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A few weekends ago, I took the kids to Castaway Bay in Sandusky, OH for a weekend getaway. As it was in the single digits here, it was nice to go to an indoor water park were it is 82 degrees everyday inside. In case you have never been to Castaway Bay it is located right outside the entrance of Cedar Point. It is opened year-round and has a huge 38,000 square-foot water park with one thrilling water coaster. Other features include a set of water slides, a wave pool, a place to play water basketball, and lots of places for younger children to splash.

My kids ages 9, 13, and 15 still enjoy the water park and arcade. Although they say it is geared towards kids under 13 my 15-year-old still has a smile on his face every time we visit. We also enjoy wave pool, water coaster, and of course the 1,000 gallon bucket of water that dumps out every 2 minutes.

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What I love about Castaway Bay is that it is not too large and I can see the entire water park and see what the older kids are up to. My kids enjoy not having the larger crowds and feel like they have the water park all to themselves.

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Mango Mike’s is where we ate for breakfast the next day. It was a breakfast buffet and carried a variety of breakfast foods that the whole family would like. It was nice to get your breakfast already made so you can go back and enjoy the water park.

If you are looking for a getaway with your family you can score this awesome deal when you use the promo code BLOG. You will get a special rate starting at $149 for a (1) night stay, 4 water park passes and a breakfast buffet.

Reservations can be made online at castawaybay.com or by calling 419.627.2106

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Be sure to come back to Cedar Point when it opens back up as Hotel Breakers will get a facelift for the 2015 season. Check out the details below.

2015 will also mark the debut of the newly renovated Hotel Breakers. Located along the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, Hotel Breakers will complete its two-year transformation into the ultimate resort destination. Along with a new exterior, the modernized hotel will have a new entrance portal, classic interior finishes, newly furnished and remodeled rooms with LCD TV’s, new furniture, bedding and décor, and many other amenities and offerings. Additional enhancements include a new Starbucks and the Surf Lounge bar inside the famous rotunda, widened exterior green space with panoramic views of Lake Erie and an outdoor water play area with zero depth entry and splash features.

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Get out of this cold weather and enter for a chance to win 4 Castaway Bay Day Passes. All you have to do is enter by using the form below and doing the tasks. The more tasks you do the more entries you receive. Giveaway ends 2/27/15. (1) Winner will be notified by email. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I was provided a night’s stay and passes by Castaway Bay featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

Disclosure: I received 2 tickets to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, OH, through a travel campaign from New Creative Media. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Do you enjoy music and love to see what the musicians wore? I enjoy that and was excited to add the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum to my list of things to do while visiting Cleveland. When you walk up to the building you will notice a giant pyramid-shaped building. With 7 floors of exhibits filled with stories of some of the biggest names in rock and roll there is no doubt you won’t be excited.

When you first walk in you will see the inside of the pyramid building. To start the tour, you head to the basement and walk into the culture of rock and roll. You will see things from the oldies like Elvis Presley all the way up to current like Kid Rock.

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It took us about 2 hours to go thru all 7 floors. I enjoyed The Beatles room as I am a huge Beatles Fan. You probably already know that from my Hard Rock Cafe Tour I posted here.

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The coolest thing to see was the Pink Floyd “The Wall”. It was an actual wall with the characters from the cover. It had sayings on “The Wall” that were interesting to read.

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It was interesting to read all the stories from famous musicians such as seeing the actual couch that Jimi Hendrix sat on when he was young and practice playing his guitar.

If you love music, I highly recommend making a visit to The Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. You will not be disappointed.

The cost for admission is $22 for Adults, $13 for Kids ages 9-12, $17 for Seniors (65+)/ Military, $18 for Greater Cleveland Residents, and Free for kids ages 8 and under. If you become a member the admission is always FREE.

Head on over here to purchase tickets or become a member to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

 

 

Disclosure: I received media passes through a campaign from New Creative Media  to visit Market Garden Brewery. All opinions are 100% my own.

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I am not a huge drinker but I do like my occasional “Bud Light” mostly on the weekends, vacation, or special occasions. I am not much of a Brewery Beer type of person but was invited to come and take a tour and tasty at The Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland, OH.

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When you walked into the location, it looks like a fancy place. I almost felt out-of-place but was soon comforted by the amazing staff with their exceptional help and information. I was told to look at the Brewery Beer menu and pick out 4 beers and write them down on a coaster.

I chose the following 4 beers:

Old School– Crisp, light and refreshing with a delicate malt body and a snappy hop finish with 4% alcohol.

Boss– a smooth and mildly toasty in flavor but finishes with a noble hop twist and 5% alcohol.

Viking– citrusy, piney, bright and fresh glory and lightly sweet malt body with 5.5% alcohol.

Citramax– IPA brewed and dry hopped with Citra hops to impart an intensely fruit, citrusy flavor and aroma with 6.7% alcohol.

My favorite was the Old School Beer. It had that light taste that was similar to Bud Light. Even after my tasting I ended up ordering another glass. My least favorite was the Citramax. The citrusy flavor did not go good with my taste buds.

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After we tasted our 4 beers, we got to go on a tour of how they make the beer. We were told step-by-step how they make the beer and how they serve right up to the bar. You could even pour the beer right into your glass from those big gallon drums. They also deliver the beer they make to their other locations in Cleveland and are currently opening up a new distribution area behind the current location that is bigger.

I loved how the location was opened up to the outside and the light up patio area. It was fun to enjoy some drinks with friends over conversation.

Check out the list of 12 beers that The Market Garden Brewery makes here and be sure to visit next time you are in Cleveland, OH.

 

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A few weekends ago, I took my husband to the Good Guys show in Columbus, OH. He is a big car fan himself as he built his own drag racing car. It was a 3 day weekend event and the largest show in Ohio.  The first night on Friday was the “Dragster” night at National Trail Raceway. You could watch cars drag race across the track with a variety of cars racing. On Saturday and Sunday was the Good Guys Show at the Fairground. They even gave away a G-10 Good Guys Truck on Saturday.

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Inside the show you will find a variety of cars and hot rods from 1972 to present. Some of the cars are decked out and some are showing off their cars they are just starting to work on. There were over 600 cars to look at that filled the entire fairgrounds. Some cars were more unique than others. While browsing through Good Guys show you will also see vendors set up to purchase car parts from. Most of them were offering a show discount if you purchased the part at the show.

Walking thru the Good Guys show you will hear cars come and go with their loud motor sound that I love. Shows were also going on inside the building teaching you how to build parts or put things together. Among the parts vendors were also food vendors. You could grab something off the grill to a dessert. There were many to choose from.

The Good Guys have a show every year, so if you missed it this year be sure to check it out next year. Check out the Good Guys website for all the latest news and promotions.

Disclosure: I was provided with 2 tickets featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.