Sometimes you just want to get out and explore. We try to strike a good balance of places that you will really enjoy. Finding ideas for family friendly outings, or interesting places to go in Ohio with your friends, both are at your fingertips here with America Top 10. We aim to give you plenty of ideas without you having to do all the research. That way you can easily decide if you want to explore Ohio sites or check out the sites in another state.
You have also heard how it is becoming a lot more popular to have staycations (where you stay home instead of going to far off places) and discover new and interesting places in the near vicinity. We try to make that easier for you. Check out the sites in Ohio that have become local favorites easily with our site.
We hope that we have provided you plenty of choices in Ohio whether this is a new area for you or your own back yard. Something a little different from the typical amusement park. If you really loved somewhere but don’t see them on our list let us know, we are always looking to improve our lists and we can only do that with your help.
Battelle Darby Creek features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands. It stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby creeks, both State and National Scenic Rivers. Besides the areas surrounding the creeks, there are also over 1,600 acres of restored wetlands and prairies. Bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two enclosed pastures.
Built by Fernando Cortez Kelton, a prosperous wholesaler of dry goods and pharmaceuticals, the Kelton House incorporates elements of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The garden features hedges, statuary, diverse plant specimens, lattice work and mixed perennial borders that demonstrate a Victorian sensibility. The simple beauty of the mansion’s façade, however, housed dangerous politics (for the time). Your visit to this historic building will immerse you in the Victorian experience through the eyes of the Kelton family whose continuous 120 year residence and original belongings left a discernable imprint.
The Wilds is a wildlife safari park that takes you and your kids on an African Safari like experience all without ever having to leave Ohio. Board the safari transport bus with your Safari Transport Pass where one of the parks highly trained guides will take you and your family through open range animal areas that will get you up close views of rhinos, camels, giraffes, and many other wild animals. This tour lasts about four hours long and will have stops at the Lake Trail and the Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center these educational stops will not only excite your children but also teach them at the same time
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. The National Museum of the United States Air Force collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions, as well as today’s mission to fly, fight and win, in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals representing 600 species, Open all year (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended summer weekend hours. The Cleveland Zoological Society collaborates with the Zoo to connect people with wildlife. Enjoy the benefits of membership, adopt an animal or explore the advantages of corporate partnerships
A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and the family car. After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie’s house, do not forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia
SunWatch features a partially reconstructed village that was inhabited nearly 800 years ago. The site also includes an Interpretive Center where guests can explore exhibits and watch a short video about the site before exploring the village.
The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The Zoo’s original animal collection was very small, originally consisting of just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow. The Zoo was founded on 65 acres in the middle of the city, and since then has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s suburbs