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The Hub of The 1800s Today

This is a story of resurgence for a bustling canal town that fell into ruin and has since reclaimed its glory days.

The tale begins with a massacre, and a girl who would grow to be known as the “White Woman.” This journey spans two eras of a community separated by a century. Both echoing out with the sounds of molten metal being pounded into form, a helmsmen shouting to a hoggee, a school bell ringing, and merchants asking, “How may I help you?” Both are known as Roscoe Village. Today, they coexist at a crossroads in time ready to serve visitors with authentic goods, services, tours, meals and unforgettable experiences.  ….Read More….

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The Great Race Comes to Ohio!

Join Wapakoneta in Welcoming the
Great Race to the Buckeye State

The Great Race will be rolling into downtown Wapakoneta on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and you are invited to be a part of the fun.  This will be the only Ohio stop for the Great Race this year.

The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally. Any car up through model year 1972 is eligible to enter. For purposes of scoring, the older the vehicle, the better the age factor adjustment the team will receive.  Last year the winning team drove a 1916 Hudson Indy Racer.  The Great Race is not a test of top speed. It is a test of a driver/navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and the car’s (and team’s) ability to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times.

This year the Great Race will begin in Jacksonville, Florida on June 24th and end in Traverse City, Michigan on July 2nd.  An expected 120 of the race teams and their vintage cars will be spending their lunch hour in Wapakoneta on the 28th.  The public is invited to join in the fun. Beginning at 12:30, the cars will be parked throughout the downtown area, arriving a minute apart, and after a quick lunch, the teams will return to their cars to talk with the public about their vehicle and about the race.  It is a rare opportunity to see a wide variety of very unique, antique cars and trucks and talk with the teams driving these classic cars on this multi-day, cross-country adventure.

While in downtown Wapakoneta for the rally, enjoy great food at restaurants such as Cloud 9, J. Marie’s and the Alpha Café.  There is also a multitude of unique, specialty and antique shops, such as Casa Chic, Relic, Dad’s Toy Shop, Pamela Rose and the Auglaize Antique Mall, where you will find one of kind, fun, upcycled and distinctive items for your home, your wardrobe or for that special gift.

After the rally, check out the museum named for Wapakoneta’s most famous son, Neil Armstrong.  Located near exit 111 of I-75, The Armstrong Air & Space Museum pays tribute to the first man to step onto the moon as well as the many accomplishments of Ohio Astronauts throughout the history of space exploration.   While in the area you may also want to check out the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, the Miami-Erie Canal in Memoria Park in St. Marys and Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio’s largest inland lake.

Have a great time at the Great Race in Wapakoneta on June 28th then make it an afternoon of fun and discovery in the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region. For more information on the race or other fun summer events check out GreaterGrandLakeRegion.com.

Camp Sherman WWI Centennial

Chillicothe, Ohio, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Region of America played a huge role during World War I. After the United States entered the “Great War” in April 1917, the country realized it was not fully prepared for the war effort. This resulted with the government creating a system in training troops. Construction began on Camp Sherman in Chillicothe in July 1917 with the first recruit arriving in September 1917. The quaint, emerging city with roughly a population of around 16,000 soon found itself with an influx of 40,000 personnel and the third largest training camps in the United States. The expanse of the training camp encompassed over 2,000 acres dedicated to training soldiers for World War I.

Moving forward one-hundred years to 2017, Chillicothe will be welcoming guests into the community for the commemoration of Camp Sherman. Camp Sherman Days is a nine-day event that will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the impact of the Camp beginning July 1st through July 9th.

Many of the community’s attractions and social organizations will be hosting events to compliment Camp Sherman Days. This includes Veterans Appreciation at “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama, Chillicothe Paints baseball game, Adena Mansion & Gardens providing an ice cream social, VFW hosting a steak dinner, and the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club offering a pancake breakfast.

In addition to these special activities, there will be daily exhibits available to tour and explore regarding Camp Sherman’s history. The Ross County Heritage Center offers a permanent exhibit on Camp Sherman and has included a special, temporary exhibit to showcase the Camp’s history in Chillicothe for this event. The Pump House Center for the Arts is presenting their July exhibition centered around the artwork of Camp Sherman.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park will be hosting a complete overview of the history of Camp Sherman. As the Camp damaged many of the prehistoric earthworks created by the Hopewell Culture over 2,000 years ago. Following the end of WWI, as the camp began dismantling its buildings, the restoration work began on these earthworks and are now protected by the National Park Service. As part of the centennial, the National Park will be offering exhibits that include artifacts and memorabilia from the site.

