Get Ready for Spring Break with Tire Discounters’ “Skip The Shop” Service

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Make sure your car is road-trip ready and plan to take one of these family-friendly road trips for a fun staycation in Ohio during Spring Break!

Spring Break in Ohio might look a little different this year. If you’re like us, you may be looking into some activities that are a lot of fun but also easily drivable from here in Central Ohio!

I’m partnering with Tire Discounters to give you 9 road trip ideas for Spring Break plus some tips and discounts to make sure your car is ready for the drive! Make sure you don’t miss the special discount just for my readers mentioned later in this post!

Is your Car Road Trip Ready?

You might also be like me if you haven’t been driving as much lately! Doing school at home has kept our car in the garage for more days than not. When planning your Spring Break road trip, don’t let much needed car maintenance sneak up on you!

Tire Discounters Offers ‘Skip the Shop’ to Make Car Maintenance Easier for Families

I don’t need to talk about all of the ways 2020 changed every day life. Most of us parents are already well aware. But one of the biggest changes for me is having my kids with me ALL. THE. TIME. Right now we have better things to do than sit around at the mechanic’s waiting to get our oil changed. (Like multiplication tables and science experiments!) 

Tire Discounters has come up with a way to make this service process easier for parents like us and it’s called Skip the Shop! A Tire Discounters Personal Vehicle Assistant will pick up and drive your car to the nearest Tire Discounters location, keep you updated on your vehicle status and return your car home to you when all the work is done!

man and woman standing in front of a red car.

Last week I was able to take advantage of the Skip the Shop service! My car got an oil change and an alignment while my boys and I worked on their schoolwork for the day! It was so easy and now I can be confident that my car is ready for our next road trip in a couple of weeks!

It’s so convenient to not have to leave the house to get your automobile serviced! The Skip the Shop service of pickup and delivery is being offered at no additional cost for a limited time! Think of all the things you can do (besides sit at the mechanic’s) while your car is getting ready for your super fun Spring Break!

 Want to take advantage of this limited time offer? Schedule your appointment for Skip the Shop now!

I’m happy to partner with Tire Discounters to share some inspiration for your next road trip! These activities in Ohio would make a fun day trip or quick getaway for your family during Spring Break!

7 Ohio Road Trip Ideas for Spring Break:

1. The Wilds

Looking for an exotic spring break trip? Take an open air safari trip through the 10,000 acre safari park where animals can come right up to the tram! You will be surprised you’re still in Ohio!

2. Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a hidden gem that provides education and a unique experience for kids! See bald eagles, feed the birds and take a hike at this awesome bird sanctuary in Mansfield, Ohio!

3. Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills is a beautiful area to hike with the family! Some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ohio can be found in Hocking Hills and Old Man’s Cave will not disappoint!

4. African Safari Wildlife Park

African Safari Wildlife Park opens on March 26th and is a drive-through experience! Get up close to exotic animals like giraffes, zebras and more!

5. Olentangy Indian Caverns (opens April 1)

Olentangy Indian Caverns opens on April 1 and makes for a fun day out for families! Options include cave tours, mini golf, a petting zoo, gem mining, a large maze and more! Kids will have fun and learn something, too!

6. Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns is the largest of all the caves in Ohio. Choose from several tour options available to see the caverns! Kids can also enjoy gem mining on the property!

7. Butler County Donut Trail

Butler County, Ohio boasts the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest! The Butler County Donut Trail consists of 13 stops and if you hit them all you can turn in your passport to receive the official t-shirt!

Tire Discounters has 17 Store Locations in Columbus 

Tire Discounters is the nation’s largest, 100% family owned and operated independent tire provider and is growing rapidly. Columbus is Tire Discounters second largest market.

There are 17 store locations in the Columbus area with Westerville being the newest location! Tire Discounters was recently named Tire Dealer of the Year and they are dedicated to delivering outstanding customer service.

Get Your Car Ready for Your Next Road Trip with a Special Discount

Tire Discounters store sign.

Did you know that Tire Discounters does more than just tires? Tire Discounters offers a full range of automotive services and they are offering my readers a special deal!

My readers can receive a free “Skip the Shop” car pick up and delivery service (a $24.99 value) plus 1/2 off a Full Synthetic Oil Change (Retail price is $69.99)! Total price for service will be $34.99 plus taxes and fees. Click here to access this special deal for readers of What Should We Do Today Columbus?!

Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Running Smoothly While Traveling for Spring Break

Now that you know how easy it is to get your oil changed and your tires aligned before your next trip, take a moment to read through these vehicle care and maintenance tips to prepare your vehicle to make sure you are ready to go. Tire Discounters does not charge for many of these checks!

