Need to escape your daily routine? Here in Ohio you can do just that—and remind yourself that life can in fact be straight up fun when we let it be so. While a full-fledged vacation may not be in your budget (or schedule) the following of what we consider to be the best day trip destinations in Ohio should refresh you to help combat the Monday blues and spice up your normal Netflix-and-food-on-the-couch weekend routine. (Come on, I know I’m not the only one.)
1) Amusement parks
Whether the country's largest collection of roller coasters or Planet Snoopy is your forte, Ohio offers two amusement parks for your both adrenaline rush and your inner child at Cedar Point in Sandusky and King's Island in Mason.
2) Water parks
For all your water adventure desires, Ohio is home to several outdoor and indoor water parks (Zoombezi Bay, Great Wolf Lodge, Soak City, etc.)
3) Also, islands
Even if you don't consider Coney Island a real island, Ohio still has Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island to explore.
4) Visit the animals
While the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is arguably the state's favorite zoo, Ohio has several other zoos that are home to all animals large, exotic and photogenic.
5) Take a safari
Don't find a zoo adventurous enough? Take your exotic animal scouting skills a step further with Ohio's own safari experience at The Wilds in Cumberland where the animals roam free.
Indulge your inner mad scientist with this one of a kind, hands-on science museum in Columbus.
7) Short North Arts District
If art galleries, coffee, retail shops and street art are your things, you can find them all at this one-stop community in Columbus.
8) Cleveland Botanical Garden
Explore what is arguably our state's most impressive garden, featuring ten acres of outdoor gardens and an 18,000 square foot glasshouse.
Take a day to explore the Loveland Castle or several other small castles in Ohio. If you're really ambitious to uncover these Medieval gems, take a few days to do our recommended "Castles of Ohio" tour (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/castles-in-ohio/)
10) German Village
Perfect for a quaint day trip getaway, this lovely little village in Columbus will truly charm you with its book shop, (featuring more than 30 rooms of books!) authentic German food and a stroll through Schiller Park.
17) You can experience the beauty, deliciousness and wholesomeness of the simple life of the Amish right in your very own state.
12) Take a hike. Literally.
With more than 70 state parks in Ohio, hiking trails abound. Check out our favorite hiking spots here: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/hiking-spots-oh/
13) Fossil hunt
Whether you're off the beaten path or visiting one of the state's fossil parks in Sylvania or Sharonville, take a day to uncover ancient artifacts right here in Ohio.
Ohio Caverns and Seneca Caverns feature underground show caves that are sure to bring out the adventurer in you.
15) Lake Erie Beaches
A trip to the shores of Lake Erie is as close as you can get to an ocean without leaving the state.
With a little pre-planned budgeting and scheduling, you’d be amazed at what a literal dose of “Carpe Diem” and a day away from your normal life can do for you. Try it.