Ohio has a lot more to offer than impressive roller coasters and halls of fame. Our nature scene is breathtaking, our city streets are cultured and our small towns are truly refreshing. If you need a new perspective of Ohio, we recommend the following destinations and activities—and we guarantee they’ll change the way you see Ohio.
1. Hike to Brandywine Falls and tour the Cuyahoga Valley via train.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio is home to a breathtaking 65-foot waterfall that flows from Brandywine Creek. Known as Brandywine Falls, these easily accessible, beautiful falls are a popular highlight within the park. Brandywine Falls is located at 8176 Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township.
Just 15 minutes away from Brandywine Falls is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad station in Peninsula. Have lunch aboard a three-hour, round trip locomotive tour of the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley. For more information click
2. Walk the streets of German Village.
Within Columbus is the picturesque neighborhood of German Village, known for its quaint coffee shops, cobblestone streets, brick houses, unique shops, 32-room bookstore, beautiful Schiller Park and Schmidt's Sausage Haus (where you'll find the best authentic German cuisine Ohio has to offer.)
Treat yourself to a truly unique dinner experience. In addition to the best genuine German cuisine around, this historic restaurant has an animated atmosphere complete with live German music on certain nights. You can find this popular eatery at 240 E Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206.
3. Explore the Hocking Hills and picnic at Old Man's Cave.
Hocking Hills State Park is arguably Ohio's most beloved state park, where waterfalls, caves, unique rock formations and hiking trails abound. Zip-lining, cabin getaways and other amenities are featured here in addition to stunning trails.
Pack a lunch and picnic near a waterfall for a serene break. Pictured is Cedar Falls.
4. Visit the shores of Lake Erie.
Picnic at Marblehead Lighthouse and visit the lighthouse’s museum in the Keeper’s House. Tour the actual lighthouse for just $2.
Spend the rest of the day walking along the shores of Lake Erie, or have a beach day at Lakeside's East Harbor State Park.
5. Stroll through an enchanted garden and board a riverboat cruise.
The butterfly show at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati is a relaxing and beautiful way to spend an afternoon. The conservatory is located at 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Drive just 10 minutes from the conservatory and cross the river (and state line) for a unique dinner experience. "Because it's better on the river," BB Riverboats in Newport, Kentucky offers a fantastic dinner cruise on the Ohio River. For more information, click
6. Discover a historic mill and the small town charm of Yellow Springs.
This historic site of Clifton Mill features a vintage mill, a covered bridge, a 1940s-era gas station and a quaint American restaurant. (John Bryan State Park is close to this serene attraction and offers beautiful hiking trails if you're searching for something more adventurous.) Clifton Mill is located at 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316.
Just five minutes from Clifton Mill you'll find Yellow Springs, which features the epitome of small town charm. Home to Antioch College and a colorful downtown, this artsy little town offers unique shops, local eateries and small town life at its finest.
7. Experience the Tuscan inspired Gervasi Vineyard.
In addition to beautiful Tuscany-style villas available for overnight stays and high quality, locally produced wines, this vineyard features an unbelievably delicious Italian restaurant open for lunch and dinner.
This upscale Tuscan inspired inn houses six Gervasi Villas, each comprised of four individual suites. Ohio's favorite Italian getaway is located at 1700 55th St NE, Canton, Ohio 44721.
The locations of these beautiful destinations are plotted on the map below. For the exact addresses, click
Have you been to any of these destinations before? What was your experience like? What other unique destinations would you recommend for someone who wants to see Ohio in a new light?