Put the winter weather behind you as you tackle some of Ohio’s best outdoor challenges
Spring has sprung in Ohio. It’s time to put the snow boots away and take advantage of sunny days and warmer weather. The Midwest has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts, and Ohio is no exception.
Zip and dip through trees and rivers
Get a glimpse of southern Ohio from above the trees. Ozone Adventures is a part of YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia and offers some of the best views of southwestern Ohio. Sign up for a short tour or consider the five-hour ride that zips its way through 11 zip lines and nine sky bridges. A night tour is offered twice a month for those brave enough to zip the forest in the dark. All participants must be at least 10 years old and 80 pounds. Located in Oregonia, Ozone is open seven days a week and year-round. Visit http://www.campkern.org/ozone for more information.
Plummet from a plane
If you have conquered zip lining and seek even more adventure, consider sky diving. Skydive Ohio, located in Xenia, is a favorite among locals for its well-orchestrated skydiving adventures. First-time jumpers and licensed sky divers are welcome, with tandem and single-diver courses. Not sure what to do? No problem. Trained instructors will help lead you through the process. Visit http://www.skydiveohio.com for more information or to schedule your next jump.
Help your teen go from bored to BMX
Have a teen just bumming around the house? Take him or her to BMX Bike camp at Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp. Located in Butler, BMX camps offer both freestyle and racing opportunities. When you get bored of biking, consider the skateboarding, skiing and scootering programs available for all ages at the camp year-round. Brave enough to attempt a turn? Adult camps and open course times are also available. Visit http://www.ohiodreams.com, or call (800) 963-3495 for a brochure.
Scale the slopes
Although Ohio may not be known for mountainous terrain, it is still possible to scale some slopes in Ohio. Vertical Adventures, located in Columbus, offers indoor rock climbing for beginner to advanced climbers. Once you master the sport inside, challenge your skills outside and consider climbing the Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation Metropark (a permit is required through Cleveland Metroparks, but it is free to qualified climbers). Contact http://www.verticaladventuresohio.com or http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com for additional information.
Hitch up in a favorite hide-a-way
Marmon Valley Farms in Logan County offers the opportunity of horseback riding to riders of all ages. The rustic farm provides the perfect scenery for the long trail rides available at the farm. Located in Zanesfield, the Farm’s riding stable is open all year (reservations are recommended). When you finish your ride, visit the animal barn, take a swing on the playground, or enjoy a picnic at one of the many shelter houses. Visit http://www.marmonvalley.com for more information.
If you have cabin fever from being stuck indoors through Ohio’s blustery winter weather, head outside to take advantage of spring with a few outdoor adventures in the Buckeye State.