COLUMBUS, Ohio – The annual anticipation of a new year sparks thoughts of fresh starts and a determined resolve to “make it happen” in 2016. The “it” in New Year’s resolutions varies for everyone. For some of us, it’s a focus on being more active or learning something new. For others, 2016 may bring an effort to save money and spend more time with family.
Whether it’s any or all of the above, we’d all like to reach our goals, feel better about ourselves and improve overall happiness. Leave your footprint on a trail as you explore new hikes with friends, learn to create a new dish for family dinners and uncover affordable activities that will leave you enriched with fulfilling experiences.
The following Ohio attractions and activities will inspire creative efforts to achieve some of the most popular resolutions. Additional adventures for the New Year and inventive resolution solutions are available at DiscoverOhio.com.
Whether your intention is to be more active, shed a few pounds or reduce stress, there are plenty of fun ways to get in shape and find tranquility in Ohio.
Burr Oak State Park, Glouster
Bond with loved ones while hiking your choice of seven trails, from a quiet half-mile to an exhilarating three mile trek, at Burr Oak State Park. The park embodies the wilderness spirit of southeast Ohio so you may spot white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse or wild turkeys along your hike.
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, Logan
Immerse yourself in the solitude of nature at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, surrounded by the scenic Hocking Hills State Park. Restore your balance at the spa, which offers a variety of pampering and renewing treatments including massages, mud wraps and more.
Lake Metroparks, Concord Twp.
Embrace winter workouts on one of Lake Metroparks’ 50 miles of trails that will make you wish for snow year-round. Swish across the trails of the Chapin Forest or Girdled Road Reservations with cross-country skis or crunch the fallen snow by strapping on a pair of snowshoes.
Spend Time with Family
According to the U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time Off, most children just want to spend quality time with family while on vacations. In Ohio, that vacation time is easy to plan with lots of opportunities to connect for family fun.
Toledo Aquarium, Toledo
The newly renovated Toledo Aquarium, with more than 3,000 aquatic animals, will capture the imagination of even the smallest family member. Visitors can even get hands-on with aquatic life in the aquarium’s “touch tanks,” which provides interactions with sharks, starfish, crabs and other sea creatures.
Scene 75, Dayton
Relive your glory days as you race around the go-kart track with a giggling child, challenge your family to a little friendly competition with more than 130 games and watch with delight as stir-crazy kids use up all their energy in a huge inflatable area. Scene 75 offers an indoor experience with entertainment for all ages and a second location in Cincinnati.
Fountain Square U.S. Bank Ice Rink, Cincinnati
Gather your family together for outdoor ice-skating on Fountain Square in Cincinnati and indulge in a hot chocolate to warm up afterwards. The ice rink offers fun themed nights including radio skates, throwback skates, family skates and broomball games.
Learn Something New
Spend the day cooking like a pro with Farmer Lee Jones at The Culinary Vegetable Institute. Turn the afternoon into a perfect excuse to get together and cook with family and friends or make it a fun date by signing up for one of the 2016 Cooking Class Series, which features seasonal and occasion-appropriate dishes.
Glass Axis, Columbus
Watch your child’s face light up while creating artwork or impress your friends by making your own piece of art. Glass Axis is a public glass art facility that offers a variety of workshops including glassblowing, flame working and fusing.
Tightening the belt doesn’t have to mean staying at home with cabin fever in Ohio. Several affordable experiences and even museum memberships allow families to take advantage of soul-satisfying trips without breaking the bank.
Channel your inner outdoorsman and gather your closest ones for a getaway of fresh air, simple living and wholesome fun at one of Ohio’s 74 state parks. The cold weather adds to the exhilaration of camping and activities including ice-fishing, skating, sledding and more.
One benefit of a membership to Ohio History Connection is getting admission to 57 sites and museums statewide that showcase artifacts of years past. But perhaps the best perk is pursuing those exhibits with family members sharing stories of by-gone days and memories made anew. Memberships are also reciprocal at more than 200 historical museums and sites nationwide through the “Time Travelers” program.
Getting wild at the zoo is even easier on the wallet with reciprocal admission discounts of up to 50 percent. Families can hang with the animals statewide by purchasing a membership at one of seven participating facilities which include African Wildlife Safari Park, Akron Zoological Park, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Toledo Zoological Garden and the Wilds.
TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding “Ohio. Find It Here.” supports Ohio’s $40 billion tourism industry. For more, visit DiscoverOhio.com.
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