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June
29

9 Romantic Lodges on Lake Erie to Escape to This Season

Those living on America's East or West coast might have the ocean at their doorstep, but they don't know what they're missing. Lake Erie, which spans Ohio's entire northern border and stretches all the way to Buffalo, New York, boasts pristine sandy beaches, lush surroundings, nearby vineyards and plenty of romantic lodges to take it all in. Regardless of the season, a vacation to Lake Erie is always a great idea. That's why we rounded up 10 of the most irresistibly romantic lodges near the coast! Next time you're booking a getaway, look to one of these charming inns — each guaranteed to provide you with memories to last you a lifetime.  

The Lakehouse Inn

5653 Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio

Lakehouse Inn & Winery

Photo courtesy of the Lakehouse Inn

The Lakehouse Inn is an ideal escape for two in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country. It features spectacular views of the coast, a luxurious, full-service spa, plush accommodations, a farm-to-table restaurant and a full production winery. Choose between eight guest rooms, four lakefront cottages and a full beach house, and spend your days walking on the beach, wine tasting and relaxing with loved ones.  

Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast

47 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, Ohio Enjoy endless warmth and top-notch hospitality at this spectacular, Irish-inspired bed & breakfast, which offers uniquely decorated rooms, fabulous architecture, an elaborate 11-foot fireplace, beautiful grounds and so much more. Situated just a few miles away from the most popular trails and beaches in the Great Lakes Region (and very close to more than 30 wineries), Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast is the perfect destination for a fun-filled getaway with your sweetheart.  

Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast

8223 East Lake Road, Westfield, New York

Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast

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Nestled in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country, the Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast looks like something straight out of a luxury travel magazine. The Inn is somehow both warm and luxurious at once, offering afternoon tea, coffee and freshly baked cookies at check-in, lovingly decorated guest rooms, cozy fireplaces, and a delightful breakfast every morning. During hot summer days, bask on the beach with a good book, or opt for a tour of the nearby vineyard. And then by night, settle around the fire pit and enjoy views of the stars and the lake.  

Farrell House Lodge

1104 Fremont Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio If you're looking for a healthy dose of Southern charm on the shores of Lake Erie, look no further than Farrell House Lodge. This 1890's replica of a Southern mansion is situated just a few miles southeast of Sandusky, Ohio on more than 65 acres of scenic woodlands. The property also plays host to a two-mile stretch of Ohio's legendary Cold Creek, which shelters three species of trout and offers plentiful fishing opportunities. But apart from fishing, the Lodge also allows for relaxing and enjoying quality time with loved ones in an idyllic paradise.  

Walden Inn

1119 Aurora Hudson Road, Aurora, Ohio

Walden Inn

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Located just a few miles outside of Cleveland, the Walden Inn is the only five-star accommodation near the shores of Lake Erie. The grounds are nothing short of picturesque, with lush trees, lakes, streams and meadows spanning the gently rolling hills, and the amenities are untouched by any other resort in the area. The full-service spa is one of the most highly rated in the state of Ohio, and the entire feel of the place is irresistibly romantic! After treating yourself to a spa day, enjoy a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant and retreat to your room — which comes stocked with fine linens, plush bathrobes, a fully-stocked bar and a luxurious bathtub.  

Sawmill Creek Resort

400 Sawmill Creek Drive, Huron, Ohio The Sawmill Creek Resort is a home away from home — just a bit more luxurious. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, the resort aims to provide its guests with a true Lake Erie getaway filled with adventure and outdoor exploration. Here, you'll find plentiful opportunities for ziplining, golfing, swimming, boating, trekking the nearby trails or even embarking on a hot air balloon ride to take in the views from above! Once you're done playing, you can relax on the beach, dine in the restaurant or rest in your luxurious room (most feature a private whirlpool tub).  

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

4888 North Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio

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This spectacular lakeside getaway is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Ohio, and it's not difficult to see why! Boasting breathtaking views of Lake Erie's southern shore and the surrounding countryside, the Lodge allows you to savor the flavors of wine country, explore the nearby trails on a rental bike, take a zip line canopy tour or simply sit on the beach — the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Once you're done enjoying the outdoors, dine in the highly rated on-site restaurant, cozy around the fire pit with a refreshment, or retreat to your luxurious room.  

Victorian Tudor Inn

408 West Main Street, Bellevue, Ohio Situated just minutes from Lake Erie and Cedar Point Amusement Park (known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World), the Victorian Tudor Inn is about as charming as it gets. The small, family-owned inn is filled with plush bedding, antique furniture, and homey decor — which results in a warm, welcoming feel that is sometimes hard to come by away from home. Additionally, guests will be treated to a fabulous, multi-course breakfast every morning — far beyond the typical Continental Breakfast experience.  

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel

2000 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, Ohio

Kimpton Schofield

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Voted the #1 hotel in Cleveland in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report, and the top hotel in the Midwest in 2017 by Condé Nast Traveler, the Kimpton Schofield Hotel's reputation precedes it. And for those looking for a little bit of city life mixed in with their Lake Erie getaway, there is no better place! This luxury hotel is set inside a landmark building in the heart of downtown, and features plush accommodations, playful decor and easy access to the city's most popular attractions. Of course, the hotel is so gorgeous, you might have a difficult time leaving!  

Enjoy your trip!

June
29

12 Amazing Restaurant Patios in Akron and Canton to Enjoy This Season

When patio season hits, we take it seriously. After all, what's better than enjoying an excellent meal and soaking in the sunshine at the same time? Luckily for us, the Akron and Canton region is filled with sun-splashed patios with festive atmospheres and gorgeous views. The only question is, where to go first? Next time you're looking to enjoy a meal al fresco, look to one of these local hot spots. Each features a different feel and personality, but they have one thing in common — they should all be at the top of your list this summer!   Akron Area

Crave

57 East Market Street, Akron Crave

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The patio at Crave overlooks a bustling sidewalk in downtown Akron, so it's an ideal spot to enjoy a refreshment and do a little bit of people watching at the same time. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, the friendly ambiance and the upscale, globally inspired menu will draw you back again and again! Reviewers often state that it feels like a restaurant pulled straight from New York City — a rare find in the heart of Ohio.  

