Five of the Best Places To Visit In Ohio, and I should know! I’m a buckeye, born and bred! Of course, Ohio is famous for more than being my birthplace!
Ohio became an official US state in 1803 and is an excellent travel destination if you are looking to unwind or are seeking entertainment. The midwestern state is primarily rural and consists of wholesome sights to see and people to meet. Read on to discover five of the best things to do in Ohio.
- Hocking Hills State Park
The beautiful state park in the Hocking Hills region of Hocking County, Ohio, comprises over 25 miles of hiking trails, rock formations, waterfalls, and recess caves. Perhaps the most romantic and picturesque area in Ohio, within it, you will find abundant wildlife, including barred owls, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, and perhaps a lurking bobcat. The state park is open all year round, and you can explore it from dawn and dusk. While there are comfortable cabins and cottages available to stay in, camping expeditions for the more adventurous travelers are welcomed. However, if you prefer ultimate relaxation after a long hike, these hot tub getaways in Ohio will make for a luxurious vacation.
2. Cedar Point
If you are looking for somewhere that will keep the whole family entertained, Cedar Point has got you covered. The park opened in 1870, and it is considered the second-oldest amusement park in the US. It features a world record of 71 rides, including 18 roller coasters – so prepare for a storm of adrenaline rushes. You will find many family-friendly attractions, like Cedar Creek, a classic lazy river designed for a relaxing experience. Cedar Point has been a big family destination as long as I can remember!
3. Rock & Roll Hall Of fame
Located in downtown Cleveland on Lake Erie’s shore, the museum and hall of fame documents the spectacular history of rock music. Established in 1983 by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, the museum celebrates the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures in the industry. It is an ideal spot for music lovers and those keen to learn about the songs that shaped rock and roll. The building itself is an impressive piece of architecture, combining geometric forms and cantilevered spaces anchored by a 162-foot tower. The tower supports a glass tent-like structure, which houses the plaza and provides visitors with a grand entry.
4. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
A historic venue housing 3,000 plants and 500 animal species, this is a magical day trip for couples or families looking to make memories. This zoo is so dear to my heart, it is the first zoo I ever went to. I was surprised to find out that llamas didn’t have two heads. True story! I guess I saw Dr. Doolittle one too many times when I was a child! The Cincinnati Zoo was appointed as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and continues to be a center for conservation, with successful breeding programs including that of California sea lions. While you are there, look out for Martha, the last living passenger pigeon.
5. Cleveland Museum of Art
Share in the love of art, culture, and history at Cleveland Museum of Art. Exploring the museum is an immersive and intellectually stimulating experience. The perfect place for a date, the museum houses fascinating exhibits of the world’s great art – there’s plenty of different aesthetics to engage with and admire. And, the public now has the ability to share, collaborate, remix, and reuse images of more than 30,000 public-domain artworks from the CMA’s world-renowned collection—all without asking permission. It is called Open Access.
One thing I must see every time I go back to visit is the Ohio River. My family lives in southwestern Ohio (Dayton) and Maysville, Kentucky. The sight of the river was always exciting as we went visiting back and forth, and no sight was more exciting than the Simon Kenton Bridge which spans the Ohio at Maysville, Kentucky. You cannot miss the mighty Ohio! Go to the Cincinnati Zoo and don’t miss a view of the river!