The Majestic Theatre not only was an entertainment outlet for Camp Sherman but also served as a facility for the city and Camp during the Spanish Flu outbreak. The theatre will be participating in the centennial commemoration by hosting a special Vaudeville performance, and a movie night showing of the 1941 film, “Sergeant York”.

One of the main events of the centennial will be the Living History Encampment. This is a rare event – a World War I living history demonstration. Visitors will be able to see authentic camp and tent displays, drill practices, live fire demonstrations at the original Camp Sherman Rifle Range, as well as many other living history activities. Plans also include a WWI antique show and other period vendors. This part of the event will take place on an active Ohio National Guard facility that is located at the base of Chillicothe’s Mount Logan on the original part of Camp Sherman used as the rifle range.

As the Camp was decommissioned and the buildings were disassembled, materials salvaged were used to build homes throughout Chillicothe. The only remaining building of nearly 2,000 structures at Camp Sherman is the former library. Burton E. Stevenson established the library at Camp Sherman which allowed for national efforts to model other libraries off the Camp Sherman Library. Stevenson became the director of the Chillicothe public library. In 1918, he founded the American Library in Paris and 12 years later he became the European director of the American Library Association’s Library War Service. The Chillicothe Ross County Public Library will be offering an exhibit on Burton E. Stevenson during Camp Sherman Days for his efforts on the library system in Chillicothe and abroad.

Additional details of the history of Camp Sherman can be found online at www.CampShermanDays.com. Visitors can also obtain more information about Ross County, Camp Sherman Days, and other events happening in the area by contacting the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau online at www.VisitChillicotheOhio.com or by phone at (800) 413-4118.

Treasure Island Park

 

Get on the Great Miami River with Two Great Events Hosted at Treasure Island Park in Troy, Ohio

Two very exciting events are coming to Miami Country this summer as Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the first ever Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

“We had racers coming from all across the Midwest last year! It was really great to see how excited everyone was,” Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami said. “This is an event that we want to build on and keep running for a long time, and part of that now is kicking off Treasure Island River Fest to get even more folks out on the river!”

The first annual Treasure Island River Fest will be held at Treasure Island Park in Troy, Ohio. Planned as a day for the whole family, the Fest will feature boat demos running all day long, midday and evening sessions of SUP yoga, a kids paddle race, and a 3 mile river scavenger hunt previewing the new section of The Great Miami River they plan to service in 2017.

“No matter your level of experience, Treasure island River Fest really is about getting you out there, having fun and feeling comfortable with the water,” Jackson said. “Bring the family along, watch what you want, get involved with what you want, it’s just going to be a great summer day riverside.”

With a strong reaction upon its announcement, some events like the3 mile scavenger hunt are offering early registration through eventbrite.com to reserve eager participant’s spots.

In addition to fun on the water, Treasure Island River Fest will also feature live DJs throughout the day, food trucks and then a beer truck for later in the evening, a community concert, and the awards ceremony for the second annual Great Miami River Races.

Starting with last year’s signature 12.1 canoe race, The Great Miami River Races launch from Treasure Island at 10am and run down to Adventures on the Great Miami Tipp City property.

“Again, we’ve set up a number of safety checkpoints and will have floating volunteers all along the course to ensure a safe and fun day on the river,” Jackson said. “Last year’s event ran smoothly but there are still some things we’ve learned to help this year’s go off even better.”

Expanding the races, this year’s Great Miami River Races will feature two new races. The 2×2 Race is a 2 miles up and 2 miles downriver race and then there will be a 500 Meter Bridge Sprint race. Each of the three races will also now have classifications for teams, solo racers, and racing boats.

“We want Miami County to become a paddler’s destination,” Jackson said. “The Great Miami is such a beautiful river and really great for these kind of races. What makes it perfect for racing is also what makes it perfect for new paddlers, nice stretches of easy flowing river without major dangerous turns or fast water. It’s amazing that it’s gone this unnoticed for so long and people are just starting to realize all of its potential. We’re excited to be a part of that!”