The Lockview

207 South Main Street, Akron For gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, an expansive selection of craft beer and a casual, welcoming vibe, look no further than the Lockview. There are 13 different variations of grilled cheese on the menu ranging from classic to extravagant, and you really can't go wrong with any of them! Enjoy your selection on the rooftop patio, which features fun lights and a festive atmosphere on warm-weather evenings.  

The Old 97 Cafe

1503 Kenmore Boulevard, Akron The Old 97 Cafe is a must-visit destination in the Akron area! The festive pub is located in a historic building, and the patio is laden with picnic tables, ferns and twinkle lights. It definitely has a "hidden gem" feel about it, although the quality of the tapas and cocktails is far from secret. All in all, the Old 97 Cafe is an incredibly scenic spot to gather with friends and family, and the atmosphere is second to none!  

The Merchant Tavern

1824 Merriman Road, Akron The Merchant Tavern pairs a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a mouthwatering menu! Locals return again and again for bites of the goat cheese mac, the inventive burgers, and the shareable appetizers. Additionally, the pizzas (only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays) are a huge hit! Order something to share on the patio, which is partially shaded by a pergola and decorated with colorful flowers.  

Nuevo Modern Mexican

54 East Mill Street, Akron Nuevo Akron

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The rooftop patio at Nuevo Modern Mexican is reason enough to visit this place. The scenic perch features spectacular views of downtown Akron, twinkle lights and a festive atmosphere. Of course, the menu is just as enticing, featuring fresh, locally grown produce, fine meats, artisan tequilas, small batch Mexican beers and a carefully curated wine menu. Stop in for happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm to enjoy $5 margaritas and a delicious selection of appetizers!  

Beau's Grille

3180 West Market Street, Akron Located in the Hilton Hotel, this urban-chic restaurant is known for its inventive new American fare and classy beverages! The outdoor terrace is a wonderful summertime destination for a special occasion or date night — or you know, just a typical Tuesday. Order a few things from the menu to share, and soak in the luxe flavors and casual atmosphere! Also, keep an eye out on the events page to see the local music acts that are scheduled to perform.    

Dante Boccuzzi

21 Furnace Street, Akron Dante Boccuzzi prides itself on its modernity. Located just on the edge of downtown Akron, the restaurant (part of the famed Dante Dining Group) is renowned for its dazzling dishes and elegant dining space. We love the idea of sitting at the chef's table to get the full culinary experience, but on warm-weather nights, the spacious patio is the place to be. Try it for your next date night!   Canton Area

Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro

1700 55th Street Northeast, Canton

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If you're living in the Akron and Canton area and you haven't yet taken the chance to visit Gervasi Vineyard, you need to remedy that as soon as possible. The patio here (dubbed the Piazza) will make you feel like you've traveled to the scenic hills of Tuscany, and the wine tastes just as good as anything you would find there. Order a bottle to split and relax in the sunny space, which features cornhole, live music from Tuesday through Saturday and delicious counter-service food from an outdoor kitchen. No wonder it made the list of the best wineries near Akron and Canton!  

The Granite Grill at Quarry Golf Club

5650 Quarry Lake Drive, Canton Whether you're an experienced golfer or not, you will love the atmosphere at Granite Grille. The shaded patio (open to members and non-members alike) provides spectacular views of the golf course and the lake, which is best enjoyed after a long day on the course or exploring town. As for the menu, you can expect fan favorites like burgers, wraps, fish and chips, fried appetizers and the like!  

Table Six Kitchen and Bar

6113 Whipple Avenue, North Canton Widely known as one of the best restaurants in Canton, Table Six incorporates culinary prowess and surprising ingredients into every dish for a tasting experience that you won't soon forget! The cocktails are no different, held in the same high regard and prepared with fresh juices, herbs and infusions. Snag a spot on the patio for upscale, summertime dining at its finest!  

Fat Head's Brewery

3884 Everhard Road Northwest, Canton Fat Heads Canton

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Fat Head's Brewery is one of the newest breweries in Stark County, and also one of the most popular! The Brewery (based in Pittsburgh) features an award-winning food menu alongside fresh and flavorful craft beers, and the atmosphere is very friendly. It's a wonderful spot to grab a casual beer with friends and family and soak in the Ohio sunshine!  

Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery

6193 Edison Street Northeast, Hartville From the craft brewery and winery to the farmers' market and family fun zone — there's something for everyone at Maize Valley. In fact, this iconic destination was the first brewery in Stark County, and the years of experience in brewing definitely comes through in the taste of the beer! Come by during the summer to enjoy the views of the vineyards, the delicious food and the market of fresh and locally produced goods.  

Enjoy the gorgeous summertime weather!

June
27

8 Stark County Homes for Sale With Summer-Ready Backyards

It's summertime here in Ohio, which means it's peak season for watermelon eating, pool lounging, barbecuing and hanging out under the sun with loved ones. But to host the ideal backyard cookout, you'll need the perfect backyard! We rounded up eight Stark County homes with fire pits, pergolas, swimming pools, outdoor decks, playgrounds and brick-paved patios — all of the ingredients needed for a memorable summer. Have fun this season!  

A North Canton Home on 40 Acres

5 Bedrooms | 3 Full Bathrooms (2 Partial) | 4,804 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 7694 Strausser Street Northwest, North Canton | Listed by Peggy Johnston

If you're looking for a centrally located home in the Canton area with lots of land and a pool, look no further! This picturesque property is situated on nearly 40 acres of land in Jackson Township, and includes a 4,804 square foot ranch home, a sparkling in-ground pool, a 12-stall horse barn, access to a fully stocked fishing pond, and 30 acres of tillable farmland. It's ideal for farmers, equestrians and families alike!  

The Perfect Setting for Summertime Fun

3 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 1,793 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 12155 Shoshone Avenue Northwest, Uniontown | Listed by Tammy Grogan

There is room for more than one volleyball or soccer net in this gigantic backyard, which also includes a spacious, grassy area for summertime entertainment with the entire family! The Colonial-style home in Uniontown is situated on a half-acre lot and includes abundant natural light, pristine landscaping, modern features, a downstairs bar for entertainment, and a two-tiered deck in the backyard. There is also an extra room that is currently being used as an in-home gym — what would you transform it into?  

A Resort-Like Getaway

5 Bedrooms | 4 Full Bathrooms (3 Partial) | 8,122 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 7561 Braucher Street Northwest, North Canton | Listed by Peggy S Skakun

This magnificent, Fred Tobin-built estate is situated on 2.74 resort-like acres, so you can feel like you're on vacation year round. The impressive grounds offer a glimmering salt water pool, an outdoor kitchen, a private tennis court, an outdoor shower, idyllic water features and a gazebo — and that's just the outdoor living space. Inside, you'll be wowed by majestic and modern details and more than 8,000 square feet of living space.  

A Home that is Warm, Inviting and Modern All at Once

5 Bedrooms | 4 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 4,230 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 734 Marbury Circle Northeast, Hartville | Listed by The Worthington Team

Don't miss an opportunity to live in this spectacular home in Hartville's Danbury Glen subdivision! The home is somehow warm, inviting and modern all at once — and with more than 4,000 square feet of living space, there is plenty of room to spread out. Enjoy a fabulous stone fireplace, a gigantic kitchen, and a spacious backyard with a pergola and lush surroundings!  

An Entertainer's Dream Home

4 Bedrooms | 3 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 5,684 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 2025 Augusta Circle Southeast, Massillon | Listed by Tammy Grogan

There are so many aspects of this Massillon home that make it ideal for summer entertaining — from the chef's kitchen and the open layout to the downstairs wine cellar and spectacular two-level back deck. The backyard steals the show with its multiple seating areas, spacious grassy area, fire pit and meticulous landscaping, but regardless of where you decide to hang out this summer, we're sure you'll be satisfied! This is a dream home through and through.  

A Picture-Perfect Ranch Home

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2,926 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 10022 Southwyck Avenue Northwest, North Canton | Listed by Beth Miller

A farmhouse-chic style and truly intelligent design sets this North Canton home apart from the rest. If you're not immediately taken with the property from the curb view, then step inside and explore! You'll find gleaming hardwoods, superior craftsmanship, 13-foot ceilings, a breathtaking kitchen, intriguing light fixtures, brightly lit living spaces and more. Out back, the stone-paved backyard offers an oasis for entertaining on warm days or simply enjoying your family dinner under the stars!  

A Sunny Monticello Home

5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 3,755 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 1661 Halifax Way Southeast, Canton | Listed by Jeremy Ruth

Sunshine-filled rooms and stunning features abound in this Monticello home! Once you get past the incredible curb appeal, explore the interior. Featuring gleaming hardwood floors, round-top windows, sky-high ceilings and an in-home movie theater — it is truly a stunner. Enjoy your summer evenings al fresco on the stone patio, which overlooks a spacious plot of lush green grass and a playground for the kiddos.  

An Idyllic Backyard (and So Much More)

3 Bedrooms | 3 Full Bathrooms (2 Partial) | 5,697 Square Feet Stark County Real Estate Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 5339 Birkdale Street Northwest, Canton | Listed by Mary-Margaret Evans

The mature, flowering trees and brick paver patio in the backyard of this stunning Canton home make it an ideal location for an outdoor get together — or simply a great spot to enjoy winding down on a warm afternoon! Of course, there's more to this home than just the backyard. The custom home offers exceptional quality, more than 5,000 square feet of living space, elegant details and a convenient location in Jackson Township.  

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June
22

The Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in Cincinnati

There's nothing better than the feeling of digging into a cold sweet treat on a hot summer day, but we think ice cream deserves a place on the menu year round! So, to help us in the hunt for the best ice cream in Cincinnati, we asked you what your favorite shops around town are! Well, the votes are in. We gathered up your answers (along with a couple of our personal favorites) to create a list of the absolute best ice cream shops in the Queen City. Next time you're screaming for ice cream, look to one of these tried-and-true favorites. We're sure you'll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth — be it a scoop, a sundae or a shake.    

Aglamesis Bros

Facebook | Instagram | 3046 Madison Road, Cincinnati Aglamesis Bros

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Open since 1908, Aglamesis Bros is a long-time favorite in the Cincinnati area, and provides a small dose of nostalgia with its scratch-made desserts. Set in a classic soda shop, the creamery churns up small batches of ice cream the old-fashioned way, which results in irresistibly decadent flavors. Sit outside to soak in the sunshine on a warm summer day, or inside to fully experience the historic charm of the venue.  

Aromas Java and Gelato

Facebook | Instagram | 6407 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati This casual neighborhood cafe is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family. Settle in at a table to enjoy an exceptional breakfast (served all day), or sidle up to the ice cream counter to sample one of their traditional gelato flavors. Either way, make sure you accompany your choice with some coffee! It's some of the best in town.  

Buzzed Bull Creamery

Facebook | Instagram | 1408 Main Street, Cincinnati Buzzed Bull

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Buzzed Bull Creamery proves that ice cream isn't just for kids anymore! There is something for everyone at this shop, ranging from alcoholic dessert creations to coffee-infused treats. Kids can experiment and make their own flavors at the mad scientist bar, and adults can indulge in fun specialty desserts like the Bonfire (marshmallow ice cream with graham crackers, chocolate chips and cinnamon whiskey), or the Lemon Cake (lemon ice cream, cake batter, waffle cone pieces, whipped cream and gin). But don't worry, all of these can come unspiked as well.   

The Cone

Facebook | 6855 Tylersville Road, Cincinnati This classic creamery has captured the hearts of many over the decades — and there's no mystery as to why. The soft serve is nothing short of heavenly! Here, you'll find classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry and orange sherbet, all done in classic style. Why fix something that isn't broken?  

Dojo Gelato

Facebook | Instagram | 137 West Elder Street, Cincinnati OR 1735 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati Dojo Gelato

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The flavor and the quality of the creamy desserts at Dojo Gelato are on another level. The shop, owned by husband-and-wife team Michael and Kimberly, creates its own Italian-style gelato and sorbetti from scratch with the best ingredients available. There's always something new on the menu, so stop in for yourself to get the full scoop! You can track them down at the Findlay Market location, the Northside location or the ice cream truck that roams the Tri-State Area. In fact, we think it's one of the ten places in Cincinnati worth breaking your diet for.  

Graeter's Ice Cream

Facebook | Instagram | Locations Here Possibly the most famous ice cream shop in Cincinnati, Graeter's doesn't exactly need the praise we are about to give it. The family-owned ice cream shop has been around for nearly 150 years and is based right here in the Queen City. Although Graeter's has now expanded to locations across Ohio and beyond, Chip and Richard Graeter, fourth-generation ice cream connoisseurs, are both still involved in the operation of the business. When you visit, make sure to order one of the flavors with chocolate chips — Graeter's is known for its melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.  

