Ohio Travel Guide
What’s round on the end and high in the middle? Why, it’s Ohio, of course. So went the commercial back in the day for the great state of Ohio with its northern shores on Lake Erie, and plenty of excitement in store for you and your family no matter which region you visit.
An Ohio travel guide would be remiss to neglect the capital city of Columbus, home to the Center of Science and Technology. This museum makes science fun for everyone with plenty of hands-on exhibits and discoveries just waiting to be made.
Ohio State University is home to 60,000 students and is a sprawling campus that is also one of Ohio tourist attractions. Take a self-guided tour and take in all of the architecture and places of interest in and around the school.
The Central Ohio Fire Museum teaches fire safety and the history of firefighting while the Santa Maria Columbus is a 15th century tall ship that allows tourists to see what life was like at sea as you explore the ship.
Cleveland is a great city for an Ohio vacation as visitors can take in the world famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Six floors and six decades of music are on display in the beautifully designed building where you can also watch clips of your favorite music stars.
The Great Lakes Science Center offers hands-on experiments, demonstrations and a NASA space education center among other displays and educational pursuits. If aviation is your thing, be sure to take in the small but powerful International Women’s Air and Space Museum where the little discussed role of women aviators comes to life. If your Ohio vacation takes you to Cleveland between May and September, you can tour the USS Cod Submarine Memorial, taking a tour of the only remaining US WWII fleet sub that hasn’t been modified for tours, meaning you get to see what it is really like to live and work in that environment.
Toledo is full of tourist attractions like the renowned Toledo Zoo home of the only underwater view of hippos in a zoo anywhere in the world. They also have a great polar bear exhibit, and a train through the African Safari exhibit in a well-planned out and easy to navigate park. The Wildwood Manor House was built in the 1930’s and is in the 18th century Georgian architectural style. Its 50 rooms and 16 fireplaces, trails through the surrounding woods and antiques make it an informative and historical place to visit. Elsewhere, The Imagination Station is another hands-on museum for the younger set that has a special toddler area and pre-school play areas so no-one in the family is left out of the fun.
The premier of all Ohio tourist attractions for thrill seekers is Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky. Here is the country’s best collection of roller coasters including the best steel coaster in Millennium Force. The Bluestreak, Corkscrew and the twin coaster Gemini also call this park home as will The Gatekeeper, which is new for the 2013 season. An Ohio vacation to Sandusky can also be full of waterparks, with some of the biggest names taking residence on the road to Cedar Point including Kalahari and Great Wolf Lodge.
The Shores of Lake Erie that includes Sandusky offer tourists many beaches and watersports to enjoy in the summer months and if you like boating, there is a gem of an island that may be small but packs a big punch. Put In Bay only measures 2 miles x 4 miles, but is full of family friendly activities. Visitors can take in the Aquatic Visitors Center to learn about the fish of the Great Lakes and the lake environment, or the Butterfly House a newer attraction that allows visitors to explore rooms full of the colorful insects. Gemstone Mining allows vacationers to pan for real gemstones and fossils while Perry’s Cave, found during the war of 1812 allows visitors to see an underground lake amid a limestone cavern.
Speaking of caves, Ohio Caverns in West Liberty Ohio is another of Ohio’s great tourist attractions. This 35 acre park is full of interesting places both above and below the ground. Learn the history of the caves and the geologic formations found within, and see the bright white stalactite and stalagmite formations. There are several tours that can be taken, including one that is specifically for those with mobility issues so all can enjoy the underground beauty.
Following the Cuyahoga River, your Ohio vacation takes you to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where you can hike amid the rambling river, rolling hills and native plants. Walk the Towpath Trail and you can follow the historic route of the Ohio and Erie Canal.
Central Ohio has the world’s largest Amish community where travelers to the region can visit a real working farm, sample homemade food and see the many buggies that are common in the area. The Amish Mennonite Heritage Center allows guests to see how life is like for the Amish as they continue to lead the simpler life like they have for centuries.
An Ohio vacation is a great get-away for the entire family. Come and explore, what are you waiting for?