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Family-friendly events, recreation opportunities and culture for sophisticated palates are hallmarks of Ohio’s largest cities.

In Cleveland, visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium or Great Lakes Science Center before an outing to the House of Blues. In addition to a ballet company and symphony orchestra, Cincinnati offers art museums, theaters, and music and food festivals. Lively neighborhoods in Columbus include Short North with art galleries and boutiques, German Village and its Old World charm, and sports venues, bars and restaurants in the Arena District.

In Holmes County, a farming community between Cleveland and Columbus, Amish children walk to attend classes in one-room schoolhouses. The family transportation is a horse-drawn buggy. The Amish, traditional Christians who left Europe in the 1700s, number about 40,000 in eastern Ohio. Their craft stores, flea markets and restaurants dot the countryside. Learn about the religion and culture at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin.

For some classic made-in-Ohio ingenuity, tour Warther Cutlery in Dover, Columbus Washboard Co. in Logan and the KitchenAid Experience in Greenville. Head outdoors to canoe the Mohican River or visit The Wilds, a 4,000-hectare facility in Cumberland for endangered animals.

Get Out. Get Active. Get to Ohio!

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Fun Fact

The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, which was used as the setting of the film, The Shawshank Redemption
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The Shawshank Trail features 15 filming sites from the 1994 film, “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Checking out space artifacts at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio
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Both John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, were Ohio natives.

Must see places

Outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Whether you like your rock music classic, pop or heavy, Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is unbeatable in the depth and breadth of its musical celebration. Costumes, priceless artifacts, instruments, interactive displays and a huge hall of fame pay homage to the biggest names in music. It’s all housed within an iconic glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei with a massive red sign in front that reads “Long Live Rock”.

A colorful array of roller coasters at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio

Cedar Point

The self-proclaimed Roller Coaster Capital of the World boasts 18 coasters ranging from mild to mind-blowing. Smaller children can hop on carnival-style kiddie rides and watch family-friendly stage performances. Thrill seekers will be blown away by high-speed rides such as the record-breaking Steel Vengeance, a steel-on-wood hybrid coaster with a 63-meter peak, 90-degree drop and 30 seconds of air time. There’s also a water park, petting zoo and beach area.

Taking a break from hiking to waterfalls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Located between Akron and Cleveland, the natural treasure that is Cuyahoga Valley National Park is nature’s respite from the outside world. Explore more than 200 kilometers of hiking trails, listen to the cascades of Brandywine Falls and Bridalveil Falls, go paddling on the Cuyahoga River or take in the scenery on horseback. Running through the middle of the park is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which offers a three-hour round trip tour.

Aerial view of Put-in-Bay off South Bass Island, among Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands

Lake Erie Islands

There are dozens of small islands off the Ohio shore in Lake Erie. Put-in-Bay is a local favorite, home to the World’s Longest Bar at Beer Barrel Saloon (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). Kelleys Island has shopping, dining and its very own winery. For camping and fishing, head to Middle Bass Island. On the mainland shore, check out Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Boat service is available from many points along the shore.

Exploring the cave known as Rock House in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Hocking Hills

The dramatic cliffs, waterfalls and caves of Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio make for stunning scenery and endless fun in the outdoors. Hike forested trails to cascading waterfalls, try a zip lining tour, go canoeing on the Hocking River, brave a rock-climbing or rappelling excursion and end the day in a cozy wooden cabin. Away from the city, you can view the starry night sky at the John Glenn Astronomy Park observatory.

Exterior of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

At the world’s largest military aviation museum, four massive hangars are filled with jaw-dropping specimens of aircraft from across the decades. This isn’t just for military and history buffs. Everyone will be amazed by early-era gliders, historic war planes, rockets, presidential planes and stealth fighters. It’s hard to believe that admission to this museum in Dayton is free.
Mural work inside the Cincinnati Museum Center in Ohio

Cincinnati Museum Center

A former train terminal, the circa-1933 Cincinnati Museum Center was given National Historic Landmark distinction for its astounding Art Deco architecture. Today, the facility is home to an OMNIMAX Theater, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives and several museums including a children’s museum. Plan to spend a day exploring the fun and educational cultural activities here.

A horse-and-buggy traveling through Ohio’s Amish Country

Amish Country

Northeast Ohio is home to the largest Amish community in the USA, a heritage that dates to the start of the 19th century. While the Amish generally avoid the comforts and technology of modern society — opting for plain dress and horse-and-buggy transportation — they still welcome visitors to enjoy homemade cheeses and pastries, famously sturdy furniture and hand-crafted quilts.

Exterior of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Located in Canton, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is for die-hard American football fans and the folks who love them. In addition to the hall of fame filled with life-like busts of the sport’s most-celebrated players, you’ll see authentic uniforms, footballs, photos and historic memorabilia.

The Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio

Short North Arts District

Entertainment, dining, shopping and nightlife make the Short North Arts District one of the hottest spots in Columbus. Pop into funky boutiques, stroll the parks and green spaces, and stop for a quick bite to eat before happy hour – the district’s dozens of bars, breweries and restaurants offer tempting drink specials to usher in the nightlife.

Hot Air Balloon flying over Asheville, North California
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