1) Landoll's Mohican Castle (Loudonville)
Located in Loudonville, this magnifiecent getaway offers murder mystery dinners and other amenities sure to make you feel like the king/queen of the castle, (in addition to cottages and other suite options.)
2) Ghost ship (Also known as the Circle Line V)
The 186-foot steam-engine yacht is more than a century old and was first launched in April of 1902, as The Celt, by a rich railroad executive. Since then, the ship has been renamed numerous times and owned by multiple individuals throughout its lifetime. While it actually came to Ohio from Kentucky, it currently sits in a small creek off of the Ohio River, about 25 miles from Cincinnati, according to Roadtrippers.com.
3) National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati)
Many people don't realize that Cincinnati, Ohio is home to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which showcases exhibits that detail the history of the Civil Rights movement and the Underground Railroad
4) Preston’s H.O.P.E Playground Park (Beachwood)
Deemed "the largest fully accessible playground park in Northeast Ohio," this family favorite park is accessible to children of all needs and abilities, and features several designated age group areas, a play theater, an "Imagination Village" and a sand area."Imagination Village" (pictured below) features kid-sized houses, stores and streets. (This park is essentially the King of Ohio Playgrounds.)
5) The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard (Canton)
Canton is home to this upscale Tuscan inspired inn housing six Gervasi Villas, each comprised of four individual suites. This beautiful Italian getaway also (appropriately) features an Italian restaurant and winery.
6) Charleston Falls (Tipp City)
Best seen after a good rain, this secluded, lesser known waterfall can be found in Charleston Falls Preserve in Miami County.
7) The Golden Lamb Inn (Lebanon)
Ohio’s oldest continuously operating hotel can be found in Lebanon. The hotel features a unique dining experience, complete with antique furnishings and historic rooms upstairs where famous individuals such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens and U.S. Presidents have stayed. Many of the hotel's rooms are named and themed after the famous guests. Pictured below: The Charles Dickens Room.
8) Blue Hole (Castalia)
This 1920s popular tourist attraction did not in fact die with the 90s. 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.
9) Chippewa Lake Amusement Park (Medina)
If exploring the long forgotten and abandoned is your thing, then you'll want to check out Chippewa Lake. Remains of this abandoned amusement park, which closed in the late 70s, surprisingly still stand.
10) Hayden Falls (Columbus)
Located in the heart of the state, Hayden Falls is hidden in a suburb of Columbus and is becoming increasingly popular among locals.
11) Moonville (McArthur)
The abandoned coal mining town of Moonville in southeastern Ohio (Vinton County) was founded in 1856, when the Marietta and Cincinnati railroad ran through the area's woods. One structure of the town that remains today is the Moonville Tunnel; a haunted tunnel where legend has it the ghost of a man who was killed instantly by a train passing through the tunnel wanders along the track bed near the old tunnel at night.
Have you discovered all of these destinations for yourself? What other Ohio destinations would you classify as hidden gems?