When you’re feeling nostalgic, it’s best to embrace it. Maybe you’re craving some of your favorite candy from the 50s, or maybe you just want to view memorabilia of yesteryear. The following are perfect places to do just that—and more. Here are 13 places to go in Ohio when you’re longing for the good old days:
1. End of the Commons General Store (Mesopotamia)
Ohio's oldest general store appropriately sits in the heart of Amish Country. You'll find this truly charming general store at the center of Mesopotamia Township, the fourth largest Amish settlement in the country and the second largest settlement in Ohio. End of the Commons General Store has been in operation since the 1840s and is located at 4366 Kinsman Rd., Mesopotamia, OH 44439.
2. Boyd’s Retro Candy Store (Toledo)
Specializing in 1950s, 60s and 70s candy, you''re sure to find your favorite candy past time here. Boyd's Retro Candy Store is located at 954 Phillips Ave, Toledo, OH 43612.
3. The Medina County Historical Society (and Chippewa Lake Park)
Tucked away in Medina County there’s a rusted, long forgotten ferris wheel. What what was once Chippewa Lake Park is now just a few piles of amusement park ruins and the lone ferris wheel. From 1878 to 1978, the amusement park was a popular, thriving destination for family entrainment. While the abandoned park itself is closed off to the public, the nearby Medina County Historical Society houses the former amusement park’s welcome sign and other memorabilia.
4. Skyview Cruise-In (Lancaster)
Looking to have a nostalgic date night or a family fun movie experience the kids aren't used to? The Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster is just one of Ohio's several great drive-in movie theaters that will give you a special sort of movie night you won't forget. Skyview is located at 2420 E. Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130.
5. Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl (Zanesville)
Zanesville's own old-time ice cream parlor, features old-fashioned soda fountains and a 1940s vibe that's hard to come by these days. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl is located at 532 Mc Intire Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701.
6. The Castalia State Fish Hatchery Blue Hole
This popular tourist attraction in Castalia closed in the 90s, however, Castalia State Fish Hatchery holds another blue hole that's open to public observation and speculation about where this deep, blue water actually comes from.
7. The Spot To Eat (Sidney)
Both literally and figuratively, this is the spot to eat in Sidney. What started out as a chuck wagon more than 100 years ago is now a stationary old fashioned eatery that will make you feel like you've temporarily stepped foot into a Happy Day's episode. The Spot To Eat is located at 201 S Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365.
8. Mother Goose Land (Canton)
Plans to restore this former fairytale park for kids, (once called Mother Goose Land,) are rumored to be underway.
9. Cavalier Skating Rink (Chillicothe)
An authentic 1950s roller rink, this family owned and operated establishment is just one of Ohio's oldest skating rinks left. Cavalier Skating Rink is located at 14978 Pleasant Valley Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601.
10. The American Sign Museum (Cincinnati)
Observe decades of pop culture, food and other history at this Cincinnati museum, which is home to the largest collection of signs in America. It is located at 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225.
11. Nancy’s Main Street Diner (Grafton)
Don't make the mistake of skipping out on dessert or a fountain soda at this old-fashioned, beloved diner. Nancy's Main Street Diner is located at 426 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044.
12. Mahall’s 20 Lanes (Lakewood)
This Cleveland area karaoke bar, bowling alley and restaurant was founded in 1924, and is still home to some of the state's most nostalgic entertainment. Mahall's is located at 13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107.
13. Ohio’s Small Town Museum (Ashville)
View the world's largest collection of small town memorabilia in the small town of Ashville in Pickaway County. Ohio's Small Town Museum is located at 34 Long St., Ashville, OH 43103.
Have you been to any of these places before? Where else in Ohio should you go if you’re feeling nostalgic?