Christmas Lights at Historic Clifton Mill

I LOVE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS! They area easily my favorite thing about the holiday season.  The last few years we have tried to get in at least one visit to a “major” light display.  A few years ago we went to the The Christmas Ranch (near Cincinnati).  We often got to Wildlights as the Columbus Zoo.  This year we went to the Historic Clifton Mill lights.

What is it?

The Historic Clifton Mill is a water-powered grist mill located in Clifton, Ohio (just south of Springfield, a little east of Dayton, about 40 minutes South West of Columbus).   Starting the day after Thanksgiving, and running through New Year’s Eve, the mill displays an amazing number of Christmas lights, a light show, and some other attractions.  Their website says they put up 4 million lights.  I believe it! Continue reading “Christmas Lights at Historic Clifton Mill”

ZipZone Adventure Park

I’ve been a big fan of ZipZone since they opened in 2013.  I’ve gone ziplining there several times and have thoroughly enjoyed every time.  So when they announced the new Adventure Park was now open, I knew I needed to go check it out.  My son’s 16th birthday provided just the opportunity!

ZipZone opened their new adventure park in August (2017).  This new area features a Kid’s Park section and the Adventure Park section.  The Kid’s Park is designed for children aged 4 – 7 with an adult to supervise/help them out.  The Adventure Park is for 7 and up. Continue reading “ZipZone Adventure Park”

Columbus Museum of Art & the Topiary Garden

What to do on a dreary Sunday in Columbus when you are on a budget?  The Columbus Museum of Art, of course! It’s free on Sundays and a great indoor activity.  And with street parking free on Sundays, it’s also a good time to see some of the downtown sites while you’re there.

We decided to see the Topiary Park while we were downtown for the museum.  These two sites are about a 5 minute walk apart, so it is easy to park near the museum and walk over to check out the park. Continue reading “Columbus Museum of Art & the Topiary Garden”

Fort Ancient Earthworks & Museum

October 1, 2017 – This weekend, my friend and I decided to head down to the Fort Ancient Earthworks and Museum in Oregonia, Ohio to continue our exploration of ancient Ohio sites.

Fort Ancient is a bit different from the mounds in Licking County and Chillicothe.  This site is two large plateaus surrounded by earthen “walls”.  The walls are mounds of varying heights that seem to follow the contour of the flat hill top.  Two sections were joined together by a “causeway” to form a continuous space.  Inside the walls you’ll find several ditches as well as other mounds and earth works. Continue reading “Fort Ancient Earthworks & Museum”