Summer Staycation Ideas

A Staycation means what it sounds like; a vacation you take “at home”. Staycations have become a great alternative for families who would not otherwise take time away from real life at all. Using your house as your hotel, is an added perk. Common activities of a Staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals. Some Staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation. There are a lot of fun activities to do right here in central Ohio and beyond! Get Organized for Your Staycation!


Regardless of the amount of time spent in the car, here are some travel activities from Parents Magazine to keep “Are we there yet?” to a minimum!

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites to help get you started on some ideas of your own.


Easton Town Center 160 Easton Way, Columbus 43219
The Columbus Zoo 4850 West Powell Rd, Powell 43065
COSI 333 West Broad Street, Columbus 43215
Scioto Mile 400 West Whittier Street, Columbus 43215
Ohio Historical Society 800 East 17th Ave, Columbus 43211


Old Man’s Cave Logan Take U.S. 33 East through Lancaster to Logan and exit onto State Route 664 South
Nelsonville Train Ride 33 W. Canal St, Nelsonville 45764
The Wilds Zanesville 14000 International Road, Cumberland 43732
Piatt Castles West Liberty 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty 43357
Newark Earthworks 455 Hebron Road, Heath 43056


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati 45202
Kings Island 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island 45034
Jungle Jim’s International Market 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield 45014
Loveland Castle Loveland 12025 Shore Road, Loveland 45140


Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland 44114
Cedar Point One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky 44870
Soak City Water Park One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky 44870
African Safari Wildlife Park 267 S. Lightner Road, Port Clinton 43452
Merry Go Round Museum 301 Jackson Street, Sandusky 44870


Sunwatch Village Dayton 2301 West River Road, Dayton 45417
Wright Paterson Air Force Base Museum 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright Patterson AFB 45433
Armstrong Air and Space Museum 500 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta 45895

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