Spring Break Staycation Ideas in Ohio

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Are you looking for fun and budget-friendly activities to enjoy during spring break with your family? Look no further than your own backyard in Ohio! With a variety of museums, zoos, parks, trails, and outdoor adventures, Ohio offers plenty of opportunities for families to make memories and have a great time.

Take a Trip to the Zoo

Get up close and personal with animals from around the world at our local zoos. The Akron Zoo is a family-friendly destination located in Akron, Ohio. It features over 700 animals from around the world, including exotic species such as gorillas, tigers, and kangaroos. Visitors can explore the zoo’s many habitats and learn about conservation through interactive exhibits and animal encounters.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo features over 3,000 animals and is home to many endangered species, making it a great place to learn about conservation and animal behavior. Don’t miss the chance to see the gorillas, lions, and elephants, and take a ride on the zoo’s train or carousel for some extra fun.

Take a road trip to Columbus for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where you can see over 9,000 animals from around the world and learn about conservation.

Hike the Trails at Cuyahoga Valley National Park and More

CVNP Kendall Hill Cross Country Skiing

Take a break from the city and enjoy the scenic beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If there is snow on the ground, which there usually is during Spring Break, consider renting skis or snow shoes! The park is known for its recreational opportunities and offers a variety of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, there’s a trail for everyone, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the valley (check it out from the ledges overlook) and river. Take a scenic walk or bike ride through the Towpath Trail, which follows the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal and offers beautiful views of the valley.

Visit Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is a downtown attraction offering visitors a unique underwater experience with a variety of marine life including sharks! Plus, enjoy interactive exhibits like the ray tank.

Visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock out at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which celebrates the history and impact of rock and roll music. The museum features interactive exhibits, rare artifacts, and live performances, making it a great place to spend the day with music-loving family members.

Explore the Local Food Scene

Try something new and explore the local food scene in Ohio. Visit a farmer’s market, yes, even in the winter and early spring to sample fresh, local produce, or try a new restaurant and taste the flavors of Ohio. From Italian to Mexican cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Celebrate the history and heroes of the NFL at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The museum features interactive exhibits, rare artifacts, and a chance to see some of the greatest players in the sport. Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or just looking for a fun family activity, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a great place to spend the day.

Splash at a Water Park

If you must have swimming during Spring Break, you are in luck because we have great ones nearby! Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, which features a 100,000-square-foot indoor water park with slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools. Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park in Sandusky, which is another popular indoor water park with attractions like slides, pools, and a giant wave pool. Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio, is a family-friendly resort that features an indoor water park with slides, pools, and attractions, as well as a variety of dining options, games, and activities.

Spend the day at Stan Hywet

Spend a day at the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, a historic estate with beautiful gardens, walking trails, and a museum that showcases Akron’s history. They open back up for the season on April 1, 2023.

Visit a Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is a hands-on science museum with interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, and educational programs. Visitors can explore a variety of science and technology topics, such as physics, engineering, and robotics, through hands-on exhibits and demonstrations.

Drive to Columbus to explore the exhibits and programs at the COSI (Center of Science and Industry), which offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for kids.

Visit the Ohio Statehouse

Visit the Ohio Statehouse, which is the state capital and offers guided tours, educational programs, and exhibits about Ohio’s government and history.

Ohio has plenty of opportunities for families to have fun and make memories during spring break. From zoos to national parks, and from museums to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Being a “tourist” in your own town can make great memories and save money compared to a far-away vacation. So why not take a staycation in Ohio and be a tourist in your own town? You won’t regret it! Check out all our Ohio Travels reviews.

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