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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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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/.