Whether the mom in your life likes to get outside, or go glam inside, Ohio has plenty of places worth exploring across the state to match your mom’s interests. Here’s just a few ideas to get you started on making your Mother’s Day plans – and no need to celebrate just on May 12.
For the Outdoorsy Mom
Metroparks, state parks and even a national park dot the state. You can take your pick of parks within your area, or take a nice, long drive with mom to find a new favorite. Along the shores of Lake Erie going northeast from Fairport Harbor, the Painesville Township Park added a 200’ pier in October of 2017. If your mom enjoys fishing, this is the place to try out a new pole. But it’s also a great place to see the setting sun, too, or just sit and enjoy lake views.
For the Crafty Mom
Check out the handy work of over 100 local artisans at Nelsonville Emporium in southeast Ohio, right along the main drag in Nelsonville. Take your time walking through all the pottery, crafts and other items before deciding on something special to buy mom to remember the visit. You can also grab a bite to eat there, too. Besides weekly specials, regular menu items include fresh-made pretzels, salads, sandwiches, wraps and soups.
For the Glam Mom
Did you know that Cleveland’s Playhouse Square happens to be the largest performing arts center outside New York City? You can explain that to your mom as you drive into C-town. Grab a few selfies outside with the 8,500-pound chandelier that has become a fixture in the theater district since it was installed a few years ago. There’s several different venues where you can catch a show — from big, Broadway productions to ballet performances and more.
For the Thrill-Seeker Mom
Hocking Hills is a haven for moms who also happen to be adrenaline junkies (like me!). You can spend a leisurely day hiking through one of the state parks — Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve happens to be one of our family’s go-to spots in the hills. Head to the trees for a completely new way to see the area on one of the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. If you can talk mom into it – and I really recommend you do – have her go on The SuperZip, where you can reach speeds topping 50 miles an hour. On your stomach. If mom is still up for more thrills, go on a rappelling tour with High Rock Adventures.
For the Foodie Mom
Indulge mom’s taste buds on one of the Columbus Food Adventures tours. There’s several different tours to choose from right in the state’s capital. My suggestion would be to go for the 3 hour (yes, 3!) All Dessert Food Tour, where mom will get her fill of sweets, pastries, sticky buns, cookies and the like. Keep the foodie fun going by signing up mom for a brunch at Flowers and Bread. Freshly-squeezed orange juice, mini lemon lavender scones and breakfast galette will be served. Bon Appetit!
For more travel inspiration, Find It Here at Ohio.org.