It is almost the beginning of August, which means that summer is coming to an end. If you are like me and haven’t been on vacation yet, there is still time! Here are some pretty cool ideas that are inexpensive and better yet, are located in Ohio. Happy vacationing!
Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park is located in Hocking Co. near Logan, an hour southeast of Columbus. The scenery is breathtaking, with recess caves, cliffs & waterfalls. Spectacular natural features include Old Mans Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs & Cedar Falls.
The Ash Cave trail is wheelchair accessible, and most other features are easy to moderate hikes from parking areas. The park offers many hiking trails totaling 10 miles, along with 4 miles of mountain biking trails and 40 miles of bridle trails on adjacent state forest (bring your own horse). There is an archery range and trail with a variety of targets.
Picnic areas have tables, grills & 4 reservable shelters. Programs provide entertainment all year. The visitor center at Old Mans Cave features local geology & history.
The 2-bedroom vacation cottages have kitchen, bathroom w/shower, living room, fireplace, TV, screened porch, & heat/A/C. The campground has 156 campsites with electric and 13 non-electric sites, plus 3 hassle-free Camper Cabins. Several cottages are pet friendly.
Campground amenities are showers, restrooms & campground pool. Pets permitted on designated sites. The Dining Lodge, located near Old Mans Cave, is open seasonally with restaurant, lounge, game room & outdoor swimming pool. (No overnight facilities available.)
Camping rates (weekends) range from $22/night to $29/night for non-electric/electric sites. Camper cabins are $40/night. Cottages range from $105 to $130/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations.
The Columbus Zoo and AquariumLocated just north of Columbus, in Powell, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo that’s home to over 9,000 animals representing over 675 species. In 2009, it was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.
Mohican Adventures Canoe & Fun Center
Escape to the great outdoors with Mohican Adventures Canoe & Fun Center, Ohio’s First & Finest, celebrating 53 years of service. We offer canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes on the beautiful state scenic Mohican River. Trips vary in length with a gentle flowing current and occasional faster rapids for 2 hours, 5 hours or 2 days. PRICES VARY DEPENDING ON THE LENGTH OF THE TRIP.
They offer group rates, fun packages, 3 picnic shelters with grills, free parking, camping, cabins, go karts, miniature golf, aerial park and more. Purchase our fun package for the best value. Open April 1 to Oct 31 from 9 to 5 in season. Call ahead for times in April/May and September/October. Hungry join in at Trails End Pizza Co for some great food located across the road. So come to Play and Plan to Stay in Mohican Country.
Mohican Adventures Canoe and Fun Center also has used canoes and kayaks for sale in the Spring and Fall.
Located 31 miles southeast of Cleveland, Wildwater Kingdom has amazing fun for the whole family in its waves of waterpark excitement. A 17-acre outdoor facility, Wildwater Kingdom is northeast Ohio’s premier waterpark. From the 60-foot-tall Liquid Lightning tornado slide andThunder Falls, Ohio’s tallest water slide complex, to the Splash Landing family activity center, there is something for every age and thrill level.
Water-lovers will also enjoy Coral Cove, an activity pool where guests can play water basketball and climb on floating objects, and the 390,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool that simulates the action of the high seas.
Guests who want to sit back and relax will enjoy private VIP cabanas that are available for daily rental. The cabanas feature lounge chairs, a table and chairs and full food and beverage service.
Operating hours, dates, pricing and schedules are subject to change without notice. Please visit wildwaterfun.com for the most up-to-date information.
Cedar Point Amusement Park/ResortFor 16 years running, Cedar Point’s been voted the Best Amusement Park In The World by Amusement Today readers. The whole family will love Cedar Point. With over 150 rides and attractions, award-winning entertainment, four children’s areas, and beach, there’s something for everyone.
It’s all about new and exciting experiences for the family in 2014! Two new rides are greeting visitors this season. First, the new Pipe Scream thrill ride will rock and roll you on over 302 feet of track, flying 43 feet above the midway at 43 mph!
Across from Pipe Scream, take flight on Lake Erie Eagles! As the ride spins, the eagles will swing outward – and riders have the unique opportunity to control their flight experience from mild to wild!
The park features more than 70 rides, including 17 coasters, with four more than 200 feet tall. Millennium Force holds the title of number one steel coaster on the planet. Cedar Point also offers three children’s areas, including Planet Snoopy, an ice-skating extravaganza and musical entertainment. Overnight guests enjoy accommodations, from the beachfront Hotel Breakers to waterfront cottages and cabins.
All Resorts offer guests huge savings on regular one-day Cedar Point admission tickets. Resorts guests also enjoy Early Entry, the opportunity (with paid admission) to enjoy select rides an hour before the park opens to the general public (weather and maintenance conditions permitting).
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
When it comes to music attractions, you simply can’t beat the world’s only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum! Your visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame helps fund our efforts to educate the world on the social significance of rock and roll. Like the music we celebrate, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is alive with the energy, passion and the spirit of music. The150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, four theaters for films, special events and free public programs and ever-changing exhibits – plus, you can even rent the Rock Hall for a special event.Tour at your leisure. You can spend as little as an hour, or up to an entire day exploring all the Rock Hall’s exhibits. There are many other worthy Cleveland attractions for you to enjoy during your visit to the North Coast, but this is the premier destination for the history of rock and roll!
