Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Teachers View - Stay-cations, Southern Ohio

I am blessed to live next to a elementary school teacher who loves my kids and we love her!! She has multiple education degrees and is the first person I run to when I am worried about speech, development or anything learning related!! She has agreed to write a weekly post for me on some common concerns involving little ones and just great ideas! This week she continues to talk about great stay-cations here in Ohio!If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed, please e-mail me at

Stay-cations – Southern Ohio

It’s now cool to vacation in your own state. Think a vacation in Ohio is about a much fun as dental work? Think again! There are some hidden gems in this great state and deals to be had. Here are some ideas for visiting Southern Ohio.

Here’s a “steal” in Cincinnati – book a night at a Cincinnati-area hotel and get ½ price Reds tickets! There’s a ton to do in Cincy – relax at Fountain Square, head to the Freedom Museum, or take a ride on a riverboat.

If your family is like mine – quirky museums are right up your alley. Jump US 33 South from Columbus to start your journey. Stop at the AHAA Hands-On Adventure Children’s Museum in Lancaster (740- 653-1010). Next, tour the Columbus Washboard Factory in Logan (, then continue on US 33 into Nelsonville and visit the Pencil Sharpener Museum (call 740-753-4634 to schedule a tour), both of which are free!

There are also some package savings to be had! Coco Key Water Resort and the Newport Aquarium have partnered as well as the Cincinnati Zoo and Kings Island. Check out and for more information.

Always popular with the kids: The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville. My grandparents used to take us on train rides here! The trains run all year long with seasonal programming.