2017 Travel Bucket List

Where I want to go this year. 2016 was a year of big travel and big changes?for our family. ?We traveled Down Under in January and moved an hour away from our home of 7 years just two days after Christmas. ?Now that the boxes are unpacked we’re settled in to our new city (kinda) – I wanted to share with the world our travel plans for 2017. (Our 2016 Travel Bucket List) Ohio? Toledo Zoo & Aquarium? + ?Oak …

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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 IN THE WORLD. The earthworks were built by the Hopewell culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D.  Over the years, the growth of Newark destroyed …

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Things to see in Coshocton, Ohio with your family

I grew up a measly 30 minutes from Coshocton, Ohio but it wasn’t until having children of my own that the small town called to me that it needed some more exploring. ?Here are some things to see in Coshocton, Ohio with your family. Roscoe Village A 1830s canal town, Roscoe Village was once a bustling port (a modern day Nassau?!). ?Today, with costumed interpreters and well-manicured gardens, young and old will enjoy a stroll along the brick promenades. ?Living …

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Visiting Knox County, Ohio with or without kids

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 few things to check out for yourself: Downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio Centered around a roundabout (or maybe more of a square-about), the Mt Vernon Square hosts …

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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 the arts.  However, concerts and festivals can end up costing a family a lot of money!  I?ve compiled a list of 5 FREE things to enjoy …

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5 Favorite Spots within Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park did not disappoint.  Since we live in Central Ohio, we’ve frequented Hocking Hills, but were eager to explore somewhere new. Only established in 2000, Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies between two of Ohio’s largest cities, Akron and Cleveland.  I think much of its appeal is that the park is easily accessible from many major roads and highways…and you’re never more than 20 minutes away from a Starbucks or McDonalds.  #Merica.  😉 It really feels like you’re in someone’s …

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5 family-friendly places to enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie

Lake Erie may be the smallest of the five Great Lakes, but it still contains 871 miles of family-friendly shoreline!  Ohio is blessed to have this body of water as our northern border, and here are 5 family-friendly places in Ohio to enjoy all that Lake Erie has to offer. Cedar Point – Sandusky, OH Older children will think you’re the best mom or dad around when you spend some time whizzing down roller coasters right on America’s Roller Coast. …

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A day in Hocking Hills- with kids

When I think of clifftop vistas, cascading waterfalls and well-groomed hiking travels, my mind travels to the mountains of Virginia or Washington. ?Then I hear a small voice say, ?There?s no place like home, there?s no place like home? and I remember that I can have all of these in just a few hours drive- in the hills of southeast Ohio.?? Hocking Hills?State Park is the second-most visited place in all of Ohio, and my family traveled there a few …

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