For those interested, Treasure Island River Fest and The Great Miami River Races will be held on June 24 with racers launching from Treasure Island Park in Troy starting at 10am and events planned throughout the day. More information for Treasure Island River Fest can be found at www.greatmiami.net.

Summer Fun in Coshocton

Escape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a fun-filled getaway.  From entertaining events like the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Corvette Cruise-In, Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival, and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like the wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is the perfect place to find your adventure.

On June 8 – 10, 2017, enjoy The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power, featuring balloon launches, live entertainment, fireworks, balloon night glow, midway rides,  antique flea market, craft and food vendors, and more. Returning this year are Tethered Balloon rides, with full-service balloon rides available with prior reservations. “Balloon launches take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting),” said Mindy Brems, director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau.  “Live musical entertainment includes the Blend (1950’s acapella) and The Rorey Wesney Band.  Festival admission and parking are free.” A complete schedule and listing of balloons are available here.

“Corvette and classic car enthusiasts will enjoy the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 11,” added Brems.  “We typically have around 200 corvettes showcased on the street that day. ” Guests can stroll through Historic Roscoe Village while getting an up-close look at some beautiful cars, whose owners are proud to show them off.

Now through June 18, visitors will be fascinated by the Pushing the Surface Quilt Show at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village.   “This exhibition of 26 works is a dance of color, beauty, ingenuity and story,” said Patti Malenke, director at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.  “Participating artists are from across the United States as well as Israel.” The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum also houses Native American tools and basketry, Ohio pioneer history, classic Japanese and Chinese artifacts and the famous Newark Holy Stones.

Coshocton is also the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio—The 43rd Annual Coshocton Dulcimer Days held this year on June 16 – 18 in Historic Roscoe Village.  The festival features music workshops, free concerts, and the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships.  Visitors to the event will enjoy music vendors, raffles, artists’ booths, traditional Appalachian music, and headliner concert Saturday evening with musicians The Vanderveer Brothers String Band and Jeff Hames. Find more details here.

The Indian Mud Run takes place on June 24 at Coshocton Lake Park. This Park fundraiser offers a “weekend warrior” challenging 5K obstacle race including approximately 20 obstacles along the beautiful Scarr Loop and Eagle Ridge Trails at Lake Park. For the brave, a 10 K course filled with more challenging obstacles is available. Register at IndianMudRun.com.  “We’ve been told by past participants that this is one of the best mud runs they’ve ever done, so we know the runners this year definitely will have a great time,” said Brems. Find details about The Indian Mud Run here.

Coshocton is home to several popular attractions including Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal era town offering a glimpse into life in the 1800s. Self-guided tours are available daily. Most of the Famous Shops and Restaurants of Roscoe Village are open seven days a week, so visitors can immerse themselves in a quaint, nostalgic street rich with history discovering delightful shops, enjoying delicious dining and unique lodging options.

A visit to Coshocton in the summer is made extra special with a ride on the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat where the huge draft horses pull the Canal Boat along an original restored portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Travelers on the 45-minute canal boat ride are entertained by the Canal Boat Captain as he explains 1800s canal life sharing tall tales and history.  The canal boat is open Tuesday through Sunday throughout the summer.

For those who love wineries, staying in Coshocton offers easy access to Ohio’s Three Rivers Wine Trail which features Raven’s Glenn, Baltic Mill, Indian Bear, Heritage Vineyard, Rainbow Hills and Yellow Butterfly. “Guests will love the diversity of the wineries,” said Brems. “From a restored flour mill to a historic yellow barn, the locations are as varied as the selection of wines.”  Find details here.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Coshocton has a lot to offer. Woodbury Wildlife Area is the largest public hunting and fishing land in the State of Ohio. Perfect for sporting or bird watching, it is something Coshocton is proud of! If you’d like something a bit less rustic, why not try the Coshocton Crow Geotrail? Use the GPS feature in your smartphone to locate 13 caches hidden in interesting places. Complete the passport and you’ll earn a collectible coin!

Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton’s many affordable lodging options. From luxury cabins, friendly bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, campgrounds, and guest houses, finding the perfect stay for a getaway is easy.  There are overnight packages to choose from that include Wine Tastings, Aquatic Center swimming passes, a Girlfriends’ Get-a-way and more.

Request a free visitor packet here or call (740) 622-4877 or 800-338-4724.

