Ohio Offers Affordable Autumn Getaway Packages

Packages featuring the Pro Football Hall of Fame, A Haunted Prison, Culinary Delights, Zipline Adventures, Museums, Zoos and More Available on DiscoverOhio.com

As Ohio's landscape transforms with fall colors, visitors can take full advantage of the season with 10 fall travel packages created for every interest and budget, starting at just $125. The Ohio Tourism Division has teamed up with tourism attractions statewide to bring together an outstanding line-up of travel packages designed to capitalize on the sights, sounds and smells of the autumn season. The two- and three-day packages are planned so visitors can be ready for a memorable getaway that showcases the best of Ohio with just one click or call. All 10 packages are available on www.DiscoverOhio.com under the Fall Travel Deals section. Additional Ohio Travel Packages and Special Offers can be found on the DiscoverOhio.com home page. 

"Autumn is a beautiful season to visit Ohio and with the fall harvest in full swing, now is the time to take advantage of some great travel packages designed to make the most of a two- or three-day  getaway," said State Tourism Director Amir Eylon. "From football to haunted sites and zipline tours to culinary delights, these packages celebrate the best of Ohio's diverse experiences amid vibrant colors and cool temperatures."

Canton Fan Favorites (Canton)
What better surprise for the football fan in your life than a fall pilgrimage to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Bed down at the Courtyard by Marriott for a fun-filled fan weekend and pay homage to your favorite gridiron greats along with a tasty tour of the sweet side of life at Harry London Chocolates. Can't get away this fall? Purchase now for a holiday gift that will guarantee you move to the top of your grateful recipient's list (or at least right after their fantasy football league). Package price for two from $125.

Haunted Prison Experience (Mansfield)

As spooky as the 124-year-old Ohio State Reformatory is during the day, it becomes terrifying after nightfall. This monstrous feat of Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne architecture is felt by many to be truly haunted. During the annual "Haunted Prison Experience," the fright factor is intentionally escalated by a maniacal lot who routinely send grown adults screaming for their mommies. Purchase this package, and you will have an exceedingly warm and welcoming environment waiting at the end of your run — at the Country Inn and Suites in Mansfield. Just like Mom, friendly Country Inn and Suites employees will welcome you with cookies, allow you to sleep with the lights on, and provide extra covers for you to hide under. Offer ends October 31, 2010. Package price for two from $135.

Pumpkins, Packo's and Fall Play (Oregonia/Toledo)

Bring the whole family for a late season stay along Lake Erie at Maumee Bay, one of Ohio's most desirable State Park Lodges. Enjoy all the amenities of the lake, then head into Toledo with four tickets to the new Imagination Station (former home of COSI Toledo) where everyone can explore. To fuel your fun-filled day, this package includes a $25 gift certificate to world-famous Tony Packo's Restaurant. Even if the kids have never seen the episode of M*A*S*H where Corporal Maxwell Klinger longed for a Hungarian hotdog from Packo's, they will appreciate the wall of signed hotdog buns. To top off the trip, head over to Flietz's pumpkin farm to navigate the corn maze or take an old-fashioned hayride. Package price for four from $159. Pumpkin farm closes Oct. 31.

3-2-1 Family Fun! (Warren County/Cincinnati)

Three attractions and two days for one great price will create a multitude of new family memories in Cincinnati. This package provides the ultimate in family reconnection opportunities with four tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, four all-museum tickets (includes the Cincinnati History Museum, Natural History  Museum and Children's Museum)  to the Cincinnati Museum Center and four tickets for multi-level laser tag at Lazer Kraze. After fun-filled days, the contemporary Hyatt Place Cincinnati Northeast will welcome families with the 24/7 Guest Kitchen offering made-to-order snacks and entrees - giving mom one more reason to love family vacations. Package price for four from $159.

