New 2011 Travel Adventures
One of my favorite things about Ohio is every year there is a laundry list of new experiences and places to visit. Whether it’s a new ride at Kings Island, checking out the latest additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or visiting wild animals at one of half dozen zoos in Ohio, there are never enough days in the calendar to experience it all.
One of my other favorites (which I discovered since graduating college) is the affordability of these travel adventures in Ohio. After all, why spend a fortune to have the same amount of fun with your friends and family?
There are tons of new travel experiences in 2011 to check out in Ohio, ranging from a one-of-a-kind elephant habitat to Civil War history to thrill rides at world class theme parks! Get a rare glimpse into the life of Cleopatra, learn about the Civil War while participating in a flurry of interactive events and crank up the volume with a tribute to Women Who Rock!
Test your mettle on one of the world’s tallest swing rides opening at two of Ohio’s theme parks or dare to zip into the night on a new nighttime zip line tour. Arts and history enthusiasts in the family won’t be disappointed either as the Baroque World of Fernando Botero closes out in Ohio and Cleopatra reigns through Labor Day.
Following are highlights of new exhibits, attractions, events and travel opportunities that make Ohio Too Much Fun for Just One Day! CLICK HERE for our full list.
WindSeeker – Kings Island, Cincinnati (Opens April 30); Cedar Point, Sandusky (Opens May 14) Go for an exhilarating spin on WindSeeker, a new thrill ride debuting at both Kings Island and Cedar Point in the 2011 season. WindSeeker is a 301-foot-tall tower that spins riders nearly 30 stories above the ground. Seated in two-person swings that allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating around the tower as the swings ascend to the top. The swings will reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour and flare out 45 degrees from the tower.
Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island – Cincinnati (Opens May 26)
Size yourself up against the largest animals who walked the earth between 245 million to 65 million years ago. More than 60 life-sized dinosaurs will be on display in Dinosaurs Alive!, including 56 animatronic models, making this the largest animatronic dinosaur display on Earth! Stand alongside dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus, the meat-eating Tyrannosaurs Rex, three-horned Triceratops and the flying Pteranodon.
African Elephant Crossing at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – Cleveland (Opens May 5)
Modeled after African savannas, the new exhibit offers a naturalistic five-acre habitat with two sprawling ranges, deep ponds, a waterfall and mud wallow for up to 10 elephants. Visitors will be immersed in a realistic African village setting at the Crossing’s education center that offers interactive displays, as well as “nose-to-trunk” viewing areas. Meerkats, naked mole rats, African rock pythons and a spectacular collection of colorful birds round out the exhibit.
Watch Cleveland Zoo officials explain the features of the exhibit, along with the benefits for both visitors and the elephants.
Sports & Recreation
Hocking Hills Canopy Zipline Night Flight – Rockbridge (Beginning in May)
Get acquainted with the night with the new Night Flight Zipline Tours. If you’ve ever dreamed of zipping in the darkness, this two-hour nocturnal tour, offered on Fridays and Saturdays beginning in May, is made for you. You’ll experience the sounds, the smells and the creatures of the night – then bravely zip off into the blackness! The tour includes six ziplines and four skybridges.
Baroque World of Fernando Botero – Toledo Museum of Art (Open through June 12)
Colombian artist Fernando Botero, born 1932, works in a broad range of media as he depicts the comedy of human life. More than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings from Botero’s personal collection over the past 50 years are included and on display. Toledo is the final stop (and only stop in the Midwest) for this traveling exhibit. The exhibit includes three bronze statues that were placed outside entrances to the museum.
Watch the video to see how these statues – the lightest of which weighs a ton! – were put on display outside the museum.
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power – Cleveland (Opens May 13)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open a radical and provocative new exhibit in May focusing on the key roles women have played in rock and roll, historically and today. The exhibit will fill two entire floors of the museum and touch on the firsts, the best, the celebrated, under-rated, and every rockin’ woman who moved rock and roll music forward. Check out artifacts, video and listening stations, and other interactive exhibits that will tell the stories of more than 60 artists. CLICK HERE to check out some of the collections of outfits, instruments and more that will be on display at the Women Who Rock exhibit.
History & Heritage
Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt – Cincinnati (Open through September 5)
The world of Cleopatra, which has been lost to sea and sand for nearly 2,000 years, has resurfaced in a new exhibition, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.” The exhibit opened in February at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the roughly 150 artifacts in the exhibition – from the smallest gold coins and jewelry to a papyrus document believed to be hand-written by Cleopatra and colossal statues – provide a window into Cleopatra’s life and times. Visitors can go inside the present-day search for Cleopatra with underwater footage and photos of archeology teams retrieving displayed artifacts from the ocean, as well as learn about the ongoing search on land for Cleopatra’s tomb.
Here’s a video sneak peek of what you will see: