We’re all in need of an escape once in a while — even if it’s just for a couple of days. If you’re looking for something unique and fun to do, we have the ultimate list of holiday escapes.
Whether you want to plan a trip with other grown-ups or with the family, these events offer something for everyone. And, the best part? They’re really not too far away. We’re talking about a little over a couple hours, at most.
Here are some ideas for a quick trip this holiday season.
Yes, you heard correctly: Snow glow tubing. And it’s within driving distance of Dayton! It’s all at Mansfield’s Snow Trails in scenic Possum Run Valley. An array of colorful LED lights line the park for all to enjoy. After hitting the slopes, guests can enjoy live entertainment or grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many eateries in the ski lodge on premises.
A new event series, Snow Banks at the Banks, will debut in January. Every weekend in January, expect snow-themed activities including “snow blizzard” special effects, a 50-foot snow tub run, sledding, a ski lodge style cocktail lounge and more. There is something for everyone!
You may have been to a really neat holiday light display. But have you been to one underground? From now until Jan. 4, visitors to the Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky, can fully explore one of only a few underground holiday lights displays in the entire world. You won’t want to miss this one!
Imagine standing alone, surrounded by single points of light suspended over a pool of water. That sensation, “Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water,” is open at the Toledo Museum of Art. Visitors will experience 60 seconds alone in the room, which uses lights, mirrors and water to transport viewers to a space that seems endlessly expansive. The installation runs through April 26, 2020.
We are willing to bet that you have watched “A Christmas Story” at least once in your lifetime. Many of the scenes involving Ralphie Parker and his family are filmed at a historic home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. And you can visit this home where all of the holiday action took place.
Why go to the usual restaurant for dinner when you can eat in an igloo? Over the past few years, dining in igloos has become incredibly fashionable all around the world, including in Ohio. And you can have this very experience in two nearby Ohio cities: Columbus and Cincinnati. And, yes, the igloos are heated.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus is just the place to go to admire nature — especially around the holidays. This year offers an added attraction: a stunning exhibit by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, famous for his colorful and bold glass sculptures. And, if you visit during nighttime hours this month you can also enjoy “Conservatory Aglow.”
You can stand side-by-side with a blue whale, one of the largest animals on earth, and explore the ocean in a new exhibition at COSI. “Unseen Oceans,” on display through Feb. 2, 2020, showcases marine environments and the scientists who study them to learn the mysteries of the sea.