  • Check your brakes. Your braking system is arguably the most important part of your vehicle. If you notice a screeching or grinding sound, you feel a vibration, you sense a reduced responsiveness or you feel your car pull to one side, it’s time for a pro to inspect them
  • Have an expert test your battery before you head out for a long road trip
  • Check the condition of your tires. Ensure that they are expertly aligned, properly inflated and have an ample amount of tread.

Other important areas to check:

  • Check your air filters.
  • Keep an eye on oil levels.
  • Check your wiper blades.
  • Fill wiper fluid and anti-freeze.
  • Remove dirt from sensors.

Finally, be sure to pack an emergency kit. You never know when you’ll get stranded. Be sure to have a kit with warm clothes and a blanket, some non-perishable food and a few bottles of water, a couple of safety flares, a first-aid kit and a mobile phone charger in case you get stranded.

Before you hit the road, be sure to monitor the weather before traveling!

Tire Discounters does not charge for many of these checks! Check out their funny YouTube video for more info!

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Be sure to follow Tire Discounters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to keep up with all of the latest tips and specials!

My car and my family are ready to hit the road and I hope you are, too! Have a great Spring Break!

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Lake Erie: 15 Fun Things to do with Kids Near Sandusky, Ohio

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Ohio’s Vacationland features roller coasters, beaches, lighthouses and more! Take a trip to the Sandusky area of Ohio for your perfect Lake Erie vacation!

Since we’ve had young kids, our vacations have been largely within driving distance of Columbus, Ohio! We’ve come to love vacationing on Lake Erie and have done so year after year since our second child was born! We’ve spent a lot of time in the Sandusky and Port Clinton areas of Lake Erie.

boats in Sandusky, Ohio

Did you know that this western part of the Lake Erie shoreline is officially called Vacationland? That sounds like some place I want to be! If you’re looking for an affordable and close Ohio beach vacation, you can find a lot of things to do on the shores of Lake Erie!

Here are some of the most popular (and some of our favorite) family-friendly attractions in and around Sandusky, Ohio:

Family Friendly Things to do in and around Sandusky, Ohio:

1. African Safari Wildlife Park

  • 267 S Lightner Rd., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

This drive through safari gives you the chance to get up close to exotic animals like giraffes, camels, zebras, llamas and more! The African Safari Wildlife Park is a seasonal activity – open spring through fall.

giraffe at the African Wildlife Safari in Port Clinton, Ohio

You will receive a cup of food to feed the animals. They eat directly from the cup!

walkable zoo area at the African Wildlife Safari Park in Port Clinton, Ohio

There is also a walk-through experience included in your ticket price that includes an albino alligator, birds, kangaroo and other animals in a zoo-like exhibit. Also in the walk through area is a playground, gift shop, snack shop and the opportunity to take a camel ride!

2. Port Clinton City Beach

  • 1100 E. Perry St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

boy on the public beach in Port Clinton, Ohio

This free, public beach in Port Clinton is a great place to spend a day in the sun. There are picnic areas, restrooms and changing area, and an ice cream shop near by! And the beach is at the end of a great park you will read about next.

3. Lakeview Park

  • 1100 E Perry St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

playground area at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton, Ohio

Lakeview Park in Port Clinton is an amazing accessible playground with a nautical theme! This park has a lot of fun things to do that are not found in your typical park or playground! If your kids like boats, you’re in luck because the main play structure looks like a large ship!

4. Cedar Point

  • 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, Ohio 44870

view of Cedar Point from across Lake Erie

America’s Roller Coast is a destination for kids of all ages! Growing up in Northeast Ohio, I went to Cedar Point at least once every year of my life through college. It’s been a while since I’ve been lately, but Cedar Point has never disappointed when it comes to amusement parks!

5. Miller Ferry

  • 5174 E Water St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 

boy watching the ferry at Miller Boatline

Miller Ferry is our favorite way to get to Put-in-Bay. If you’re looking for a ferry to take you to Put-in-Bay or or Middle Bass Island, Port Clinton is where you will catch your ride. My kids love riding the ferry just for the sheer joy of riding a boat! It’s an event in itself!

6. Lagoon Deer Park

  • 1502 Martins Point Rd., Sandusky, Ohio 44870

I’m including this on the list because it is something I have seen every year and wanted to do but have not actually done! One day we will make it to this park where you can hand feed deer and animals from all over the world.

There are also 4 ponds for fishing and camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights.

7. Marblehead Lighthouse

  • 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead, Ohio 43440

Marblehead Lighthouse in Marblehead, Ohio

If you’re in the Sandusky area, you must drive out to Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. The park has a great shoreline view, picnic tables and the oldest continually operating lighthouse on all of the Great Lakes! In season it is possible to climb the tower of the light house and visit the museum.