Washboard Music Festival

The streets in downtown Logan, located in heart of the Hocking Hills, will come alive with the annual Washboard Music Festival on June 15-17, 2017. Folks planning to attend the festival during Fathers’ Day weekend are encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and join along with the unique style of toe-tapping music that will be performed throughout the festival.

The event was created to honor the Columbus Washboard Factory that was purchased and moved to Logan from Columbus, Ohio nearly two decades ago. It is the only factory in the United States that continues to manufacture washboards. Thus the idea to establish a music festival that focuses on washboard music was born. Now you can enjoy the foot-tappin’ styles of Dixieland Jazz, Jug Music, Celtic, Blues and Cagun Zydeco played by bands from all around the country in the streets of small town America – Logan, Ohio.

The festivities kick off Thursday evening at the main stage when Arnett Howard and Friends perform. Little Roy & Lizzie take the stage Friday offering traditional bluegrass at its best. On Saturday, catch the Wayfarers and their own brand of American string-band music. Friday and Saturday music acts features the Steel City Rovers and their Celtic music, “Roscoe Goose” the Juggernaut Jug Band playing jazz, blues and ragtime, and Washboard Hank – a legendary Canadian artist on the alternative country scene. Additional musical acts include spYder Stompers & Sugar Pie and their pre-war acoustic country blues, Sodbusters’ rootsy folk and Bill Bailey’s percussion masterpiece. The Ohio River Minstrels will celebrate America’s heritage in story and song.

And that’s just the free music performances.

Families will enjoy the Children’s Park with rides. Mr. Puppet will be there to entertain the kids along with the magic of Dave Lehman.  A Quilt Show, hosted by members of the Hocking Valley Quilt Guild, will be held at The Bowen House from 12 – 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Both days also include a huge rummage sale. The historic Columbus Washboard Factory will be open to visitors from 9am – 7pm on Friday and Saturday. Saturday includes a tractor exhibit from 9am to 5pm. Afterward, enjoy the annual Washboard Music Festival Parade at 6 p.m.

In addition, the festival has plenty of food plus arts and crafts vendors. Click here to plan your good time.

This project is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Hocking Hills Tourism Association.

Home-Grown Family Fun

Enjoy Home-Grown Family Fun in Wayne County, Ohio

Are you looking for a great place to vacation with your family this summer? Does a stress-free trip where you don’t have to wait in long lines or spend a fortune sound good to you? Then you might want to check out the fun family adventures Wayne County, Ohio has to offer.  Enjoy a visit to an old fashioned hardware store where the Amish shop for nonelectric goods. Pick your own seasonal fruits, visit an ice cream dairy, experience the thrill of a real Wild West rodeo, get up close and personal with the folks who grow your food at a farmers’ market, share a bike path with an Amish buggy, visit hometown festivals with parades and fireworks. Sound good? It sounded like something you’d enjoy.

If your family is partial to outdoor activities, Wayne County is home to many recreation areas such as Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve, Secrest Arboretum and Gardens, Shreve Wildlife Area, Wilderness Center, and Rails to Trails Bike Paths.

What youngster wouldn’t love the excitement of swashbuckling pirates and knights in shining armor? Treat your family to and afternoon or evening of live musical theater with The Ohio Light Opera, who calls The College of Wooster home during their summer festival season.  The 2017 bill of shows includes “The Music Man” and “HMS Pinafore.” Children’s ticket prices are just $10.00.

Wayne County is home to thirteen local historical societies who are proud to display the rich history of their communities. Your family might enjoy train history and a track car ride at the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society or a tour of the Wayne County Historical Society Campus complete with a one-room school house and a turn of the century firehouse, complete with a haunted pumper.

There are restaurants that will fit everyone’s budget. Many feature home-made foods from local produce, great ice cream fresh from the dairy, Amish family style restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.

Spend a night or two without breaking the bank!  Family friendly hotels offer indoor and outdoor pools and spas, free Wifi, great breakfast buffets and free parking.

So, if you thought the family vacation was out of reach this summer, think again.  Visit www.wccvb.com for more great cost effective vacation ideas or call 800-362-6474 to request a free visitors guide.

Top-5 FREE Mohican Activities

There have been published reports about how employees are not taking vacations. Reports on how much people are in debt. The news bombards everyone every day. What if the news was more positive? What if vacation was possible and did not break the bank? That is where the Canoe Capital of Ohio can help. Here is a list of the top 5 free activities for the whole family to enjoy while staying in Mohican.

