Visiting a water park in Ohio, during the winter months makes for a wonderful tropical vacation in the middle of winter, making it fun and relaxing for the entire family.... 

At these five parks near Lake Erie, it is summer all year round. Sandusky has to be the water park Mecca as it is home to the largest indoor water park in the nation.

Visitors have a choice of a variety of indoor water parks with slides, pools, lazy rivers, hotel rooms, restaurants and family fun activities. 

The parks are tropically warm and bright, making it always sunny in Sandusky--even on  a cloudy, snowy day. 

Each of the parks has its own specialties and hotel water packages. Many have restaurants so there is no need to leave the fun to find breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In this capitol city, where to go out to breakfast is a major decision. Columbus has gained a big reputation as one of America's up and coming culinary destinations. The area offers breakfast goers a long list of ethnic, funky and offbeat places to eat. 

There are more than a dozen local coffee roasters and farmer's fields just minutes away from the city offering easy access to local ingredients for use in creating the menus of many restaurants.

Try some of these special places.

Believe it or not...here is an opportunity to get some good ole winter comfort food while cruising (in your car, truck, etc. not your boat) through beautiful Hocking Hills State Park located in Logan, Ohio.

Yes, it is cold and snowy, hence the need for Comfort Food.

The Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise foods have been selected by fans via social media and these 10 stops along the way have done those dishes up right. 

CRUISE (2015) dates January 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 7 and 8.

Palm Springs, California —famous for its movie stars, wind and sunshine — offers visitors 94 square miles of fun and interesting things to do. 

This resort city in the Coachella Valley has it all.

It is a place where resort hotels like the Renaissance offer luxury to all who visit, with tennis courts, pools, restaurants, bars and live entertainment.

For a holiday experience like none other visit the Dickens Victorian Village and fantastic courthouse light display in Cambridge, Ohio.

This is a unique mix of the old and the new in a family event that is free to the public. This city, of about 13,000 residents, has a passion for making the Christmas holidays special for visitors. 

For the last six years more than 1,000 volunteers have been creating The Dickens Victorian Village display.

One of the most famed Christmas movies of all time, "A Christmas Story" was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The house used in the movie where Ralphie and his family lived is open year-round for tours. You can climb under the sink, shoot the BB gun and see the famed leg lamp.

When it comes to holiday shopping...visiting Peddler's Village in Bucks County, PA has something fun for everyone in the family from Grandma to Junior. 

A visit to the area makes for a fun family event. 

Peddler's Village is home to over 70 one-of-a-kind shops, eight restaurants, children's fun things to do and lodging available on site. It is adjacent to small towns, scenic drives and historic sites.

We all learned to spell it, maybe one of the only words I really could spell well and never forgot--

M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I. A place where the cotton grows and the blues were born.

So where do you begin? First stop should be the Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center and Museum located on U.S. Highway 61. It is housed in an 1895 train depot, interesting in itself, and travelers will find plenty of information on “things to do” from a very friendly state!.

In 1985 this modest home on a quiet brick street in Akron was declared to be a state historical site by Governor Richard Celeste. The home of Dr. Bob, Robert Holbrook Smith, is an important piece of history and also became a National Historical Landmark through the offices of U.S. Congressman John Seiberling.

The 12 steps you walk to get up to the front door are filled with history and the imprints of those that sought help.

The Moosehead Lake area in Maine, includes the areas of Sugar and Farm Islands as well as the shore in Days Academy and Kineo Townships. 

You will find campsites and boating opportunities. Mossehead Lake is known for its scenic hiking trails and fantastic views of the fall colors from Mount Kineo. The area is a real outdoor experience.
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