As we kick off 2014, snow and cold blanket the state, leaving us dreaming of warmer weather. What a perfect time to begin planning a spring or summer getaway at an Ohio State Park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) oversees more than 70 state parks located around the state, making it possible for any family to enjoy a fun getaway.
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park will be offering extended discounts in 2014, with camping and docks being offered at a 25 percent discount. These special rates will begin April 1, and last until Oct. 31, excluding holiday and theme weekends.  
“This is the ideal time of year to begin planning a vacation,” said ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb. “We encourage Ohioans to visit a state park they have never been to before.” 
Ohio State Parks consists of 74 state parks located across Ohio that are utilized by 55 million visitors per year—with free admission. There are countless opportunities for families to explore new parts of the state and bond together by swimming, hiking on trails, riding bikes or horses, golfing, playing disc golf as well as many other outdoor recreational activities. 
Visit to learn more about the lodges, camping, getaway rentals and other fun activities available through Ohio State Parks.
The Grand Lake St. Marys State Park discounts may not be used during the following dates: May 23-25, July 3-July 5, Aug. 29-31, Sept. 18-20 and Oct. 1-4.
Contact the Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Office for questions about the discounts at 419-394-3611.