Photography: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomes photography throughout the entire museum. No video or flash please.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest
Northeast Ohio’s most popular year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, founded in 1882, is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the United States. Located on 183 rolling, wooded acres just minutes from downtown Cleveland, the Zoo is home to 2,000 exotic animals representing 600 species from six of the world’s seven continents. Explore the jungles of The RainForest, experience elephants like never before in African Elephant Crossing, roam the Outback of Australian Adventure, take in the grassy plains of African Savanna, journey through the wilds of Northern Trek, discover the exotic at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building and stroll along scenic Waterfowl Lake. Take a spin on the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel and explore the adjacent children’s Nature Discovery Ridge.
The Wilds, located near Cumberland, Ohio, is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, spanning 14 square miles in Southeastern Ohio. Board a Safari Transport or Open-Air Safari to view and learn about rare and endangered animals from around the world roaming freely in large, natural habitat, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelope.
Visitors can pick their own P.A.C.E. — Personal Adventure in Conservation Education — and depart the transports during the tour at destinations like the Lake Trail and the new Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center that features cheetahs, African wild dogs, and dholes. Also available are evening Sunset Safaris, Family Camp Weekends, private Wildside Tours, overnight packages at Nomad Ridge at the Wilds, special monthly theme activity weekends, the Overlook Cafe, Gift Market, private and group tours, Birding Station, Butterfly Habitat walking trail, summer youth WildeCamps, Lodge at the Wilds, Winter Safari Tours, memberships and more.
The Wilds is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends in the months of May, September and October.
Ohio Caverns is the largest and most beautiful of Ohio’s caves. Its exquisite crystal-white stalactite and stalagmite formations are found in great profusion or artistic settings. The cave formations are still actively in the process of development. Still photography is welcome to capture you memories. Visitors are conducted through the Cavern on guided tours at frequent intervals. No matter how far you travel, you will find your visit to Ohio Caverns provides you with rich memories of its great beauty and educational value.
Many conveniences are provided for your comfort and recreation. A 35 acre park is located directly above the cavern and contains shelter houses, picnic tables, gemstone mine and a playground. A souvenir and gift shop is located within the entrance building. A courteous and attentive staff is at your service.
Regardless of weather conditions the temperature of the Ohio Caverns remains a constant 54 degrees throughout the year. The air inside the caverns is always fresh and invigorating. Once inside the cavern the tour route is level concrete which will allow you to enjoy the natural beauties of the cavern safely and conveniently.
African Safari Wildlife Park
Experience life on the African plains at this 100-acre preserve, African Safari Wildlife Park is home to more than 400 animals. Midwest’s only Drive-Thru Safari also offers daily animal shows and pig races. The African Safari Wildlife Park is open seasonally March 1- December 1. The African Safari also has Pig Races, Animal Shows, and Camel Rides for children.
The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay
Walk among hundreds of exotic butterflies in our indoor garden. Visit our gift shop filled with unique educational gifts for everyone. Discover how much fun nature can be.Hop on the Put-in-Bay Tour Train for a great narrated, historical tour of the island, then visit the Butterfly House after the train drops you right at its front door.Island Fun Packs are a great money-saving option, combining many attractions into one discounted package, available at Miller Boat Line, The Jet Express or the Lake Erie Islands Regional Welcome Center. Also available at the Depot Downtown. The Island Fun Pack includes your ferry ride to the island, your narrated tour aboard the Put-in-Bay Tour Train, admission to Perry’s Cave, The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay, Heineman Winery & Crystal Cave, and a round of miniature golf at The War of 18Holes. In 2014, we added The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center to the Fun Pack!
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Explore the exotic worlds of Costa Rica and Madagascar in the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. Also, enjoy 10 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, including a rose garden, a Japanese garden, the nationally recognized Western Reserve Herb Society Garden and the award-winning Hershey Childrens Garden. Now open year round.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
The former home of Goodyear Rubber & Tire Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his family, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. It is opened to the public Tuesday – Sunday from April 1 – December 30. The entire estate is closed to the public on Mondays, except Memorial Day and Labor Day when regular operating hours are in effect.
The 65-room, 65,000 sq. ft. Manor House is decorated with treasures collected from around the world. The estate is 70 acres of artfully landscaped gardens and grounds designed by Warren Manning and includes the fully-restored English Garden, designed by pioneering female landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman.
The West Terrace and Japanese Garden have been recently restored. Also visit the Rose Garden, Great Garden and the woodland Dell. There are scenic vistas, and the Lagoons (remnants of the old stone quarries on the property) overlook the Cuyahoga Valley. In addition to touring the Manor House and enjoying the gardens, guests are invited to enjoy the historic Gate Lodge (where Alcoholics Anonymous was founded) and the Corbin Conservatory.
Before or after your tour, stop by Molly’s Shop & Cafe for a keepsake and and lunch or scrumptious treat.