I can’t believe how fast time is going this summer. It is almost mid-July already! While this year has been sort of a “slow” year with visiting places — we’ve been saving for our New York City trip — we wanted to highlight some things to consider doing while the weather is “good.”
1. Cedar Point
If you love roller coasters, then obviously Cedar Point is the place to go. Their newest ride, Valravn, which is in its second season, is a take-your-breath-away drop coaster. The time you are suspended before the first drop is extremely long and incredibly short. If you want the best experience, sit in the first row. You might wait a little longer for the chance, but definitely worth it. At least it is for the serious thrill seeker. There’s plenty of other coasters as well as other things to do at Cedar Point. I have great memories of visiting the park in the summers with my family. I remember the excitement I felt as we drove up the causeway to the park, taking our traditional first ride on the waterlog ride (which I don’t think is there anymore) and watching the shows. The worst part is waiting in line, but Cedar Point has made line jumping legal, well sort of. Now you can purchase tickets that will allow you to jump ahead. Of course you pay for the privilege, but seems worth it to me. I’m definitely considering this option for the next time I go.
2. Cedar Point Shores Waterpark
I know this is part of Cedar Point, but it has its own admission, so I’m listing it as a separate option. This newly refurbished Waterpark offers thrills of its own. Now, honestly, I can’t speak to the attractions because when I was last there it was cold and rainy. However, there are many different ways to cool off at the Waterpark or just soak in the sun.
3. Ohio Light Opera
If you are looking for entertainment and culture, then the Ohio Light Opera (OLO) would be a great place to get it. We saw the Music Man in June and absolutely loved it! Everything was so perfectly performed from the acting to the music to the dancing. The crew and cast of the OLO know how to put on a show and there are plenty to choose, too. They have shows all through the week. So take a day off and escape into the theater.
4. Go Ape
My sister, Randi, and I took on the Go Ape tree top adventure and zipline. It was my first time doing a zipline. It was really fun and a little bit of work! You have to climb up a ladder to the tree top crossings. You are totally safe, being harnessed in and attached to cables as you go through the course. Then as a reward, you get to ride a zip line through the trees.
5. Watch a Movie (or two or three)
As a person who enjoys air conditioning on a hot day, the movie theater is the place to be. As is tradition, my dad, Bud, and I will be spending a day in a theater very soon. While movies are available anytime throughout the year, summer is a great time to go, especially with the summer blockbusters like Wonder Woman and Spiderman: The Homecoming and Despicable Me 3. Or you can be like my dad and me and watch more than one in a day.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the summer? I’d love to hear.