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Great Weekend Getaways in Ohio – The City of Lima

With the outbreak of COVID-19, many people’s summer plans have been put on hiatus. Events and celebrations have been cancelled. Many amusement parks and attractions have been closed. Even as some places have started to open up, unnecessary long-distance trips and flights are generally being discouraged. 

Those who decide to make longer trips anyway may have to spend 2 weeks in self quarantine afterwards. That can be a steep price to pay.

However, that doesn’t mean you need to let the summer months pass you by. Instead, you should just look a little closer to home. Regional trips and weekend getaways are quickly growing in popularity, providing a safer, more affordable alternative to extravagant summer vacations.

If you’re in the state of Ohio or Indiana, the Lima area is a great place to visit! Despite many of our usual summer events not happening, there is still something for everyone.

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Want to get away from civilization? Ohio’s parks and recreation areas are open to the public. The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District in Lima offers 1400 acres worth of activities and exploration. You’ll find plenty of hiking trails, perfect picnic spots, biking paths, and more. While the beaches are currently closed due to COVID, the amphitheater is open, providing a variety of live entertainment. 

In addition to the Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks, Greater Lima has countless other parks and waterways for games, relaxation, fishing, camping, and more. Click here for a list of all your options.


Though social distancing measures and capacity limits are in effect, most of our 200 dining options are still open and available for visitors. Whether you want some delicious food, a stress-relieving beverage, or a selection of mouth-watering desserts, you’ll have plenty to choose from. 

Many of the local restaurants and bars are still hosting nightly activities as well, ranging from local live music to karaoke to line dancing, and more. After a day of exploring and seeing the local sites, you’ll find a lot of ways to cap off the evening.

A Great Place to Stay

Once you’re done living out the day to the fullest, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest. While some choose to camp in one of our scenic camping areas, others prefer the joys of a soft bed and climate-controlled air.

Wherever you plan on venturing out in the Lima area, you’ll be able to find a comfortable hotel nearby. Due to current safety measures, some may not have their pools open, but who wants to spend their summer days at an indoor pool anyway?

Instead, use your hotel to sit and relax, and then, it’s time to get back out and see the sites of historic Lima, Ohio! For hotel and motel options, click here.

Not Sure Where to Start?

We can help with that. Visit Greater Lima is here to help you make the most of a trip to our beautiful community. Whether you simply need a few questions answered, or you’re looking for someone to put together an entire itinerary, we have you covered. 

If you’re looking for places to visit in Ohio for a weekend getaway, the Greater Lima area has you covered.

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