Top Ten Things to Do in Ohio

Top Ten Things to Do in Ohio
Top Ten Things to Do in Ohio
Ohio, situated between Lake Erie and the Ohio River, is home to more than 11.5 million residents. The state also boast a number of major cities--Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati. In addition, the "Buckeye State" offers green spaces, covered bridges and wineries, museums and a host of ethnic heritage.
Tour the State Capitol Building

The Ohio Statehouse, located at Broad and High Streets in downtown Columbus, is the seat of government for the "Buckeye State." The governor's office is here; so are the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. Visitors can tour the building and learn about the state's history in the attached museum. The building is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Ohio Statehouse
One Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 728-2695

Visit the Rock Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located in downtown Cleveland, is the city's most popular attraction. The museum, at the edge of Lake Erie, is a treasure trove of stage costumes, album cover art, rock and roll memorabilia and, of course, music.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
E 9th St and Lake Erie
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 781-ROCK

Explore the Hocking Hills

Located southeast of Columbus, the Hocking Hills make a wonderful escape from Ohio's bustling cities. The area is known for its craggy and dramatic rock formations and caves, particularly Old Man's Cave. You can also rent a cabin or enjoy the sand beach at Lake Hope State Park.

Visit Toledo's Glass Pavilion

Opened in 2006, the Glass Pavilion is an adjunct of the Toledo Museum of Art. It's a fitting place for a glass exhibit, since Toledo is the "Glass City" and several of the museum's original donors were glass manufacturers. The Pavilion houses more than 7000 objects, dating from antiquity to the present. Admission is free.

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue
Toledo OH 43620
(419) 255-8000

Party at Put-in-Bay

Located on Lake Erie's South Bass Island, the harbor town of Put-in-Bay is "party-central" during the summer for Ohioans. The easy-to-navigate island features a winery, several beaches, seafood restaurants and a host of bars, including the Roundhouse (an octagonal building) and the Beer Barrel Saloon, which claims to have the world's longest bar. Access to the island is via ferry from Port Clinton or Catawba Point on the central Ohio coast.

Tour Ohio's Wine Country

Lake and Ashtabula Counties are home to Ohio's Lake Erie Wine Trail. The area boasts 19 independent wineries, most with tasting rooms and many with full restaurants. The area is particularly known for its Rieslings and Ice Wines.

See the Bridges of Ashtabula County

Ashtabula County, in the extreme northeastern part of the state, is home to 19 covered bridges. Some are restored; others are newly constructed using classic techniques. All are fascinating. Take the self-guided driving tour (maps are available at the Ashtabula County Courthouse in Jefferson) or attend the annual Covered Bridge Festival, held the second weekend of October.

Take a Ride on an Ohio Riverboat

The Ohio River, the southern border of the state, was a favorite thoroughfare during the steamship era. Today, a few of these classic vessels, such as the Delta Queen, have been restored and visitors can take day trips or multi-day excursions on board.

Learn about the Wright Brothers at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park

Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the first airplane, were from Dayton and owned a bicycle shop there. This shop has been restored and is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park. Also included in the site are the Wright Brothers Aviation Museum and the former home of poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park
16 South Williams Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 225-7705

Tour the Glass Factories in East Liverpool

East Liverpool, located on the Ohio River just across from West Virginia, was once home to more than 300 pottery companies. The combination of clay soil and European craftsmen make the area a mecca for dishware designers and potters. Today, only a few of these companies remain, but visitors can learn about the area's history at the Museum of Ceramics in downtown East Liverpool. You can also tour the Homer-Laughlin and Hall China factories.

The Museum of Ceramics
400 East Fifth Street
East Liverpool, Ohio 43920
(330) 386-6001

Sandy is a Northeast Ohio-based writer, blogger, and editor. Among other projects, she writes and edits the Cleveland pages for About.com. Before devoting herself full-time to writing, Sandy was a travel agent and cruise school instructor for 18 years. Sandy holds a Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University.
(courtesy of the Ohio State Capital Archives)