In no particular order:

Feeding Romaine lettuce to an eager giraffe (and its 18-inch-long purple tongue) at the Columbus Zoo

Strolling up to the window at the tiny Jeni's Ice Creams shop in German Village, ordering extra sprinkles and holding a sticky hand while exploring Schiller Park

kids zoombeziFloating in the lazy river at Zoombezi Bay, and knowing that the swim up bar is there if you need it

kids wexLying out a quilt for a fun outdoor movie night outside the Wexner Center, with local pizza and popcorn

kids farmPerusing a farmers market and snacking on a fresh Ohio peach or pint of cherry tomatoes before you leave (the North Market, Clintonville and Worthington are standouts)

Shelling out a whole dollar during Dime a Dog Night at the Clippers game for a summer feast

Catching (and releasing) lightning bugs at Scioto Audubon Metropark with a sunset view of the downtown skyline ahead of you

Chasing each other through the fountains at the south end of the Scioto Mile, then grabbing a patio table at adjacent Milestone 229 for some delicious mac & cheese


first image via @sarahmonsterful