Ohio Getaways Perfect for Mom
By Michael Evans

Mothers tend to perform juggling acts each and every day, taking care of the entire family before taking care of themselves! That’s why it’s ever-so-important to treat your beloved mother to a fantastic getaway, dedicated to making her feel like the star that she is.

Spice things up a bit by gifting mom an unforgettable experience, rather than another potted plant or candle. This year, invest in a fun-filled Ohio adventure with your mom – because what do you get for the woman who already has it all?

Here are a few ideas of things to do with your mom on Mother’s Day – or any day – in all corners of Ohio. Make memories this year – and share your adventures with us using the hashtag #OhioFindItHere.

If you find yourself in a time crunch and unable to pull together some last minute planning, consider buying a greeting card for your mom and writing or printing out a voucher to place inside – letting your mom know you have something really cool planned!

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

I’m willing to bet there’re few mansions in Ohio more stunning than the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron. This magnificent 64,000 square foot English Tudor style home was built for the Seiberling Family (co-founders of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company) in the early 1900s. Now, the home is open for tours and events, allowing visitors to explore over 70 acres of property. The colors seen at the estate from the various flowers and vegetation are breathtaking and make for fantastic photo-ops. One of my favorite gardens to explore is the Japanese Garden, full of ornamental shrubs and trees, tiny waterways and bridges, an archway, and even a little waterfall.

This Mother’s Day, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens invites families to bring their mother (and grandmother) for complimentary admission, which includes a self-guided tour of the 65-room Manor House, the Corbin Conservatory, the Gate Lodge and the landscaped gardens. Enjoy live music and food available for purchase.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

A Northeast Ohio adventure is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which will be running a “Moms Ride Free” discount, presented by Countertop Solutions, on Mother’s Day Weekend. Starting Friday, May 10, for one adult or child National Park Scenic coach ticket purchased, one adult National Park Scenic coach ticket is free. The discount runs through Sunday, May 12. There are departures out of Rockside, Peninsula and Akron stations throughout the day. The ride is approximately three-and-a-half hours roundtrip.

In addition to the discount, CVSR will have Mother’s Day events throughout the weekend, including crafts, breakfast, cooking classes, and drinks. Tickets for Moms Ride Free and event trains can be purchased online here or by calling 1-800-468-4070.

Cincinnati Dinner Train

An exciting locomotive experience for those in Southwest Ohio is the Cincinnati Dinner Train, which operates every Saturday evening. On Saturday, May 11, all mothers will receive a special flower when they come on board! The four-car train serves up exceptional four-course meals, complete with 1940s themed servers, engineers, and crew. The train departs at 6PM sharp for a 3-hour round trip along the Ohio River and towards downtown. Your mom will absolutely adore this unique and exquisite dining experience!

Brunch at the Toledo Zoo

For those traveling in the Northwest quadrant of the state, consider taking mom out to a delicious Mother’s Day brunch at the Toledo Zoo. Admissions to the zoo is free for all mothers who visit with their children on this day. The brunch is an added cost – buffet-style with French toast, scrambled eggs, a baked potato bar, salads, and more. You will also get the chance to enjoy live entertainment, a fun craft, and, of course, explore all of the animal exhibits at the zoo. In addition, the Toledo Zoo is celebrating in support of M.O.M., Missing Orangutan Mothers, an organization in support of raising awareness and protecting these amazing creatures.

Mother’s Day Tea at Topiary Park

Want to see a painting come alive? You’re in luck – discover downtown Columbus’ Topiary Garden, located in the Old Deaf School Park on Town Road. Here lies a real-life re-creation of Georges Seurat’s famous post-impressionist painting, “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. It’s truly as if you were sucked into the painting as you walk amongst the sculpted bushes.

On Mother’s Day weekend, Columbus Modern Dance Company will hold its annual immersive arts experience. It’s a great event to bring your mom, or the whole family, taking place outdoors in the full glory of springtime in Topiary Park. Tea and cookies will be served at intermission, with shows on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12, both from 2-4 PM. Be sure to bring folding chairs and/or picnic blankets!

Tranquility Salt Caves

Consider gifting your mother a relaxing day at one of Ohio’s salt spas! These spas use what is known as “halotherapy” (salt therapy) to provide deep relaxation and therapeutic healing to all its customers. Being in a salt cave can be good for your health as the rock salt contains trace minerals which the body absorbs. The pure salt that is found here is said to help folks who have breathing issues like allergies, asthma, and congestion, and skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Locations include: Tranquility Salt Cave in Worthington, Serenity Salt Spa in Sunbury, the Centerville Salt Room, The Salt Cave on Central in Van Wert, and the Mentor Salt Cave.

For more adventure and family-fun, Find It Here. at Ohio.org. 

About the Author

Michael Evans is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs Journalism and currently works for The Ohio Department of Transportation as a Legislative Liaison. Michael is additionally the creator of OHventures, an Ohio tourism blog that focuses on outdoor adventure and active lifestyle. He has many hobbies, including writing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, running, lifting weights, traveling and photography. You can write to Michael at ohventuresblog@gmail.com.