The wife has a 3 day trip to Bowerston Ohio at the beginning of August and we are trying to figure out if we can all head that way with her from here in Kansas and then drop her off for her thing and I would take the 4 kids (9,7,5,3) somewhere while she's busy then continue the trip together.
I've never been to Ohio. The kids have swam in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, so I'm guessing that Lake Erie may be good for some of that time at least.
It will be August and hot, but outdoors type activities like state parks with hiking and swimming are good things for us. Or reasonably priced zoo/aquarium type things.
Anyone have good ideas for us for a few days in that area?
If your kids like theme parks, Cedar Point is good. If they like nature/outdoors activities, they will love Hocking Hills (southeast of Columbus, between Lancaster and Logan). There are great hikes, caves, waterfalls, etc.
You may want to consider staying at East Harbor State Park in Port Clinton (on Lake Erie). They have hiking, bicycling, of course a beach, you could take a day trip to Cedar Point which is an awesome amusement park. You will find plenty to do in that area.
1st I googled where Bowerston, Oh is and to my surprise it s near New Philadelphia. I 'm thinking since you have several children that Wood's Tall Timber's CG might be a good choise. They have a really nice swimming lake & beach. Prices are reasonable for full hookups. New this year is a Zip Line. It's also located near the eastern side of Amish Country.
If you camp there, you definetely need to go to the Warther's Museum.
Salt Fork State Park is about an hour south of Bowerston, Oh on I77. And there is a pool and a swimming beach.
And to the east of New Phil (about 1 1/2 hrs) you can canoe the mighty Mohican in Loudonville. Really enjoyable day trip. But plan on getting wet. Lots of low places wher you have to carry the canoe. No white water.
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Enjoy your visit to Ohio.
If it was me, I would head to one of the state parks while your wife is busy and just let the kids swim and play at the cg. Most parks have activities for kids also. When she is done, you could head to Hocking Hills for some easy hiking and a train ride. It is one of our favorite parks, but I don't think I would attempt the trails with the kids by yourself. Cedar Point/King's Island are great, but they won't be cheap. There are also Children's museums in Indianapolis and Columbus on your trip back. Cincinnati zoo is one of the best and there is Newport Aquarium across the river if that interest you. There is also a children's museum in Cincinnati which the kids would love. There is also a place called "The Wilds" that you might want to check out. Hope you have fun.
Thanks everyone, I should have included I was asking here for some first hand experience in the area, I have been through the usual sites to find campgrounds and reviews and parks etc. But its the "i was there, it was X and Y" is invaluable. And the odds and ends that aren't campgrounds too.
You didn't say a lot about what your kids like, but it would be hard to go wrong by staying at Cedar Point, at the campground at the point. It is called Camper Village and it is a bit pricey, but worth it due to the convenience, especially with kids. Cedar Point is first of all, a great amusement park that caters to all ages, particularly kids. In addition, the campground is right at the park allowing easy access to the park and walking back to the camper. There is a beautiful swimming pool right in the campground, and you also have access to a very nice lake Erie beach within short walking distance. We go to Cedar Point several times a year and stay at Camper Village, and always enjoy it. There is also a huge water park at Cedar Point that the kids will not doubt enjoy. You will have to travel about 2.5 hours from Bowerston to get to CP, but the roads are good. The campground is exceptionally clean and very well maintained with large full hookup sites, including cable TV. That is my personal opinion from personal experience, for what it's worth.
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In that area I would stay at Atwood Lake. It is a very nice campground. Nice but small activity center, hiking trails, paved roads and parking spots, lush grassy sites, boat rental, swimming beach, and very nice bathrooms. Tappan Lake is okay but I much prefer Atwood. http://mwcd.org/places/parks/atwood-lake-park
Cedar Point is great. It has more roller coasters than any other park and is called the roller coaster capitol of the world. Cedar Point isn't near the area so I would wait until the DW is back with you. East Harbor is a nice place to stay if you visit Cedar Point. You can save a ton of money by packing a picnic lunch when you go, they have a very nice picnic area. Cedar Point has RV parking close to the park entrance if you want to bring it with you.
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