  1. Parks & Trails – The Mohican State Park and Mohican-Memorial State Forest have free entry. This enables the family to enjoy the hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horse trails. There are over 100 miles of trails available to everyone in Mohican.
  2. Nature Programs – The Mohican State Park Naturalist provides weekly programs and hikes. They are free and open to the public. Learn about the diversity of life that is native to Mohican, while having fun at the same time.
  3. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane – The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum offers free admission to explore Mohican area’s unique history and its individuals that help put Mohican on the map.
  4. Year-Round Events & Festivals – Yes, the majority of the Mohican events have no entry fee. View the bikes at the Inaugural American Legion Riders 257 Bike show in June. July has the award winning Loudonville Car Show and fireworks for the 4th of July weekend.  Pleasant Hill Lake Park throughout the summer will offer free canoe and kayaking on Pleasant Hill Lake. In fall, return for the Free Loudonville Street Fair, Fall Foliage Drive-It-Yourself Tour and more. Visit DiscoverMohican.com for a listing of the events.
  5. Mohican State Park Lodge – It does not matter if paying for the night or not, the Mohican State Park Lodge is open to the public all year. Several programs are offered at the Mohican Lodge that are free and open to everyone. See the Live Birds of Prey program every Saturday, now through October. See the birds up close and personal while learning about their diets and more. The Mohican State Park Naturalist also holds programs for all, and yes, it’s free. Paved pathways allows the entire family to enjoy a hike throughout the property that overlooks Pleasant Hill Lake.

All of those free activities allows room to choose that perfect place to stay. Whether at a castle, lodge, campground, Inn, or private rental there is something for everyone. Spend the rest of vacation canoeing, fishing, zip lining, conquering the aerial adventure park and more.

Find the adventure in Mohican. Discover Why Mohican Rocks!

Safari in Ohio at The Wilds

 

Head to The Wilds and experience an adventure unlike any other! The Wilds features an array of activities perfect for the summer season.

A safari park and conservation center, The Wilds combines cutting-edge conservation science and education programs with hands-on experiences. The Wilds resides on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed surface mining land.

Home to more than 30 rare and endangered species from around the globe, The Wilds offers wide, open pastures for these species to roam and even coexist. Last year, The Wilds welcomed 50 newborns, including a greater one-horned rhino, cheetahs, and African painted dogs. These offspring are as exciting for conservationists as they are adorable for all animal lovers.

Visitors can choose to ride in a pick-up truck to feed giraffes or meet a rhino on a Wildside Tour or feel the breeze on an Open-Air Safari Tour while snapping breathtaking photos.

Guests can also opt to soar over the animal pastures on a Zipline Safari Tour, enjoy a relaxing Fishing Safari on one of nearly 100 lakes at The Wilds, or saddle up on a Horseback Safari through the quiet prairies.

From June until September, The Wilds also offers a wide array of tours to enjoy at sunset:

  • The Sunset Safari Tour is a special tour with picturesque sunset views.  The tour includes a buffet dinner and an Open-Air Safari tour for viewing the animals when they are most active, at feeding time.
  • For those looking to get closer to the action, the Sunset Wildside Tour is a great option. This awe-inspiring tour takes guests off the beaten path and out into the pastures and also includes a buffet dinner.
  • The Sunset Horseback Safari is a perfect way to unwind at the end of the day while enjoying the outdoors from a unique vantage point. Sunset Horseback Safaris begin with a buffet dinner followed by approximately two hours of riding.
  • Guests seeking adventure at new heights should check out the Sunset Zipline Safari Tour. Go ziplining at sunset and take in the amazing panoramic views of The Wilds while zipping above and through the animal pastures.

Being a member of The Wilds has its perks. Membership includes free Open-Air Safari tours for one year, discounts on premium safari experiences, free parking, member benefits for Nomad Ridge and the Lodge, a subscription to The Wilds’ member magazine, discounts at The Wilds’ Gift Market and Overlook Café and free or discounted admission to more than 120 zoos and aquariums.

For those who want to make it a wild weekend can stay at Nomad Ridge. This adults-only getaway includes a private yurt overlooking the animal pastures. For larger groups, the Lodge is the perfect home away from home, as guests will stay in a private luxury cabin tucked away next to one of The Wilds most scenic lakes.

