To help make this a season to remember, here are 25 ideas to do before Labor Day.
21. Take a safari
You don't have to trek to Africa to see endangered wildlife roaming free over rolling grassland. At The Wilds, about 30 minutes east of Zanesville, you'll see rhinos, giraffes and other awesome animals on open-air bus tours offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in June, July and August.
22. Hit the beach
Geneva State Park
Lake Erie laps beautifully at the shores of this small state park in northeast Ohio, about three hours from Columbus. After a day swimming and sunbathing, head about a mile east into Geneva-on-the-Lake, a vintage vacation strip with burger joints and small amusement parks.
23. Savor a cold soup
Betty's Fine Food & Spirits
One highlight of the restaurant's new summer menu is Pineapple Gazpacho, a tropical twist on the quintessential cold soup birthed in response to high tomato prices. Yellow fruit gets blended with pineapple juice, long hot peppers, jalapeno peppers, lime and cilantro. Delicious.
24. Jump out of a plane
If you ask most people, the one thing they dream about is being able to fly. Come really, really close by doing a tandem skydive with a trained professional from SkyDive Columbus. Jumps are available on weekends from 10 a.m. until dark and start at $229.
25. Catch some waves
Wind Over Water Sailing School
So you want to sail and surf but don't have an ocean or a place to stow a boat? Well, have I got a sport for you! Learn to windsurf during two-day courses offered July through September on Hoover Reservoir. Registration costs $130.