Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beast roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Island.Ohioans are saving their dollars, but that doesn’t mean families can’t enjoy prime vacation spots in their own backyards. Across Ohio, you can escape to acres of peaceful woodlands, enjoy the rides and local flavor of area festivals and fairs, or test your knowledge of Buckeye state trivia at the Statehouse museum. Whether you are a thrill seeker or enjoy relaxing in the great outdoors, Ohio has just the escape for you.

The outdoorsman in the family can enjoy more than 70 state parks and natural areas in our state. Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville offers some of the finest outdoor activities in Southwest Ohio including boating, hiking, fishing and camping.

We are very fortunate because Warren County is home to nationally renowned attractions and vacation spots. Ohioans come from all over the state to visit Warren County due to its vast array of tourism opportunities including: Kings Island Amusement Park, The Beach Waterpark, the Warren County Historical Society, the I & O Scenic Railway, The Golden Lamb, and the Western and Southern Financial Group Tennis Masters Tournament. I encourage Warren County residents to take advantage of the area’s tremendous vacation and tourism spots right in their own backyard!

In addition to the attractions in our community, cities and towns throughout our state, including our state capital, are home to inexpensive attractions for the whole family. Have a passion for learning about state history? Last year, Ohio added one more museum to her rich abundance of state historical attractions. The Ohio Statehouse Museum combines state-of-the art technology and nearly 5,000 square feet of interactive exhibits to immerse visitors in the legislative process.

The Statehouse Museum offers a new and creative way of learning about the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Visitors can take a chance at formulating their own budget and then see how it compares to ones of the past. For those who have ever wondered what it felt like to be a legislator or the governor, visitors can also vote on a bill or deliver a state of the state address. The free museum is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information please visit

I encourage you to visit for more ideas to help plan your summer trip. The web site is home to a helpful event calendar, hotel and travel guides, an interactive map of Ohio, coupons and special offers. I hope you and your family can get the most out of these last few weeks of summer.

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