Hello Honey

Facebook | 633 Vine Street, Cincinnati Hello Honey

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This charming ice cream shop makes its treats in small batches with the finest ingredients available. Hello Honey has been crafting ice cream from scratch since 2012, and the staff has a passion for creating new, surprising and innovative flavors as often as they can. The menu rotates often to incorporate the imagination of the staff and the seasonal ingredients available, but you could find options like charcoal black sesame, honey lavender or banana brûlée. Make sure to get your own scoop — we doubt your companion will share.  

Mount Washington Creamy Whip

Facebook | 2069 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati Creamy whip used to be a Cincinnati staple — served at ice cream shops and restaurants around town. But now, one of the only places to find it (or at least one of the best) is Mount Washington Creamy Whip. This classic soft serve creamery is known for its creamy whip, but also for its baked goods!  

The Parlor

Facebook | 119 Main Street, Milford Old Milford Parlor

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Two of our favorite treats collide at The Parlor — coffee and ice cream. But even better than that, The Parlor (also commonly known as the Old Milford Parlor) serves up so many flavors of ice cream and soft serve — they barely fit on one page.  

Zip Dip

Facebook | 4050 Drew Avenue, Cincinnati This old-school ice cream parlor isn't just a great spot to grab dessert. It's also a community gathering place! Zip Dip has been serving the Cincinnati area since 1950 and still boasts the original neon sign over the window. It's not uncommon to see multiple generations of the same family waiting at the window for a taste of the legendary soft serve, or enjoying conversation at the nearby picnic tables.  

Enjoy your ice cream!

June
15

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in the Columbus Area This Summer

What's better than enjoying a great movie inside? Watching it outside! Warm summer nights offer the perfect opportunity to lay out a blanket or a lawn chair, gather up your loved ones, and enjoy a classic flick under the stars. Luckily, there is a large selection of outdoor movie events in Columbus throughout the summer ranging from 21+ events to family-friendly gatherings — some are even free! To ensure that you don't miss a second of the action, we rounded up a few of the best movie series and drive-in theaters around town. So, pick a night (or a favorite film) and enjoy the show!   OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES

Grove City Fryer Flicks on the Hill

Fryer Park, Grove City Thursday Evenings Grove City Outdoor Movie

Photo courtesy of Grove City's Fryer Flicks on the Hill 

The Fryer Flicks on the Hill series is one of Grove City's favorite summertime events. The films will be projected every Thursday through July on a large inflatable screen after dark on the sledding hill at Fryer Park! Pack a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great lineup of classic films. You can bring your own snacks (as long as there is no glass) and additional refreshments will be available for purchase.  

Topiary Park Summer Movie Nights

Topiary Park, Columbus Select Fridays Throughout the Summer Arrive early to claim your spot for the Topiary Park Summer Movie Series — the event is (understandably) pretty popular among locals. Enjoy some of your favorite films in the picturesque Topiary Park. The movies begin at dusk and free popcorn will be provided! Check out the events page to see the lineup and schedule.  

Free Movies at Columbus Commons

John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons, Columbus June 29 + July 13 This family-friendly movie series takes place on June 29 and July 13 this summer. The film begins at dusk and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Tortilla will be available on site for movie refreshments. Bring your own blankets to secure a spot for you and your family!

NightLight 614

Genoa Park, Columbus Thursday Evenings Night Light 614

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NightLight 614 takes movie night up a notch with local food trucks, craft beer and wine, and a spectacular view of the Columbus skyline! This 21+ Thursday night series continues throughout the summer and is a must-attend event if you're in the area. The 2018 schedule includes classic flicks like The Breakfast Club, The Devil Wears Prada and Almost Famous. Check their website for details and the full schedule!  

Free Outdoor Movies at Columbus Metro Parks

Location Varies Night Varies If you love movies and you love Columbus Metro Parks, you should make sure to explore this free outdoor film series this summer. Now through the end of August, the Metro Parks will host classic films and blockbusters at different locations around town. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy a film with the family in the great outdoors! The schedule this year includes movies like Wonder Woman, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Coco.  

Movies by Moonlight at the Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center, Columbus Tuesday Evenings Bring your blanket, your family and a bucket of popcorn for this summer movie series! The movies play every Tuesday evening through the end of the season (with the exception of July 3 in honor of Independence Day), and titles include Peter Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast and The LEGO Movie.  

The Gateway Picture Show

Gateway Plaza, Columbus Second Wednesday of Every Month The Gateway Picture Show will return this summer with an impressive lineup of Cinematic hits for your enjoyment! On the second Wednesday of every month from June to September, Gateway will be showcasing "firsts" in classic movie sagas. Think: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fast and the Furious, Back to the Future and Pitch Perfect. They recommend bringing your own lawn chairs for sitting and arriving early to enjoy craft beer specials from World of Beer.  

Dive-in Movies at Zoombezi Bay

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Columbus Friday Evenings in June, July + August Outdoor Movies in Columbus

Graphic courtesy of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Zoombezi Bay Waterpark should be on your list of fun summer activities, but you'll get a special after-dark treat if you choose to go on select dates in June, July and August! The park will stay open late (until 11 pm) for a special cinematic experience featuring some of your favorite family-friendly flicks. Although you do have to pay admission to get in, the movies are a free addition — and we definitely recommend staying to see the Wave Tides Wave Pool transform into an outdoor theater! Find the schedule of films on the event page here.   DRIVE-IN THEATERS

The South Drive-In Theater

3050 South High Street, Columbus South Drive In

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Hone via the South Drive-In Theater

The South Drive-in Theater was built back in 1950 when drive-in theaters were thriving. Though there were many more in the area and around town back then, the South Drive-in is one of only two drive-in theaters that remain open. The theater plays the latest flicks on a giant screen and allows you to enjoy them from the comfort of your own car in an old-timey setting. It's a charming destination for date nights and family outings alike. Bonus: The South Drive-in Theater is also the site of a Saturday flea market — the equivalent of 200 yard sales and garage sales in one central location. Get there early to get the best deals!  

The Skyview Drive-In

2420 East Main Street, Lancaster Located just outside of town in Lancaster, the Skyview Drive-In is a beloved and historic staple in the area. The staff here are always friendly and welcoming, fostering a family atmosphere that is sometimes hard to come by in popular spaces. Tickets are just $8 each for those older than 12 ($4 for those ages 3-12, free for ages 3 and under), so it's an affordable way to experience the latest cinematic hit under the stars!  

