I know pretty much everyone says this about their state, but Ohio is seriously misunderstood and underrated. We may scare people off because of “The Mistake on the Lake” (aka Cleveland) and the uncomfortable signs about spending eternity in hell on 1-71 South to Cincinnati, but I promise there are plenty of other reasons you should come visit our fly-over state. If you are one of the 11 million people who lives in, and loves, Ohio like me, then you know that there are plenty of hidden gems all over our little Midwest home!
Listed below are some of my favorite things to do in Ohio…
Or, King’s Island (Being a native Clevelander, I am definitely biased towards the the amusement park on the shores of Lake Erie). However, both amusement parks are an excellent time and perfect for families. I know I mentioned attending a theme park in this past post, but I couldn’t fail to bring it up again because Ohio is home to two of the greatest!
This park makes you feel like you’re hiking in one of America’s national parks — right in the middle of Ohio! I love that Hocking Hills has so much to offer, including horseback riding, hiking, and camping grounds! Click on the link above to learn more.
I am going to go ahead and admit my biases once again and suggest visiting Ohio State’s campus. There is so much to do, from grabbing a quick milkshake at Sloopy’s at the Ohio Union to wandering down towards the football stadium. I will admit though, if you aren’t close, it can be quite drive. I also suggest visiting Downtown Kent, where there is lots of good food and fun shops, or Ohio University, which has a breathtaking campus. We are home to many nationally-known universities, so why not visit?
Personally, I have never visited Yellow springs, but many of my roommates have and they love it. From the delicious food to the fun clothing boutiques, Yellow Springs has something to offer for every person. It feels like you are walking down Hate Ashbury but in the Midwest!
I have always been fascinated with Amish country and all that it has to offer. From their home-grown vegetables to their hand-made dolls and their delicious pies, I love that Ohio is home to such a diverse group of people.
Speaking of national parks, Ohio is home to one! Located between Akron and Cleveland, Cuyahoga National Park is one of the most beautiful parts of the state. I recommend biking on one of their paths or taking your kids to the old-fashioned store for a “soda.” It’s perfect fun as a date with your partner or with the entire family!
It’s no Rockefeller Center, but ice skating in Public Square during the holiday season is a close second to being in NYC (I promise!!). I love that Cleveland has really amped up the energy and worked on activities for people to enjoy during all seasons– not just the summer!
Again, this is another thing that I have never experienced, but my friends at school live for it. Known as one of the biggest pumpkin festivals in the nation, this famous Circleville event is a must if you are in the area during the fall season.
Honorable Mention: Patterson’s Fruit Farm
Honorable mention for pumpkin picking/ kids’ activities in the fall is Patterson’s Fruit Farm up in Lake County Ohio. From their tractor rides and apple picking to their excellent selection of pumpkins and perfect homemade kettle corn, it’s a close second to Circleville’s famous show.
Although Toledo often gets a bad rap, believe it or not, they have the best zoo lights in the country! I promise this isn’t just my opinion. Click here for the complete list of the country’s zoo lights and their rankings.
Although Cleveland is more known for their delicious food and (sometimes) awful football team, we are also the birthplace of Rock & Roll! If you are a fan of any artist from Prince to Beyonce, you definitely need to make a trip here.
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