If you think Ohio can’t be enchanting, think again. Contrary to what you may believe, Ohio is full of (semi)secret nature spots and castles—yes, castles—that exist to prove that magic still exists and chivalry is in fact not dead. Here are 16 fascinating spots in Ohio that look as if they are straight out of a fairy tale:
1. The Chateau Laroche (Loveland)
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Also known as the Loveland Castle, this lovely little medieval structure was built by hand--brick by brick--by one man, Sir Harry Andrews. Today it is open for the public to view for $5 a person, and is operated by modern day knights.
2. Indian Run Falls (Dublin)
This small, yet captivating urban waterfall is located in Dublin. It's a hidden gem that will truly enchant you.
3. Vinoklet Winery (Cincinnati)
This unbelievably beautiful vineyard is a popular spot for weddings and other occasions. It features a heart-shaped pond that will make you feel like you're in a real life fairy tale.
4. Landoll’s Mohican Castle (Loudonville)
Located in Loudonville, this little getaway features murder mystery dinners and other amenities sure to make you feel like the king/queen of the castle.
5. Old Man's Cave (Logan)
Hocking Hills State Park is home to what is arguably Ohio's most beloved hiking trails, where hidden waterfalls, eerie caves and beautiful gorges abound.
6. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (Akron)
This elaborate country estate in Akron is one of the largest homes in the U.S. An accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, this estate is open to the public for tours and other events and features five historic buildings, eight gardens and 70 acres.
7. Krohn Conservatory (Cincinnati)
The butterfly show at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati will undeniably enchant you.
8. Brandywine Falls (Cuyahoga Valley National Park)
One of Ohio's most impressive and beloved waterfalls can be found within the state's own national park—and it's breathtakingly beautiful.
9. Ravenwood Castle (New Plymouth)
Another great castle getaway option is this lovely little Medieval structure, tucked away in the scenic Hocking Hills in New Plymouth.
10. Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark (Dayton)
This beautiful park within the Five Rivers Metroparks offers a gorgeous location for a romantic picnic or enchanting stroll.
11. Squire’s Castle (Willoughby Hills)
Owned by the Cleveland Metroparks in Willoughby Hills, visitors are free to wander around this castle, which was never fully completed due to the death of Mr. Squire’s wife.
12. Clifton Gorge (Yellow Springs)
If the lush, green trails at Clifton Gorge won't enchant you, the waterfalls at Clifton Mill surely will.
13. Cleveland Botanical Garden
One of Ohio's favorite gardens is the ideal place for a romantic day trip to charm your partner with a real life fairy tale environment.
14. Piatt Castles (West Liberty)
Located in Logan County are two chateaux style castles with Gothic design. This private, family-owned museum features more than 200 years of Ohio history.
15. German Village and Schiller Park (Columbus)
Where the cobblestone street charm and 32-room book store make you feel like you're experiencing a living, breathing fairy tale.
16. Toledo Botanical Garden
This enchanting garden is most stunning in the spring, but it's breathtakingly beautiful all year-round.
Have you been to any of these spots? What other fairy tale-esque places are there in Ohio? Share your experiences and photos with us in the comments below!