Central Ohio

Alluring art & beauty at Schnormeier Gardens

Visiting Schnormeier Gardens in the hills near Gambier, Ohio is like finding a secret treasure.  Yes, while this private home garden is a premier Ohio destination, 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 …

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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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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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The lowdown on LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Columbus, Ohio

What is Legoland Columbus? LEGOLAND is indoor, interactive fun for kids of all ages, although it’s mostly geared towards children aged 3-10. It’s like the best parts of LEGOLAND, on a smaller scale! LEGOLAND Columbus is conveniently located inside a shopping mall. What to know before visiting the LEGOLAND Discovery Center The LEGOLAND Discovery Center …

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You Can Take The Kids: 5 Ohio Hikes To Do As A Family

The way people talked about having kids, I thought the chance to hike would be over once we started a family!  Luckily, it doesn’t have to be!  There are plenty of hikes that you can do with kids in Ohio.  Here are my suggestions for 5 Ohio hikes you can do as a family. Hocking …

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A visit to the Newark Earthworks with kids

Some of the best travel happens right outside your door. We lived nearly on top of the Newark Earthworks for 7 years, yet never really fully explored them. When some nice November weather hit us, I realized that NOW was the time to visit. The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures …

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5 free things to do in Columbus, Ohio with kids

Columbus, Ohio is a great city for young families because it has to cater to its own demographics!  Those aged 25-34 make up 17% of the city?s population, so you know that where there are young couples, there are usually young children!   Columbus boasts of its diverse neighborhoods, great festivals, and a love for …

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