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Enjoy a sleigh ride even without snow

A sleigh equipped with flip-down wheels make it possible for sleigh rides without snow!Mother Nature may have decided to provide a rainy Christmas for Ohio this year, but you can take a Sleigh Ride through Spiegel Grove no matter the weather. Tim Myers of South Creek Clydesdales has equipped his sleigh with flip-down wheels and will offer rides between 1-4 p.m. Dec. 31. Cost is $3 per rider.

The rides provide the chance to experience days gone by, when horses were the main means of transportation. President Hayes and his family traveled by sleigh, often enjoying leisurely rides through the grounds of their Spiegel Grove estate. Even if there is no snow, attendees still will experience a sleigh ride.

Tickets for Sleigh Rides through Spiegel Grove are sold the days of the event in the Museum lobby. Riders are reminded to dress for the weather.

President Hayes (holding reigns) prepares to take family members for a sleigh ride in Spiegel Grove.In addition to the sleigh rides, both the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum are open for tours. If you have yet to see the stunning results of the historically-accurate restoration of the Hayes Home, do so as a holiday treat to yourself!

Tickets to the Hayes Museum are an exceptional value during the holidays. For one low price of $7.50/adult, $6.50/senior citizen and $3/children ages 6-12, visitors can tour the Museum as well as TWO special exhibits - Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President - sponsored by Diversified Insurance and Auto- Owners Insurance ; and the Hayes Train Special model train display - sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family.

Museum and Home hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. All facilities are CLOSED on Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.