8. Merry Go Round Museum

  • 301 Jackson St., Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Visit the museum in downtown Sandusky to see carousel artifacts, learn the history of carousels and ride an indoor carousel! On your tour of the museum you can meet with a carver who is experienced in carving and restoring carousel animals.

Hotels with Indoor Water Parks Near Sandusky, Ohio:

9. Castaway Bay

  • 2001 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, Ohio 44870

indoor waterpark at Castaway Bay in Sandusky Ohio

This hotel with an indoor water park is an all-inclusive experience for families! No matter the weather outside, it’s always 82 degrees at Castaway Bay! Sleep, play, swim and eat without having to leave the property! My kids loved the wave pool and I was a big fan of the outdoor hot tub!

10. Kalahari

  • 7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Kalahari offers indoor and outdoor water parks, mini golf, a zip line, a 7-D Motion Theater, mini-bowling, escape rooms, laser tag, a spa and salon, restaurants, fitness center and more! Day passes are available or you can spend the night with one of their lodging options.

11. Great Wolf Lodge

  • 4600 Milan Road, Sandusky Ohio 44870

Great Wolf Lodge is a family-friendly resort with an indoor water park, an arcade, Build-A-Bear Workshop, restaurants and special activities for families! Day passes are available or you can book a room to stay! 

Fun Places to Eat Near Sandusky, Ohio:

12. Jolly Roger Seafood House

  • 1737 E. Perry St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 

boys watching the Breading Pit at Jolly Roger in Port Clinton Ohio

This is one of our go-to lunch spots when we visit Lake Erie. This is a great location for Lake Erie Yellow Perch and Walleye. You can watch the perch be hand-breaded (is that a word?) at the breading pit window!

seafood dinner at Jolly Roger in Port Clinton, Ohio

They will be moving to a new, nearby location in 2020 so double check the address above before you visit.

13. Toft’s Dairy

  • 3717 Venice Rd., Sandusky, Ohio 44870 

Toft's Dairy in Sandusky Ohio

While you can find Toft’s Ice Cream in the dairy case and at smaller shops around town, the Toft’s Dairy and the Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor is a must-visit for the whole experience.  

large ice cream cone from Toft's Dairy in Sandusky, Ohio

The ice cream is amazing and the portion sizes are huge! The ice cream parlor offers over 70 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt!

14. Frosty Frog

  • 503 N. Washington St., Castalia, Ohio 44824

frosty frog in Castalia, Ohio

This is a family favorite I’m including on the list for those who like the idea of a small town dariette. This is a great little walk up spot for ice cream, snacks and food. 

15. Twin Oast Brewing

  • 3630 NE Catawba Rd. Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 

plate of nachos with Twin Oast Brewery in background

This is a beautiful location to get dinner and/or a drink! Twin Oast Brewing features their own craft beer, and a menu of pizza, burgers, sandwiches and tacos. The property has outdoor patios, picnic tables and yard games on a beautiful 60 acre estate. The brewery is close to Miller Ferry so it’s a great stop when you get off the ferry after a day at Put-in-Bay!

I hope we’ve helped spark some ideas for things to do near Sandusky and Port Clinton! If you’re looking for more things to do around Lake Erie, try one of these posts:


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Road Trip Inspiration: 8 Ohio Waterfalls to Visit this Year

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Waterfalls in Ohio? What? Yes, it’s true! This list will spark some road trip inspiration for your next Ohio adventure!

I say it over and over again! There is a lot to love about Ohio! One thing that might surprise you is that there are actually waterfalls in Ohio. Now, I’m not talking about Niagara Falls. But I am talking about little water falls that are hidden gems. You  might have to go just a little out of your way to find them, but they’re worth the trip!

Some of these waterfalls are part of a bigger destination. (Hocking Hills, for instance.) And some stand alone by themselves, waiting to be discovered just off the beaten path. 

Use this list as inspiration for your next Ohio road trip and check out one of these 5 Ohio waterfalls:

1. Indian Run Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Address: 700 Shawan Falls Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

Indian Run Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Indian Run Falls is just a skip hop and a jump from historic downtown Dublin. A hidden little gem off the beaten path, this Ohio waterfall is nestled in a small park.

Take the Indian Run Falls Trail to the observation decks that overlook the Indian Run Falls. The entire area includes .8 miles of trails, 2 shelter houses, observation decks and a pedestrian bridge. 

These pictures were taken during a dry summer. The falls can definitely get larger than pictured here. Despite what you see in these pictures, creeking, swimming and jumping off the falls is technically not allowed here. 

A small parking lot is available.

boy in creek area of Indian Run Falls

2. Cascades at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Address: 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387

The Cascades at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio

The Cascades are part of Glen Helen Nature Preserve, a nonprofit organization associated with Antioch College. In addition to the waterfall, there are several things to do and see within the preserve and there a few main trails to hike!

