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Bellefontaine, OH
Testing Out Some New-Fangled Technology
Oldest Concrete Street in America - In case you were wondering, Bellefontaine is home of the Oldest Concrete Street in America. George Bartholomew is credited with bringing the new technology to the area in 1891, and convinced the town to pave the streets around the Logan County Court House with it. After well over 100 years the road still looks great. Several markers and a statue of George Bartholomew proudly mark the historic road.
Canton, OH
Our 25th President
McKinley Memorial and Museum - The McKinley Memorial and Museum honors our 25th President of the United States of America, William McKinley (1843-1901). Although he was born in Niles, Ohio he practiced law and called Canton home for several years. The memorial itself is a stately and magnificent domed structure standing atop of a hill and is the final resting place of the President and First Lady. Some interesting facts about McKinley are that he was the last President elected that served in the Civil War and one of only four Presidents assassinated while in office (Lincoln, Kennedy and Garfield are the others).
Canton, OH
It Looks Like a Big Orange Juicer
Pro Football Hall of Fame - The NFL was founded in Canton, so what better place to host the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This 80,000 square foot facility is packed with tons of football history including vintage game day audio and video, the Lomardi Trophy, player interviews, and interactive displays. See all the "Hall of Famers" from the very beginning of the league through the modern era. And for you Minnesota Vikings fans, there is a design your own Super Bowl Ring kiosk, where you can fantasize about winning and develop a ring for your little purple team. Go Pack!!!
Cincinnati, OH
The Art Palace of the West
Cincinnati Art Museum - Founded in 1881, with a permanent building finished five years later, the Cincinnati Art Museum was dubbed "The Art Palace of the West". Today the museum, which is still in its original building albeit expanded, contains over 80,000 works spanning 6,000 years. Works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Rubens and Hopper are all on display. The artifacts are displayed on three separate floors with galleries containing African, European, Eastern, American and Special Exhibitions, to name a few. And guess what? It's free, there is no admission charge.
Cincinnati, OH
Signs Signs Everywhere are Signs
American Sign Museum - The neon glow of yesteryear is brought back to life at the American Sign Museum. The museum houses a nearly 4,000 piece collection of Americana spanning roughly 100 years. Included in the collection are antique restaurant, bar, motel, gas station and pharmacy signs all restored and lit up for your enjoyment. An interesting tour details the history and growth of the American sign industry. It's great to see the old Big Boy and Holiday Inn signs that were around when I was young.
Cincinnati, OH
Everything Within Walking Distance
Downtown Cincinnati - Cincinnati is one of those cities where you can walk to almost all of the major attractions. Starting along the mighty Ohio River is the Great American Ball Park where the Cincinnati Reds play and next to it is the team's Hall of Fame, nearby is Paul Brown Stadium home of the Bengals, and close to that is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center which highlights the struggle for freedom. You can also see the Taft Museum, a Paddle Wheel Tribute, or take a ride on a riverboat. When done on this side of the river, cross the beautiful 1866 Roebling Suspension Bridge to Kentucky and see the Newport Aquarium and Riverwalk.
Cleveland, OH
This Ain't No Mistake on the Lake
Cleveland Lakefront - Although anchored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Lakefront has a lot more to offer than just fantastic music. There is the Steamship William G Mather Museum (a floating steamship museum); the USS Cod (a WWII Submarine); the Great Lakes Science Center (a huge science museum); and the Cleveland Browns Stadium. Also on the lakefront is the Burke Lakefront Airport which hosts the annual Cleveland Air Show on Labor Day and contains the International Women's Air and Space Museum.
Cleveland, OH
A Watering Hole During Stagecoach Times
The Dunham Tavern Museum - Originally constructed in 1824 by Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham, the Dunham Tavern is Cleveland's oldest building. Starting out as a farm house, it was soon converted to a tavern due to its proximity to the well-traveled Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit stagecoach route. After switching hands several times, it became the Dunham Tavern Museum in 1936. Along with the museum is a barn, log cabin and gardens depicting life from the 1800s.
Cleveland, OH
Are You Ready to Rock?
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Housed in a 150,000 square foot glass pyramid on the shores of Lake Erie are thousands of historic Rock and Roll artifacts. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame features guitars, hand written lyrics, clothing (including Michael Jackson's tour glove), album covers, interactive music kiosks, and hours of film. Starting with the Blues and moving up through modern day rock, the Hall has it all. The building has seven levels which feature permanent and ever changing temporary exhibits. In addition to preserving and educating, the R&R HOF puts on concerts and inducts the legends of rock into the Hall of Fame.
Columbus, OH
The Buckeye Statehouse
State Capitol Building - Construction of the Ohio State Capitol Building began in 1839, but wasn't completed until 1861, a full 22 years later. A series of financial setbacks, a cholera outbreak, and some really cold winters delayed the project. The state house is built in the traditional Greek Revival style, but unlike most state capitols, it doesn't have a dome. This is largely due to the fact that it was built before the US Capitol Building in DC, which most capitols emulated. The grounds contain an assortment of sculptures, and the interior of the statehouse features a museum and dozens of art pieces.
