On the road again: affordable trips for seniors on a budget
Compiled by Logan O’Keefe
Used with permission/Treefrogcanopy.com
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It’s summer of 2012, seniors. YOLO! So, you want to have a good summer filled with memories and fun, something for your bucket list, but you’re on a budget. College is going to be costing a metric ton of moola, so you have to work and make as much as you can before the start of the year. Have no fear! Here are some “one-tank trips” that you and your friends can take to make your summer rival those awesome Europe trips.
Museums and Other Activities
Dave & Busters—Picture the Fun n’ Stuff
arcade. Now multiply it 20 times. Voilá, Dave & Busters! With more than 200 games, a billiards room and shuffleboard, the fun is endless. After spending hours in the gaming room, you can also chow down on the great, affordable food. It’s sure to be a blast. The closest one is at 25735 First Street in Cleveland.
Tree Frog Canopy Tours—Zoom on down to Loudenville and take a plunge on the Northeast Ohio zipline. This three-hour tour, which takes you through the treetops by zipline, sky bridges and rappels is perfect for an experienced zipliner or a first-timer.
COSI—Take a ride down to Columbus to visit COSI, a museum of science and industry. With more than 10 fixed exhibits, you’ll find hands-on activities that are fun for all ages. Pilot your own mini-sub or take a stroll down an American street in 1962; there is something there for everyone. Plus, if you’re brave enough, you can try your hand at the high-wire unicycle at a nosebleed high height of two stories.
WhirlyBall—The Reese’s of the sporting world, WhirlyBall is an awesome fusion of bumper-cars and lacrosse, sure to create some crazy matches between friends. Courts can run a little steep ($150 for an hour) but with five against five games, splitting with friends makes it affordable. There’s a laser tag arena next door too! WhirlyBall is at 5055 Richmond Road.
Amish Country—Why not explore the picturesque Ohio country by taking a trip down to Amish Country, one of the largest in the nation? You can visit an Amish farm, enjoy homemade food and buy a handmade quilt. You can also buy furniture or artwork. Plus, if you feel like getting away from the quiet atmosphere, Columbus is just a clip-clop away by horse drawn buggy.
Pioneer Waterland and Dry Fun Park—Known for its crystal clear water and its scenic, relaxing background, this park offers typical waterpark fun such as waterslides and a lazy river. But it also has a dry park that contains mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages. Located in Chardon, the park is great for taking the whole family or a group of friends on a hot day without emptying your pockets.
HersheyPark—With more than 65 rides and attractions, including 12 rollercoasters, the atmosphere of HersheyPark in Hershey, Penn. is fun and inviting. Guests can have the typical amusement park experience with the added bonus of Hershey candy thrown into the mix. If you get bored of the park, there is always the museum and other attractions, including the Boardwalk, that you can head to to hedge your boredom.
The Wilds—Are you in the mood for the zoo? Well just wait until you see The Wilds. It’s a non-profit reserve for endangered animals that takes you on a safari...and it’s in Zanesville, Ohio! There are opportunities for education and fun for the whole family. It’s truly a fantastic experience.
Newport Aquarium—Do you like fish? Do you wish you were a mermaid? Are aquariums your home away from home? Then you need to head down to the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky. Exhibits are hands on and include sharks and penguins as well as some other bizarre creatures.