One tank trips


First Posted: 8/1/2014

Can you believe it?

Another page of the calendar has turned and it is August already. Before we know it, summer will be over.

What happened to all those things we promised we’d do. The trips we would take. The fun?

Relax. The end of summer doesn’t have to be a bummer. Ohio has a lot of cool places to visit that are less than a tank of gas away. There’s no reason you should let the end of summer be a bummer.

Below are 10 ideas for places to visit:

OHIO CAVERNS:

Miles from Lima: 45

Tours take guests through two different parts of the cavern. The Historic Tour begins at the site of discovery and includes the part that was originally explored from 1897 to 1925. The Natural Wonder Tour takes guests on a 1 mile walk through parts discovered after 1925. It includes the largest stalactite in Ohio, The Crystal King, along with many other marvelous formations and colors.

PUT IN BAY

Miles from Lima: 95

Drive to Port Clinton and take a boat ride on the Jet Express to Put in Bay. There is no doubt that this island is one of the most unique places you will ever visit. It is dotted with historic homes, the nation’s third tallest monument, quaint restaurants and local pubs. Beautiful water surrounds Put in Bay where you will find the best walleye and perch fishing in the United States.

FRANKLIN PARK

Miles from Lima: 95

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, just two miles east of downtown Columbus, offers beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens, dynamic exhibitions, and world-renowned artwork.

CEDAR POINT:

Miles from Lima: 100

If you are in for a day of thrilling rides that take your breath away make sure to spend it at Cedar Point Amusement Park. This park boasts of the Millennium Force which was voted as the best steel roller coaster in the world. Apart from that, the park also features 15 other record-breaking rides that you would not want to miss.

CINCINNATI ZOO

Miles from Lima: 123

Nothing excites children more than seeing animals up close and getting to learn more about them. At the Cincinnati Zoo, they are surely going to have the time of their lives exploring the zoo’s exhibits such as the Cat Canyon, the Night Hunters and Africa. Make sure to take them to the Spaulding Children’s Zoo where they get to feed, touch and pet goats and some of the tamer animals.

AMISH COUNTRY

Miles from Lima: 140

Holmes County in central Ohio is home to the world’s largest Amish community. By spending a day or weekend there, you will be able to explore and discover their unique culture. Be prepared to enjoy peaceful tranquility amidst beautiful scenery, and savor delicious homemade dishes at local restaurants.

PRO FOOTBALL

HALL OF FAME

Miles from Lima: 170

If you are a sports fanatic then this is one place that you should not miss during your stay in Ohio. Known as America’s premier sports museum and showplace, this is where you will get to see some of the best photos, artifacts and memorabilia from some of the biggest football names and most popular football players in the country.

CLEVELAND

MUSEUM OF ART

Miles from Lima: 180

Culture vultures and art enthusiasts should spend several hours at the Cleveland Museum of Art where they will find some of the most exquisite art works ranging from paintings to sculptures and artifacts. Known as one of the most distinguished comprehensive art museums, this could definitely be the highlight of your Ohio getaway.

ROCK ‘n’ ROLL

HALL OF FAME

Miles from Lima: 185

Music lovers will surely have a grand time here at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s greatest musical acts like Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen among others.

OHIO STATE PARK LODGES

Five Locations: Salt Fork, Cambridge; Deer Creek, Mt. Sterling; Punderson Manor, Newbury; Mohican, Mansfield; Maumee Bay, Maumee.

Ohio State Parks are giant playgrounds with no age limits attached; where acres of lush wilderness tell stories of America’s past, and Mother Nature isn’t just something you see – it’s something you feel. Far from ordinary, close to home. Book your stay at an Ohio State Park Lodge today!