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    How To Plan A Perfect Midwest Family Reunion

    When considering affordable family reunion destinations, many pull out their map of USA to find a logical midway meeting point for the occasion.

    Southwest Ohio is within a day's drive of 60% of the US population.  So, for families searching through Midwest travel ideas, Clinton County, Ohio offers many options for memorable family reunions...

    Off the beaten path enough to rest and relax, but just around the corner  from a long list of popular attractions to please everyone in your family!

    Now that we've narrowed down location, lets talk about Midwest family reunion ideas for fun and entertainment. 

    How To Plan A Perfect Midwest Family Reunion 

    Whether you prefer to stay indoors or explore the outdoors, the seasons of the Midwest and Southwest Ohio offer lovely scenery for family reunions from early Spring to late Fall.   Four ideas to run with...or mix and match to your preference:

    Go For Value

    Planning your family reunion at the same time as one of our fabulous Festivals allows you to plan specific family gatherings while also offering extra entertainment options that please many at once.

    Favorite family-oriented festivals:

    • The original Banana Split Festival - Second weekend in June each year

    • Clinton County Fair - Rides, Demolition Derby, and billboard music artists in July

    • Corn Festival - Antique tractor parade & foodies bliss, weekend after Labor Day


    The festival fun occurs year round - Access the entire list .  Your accommodations  choices run the gambit for hotels, inns, and other lodging too.

    Rent The Inn

    This idea works well for smaller family groups.  Choose a bed and breakfast or the historic General Denver in downtown Wilmington, Ohio.

    From there, we have a county full of parks, shopping districts, restaurants, and family-friendly attractions  eager to welcome your family for magic moments to fill your photo albums!

    • Adventure Golf

    • Geocache our Barn Quilt Trail

    • Try an Australian Adventure at Horsefeathers Farm

    • See a show at our Historic Murphy Theatre

    And that's just getting started...


    Do It Lakeside

    Does your family appreciate nature and being outdoors?  Our beautiful Cowan Lake State Park  is the place for you!

    Cowan Lake is beautiful any time of day, with picnic areas for family gatherings, as well as cabin and campground options.  The lake itself is popular for photographs - perhaps the most "photogenic" of midwest family reunion venues.

    • Go fishing

    • Hike the trails

    • Rent a pontoon boat

    • Hop in for a swim

    • Or, just relax in your hammock and...do nothing together.

    Should you wish to venture out for a meal, the towns of Clinton County, Ohio are just a short drive.

    Best Of All Worlds

    If your family likes a bit of everything, Clinton County can keep up with you!

    First, reserve a block of rooms at one of our hotels  - Choose one with a pool for those that want to do laps in the morning before heading out for the day.

    Second, plan your adventure:

    • 9 or 18 holes of golf

    • Chuckwagon Dinner Ride

    • Attend an SCCA or ECTA car racing event at Wilmington Air Park

    • Pheasant Hunting at Cherrybend Farm 

    • Or try the "stay here, play there" plan, and meander to Paramount King's Island Amusement Park or the United States Air Force Museum.


    Whatever your family reunion requires, Clinton County, Ohio is a perfect midwest family reunion destination.  Simply be in touch, and we'll help you plan!