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?
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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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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.
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If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.


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Tempe City Council Makes An Effort To Hear The Public's Concerns

The rising number of homeless in Tempe is concerning for many residents and here's why.

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Many concerned Tempe residents voiced that it is not the homeless people trying to get back on their feet that concern them. It is the rising group of homeless drug addicts causing havoc and endangering their neighborhoods does.

Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage, two members of the Tempe City Council, met with concerned residents on Tuesday at the Multigenerational Center to discuss the rise of homelessness in the area.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir assured the public that the police department is doing all it can to make sure their opinions are heard.

"We have to recognize that sleeping is a basic human right, even when it comes to our parks. If the shelters don't have space, the person still needs to sleep somewhere. With that being said, the homeless will have a curfew enforced and will be held accountable for their actions," Moir said.

Suzanne Orarke, a Tempe resident and mother voiced her opinion on why the rising number of drug addicted and mentally unstable homeless people concerns her.

"I have an 8-year-old son and he rides his bike to school every day. I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but at the same time, I also don't want to lose my child to something stupid," Orarke said.

Keating and Arredondo-Savage assured the public that the City Council works with the police department and the Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort team, also known as the HOPE team to find solutions to the homelessness in Tempe. The Councilmembers informed the audience that Tempe spends the most money of any Arizona city on human services.

The Councilmembers reminded the public that homelessness is not a crime and that they are doing their best to accommodate to the rising number of homeless people, which has gone up 60 percent in Maricopa County the last two years.

Another homeless related issue that many residents have noticed is the dangerous use of Lime scooters in their neighborhoods. Lime is a California-based company known for its easily accessible scooters.

The scooters, which run for 15 cents per minute, have increasingly made their way into the East Valley. The scooters have made it easier for the homeless to travel with little to no cost. Many residents believe this is attracting them to their neighborhoods.

When asked about scooter regulations, Keating said, "There is not much regulation for these scooters yet, but there is a working group striving to regulate those as we recognize this is an issue. We are looking over the list of recommendations next Thursday. As of right now, the only regulation is that the scooters cannot be on sidewalks."

The last major issue the public spoke on is the lack of helpful and respectful assistance from the police department and their non-emergency hotline. Many residents recalled their experiences when calling the non-emergency hotline and each resident had a negative outcome.

Steve Geiogamah, a concerned Tempe resident, relived his experience with the non-emergency hotline as he explained what took place a few nights ago.

"I've started to see a rise in drug activity among the homeless in Tempe. One night, I saw a transient in the neighborhood, who looked like they were up to no good. I called the non-emergency line and asked them to send an officer," Geiogamah said. "The next morning, I saw nothing had been done. I called dispatch again and they said that they could not send an officer even though I was concerned about the issue taking place."

Moir took responsibility for the hotlines wrongdoings and ended the meeting by saying, "If there are behaviors that you observe among the homeless, that rise to the level where you need a police officer, call the non-emergency number. Or, if it's immediate or a real serious issue, call 911. Describe the person and request an officer. The expectation is that we trace the call and that an officer responds."

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