Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Listicles - Adventures Near Where I Live

I've decided to try something new.  It's a linky party where you make a top 10 list.  

This week's theme is Adventures Where I Live.

Many people think there is nothing to do around the area I live in.  However there is a lot to do around here or within a reasonable driving distance.

1.  Yellow Springs - This fun village (town) has 3 state parks - Glen Helen, John Bryan State Park, and Clifton Gorge.  It also has unique people and art work throughout the town.  There are cool murals in some of the alleys. 
In late August/early September, there is a field that is full of sunflowers.  It is so beautiful.
Best of all, Yellow Springs has my number 2 place to visit.

2.  Young's Dairy - This place features some of the best ice cream in this area.  They also have events for the whole family.  You can feed goats while you are there.
The Imaginative One is excited because he is going on a field trip there next week.

These pics are from 2007.

3.  Air Force Museum - This is a cool museum with planes from different eras, a hall of fame with some hands on exhibits for children, and rocket ships.

The third Saturday of the month with the exception of December is family fun day.  They have stations within the museum with experiments or demonstrations for children.

They also have tours of the Presidential Planes that are in retirement.  You need to check their schedule to see when they are giving the tour.
Best of all, it's free!

4.  Cox Arboretum -  I love going to Cox Arboretum because they have a beautiful butterfly house that is open in July.
Besides the butterflies, they have beautiful flowers, walking trails, ponds, and an overlook.  

Many people go there to take family pictures or senior pictures.  The bridge over the one of the ponds is a must see at the Arboretum.  When you stand on it, you may see one of the many turtles sunbathing on rocks in the pond.  

Just don't chase Zipp.  He's the trained dog who chases away the geese.  

5.  Second Street Market - This family friendly farmer's market was voted one of Ohio's best farmer's market.  It's only open Thursdays - Saturday and is almost always busy.  :)  

Check out the murals outside.  They are vibrant and really liven up the area.

Love the Greene County Parks and the staff - They are awesome!  

Don't go to the Wetlands after a big rain though.  You don't want to get stuck.

7.  Carillon Park - My boys love this place especially the transportation area.  There are hills to roll down and history to learn.  

Close by is Woodland Cemetery - Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright Brothers are buried in the same area in that cemetery.  There are also ghost stories 

8.  Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Both the Wee One and the Imaginative One love this place.  Even at age 10 and 8, they still ask to go.  Boonshoft has a Harry Potter camp that is very popular.  Last year the Imaginative One went to the camp.  This year both boys are attending the camp.

9.  Cosi - This attraction is in Columbus about an hour away.  You have fun and learn about science.  The Imaginative One rode an unicycle on a tight rope.  So cool.

10.  I've saved the best for last.  My favorite place in this area is the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  It's about an hour and fifteen minutes away.  I love to take day trips to visit the zoo.  I've even taken continuing education classes there.

Honorable Mentions - Idle Hour Ranch - It's only open June until October.

Another place to visit is the Dayton Art Institute.

Indianapolis Zoo - This zoo is 2.5 hours away.  

If you go to the Indianapolis Zoo, make it a weekend and also visit the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

Cincinnati Zoo - It's about an hour south of Dayton.

If you go to the Cincinnati Zoo, make it a weekend and also visit the Newport Aquarium.

Hope these give you an idea of adventures or staycations, if you live in this area.

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