Fort Meigs re-enactors (photo by Elizabeth Raymond)

What to Do in Ohio This Week: June 29-July 5

From Independence Day celebrations to a safari at The Wilds, start with these ideas to make the most of summer.

Honor our History at Fort Meigs: Join soldier and citizen re-enactors as they commemorate Independence Day 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg with demonstrations, historical music and activities. The celebration features cannon fire and toasts, and the National Salute ceremony is stretching to more than 2 and half hours to broaden its accessibility to visitors. For those staying home, tune in to a history podcast.

Cheetah cubs at The Wilds (photo by Grahm S. Jones)
Roar into Summer at The Wilds: The 10,000-acre safari park and conservation center in Cumberland is home to more than 500 rare and endangered animals — from cheetahs to the southern white rhino. Check them out on an open-air safari, walk through the butterfly habitat and cast a line on a fishing safari. You can even extend your visit with a stay at the lodge, cabins or adults-only yurts at Nomad Ridge.

Take a Road Trip: The Amish Country Scenic Byway guides travelers on a 160-mile peaceful drive over the hills of Holmes County and past places such as the Berlin Village Antique Mall and Millersburg’s Victorian House Museum. Stop for treats, shop for quilts, stay overnight in a charming B&B and more. You’ll want to pack light — lots of goodies are sure to find their way home with you.

Make a New Independence Day Tradition: Visit the National Veterans Memorial and Museum on July 4 and discover stories of our nation’s veterans, from the Revolutionary War through today. The “So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope” exhibition has been extended through Labor Day, so museum visitors can explore Hope’s major tours and travels during World War II with nearly 50 artifacts and an original 11-minute documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker John Scheinfeld.

Paddle the Great Miami River
Paddle Down the Great Miami River: Love to paddle, row, fish or birdwatch? The Great Miami River Water Trail is Ohio's only National Water Trail. Make a splash and explore three whitewater play kayak parks, 117 public access points, 50-plus natural and urban parks and world-class fishing.