Finding unique things to do in Ohio isn’t hard; after all, our state is home to some of the most famous landmarks in the Midwest. But, after you’ve toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, explored the Hocking Hills, and spent a weekend at Cedar Point, what else is there to do in Ohio?

Plenty, actually. Most people have no idea just how many hidden gems Ohio is home to. From relaxing salt caves and sand dunes to overnight castles and tree house getaways, here are 13 things to do in Ohio when you thought you’ve done everything. From hidden gems in Ohio to the most unique places in Ohio, this list has you covered!

Did you know about all of these places? What other hidden gems in Ohio would you add to this list? Or, what are some of your favorite unique things to do in Ohio? Let us know in the comments below — we would love to hear from you!

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What are some of the best parks to visit in Ohio:

Ohio is famous for its collection of incredible and naturally beautiful parks. Below you'll find a list of some of the best parks to visit in Ohio:

  • Salt Fork State Park (Lore City)
  • Indian Lake State Park (Lakeview)
  • Alum Creek State Park (Delaware)
  • Mohican State Park (Loudonville)
  • Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park (Garrettsville)
  • Kelleys Island State Park (Kelleys Island)
  • Lake Hope State Park (McArthur)
  • Paint Creek State Park (Bainbridge)
  • John Bryan State Park (Yellow Springs)
  • Quail Hollow State Park (Hartville)
  • Deer Creek State Park (Mt. Sterling)


Learn more about planning your visit to these beautiful yet underrated parks in Ohio.

What are some hidden gems to see in Ohio?

Some of Ohio's best hidden gems include:

  • The Ohio Railway Museum
  • Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
  • Deer Creek State Park Lodge
  • Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park
  • Nomad Ridge
  • Malabar Farm Restaurant
  • Jungle Jim’s International Market
  • Landoll's Mohican Castle
  • Holden Arboretum Canopy Walk
  • Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve


How many of these one-of-a-kind places in Ohio have you experienced?