The 15 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In Ohio

Once you’ve lived in the Buckeye State for several years, you might find yourself wondering “What is there to do in Ohio?” Contrary to what you might think, Ohio is full of all kinds of neat places to discover and weekend vacation destinations. When you only have a day to explore, it can be difficult to pick a place that you can take in all in one day. The following are some of our favorite day trips in Ohio (listed in no particular order).

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What is there to do in Ohio?

June 13, 2019

What is there to do on a rainy day in Ohio?

You don’t always have to have good weather to have fun day trips in Ohio. There are plenty of little-known museums to explore, indoor playgrounds for family fun and even themed restaurants to try. Some of these neat places include COSI in Columbus, The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester and Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky.

What do you do with kids in Ohio?

There are several great getaway ideas in and around Ohio that kids will especially appreciate. Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky and Great Wolf Lodge in Mason are massive indoor water parks that children absolutely love. Some great day trip destinations kids will enjoy include Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Play: CLE in Avon, b.a. Sweetie Candy Company in Cleveland and the Velvet Ice Cream Factory in Utica. There are also several children’s museums scattered throughout the state that feature plenty of hands-on exhibits and plenty of playtime.

What do you do with kids in Ohio without spending money?

Some of the best day trips to take on one tank of gas without spending money are as simple as exploring your local metro park or the closest state park. A little time in nature goes a long way, and many trails in Ohio are easy enough to hike with children. You can also dig for fossils and explore ancient ruins for free. Olander Park System’s Fossil Park in Sylvania and Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe are great options for these type of adventures. Many museums in Ohio are also free to explore, such as The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton and The Cleveland Museum of Art.