Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland has developed into a popular tourist destination with professional sports teams and many cultural attractions, including the Rock of Roll Hall of Fame. The city also has some unique areas to explore, including the Historic Gateway District, which has seen ongoing restoration, and the Historic Warehouse District showcasing some of the city’s interesting old architecture.
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Cincinnati is one of Ohio’s largest cities and home to a number of important cultural institutions and interesting sites. In the summer, Fountain Square becomes an outdoor gathering point for locals and visitors. Year-round attractions include the many museums and galleries, and the beautiful gardens of the Krohn Conservatory.
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Columbus is the state capital and contains some of Ohio’s most important institutions and buildings, including the Statehouse. The Center for Science and Industry is one of the city’s most prominent attractions, but perhaps its most interesting and unique site is the Topiary Garden. There are numerous Prehistoric Indian Mounds in the area.
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Dayton is an important city in the history of flight. It was home to the Wright brothers and today houses the impressive Air Force Museum and Aviation Heritage Park. This is the oldest and largest military aviation museum, with more than 200 aircraft and rockets, including a Wright Flyer and the Apollo 15 spacecraft. Nearby is a monument to the Wright brothers. Carillon Historic Park features reproductions of the Wright bicycle factory, one of their airplanes, and the covered wagons and log cabins of the early settlers. The Old Courthouse in Dayton contains numerous relics and documents about the Wright brothers.
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Toledo has numerous attractions worth exploring. Some highlights include the African Safari Wildlife Park, the Butterfly House, the historic West End with old Victorian homes, the Merry-Go-Round Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art. Of particular interest is the beautiful Toledo Zoo. Although it opened in the early 1900s, the zoo has expanded significantly over the years and is now home to an incredible collection of animals, from native species to white tigers.
If you visit during spring or summer, the Toledo Botanical Garden offers a beautiful display of flowers and colors.
The Sandusky summer resort extends for approximately 6 miles along the shores of Lake Erie, with a wide variety of recreational facilities on the beaches of Kelleys Island. Cedar Point is a large amusement park near the city that attracts a family crowd during the summer months. Offshore is Kelleys Island, where the Kelley family farmed fish in the early 1800s. On Inscription Rock are ancient Indian petroglyphs. Further west is Port Clinton, another popular holiday centre.
Located in the heart of Amish country, Canton has a number of attractions worth visiting for travelers who choose to stop. One of the main highlights is the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, complete with a science center and planetarium. Canton is also home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the First Ladies’ National Historic Site and the McKinley Monument. The downtown area also has many unique shops and restaurants to pass the time.
The small town of Put-in-Bay has only a small number of permanent residents, but in summer the number swells to three times its normal size. Located on South Bass Island, the town features many beautiful old restored homes, along with restaurants and shops. Nearby is the National Monument of Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial honoring those who fought at Lake Lake in 1812 and also celebrating the spirit of peace between Canada, Great Britain and the United States. An observation tower offers fantastic views of the Erie Islands. The Put-in-Bay Transportation Co. offers tours of the Put-in-Bay area with its Put-in-Bay Wagon Train Tour.
Newark is home to numerous cultural, historical and natural treasures. Visitors flock to the area in the summer to golf and fish, and explore the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Other attractions include the historic Buckingham Meeting House, the National Heisey Glass Museum, the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, and the Downtown National Historic Register District.
Home to Oberlin College, Oberlin is a pleasant community with a history dating back to 1833. Today, its historic downtown is home to numerous shops and restaurants. Explore the city on foot or by bike on the extensive bike trails that criss-cross the city to walk. For an architectural treat, see the Frank Lloyd Wright House, operated by Oberlin College.
Located 35 miles south of Cleveland, Akron is the “rubber capital of the world.” The headquarters of Goodyear, Bridgestone and Uniroyal are located here. One of the city’s most impressive sites is the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, whose home was built by FA Seiberling, the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. It is open to the public for tours. Akron also has numerous museums and historical sites, as well as a large zoological park.
Warren is a small city with a surprising number of things to see and do. At the top of the list are the National Packard Museum, the John Stark Edwards House and Museum, the Sutliff Museum and the Trumbull Art Gallery. The Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial is also worth a visit. The city hosts a number of events throughout the year, especially in summer. If you want to know what’s happening, stop by the Trumbull County Tourist Office.