6 Mini-Summer Adventures
By Meg Berno

6 Mini-Summer Adventures

Where does time go?! Don’t let summer pass you by without making summer memories that will warm your heart well into winter. 

Catch a Movie Under the Stars

Round up the family, some friends or plan a date-night at the Elm Road Triple Drive-in Theatre in Warren. Enjoy newly released movies from the comfort of your own car on three giant screens, a playground and a concession stand with an impressive diner menu. The theater opened in 1950 and is one of fewer than 400 remaining drive-in theaters in the U.S. You can also catch a movie under the stars at the Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster, Holiday Auto Theatre in Hamilton, or Sundance Kid Drive-in in Oregon.

Make a Splash!

Have some cool, splashing fun while the thermometer is still in the 80s! With 17 state-of-the-art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, private cabanas, lazy river, kiddie pool and more, Zoombezi Bay in Columbus is a perfect late summer getaway. Whether you’re a lazy river kind of person or a steep water slide adrenaline junkie, there is a water attraction perfect for anyone’s vision of a perfect summer day! To top off your trip, stop by The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and get a close-up view of more than 10,000 animals from around the world. If you enjoy a nice round of golf, be sure to check out the beautiful 18-hole Safari Golf Course as well. For more outdoor splashing in other regions of Ohio, check out The Beach in Mason or Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora.

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team…

For a fun night out that’s also easy on your wallet, gather your team for minor league baseball night! The Toledo Mud Hens, AAA farm team for the Detroit Tigers, draw baseball fans from far and wide to Fifth Third Field. The games offer plenty more than baseball with up-and-coming players. Choose from craft brew tasting, Polish heritage night, Toledo baseball history night, Hunger Games night and more. Kids can run the bases postgame (check ahead for dates) or stay for the fireworks. The home season ends September 3, so don’t delay! There is plenty of minor league action in other Ohio cities as well including the Columbus Clippers, Mahoning Valley Scrappers  in Niles or the Dayton Dragons!

Zip into Adventure!

Get an aerial view of The Wilds with the Wild Zipline Safari. The adventure will take you on a two and a half hour zipline safari tour with a perfect combination of wildlife and fun. The tour consists of 10 ziplines built on a series of observation platforms overlooking a variety of rare and endangered animal species who call The Wilds home. For those who prefer to stay on the ground, take a bus tour of the Wilds, one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. The Wilds is open daily through September and weekends only in October.  The zipline is open daily through October. For other zipping adventures, glide your way to Tree Frog Canopy Tours in Glenmont, Ozone Zipline Canopy Tour in Oregonia or The Hocking Hills Canopy Tours in Rockbridge.

Commune with Nature

Looking for a peaceful place to unplug and reconnect? Camping may just be the perfect solution! Rent a cabin or bring your tent or RV and sit back and relax to the sounds of nature at Stonelick State Park. The campground features a swimming pool for those hot summer days, bicycle rentals, fishing, boating, ten picnic areas and more. Stonelick is known for its richly diverse deposit of fossils so take a look around for trilobites, brachiopods and cephalopods. Don’t forget the s’mores! There are 74 State Parks located across Ohio along with numerous campgrounds in every region including Happy Hills Campground and Cabins in Nelsonville and Mohican Adventures in Loudonville.

Paddle After Dark

Are you afraid of the dark? The Hocking Hills Canoe Livery has found a fun and interesting way to embrace the night along with all its interesting sights and sounds. On select dates, you can paddle your canoe or kayak from sunset to darkness during the New Moon Glow Float! The glimmering, phosphorescent light of glow sticks reflecting on the water will guide you down the Hocking River. Your night will conclude with a roaring bonfire and lively music. Paddle across Ohio with other excellent river adventures at Little Miami River Canoe Rental in Oregonia and Morrow, or take a Mohican Adventure in Loudonville.

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.