Ohio has several options to choose from when it comes to weekend destinations. These options are diverse, ranging from swanky urban architecture of Columbus to the raw natural beauty of Hocking Hills State Park. While some are ideal as a quiet weekend getaway, others present a whirlwind tour of several attractions. However, one thing in common for all of these weekend destinations is that they can be visited with the whole family. Here is a list of our pick of the top from which can pick your next weekend destination in Ohio.
- Enjoy a walk in downtown Columbus
Columbus is the capital and the largest city in the state of Ohio. It is located right in the heart of the state. The city is a major cultural hub of the region attracting a wide range of ethnicities. This is reflected in its wide variety of festivals, cuisines, and culture. For the visiting tourists, the city offers a number of historical sites, public gardens, a major zoo, plenty of art galleries, and a vibrant night life. Take a tour of downtown Columbus to have a feel of the city. Attractions in that district include the Columbus Statehouse, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus Museum of Art, Goodale Park, German Village, and the 18-mile long Olentangy Trail which ends there.
- Visit the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
Cleveland is one of the major cities and popular tourist destinations in Ohio. It is situated on the southern banks of Lake Erie at its confluence with the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland is a major manufacturing, financial, and cultural hub along the Great Lakes region. For the visiting tourists, Cleveland has several attractions ranging from museums, historic landmarks, public gardens, shopping centers, art galleries, and a zoo. It is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. A visit to Cleveland means an ideal urban vacation for the whole family.
- Do some bird watching at the Maumee Bay State Park
The Maumee Bay State Park is located in north western Ohio, on the south bank of Lake Erie. The park was established in 1975 and is spread over 1336 acres. Maumee Bay State Park offers a wide array of outdoor activities amidst a picture-postcard natural setting. Some of the most popular are hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, geocaching, golfing, and hunting. With plenty of gateway rentals, camps, and resort lodges for the visitors, the park area is also popular for picnicking. Bird Watching is also increasingly becoming popular with the park visitors, especially during spring when thousands of birds visit the area.
- Go click-happy at the Geneva State Park
The Geneva State Park is located about 50 miles east of Cleveland, on the south shore of Lake Erie. It is the northernmost park in the state of Ohio. The park covers 698 acres and is very popular with the neighboring population for its wide array of outdoor activities. Other than the usual ones like hiking, cycling, boating, and fishing in the summer months, the park is open in the winter months offering snow mobiling, ice fishing, and ice boating. The park is set in an area of Ohio which has many of the top wineries in the state, so wine tour is also an option. Ashtabula County, where the park is located, is the largest in Ohio, and is known to be a photographer’s delight for its 16 covered bridges.
- Travel the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is just 25 miles south of Cleveland. It is the only national park in the state. The park was established in 2000 and currently spans over 32572 acres. The park offers the perfect nature escape for those living in the nearby cities like Akron and Cleveland. Annually more than 2.4 million visit the park to enjoy its scenic beauty and also to spot wild animals like red foxes, minks, bald eagles, coyotes, and white tailed deer. The park has a number of hiking and cycling trails, most notably the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Want to take it easy? Then simply take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway and soak in the beauty of the surrounding scenery.
- Take a hike in the 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.
- Roll back to life’s simple pleasures at Ohio Amish Country
East central Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish settlements in the world. Set amidst the beautiful green rolling hills, Ohio’s Amish Country offers the perfect escape from the hard grind of city life. Take a weekend off to visit counties like Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, and Coshocton which have a large Amish population. But what is there to do in the Amish country of Ohio? You can take a guided tour of the region or visit the museums to know more about the Amish community. You can also try their cuisine, enjoy local arts and crafts, and interact with the local folks to know more about their way of life. And, of course, try the heavenly cheese that will melt in your mouth.
- Soak in the fun of a festival at Cincinnati
The name Cincinnati is synonymous with baseball and a visit to the Great American Ballpark to watch the Cincinnati Reds play. But there is more to the city than just baseball. Founded after the Revolutionary War, many historians termed it as the first purely American city in the US. Stunning architecture influenced by European styles earned it the nickname Paris of the West. The city has remained a major cultural center of the region, thanks to the large number of German immigrants. Visiting Cincinnati means not only having a chance to enjoy its heritage sites and several man-made attractions but also to enjoy festivals like the Oktoberfest, Appalachian Festival, Cincy Cinco Festival, Festival of Lights, Tall Stacks, Riverfest, and Tall Stacks, to name just a few.
Originally posted 2017-09-11 09:45:30.