#64 best destination in the world

Cedar Point, Sandusky

  • Amusement park located in Sandusky, opened in 1870, it is considered the second-oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. behind Lake Compounce
  • The park features 16 roller coasters, the fourth-most in the world
  • Other attractions near the park include a one-mile-long white-sand beach, an outdoor water park called Cedar Point Shores, an indoor water park called Castaway Bay, two marinas, an outdoor sports complex called Cedar Point Sports Center, and several nearby resorts

Kings Island, Mason

  • Amusement park in Mason, first opened in 1972, it was part of a larger effort to move and expand Coney Island, a popular resort destination along the banks of the Ohio River that was prone to frequent flooding
  • The park features over 100 attractions including fourteen roller coasters and a water park
  • One of the park’s most well-known attractions, The Racer, is often credited with reviving worldwide interest in roller coasters during the 1970s

Cleveland Museum of Art

  • Art museum in Cleveland, internationally renowned for its substantial holdings of Asian and Egyptian art, the museum houses a diverse permanent collection of more than 61,000 works of art from around the world
  • It is the fourth-wealthiest art museum in the United States, and it is one of the most visited art museums in the world

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

  • Museum and hall of fame located in Cleveland, on the shore of Lake Erie
  • The museum, established in 1983, documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development

Brandywine Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

  • Brandywine Falls, is located within Cuyahoga Valley National Park, from there, wooden paths lead down to the waterfall
  • The falls can also be accessed via the Brandywine Gorge Trail, a 1.5 mile hiking trail

Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus

  • Botanical garden and conservatory, built in 1895, located in Columbus, showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and Dale Chihuly artworks
  • Biomes representing global climate zones include: Himalayan Mountains, Tropical Rainforest, Desert, and Pacific Island Water Garden
  • Additional plant collections include a Bonsai Courtyard, Showhouse with seasonal displays, orchids and tropical bonsai collections, and Palm House with more than 40 species of palms

National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton

  • Official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 6 miles from Dayton
  • The NMUSAF is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display
  • The museum’s collection contains many rare aircraft of historical or technological importance, and various memorabilia and artifacts from the history and development of aviation

Toledo Museum of Art

  • Internationally known art museum located in Toledo, and founded in 1901, that houses a collection of more than 30,000 objects
  • The museum holds major collections of glass art and of 19th- and 20th-century European and American art, as well as small but distinguished collections of Renaissance, Greek, Roman and Japanese art

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati

  • Museum in Cincinnati, based on the history of the Underground Railroad, and opened in 2004
  • The Center pays tribute to all efforts to “abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people”
  • The Center offers insight into the struggle for freedom in the past, in the present, and for the future, as it attempts to challenge visitors to contemplate the meaning of freedom in their own lives
  • Its location recognizes the significant role of Cincinnati in the history of the Underground Railroad, as thousands of slaves escaped to freedom by crossing the Ohio River from the southern slave states
  • Many found refuge in the city, some staying there temporarily before heading north to gain freedom in Canada