60 Things To Do in a Southwest Ohio Summer

It’s time for some summer fun! Every year I itch for summer to come so I can take my boys on adventures. I have a knack for finding even the most random things to do wherever I go. This summer we’ve put together a Summer Bucket List to help us decide what to do next and to help us track where we’ve been. There are about 60 days of summer vacation, so we have come up with “60 Things To Do in a Southwest Ohio Summer!” Granted, we won’t complete all 60 of these, but it will be fun to check items off our bucket list all summer.

Make your own bucket list! To make mine I used my Cricut to cut 60 fish out of cardstock. I then punched a whole in the mouths and used paper clips as fish hooks. I purchased the net from Hobby Lobby. Our fish are color coded by city (Pink = Dayton, Green = Cincinnati, Blue = Columbus & Orange = Indianapolis), which allows me to give the boys a little freedom in choosing from the bucket list but also allows me to control the approximate destination. On each fish I’ve written the activity/location and the approximate number of hours that the visit will require. Some activities will only require an hour or so, so there will be days when we can knock more than one fish off the net and into our bucket.

And, I’m not going to spoil the fun by revealing our whole wish list now. You’ll have to check back each week to see what adventures we’ve been up to. 🙂 Let the summer adventures begin!

** UPDATED **

Things we did this summer:

Ohio Caverns (North Dayton)

Freshwater Farm (North Dayton)

Shoup Park (Dayton)

Brown County State Park (Indiana)

Kings Island (Cincinnati)

Indianapolis Children’s Museum (Indianapolis)

Holiday World (Indiana)

Columbus Zoo (Columbus)

Young’s Dairy (North Dayton)

Clifton Gorge (North Dayton)

Wegerzyn Gardens (Dayton)

2nd St Market (Dayton)

Carillon Park (Dayton)

Tour a fire station

Indianapolis Zoo (Indianapolis)

Indy 500 Museum (Indianapolis)

American Whistle Corp. Tour (Columbus)

Anthony-Thomas Factory Tour (Columbus)

Graeter’s Factory “Tour” (Columbus)

Carriage Hill Metropark (Dayton)

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (Dayton)

Big Bone Lick State Park (Northern KY)

Garden of Hope (Covington, KY)

Hike down the creek (our backyard)

Parky’s Farm/Winton Woods (Cincinnati)

Colerain Park/Megaland (Cincinnati)

Anderson Ferry (Newport/Cincy)

Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove (Cincinnati)

Fountain Square (Cincinnati)

COSI (Columbus)

Cincinnati Museum Center (Cincinnati)

Adventure Reef pool (Dayton)

Sycamore Trails pool (Dayton)

Kroger Aquatic Center pool (Dayton)

Magee Park (Dayton)

Ride the Ducks (Newport/Cincy)

Newport Aquarium (Newport/Cincy)

Purple People Bridge (Newport/Cincy)

Lunken Airfield (Cincinnati)

Go on a long bike ride

 

Bucket List items we didn’t get to this summer:

Cincinnati Zoo (Cincinnati)

Town Hall Theater or Victoria Theater play (Dayton)

Chicago

Fort Ancient (Cincinnati)

Blue Jacket Drama (Chillicothe)

Heaven’s Corner Zoo (just west of Dayton)

Drive-in Movie

Metamora, Indiana

Columbus Fire Museum

Rowe Woods Nature Center (Cincinnati)

Connor Prairie (Indiana)

Krohn Conservatory butterfly show (Cincinnati)

Loveland Castle (Cincinnati)

Cincinnati Reds game

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Santa Maria (Columbus)

Sunwatch (Dayton)

Zane Shawnee Caverns (North Dayton)

Mariemont Bell Tower Carillon bell concert (Cincinnati)

Tour an airport

 

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