Enjoy your movie!

June
13

11 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays Worth Attending in Columbus, Ohio

Looking for 2019 Fourth of July events? Check out our most recent guide:13 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays in Columbus, Ohio

America's birthday is just around the corner, which means that it's time to pull your patriotic attire out of the closet and make plans for the celebration! The Fourth of July is a highly anticipated occasion here in Columbus, bringing the opportunity to gather with loved ones and experience local events and fireworks displays. Columbus is home to one of the biggest fireworks displays in the Midwest, but if you want to avoid the crowds, there are also plenty of other ways to celebrate. We rounded up some of the best concerts, parades, 5k races, outdoor movies and more to help you celebrate your Independence Day weekend the right way. The events kick off on June 30 and continue until the last sparkler goes out on July 4. Have fun out there!   2018 Columbus Fourth of July Events include:  

Ashville 4th of July Celebration

When: June 30-July 4, Times vary Where: Ashville Community Park, Ashville For more than 80 years, locals and visitors alike have gathered in the heart of Ashville to celebrate our nation's freedom in style. People come from miles around to experience the festival's famous fish sandwiches (which are gigantic), the live entertainment and the pageants. On the Fourth of July, the day kicks off with a parade, continues with entertainment, food and contests, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.  

The Hills Downtown Salmon Roast

When: June 30, 11 am-3 pm Where: The Hills Market Downtown, Columbus Salmon aficionados should make sure to mark this event on their calendars! For the first time ever, The Hills Downtown will host a salmon roast with more than 500 pounds of fresh fish. The salmon will be served sandwich style with a side of coleslaw, and you can enjoy your meal while dancing along to live music from the Winchester Steel Company steel drum band.  

An Outdoor Showing of Marley and Me at The Topiary Park

When: June 30, 6:30 pm Where: The Topiary Park, Columbus Round up the whole family (even the dog!) for this free outdoor movie event at The Topiary Park. The beloved family-friendly flick, Marley and Me, will play on the weekend before the Fourth of July and will include free popcorn for all to enjoy.  

The Columbus Symphony's Patriotic Pops

When: June 30, 8 pm Where: Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Columbus Columbus Symphony

Photo courtesy of Randall Schieber via the Columbus Symphony

This summer tradition with the Columbus Symphony is always a night to remember. This year, it will be made even more memorable with the addition of the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus! Come enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and Sousa marches with brilliant light displays. Of course, the beloved event would not be complete without fireworks, which will take place after the show.  

The Charity Day 5k

When: July 2, 6:30 pm Where: The Arena District, Columbus Give back to a cause you care about — and work off some of those burgers and brats while you're at it! Don't miss the Charity Day 5K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they're racing for a cause they truly care about. After you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom.  

Red, White & Boom

When: July 3, All day Where: The Arena District, Columbus

Red, White and Boom

Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOM

Red, White & Boom began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest region!  

Ballpark "Boom"

When: July 3, 5:30-11 pm Where: Huntington Park, Columbus Come celebrate America's independence in style at Huntington Park. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment on the field, ziplining, bounce houses and concessions for sale. After sunset, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Red, White and Boom fireworks show.  

Hilliard Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4, 10 am-11 pm Where: Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, Hilliard Make your way to Hilliard for this annual Independence Day celebration — a community-oriented festival featuring carnival rides, live music, food vendors and more! McGuffey Lane will play at the park starting at 6 pm and the fireworks display begins at 9:45 pm.  

Dublin's Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 8 am-10 pm Where: Photo courtesy of Randall Schieber via the Columbus Symphony This summer tradition with the Columbus Symphony is always a night to remember. This year, it will be made even more memorable with the addition of the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus! Come enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and Sousa marches with brilliant light displays. Of course, the beloved event would not be complete without fireworks, which will take place after the show.  

The Charity Day 5k

When: July 2, 6:30 pm Where: The Arena District, Columbus Give back to a cause you care about — and work off some of those burgers and brats while you're at it! Don't miss the Charity Day 5K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they're racing for a cause they truly care about. After you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom.  

Red, White & Boom

When: July 3, All day Where: The Arena District, Columbus

Red, White and Boom

Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOM

Red, White & Boom began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest region!  

Ballpark "Boom"

When: July 3, 5:30-11 pm Where: Huntington Park, Columbus Come celebrate America's independence in style at Huntington Park. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment on the field, ziplining, bounce houses and concessions for sale. After sunset, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Red, White and Boom fireworks show.  

Hilliard Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4, 10 am-11 pm Where:
June
13

A Complete Guide to Rock Climbing in the Cincinnati Area

If you're looking for a fun activity that challenges both the mind and the body, rock climbing might be for you! The sport is fun for all ages (in fact, small children tend to excel due to their fearlessness and agility), so it's a perfect hobby to get into as a family. The challenge can easily transform it into a lifelong passion. In fact, many frequent climbers will work on a route for weeks until they finally find a way to complete it — and the satisfaction at the top is second to none! The sport of rock climbing has been around since the 1880s, but has experienced an intense spike in popularity over the past few decades. In recent years, we have seen more dedicated rock climbing gyms opening their doors and more designated outdoor climbing spots becoming available for outdoor climbing enthusiasts. We rounded up the best gyms, outdoor climbing areas and tours to get your climbing journey started in Cincinnati and the surrounding area. Have fun out there!   INDOOR CLIMBING GYMS

RockQuest Climbing Center

Facebook | Instagram | 3475 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati RockQuest is the oldest climbing facility in Cincinnati (created in 1995). It had a fundamental role in spurring passion for the sport in the Queen City! The gym features more than 15,000 square feet of climbing space and caters to beginners and experts alike. The staff make you feel like part of the family — and indeed, many Cincinnati climbers consider the gym a home away from home! Get an introductory belay class and an entire week of climbing (with gear rentals) for just $35!  

Climb Time of Blue Ash

Facebook | Instagram | 10898 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati Reach new heights in your climbing game at Climb Time! This climbing gym is located just outside Cincinnati in Blue Ash and is one of the most highly regarded facilities in the region. The 7,000-square foot space features mostly bouldering routes, but there is also a good selection of top rope options. The gym caters to beginners and advanced climbers alike and all of your gear can be purchased (or rented) at the shop on site. If this is one of your first times climbing, you can take a one hour introductory belay class for just $10. Family memberships are also just $90 per month with one or two kids.  

