Do you think that spring break must take place in a distant destination that requires lengthy flights and endless travel time? Consider instead the variety of possibilities that exist in Ohio. Put on your thinking cap and make a list of attractions and destinations your family or friends can enjoy together within just a short drive from home. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
The Ohio Aviation Trail
Buckle up and set course to the 16 sites on the Ohio Aviation Trail. Keep in mind that there are other museums throughout the state like the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Batavia or The Works Museum in Newark, which has an exhibit on Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world. Visit a minimum of seven of the 16 sites and receive the Wilbear Wright teddy bear.
Ohio State Parks
Every time I see Lake Erie, I realize that it looks no different than the ocean. A visit to Maumee Bay State Park puts you right on the lakeside and offers easy access to other natural areas like the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Metzgers Marsh. Family fun and state parks are synonymous. Like Maumee Bay State Park, several other Ohio State Parks have lodges and cabins. With everything on property, you can spend your entire break at the park without leaving.
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail
Road trip! What gets the adrenaline flowing more than these words? Following the signs that mark this Ohio Scenic Byway, means effortless navigation sans maps. The entire trail extends 293 miles from Toledo to Conneaut, passing near a variety of family-friendly destinations. I recommend taking a leisurely multi-day drive to see it all and visit children’s museums, metroparks, historic sites and more along this scenic trail.
Ohio Cave Trail
The temperature is constant in caves, making caves perfect to visit year-round. If, like me, you avoid crowds, you will find the early season an ideal time to visit these subterranean showplaces. Keep in mind that there are even more caverns in Ohio than those listed on the official trail.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
Oddly enough, we sometimes venture away from our hometowns to visit attractions. But, have you explored attractions within easy commuting distance of your town? What is that historical marker you drive by everyday? If you have guests looking for local adventure, what do you recommend?
Several of these options can be combined. For example, there are aviation museums, state parks and caverns nearby the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail. Start your planning by doing a search on this website and online, visiting the library and contacting your local convention and tourism office. Make your Ohio spring break a great one — Ohio. Find It Here!