Holiday events within a 5-hour drive of Central Ohio

I’ve spent the last 15 years within an hour of Columbus, Ohio, so I’m finding I’m ready to get out and explore more of my home AND neighboring states.  Ohio and bordering states Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia offer a plethora of events to relish in Yuletide joy! Here is my guide to Christmas & holiday displays, including light shows, festivals, and shopping opportunities within a days drive of Columbus. Ohio Ohio Girl Travels gives a rundown of Ohio’s Best …

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5 FREE Christmas Events near Columbus, Ohio

This post may contain affiliate links. Central Ohio is the perfect place to enjoy the Christmas season with your family! ?The chilled air and falling snow will get you in the mood to take in the sights and sounds with your children. Here are 5 free Christmas events near Columbus, Ohio! Scioto Mile Christmas Lights The Scioto Mile is a great place to chill in the heat of summer, but now you can enjoy it during the holiday season. The …

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Best of the ‘Burg: Things to do in Millersburg, Ohio

I grew up in the small town of Millersburg, Ohio and much of my family still lives in the village. Millersburg offers many things for the out-of-town visitor. The historic district has undergone a recent resurgence – there are more dining options and small businesses than I can ever remember! Here is my guide of things to do in Millersburg, Ohio. **This post contains affiliate links. I was provided a tour of the Millersburg Glass Museum & Victorian House Museum, …

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Things to do in Ohio in Fall

I’m sad to say that summer is leaving us and the kids are starting school.  However, autumn is a glorious season and there are many family-friendly things to do in Ohio in Fall.  Ohio is full of fall festivals and activities, and I’ve compiled a list of some of the best. *This post “Things to do in Ohio in Fall,” was originally published in 2017, but all dates have been updated to reflect 2019 festival dates!* September Ohio River Sternwheel …

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10 Things to Do in Ohio Before the End of Summer

There are plenty of August activities for those who want to explore more of Ohio August is here! Summer is coming to a close as everyone prepares to go back to school and routines. BUT there is still some time left to enjoy a road trip or two, and I hope to inspire you to get out and explore before the first bell rings! (Or in the case of this homeschooler, mom yells that it is time to start)! Here’s …

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Free things to do in Cleveland with kids

Cleveland is a great city for sports aficionados, lovers of watersports, or those that just enjoy a good sunset or a local brew.  Cleveland is also a great place for kids – there are numerous museums and spacious parks. A day or a weekend with the family doesn?t have to cost big bucks though, here are six FREE things to do in Cleveland with kids. Learn about moolah at the Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Museum For an educational indoor attraction, …

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Visiting beautiful Brandywine Falls

An easy hike while visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a convenient location close to the interstates that connect Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. While Cuyahoga Valley National Park has plenty of amazing rock formations and waterfalls, you can’t visit without a stop at Brandywine Falls. Brandywine Falls is accessed by a boardwalk suspended from the rock formations. This boardwalk hugs the rocks in a way that is just as awe-inspiring as the falls. The Boardwalk stays …

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Free things to do in Amish Country, Ohio with kids

Amish Country, Ohio offers many great attractions, but not all of them are easy on the wallet! As a mom of 3, I frequently take my children to the place I grew up, Holmes County, and play tourist. However, I visit without the tourist budget! Sometimes traveling on a budget requires some creativity, and here is my advice for things to do in Amish Country with kids that are FREE. Take a scenic drive on the Amish Country Byway Looking …

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