The University of Cincinnati

Facebook | Instagram | 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati The Campus Recreation Center's climbing wall at the University of Cincinnati offers six different top rope climbing areas and a bouldering area — each with endless routes and possibilities to get to the top. Climbers of all levels will love challenging themselves in the 2,000 square feet of climbing space! It's a great way to build confidence and foster teamwork while getting a great workout at the same time. You can rent the entire wall for a company outing, team-building event or birthday party, and all the harness and shoe rentals are completely free.  

Climb Cincy (Coming Soon!)

Facebook | Instagram | 1700 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati Climb Nulu

Photo of the Climb Nulu Facility (Climb Cincy's sister gym) courtesy of Climb Nulu

Climb Cincy will join the local climbing community in the coming weeks, offering quality routes and challenges, access for all ages and skill levels, and convenient, affordable services to the Northside community. The staff at Climb Cincy is passionate about the art of climbing, and the route setters will make it their goal to create new, inventive and challenging routes regularly  

Mosaic Climbing (Coming Soon!)

Facebook | Instagram | 9501 Union Cemetery Road, Loveland Mosaic Climbing (coming this fall to Loveland) will offer a modern take on rock climbing, emphasizing the gym's social aspect and designing their routes for functional training. The gym is being designed for climbers by climbers with tons of routes and variation to encourage what they call experimental movement. After all, how would you learn if you just climb the same routes over and over again?   OUTDOOR CLIMBING OPTIONS

Eden Park

Distance from Cincinnati: Located in downtown Cincinnati Eden Park boasts a 25 foot tall, 400 foot long reservoir wall that is perfect for climbing practice. You can set up top ropes along the length of the wall, so it's a great place for beginners to learn what outdoor climbing is all about! If you're more of the bouldering type, you'll find several routes ranging from V0 to V5.  

John Bryan State Park

Distance from Cincinnati: 1 hour, 25 minutes The steep limestone cliffs at John Bryan State Park make it a desirable spot for climbing enthusiasts to come and test their skills. The designated rock climbing sites in the park were identified in 1992 and offer a variety of challenges as well as views of the picturesque landscape. In fact, John Bryan State Park is known as one of the most stunning parks in the state, especially when it comes to viewing fall foliage! Only top rope climbing and rappelling is allowed in this area — neither lead climbing nor bouldering is permitted. As with all outdoor climbing, you should make sure to bring your own safety equipment. You can find more information about climbing at John Bryan State Park here. It's also one of the 15 best places to go camping in Ohio, so why not make a weekend out of it?  

Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve Climbing Area

Distance from Cincinnati: 1 hour, 30 minutes Mad River Gorge

Photo courtesy of Courtney Curtner via the Ohio Climbers Coalition

Located just west of Springfield, Ohio, the Mad River Gorge is one of western Ohio's newest outdoor climbing havens, as it just opened in May of 2017 by the Ohio Climbers Coalition. It's a fantastic option for outdoor climbing within driving distance from the Queen City, and is still expanding through efforts of volunteers and the Clark County Park District. Routes and bolting have been done by the MRG Climbing Committee, and they maintain a database to make sure that the routes are well-maintained and safe for climbers! If you would like to volunteer to help clean up and trail development efforts in the Mad River Gorge area, contact the Ohio Climbers Coalition.  

Red River Gorge

Distance from Cincinnati: 2 hours, 20 minutes It might be a bit of a trek from Cincinnati, but the two hour drive to Red River Gorge is well worth it for experienced climbers. Spread across a wide expanse of national forest land, the park features spectacular sandstone cliffs and breathtaking vistas — making it one of the most popular climbing areas in the Midwest. Anyone looking to get a taste of true outdoor climbing will love the 5.9 rated route, Send Me on My Way. But you should also make sure to check out Chimney Top Rock, Caver's Route and Tower Deck. After tackling your route, stop by the legendary Miguel's Pizza to refuel — you'll find a climbing gear store attached to the restaurant. Use this guide from Mountain Project to find the best routes for your skill level.  

Hocking Hills

Distance from Cincinnati: 2 hours, 26 minutes Hocking Hills

Photo courtesy of the Ohio Climbers Coalition

Hocking Hills is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in Ohio, and with such spectacular scenery and hiking opportunities available throughout the park, we aren't the least bit surprised. Rock climbers will also love the several designated climbing areas, including Amazing Grace (a popular top climbing route that can be accessed by the Buckeye Trail) and Workout Wall (best for bouldering). Climbing on Hocking Hills landmarks that have not been designated (like Old Man's Cave) is prohibited, so make sure to check out this page before planning your trip.   CLIMBING TOURS

Trek Network

If you're looking to learn the ropes of climbing outside, but aren't ready to go solo quite yet, reach out to the Trek Network! The local guides are experts at both indoor and outdoor climbing and can guide you on a complete outdoor climbing and rappelling adventure in Ohio's spectacular outdoors. Near Cincinnati, the company offers tours in John Bryan State Park, the Mad River Gorge and Hocking Hills.   Climb on!
June
13

The Top 10 Most Thrilling Roller Coasters in Ohio

Conquering roller coasters is one of our favorite summertime activities in Ohio — especially since our state is home to several incredibly well-known amusement parks! Up north in Sandusky, we have Cedar Point (famously known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World), and then in Cincinnati, we have Kings Island (the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest). We also love Stricker's Grove, the slightly less well-known, historic, family-owned park in central Ohio that opens to the public only a few times a year! Of course, the parks can get crowded during the summer months, which means that it's important to have a plan for your visit. We rounded up the top 10 roller coasters in the state so that you know which ones are worth waiting in line for. All of them boast different attributes, ranging from breath-stealing drops to dizzying corkscrews, and they are all worth trying out at least once. Have fun this summer!  

The Banshee | Kings Island

At $24 million, the Banshee is Kings Island's largest investment to date. And if you're confused at all by the name, you won't be after riding it. Banshees are mythical creatures known for their screams, and whoops of joy (or more likely, of terror) can be heard on this roller coaster even before the first drop. If you're brave enough, hop on the coaster and scream your way through 4,124 feet of steel track and seven stomach-churning inversions at up to 68 miles per hour — but don't say we didn't warn you.  

