Day 10: Drive

We drove from Oak Forest, IL (suburb of Chicago) to Uniontown, PA.  Since it was a nine hour drive without stops, we didn't take time to see anything.  However, we drove by several places we have visited before that I would recommend checking out.

If you are a college football fan, check out South Bend, IN.  It is the home of Notre Dame and the College Football Hall of Fame.  Though we are not Notre Dame fans it is a beautiful campus to walk through and on game weekends you can walk through the stadium and see the gold helmets being prepared for the game.  "Touchdown Jesus" is also a recognizable figure on the Hesburgh Library near the stadium.  It's been several years since we visited the College Football Hall of Fame, but as you can see from the map of the museum there is a lot to see and do.  With all of the interactive displays, it is a great place to take kids.

Continuing on from the IN turnpike onto the Ohio turnpike you will eventually come to exits for Cleveland.  There are several places to visit in and around the Cleveland area.  Here's a few we have been to and would recommend.  Cleveland boasts the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and even if you aren't a huge fan of Rock and Roll, it has a lot of great exhibits and will give you a lot of information within the 150,000 square feet that make up the museum.  At $22 for adults, it is not a cheap museum, but children 8 and under are free with an adult admission.  They also offer free concerts during the summer.  Check out other free or cheap things to do in Cleveland with kids here

In nearby Canton, you can find the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  It is a great place to take any football fan, kids included.  Their website even provides a 265 page downloadable activity guide that is the most impressive activity guide for a museum that I have seen.  You don't even need to visit the museum to utilize this book, which would be great for kids who like football and for parents who homeschool or just want to supplement their child's education.

If you are a fan of roller coasters, be sure to check out the Roller Coaster Capitol of the World, Cedar Point.  Amusement parks are some of the most expensive destinations, but one way to save money at Cedar Point is to buy a Starlight ticket which lets you in for the last five hours or so that the park is open.  That is what we did several years ago and it was a great way for us to enjoy the roller coasters for less cost to us.

Another day trip option that is about an hour east of Toledo and two hours west of Cleveland is the African Safari Wildlife Park.  It is a drive-thru park in Port Clinton, OH.  They do have discounts if you go earlier in the day. 

These are some ideas of places to visit if you have time to stop in Northern IN or Ohio.  Feel free to share about other places you have enjoyed along the 80/90 Turnpike.


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