Ah, summer’s heat is upon us in Ohio. We’re not sure if our favorite part is the Ohio Valley humidity that leaves our shirts drenched with sweat or the constant dehydration that plagues us just walking down the street, but one thing’s for sure: We love escaping from it however we can. Whether it’s floating around in a giant pool, smacking people with those ridiculous pool noodles or cabrewing down a river, we’ve got you covered if you’re looking for an adventure to cool off.

1. Make A Splash in Coney Island’s Sunlite Pool

Photo Credit: Sherry Lachelle Photography

Nothing shows how hot it’s getting like thousands of people packing into a giant pool like a bunch of sardines in a can. The crazy thing, though, is that the pool is the largest in the country and even when there are a ton of people inside there’s still room to move around. With the recent addition of new water slides and space to accommodate thousands, you can’t go wrong in taking the short trip from Cincinnati. After taking a dip, air dry off on one of Coney Islands classic theme park rides or go bet on horses in nearby Belterra Park.

2. Go Cabrewing (Errr Canoeing) on The Little Miami


Stretching throughout a majority of the state, the Little Miami River provides ample opportunities for spending a day out in a kayak, canoe, raft, or even an inner tube if you’re feeling adventurous (but don’t get stuck). With plenty of options for rentals throughout the state, you don’t need to go out of your way to buy an expensive kayak for a few trips per year. Plus they’ll even pick you up at the end of your adventure. Just make sure to bring some extra sunscreen and water. Trust us, unless you want to come out looking like Larry The Lobster or Dried Up Spongebob screaming for water, you’ll be glad you planned ahead.

Pro Tip: If you’re deciding to get a little schmoozy on your ride, you better make sure to bring coozies and be discreet about it. FYI: It’s illegal to drink while canoeing. We would never recommend doing that…

3. Take A Dive at Cedar Point’s Soak City


Next up on our list, Cedar Point’s Soak City brings you thrills and spills with plenty of water slides and pools to beat the heat. Whether you’re looking to float down the Lazy River for a few hours like a half-beached whale or wanting to be a little adventurous by taking a few trips up and down the slide towers, racing your friends to the end, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. The best part? You can run right over to some of the best roller coasters and thrill rides in the world right afterward. Now that Valravyn is open, expect long lines, so try to take the trip on a weekday!

4. Jet Ski Around Put-in-Bay


A close drive from Cedar Point and Toledo, Put-in-Bay has been called the “Key West of the North,” and its reputation is rightfully earned over the summer. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock here every year for everything from Pirate Weekend to holiday celebrations, and the nightlife is easily the best in the entire state on a weekend night when one of their famed events are going down. During the day, though, there’s ample opportunity to explore in and around the island. Our personal favorite? Renting a jet ski and flying in and out around the surrounding islands. It’s truly an amazing experience, especially at sunset.

5. Go for A Dip in Lake Hope


Are you a bit of a nature nut? Good! This one’s for you! As adventurous souls ourselves, we love hiking and we love the open air feel of getting away from people from time to time. So, if you want to take a dip in a lake instead of a pool filled with people, this is the spot for you. Surrounded by a number of excellent hikes in Hocking Hills, there are endless possibilities for camping, hiking, and swinging through the trees like Tarzan if your heart so desires. Going on weekdays provides nature’s uninterrupted views and the serenity your soul desires when you’re just about done with everyone. Nature truly is the cure for everything.

Related: A Hiker’s Guide to The 11 Best Trails in Ohio

Have any other recommendations on ways to cool off this summer? Save us from the heat with your suggestions below!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…



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