Fun Things to Do When You Visit Columbus

Fun Things to do when you visit Columbus

Columbus, Ohio offers a lot for visitors to see and do. I’m sharing some of my favorite stops in Columbus that I would recommend checking out.

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4 Adventures to Try at Fernwood Resort in the Winter

4 Adventures to Try at Fernwood Resort in the Winter

During our stay at Fernwood Resort, we tried enjoyed several outdoor winter adventures. The first adventure we tried was a dual race on the 1,000 ft long  Zip Racer Zipline. This was my friend’s first time ziplining and my first zipline in the snow. The hike up to the platform was very scenic and my friend really enjoyed her 1st zipline experience.

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What it’s like to try the Luge when you are not an Olympic Athlete

 

What it's like to try the luge when you are not an Olympic athlete

I love when plans work out for a spontaneous adventure. My friend was already coming to town, so I just offered her  the “choose your own adventure” option for her visit.  Try the luge, cross country skiing or attend an ice sculpture festival.  I was sooo excited that she wanted to try the luge too.  The weekend we went was the first time the track had been open all winter due to lack of snow.  This was a Christmas gift I’ve been impatiently waiting to use.

I had tried the wheeled luge track with my kids this past summer and I knew I wanted to come back to try the winter one.

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An Adrenaline Rush on the Toboggan Chutes at Cleveland Metroparks

An Adrenaline Rush on the Toboggan Chutes at Cleveland Metroparks

A toboggan chute has been on my bucket list for a few years and I was really excited to finally cross it off.

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6 Reasons to Try Indoor Skydiving

6 Reasons to Try Indoor Skydiving

Indoor SkyDiving has been on my bucket list for a while. I was sooo excited that it worked out to finally cross it off my list during a recent trip to the Gatlinburg area. Now that I’ve experienced this adventure, I’ve got reasons for you to add it to your list too!

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Mega Quest- Fully Underground Ropes Challenge Course

Mega Quest- Fully Underground Ropes Challenge Course

A visit to Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky was on my adventure list and I was SO EXCITED that we were able to cross off a visit during the final days in December.

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Year Round Adventures at Ober Gatlinburg

Year Round Adventures at Ober Gatlinburg

When you visit Gatlinburg, you have a lot of options to choose from for entertainment. Ober Gatlinburg offers so much to do year round and the beauty is that you can do it all at one location. You can easily spend hours there between all of the adventures and activities.

So what are your options for an Ober Gatlinburg adventure?

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What We Loved About Michigan’s Adventure

 

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Michigan’s Adventure is a smaller amusement park compared to some of the other Cedar Fair Amusement Parks but it still has a LOT to offer for the whole family.  Ironically, we never visited Michigan’s Adventure when we lived in Michigan and just visited for the 1st time once we lived out of state.

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Here is what we enjoyed the most during our visit.

1. Thunderhawk

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Thunderhawk is a suspended steel roller coaster that simulates flight with speeds of 50 mph and heights of 120 feet. The ride is smooth and the flips are fun! We liked this one so much that we rode it a few times in a row.

2. Shivering Timbers

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Shivering Timbers

Shivering Timbers is the longest wooden roller coaster in Michigan! The variety of hills and speeds that reach 65mph make this ride a must during your visit.

3. Mad Mouse and Corkscrew

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Mad Mouse is a fun ride that seats 4 people in a car with quick turns and hills. The Corkscrew coaster ride time goes by really fast with speeds up to 45mph and two inversions.

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3. Wildwater Adventure Waterpark!

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The waterpark at Michigan’s Adventure honestly went above and beyond my expectations. I was really impressed with all of the waterslide options in the park. Your admission ticket to Michigan’s Adventure includes the waterpark which gives you double the fun.

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There are rides for the whole family here. There are several areas for smaller kids to swim and play along with three separate wave pools that each offer small, medium or large sized waves.

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This waterpark has a great amount of big water slides. You have to carry your own tube up for some of the slides which also doubles as a cardio workout.

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Make sure that you allow for enough time to check out all of the slides because the waterpark closes earlier than the regular park.

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4. Rides for all ages

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If you have younger kids you will have lots of rides to choose from.

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5. Classic Rides

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I loved that Michigan’s Adventure had the classic type of rides that you see at a festival but you have comfort of knowing that everything is permanently secured to the ground.

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6. Short Lines

During our visit we never waited more than 30 minutes for a ride which gave us more time to see more of the park and go back to the rides we enjoyed.

7. Dining Plan Options

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You can get a better value by purchasing an All day dining plan if you plan on being at the park all day and don’t want to worry about planning meals.

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We had a great time at Michigan’s Adventure. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are visiting West Michigan.

You can find out more about Michigan’s Adventure from their website. 

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Michigan’s Adventure is located at 1198 West Riley-Thompson Road, Muskegon, MI 49445.

 

 

 

Disclosure: I received complimentary admission for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Control Your Own Speed on The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

Control Your Own Speed on The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

I was really excited about checking out the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster during our visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is a fun, family friendly thrill ride that takes you up and down that side of a mountain on your own personal coaster that can reach speeds up to 35mph!

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You can ride single or double and your thrill level is up to you. During our visit, the lines for the Mountain Coaster moved pretty quickly. Our ride operator made sure that we were harnessed securely in the ride and that we knew the safely instructions. He also welcomed and encouraged a picture of himself.

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I rode with my younger son, who also doubled as the photographer, because you are not allowed to take pictures while riding if you are in charge of the brake.

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The specially designed ride up the mountain was very quiet and smooth.

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The steep incline up the hill makes you wonder what going down will be like, but keep in mind that you control your speed.

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Once you reach the top, you push your handle forward to begin your ride. My son and I decided to go full throttle down the mountain. If you do want to brake, you just pull your handle back.

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The quick twists and turns through the woods were such an adrenaline rush filled with pretty scenery!

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It really feels like you are going faster than you really are, but it’s still important to make sure that you still maintain a safe distance from the riders in front of you.

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The track is really quiet, but you probably won’t be on your way down. You can’t help but smile and scream.

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My younger son rode with my friend and he was in charge of videotaping their ride.

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My friend was grateful that she could control her own speed. She didn’t go full throttle but she still had a blast!

 

The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster was such a fun adventure! The ride lasts about 5-7 minutes depending on how fast you go. The time seemed to fly by!

 

The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is open year round which makes it a fun adventure any time of year. We were able to go right after it finished raining but the track still runs in rain or snow.

 

Pricing at the time of our visit

1 Rider $14.32

Must be at least 56”
1 person per coaster car (Maximum weight 375lbs/330lbs if track is wet)

2 Riders $24.16
2 people in same coaster car (Maximum weight 375lbs/330lbs if track is wet)

Children $7.16 (Child-Parent Combo $21.48)
(Ages 3-9. Must be at least 38 tall and ride with a companion at least 16 years old and 56” tall)

 

 

You can find out more about the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster from their website.

 

 

The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is located at 306 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN. (865)430-5577

 

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission for review purposes. All opinions are my own.