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Mini Vacations in Ohio

    • Mini-vacations are great for those short on money and time.vacation image by Aleksander from Fotolia.com

      Every year, Americans pack their luggage and head off on a vacation. The destination, method of travel and time away may all differ from one vacation to another, but the common goal of every vacation is the same--to get away. Mini-vacations allow you to get away for a shorter amount of time, stay closer to home and save a little money. Every state offers different types of mini-vacations for all interests and age groups.

    Sandusky

    • Located directly on Lake Erie in Northwest Ohio, Sandusky offers vacationers many options for a mini-vacation getaway with affordable lodging, numerous restaurants and unique attractions, according to the Sandusky Tourism website. Thrill-seekers and families can spend a day at Cedar Point Amusement Park and then crash at one of six Cedar Point hotels and campsites. For a more low-key experience, take a ferry from Sandusky to Put-in-Bay or Kelley's Island, two Lake Erie islands full of restaurants, historical sites and other activities like winery tours, water sports and parks. Sandusky is also home to the Cedar Downs casino, Soak City Water Park and the Merry-Go-Round Museum.

      Cedar Point Amusement Park
      One Cedar Point Dr.
      Sandusky, OH 44870
      419-627-2350
      cedarpoint.com

      Cedar Downs
      1935 Cleveland Rd
      Sandusky, OH 44870
      419-626-6761
      cedardownsotb.com

      Merry-Go-Round Museum
      301 Jackson St.
      Sandusky, OH 44870
      419-626-6111
      merrygoroundmuseum.org

    Hocking Hills

    • To really get away from it all, consider Hocking Hills in Southeast Ohio. Known for its outdoor activities, numerous parks and nature areas and secluded cabin and cottage accommodations, Hocking Hills offers vacationers of all ages a great mini-vacation. Outdoor activities include canoeing, hiking, zip lines, rock climbing, hunting, fishing, ATV tours and plane rides, according to the Hocking Hills website. Families will love the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway and mini-golf. For the less outdoorsy types, Hocking Hills also features art galleries, antique shops and other shopping.

      Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
      33 W. Canal St.
      Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
      740-753-9531
      hvsry.org

      Hocking Hills Canoe Livery
      12789 St Rt 664
      Logan, OH 43138
      740-385-0523
      hockingriver.com

    Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

    • Try the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area as another destination for a mini-vacation in (and near) Ohio. Cincinnati gives visitors the best of both worlds--big-city amenities and small-town charm. According to the Cincinnati tourism website, Cincinnati and nearby Northern Kentucky present mini-vacationers with a plethora of accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Families will love King's Island Theme Park, Newport Aquarium and the Cincinnati Museum Center. Sports fans can check out the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Bengals. Numerous restaurants can be found on both sides of the Ohio River. You can even dine on the river, with several restaurants on old riverboats floating on the river.

      King's Island Theme Park
      6300 Kings Island Dr.
      Kings Island, OH 45034
      513-754-5700
      kingsisland.com

      Newport Aquarium
      One Aquarium Way
      Newport, KY 41071
      859-261-7444
      newportaquarium.com

      Cincinnati Museum Center
      1301 Western Ave.
      Cincinnati, OH 45203
      513-287-7000
      cincymuseum.org

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