Top Affordable Day Trips in Ohio

Top Affordable Day Trips in Ohio

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By Emily Beaty

| July 22, 2014 |

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Affordable Day Trips in Ohio

If you are in the process of planning day trips in Ohio with your family this summer this may be the perfect article for you. There are over 70 state parks you can choose from and various Ohio attractions you should visit. With so many options, Ohio is sure to have something the whole family can enjoy!

Thinking about taking an extended day trip? Check out what Ohio has to offer below:

Amusement Parks in Ohio

Go big or go home at Kings Island, the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest. They have an extensive list of things to do, including special events for the summer, and offer the best deals on tickets here! If you are closer to Sandusky, Ohio, visit Cedar Point! This amusement park is owned by the same company and offers great ride options for all ages. Not fond of being out in the summer heat? Kalahari Indoor Waterpark is about 15 minutes from Cedar Point and offers great indoor options and ticket bundles for the whole family!

Museums & Exhibits in Ohio

Go Wild– Toledo Zoo offers more than just animal exhibits. They recently had a Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson concert at the Zoo’s Amphitheatre, and are always accepting applications for volunteers (learn more here). Make a splash at an aquarium with numerous options throughout the state. Head to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, the Newport Aquarium, or get the best of both sea and land animals at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Discover excitement and serenity at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. See a 4-D movie, cool off by saying hi to the polar bears, or stop and smell the flowers in the gardens.

Let the kids stretch their legs at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus. This interactive museum will educate the kids as well as the whole family. End bordering the state of Indiana at the Contemporary Arts Center, in Cincinnati. Adult tickets are only $7.50; educators, seniors (60+), and students are only $5.50; and Monday’s after 5pm children (under 5) and members are FREE!

Hall of Fame– Rock ‘n’ roll with legends at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Take a tour of the museum, which offers discounts to children, seniors, and military, or check out the Summer in the City free concert series at the Rock Hall! From there, hop over to Canton, Ohio to check out The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Watch history be made at the Enshrinement Ceremony, head to the NFL Hall of Fame Game, or check out the museum on any day you please! Ohio is also home to the American Whistle Corporation, which is the only producer of metal whistles in the US. Schedule a tour for just $4 per person today!

Sporting Events in Ohio

Root for the Home Team– Ohio is home to a number of professional and college sports teams. The state has two professional baseball teams; the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park and the Cleveland Indians over at Progressive Field. If you are ready to welcome back LeBron, check out the Cleveland Cavaliers or see how much playing time rookie Johnny “Football” Manziel gets with the Cleveland Browns. Regardless of your favorite sport, follow the Ohio State Buckeyes during any season!

Parks & Recreation in Ohio

A Walk in the Park– As previously mentioned, Ohio has over 70 state parks to choose from. The Fossil Park, which is part of the Olander Park System, offers its visitors free admission, free parking, and free fossils if you manage to find and dust one off! Salt Fork State Park, near Cambridge, is Ohio’s largest state park, and offers something for everyone in the family including camping, archery, boating, a dog park, fishing area, basketball courts, golf, and even more.

Cafés in Ohio

Only in Ohio– Coming from the north and headed to the south? From top to bottom Ohio has unique locations for you to stop at and visit along the way. Start off with Tony Packo’s Café, which prides itself on their famous connections by filling the walls with autographed hot dog buns. Head over to the islands, well Kelleys Island that is, to enjoy a relaxing vacation suitable for any season. Stop by The J.M. Smucker’s Company Store and Café, in Orrville, for delicious and fresh food products.

Whether you’re planning a family vacation to the West Coast, or just looking to go on a fun family day trip in the Midwest, Mariner Finance is here for your financing needs! Contact your local Mariner Finance branch to speak with a knowledgeable member of our staff and get the money you need today!

The information provided in this article does not constitute financial advice and is provided for educational purposes only without any express or implied warranty of any kind. This article is not intended as legal, tax, investment, or any other advice, and Mariner Finance does not offer credit repair services. Consider talking with an appropriate qualified professional for specific advice.   

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