Maximize Your Time at Hocking Hills in Under 48 Hours

Maximize Your time at Hocking Hills in Under 48 Hours

If you don’t have a lot of time, you can still see a lot of Hocking Hills in under 48 hours. I’m sharing how we packed in a lot of adventure into a small amount of time. I wouldn’t change a thing and I hope our itinerary is a useful guide to help you with yours.

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3 Amazing Adventures You’ll Want to Try at Rafting in the Smokies

3 Amazing Adventures You'll Want to Try at Rafting in the Smokies

White Water Rafting is an adventure that was on my bucket list for a while. It’s also an adventure that scared me a little. I like controlled risk and white water rafting can be unpredictable.  Even though I was nervous about our adventure, my job was not to show it. [Read more…]

Old West Fest Info and Giveaway

Old West Fest Info and Giveaway

Looking for a unique festival this fall?

The Old West Fest transports you back in time on a western themed adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

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So what is there to do at Old West Fest?

A one-of-a-kind- event in Ohio, The Old West Festival transports visitors to an authentic Dodge City Wild West town dating back to 1878. Guests can pan for gold, explore the authentic old west town, belly up to the Saloon and much more. 

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Drawing more than 20,000 visitors each fall, the permanent old west town is home to everything you would expect to see in Dodge City circa 1878. Attendees will enjoy gunfights, jailbreaks, delicious Old West food, drinks, and more. Period re-enactors will also be found walking the streets and performing the roles of cowboys, cowgirls, storeowners, residents, sheriffs, and of course, outlaws.

Other performers will be ‘round town as well. Magician Jason Jacobs will amaze, bewilder and astonish with magic and illusions during his daily shows at Long Branch Saloon, and world champion roper Rider Keisner will perform his signature gun slingin’, trick ropin’, whip crackin’ tricks. New in 2016, The Carnivale Gang will have visitors hootin’ and hollerin’ at their outrageous humor and outbursts of physical comedy as they tell fantastic tales of the west. Plus, folks can kick up some dust dancing to the musical stylings of two local bands, Gunpowder Creek and Raison D’Être.

And what would the old west be without a good ole’ fashioned gunfight? Back by popular demand, four times daily starting at high noon, the Big Irons Rangers return with their gunfight re-enactments and trick shooting. In between shows they, and other period interpreters, will be walking the grounds to meet visitors and pose for photos.

The Old West Festival is a grand time for the young’ins, too. New this year, children’s activities are INCLUDED in the Sidekick price of admission. Now, kids can enjoy UNLIMITED train rides, panning for gold, Santa Fe Slingshot, Beginner Bow and Arrow, and Lucky Levi’s Lasso.

They can also enjoy pony rides, an old-fashioned melodrama, educational and fun first-person narratives, and a horseback cowboy contest that takes place in the arena three times per day, where the folks of Dodge City settle their differences on horseback rather than with gunplay. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, and even cross the frontier in a covered wagon.

The Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays,

September 10 to October 16 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Themed weekends add to the experience of the Old West Festival and include

REACH Family Weekend (New this year) Sept. 10-11

Freedom Weekend (New this year – all firefighters, police, EMS and military members will enjoy free Sidekick admission with their public service ID) Sept. 17-18

America’s Pastime Weekend Sept. 24-25

Romance Weekend Oct. 1-2

Faith Weekend (New this year, featuring a special evening concert with My Brother’s Keeper) Oct. 8-9

Halloween Weekend Oct. 15-16

To celebrate the opening of another season, the Old West Festival presents REACH Family Weekend, sponsored by Reach Cincinnati Magazine. The weekend will be filled with giveaways and fun prizes. Plus, all paid admissions will be able to sign up for free admission for an upcoming festival weekend, too, valid during the 2016 season.

Tickets to the Old West Festival can be purchased online or at the door

Admission

Sidekick Admission $12.99

  • Shows
  • Children’s Train Rides*
  • Live Entertainment
  • Children’s Activities & Games

Deputy Admission

  • Shows
  • Children’s Train Rides*
  • Live Entertainment
  • Children’s Activities & Games
  • Unlimited Soft Drinks
    Only $2 More!

Sheriff Admission

  • Shows
  • Children’s Train Rides*
  • Live Entertainment
  • Children’s Activities & Games
  • Unlimited Soft Drinks
  • Souvenir Boot Mug
  • $1 off Draft Beer

Children tickets for kids age 3-12.

***Kids 2 and under are FREE;

*Horse and wagon rides not included.

No firearms, pets, or outside food/beverage allowed on grounds.

Parking is FREE; horse rides are not included.

The festival is held rain or shine.

 

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 I’m giving away 4 Sidekick Tickets to the Old West Fest!

 

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You can find out more about Old West Fest from their website. You can connect with the Old West Fest on facebook and twitter. 

 

The Old West Festival is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32.

 

Disclosure: I was provided with tickets for giveaway and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

How to make the most of your visit to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Did you know that Indiana has a beach?

Lake Michigan offers a closer alternative for travelers desiring similar views to the ocean within a reasonable drive of the Midwest .

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located about an hour from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis, and 4.5 hours from Cincinnati, and provides a great escape to enjoy the outdoors.

I spent two days in the area and want to help you make the most out of your visit to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. [Read more…]

3 Affordable Adventures in South Bend Indiana

3 Affordable Adventures in South Bend Indiana

We discovered the affordable adventures that South Bend, Indiana has to offer almost on accident when we needed a meeting place for a kid exchange with relatives from Michigan. South Bend seemed like a good meeting point because it was a few hours from both of us. I decided that my husband and I should make the most of it and explore for a bit while we were kidless for a few hours.

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7 Adventures to Try in West Michigan

7 Adventures to Try in West Michigan

West Michigan has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure. I’m sharing 7 adventures that you will want to add to your list to try during your next visit.

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Amazing Adventures at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

Amazing Adventures at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

Our family has been fortunate to be able to try ziplining at several places all over the United States. I was really impressed by our visit to Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park. What I loved about the park were all of the thoughtful details that took the experience to the next level.

sign for Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

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