10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Ohio
1 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Located on Cleveland's waterfront, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become a pilgrimage site for music aficionados. The museum offers an extraordinarily comprehensive look at Rock and Roll history on a decade by decade basis, featuring all the great artists from various time periods. The building housing the museum, designed by I.M. Pei, is also noteworthy.
2 Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park is dedicated to Ohio's most famous pioneers of flight, the Wright Brothers, and also pays tribute to writer and poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Highlights include the Wright Cycle Company shop, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial. Also of interest in the area is the Carillon Historical Park, with historic buildings, old cars, airplanes, and rail related exhibits.
3 Cedar Point
Cedar Point is an extremely popular summertime amusement park and resort located near Sandusky on Lake Erie. The complex contains roller coaster rides, carousels and less intense children's rides for youngsters, and water rides with a huge tidal wave. The resort offers a variety of accommodation options from camping to cabins or luxury hotel suites.
4 Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park near Logan is a rugged natural area popular with outdoor enthusiasts. The area has hiking trails, caves, camping facilities and cottages. The park also has regular events throughout the year, including organized hikes, even a winter hike, bird watching, cave related programs, and more. You can learn about what's going on at Hocking Hills State Park by looking at their events calendar.
Special features of the park include Ash Cave, Rock House, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and the popular spelunking hot spot of Old Man's Cave.
5 Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Located in Akron is Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a truly magnificent place to visit. Stan Hywet is not actually a person but Old English for "stone quarry". FA Seiberling, the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, built the home and surrounding gardens. Today visitors can tour the home, gardens, conservatory, and gate lodge. There is a gift shop and café on site.
6 Wright Brothers Memorial
The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Dayton is located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The base is home to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where Wilbur and Orville Wright worked on building their aircraft and learned to fly. The actual Memorial can be found on Wright Brothers Hill, which overlooks the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. It was first erected in 1940 but rededicated in 1998 following some reconstruction.
7 Cincinnati Museum Center
This multi-museum complex is located in a 1930s art deco building which was once the railroad station. Visitors can spend time exploring the museums, which include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, and the Museum of Natural History and Science, or simply stop by to appreciate the building itself. Also on site is a OMNIMAX Theater.
8 Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden
The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus is open year round but features an ever changing indoor and outdoor landscape of plants and flowers. The Palm House, a Victorian-style greenhouse was built in the late 1800s and displays palms from all over the world. The Conservatory, another glass greenhouse, features hundreds of species, with seasonal displays and special exhibits.
9 Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art has been an institution in the city since it was founded in 1916. By the 1950s it had established an international reputation for its collection. The collection has grown and changed directions over the years and the original neo classical building has been repeatedly expanded and renovated. Today the museum focuses on a number of different areas, with outstanding collections of European, Asian, and American art.
10 Fountain Square
Cincinnati's Fountain Square is a central meeting place in the city where people can have an outdoor coffee in summer and escape from the confines of offices and apartments. The main feature of the park is the ornate Tylor Davidson Fountain, dedicated in 1871. The square frequently hosts music and other free entertainment.