Central Ohio

Troll along at this enchanted Ohio Fairy Trail

The Fairy Trail at Infirmary Mound Park Calling all roaming gnomes filled with wanderlust, get your little goblins to the Fairy Trail at Infirmary Mound Park in Granville, Ohio. This .25-mile trail in Licking County is sure to be magical for kids of all ages! What is the Fairy Trail? The Fairy Trail at Infirmary …

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Visiting the Dawes Arboretum- Gem of Central Ohio

Our family loves The Dawes Arboretum. Located just outside of Newark, Ohio, and easily accessible to I-70, it’s an easy road trip from Columbus or Zanesville. The Dawes Arboretum is one of our favorite family-friendly attractions for visitors to Central Ohio. What is there to do with kids at Dawes Arboretum? The Dawes Arboretum is …

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Visiting Knox County – Things to do in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and surrounds

Knox County, Ohio is often overlooked. From Knox County’s center in Mount Vernon, it is 45 minutes to Columbus and over 90 minutes from Cleveland. Don’t let the drive stop you, because Knox County is home to a glam hotel, a hip liberal arts college, and numerous hiking and biking opportunities. Here are just a …

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Alluring art & beauty at Schnormeier Gardens

Visiting Schnormeier Gardens in the hills near Gambier, Ohio is like finding a secret treasure. Why? This private, home garden is a diamond of a destination, yet it’s only open in June of each year. Schnormeier Gardens is named after Ted and (the late) Ann Schnormeier, who built their private residence here in 1994, before beginning the gardens in …

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Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a gem of an outdoor recreation spot and that is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Well-known for its 4.3-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Blackhand Gorge is approximately 50 miles from downtown Columbus, OH by taking Interstate 161 to …

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Satisfy your wanderlust with these six waterfalls of Ohio

There is just something about a waterfall. Maybe it was growing up in the era when TLC’s “Waterfalls” was a #1 hit. Ha! Maybe it is the soothing sound of falling water that evokes relaxation and peace. Whatever it is, visitors to Ohio have the joy of finding multiple waterfalls throughout the state. Here are …

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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 & …

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