So it seems as if the ever elusive thing called Spring is finally allowing us the privilege of being in her company just in time for Memorial Day!
If your like most of the country, this is a time to meet up with family and friends that you may not have seen over the last few months due to an extended hibernation, light up a grill and spend some time outdoor's during your extended weekend!
In the spirit of Memorial Day, I have gathered a few ideas that will hopefully encourage you to load up the car and get out of town for a few hours or even better, overnight!
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Seriously, what's a no brainer when it comes to good weather, family, fun and entertainment? An Amusement Park and if you know Cedar Point than you know this multifaceted resort destination has something for the whole family!
Debuting this year is Steel Vengeance, the worlds tallest, fastest, freakiest steel wood hybrid coaster ever! Also there are several new additions to the park including a first (in my book), create your own custom Cotton Candy factory!
With 2 seperate kids play areas, live shows, rides from mild to wild, a beautiful beach and expanded boardwalk, Cedar Point truly has something for everyone!
Make a weekend of it and stay at one of Cedar Points 3 hotel properties including the newly expanded Hotel Breakers located mere steps from the park right on historic Lake Erie! Or rent a cabin, cottage or delux RV site with your own firepit and lounge chairs!
This weekend, active and retired service memebers get in for free and their family enjoys reduced admission!
O yea, as a bonus, servicemembers get free admission to Cedar Point Shores waterpark!
Get To The Point!
Butler County DONUT TRAIL
Yes. You. Read. That. Correctly! A Donut Trail!
Located in Butler County, Ohio, located off I-75 about 30 minutes south of Dayton and 20 minutes north of Cincinnati, home to Ikea, Top Golf, Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen and many other great activities (we will have the pleasure of covering this summer).
The Trail consists of 12 shops in which you must visit 11 of. At each stop you get your passport stamped in which you will redeem at the end for a pretty cool T-Shirt and bragging rights!
This is a fun idea for the family or just that donut loving person you know and eh, what better excuse to taste all different kinds of donuts and get some free merch!?!
Do us a favor however, dont tell Homer or there may not be any left once you arrive!
For more information, click the link and head to the trail GET TO THE BC!
Scioto Audubon Park
Located outside of downtown Columbus, Ohio bordered by I-70/71 and resting against the Scioto river is the Scioto Audubon Metro park. A huge green space that contains a nature preserve, biking and walking trails, obstacle course, picnic areas, canoeing / kayaking and this....
A 35 foot tall, 6,100 foot long rock climbing wall with harnesses and attachments for climbing skill of all ranges. In addition there are 10 foot tall boulders for children as well!
Climbing is free, however you will need to bring your own harness. Click the link for information about the park and rock wall!
Now this one is a hidden gem for a couple of reasons, the first being that this is a retro mecca for gamers. 7,600 sq. ft of electronic paradise in one location! The second reason being that well, it really is hidden.
Located in the former Cincinnati Mills Mall, now called the Cincinnati Mall, which in fact isn't much of a mall at all anymore as it is probably very close to 98% abandoned and has been for years. There really is no other reason at all to come to this mall and for this reason alone, most people have no clue that it exists.
Lets get down to the reason you WOULD want to visit, 70+ arcade AND pinball games, 20 console stations where you can play everything from Atari 2600 to NES, Sega Genesis and WiiU up to PS4. Plus they have 2 huge projection screens where you can play pretty much anything from Mortal Kombat to Madden!
Now when I was a lad coming up in the 80's, the place to be was either Aladdin's Castle in Northland Mall, Big City Arcade at Northern Lights or Putt-Putt Golf. The only thing with those arcades is that I probably spent more time spectating or looking for dropped quarters on the floor vs. actually playing because well $5 in allowance only went so far when the best games were 50 cents. But here that's no longer an issue with these awesome money saving deals o