Although we all know that Ohio is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful countryside, we sometimes forget the endless possibilities that Ohio city life offers. When you need a night out or a weekend away from your small town life, Ohio’s bigger cities will give you just the change of scenery you need. The following are Ohio’s biggest cities—and they’re home to some of the best food, attractions and shopping our state has to offer.
Ohio's beloved capital city offers any array of family fun activities as well as a variety of amenities for a romantic weekend away for two. In addition to the city's popular shopping centers and eateries, Columbus features destinations such as COSI, German Village, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory, The Ohio Theatre and the Oho Stadium.
Pictured: Easton Town Center mall.
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Home to The Great American Ball Park and Skyline Chili, this iconic city also offers a great shopping and eating experience. The city is also home to popular attractions such as Kings Island Amusement Park and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Other amenities you should definitely check out include the Cincinnati Observatory, Coney Island Amusement Park, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal and the American Sign Museum. (As an added bonus, Cincinnati is just minutes away from Newport, Kentucky and the Newport Aquarium. Ride the Ducks Newport is a one-of-a-kind tour that allows you to tour the city and the Northern Kentucky river region via bus and boat—all in one sitting.)
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Pictured: The Great American Ball Park.
Toledo is home to an award winning zoo and the iconic Tony Packo's Cafe. In Toledo, you should also take the time to check out Imagination Station, Toledo Botanical Garden, Valentine Theatre and the stunningly beautiful Rosary Cathedral. Additionally, you'll want to experience the Toledo Museum of Art, which features a renowned collection of art from all around the world.
Pictured: Elephant at the Toledo Zoo.
Being the birthplace of rock and roll and home to the famous "A Christmas Story" House are just two aspects of Cleveland that make it yet another one of Ohio's most beloved cities. Other amenities of Cleveland that are must-sees include the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Cleveland Museum of Art (where admission is FREE,) Cleveland Botanical Garden, Severance Hall, Westside Market and the Great Lakes Science Center.
Pictured: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For all things aviation, Dayton is the place to be. The city is home to both the National Museum of the United States Air Force (where admission is FREE,) and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Other attractions to make sure you check out in Dayton include Five Rivers Metroparks, the Dayton International Peace Museum, SunWatch Indian Village, the Victoria Theatre, Dayton Art Institute and Carillon Historical Park.
Pictured: The United States Air Force Museum.
Another one of Ohio's favorite cities, Akron, features an array of attractions in addition to its shopping and eateries. The beautiful Stan Hywett Hall and Gardens is a must-see. Other amenities to check out in the Akron area include Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Quaker Square, Akron Zoo, Akron Fossils and Science Center and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Pictured: Quaker Square Inn train display.
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