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    01. Cleveland Botanical Garden / Hershey Children's Garden Orange circle with an arrow

    Your children will uncover their inner-explorer as they search for frogs and fish throughout Hershey Children's Garden in Cleveland. Budding beekeepers can observe and learn more at the honeybee hive and enjoy hands-on activities such as crafts, games and garden explorations.

    Hershey Children's Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden
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    Hershey Children's Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden
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    02. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Orange circle with an arrow

    Weave through Cuyahoga Valley, racing along the rushing Cuyahoga River on this 2.5 hour round trip excursion. A perfect trip for your little conductor-to-be, this scenic railroad departs from 3 convenient locations. Make your experience even more memorable on magical occasions like Steam in the Valley or THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

    Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Peninsula
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    03. Castle Noel Orange circle with an arrow

    The magic of the season never ends at “America’s Largest Year-Round Indoor Christmas Entertainment Attraction.” Housing the world’s largest privately-owned collection of Christmas movie props and costumes, your little ones are sure to feel as if it’s Christmas morning again. Take in stunning, million-dollar NYC Christmas window displays or try your hand at Alien Vacation Mini Golf in 3D. Your kiddos will love racing down the giant slide as it snows inside the building!

    Castle Noel in Medina
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    04. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Orange circle with an arrow

    Journey to the Heart of Africa in Ohio! Experience this 43-acre savanna exhibit where monkeys swing, cheetahs sprint, lions lounge in the sun, an ostrich stretches its wide wings, and a giraffe leans in to take a meal of leaves directly from your hand. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe.

    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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    COSI in Columbus
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    05. COSI Orange circle with an arrow

    This hands-on science center will provide endless laughs and learning for road-trippers of all ages. Explore several exhibits covering history and ocean exploration to human life, space, dinosaurs and more. Romp and play all day, trying everything from hands-on opportunities to experiencing the planetarium, where you will get a glimpse of what’s “out there.” Feeling adventurous? Take your experiences to “new heights” by riding the high-wire unicycle.

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    06. Ohio Caverns Orange circle with an arrow

    Admire the amazing beauty of Ohio Caverns! Watch everyone's face light up with wonder at the exquisite crystal-white stalactite and stalagmite formations throughout the caverns. Take a break from exploring and rest at the 35-acre park located directly above the caverns, complete with shelter houses and tables to make the perfect family picnic.

    Ohio Caverns in West Liberty
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    07. Young's Jersey Dairy Orange circle with an arrow

    The fun doesn't stop at Young's Jersey Dairy. Kids can make a new best friend at the petting zoo, feed friendly goats and treat their sweet tooths to delicious homemade ice cream! Grab a homestyle meal at one of the farm's two restaurants (complete with their famous cheese curds) or perfect your swing at the batting cages, driving range or miniture golf course.

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    08. Kings Island Orange circle with an arrow

    Pack in lots of family fun! From big thrills to little thrills, Kings Island has it all! Credited with some of the top-ranked roller coasters, the amusement park is also home to Planet Snoopy, voted "Best Kids' Area in the World" for 18 consecutive years. Many of the kids’ attractions in Planet Snoopy are designed for children and their parents or grandparents to enjoy together, such as the Character Carousel, Woodstock Gliders and The Great Pumpkin Coaster.

    Kings Island in Cincinnati
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    Loveland Castle Museum
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    09. Loveland Castle Museum Orange circle with an arrow

    Who doesn't want to spend the day in a castle? Enjoy a royal experience at the Loveland Castle Museum, the vision and property of Harry Andrews. Spread throughout this unique spot is information about both Harry and his infamous castle which is surrounded by gardens covered in various plants and flowers. Find the perfect spot for a picnic and family photo-op throughout the grounds!

    Cincinnati Museum Center
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    10. Duke Energy Children's Museum Orange circle with an arrow

    Housed within Cincinnati Museum Center in historic Union Terminal, this stop encourages hands-on fun with eight themed play areas, including two designed for preschool-aged children and younger. Kids can climb, crawl and explore all while learning about themselves and the world around them. Go on a wilderness adventure through The Woods, brush a set of giant teeth Inside the Grin and explore the neighborhood in Kids’ Town.

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    11. Smale Riverfront Park Orange circle with an arrow

    Located along Cincinnati's historic waterfront, come explore the P&G Go Vibrantscape, one of the park’s innovative play areas that uses sound, water and light to inspire play and movement for kids of all ages. Stop and smell the roses in the gardens, strike a chord on the giant foot piano (like the one in “Big”) and don't leave without catching a ride on the hand-carved, Cincinnati-centric Carol Ann’s Carousel.

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