Canoeing with Cincinnati skyline views during the annual Ohio River Paddlefest celebration
A family picnic at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park on the shores of Lake Erie
Strolling among the grape vines at Heritage Vineyard Winery in Warsaw
The George Hutchins Covered Bridge in Lancaster, an ideal stop while road tripping
Enjoying Italian cuisine with sidewalk views at Marcella’s in Columbus
Checking out the pumpkins on display during the Circleville Pumpkin Show, outside Columbus
The Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton
Berea Falls in autumn
The welcome center at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Marblehead Lighthouse overlooking Lake Erie in winter
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Get Out. Get Active. Get to Ohio!
Family-friendly events, recreation opportunities and culture for sophisticated palates are hallmarks of Ohio’s largest cities.
In Cleveland, visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium or Great Lakes Science Center before an outing to the House of Blues. In addition to a ballet company and symphony orchestra, Cincinnati offers art museums, theaters, and music and food festivals. Lively neighborhoods in Columbus include Short North with art galleries and boutiques, German Village and its Old World charm, and sports venues, bars and restaurants in the Arena District.
In Holmes County, a farming community between Cleveland and Columbus, Amish children walk to attend classes in one-room schoolhouses. The family transportation is a horse-drawn buggy. The Amish, traditional Christians who left Europe in the 1700s, number about 40,000 in eastern Ohio. Their craft stores, flea markets and restaurants dot the countryside. Learn about the religion and culture at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin.
For some classic made-in-Ohio ingenuity, tour Warther Cutlery in Dover, Columbus Washboard Co. in Logan and the KitchenAid Experience in Greenville. Head outdoors to canoe the Mohican River or visit The Wilds, a 4,000-hectare facility in Cumberland for endangered animals.
Skyline Chili created Cincinnati-style chili; it’s served atop a pile of spaghetti with optional toppings of shredded cheese, onions and beans.