The Wilds is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May through September and weekends only in October. Pricing varies depending on the tour. For more information about The Wilds or to schedule a tour, please visit www.thewilds.org

The Wilds, one of the largest conservation centers in North America, is home to rare and endangered animals from around the world along with hundreds of indigenous species. The mission of the Wilds, a nonprofit organization, is to advance conservation through science, education and personal experience. For more information, visit www.thewilds.org.

SoundSurfer Redefines Waterslides

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This excerpt is from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Zoombezi Bay became the first water park in America to feature an outdoor slide with built-in light shows and a personalized sound system when it revealed the SoundSurfer.

Dubbed “The King of Beats,” the SoundSurfer is a modified version of Zoombezi Bay’s longest slide, formerly known as the Tahitian Twister. Now, thrill-seekers can enjoy 512 feet of acceleration drops and vortex loops while soaked in a kaleidoscope of colors and while jamming out to Beyoncé, Skrillex, Florida Georgia Line, Ellie Goulding, Johnny Cash and other popular artists. Riders have an opportunity to select their preferred musical genres from a push button panel.

“Being the first slide in the country to deliver a personalized light show and jam session, the SoundSurfer takes the water park experience to a whole new level,” said John Gannon, senior vice president of guest services and business strategy. “People aren’t just going along for the ride anymore, they are truly becoming sound surfers.”

The slide accommodates two to five people per ride, and offers eight musical options of the riders’ choosing. The genres include:

  • Rockin Rafts: Featuring AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Kid Rock, Motley Crue and Metallica
  • PopParadise: Featuring Taylor Swift, DNCE, Ellie Goulding, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga
  • New Wave Country: Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney
  • Rave Rider: Featuring Skrillex, LMFAO, Martin Garrix, Galantis, DJ Snake/LilJohn
  • Hip Hop Drop: Featuring House of Pain, Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars, Beastie Boys, Will Smith/DJ Jazzy Jeff, Beyoncé
  • Beach Party: Featuring The Surfaris, The Beach Boys, The Trashmen, Jimmy Buffet
  • Random Beats: Featuring Republica, Rage Against the Machine, Tag Team, Johnny Cash, Ozzy Osbourne
  • Tahitian Twister: Featuring storm, wind and wave sound effects

Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride, or 42 inches tall if accompanied by an adult. The SoundSurfer is included in admittance into the water park. Gold Memberships and Season Passes are available for purchase online, and include free parking and entry for the 2016 season. All tickets to Zoombezi Bay include free entry into the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Zoombezi Bay is a 22.7 acre water park that features a new multi-level play structure, 17 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and more.

For more information about Zoombezi Bay, please visit www.zoombezibay.com.

Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio

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Knowing the ins and outs of a vacation can be really helpful. This can range from what to pack to what are the local favorites. One of the best resources for this information would be the front desk and asking the server at the restaurant. One other way is to keep reading this and discover the secrets to visiting Mohican.

Since Mohican is the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio, it is normal to see everyone in casual dress. Shorts, tennis shoes, hiking boots, jeans and a t-shirt are pretty much a prerequisite. Even at the restaurants. There are plenty of places to eat inside or out. In fact the Mohican State Park Lodge’s, Bromfield’s Restaurant, Malabar Farm Restaurant and the Copper Mug Bar & Grille at Landoll’s Mohican Castle, offer deck and patio options when the weather permits. During the dinner hour, a fresh pair of jeans and a nice shirt is always a safe bet.

Jim South, Mohican Trails Club Member, gives a little known portion of the trails that are great for hiking, “Many places on the bike trail are good – from the Discovery Forest to the covered bridge is probably the best part of that trail.” In fact there are places off the horse trails that will hike past abandoned homesteads. One rule to remember, be courteous. If a horse or mountain biker is on the trail, please safely step off to the side and allow them to pass. For more information on hiking in Mohican, call the Mohican Visitors Bureau at 419-994-2519.

Where is the best place to stay in Mohican? That depends on what is needed on the vacation. DiscoverMohican.com has a lot of information available. There are plenty of options and they will not break the bank. Some overnights offer year-round discounts. A number of the vacation rentals use VRBO.com or AirBnB.com. If the owner’s number is available, don’t hesitate to call with any questions about packages, etc. A number of the lodging facilities offer a $1 off movie admission to the local The Ohio Theatre.

