Disclaimer: Don’t worry, there’s something in it for you! Let me explain… Once in a blue moon, all the hours I’ve spent slaving over the computer pay off in the form of sponsored posts and/or free products to review. Please don’t hate me 🙂 While I am receiving products/services in exchange for my participation in the Roar and Explore promotion, the views and opinions expressed here are my own…. even if they do pay the bills (or in this case, send us on vacation). But, guess what? Good news! Experience Columbus gave me a vacation package to give away, too! Check it out and enter for your chance to win below!

Tips on Planning Your Family Weekend Vacation

What should families look for when they’re planning a weekend getaway? Planning is key! Plenty of fun things to do with kids; indoor and outdoor activities available depending on weather. You’ll need to find a great place to stay; a family friendly accommodations… clean, comfortable preferably with a pool. Lastly, family vacations don’t have to cost a fortune. Keep in mind it’s about making memories, not breaking the bank. I’ve been doing a little research on Columbus. I was able to talk with local Mothers who gave some really great advice on places to travel. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find a collection of family friendly Columbus attractions to explore (while staying on a budget) with 20 Things to do in Columbus under $20.

The Roar and Explore package from Experience Columbus

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Just a three hour drive from Pittsburgh, Columbus makes the perfect weekend family getaway location. Experience Columbus’ Roar and Explore offers families the opportunity to take an affordable, memorable and amazing weekend vacation with packages starting at $411 for a family of four (learn more). Here’s what the package includes:

  • (2) Nights at participating Drury Hotels: What more can you ask for besides a spacious, clean room and wonderful service? How about a huge indoor pool, FREE hot breakfast and WiFi… yes, please! Reviews are looking great for the Drury hotels in Columbus (4.6/5 Stars)! Winner of the giveaway will receive a (2) night stay at their choice of one of three Columbus Drury Hotels.
  • (4) Tickets to the Columbus Zoo: Rated one of the top zoos in the country!… and it should be with a director like Jack Hanna! In fact, Jack makes appearances at the Zoo for special events, as well as, filming his two hit shows Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. There are over 10,000 animals at the 130 acre zoo. Not to miss exhibits include the newly opened “Heart of Africa,” Dinosaur Island and Stingray Bay.
  • (4) Tickets to COSI: If you like the Carnegie Science Center, you’ll LOVE Columbus’ COSI. It has over 300 hands-on exhibits. It was named the #1 science center in the country by Parents Magazine! Kids will love the outdoor science park as well as the special area for tiny explorers ages 0 through Kindergarten.
  • (4) Tickets to Zoombezi Bay Waterpark: This waterpark is massive! It sits on 22 acres and includes 17 water attractions including water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and more. We’re looking forward to Baboon Lagoon: a “multi-level play structure includes 90 interactive aquatic controls to give participants a myriad of possibilities to explore and play, 10 exciting water slides and the iconic 1,000-gallon tipping water bucket.” Woah!

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  1. […] 20 free (and nearly free) fun, family friendly attractions in the Columbus area. Also, be sure to enter to win the Roar and Explore Adventure Giveaway if you haven’t already ($400+ […]

  2. This is soo awesome! When will the winner be selected?

  3. Just saw this and entered. We went this weekend to do all these wonderful things but we had to return home on Saturday to go to The Children’s Hospital because my 5 year old daughter got a metal speck imbedded in her eye. Winning this would make my girl happy again.

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