Favorite Places to Vacation In Ohio
While Ohio may not be the first spot that comes to mind when planning your next vacation, it turns out it offers a variety of destinations, activities, and attractions that are fun for the whole family. So whether planning a long weekend or lengthier vacation, read on for some of our favorite places to vacation in Ohio.
Cleveland is the home to a number of museums and cultural attractions, including the Museum of Natural History Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Art, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Children’s Museum,Playhouse Square – largest performing arts center outside of New York City, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra at Severance Hall. The natural beauty is also impressive, and can be enjoyed at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, while the marine life is stunning at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Sports fans can take in a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field, Cleveland Browns game at FirstEnergy Stadium, or a Cleveland Cavaliers game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. University Circle is a square mile near downtown that is home to some of Cleveland’s top education, healthcare, arts, cultural, religious and social service institutions, as well as great retailers, restaurants and bars, as does Gordon Square Arts District, Whiskey Island or The Flats; or you can take in a concert at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Blossom Music Center, or Cain Park.
The “Queen City” of Cincinnati offers its own cultural destinations, including Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park at Eden Park, Duke Energy’s Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History and Science at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, the Cincinnati Observatory, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. You can also visit the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden or cross the river to check out the Newport Aquarium. Sports fans will enjoy the Cincinnati Reds Museum and Hall of Fame at the Great American BallPark, or taking in a match featuring the newest MLS team, FC Cincinnati. You can’t visit Cincinnati without taking in the John A Roebling Suspension Bridge, or the Purple People Bridge. And you don’t want to miss Findlay Market, which was founded in 1852 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet up with friends at Cincinnati’s main gathering place, Fountain Square, home to Tyler Davidson Fountain and a popular spot to attend free concerts, movies, and special events; and eat, work, play, and enjoy the arts in the Incline District. Take a walk back in time at the American Sign Museum, or be a kid again Coney Island and Kings Island. And if your not done yet, see one of the prettiest areas of the city in—wait for it—Spring Grove Cemetery.
Recently undergoing quite a transformation, Downtown Columbus has a ton to offer visitors and residents alike, including the Ohio Statehouse, Scioto Mile, Columbus Commons, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Columbus Association of Performing Arts at the Ohio Theatre, The Topiary Park, North Market, Columbus Museum of Art, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Short North Arts District, German Village, and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, as well as the abundance of bars and restaurants in the surrounding Arena District. Catch a Columbus Crew SC game at Mapfre Stadium, which is the first soccer-specific stadium built in the United States. And you can’t visit Columbus without checking out Ohio Stadium, or ‘the Shoe’, at The Ohio State University or visit the campus’ Wexner Center for the Arts. Don’t miss one of the best zoos in the country at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay; do some shopping at Easton Town Center, or explore the past at the Ohio History Connection. Natural beauty abounds in Columbus and Central Ohio, including the Park of Roses, or the 19 natural area parks within the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. Columbus is also home to some of the state’s largest and most popular events, including the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the All American Quarterhorse Congress, Dublin Irish Festival, and the Ohio State Fair.
Lake Erie and Beyond
While many of the most popular destinations and activities are found within or near the state’s three largest cities, there is beauty and fun to be found throughout. Communities around Lake Erie are popular spots, including Put-In-Bay and South Bass Island, which features Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial; Kelly’s Island, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and Port Clinton; get your thrill on at nearby Cedar Point; explore the natural beauty of the state at any of the Ohio State Parks, including the park and surrounding areas of Hocking Hills and Maumee Bay State Park or enjoy a safari-like experience at The Wilds; the Amish communities in Millersburg offer a more tranquil experience; while Canton offers the beauty of the Gervasi Vineyards or the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
So, where will you vacation in Ohio next?