Take a good look at the map of Glen Helen and bring it with you! Don’t be tempted to park at the Raptor Center. Parking for hiking is not allowed there. The main entrance is on Corry St. and you can take the Inman Trail to the Cascades. The trail was made one way in 2020 so make sure to check the map for updates.

There are no trail markers on the path. Even though the trails are named and intersections are numbered on the map, there are no signs or numbers within the park so you have to pay close attention to where you are on the map!

Parking is available for $5 at the Corry St. entrance.

ohio waterfall in Glen Helen Nature Preserve

3. Upper Falls at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio

Address: 19988 OH-664 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138 

the Upper Falls in the Old Man's Cave Area in Hocking Hills State Park

The Upper Falls at Hocking Hills State Park is in the Old Man’s Cave Area of the park. Take the Gorge Exit Trail (one way in 2020) from the Visitor Center and parking lot. You will cross over the bridge above the waterfall and then head down to the base of the falls. 

The Old Man’s Cave Area is beautiful no matter what the season, but fall is just breathtaking! The entire area is a moderate hike with lots of steps! Within this area you can also find the Lower Falls and Brocken Rock Falls to add to your list of Ohio waterfalls!

A large parking lot (and maps) are available at the Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center.

Waterfall in Ohio in Hocking Hills State Park

4. Lower Falls at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio

Address: 19988 OH-664 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138 

The Lower Falls in Hocking Hills are in the Old Man’s Cave Area and can be seen on the Grandma Gatgewood Trail. These falls will be more of a hike to get to compared to the Upper Falls but the whole area is so beautiful! If you’re in the mood for a hike, seeing these falls will just be the icing on the cake.

As I mentioned above, Hocking Hills is stunning in the fall, but gorgeous any time of year! Here at the Lower Falls, there is a wide open area to view the falls and, when we visited, there were large logs where you could sit, rest and take in the view.

5. Chagrin Waterfalls in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Address: N. Main St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

The Chagrin Waterfalls in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

These beautiful Ohio waterfalls are located in downtown Chagrin Falls, an adorable little town outside of Cleveland. There are viewing areas and benches on both sides of the river for viewing this waterfall in downtown Chagrin Falls. You can also view them from Main Street Bridge. 

Chagrin Falls also offers local shopping, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, restaurants on the river and a great popcorn shop!

Parking is available around town.

Ohio Waterfall in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

6. Hayden Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Address: 4326 Hayden Run Rd., Dublin, OH 43017 

Hayden Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Hayden Falls is a 35 foot waterfall that is part of the waterways of the Scioto River in Dublin, Ohio. Follow the steps and boardwalk to the bottom viewing area to see the waterfall. This is another waterfall that will look very different depending on the amount of rainfall the area has had in recent days.

There is a small parking lot available. 

boy going down the steps to the waterfall at Hayden Falls Park in Dublin, Ohio

7. Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northfield, Ohio

Address: 8176 Brandywine Rd., Northfield, OH 44067

Brandywine Falls is the tallest Ohio waterfall! Brandywine falls are easy to access via a short boardwalk trail. There is a parking lot right at the falls. Make sure to go to the right and not the left on the trail and the falls will be visible after a 5-10 minute walk on the boardwalk!

There are two viewing decks, both accessible from the boardwalk: one upper and one lower. Make sure to visit both! You can also go to the top of the falls from the path and see the falls from the bridge above! If you want a longer experience, take the trail to the left and follow the Brandywine Gorge Trail, visiting the falls at the end!

Brandywine Falls are 60 feet high and flow from the Brandywine Creek which extends from the Cuyahoga River. This waterfall is just one of the many sights to be seen inside Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio’s only National Park which covers 33,000 acres in Northeast Ohio!

8. Little Falls in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Address: 1817 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

The Little Falls on the Cuyahoga River are in downtown Cuyahoga Falls! The town has a boardwalk along the river but the falls are just south of the downtown area and behind the Sheraton Suites hotel. My husband and I stayed at this hotel a few years ago and there is a great view from the restaurant in the hotel.

If you’re not staying at the hotel, the best place to see the falls is in High Bridge Glens Park just south of the hotel. If you are walking past the hotel, don’t give up and turn around like we almost did on our last visit! You will not be disappointed with the view from the park!

Prospect Bridge crosses the river and there are a couple of benches to sit and take in the rushing water! There is also a boardwalk in the park that will take you to a lower view of the river. 

If you’re looking for some more Ohio inspiration try out an Ohio beach or one of these fun activities to do with kids all around the state of Ohio! Or plan an easy day trip one hour from Columbus or less! I firmly believe you’ll never run out of things to do in the great state of Ohio!

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