Top Day Trips – Suzanne Sweeney

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We are always on the lookout for a good day trip to keep us and the kids entertained. Here are a few of our favorite places we like to go and we highly recommend.  We’ve done most of these a few times. 

The Wilds (Cumberland, OH) – About an hour and a half away, but well worth the drive.  We went a few years ago and were very impressed.  Recommend taking the Open-Air Safari Tour.  You get the see unusual (for Ohio) animals up close and personal, a giraffe came right up to the bus.  They have added zip lining and you can stay in a Yurt (kind of like Glamping) on the property.

Hocking Hills (Logan, OH) – About an hour and a half away.  We specifically went to Old Man’s Cave.  We went during the summer and there wasn’t enough water for there to be waterfalls, but it was still beautiful.  We would like to go back some time and see the waterfalls.  Bring your hiking shoes but it’s also very easy for young kids to hike.  There were a lot more people there than we would have expected, but still worth the trip.

Young’s Jersey Dairy (Yellow Springs, OH) – About an hour away.  GREAT ice cream!  Worth the trip off I-70 if you happen to be passing through.  There is a restaurant there as well, which I hear has great food, but never made it past the ice cream.  Yes, ice cream for dinner!  My favorite is the Strawberry Shortcake.  During the summer months, Young’s has a carnival like atmosphere.  There are rides, batting cages, putt putt, and a petting zoo. 

Clifton Mills (Clifton, OH) – About an hour away and very close to Young’s Jersey Dairy.  We haven’t been to Clifton Mills in the summer, we like to go around the holiday season.  They light up the water falls and mill with lights and have a musical light show.  You can also meet Santa and do other activities.  By far the lights are the main attraction. Very impressive!

Two overnight trips that are kind of close:

Pittsburgh – We have family and used to live in Pittsburgh, so this is a no brainer for us.  Usually in the warmer months we will stay in downtown Pittsburgh and take in the sights.  Do yourself a favor and go through the tunnels to get the full experience of Pittsburgh.  Mt. Washington and the inclines are a must.  We do the inclines every time we go.  Pittsburgh also has a great science center.  Taking in a Pirates game is always fun too.  We haven’t been in a while, but Kennywood is a great amusement park.   

Indianapolis – This is the kids favorite.  I think they like it because we usually stay in a hotel downtown connected to a mall. There are lots of things to see and do.  NCAA museum, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Speedway, Children’s Museum, and of course, the mall connected to the hotel.  One of our favorites places to eat: Maggiano’s. They don’t have one in Columbus yet, so we take advantage of it when we are there.