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32 Things To Do With Kids in Ohio

The Buckeye State is a big place, and features plenty of kid-friendly activities throughout the Cleveland and the northeast, Toledo and the northwest, Columbus and the central region, to Cincinnati and southern Ohio.

So ere are 32 items to help narrow down your itinerary:


1. Check out the Grizzly Ridge over at Akron Zoo in Akron near Copley.

2. Catch a foul ball from the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park – also in Akron.

3. Try the Junior Ranger Program over at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Brecksville.

4. Bring your little athlete to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

5. Don’t miss Penguin Days over at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Cincinnati.

6. Visit the MLB Cincinnati Reds over at the Great American Ball Park.

7. Explore the all-too-familiar A Christmas Story House during your holiday trip to Cleveland.

8. Don’t miss the famed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum also in Forest City.

Cincinnati Baseball Field

Great American Ball Park

9. Roam the outdoor Big Science Park or Little Kidspace at COSI Columbus in, yep, Columbus.

10. Grab a corndog at the Ohio State Fair in the at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

11. Be sure to see North America’s largest wildlife conservation center for endangered-species at The Wilds Animal Park in Cumberland.

12. Check out the SunWatch Indian Village & Archaeological Park in Dayton south of Englewood.

13. Take care of some back-to-school shopping and grab lunch at the Bridgewater Falls shopping complex in Monroe.

14. Make your own basket at the Longaberger Basket Homestead in Frazeysburg. Side note, you can’t miss this place since it’s actually a giant basket building.

15. See Ohio from on high with the Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Company in Lebanon.

16. Get in some racing action at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.

17. Enjoy a family ski trip to the Snow Trails Ski Area in Mansfield.

18. Test your skills at the 3D Archery Range at the Cardinal Center near Marengo.

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

19. Build a gingerbread house or try the Victorian Christmas Tour at the Marietta Castle south of Caldwell.

20. Check out Planet Snoopy at Kings Island Amusement in Mason.

21. Look forward to swimming, skiing, boating, and fishing at Buckeye Lake State Park in Millersport near Hebron.

22. Explore the 64-acre Treasure Aisles Flea Market in Monroe.

23. Get in some family competition at the Splatter Park paintball facility in Mt. Gilead.

24. Swing by the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, or better yet, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington.

25. Enjoy the 100,000-gallon Discovery Reef tank at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Powell.

26. Don’t miss out of the thrill of your life on the Top Thrill Dragster at the famed Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky.

27. Try a family fishing trip to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in St. Marys.

28. Cheer on the University of Toledo Rockets in the Glass Bowl in Toledo near Bowling Green, Napoleon, and Wauseon.

29. Take your future astronaut to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta.

30. Check out the A-Maze-N Funhouse at EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester.

31. See the Crystal Sea and Natural Bridge on your underground adventure through the Ohio Caverns in West Liberty.

32. Be sure to explore the Putnam Historic District & Underground Railroad in Zanesville.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus West Akron Inn & Suites

160 Montrose West Avenue, Akron OH 44321-1372
Phone: (330) 670-0888  |  Fax: (330) 668-2926  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Caldwell Inn

44128 Fairground Road, Caldwell OH 43724-9680
Phone: (740) 732-7599  |  Fax: (740) 732-7599  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Canal Winchester Inn - Columbus South East

6323 Prentiss School Place, Canal Winchester OH 43110-2037
Phone: 614-834-4790  |  Fax: (614) 834-4255  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn

6880 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati OH 45227-4392
Phone: (513) 271-2100  |  Fax: (513) 271-1057  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Clermont

4004 Williams Drive, Cincinnati OH 45255-4909
Phone: (513) 528-7702  |  Fax: (513) 528-1246  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Plus Hannaford Inn & Suites

5900 E Galbraith Road, Cincinnati OH 45236-2252
Phone: (513) 936-0525  |  Fax: (513) 936-0087  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Airport Inn & Suites Cleveland

16501 Snow Road, Cleveland OH 44142-2778
Phone: (216) 267-9364  |  Fax: (216) 267-9365  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Suites

1133 Evans Way Ct, Columbus OH 43228-9178
Phone: (614) 870-2378  |  Fax: (614) 870-9919  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Port Columbus

1450 Airpointe Drive, Columbus OH 43219-1501
Phone: (614) 337-8400  |  Fax: (614) 337-8401  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western Plus Dayton South

8099 Old Yankee Street, Dayton OH 45458-1861
Phone: (937) 291-0284  |  Fax: (937) 436-2995  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

11

Best Western Plus Dayton Northwest

20 Rockridge Road, Englewood OH 45322-2710
Phone: (937) 832-2222  |  Fax: (937) 832-3859  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

12

Best Western Lakewood Inn

122 Arrowhead Boulevard, Hebron OH 43025-9463
Phone: (740) 928-1800  |  Fax: (740) 928-1899  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

13

Best Western Monroe Inn

40 New Garver Road, Monroe OH 45050-1719
Phone: (513) 539-4400  |  Fax: (513) 539-4664  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

14

Best Western Executive Inn

3991 County Road 172, Mount Gilead OH 43338-9529
Phone: (419) 768-2378  |  Fax: (419) 768-4165  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

15

Best Western Plus North Canton Inn & Suites

6889 Sunset Strip Avenue NW, North Canton OH 44720-7089
Phone: 330-497-8799  |  Fax: 330-497-8799  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

16

Best Western Plus Sandusky Hotel & Suites

6011 Milan Road, Sandusky OH 44870-5869
Phone: (419) 627-9595  |  Fax: (419) 625-2255  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

17

Best Western Wapakoneta Inn

1008 Lunar Drive, Wapakoneta OH 45895-9797
Phone: (419) 738-2050  |  Fax: (419) 738-2050  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

18

Best Western Del Mar

8319 State Highway 108, Wauseon OH 43567-9663
Phone: (419) 335-1565  |  Fax: (419) 335-1828  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

19

Best Western B. R. Guest

4929 East Pike, Zanesville OH 43701-8429
Phone: (740) 453-6300  |  Fax: (740) 453-3693  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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