Columbus, OH
Blooms & Butterflies
Franklin Park Conservatory - The Franklin Park Conservatory was built in 1895 and houses a fine collection of exotic plants and glasswork. There are over 400 species of plants arranged in a diverse set of climate zones. Interspersed throughout the conservatory are hundreds of eye-catching and beautifully crafted Dale Chihuly glassworks. Special programs held during the year include the very popular "Blooms & Butterflies" featuring thousands of exotic butterflies flying around the Pacific Island Water Garden.
Columbus, OH
The Ohio Village
Ohio Historical Center - For all things Ohio, come to the Ohio Historical Center. This 1/4 million square foot museum contains artifacts from the Ice Age, (including a Mastadon found in an Ohio swamp) through the modern era and everything in between. Just outside the main building is the Ohio Village, a reconstructed 1860s living museum where costumed interpreters work and entertain the visitors. It is also the site where the Ohio Village Muffins play, a 19th century baseball team playing "The American National Game".
Dayton, OH
Where Man Learned to Fly
Wright Brothers - Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur (1867-1912) Wright were entrepreneurs from an early age, they ran a print shop from 1887 to 1899 and started a bicycle shop in 1892. The profits and technological experience gained from these endeavors were funneled into their one true passion, aviation. This passion begins in 1899 with a dream, and is followed through with the first free controlled, sustained heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Several sites around Dayton honor these two American legends, The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is the site of the Wright's printing business and is now a Visitor Center; the Wright Cycle Company is the site of the brother' bicycle shop; and the Wright Brothers Memorial commemorates the achievements of Orville and Wilbur.
Dayton, OH
World's Largest Aviation Museum
National Museum of the United States Air Force - The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. Started in 1923, this enormous facility contains several hangers filled with hundreds of aircraft and thousands of historical items. Highlights include an SR-71 Blackbird, President JFK's Air Force One, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, and dozens of one-of-a-kind aircraft. The museum also is home to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and contains an IMAX theater.
Marblehead, OH
Monkey Head at Marblehead
Lake Erie Island Region - Certainly one of the prettiest areas in Ohio and a top summer tourist destination is the Lake Erie Island Region. The region is comprised of the Marblehead Peninsula, Kelly Island, Catawba Island, and the Bass Islands, each offering a charm of their own. In Marblehead visit the popular Marblehead Lighthouse, which has been in continuous service since 1822. The Kelly Island State Park has some fantastic glacial striations (grooves) in the exposed bedrock. Catawba Island offers a relaxing and beautiful area to escape to. And the Bass Islands (made up of South, Middle, and North Bass Islands) are the site of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. The memorial is a 352 foot granite column commemorating the US Navy battle where we defeated the British during the War of 1812.
Norwich, OH
Two Museums in One
National Road-Zane Grey Museum - As the name "National Road-Zane Grey Museum" implies, this is one museum dedicated to two subjects. Part of the museum honors, the National Road, the first federal highway in America. Its construction began in 1811 in Cumberland, Maryland and was completed in 1840, terminating in Vandalia, Illinois. The other portion of the museum honors Zane Grey (1872-1939), a prolific writer producing over 60 books in his career. Although he wrote a few fishing and hunting books, he primarily wrote Westerns. His most famous work "Riders of the Purple Sage" published in 1912, sold two million copies and was made into a Hollywood film several times.
Peebles, OH
The Mysterious Serpent Mound
Serpent Mound - Serpent Mound measures roughly 1330 feet long and ranges between one and four feet high, making it is the largest effigy mound in the world. Created around 1000 AD by the Fort Ancient culture it is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes. The effigy snake looks as if it is devouring an egg or a frog, with some theories suggesting it represents a solar eclipse. Located near the Serpent Mound are several ancient burial mounds and a modern day museum. As with most large ancient earthworks, it is best viewed from the air, begging the question - who or what was flying over to see it?
Sandusky, OH
Roller Coaster City
Cedar Point Amusement Park - If you are a thrill-seeking-roller-coaster-riding monkey like me, Cedar Point Amusement Park is the place to be. The park features a world record setting 17 roller coasters. The three best are the 420 foot and 120 mph Top Thrill Dragster, the 310 foot 93 mph Millennium Force and the 161 foot and 65 mph wooden Mean Streak. The park also features live entertainment, a fantastic water park, the Starlight Experience (a night time million LED display) and rides for all age groups. But did I mention the roller coasters? Fantastic!!!
Toledo, OH
The Glass City
Toledo Museum of Art - The city of Toledo is nicknamed "The Glass City" and to highlight that point, the Toledo Museum of Art has a fantastic collection of glass art. Over 5,000 works are displayed in the Glass Pavilion, a building which also lets visitors see the glass making process in one of its several studios. The Main Museum houses, over 40 galleries filled with famous works from Cezanne, Degas, Matisse, and El Greco. Outside and in front of the Main Museum is a nice sculpture garden and inside along with the fine collection is a 1750 seat theater/orchestra hall.
West Liberty, OH
Underground Ohio
Ohio Caverns - The Ohio Caverns is the largest and most distinctive cave system in the state. The tunnels were formed by an underground river carrying water from a melting glacier. The caverns feature white crystal calcite and iron oxide stalactite and stalagmite formations. Two tours are available, the 1.5 mile Historical Tour and the 1 mile Regular Tour (the Regular Tour has the Big Room with hundreds of dazzling formations). Can't get enough cave exploration? Then head over to the Zane Caverns, just a dozen miles away, and tour the Shawnee Nation's .5 mile cave system.