One might not believe that there is beauty and fun to be found in Ohio but they’d be wrong. This Midwest state, home of the Buckeyes, is sure to surprise you if you give it a chance.

From Nature Trails to Roller Coasters

If hiking is your thing, Hocking Hills State Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park both fit the bill. Located in southeastern Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park has received national and international acclaim as a top park to visit. Stunning in every season, visitors can look forward to views of wildflowers adorning the forest floor in springtime and vivid foliage in the fall. The park features towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep, hemlock-shaded gorges for hikers and nature lovers to enjoy.

Though only a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Why not spend a day in “the rollercoaster capitol of the world”? Cedar Point is a 364-acre amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio. The park features a world-record 72 rides, including 18 blow-your-mind roller coasters. The riding experiences are so diverse, there’s a roller coaster for every thrill seeker. In 2018, Cedar Point introduced Steel Vengeance, the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world. It should definitely be on your “must-do” list! Buy your tickets online to save versus the window price.

Lake Life, Anyone?

If you’re going to be in the area for Cedar Point, you should take a day to explore Lake Erie. With multiple beaches along its shore, you are sure to find one that you love.  If you’re up for a shot ferry ride, check out Kelleys Island, which is home to a state park, a brewery, fishing charters, and plenty of sandy beach front fun. Put-in-Bay is another island located within Lake Erie. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is located on the island and it is also home to limestone cave system.

The Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, houses the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures that have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. From Elvis to Sonny and Cher to ACDC, the history cataloged here is extensive and diverse.

Ohio is not just the Buckeye State, it’s a fun state!