Things To Do

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The 88 counties in Ohio carve out special parts of the state that are each unique in their own way. The state is incredibly diverse, with the lakeside counties spanning from Lucas to Ashtabula; the “great plains” of Northwest Ohio, including counties like Williams, Henry, and Wood; the hilly Appalachian region with Washington, Athens, and Belmont Counties (to name a few), and of course the heartland including the counties of Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, and more. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If it’s your goal to visit all 88 counties in Ohio, then this list is for you! Many of these links take you straight to our very own OHventures experiences. But, truth be told, even we haven’t made it to each county – yet! So, start your engines and check out this list of one cool thing to do in each of Ohio’s 88 counties!

NORTHEAST
Ashland – Get cheesy at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn – the name says it all! (Ashland)
Ashtabula – Stay the night at The Lodge at Geneva-On-The-Lake – gorgeous views
Carroll – Saddle up for some Horseback Riding at Faith Ranch (Jewett)

Columbiana – Spend the night at the haunted Spread Eagle Tavern (Hanoverton)

Coshocton – Depart on the Three Rivers Wine Trail, including Yellow Butterfly Winery

Cuyahoga – See all of Cleveland from atop Terminal Tower (and take a Day Trip to Cleveland)

Geauga – Give yourself a sugar rush at the Geauga County Maple Festival

Harrison – Paddle through Southeast Ohio thanks to Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental

Holmes – Embrace yourself in Amish culture with Der Dutchmann Restaurants

Jefferson – Step back 200 years to the Ohio frontier at Fort Steuben (Steubenville)

Lake – Have a night of luxury at Quail Hollow Resort (Painesville)

Lorain – Take your pups on a jaunt with the Dirty 5K, Walk & Wash (Avon Lake)

Mahoning – Trek the trails of Mill Creek Park to Lanterman’s Mill (and take a Day Trip to Youngstown)
Medina – Celebrate Christmas all year ’round at Castle Noel (Medina)

Portage – Imbibe at Viking Vineyards & Winery (and take a Day Trip to Kent)

Stark  – Run the stairs of the McKinley Monument (and take a Day Trip to Canton)
Summit  – Zoom down the hill of the All American Soap Box Derby (and take a Day Trip to Akron)

Trumbull – Plunge into the waters of Mosquito Lake (and take a Day Trip to Hubbard)

Tuscawaras – Travel back in time by seeing the historic village of Zoar

Richland – Tour the Mansfield Reformatory (where they filmed Shawshank Redemption)

Wayne – Engage in discussion while eating & drinking at First Amendment Public House (Wooster)

NORTHWEST

Allen – Pig out at Kewpee Burger – the oldest hamburger fast food chain in the world (Lima)

Auglaize – Honor Ohio native Neil Armstrong at Wapakoneta’s Summer Moon Festival

Crawford – Gorge on brats & take the “wurst” bike ride at the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival in August
Defiance – See the reconstructed historic town of Auglaize Village, with a military museum

Erie – Ride the world’s largest roller coasters at Cedar Point (Sandusky)

Fulton – Check out the arboretum & ATV, hiking, & horseback riding trails of Maumee State Forest

Hancock – Go up, up, and away on a Findlay Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hardin – Build Your Own Tour of historic, architectural, and natural attractions in Hardin

Henry – Grab a photo op with the giant can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup (Napoleon)

Huron – Gawk at the Christmas lights at the annual Light Up Norwalk Festival

Lucas – Gorge on hot dogs at the famous Tony Packo’s (and take a Day Trip to Toledo)

Mercer – Tackle the Mad Run – a muddy obstacle run in Fort Recovery

Ottawa – Kayak the waters of Put-In-Bay (and explore the whole island while you’re at it)!

Paulding – Visit the Paulding County Carnegie Library, on the US National Registrar of Historic Places

Putnam – Scuba dive at Gilboa Quarry – the Midwest’s Premier Dive Site (Ottawa)

Sandusky – Learn about one of our presidents at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Seneca – See Ohio’s Greatest Underground Adventure, Seneca Caverns

Shelby –  Do a nighttime zipline at VanDemark Farm (Sidney)

Van Wert – Hop aboard a plane for a flying tour at the Van Wert Airport

Williams – Check out the Bryan Theatre, local parks, and other fun things in the City of Bryan

Wood – Visit Bowling Green State University and the surrounding area!

