I’ve recently discovered a gem of a book that inspires family travel – and is chock full of suggestions for activities to do with kids. Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent’s Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids is authored by Laura Hoevener and Terri Weeks. It’s a must-read (and must-carry in the car) if you’re anywhere near southern Ohio/Kentucky.
The book is split into three sections – creating memories with your family (which includes "why adventures?" and "planning and executing your own adventures"); attraction listings; and planning help. The largest section and the meat of the book lies in the attraction listings. This covers central Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky; greater Cincinnati; Dayton; and Columbus, Lexington, Louisville, and Indianapolis.
If you’re not from the Midwest, you’ll be surprised to find so many great family activities. If you’re from the Midwest and familiar with the area, you’ll still be surprised by treasures new and old.
We’ve been traveling down to Dayton to visit my mother-in-law for 14 years, and I only knew of two places in that 25-page section! It’s a treasure-trove of goodness, sure to inspire activities and learning and all kinds of goodness. Some activities are free, while others have an entrance fee. With this book, you can learn about nature, waterparks, food, history, museums, art, shopping, and more.
This week, we met with author Terri Weeks (who also shares family travel tips on her website, and her daughter at Wegerzyn Gardens in Dayton. She’s a creative, intrepid explorer – the day before, she’d driven to visit an original root beer stand and interview them about how they make root beer!