The ultimate guide to the coolest things to do and see in Ohio
The Buckeye State, the birthplace of Neil Armstrong, has some surprisingly cool places to visit and a lot of hipster hotspots worth checking out. Start here with my basic Ohio travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Ohio travel blogs.
Top Ohio Travel Guides
When to Visit
The best time of year to visit most parts of Ohio is between April and October as this is when the weather is most pleasant and reliable, meaning you can make the most of the great outdoors that Ohio is so worth visiting for. Of course, June, July and August are the very warmest months (and usually therefor the busiest), but spring and fall are also nice times to explore what Ohio has to offer.
Top Things To Do
Visit the Rock and Roll Museum, Cleveland – This is located, fittingly at the end of Rock & Roll Boulevard. Because the museum famously inducts musicians (and other notable industry rockers), I think there’s this assumption that the museum caters to an older crowd, but it isn’t just for hard-core Deadheads. If you’ve ever believed in the power of song, the political movements from the past 65 years or had a fleeting interest in the radio, then the Rock and Roll Museum will prove to be not only enlightening and interesting, but fun and informative.
Explore the Cincinnati Subway – The city’s failed attempt at constructing mass underground transit is now a tourist attraction in its own right. Conceived of over 100 years ago, the plan to build a subway under Cincinnati didn’t work out due to the drainage problem of the Eerie Canal. There are still four stations that you can visit on a walking tour through the tunnels.
Check out Hartman’s Rock Garden, Springfield – In Ohio’s capital, this weird and wonderful sculpture garden recreates landmarks from across the US in miniature, out of pebbles and stones, broken to the right size by hand. The kitsch and often beautiful pieces are strangely out of place in this suburban setting, making it all the more worthwhile to visit.
Consider taking a tour while you’re in Ohio as it’ll save you time and even money from getting from place to place, and take you to some parts that you might otherwise overlook. Take a look at this selection of recommended Ohio tours.
LGBT – Gay Ohio Travel Guide
These are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Ohio.
Below Zero, Cincinnati – This lively place in southwest Ohio is primarily a martini lounge, but also hosts a ton of fun and silly events like drag shows, cabaret, karaoke nights and even ballroom dancing classes!
Argos Leather Bar, Dayton – Catering to central Ohio’s bear, leather and kink community, this welcoming place is open to anyone interested in exploring their kinky side.
Twist, Cleveland – With a fantastic environment and a diverse crowd, this is a great place to come for drinks with friends. Music isn’t so loud that you have to shout, and the tracks they play don’t just stick to the classic chart toppers of the moment. There may be an impromptu dance floor, but this is primarily a bar, not a club.
Ohio has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.