Ohio is a wild card.
You never know what sort of hidden gem you’re going to uncover next. From the world’s largest accessible glacial grooves to the oldest concrete street in the country, Ohio is hiding some really unique places you simply won’t find anywhere else. Here are 14 awesome things you can do in Ohio—and nowhere else in the whole wide world.
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1. Visit the Birthplace of Rock and Roll
Cleveland is the proud home of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It belongs on every American's bucket list. You can find it at 1100 E 9th St., Cleveland, OH 44114.
2. Explore the largest accessible glacial grooves in the world.
Although you'll have to take a ferry to see this natural wonder, it's absolutely worth it. Few people are aware that Kelleys Island is home to the largest accessible glacial grooves in the world. The Glacial Grooves Memorial measures 400 feet long and 35 feet wide. You'll find them at 739 Division St., Kelleys Island, OH 43438.
3. Examine the world's largest celestite geode.
Crystal Cave on South Bass Island is a hidden gem that most people don’t about. Imagine a cave of nothing but celestine crystals. Pretty cool, right? In fact, Crystal Cave is the largest known geode in the whole world—and it’s hiding right here in the Buckeye State. You'll find it at 978 Catawba Avenue, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456.
4. Stroll down "America’s Oldest Concrete Street."
The small city of Bellefontaine proudly claims "America’s Oldest Concrete Street," which dates all the way back to 1891. (Don’t worry; it’s not falling apart. It’s been maintained since the 19th-century.) Today, you can find the Court Avenue street sign by the courthouse, but you can no longer drive on the street itself. (As an added bonus, nearby is the "World's Shortest Street," McKinley Street, which is only 15 ft. long.)
5. Visit the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory.
The historic riverboat town of Marietta is known as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The town borders West Virginia and is nestled along the banks of both the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. It's also known for its Victorian-style houses, European ambience, brick streets and sternwheelers. While you're visiting, be sure to take a trolley tour of the town and check out Lafayette Hotel.
6. Explore one of the rarest ecosystems in the world.
Close to Toledo you’ll find what’s considered to be Ohio’s rarest ecosystem (and one of the world’s rarest ecosystems) where rare plants and animals, oak forests, sand dunes, savannas, tall-grass prairies and swamp forests all thrive in harmony—and it will truly make you feel like you’re not in Ohio anymore. Oak Openings Metro Park is located at 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton, OH 43558.
7. Swim in the world’s largest recirculating pool.
Coney Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati is home to the world’s largest recirculating pool in the world. Sunlite Pool is truly massive. In fact, it’s larger than a football field. Sunlite Pool is fun for the whole family you don’t want to miss out on. You'll find it at 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.
8. Examine the Great Serpent Mound.
While Ohio is full of multiple earthworks from various cultures, there’s no earthwork in the world that compares to the Great Serpent Mound—both in shape and size. But what’s even more intriguing about the mound is its indefinite purpose, which continues to baffle archaeologists and anthropologists.Constructed in the shape of a snake, the Great Serpent Mound is one of the most impressive earthworks in North America and the world. You'll find it at 3850 State Route 73, Peebles, OH 45660.
9. Visit the Roller Coaster Capital of the World.
Cedar Point Amusement Park is one of Ohio's most popular attractions—and for good reason. There's no better collection of roller coasters out there. It's located at 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, OH 44870.
10. View the only known topiary representation of a painting.
Few people know about the quaint, seven-acre park in Columbus that features one of Ohio’s most unique gardens, where art and plant life blend. Topiary Park is a "landscape of a painting of a landscape," according to the park’s website. Specifically, the topiary garden depicts Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte—and it is the only known topiary representation of a painting. Topiary Park is located at 480 E Town St., Columbus, OH 43215.
11. Eat the world's best fried bologna sandwich.
In case you hadn’t already noticed, Ohio’s small towns are often home to the state’s best-kept secrets. In fact, there’s a tiny, unassuming village near central Ohio that’s home to the best fried bologna sandwich in the entire world—literally. The next time you’re near this small town, you simply have to try it. G & R Tavern is located at 103 N Marion St., Waldo, OH 43356.
12. Observe the world's largest basket.
The Longaberger Company Headquarters features the world's largest basket. This seven-story corporate headquarters along State Route 16 in Newark is a novelty piece of architecture you have to see to believe.
13. Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Canton is the proud home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's another bucket list item for many Americans across the country. You'll find it at 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708.
14. View the world's largest collection of trolls.
In Alliance, you’ll find a truly unique collection on display that will likely take you down memory lane—and transport you to a whole other world. The Troll Hole is a little-known museum and art gallery that features the world’s largest collection of trolls. It's located at 222 E Main St., Alliance, OH 44601.
Have you done all of these things? Let us know which ones you’ve experienced and which ones you haven’t!