To get properly soaked at Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark, you need to make a 40-foot climb. That?s the height of the park?s Slide Tower, where four rides await, including Black Out?a dizzying black slide that spirals down to the lazy river below. The park's interactive play structure is also 40 feet tall, though the activities there aren?t limited to sliding?youngsters can blast buddies with a water cannon or wait beneath the tipping bucket, which dumps 1,000 gallons of water throughout each hour.
While kids play, grownups can luxuriate in a 30-person hot tub open only to adults and preteens willing to chat about yesterday's C-SPAN transcripts. Other activities inside the balmy 84-degree park include showing off your skee-ball skills in Gold Rush Arcade or snacking on hot dogs and fries from the park?s concession stand, D.B.?s Sidewinder Caf?.
Regardless of the weather outside, CoCo Key Water Resort simulates an 84-degree Key West afternoon. As licensed lifeguards keep watch over the 50,000-square-foot indoor water park, guests race down four 40-foot body and raft rides, drift along the adventure river, play water basketball in the activity pool, or embark on a lily-pad adventure. The Key Quest Arcade breaks up aquatic activities with video and redemption-style games that challenge players to sink free throws while their mother repeatedly checks the ball off their forehead. Pizza Hut Express and TradeWinds Restaurant and Lounge vend tasty snacks to all, while the Wet Rooster Bar caters to adult patrons.
Spring Tour Bus offers transportation between New York and Ohio in comfortable, amenity-packed buses. These buses, which service the Chinatown neighborhood in New York City and travel to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati, are driven by experienced drivers with a minimum of five years experience. The buses feature reclining seats, heating and air conditioning, high-speed WiFi access, outlets, and restrooms in the rear.
Founded more than 30 years ago to foster cultural pride in the Italian American heritage, the Columbus Italian Festival still hews to its original trifecta of values: faith, family and friends. Held at the St. John The Baptist Italian Catholic Church, the festival has swelled from its inaugural crowd of 10,000 to more than 35,000. The festivities, which go on for three days, honor Columbus’s vibrant Italian community with live music, a smorgasbord of Italian cuisine, a cultural parade, and a film festival featuring the work of famous Italian directors, actors, or boom-mike operators.
The phosphorescent indoor landscape at Monster Mini Golf immerses putters in an eerie universe that inverts the sun-soaked cheer of conventional courses. Rimmed in glowing green barriers, 18 holes lure swingers of all sizes to challenge their coordination and resolve in the face of winged monsters, scowling animated trees, a creepy clown, and their opponents' shockingly dazzling smiles. Sheltered from searing rain and howling wind, the indoor course enables play around hazards such as a spell well and luminous, ghostly windmill at any time of the year. An in-house radio station and DJ mask the sound of pounding hearts with lively beats and course commentary, and golfers looking for additional glory can win prizes by participating in regular contests or at the on-site arcade.
For three days in June, the Ohio Celtic Fest transports Midwesterners to the Emerald Isle with authentic music, dance, and merriment. Intended for Irish-Americans and non-Irish alike, the festival cultivates a connection with the old country through multiple performance stages filled with Irish musicians from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Merchants offer an array of Celtic-themed gifts, jewelry, and embroidered goods, and a children’s area offers entertainment for the little ones, which can include puppet and magic shows, and a petting zoo.