14 places to visit in Ohio
Ohio, The Buckeye State, is a beautiful state in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States. Ohio is an abode to a multitude of attractions with breathtakingly beautiful nature to admire and many picturesque towns and larger cities to explore. The modern cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, and Dayton have everything from world-class museums and staggering art galleries to historical sites, zoos, amusement parks, and outdoor recreation centers. Ohio in the recreational sense cannot be talked about without mentioning the excellent outdoor recreation destinations like Cedarpoint, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Hocking Hills State Park, where you can go hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing which are just a few out of many other beautiful places you can visit. Here are the some of the top places to visit in Ohio.
#1 Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Cuyahoga Valley is the only national park in Ohio, the park’s main attractions are the rolling hills, the beautiful Cuyahoga River, shaded gorges, sandstone ledges, and several waterfalls that can be spotted along almost 200 miles of hiking trails. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic railroad dates back to 1880 when the very first steam engine made its way through the Cuyahoga Valley, it was built to transport coal from the South of Canton to Cleveland. Today visitors can take a trip on an original steam engine and explore the beautiful countryside like seeing bald eagles, beavers, deer, and river otters as they move around in their natural habitat.
#2 Hocking Hills State Park
One of the most scenic places to visit in Ohio is Hocking Hills State Park, it is a natural area popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Within the park, you will find deep gorges, breathtaking waterfalls, inviting rivers, stunning cliffs, and ancient caves. The top areas to visit in the park are Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, Rock House,Ash Cave. At the park, they offer outdoor adventures like hiking, canoeing, camping, zip-lining, and rock climbing. It is also one of the best places for a weekend getaway, especially in the fall, when the leaves are changing to vibrant colors in the forested areas.
#3 Cedar Point
Cedar Point amusement park is one of the most popular summer destinations in Ohio, located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky. It is considered to be the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United State with astonishing features like 71world-record rides including 17 world-class roller coasters, a water park with so many equally exciting adventures, several other kids’ areas, and live entertainment. It is a place you must visit to have a lot of fun.
#4 National Museum of the US Air Force
The museum is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. Among the top free things to do in Ohio, visiting The National Museum of the US Air Force is one of them, an aviation museum having more than 360 aerospace items on display. The museum is a significant place in Ohio because of the two Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville who were known to have invented the first successful aircraft. From the Wright brothers’ invention to space travel, military aircraft, and recent stealth technology, you do not have to be a fan of aviation to enjoy the visit. One of the most notable areas of the museum is the Presidential Gallery, where you can walk through several preserved aircrafts used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower.
#5 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden located in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati is the second-oldest zoo in the United States, opened in 1875. It is a house for over 500 animals and 3,000 plant species. Also, the zoo grounds serve as botanical garden showing more than 3,000 varieties of plants from around the world, which are showcased in garden displays and as additional taste to the natural settings of the animal exhibits.
#6 Toledo Museum of Art
Over a large number of years, this museum has amassed multiple collections of ancient artifacts, which ranges from ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian pieces to American and European painting, and modern /contemporary art, of particular note, is the glass collection. In 2006, the Glass Pavilion which contains glass-blowing studios and galleries was opened as a unique structure with many walls including the exterior, made entirely of glass.
#7 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo is highly rated and it houses more than 10,000 animals. More than six regions are featured in the zoo, like Asia Quest, Heart of Africa, Congo Expedition, and North America. A celebration is usually organized during winter called Wildlights, it is a unique way to see the zoo animals at night and a fun way to enjoy winter in Ohio.
#8 The Franklin Park Conservatory And Botanical
A Garden in Columbus that features year-round tourist attraction with indoor and outdoor exhibits of plants and flowers. The conservatory features more than 400 species of plants from the Himalayas, rainforest, desert, and Pacific Islands.
#9 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The museum offers an outstanding look at rock and roll history on a decade-by-decade basis, featuring all the great artists from various times. On Cleveland’s waterfront, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has become a pilgrimage site for music lovers. The museum displays so many musical instruments, costumes, and interactive exhibits. The Wing of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees is a gallery you must see if you ever have the chance of visiting.
#10 Center of Science and Industry
The COSI is a very interesting place to visit, it is a science museum and research center in Columbus, Ohio. COSI is a place that features more than 300 interactive exhibits, both scientific and historical. At COSI, you get to ride in a mock space shuttle, check out the American Museum of Natural History, Dinosaur Gallery, and Ohio’s largest Planetarium.
#11 Lake Erie Islands
The Lake Erie Islands are found within the Great Lake, Lake Erie. The Islands are accessible by ferry from several spots along the coast. Kelleys Island is a top choice of the islands accessible to the public. One of the notable areas is the Glacial Grooves State Park, which was created by glaciers moving through the limestone bedrock.
#12 The Cincinnati Museum Center
There are several museums with combined collections of about 1.8 million artifacts in the multi-museum complex, giving visitors a range of scientific, historical, and educational experiences. The museums in the center include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, and the Museum of Natural History and Science.
#13 Cincinnati's Fountain Square
Cincinnati’s Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of Cincinnati since 1871. The Fountain Square has a wide range of events all through the week including speeches, games, movies, concerts, giveaways, and festivals. The main feature of the park is the ornate TylerDavidson Fountain that was dedicated in 1871.
#14 Ohio caverns
Ohio Caverns is a show cave located in west liberty, Ohio in the United States. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction and the largest of all the caves in Ohio with so many crystal formations, over 2 miles of underground passageways take visitors through different parts of the caves. Ohio cavern, usually said to be America’s Most Colorful Caverns is a scenic place to be.