Sure, we love Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati—but there are other equally entertaining and scenic cities in Ohio to explore. Ohio is full of unique cities that feature irreplaceable destinations and certain attractions you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world. The following are what we consider to be the seven most underrated cities in Ohio.
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.
Maybe Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Canton is the proud home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other destinations you'll want to check out in Canton include the National First Ladies Library, Canton Classic Car Museum and the Canton Museum of Art.
You have to admit, being home to the Roller Coaster Capital of the World is pretty impressive. In addition to Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky is home to multiple waterparks and features picturesque Lake Erie beaches that are the perfect way to spend a sunny day.
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.
Youngstown is home to the second largest metropark in the U.S. (after Central Park in New York City,) and it's unbelievably gorgeous. This quiet gem amid the hustle and bustle of the city features some of the area's most popular attractions such as Fellows Riverside Gardens and Lanterman's Mill.
Another one of Ohio's favorite but somewhat underrated 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.
Lima is also home to some pretty distinct destinations and attractions you won't find anywhere else, including the rare fast food joint, Kewpee, and the Allen County Museum's "Things Swallowed" exhibit.
Which Ohio city is your favorite to explore? Are there any other cities in Ohio that you think are underrated?