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?

There is plenty to see and do on a rainy day in Ohio! Especially if you have children, you want an activity that is going to keep their attention. Some of the best options to consider include:

  • COSI in Columbus
  • The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton
  • EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester
  • Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky


What do you do with kids in Ohio?

If you're wondering what else there is to do with kids in Ohio, there are several great getaway in and around the state that kids will especially appreciate.

  • Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky and Great Wolf Lodge in Mason are massive indoor water parks that children absolutely love.
  • Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs
  • Play: CLE in Avon
  • b.a. Sweetie Candy Company in Cleveland
  • 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 with kids in Ohio 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 digging for fossils and exploring ancient ruins.
  • Many museums in Ohio are also free to explore, such as The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art is another option.