Mohican is about the outdoors, but there is still so much to do, even if it is raining. Explore the downtown Loudonville stores. Check out the Loudonville Public Library. It may be a small town, but the library has a lot of activities that are free and open to the public. Tour The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum and Wolf Creek Grist Mill, one of the oldest working mills in Ohio. Visit the Memorial Shrine, where the names of Ohio Veterans, who sacrificed all they had, are handwritten in the books on display. Visit the Discovery Forest Exhibit in the Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Swim at the Mohican State Park Lodge and see if the naturalist is there. Programs offered by the naturalist and the Live Birds of Prey programs are free and open to the public.

The Wine at the Mill Fundraiser will be coming up in June, along with the MTB 100 and 100 Trail Run. Other events coming up this summer are the Safe Boating and Fishing Festival, the National Dutch Oven Gathering, July 4th Weekend & Car Show, the Great Mohican Pow-Wow, Flxible Bus Rally & Parade and so much more.

For more detailed information on the area, please visit DiscoverMohican.com.

Duck Tape Fest Is A Standout

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Duck Tape Festival is perhaps the most genius idea for Fathers’ Day weekend that ever dawned on man. Avon, Ohio showcases Duck® brand duct tape in all forms including art, sculptures, fashion and more.  It is a celebration for all of the wacky and fun uses one could imagine for using duct tape. The festival honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the “Duct Tape Capital of the world”, home of Duck® brand duct tape.  Rides, games and food are a part of this free annual event which kicks off with a duct tape parade! Complete information is available at http://www.ducktapefestival.com/.  

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This award recognizes Ohio’s standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at ohiotraveler.com/standouts-in-ohio-tourism/.

Discover Ohio Vacation Ideas

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Discover Mohican – It’s Just a Click Away!

With the warmer weather here, it’s hard not to think of a vacation. Remember that word – Vacation? Where the choice to go where one wants is just a click away. Creating a personalized adventure for an individual, couple or whole family deserves plenty of memory-filled options, even if there is a budget. Discover something new – Discover Mohican!

DiscoverMohican.com has plenty of options to keep travelers on budget without compromising any wants on the trip. From campgrounds to cabins, castle to resorts, inns to Bed & Breakfast there is something for everyone. Some places have savings all year long. For example, if looking for a cabin along the Mohican State Scenic River, check out Blackfork Cabins. The longer the stay, the more you save. Mohican State Park Lodge also offers a variety of packages.

So what is there to do in the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio? Summertime is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, festivals and more. In June there’s the International Wine at the Mill. This is a popular Mohican event, where all proceeds go to the preservation efforts to the Wolf Creek Grist Mill.  July brings the Car Show and fireworks. This show was previously ranked as a top-10 car show by “Cruisin’ Times Magazine.” The Loudonville Car Show showcases vehicles of all eras. These and other events dot the beautiful landscape of Mohican.

Canoe down the Mohican State Scenic River, try the zip line or aerial adventure park, ride go-karts, play mini-golf – the options seem endless. Hey, history enthusiasts, discover the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum. The museum offers information on the importance of the motorcycle sidecar, a rare American flag and more. Take in a movie at the Ohio Theatre. Restored to its original glory of days gone by, the theatre offers recently released movies throughout the year.

So much to do, so little time. Whether here for a week or the weekend, there is something for everyone. Discover Why Mohican Rocks!

Opera in Wayne County?

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This excerpt is from a past edition of OhioTraveler

You Bet Your Crescendo!

Most of us are well aware that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement. Home to Lehman’s Hardware, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café, P. Graham Dunn and Everything Rubbermaid. Historic Downtown Wooster has become an eclectic blend of unique shopping, great restaurants and nightlife. But were you aware that the Ohio Light Opera, summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster, is gearing up for their next festival season?

The season, which runs mid-June through early August, features  seven shows.

“Ohio Light Opera productions are enjoyable, entertaining, and easy to follow,” says Executive Director Laura Neil. “Each show is performed in English. The sets are breathtaking, the costumes are beautiful, and the music is magnificent.”

Ohio Light Opera performers are chosen from auditions that are held each fall and winter in up to eight cities across the country, including New York and Boston. The artists that make up the residency ensemble are chosen for their ability to perform and participate at the highest level used in the repertoire-singing, acting, and dancing. Many former OLO performers have gone on to successful careers elsewhere, including the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera performances in the intimate confines of Freedlander Theater, which is located on the College of Wooster Campus. Call about tickets and special overnight and dining packages. Group discounts and subscription packages are also available. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover Card are accepted.

