Ohio is one of the top wine producing states in the country, has the largest Amish population in the world and is known as the roller coaster capital, thanks to the thrill seekers paradise, Cedar Point. Ohio is pretty diverse. My goal this year is to explore that diversity and uncover some of the places, attractions and events that make Ohio not only a great place to live, but also a great place to visit. So I’ve compiled a list that I have dubbed “ The Ultimate Bucket List for those who want to Explore Ohio ” to help me stay on track.
My goal is to begin checking items off my list this month. As I discover new reasons to love my home state, I’ll write a post about it and share it here. Hopefully my experiences will help you as you plan outings with your own children, spouse or travel friends. I’ll also add a button to my sidebar so you can easily reference this post as I make updates.
Do you have a favorite state park in Ohio, know of a great place to eat in the Buckeye State, have gone on a really fun factory tour, or have a favorite festival that you enjoy year after year? Please leave a comment and share your suggestions.
Visit each of the 88 counties in Ohio.
- Clinton County- Discovering the Small Town Charm of Wilmington, Ohio
Visit all of the National Park sites in Ohio that I’ve not already visited.
Go camping at least one time.
Stay overnight somewhere really unique.
- Queen for a Day at Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville
Travel along the length of the Lake Erie Coastal Trail.
Follow a portion of the National Road, stopping at anything that piques my interest.
Take a train ride.
Go on a Lake Erie island excursion.
Take 13 factory tours.
Visit 13 cultural attractions or events.
Hike at 13 places that I’ve never hiked before.
Visit 13 roadside attractions.
- World’s Largest Basket
- Giant Andirondack Chair Roadside Attraction
- The Big Muskie in Miner’s Memorial Park
Visit 13 festivals that I’ve never been too.
Eat at 13 new restaurants.
- How to Eat a Hot Dog at Pink’s
- Malabar Farm Restaurant
- Coney Island Diner, Mansfield’s Oldest Restaurant
Visit 13 state parks.
- Malabar Farm State Park
- 15 Things to do with the Family at Malabar Farm State Park
- Exploring the Butter Nut Trail at Malabar Farm State Park
Visit 13 new thrift stores, antique stores, unique stores or boutiques.
- Lehman’s Hardware Store: it’s not just for Men
- Medina Antique Mall
- Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market
Visit 13 places in my hometown that I’ve never been to.
Visit 13 museums that I’ve never been to before.
Spend a weekend in each of the major metropolitan areas: Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Akron/Canton, Cincinnati, and Dayton.
This may seem like a pretty ambitious list, but let me remind you, I love me some road trips. So what do you think? Can I mark off each of the items on “ The Ultimate Bucket List for those who want to Explore Ohio? ”
Wish me luck!
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