To celebrate, get away on an extended weekend to explore nature as you attend a maple tree tapping festival, raise a glass to St. Patrick’s Day or knock your trip out of the park at opening day (March 28) of the Cincinnati Reds 150th season. Get your rally caps on, grab your favorite ballpark snack and cheer on the Reds to victory!
Speaking of parks, Beaver Creek State Park, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is one of Ohio’s most scenic parks. The park includes Little Beaver Creek, a state and national wild and scenic river, and 2,722 acres of forest wilderness. Buckeye Lake, constructed as a canal feeder lake in 1826, is Ohio’s oldest state park. The park has long been a popular vacation spot and today offers endless water-related recreational opportunities including swimming, skiing, boating and fishing. Char-Mar Ridge Park is a 128-acre nature park that is part of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County system. It is almost entirely wooded with hickory, oak, maple, beech and other deciduous trees. As such, the 1.7-mile trail is almost entirely in the woods, affording a shady walk even on the hottest days. The trail offers some challenges, since it travels up hill and down through the ridge and ravine system.
The Lake Erie Shores and Islands area in the northcentral part of Ohio offers all kinds of adventures to experience during spring break. From island hopping to birdwatching, wineries to dockside dining, there are attractions and destinations to keep the fun going all year long. However you like to coast – you’ll find it here. Learn about Lake Erie’s rich history at the free Aquatic Visitors Center on the island of Put-in-Bay. If you love chocolate (and who doesn’t?), then a stop at The Chocolate Museum is a must. For overnight lodging, make reservations at The Getaway Inn at Cooper’s Woods. This island getaway doesn’t even require a passport! >MORE
About an hour South of Cedar Point is Ohio’s only wax museum, Biblewalk in Mansfield. It is the largest Biblical wax museum in the United States and well worth the stop. Just across the highway is the famous Ohio State Reformatory where much of the 1994 film, Shawshank Redemption, was filmed. Walk the same halls as history’s most infamous prisoners. Other movies filmed at this location were Tango and Cash, in 1989, and most recently, Escape Plan 2 starring Sylvester Stallone. Spend a day at Malabar Farm, home of former author Louis Bromfield. He showed a great interest in conservation. Enjoy a wagon ride, learn about Maple Sugaring, walk or ride on a trail through the scenic property. >MORE
Camp, canoe, swim, ride a zipline or bike one of the many trails in the area of Mohican State Park. Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake. Further south the Hocking Hills region offers similar recreation opportunities. Start with an aromatherapy jacuzzi bath; accented by a warm fireplace in a cozy cottage at The Inn at Cedar Falls. That sets the stage for a relaxing weekend, secluded in the still woods of southern Ohio. Visit Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave where in the winter, waterfalls dazzle with breathtaking frozen landscapes. Retreat to the lodge for a seasonally selected menu at the Kindred Spirits Restaurant or sip their delicately crafted cocktails.
Ohio is commonly referred to as the Buckeye State due to the prevalence of Ohio Buckeye trees within the state’s borders. For other delightful destinations to extended your weekend, >CLICK HERE…