Country Harvest Package (Chillicothe)

Immerse yourself in autumn near Chillicothe, Ohio's original capital city located along the beautiful Scioto River. Travelers will relax with an overnight stay at Kick Back Ridge Cabins and enjoy great local food, including dinner at the Old Canal Smokehouse. Located in historic downtown Chillicothe, the Smokehouse is famous for its hickory smoked barbecue dishes. Round out your autumn experience with a visit to Hirsch Fruit Farm and complementary jar of homemade apple butter, and soak in fall colors on one of four Paint Valley Skyline Drives that highlight some of the best scenes this area has to offer. Packages start at $178 per person.

Columbus Food Adventures (Columbus)

Savor Columbus' culinary creativity and tuck into a historic, boutique hotel at The Lofts with the Columbus Food Adventures package. This exclusive experience includes two tickets to Columbus Food Adventures "Short North Tour," valet parking at The Lofts Hotel, overnight guest loft and a $25 gift card to your choice of Arena District Restaurants. The highlight of this package, the Columbus Food Adventures "Short North Tour," begins at 11 a.m. on Fridays, just a few blocks from the hotel at the Historic North Market. During the three-hour tour, diners will stop at six of Columbus' many flavorful establishments, sampling signature dishes while being led by a guide with plenty of local culinary knowledge. The tour includes a colorful history of the Short North neighborhood, an area prized for its art galleries, inventive shops and outstanding local restaurants. Package is offered every Thursday and Friday evening. From $249.

Cleveland Plus Package
Check into the posh Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland for two nights, and customize your own perfect getaway! Two complementary Cleveland Plus Passes get you and a friend access to 10 great museums and attractions in Cleveland, plus discounts to other great area destinations and restaurants. Participating attractions include the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Lake Metroparks Farm Park, Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Holden Arboretum, Children's Museum of Cleveland, Western Reserve Historical Society, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Package price for two from $370.

Shiver Me Timbers (Newark)

If summer ended too early for your family, the Shiver Me Timbers package is just the ticket to recapture lost time. Although temperatures may be cooling off outside, it's always 84 degrees inside Coco Key Water Resort at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark. Bring the whole family to enjoy two nights at the lodge with plenty of time to splash around at the water park and explore hands-on activities at The Works museum. An official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, The Works is a hands-on learning, creating and doing place that includes art galleries, hands-on activity labs, a glass blowing studio, a wood and print shop, and a science theater located across six acres and 11 buildings. Family passes to local bowling or miniature golf facilities are also included. Package price for four from $399.

Zipline through the Treetops (Logan)

Experience southeast Ohio's Hocking Hills at the peak of fall color or wait until spring to relax with a two-night stay at a hot-tub  and fireplace equipped Hocking Hills Cabin. Then get your adrenaline pumping with a three-hour zipline adventure at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. This spectacular experience offers nature lovers and thrill seekers a unique view of Hocking Hills forests, rock cliffs and the Hocking River while suspended in the treetops on a network of ziplines and sky bridges. Once you climb down from the trees, lunch at The Millstone BBQ will re-energize you in preparation for some hiking to appreciate autumn in any of Hocking Hills' many parks and natural areas. Packages start at $270 per person based on double occupancy.

Hot from the Farm (Bucyrus)
Ever dreamed of a hot air balloon ride above peaceful rural landscapes robed in fall color? Indulge yourself and your significant other with a two-night stay at the cozy Hideaway Country Inn in Bucyrus, unforgettable gourmet meals with ingredients from local farms and breathtaking views of the gorgeous farm landscape with an hour-long hot air balloon ride. Hideaway Country sets the mood with four-course breakfasts, evening bonfires, a five-course dinner on your second night, "How-do-they-make-that?"agri-tours during the day and a visit to the pumpkin patch. Package price for two from $1,010.
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My family (wife and three kids, sometimes the dog) and I have been RV campers since 2007. We own a 2000 Trail-Lite B22 Bantam hybrid, our tow vehicle is a 2006 Trailblazer LT EXT (5.3 V8 with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio), and our setup includes the Equalizer sway controller. Looking to upgrade the camper in the near future, but until then we get out 2-3 times a month in season.