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Ohio - Wide Open for Fun
by CL Hendricks

Is your family looking for fun in the sun? Perhaps a more challenging vacation is in mind, like a week long canoe trip or a white water rafting experience? An Ohio family vacation has what you are looking for and more.

The museums in Cincinnati alone could occupy a family for days. The Police Museum, the Cincinnati Museum of Art, the American Sign Museum, and the Taft Museum are just a few of the different museums in the city. You and the kids will be fascinated and educated at the same time.

Traveling an hour north you will find the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum filled with aircraft, memorabilia and photographs of the people and machines that guided our air and space technology.

Wapakoneta is home to the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum dedicated to the first man who walked on the moon.

If you're more of an outdoor type Ohio have many state and local parks featuring hiking trails, day and weekend canoe trips, primitive camping, fishing, boating and spelunking. Huston Woods, Hocking Hills State Park, Cleveland Lakefront Park are only a few of the hundreds of state operated parks in Ohio.

Ohio can boast of the second oldest zoo in the nation. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens provides indoor and outdoor habitats so visitors can be assured that they will enjoy themselves regardless of what the weather may be like. The Akron Zoo is specifically child friendly. This zoo caters to the younger members of the family. The Cleveland Zoo features a hippoquarium where visitors can watch hippopotamus swim and cavort in the water.

The Ohio River separates Ohio from Kentucky and provides a unique vacation opportunity. Cruise the river on a steamboat while listening to performers play historic and modern tunes. Enjoy a meal or perhaps a few hands of poker in the atmosphere of an old time steamboat trip.

Coney Island Amphitheater has a concert schedule for those who like their music loud. The outdoor facility it sits on the waters edge; bring your own lawn chair as seating is open.

Paramount Kings Island, located near Mason, provides both thrill seekers and water lovers with an unlimited source of things to do. Paramount Kings Island also provides a special children's area and musical shows throughout the park. Cedar Point located near Lake Eerie also has rides and activities for young and old alike.

With so much to see and do Ohio may be the perfect vacation spot for your family.

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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