The Beast | Kings Island

The Beast Kings Island

Photo courtesy of Kings Island

The Beast is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at a staggering 7,359 feet! The ride traverses more than 35 acres of spectacular forested terrain at speeds of more than 64 miles per hour. This famed coaster lasts for more than four minutes and features not just one, but two chain lift hills. Try the ride at night for a truly unique experience — the tunnels just seem more dramatic after dark.    

The Maverick | Cedar Point

The Maverick is one of Cedar Point's newest roller coasters and also one of its claims to fame! With a $21 million price tag, this ride is 4,450 feet in length, has a heartline roll element, and a first drop of 95 degrees — which is about as steep as it gets in the coaster world. The ride's tagline is "The Old West was never this wild" and though we never lived that era, we certainly hope it wasn't!  

Millenium Force | Cedar Point

At 93 miles per hour, the Millenium Force takes you on one of the fastest, most thrilling journeys in the entire country. Upon its completion in 2000, the ride immediately shattered six world records and was dubbed the world's first "giga coaster," a term coined to represent coasters exceeding 300 feet and completing a full circuit. The ride has been voted as the #1 steel coaster 10 different times in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards. Check it out for yourself and see what all the hype is about!  

Mystic Timbers | Kings Island

Mystic Timbers

Photo courtesy of Kings Island

Mystic Timbers was voted the "Best New Ride in the World" by Amusement Today for 2017. With 16 airtime moments, cool wooden tunnels, fantastic terrain, 3,265 feet of track and speeds over 50 miles per hour, we can see why! Mystic Timbers is definitely one of the best wooden coasters out there.  

The Steel Vengeance | Cedar Point

The Steel Vengeance is the newest addition to Ohio's impressive roller coaster collection. You might have heard some of the buzz surrounding it, because since it opened to the public this year, it has already crushed several world records and claimed the title of the world's tallest roller coaster. Wowza! The ride drops four times at more than 200 feet per drop and reaches a maximum speed of 74 miles per hour. Just looking at the ride is daunting, but experiencing it is a whole new level of thrill.  

The Valravn | Cedar Point

The Valravn is the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in the world — elevating its riders 223 feet into the air and then dangling them at the precipice of a 90-degree drop for more than four seconds. If that isn't thrilling enough for you, maybe the multiple inversions or 270-degree corkscrew will do the trick!  

The Vortex | Kings Island

The Vortex has maintained its title as one of Ohio's coolest coasters since it was built for $4 million in 1987. Back then, the coaster debuted as the tallest, full-circuit coaster with the highest drop in the United States — and with nearly 40 million rides given, it is one of the most popular rides at Kings Island! The blue and orange steel thriller inverts six different times (including two corkscrews and two vertical loops) for an experience that turns the amusement experience on its head, literally. Classic coaster lovers and thrill-seekers alike will adore the Vortex!  

The Top Thrill Dragster | Cedar Point

Upon beginning their adventure on the Top Thrill Dragster, riders are advised to "keep arms down, head back and hold on!" The warning should be heeded — the steel accelerator coaster reaches speeds of up to 120 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds. Shortly after reaching maximum velocity, the coaster begins a 90-degree ascent to the clouds to a 130-meter-high "top hat," and then twists back around to where it all began. Hold on to your lunch!  

The Tornado | Stricker's Grove

Stricker's Grove is a family-owned amusement park that is generally closed to the public, opening its gates just a few days out of the year (including on the 4th of July and Labor Day). Take one of these rare and coveted chances to experience the thrills at Stricker's Grove — and make sure to check out the Tornado while you're there. The Tornado is the larger of the two wooden roller coasters in the park and features great views of the surrounding countryside from the top — if you're brave enough to open your eyes, of course. It's not the tallest, the newest or the steepest coaster in Ohio, but its charm and exclusivity lands it a spot on the top 10 list. Do you have a special occasion coming up? You can also rent Stricker's Grove for weddings and family gatherings. Check out the website for more information.  

How many of these iconic coasters can you check off of your list?

June
1

12 Cincinnati Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Shows Worth Attending This Year

Looking for 2019 Fourth of July events? Check out our most recent guide: 13 Don't-Miss Fourth of July Events in Cincinnati This Year

Independence Day is rapidly approaching, which means the citizens of Cincinnati are gearing up for another year of fireworks, friends, family and freedom! There is so much going on in the Queen City this year to celebrate the occasion. So much, in fact, that it might be difficult to decide which events to attend! We rounded up some of the most notable Fourth of July events in Cincinnati this year to help you plan your weekend, including dazzling fireworks displays, live concerts, family-friendly festivals and the annual baseball game at the Great American Ball Park. Don your red, white and blue and get ready to celebrate America in style!  

Hyde Park Blast

When: June 30, 7:30 am to midnight Where: Hyde Park Hyde Park Blast

Graphic courtesy of the Hyde Park Blast

The Hyde Park Blast will include a 4-mile run through Hyde Park, bike races, kid races, chariot races and more — all followed by a magnificent block party on the square! Whether you choose to compete in the races or not, you can enjoy craft beer from Braxton Brewery and 50 West, fresh barbecue and live music from DV8. All proceeds benefit The Cure Starts Now and the Karen Wellington Foundation.  

The Firecracker Festival

When: June 30, noon-11 pm Where: Symmes Township Park This Independence Day festival will end with a bang! Before the fantastic fireworks display at sunset, enjoy live music, food and vendor booths, family-friendly activities, and more. Also, make sure to stop by the car show, which makes its debut this year.   

West Side Fireworks

When: June 30, 7-10:30 pm Where: Crossroads West Side Anyone on the west side of town should make sure to stop by the Crossroads West Side Fireworks extravaganza! This family-friendly event is for everyone young and old and features food trucks and a free fireworks show after sunset.  

Larosa's Balloon Glow at Coney Island

When: July 3, 10 am-9:30 pm Where: Coney Island

Balloon Glow Coney Island

There is no better place to be on Independence Day than Coney Island! Bring the whole family to enjoy the day at Sunlite Pool, listen to live music, partake in family-friendly activities and get your thrills on the theme park rides. When the sun sets, the sky will be illuminated by a spectacular hot air balloon and fireworks show.

