Long after the echoes of joyful giggles at the water’s edge have been replaced by the rhythmic hum of cicadas singing a soothing summer song, my droopy-eyed five-year-old resists bedtime by insisting on roasting one more marshmallow over the dancing flames of the lakeside bonfire. Instead of eating it, she props the stick dripping with the gooey confection against the fire pit and curls up in my arms.
“Can we stay here forever?” she asks just as her tiny eyes close. I’d like to say yes and, in a way, I wouldn’t be lying. This moment will likely fill her young mind with lifelong memories just as the family vacations of my youth have.
Whether memories are made next to a crackling fire in a state park, whooshing through a winding water tube in the state’s waterpark capital or while playing a round of golf on gently rolling hills, these nine resorts in Ohio make it possible to live it up or just relax in the heart of it all.