Free tickets to Ohio attractions, events for furloughed federal workers

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CLEVELAND — Furloughed federal employees in Ohio are being offered free admission to multiple attractions and events across the state.

Cleveland Metroparks announced Friday that it’s offering all federal employees free entry to the zoo on Mondays for the duration of the partial government shutdown.

Beginning Monday, January 21, all federal employees and their families can enter the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for free with their federal government I.D.  The offer is an extension of free Mondays at the zoo which provides all residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township free entry each Monday.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said furloughed employees can present their federal ID or badge at the ticket booth and receive free admission for as long as the government shutdown continues.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland is also offering free admission to idled workers during the shutdown for themselves and up to one guest.  Furloughed workers must show their federal I.D. or badge at the ticket box office.  The offer will last the duration of the shutdown.

“It’s a challenging time for many who are impacted by the shutdown,” Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, said in a press release Friday. “This is a small way to extend our appreciation to those affected and provide them with the opportunity to experience the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

Furloughed employees can also get in free to a men’s basketball game Friday night between Ohio State and Maryland at Value City Arena in Columbus. Two free tickets also are being offered for Ohio State women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, wrestling, women’s gymnastics and men’s lacrosse.

Urban Farmer, a downtown Cleveland steakhouse, says it will give federal employees a complimentary lunch. It runs through Friday, January 25, during the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. lunch hour.

Akron Metro RTA also is offering free metro bus fare with a federal I.D. Federal employees are eligible for free fares on any METRO service, including line-service, Northcoast Express, SCAT, and Call-A-Bus. This promotion will continue until the shutdown ends.

More on the government shutdown, here.

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