 

The Northside Fourth of July Parade + Carnival

When: July 4, noon Where: Northside The Northside Fourth of July Parade + Carnival is one of the biggest, best and most festive parties in the city all year! The parade has been held since 1854 and is a tradition beloved by locals. The Rock 'n' Roll Carnival was added as an extension of the celebration in the early 80s, and features live music, local beer and food vendors, family-friendly activities, and so much more.  Bust out your red, white and blue costumes (the crazier the better) and come out to celebrate America's independence.  

The Independence Day Pooch Parade

When: July 4, 1-2 pm Where: Pierce Township Park Cincinnati Fourth of July Independence Day is going to the dogs! Dress up your furry best friend in their patriotic best and bring them to parade around Pierce Township Park. They'll have the chance to win prizes, take photos in the pup photo booth and enjoy plenty of treats.  

Red, White and Blue Ash

When: July 4, 4-10:35 pm Where: Summit Park Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, John Waite and the Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics will perform at this grand Independence Day celebration! Dance along to your favorite hits, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors, and marvel at the biggest fireworks display in the tri-state area.  

The Cincinnati Reds vs. The Chicago White Sox

When: July 4, 7:10 pm Where: The Great American Ball Park There is nothing more American than watching our nation's pastime at the Great American Ball Park. Come root for the home team as they take on the Chicago White Sox. Be sure to stay after the ninth inning for a spectacular fireworks show over the stadium.  

53rd Annual Independence Day Fireworks at Ault Park

When: July 4, 11 am-sunset Where: Ault Park Come celebrate America at Ault Park's annual festival! The day is filled with family-friendly fun, all-American concessions, live music, a children's parade and more — and it all concludes with a fireworks show after the sun goes down.  

Patriotic Pops

When: July 4, 8 pm Where: Riverbend Music Center Celebrate America's birthday with great music, dazzling fireworks and picturesque views of the river as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Patriotic Pops concert! They will perform inspiring classics, including America the Beautiful, Stars and Stripes Forever, and so many more. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn during the show and don't forget to stay after the last note to see the fireworks!  

Summer Cinema at Washington Park | Independence Day

When: July 4, 9-11 pm Where: Washington Park Every Wednesday during the summer months, Washington Park hosts free, outdoor movie screenings! Bring a picnic basket, a few lawn chairs and your favorite people to enjoy Independence Day (1996) on the Fourth of July. There will be wine, liquor, craft beer and snacks available for purchase.  

Fireworks at Kings Island

When: July 4, sunset Where: Kings Island After a long, thrilling day at the Kings Island amusement park, you'll be able to kick back and enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks over the roller coasters. The park actually hosts nightly fireworks shows during the summer (as regulars of the park already know), but the Independence Day show will be more than 20 minutes in length! The park will be open until midnight, giving guests the chance to stretch the day even longer. Military members receive free admission on July 1-4.  

Happy Fourth of July!

June
1

Gorgeous Homes for Sale Near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

When it comes to outdoor adventuring in the state of Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is always at the top of everyone's list. This stunning natural oasis is filled with magnificent waterfalls, lush foliage, striking views and more than 125 miles of hiking trails to enjoy it all. It's a fantastic place for a day trip (or for a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad). In fact, it recently made Thrillist's list of the best national parks in America! Can you imagine having the splendor of a national park in your backyard? For outdoor enthusiasts, it sounds like a dream. We rounded up some of the most gorgeous homes for sale within easy reach of Cuyahoga Valley National Park to help make that dream a reality. Happy shopping!  

A Home with Curb Appeal to Spare

4 Beds | 2 Full Baths (2 Partial) | 4,404 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 173 Millstream Court, Copley | Listed by Mary Yoder

If you're already smitten with this home just from looking at the outside, we don't blame you. The curb appeal is off the charts, but just wait until you see the rest of the property! The open floor plan invites in lots of natural light, the three-car garage offers tons of storage, and the paver patio is perfect for meals or parties al fresco.  

A Gorgeous Home with Tasteful Upgrades

4 Beds | 2 Full Baths (1 Partial) | 2,440 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 6991 Ivandale Road, Independence | Listed by Shannon Miller

Welcome home to Ivandale Road! This stunning home is finished with modern upgrades for the perfect mix of comfort and luxury. Take a peek inside the kitchen, which features granite countertops, abundant cabinet space and stainless steel appliances, and then mosey through the rest of the home. You'll find high ceilings, abundant natural light and plenty of storage space! Update: This home is now under contract!   

A Custom-Built Estate in Cuyahoga Falls

7 Beds | 6 Full Baths (2 Partial) | 9,660 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 544 Scenic Valley Way, Cuyahoga Falls | Listed by the Worthington Team

This custom-built estate is situated in Cuyahoga Falls and offers seven spacious bedrooms and nearly 10,000 square feet of living space — including a separate wing for in-laws or visiting family members! The interior is filled with elegant details, several spa-like bathrooms and abundant natural light. Outside, you can enjoy nearly two acres of picturesque wooded land.  

A Welcoming Ranch Home

3 Beds | 2 Baths | 2,522 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 1100 Foxglove Circle, Cuyahoga Falls | Listed by Angie Palazzo

Nestled in the heart of Woodbrook Place, this custom-built ranch home is welcoming and stunning all at once. The spacious great room and dining room area are perfect for entertaining any time of year and the windows provide picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. In the kitchen, home chefs will enjoy beautiful hickory cabinets and stainless steel appliances!  

An Impressive Home Near a Prestigious Country Club

3 Beds | 2 Full Baths (2 Partial | 3,607 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 3684 Country Club Drive, Silver Lake | Listed by Greg Dohner

This impressive property is tucked into a gorgeous, wooded .6-acre parcel of land that overlooks the prestigious Silver Lake Country Club. The lush landscaping includes a trickling waterfall, decorative stone walkways and a wooden bridge, but the inside is just as gorgeous! We are loving the marble flooring, stainless steel appliances and elegant detailing throughout.  

An Awe-Inspiring Colonial

4 Beds | 2 Full Baths (1 Partial) | 3,981 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 3436 Stillwood Boulevard, Stow | Listed by Krista Combs

Sky-high ceilings, a cozy stone fireplace and a fantastic modern kitchen set this Colonial home apart from the rest! And if you're a fan of on-trend decor, you'll find it in abundance. Backsplashes, french doors, granite countertops and a park-like backyard make this property not just functional, but beautiful!  

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