Ohio Road Trip: Geneva on the Lake

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A visit to family friendly Geneva-on-the-Lake makes for a great family vacation in Ohio this summer!

This post was written in partnership with The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake and Lake Erie Canopy Tours.

I continue to be surprised by the variety of getaways there are to be found in Ohio! {Read 5 of the Best Things About Ohio} Ohio is underrated, as far as I am concerned, and recently we took a trip that proved that point to me yet again!

We were invited to spend the night at The Lodge at Geneva On the Lake, a beautiful resort with great lakeside views, fine dining and it’s own adventurous attraction: Lake Erie Canopy Tours.

boys at The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

We arrived at the Lodge on a Friday afternoon and the boys enjoyed exploring our hotel rooms.

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

We’ve only recently just begun to re-try hotels with kids (after one scarring experience with our then 2 year old)! I’m happy to report that hotel experiences have since improved, so if you’re in that “oh my gosh no one gets any sleep staying in a hotel room with our kids is the worst I’ll never do this again” phase, there’s hope. 😉

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

The Lodge generously provided us with adjoining hotel rooms, so that was a huge plus, I’ll admit! But the rooms with a sitting area are a great size on their own!

We had dinner at Horizons Restaurant, located inside The Lodge, which has a kids menu, and a great view. There is a dress code for the restaurant but it doesn’t have to be super fancy. I was relieved to find that were not the only ones eating there with kids, either.

Horizons Restaurant

Horizons Restaurant

The Lodge has an indoor and an outdoor pool, outdoor fire pits and a rec room with board games and a few arcade games. My kids enjoyed playing checkers in the lobby and exploring the gift shop! The grounds are beautiful and provide opportunity for walking along the water or sitting outside to relax.

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

In the morning, Horizons Restaurant hosts a really great breakfast buffet.

breakfast buffet at Horizons Restaurant

We had our choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, quiche, potatoes, oatmeal, stuffed pancakes, french toast plus all the usuals of a continental breakfast: cold cereal, pastries, toast and bagels, etc. There was also an omelet station with a designated chef!

breakfast food at Horizons Restaurant

On Saturday morning, the kids took to the trees for the Kids Adventure Course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours, which is owned by The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake and, conveniently, on the same property.

Kids at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

I’ll admit when I was booking this trip I had my doubts. My kids are a little bit on the young end for this course and they can both be pretty cautious at times.

kids course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

But both of my kids jumped into this, proving me wrong! The kids go through a course of ropes, bridges, balance beams and at the end, a zip line! We had some struggles along the way with our 3 year old but he made it through!

kids course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

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They were pretty proud of themselves for making it through the course, however we couldn’t get them to conquer the zip line and both had to be rescued at the end!

kid on course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

The course is geared for ages 4 to 10. I’d say it totally depends on the kid, but I think kids 6 and up would enjoy it the most.

There is an Adventure Course for adults available for older kids and adults. It looked amazing. I’ll admit I would have been scared, but my husband was itching to do it! Also available for adults is the Canopy Tour – a 2.5 hour guided zip line tour!

Lake Erie Canopy Tours

The adult Adventure Course is a two hour course, so it wasn’t possible for us to do it while we had the kids there. If you’d like to do the adult course, this would be an obstacle to consider, so maybe going with another family or having grandpa and grandma along on the trip could be a solution. (And honestly a trip to The Lodge at Geneva would make a great couples getaway!)

the strip in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio

After completing the kids course, we headed down the strip at Geneva on the Lake. We were there before Memorial Day when things really open up for the season, but it was still a fun outing!

The Strip at Geneva-on-the-Lake

The Strip at Geneva on the Lake

I could just imagine how the strip comes alive during the summer!

the Strip at Geneva on the Lake

One stop that was highly recommended to us was Madsen Donuts – we stopped in for a yummy glazed donut. We also hit up Sports Center Arcade.

Madsen Donuts at Geneva on the Lake

Sports Arcade at Geneva on the Lake

Also along the strip is a ferris wheel, restaurants, mini golf, shopping, ice cream and Adventure Zone Family Fun Center!

Geneva on the Lake

Geneva on the Lake Ohio

This would make such a fun Ohio getaway this summer! Geneva on the Lake is a 3 hour drive from Columbus. You could easily spend one or two nights at the Lodge and have a fun family getaway.

Know Before You Go:

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the Lake
4888 North Broadway (State Route 534)
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio 44041
866-806-8066

Lake Erie Canopy Tours
4888 North Broadway (SR 534)
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
Open weekends in May and daily May 25 – October 31.
Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
866-601-1973

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The Unofficial West Side Ice Cream Trail

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The West Side of Columbus his home to several unique ice cream shops!

I love ice cream! So of course I have an ongoing list of ice cream shops to try around Columbus! When we moved to Westgate, we discovered that the West Side of Columbus is full of hidden gems when it comes to ice cream! Lucky me! Put these on your summer bucket list ASAP!

1. Cream & Sugar

  • 2185 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43223

ice cream cone at Cream & Sugar

Any place that has an ice cream flavor called Exhausted Parent earns my business! Cream & Sugar on Sullivant Ave. is open every day from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM during the spring and summer seasons. This is a walk-up shop with seating outside. You can also catch them at the Westgate Farmer’s Market serving up coffee, ice cream and coffee floats made with Stauf’s Coffee!

