With school ending, these popular destinations provide day trip ideas for students and their friends during the break

By Emma Klebe

rock n roll hall of fame

Located in Cleveland OH, the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame will take you back in time to explore different periods of music and their legendary artists. An adult admission costs $22 and the museum is open every day from 10am-5:30pm. Aside from the interactive exhibits, the hall of fame offers a store complete with merchandise, CD’s, books and other collectible items. After visiting the gift shop, be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Hall Cafe. The Chef Jam on June10 is one of many special events premiering this summer at the hall of fame. At the Jam, Cleveland’s top chefs will serve up food inspired by their favorite bands and artists. Another popular event, the Rock and Roll Festival, will be held on June 24. This festival honors African-American music contributions to the hall of fame.
indian lake

Indian Lake, which is only an hour and a half drive, is a hot spot for high schoolers to cool down and relax during hot summer days. Whether one has a lake house to stay in or not, there are many other accommodation options available such as renting a cabin or camping. Lake activities include swimming, boating, jet skiing, and fishing. If you don’t have access to any of this water equipment, all are available for rent with low hourly rates at local stores.

hockinghills2Although Ohio is known for its flat farmland, the Hocking Hills include “mountains” with a variety of hiking trails. Only half an hour away from Columbus you can find hiking trails, caves for exploring and waterfalls, all of which are free! This park is ideal for an outdoor adventure day with friends or for a getaway weekend. Cabins are available for rent and there are also local bed and breakfasts. If you’re staying for a long weekend, be sure to try at least one of the many activities the Hills has to offer. Some of these activities include ziplining, rock climbing, canoeing, fishing, and horseback riding.

indians fieldIf you’re looking for a sports-related summer activity, try driving up to Cleveland to watch an Indian’s game! Tickets range from $10-$78 and games are played frequently throughout the summer. Unlike previous years, many of the games for the 2012 season include firework shows at Progressive Field. Tours of the field and stadium are also offered at a reasonable price of $7.50. Heritage Park is another new yet popular feature added to the stadium. Not only is the newly built Indian’s “Hall of Fame” a great way to catch up on the team’s history before games, special events are frequently held here as well.