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.


Columbus Area

Easton Town Center
160 Easton Way, Columbus, OH 43219

The Columbus Zoo
4850 West Powell Rd  Powell, OH 43065

333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Scioto Mile
400 West Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio Historical Society
800 East 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211


Dayton Area

Sunwatch Village – Dayton
2301 West River Road  Dayton, OH 45417

Wright Paterson Air Force Base Museum
1100 Spaatz St., Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433

Armstrong Air and Space Museum
500 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta, OH 45895


Cincinnati Area

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Kings Island
6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 45034

Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014

Loveland Castle –Loveland
12025 Shore Rd., Loveland, OH 45140


Southern Ohio Area

Old Man’s Cave –Logan
Take U.S. 33 East through Lancaster to Logan, Ohio and exit onto State Route 664 South

Nelsonville Train Ride
33 W. Canal St, Nelsonville, OH 45764

The Wilds –Zanesville
14000 International Road, Cumberland, OH 43732

Piatt Castles –West Liberty
10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty, OH 43357

Newark Earthworks
455 Hebron Road, Heath, OH 43056–historic-sites-by-name/newark-earthworks


Cleveland/Northern Ohio

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44114

Cedar Point
One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870

Soak City Water Park
One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870

African Safari Wildlife Park
267 S. Lightner Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452

Merry Go Round Museum
301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH 44870


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