13 Ohio Gems That You Don't Want To Miss Out On This Summer

13 Ohio Gems That You Don't Want To Miss Out On This Summer

Who says you can't find adventure in the Buckeye state?

Summer is right around the corner. If you're looking for adventure in Ohio, surprisingly enough, there are many places to explore that are scattered all throughout the state. Here are just a few examples of summer adventure destinations that Ohio has to offer — time to plan a road-trip!

1. Southbass Island

Put-In-Bay, Ohio.

Spend a weekend on the island. Put-In-Bay offers lodging, shopping, entertainment, monuments and makes for a unique summer experience. Enjoy Lake Erie, the view of Cedar Point in the distance and rent a golf-cart for days full of sunshine and island adventures.

2. Ohio Caverns

West Liberty, Ohio.

Known as America's most colorful caverns and one of Ohio's most popular tourist attractions, this 35 acre-park makes for a full day of adventure. Explore the caves with guided tours, sift for gems and learn the history of this rich, natural beauty.

3. Aut-O-Rama: Twin Drive-in Theater

North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Open from the beginning of April until the end of September. Double screens mean double movies — each night patrons can enjoy two movies per screen. This is perfect if your family or friends can't agree on one movie — visit Aut-O-Rama and find a movie for everyone!

4. African Safari Wildlife Park

Port Clinton, Ohio.

With a drive-thru and walk-thru safari experience, you will get up close with exotic animals you don't see every day! Pet a giraffe, feed a Bison - every moment is full of excitement, laughter and life-long memories.

5. Botanical Gardens

Cleveland, Ohio.

11 different garden experiences that are guaranteed to provide serenity, excitement and a whole new outlook on nature and all its beauty. The Cleveland Botanical Gardens will all your senses for

6. Ohio State Reformatory

Mansfield, Ohio.

The home of history, hauntings and the filming of the Shawshank Redemption. You will walk the corridors and sit in the same cells as some of history's most infamous prisoners. Enjoy the architecture, stories, paranormal activity hunts and rich history of one of Ohio's most unique destinations.

7. Duck Tape Festival

Avon, Ohio.

June 14th-16th at Veteran's Memorial Park. Experience a unique festival event including rides, food, entertainment, craft vendors, and even a Duck Tape parade and fashion show. You can put your creativity to the test as you enjoy colorful activities to celebrate America's most beloved tape brand.

8. Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio.

Do you live for action-packed entertainment? Are you seeking a good thrill? America's Rockin' Roller Coast is the place to be. Stay in one of their lake-side reports and make it a weekend full of fun — you are all clear and out of here!

9. Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking, Ohio.

Enjoy an Ohio "staycation" by renting out a cabin and exploring nature. With caves, waterfalls, ziplines, hiking trails, local outdoor festivals and much more, Hocking Hills may just me the get-away you've been searching for.

10. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/Zoombezi Bay

Columbus, Ohio.

Deemed one of the best Zoos in the U.S, and definitely Ohio, you'll find some pretty incredible exhibits when you visit the Columbus Zoo. Sure, maybe they don't have Fiona the Hippo, but does the Cincinnati Zoo also have an outdoor waterpark? I think not.

11. Vectren Dayton Air Show

Dayton, Ohio.

June 23rd and 24th at the Dayton International Airport. Heading to the Vectren Dayton Airshow equals a weekend full of heart-pounding air performances, activities to enjoy with the family, and a chance to get up close and personal with amazing aircraft and pilots.

12. Chateau Laroche

Loveland, Ohio.

For only $5 a person, you will explore all wonders that a castle, built in the 1920s has to offer. Complete with sword and various weapon collections, historic documentation of knights and ghost stories, this destination is one you don't want to miss out on.

13. Tree Frog Canopy Tours

Glenmont, Ohio.

You'll venture outside of your comfort zone, push your limits and feel the adrenaline as you soar through the treetops. A premier location for those who are looking to enjoy nature and get away from the everyday tasks of life and work — it's like a city in the trees.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.


If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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This Trump Oval Office Address Drinking Game Is NOT Fake News

Caution: You may need a DD.


An exciting moment in our 45th President's career will be taking place tonight: he will be addressing the nation on a "current state of emergency" on national television.

Yes, that's right. Our President will be taking the night off of Twitter (hopefully) to enter living rooms across the country on our screens.

Historically, these addresses are long and boring, so let's spice it up tonight. Don't even bother with shot glasses, I have a feeling you won't have time to refill the glass in time.

Take a shot every time he says "bad"

This one seems harmless, but remember, Trump likes to repeat himself to make a point. "Bad, bad people". Two shots right there for ya.

Take a shot every time he says "hombres"

Be careful! He's been known to say things like "bad, bad hombres, very bad." Four shots right there for ya.

Take a shot every time he mispronounces something

Look, it's bound to happen, have you seen the typos in his tweets? Oh man.

Take a shot any time he lies about terrorists entering the country via Mexico

Fun fact for you: Terrorists most commonly enter the country via airplanes, in fact, last year only 6 terrorists tried to cross at the Mexican border and all got turned around. Learn more here.

Take a shot every time he says "caravan"

I don't see this one hurting you too bad, but the man is hard to read.

Take a shot every time he says "uh"

This one seems like it's harmless but because he isn't a speaking professional he actually says it a lot more than you would think.

Finish your drink every time he says "national crisis"

Do it. Take that shot.

Take a shot every time he says "wall"

But you might just get alcohol poisoning.

Take a shot every time he says "terrorists "

Fingers crossed he doesn't say this as much as I think he will.

Take a shot every time he blames the democrats for the shutdown

You're the one holding the opening of the government hostage, buddy.

Take a drink AND DON'T STOP until he is done saying the word "huge"

Sometimes he keeps this one short, other times it's a dragged out "huuuuuuuuuuuge". Don't say I didn't warn you.

Take a drink when he starts using his hands as he speaks AND DON'T STOP until he puts them back down 

Another possible alcohol poisoning situation.

Remember to always drink responsibly!

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