Wyandot – Birdwatch at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, where you can see bald eagles!

CENTRAL

Delaware – Take advantage of the state’s largest inland beach at Alum Creek State Park

Fairfield – Zipline over 100 feet off the ground at Valley Zipline Tours (Lancaster)

Franklin – Visit the Ohio Statehouse (and see 100 more things to do in Columbus)
Knox – Stay the night in the Mohican Tree House Cabins (Loudonville)

Licking – Say hello to the Longaberger Basket Building – the world’s largest basket

Logan – Ski the day away at Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield)

Madison  Fish, hike, picnic, and more at Prairie Oaks Metro Park (West Jefferson)

Marion – Visit the epic tomb found at the President Warren G. Harding Memorial

Morrow – Shoot ‘em up at SplatterPark Paintball (Mount Gilead)

Pickaway – Attend the Circleville Pumpkin Show and see the pumpkin water tower!

Union – Scale the steep hiking trails of Clear Creek Metro Park

SOUTHEAST

Athens – Taste some local beers at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery – a locavore’s delight (Athens)

Gallia – Head “down on the farm” to the Bob Evans Farm Homestead Museum (Bidwell)

Guernsey – Embark on an Open Air Safari at The Wilds (Cumberland)

Hocking – Hike your heart out at Hocking Hills State Park, including Old Man’s Cave
Jackson – Go apple picking and celebrate at the Jackson Apple Festival each year

Lawrence – Spend a day at Lake Vesuvius

Meigs – “Milk” your time in Meigs County by visiting the famous Snowville Creamery
Monroe – Drive along the Covered Bridge Byway on a self-guided scenic tour
Morgan – Camp at the Wayne National Forest (the only National Forest in Ohio)

Muskingum – Pig out on pasta at Adornetto’s Selected Italian Foods (Zanesville)
Noble – Dine at the Dockside Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Seneca Lake Marina
Perry – Eat breakfast at Dodson’s On Broadway (New Lexington)

Scioto  Embark on a journey to Scioto County’s Shawnee State Park
Vinton – Immerse yourself in Zaleski State Forest (second-largest state forest in the U.S)

Washington – Hop aboard the Sternwheeler and drink some Marietta beer!

SOUTHWEST

Adams – Sightsee at the Great Serpent Mound – the longest serpent effigy in the US

Belmont – Rock out at the “Superbowl of country music festivals – Jamboree In The Hills

Brown – Soak in the Ohio River at Eagle Creek Landings Marina (Georgetown)

Butler – Plan a trip to Jungle Jim’s International Market – more than a grocery store (Fairfield)

Champaign – Explore the deep caves of Ohio Caverns (West Liberty)

Clark – Hike your way through Buck Creek State Park in Springfield

Clermont – Bike the trail corridor of Little Miami Scenic Trail along the Little Miami River

Clinton – Immerse yourself in Pioneer Village at Caesar Creek State Park

Darke – Watch the stock cars race by at the world famous Eldora Speedway (New Weston)
Fayette – Shop the day away at the Tanger Outlets right off of I-71 (Jeffersonville)

Greene – Trek along the Old Woods Trail located at Caesar Creek State Park

Hamilton –  Meet an elephant at Cincinnati Zoo (and take a Day Trip to Cincinnati)

Highland – Mountain bike in Paint Creek Lake State Park (Hillsboro)

Miami – Take a Day Trip to the quaint town of Piqua

Montgomery – Eat at Olive, An Urban Dive (and take a Day Trip to Dayton)

Pike – Travel Pike’s Patches Quilt Barn Trail to see all of the quilt barns in the area!

Preble – Go ghost hunting and on other spirited adventures

Ross – Take a day trip to the Ross County seat, Chillicothe (Ohio’s first capital)
Warren – Zipline at Ozone Zipline Adventures (Lebanon)!

 
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