Ohio is a Midwestern state in the USA, with the city of Columbus as its capital. The state gets its name from the Ohio River and is part of the Great Lakes region. Ohio is known for its historical landmarks, public parks and gardens, and several museums including the famed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Buckeye State — so named for its buckeye trees — has been the home state for 6 US Presidents. For the visiting tourists, Ohio has a wide array of attractions to choose from. In this blog, we will list some of the top tourist attractions that should certainly feature in your checklist.
- Cincinnati Fountain Square
This small city square at the junction of E 5th Street and Vine Street has been considered the heart of downtown Cincinnati since 1871. The highlight of the square is the stunningly dominating 43-foot bronze Tyler Davidson Fountain from Germany. The square is dotted with many hotels, restaurants, cafes, and shops making it a popular place with locals and tourists alike. Fountain Square also hosts many events throughout the year including one of the largest celebrations of Oktoberfest outside Germany.
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is not just a conservatory and botanical garden, but also an art gallery, featuring glass artworks of the renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly. It was established in 1812 and is presently a prominent educational and horticultural institution of the city of Columbus. There are a number of sections in the garden based on climate zones like the Pacific Island Water Garden, Himalayan Mountains, Desert, and Tropical Rainforest. Exhibits like the Bonsai Courtyard and Palm House are also popular with tourists. Other than its collection of over 3000 glass sculpture by Chihuly, the facility also hosts several art exhibitions throughout the year.
- Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Founded in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the US, just a year younger than the Philadelphia Zoo. The Reptile House, next to the Swan Lake, however, is the oldest zoo building in the US. With over 1.2 million annual visitors, the zoo is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cincinnati. It is located in the Avondale neighborhood, about 4 miles north of Cincinnati. The zoo, currently spread over 75 acres, is home to almost 1900 animals belonging to over 500 different species. Gorillas, white Bengal tigers, Nile hippos, and white lions are some of its most popular exhibits.
- Cincinnati Museum Center
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a former railroad station that is now home to several museums. It was built in an Art Deco style in the 1930s to combine 5 different stations of downtown Cincinnati. With the decline of the railroad services, the terminal lost its glory and was unsuccessfully transformed into a shopping mall in the 1980s. In 1990, amajor restoration project not only made it the home to 6 organizations, it also helped resume Amtrak services from this terminal. The Museum Center presently has the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Railroad Club, Cincinnati Historical Society Library, and the 5-story movie house Omnimax.
- Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park is one of the most popular nature attractions in the state of Ohio. It is located about 55 miles south east of the capital Columbus. Hocking Hills State Park is most famous for its unique rock formations. There are many activities that are popular within the park including hiking, fishing, rock climbing, caving, bird watching, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, archery, and horseback riding. There are around 200 campsites inside the park area. Hocking Hills State Park has several beautiful waterfalls and gorges which are well marked with trails. The 5 sections in the park are Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, and Cedar Falls.
- National Museum of the United States Air Force
With over a million visitors every year, the National Museum of the United States Air Force is one of the most popular tourists attractions in the city of Dayton. It is located in the Wright-Patterson Air Force base, about 5 miles east of downtown Dayton. The museum is considered to be one of the largest of its type in the world with a collection of over 360 aircraft and missiles. It is the official museum of the US Air Force and was established in 1923. One of the most popular sections of the museum is the Presidential gallery, which has several aircraft used by the presidents of the USA.
- Cedar Point
Cedar Point is a very popular amusement park located on the banks of Lake Eerie, about 60 miles west of Cleveland. The park opened in 1870, making it the 2nd-oldest amusement park in the US, behind Lake Compounce in Connecticut. Cedar Point has a record 71 rides, which includes 16 roller coasters, earning it the nickname Roller Coaster Capital of the World. 5 of these roller coasters are over 200 feet, the only park in the world to have that count. With over 3.6 million visitors, it is the most-visited seasonal amusement park in the country. If you are thrill ride junkie and visiting Ohio between May and October, there is no way that you can miss Cedar Point.
- Cleveland Museum of Art
With its collection of over 45,000 art works, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most prominent art museums in the country. It is particularly renowned for having a substantial collection of Egyptian and Asian art. The museum was open to the public in 1916, and according to wishes of its founders, has free entry for the visitors. With a footfall of over 700,000 every year, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most visited art museums in the world. Artists featured in the museum include masters like Botticelli, Rubens, Rubens, Goya, Dali, Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol, to name just a few.
- Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park pays tribute to 3 of the most famous sons of Ohio – Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. While the first 2 are brothers known for their pioneering contribution to aviation history, Dunbar was an African American writer who was known for his poems, novels, and lyrics. Prominent landmarks of the Park include the Hoover Block where the Wright Brothers had a printing shop, the Wright Cycle Company building, and Hawthorne Hill — which has the mansion where the brothers intended to live together. It also includes the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where the brothers tested their flights. Other notable attractions are the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, Dunbar Memorial, and Wright Memorial.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Located right on the waterfront of downtown Cleveland is its most popular tourist attraction, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum, as the name suggests, is dedicated to rock and roll music. It not only has a stunning collection of artifacts associated with rock and roll, but is also famous for honoring and listing the top entertainers in this genre. Although the Foundation was set up in 1983, the museum was established in 1995 and has since attracted a footfall of over 10 million. The 7-level state of the art building is also an attraction in itself. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is not just a museum but a Mecca for those who love the rock and roll genre of music.
Originally posted 2017-09-11 10:36:14.