in Ohio that’s still in use, while the dungeon is the last one left in the state. Hear exciting stories while learning about the significance of this rare and historic structure. Taking photos is encouraged. The tours are kid-friendly and have lots of steps!

Downtown dining specials

• When: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
• Where: downtown Fremont, about 2.5 miles from camp and on the free bus route.
• About: Celebrate Father’s Day with lunch, dinner or a sweet treat at one the four downtown restaurants that will be open special hours to serve GOBA riders. The free shuttle bus will drop you off on South Front Street, just steps from the Down Thyme Cafe, Elroy’s Deli Market and Pizza, The Garrison and Live Edge Center. There’s an option for every taste. Live Edge and Down Thyme will offer grab-and-go lunch items (like wraps, sandwiches and sides) along with a coffee bar. The Garrison will offer a “2 for $10.00” menu along with their regular menu selections, and Elroy’s will offer a full menu (which includes pizza by the slice) as well as a pasta buffet. All four restaurants will be open from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday. On Wednesday, these establishments will have sit-down and grab-and-go service to the GOBA riders who return to Fremont for the optional 50- and 100-mile rides.

GOBA opening ceremony and concert

• When: 7-9 p.m.
• Where: Student Activity Center at Terra State
• About: This is the formal kickoff for GOBA and will include a greeting from Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez. Meet GOBA award winners and learn more about this year’s tour. Then kick back and enjoy the music of the Fusion Ensemble, a band that features Terra State students and staff performing a mix of musical styles.

Terra State campus

• When: Sunday and Monday, June 16-17
• Where: Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont, OH 43420
• Getting around: Three free shuttle buses from 1-8 p.m. will make frequent trips from campus to downtown attractions, the city recreation center and a shopping plaza. Biking from Terra to downtown Fremont or the hotels on the NE side is not recommended.


TAKE A DIP: The Fremont Community Recreation Complex will offer family swim time for GOBA riders from 1-5 p.m. at a discounted rate of $1 per person. The complex is on the bus route, about 4.5 miles from camp. The modern facility features a large outdoor pool with slides, as well as an indoor track, workout equipment, indoor basketball courts and more.

MAGIC SHOW: The Andrew Martin Magic Show will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall in Building D at Terra State. The free show is great for all ages!

KIDS SOCIAL: Immediately after the magic show, children and parents can enjoy face-painting, board games and more during the free kids social from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Recital Hall in Building D at Terra State.


SUNDAY IN CAMP: Food will be available throughout the day Sunday at Terra State. Anjulina’s Catering and Tree Tops Cafe will offer sandwiches and family style foods, Jimmy G’s food truck will serve pit-smoked barbecue and handmade sides, Elroy’s Pizza will offer Neapolitan style brick-oven baked artisan pizzas.

MONDAY BREAKFAST: Chris Cakes will bring his popular one-man pancake-flipping show to the Student Activity Center. Also in camp will be the Java Sensation food truck with specialty coffees and breakfast treats. 


The Comfort Inn & Suites is offering discount rates to GOBA riders. Indoor sleeping can be reserved on the carpeted floor of the air-condition Neeley Center on campus. Visit the GOBA alternative lodging page to learn more.


The Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Terra State Community College and Downtown Fremont are your hosts in Fremont and a great resource for local information.