Kids Cones are just $1! Cream & Sugar makes a very creamy ice cream. I recommend kids get it in a bowl rather than a cone because its texture is so creamy that it needs more structure to hold up! Choose between soft serve and hand dipped cone options as well as a variety of other treats!

boy and ice cream cone at Cream & Sugar


2. La Plaza Tapatia

  • 4233 Shoppers Ln., Columbus, OH 43228

La Plaza Tapatia ice cream shop

This place is a gem for multiple reasons. The shop, tucked away off of Georgesville Rd., houses a Mexican grocery store, a full-sized restaurant and an ice cream shop! When it comes to ice cream, you can choose between hand dipped flavors, sundaes and Mexican paletas (popsicles). Pictured here is the Tres Marias – three flavors of ice cream with strawberry and chocolate sauce plus whipped cream in a waffle bowl! You can also buy aguas frescas – fresh fruit drinks in the ice cream shop!

Tres Marias at La Plaza Tapatia


3. Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory

  • 4201 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

boy eating ice cream at Dulce Vida West

This bright and colorful place is one of our favorites! My whole family loves the paletas here and there are also lots of flavors of hand dipped ice cream to choose from! Dulce Vida West offers a lot of indoor seating and some other food options as well! My kids are always choosing the most brightly colored paleta but I’m a sucker for the Oreo flavor!

Oreo Paleta at Dulce Vida West


4. Hilltop Dairy Twist

  • 2860 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43204

Hilltop Dairy Twist

I love Hilltop Dairy Twist because it’s your classic, no frills dariette. This was the kind of thing I grew up with in Wayne County, Ohio – locally owned dariettes serving soft serve, flurries and sundaes plus a whole menu of food options! I couldn’t find anything like this in Columbus until I drove past Hilltop Dairy Twist one day while working! The sign outside boasted 40 flavors of soft serve and I knew I had to check it out! Just on the edge of Westgate, I am thrilled to be able to make this an affordable go-to ice cream spot! This is a walk up spot with outdoor seating. Cash only!

boy eating ice cream at Hilltop Dairy Twist


5. Tony’s Coneys

  • 5266 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

ice cream shop at Tony's Coneys

You might not guess that Tony’s Coneys serves ice cream, but inside the restaurant, there is a separate room just for the ice cream shop! Not only does Tony’s serve, well, coneys, they have a pretty extensive menu of food! There is indoor and outdoor seating and a walk up option. Soft serve cones for kids are $1 and I HIGHLY recommend the chocolate malt milkshake! Yum!

boy eating ice cream at Tony's Coneys


You might also want to check out 5 on Friday: Unique Ice Cream Spots to add to your list! 😉

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Exploring Delaware with Your Kids

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Here’s a fun day trip idea we stumbled onto a few weeks ago! I say stumbled because though I planned to go to the park and splash pad, the rest of the day was somewhat unplanned. Delaware is a 40-ish minute trip from downtown Columbus and has a super cute downtown area.

First of all, the park. As far as parks and playgrounds go, this one is awesome! I love that there is a playground (a REALLY nice one) so close to the splash pad. It’s the whole package in case your kids get tired of one or the other quickly. The playground area is covered in artificial turf – so no mud or mulch to deal with!

There is a dinosaur theme with large dinosaur prints in the sidewalk, a dinosaur slide and dinosaurs to run through at the splash pad.

There are some water tables on the edge of the playground – my kids really wanted something to play with inside them (which we didn’t have). So if your kids aren’t into being splashed, but still like to play in water, bring some plastic animals or cars to play with in the water!

Another nice thing about the splash pad is that there is a covered area for sitting. Throughout the park there were two large pavilions with picnic tables for shade and eating. There is also a snack shack.

If you followed me last summer, you might remember that my kids were not big fans of splash pads! 🙂 So I’ll tell you, I didn’t even pack swim suits – just an extra change of clothes! haha. Well, this year they proved to be a little bit braver than last so we needed those clothes! {See Five on Friday: Splash Pads here!}

After the Spray and Play, we headed downtown with no particular destination in mind.

We found a couple of bakeries and coffee shops and ended up choosing Fresh Start Cafe and Bakery. There were lots of yummy treats and Crimson Cup coffee. The boys chose cupcakes because they always do and I heard no complaints! 😉

  

We walked around downtown a bit and ended up at Fundamentals: Children’s Books, Toys and Games, which is a fun store for kids books and art and teacher supplies!

  

This summer, Fundamentals will be hosting a Where’s the Penguin hunt around downtown Delaware, based on the book Where’s the Penguin by Sophie Schrey! Beginning July 1, kids can search for the penguin at at least 20 participating businesses and prizes will be given away!  The Find the Penguin Grand Finale Party will take place at Fundamentals on August 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, during the First Friday events in downtown Delaware.

The store also hosts a story time that includes stories, music, dancing, and crafts at 10:30 AM! The next one is July 26th!

Another event they have coming up is the Summer Reading Road Trip on on Sunday, July 16th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM which includes giveaways, costume character, author signings, crafts and activities!

I’m looking forward to returning to downtown Delaware! Does anyone have a Delaware favorite to recommend?

Know Before You Go:

Spray and Play at Veterans Park
1121 S. Houk Rd, Delaware, OH 43015

Fresh Start Cafe and Bakery
24 North Sandusky Street
Delaware, Ohio, OH 43015
(740) 990-0388
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Fundamentals: Children’s Books, Toys and Games
25 W Winter St
Delaware, Ohio, OH 43015
(740) 363-0290
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

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