Additional information about the Ohio Light Opera is available by calling 330-263-2345 or online at www.OhioLightOpera.org. Further information about Wayne County can be found at wccvb.com or by contacting the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the area’s tourism authority, at             800-362-6474.

Road Trip Reunion

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and the Artisans of Hocking Hills

When was the last time you got the whole gang together?  Whether family or friends there’s a good chance everyone is spread across the map.  This will be a great year for a road trip reunion.

Ever since John Belushi shouted those famous words “Road Trip!” in “Animal House” the very idea congers up images of escape, adventure and maybe a little mischief.  Southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills is the perfect destination for the quintessential reunion road trip.

Located within a day’s drive of more than sixty percent of the U.S. population, the Hocking Hills region is internationally recognized as the best “Under-the-Radar” destination in all of North America by Buzzfeed.com stating that, “Hocking Hills State Park is a must for nature lovers, filled with cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls.”

The region is best known for world-class hiking and cozy cabins.  The Hocking Hills is also the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest with more than fifty ziplines.  This is the place to bring your bucket list.  Get a bird’s eye view from the tree canopy.  Fly like Buck Rogers with Jet Pack Water Adventures.  Anglers are in for a whole new experience with Ohio Belly Boat Fishing.

Whether your bucket list wish is to say so-long to your schedule, disconnect from all the electronic gadgets or an adrenaline filled, high-flying weekend with your alma mater pals, the Hocking Hills is just the ticket.  Outdoor recreation, family friendly festivals, museums, performing arts, tours and much more will keep everyone entertained.

After an activity filled day it’s time to relax and what could be more relaxing than your own private resort.  Luxurious lodges are designed to provide privacy, plenty of room for everyone and all the comforts of home.  Go for a swim in your private pool.  Chill out in a hot tub while gazing at the star-filled sky.  Toast marshmallows over an open fire while stories of the day and laughter lingers in the evening air.

Plan your road rip reunion around one of the region’s signature festivals.  The Washboard Music Festival brings bluegrass, zydeco, rock, country, folk and gospel music together for a celebration of the washboard’s melodic tones in historic downtown Logan (June).  Lilyfest is the “un-festival”.  There are no deep fried foods, Ferris wheels or fireworks, just flowers, art and music wafting on a breeze throughout the Bishop Educational Gardens (July).

The Laurelville Fireman’s Old Time Festival in July is just what you would expect.  The nightly fish fry is legendary.  The Midway delights kids of all ages.  When was the last time you took a spin on a Tilt-a-Whirl?  The highlight of the festival is Ohio’s most expensive cake auction.

Everyone loves a parade so, naturally, everyone loves Nelsonville’s Parade of the Hills featuring three parades beginning with the Main Street Welcome Home Parade on Wednesday followed by the Bicycle Parade on Thursday and the pièce de résistance, the Grande Parade on Saturday.  Add Queen contests, the Ohio State Fiddling Contest, Pie Contest & Auction and a 5k Run For The Hills (just in case you eat too much pie)and you’ve got one great festival.  Evening musical entertainment includes Hard Days Night (Beatles Tribute Band) on Wednesday, Ohio’s own McGuffey Lane on Thursday, Mr. Speed (KISS Tribute Band) on Friday and Stadium 11 in August.

So fire off those emails, tweets, posts, shares.  This is the summer for a road trip reunion and your destination is the Hocking Hills.

Roscoe Village is a Standout

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Historic Roscoe Village is a Standout in Ohio Tourism

Historic Roscoe Village: This historic Ohio canal town is a standout in a variety of experiences. The canal boat ride, living history tours, unique shopping, dining and special events make this a favorite destination for tens of thousands year round. Get lost in the architecture and the tales from costumed guides and you’ll feel what it’s like to be living in the 1800s. The general store, blacksmith, schoolhouse, doctor’s office and so much more add to the authenticity of this time capsule. Throughout the year, amazing seasonal events add to the bustling village and its history, creating family memories for all. Discover all that Historic Roscoe Village has to offer at http://www.roscoevillage.com/.

This award recognizes Ohio’s standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at ohiotraveler.com/standouts-in-ohio-tourism/.