Households itching to get out of the home for trip don’t need to go far, with a few of Ohio’s largest amusement parks, zoos and different points of interest debuting new experiences this summer time.
The brand new choices run the gamut from child animals to reveals to rides. Better of all, the locations are shut sufficient to make a day journey if you happen to’d somewhat skip an in a single day keep. Most require on-line ticket purchases and have particular security precautions in place, so be sure you go to the venue’s web site for up-to-date insurance policies and particulars earlier than you go.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay
4850 Powell Highway, Powell; 614-645-3400; columbuszoo.org and zoombezibay.columbuszoo.org
There’s loads taking place on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this summer time, together with the delivery of a child elephant in mid-June to mother Phoebe. The brand new calf joins brother Beco, who attracted massive crowds of admirers after his 2009 delivery. The zoo additionally has a brand new rhino habitat within the Asia Quest area and a brand new indoor orangutan surroundings.
Youngsters will benefit from the return of Dinosaur Island, a walk-through space and boat experience that options greater than 30 animatronic dinosaurs with transferring eyes and sounds. In Journey Cove, a brand new family-friendly curler coaster referred to as Tidal Twist debuted. The coaster, which has a spinning ingredient, replaces the Redwood Falls log flume experience.
Zoombezi Bay retains all its previous favorites and can proceed Zoombezi Bay Summer season Nights, a sequence of six Friday film screenings. Youngsters 13 and older can plan forward for a brand new Halloween expertise, ZOMBIEzi Bay, that includes 4 haunted homes and two scare zones. The Sea Dragon curler coaster and different rides additionally might be open. The occasion takes place on weekends beginning Sept. 17.
Hours: Zoo – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day throughout summer time; Zoombezi Bay – usually 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day
Value: Zoo – $16.99 to $21.99 for adults; $11.99 to $16.99 for youngsters ages 3-9; free for ages 2 and youthful; Zoombezi Bay $30.99 for adults, $24.99 for youngsters ages 3-9, free for ages 2 and youthful on-line, with gate costs barely greater. Some zoo experiences and rides have extra charges.
505 Euclid Ave., Akron; 330-375-2550; akronzoo.org
The Akron Zoo opens the Lehner Household Basis Wild Asia exhibit that includes animals from the jungles of Southeast Asia and the Himalayan forests. Households can catch a uncommon glimpse of three endangered species, together with two Sumatran tigers, Eko and Diburu. The exhibit additionally options three pink panda siblings (Lulu, Coco and Penny) and gibbons.
Hours: 10 a.m. to five p.m. every day
Value: $13 for adults, $10 for youngsters ages 2-14, free for ages 1 and youthful
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard
3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 513-281-4700; cincinnatizoo.org
There’s all the time one thing new to expertise on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard. This yr, households can discover an expanded play house and ropes course in Roo Valley, the kangaroo walkabout exhibit. Youngsters of all ages can do the self-guided tour of Zoo Blooms and see 1000’s of crops and flowers as they observe together with the zoo’s horticulture skilled on a downloadable app. A Spotify playlist has background music designed particularly for the exhibit.
Hours: 10 a.m. to five p.m. every day
Value: $14.50 to $26 for adults, $8.50 to $20 for youngsters ages 2-12, free for ages 1 and youthful; reservations are required
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1 Cedar Level Drive, Sandusky; 419-627-2350; cedarpoint.com
Cedar Level amusement park is celebrating its postponed one hundred and fiftieth anniversary with occasions all through the summer time. The Rejoice 150 Spectacular parade every night time commemorates benchmark moments all through Cedar Level’s historical past with music, pyrotechnics and performances. Households will wish to check out the brand new Snake River Expedition boat experience attraction. Cedar Level Nights options particular actions on the seaside beginning Aug. 6.
Hours: 10 a.m. to eight or 10 p.m. most days; Cedar Level Shores Waterpark has completely different hours
Value: $39.99 to $79.99; lower your expenses by shopping for tickets on-line
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; 513-754-5700; visitkingsisland.com and visitcampcedar.com
This season’s new attraction at Kings Island is Camp Cedar, an on-site lodging choice that can enable households to remain the night time or a weekend. The resort options cottages and RV areas on the grounds adjoining to the park. Camp Cedar has family-friendly facilities similar to swimming and an indoor/out of doors restaurant. Youngsters will benefit from the shock appearances by Peanuts characters all through their keep.
Hours: 11 a.m. to eight or 10 p.m. most days; Soak Metropolis Water Park has completely different hours
Value: $45 to $75; lower your expenses by shopping for tickets on-line
SCIENCE AND ROCK ’N’ ROLL
Nice Lakes Science Middle
601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland; 216-694-2000; greatscience.com
The summer time theme for the Nice Lakes Science Middle is “Science Beneath the Solar,” which takes the hands-on studying that the middle is understood for outdoor. Tents will host stations the place children can have interaction in initiatives like large-scale tinkering and design challenges that concentrate on revolving themes similar to robotics, house and machines. Inside the power, households can nonetheless discover the tons of of everlasting reveals and experimental studying.
Hours: 10 a.m. to five p.m. Mondays via Saturdays, midday to five p.m. Sundays
Value: $16.95 for adults, $13.95 for youngsters ages 2-12, free for ages 1 and youthful; advance buy is required
1 Discovery Approach, Toledo; 419-244-2674; imaginationstationtoledo.org
Creativeness Station debuts its KeyBank Discovery Theater, a large-screen 4K expertise the place children and households can watch instructional movies on topics like nature, geography, artwork and journey. Whereas the science heart is open for in-person visits, there are additionally new digital experiences accessible, similar to Simply Tinkering, for households that wish to complement their go to with a video and free exercise equipment.
Hours: 10 a.m. to five p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and midday to five p.m. Sundays
Value: $14 for adults, $12 for youngsters ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and youthful
Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland; 216-781-7625; rockhall.com
There are a number of new reveals at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame, together with the expanded Legends of Rock & Roll attraction that spans 4 flooring. It highlights iconic moments and artists and options objects from the museum’s vault which have by no means been on public show. The brand new Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present exhibit highlights the costumes, devices and recollections from legendary performers spanning greater than twenty years.
Hours: 11 a.m. to five p.m. every day, 10 a.m. to six p.m. many Saturdays
Value: $28 for adults, $18 for youngsters ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and youthful
This story is from the Summer season 2021 problem of Columbus Mother or father.