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Ohio Staycation: 7 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. (Picturemakersllc/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 04:33 PM

There is plenty families on vacation or staycation can explore when visiting Ohio. From amusement parks to tourist attractions focused on football, there's an adventure for everyone in the family.

Here are seven great places to visit when in the Buckeye State:

1.
Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and Museum: Located in Cleveland, this museum offers the largest collection of rock artifacts in the world. Around 9 million people visit the museum every year. The hall also offers various interactive exhibits children will enjoy, including a stand-up piano. Another section focuses on current popular performers including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Rihanna.

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2. Cedar Point: Known as the roller coaster capital of the world, this amusement park is extremely popular during the summer. Located near Sandusky on Lake Erie, this attraction offers roller coaster rides, carousels and less intense rides for small children. Water rides and a huge tidal wave are among other adventures families on vacation or staycation can enjoy.

3. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: Located in Dayton, the base is home to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where Wilbur and Orville Wright worked on building their aircraft and learned to fly. The site's offerings for children include a "Kite Flight" program, where participants can see a kite building demonstration and then join in the fun of flying a homemade kite.

4. Pro Football Hall of Fame: Located in Canton, nearly 200,000 people visit this attraction annually. The hall's exhibits include numerous interactive displays that are popular with younger visitors, including an area where they can test their football trivia knowledge and play EA Sports Madden Football.

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5. Cleveland Botanical Garden: This garden is among that city's most popular tourist attractions. From the beautiful landscape to take photos to its glasshouse which enables visitors to explore some of the world's most exquisite flora and fauna. There's something for everyone to discover.

6. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens: This zoo is famed for their white Bengal tigers and gorillas and they also have one of the largest insectariums in the world. The zoo is particularly a favorite for children and offers a selection of rides, a 4-D theater and various animal shows and encounters.

7. American Sign Museum: Located in Cincinnati, this unique and colorful museum displays various signs in more than 19,000 feet of square space while also offering a look at how they're made. According to their website, "The 'neon shop' shows sign makers busy at their craft during weekdays, and a museum tour gives a close up look at the process."

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