Looking for Vacation Ideas?

    Beloved,

    We live around the Ohio and Kentucky area.  The Lord has blessed us financially where we can take a vacation finally without being in debt.

    We have a pre-teen daughter and I admit planning vacations can cause negative stress!

    How do you plan for your family vacation?  Do you use an agent?  Do you ask your church members what they did?  Do your research online?

    If you are near the Ohio and Kentucky area, what are some vacation spots that you have found around here that are hidden gems and affordable?

    Blanket on a secluded beach! Asked on February 27, 2020 in Places to go & things to do .
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      We need to decide on our family vacation for this summer as well.  Typically it will include a camping trip and travel to our home in the Midwest.  That may not sound like much but the camping typically at some incredible spot and the family gathering in the midwest is always fun.  One year we traveled through Kentucky and while there to Mammoth National Park and the caves.  That is one of the best caves in the United States.   Carlsbad Cavern does not hold a candle to the one in Kentucky.  And Mammoth is only second best to one in Mexico.  Our stay on the other end is always free with family and now that we own a house north of Ohio.  I will tell ya if you make it to Mackinaw Island in MI, you will have a great time.  It’s not cheap staying there, but what a place, what an experience, wow!

      Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on February 27, 2020.

      Louisville Slugger factory and museum might be on the way to Mammoth Cave, depending on direction you are coming from.

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        We travel quite a bit, sometimes with the kids, sometimes without. Always plan and book the trip myself, as it’s kind of a hobby. Hard to make recommendations without knowing more about what you would enjoy doing (amusement park, wilderness adventure, explore a big city, beach time, etc), how long you want to be gone, and what kind of budget you have. Sounds like this is a trip with your daughter so that at least rules out the romantic getaway options.

        I’d suggest against choosing prepaid rates for hotels or rental cars, unless the discount is massive (usually isn’t). That was you have flexibility if plans change and you can keep checking rates as your trip approaches. Sometimes they will drop and you can rebook are the lower rate. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars this way, mostly with rental cars but sometimes hotels too.

        Another option to consider is a vacation rental property. This is where you rent a house, condo, etc. from a private individual. We usually book through VRBO. The advantage is that you then usually have a full kitchen to make meals (if you want to save money and not eat out a ton), and more space. Easier to get a two bedroom option this way, so your DD can have her own space and you can enjoy vacation sex 😉

        Fell out of ... Answered on February 27, 2020.
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          We do what is affordable, and we do all the planning. My husband likes nature, so he often is looking for state parks or natural attractions for us to visit in whatever area we go.

          I admit that we have been blessed with paid for trips or free to very cheap places to stay because of being in ministry, and therefore our vacations are around those opportunities.

          Under the stars Answered on February 27, 2020.
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            I’m like luvabug, planning trips is a hobby of mine. I research everything online and use Trip Advisor for ideas and traveler ratings. Something else I use, which most people don’t think of, is Instagram to look at photos others have posted of hotels and points of interest.

            I’m familiar with the areas you mentioned. How far are you willing to drive? What are your interests? Besides the amusement parks mentioned, Ohio has great zoos in Cincy, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo. Each of those cities have plenty of other things to do that you could combine with a zoo, if that’s something your pre-teen would enjoy.

            Another great destination is the Dayton Air Force Museum. I have zero interest in that kind of thing, but it blew me away. And it’s free! You could then head to Indianapolis to their zoo. They also have a fabulous art museum and a nice river walk area downtown, with other museums, all within walking distance.

            If any of those cities appeal to you, let me know and I can give you other ideas specific to each one.

            Fell out of ... Answered on February 27, 2020.

            Aquarium in Cincinnati is also very nice. Actually, it’s in Newport, which is on the KY side of the river!

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              As @luvabug99 said, we might need more information to go on. We didn’t do much vacationing growing up (couldn’t afford it), and certainly don’t now, but here are some options:

               

              Amusement Parks

              Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari: Amusement+water park in southern IN (possibly too far west for you?)

              King’s Island: Amusement+water park in a northeastern Cincinnati suburb.

              Cedar Point: Roller coaster capital of the world in northern Ohio (possibly too far north for you?)

              I was going to suggest Indiana Beach, but it looks like it was announced just 9 days ago that it is permanently closed. 🙁

               

              Natural Areas

              Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area: Natural area located in southwestern KY (possibly too southwest for you?)

               

              I think that’s it off the top of my head. Pretty standard stuff that is well known in the area, but maybe it’s useful?

              -Scott

              On the floor Answered on February 27, 2020.

              And have you considered Opryland in the Nashville area (maybe too far south now)?

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              The rides at Cedar Point are amazing. I went last year with my son and we rode the ‘Steel Vengence’, which is one of their newer roller coasters. I have NEVER been on a ride like that one! You are always out of your seat being slammed from left to right! They make you go through a metal detector to make sure there is nothing in your pocket because any contents will be ejected during the ride.

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                How far is The Ark from you? Have you visited it yet? That’s on my husband’s list to go visit along with the Creation museum near it.

                Under the stars Answered on February 27, 2020.

                Yes, we have been to both.  You have to go!

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                That’s an area we have never been and we don’t have the connections (friend/family) there to make it affordable, but he keeps talking about how or when we might be able to make it happen.

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                  I’ve been thinking and here are some more ideas:

                  The Wilds outside Zanesville and then head over to Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV

                  Pittsburgh and Kennywood

                  Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum outside of Detroit

                  Neil Armstrong Museum and then head up to Toledo area. Maumee Bay is a nice state park resort nearby.

                  Fell out of ... Answered on February 27, 2020.

                  I have been to Greenfield Village and the HF Museum (35 years ago or so). It was really cool if you have any interest at all in history. It was actually one of my favorite sites to have seen as a kid.

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                  The weinermobile at HF is a must see!

                  on February 28, 2020.

                  Agree. The Henry Ford museum is AMAZING! It is not too far from Ohio, and in addition to the weinermobile it has a display of presidential limousines, airplanes, and one of the largest steam locomotives I have ever seen!!

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                    My daughter went on vacation with my brother’s family several years ago when she and her cousins were pre-teens. They enjoyed a Great Wolf Lodge somewhere in that area. They also went to Cedar Point and she said it was fun but hard to navigate.

                    Under the stars Answered on February 27, 2020.
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                      Thanks for all the ideas…We would look at the month of April though since Spring Break would happen for our DD.

                      Alas, amusement parks do not open in April. 🙁

                      Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on February 27, 2020.

                      There are a number of indoor water parks (Great Wolf Lodge, Kahlihari) that are in Sandusky which are very enjoyable.

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