Fun Things to Do in Ohio

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Think Ohio is nothing but farms and fields? Think again. The state has many fun things to do that provide endless fun for your kids.

Free Fun

Cleveland is packed with small attractions that are free of charge, if you know where to look. You might be surprised how much enjoyment your kids get out of the Money Museum at the Cleveland Federal Reserve (http://www.clevelandfed.org/). Here they can learn fascinating facts about our money system and how the economy worked before money. If you have a science-loving daughter, you will want to show her the International Women’s Air and Space Museum (http://iwasm.org/), which highlights famous women in aviation and space history, showing just how much women can do.

Educational Fun

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (http://www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org/) is dedicated to children from infancy through age eight. It has hands-on imaginative exhibits that encourage children to learn as they play. You can also plan to spend a day at the Cincinnati Museum Center (http://www.cincymuseum.org/). This houses an Omnimax theater, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. This ensures the museum has something for everyone in your family. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton (http://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/) has exhibits for everyone from babies to teenagers.

Environmental Fun

Ohio has numerous zoos for your kids to visit to learn more about the environment. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (www.colszoo.org), the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (www.cincinnatizoo.org), the Toledo Zoo (www.toledozoo.org), and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (www.clemetzoo.com) are just some of these. To get a little closer to African wildlife, consider a visit to The Wilds (www.thewilds.org) in Cumberland, which houses African animals in outdoor, free-range habitats. You can take a guided safari ride through the park to see the animals without the hindrance of cages or fences. For environmental fun that does not include exotic animals, consider a visit to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (http://www.nps.gov/), where your kids can hike and explore while completing a Junior Ranger Program.

Seasonal Fun

Ohio is an agricultural state, and that means fall festivals are abundant in its downs. The Circleville Pumpkin Show (http://www.pumpkinshow.com/) in Circleville, Ohio, is one of the oldest and biggest. It takes place in mid-October and features everything you need for fall fun with the kids, including giant pumpkins and carnival rides. For a unique Christmas experience, visit the Columbus Zoo for its annual Wildlights light display.

Just for Mom Fun

Imagine relaxing with a hot stone massage while being surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. At the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls (http://innatcedarfalls.com/), you can experience this. Consider a relaxing night away from the stresses of work and home responsibilities at this destination spa.

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