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3 Popular Regions to Visit in Ohio

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a born and raised Ohioan. I have to admit, there were many times, especially growing up, when I dreamed of living anywhere but Ohio. It was only after my family briefly moved 600 miles away that I realized just how much I missed what I’d spent my entire life taking for granted.

It turns out, Ohio isn’t so bad after all. There were many attractions that I missed, but on every trip back home, there were three popular regions that I longed to visit in Ohio.

Lake Erie Region

3 Popular Regions to Visit in Ohio- The Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie

Ohio is bordered on the north by Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes. A trip to the ocean may not be possible, but Lake Erie is the next best thing. Swimming, fishing, boating, exploring the islands, a lighthouse tour and spending a few days in family friendly Put-in-Bay are just a few of the activities that my family has enjoyed along the shore over the years.

As my kids have gotten older, they’ve discovered another reason to travel near the lake, Cedar Point Amusement Park. Known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World”, thrill seekers travel from all over the world to ride one of the many coasters the amusement park boasts. With the addition of the record breaking Gatekeeper, under construction, roller coaster enthusiasts will have one more reason to visit the park. Watch the video and tell me if you’d dare to ride the Gatekeeper.


Amish Country

Visiting Ohio's Amish Country

You may be surprised to know that Ohio has the largest concentration of Amish in the US. Amish are known for their quality, hand-crafted goods, delicious home cooked meals, lifestyle and simple faith. You’ll see evidence of this in Ohio’s Amish Country.

Whether you want to learn about the Amish culture, lifestyle and faith at Behalt Cyclorama, sample the many cheeses made at Hieni’s Cheese Chalet, or ride in a buggy and tour Yoder’s Amish Home, you can do it in Amish Country.

Hocking Hills State Park

Upper Falls in Hocking Hills State Park

There are few places to visit in Ohio as beautiful as Hocking Hills State Park located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. With trails to accommodate any level and ability of hikers, each offering spectacular views, you’ll be hooked the first time you step foot in the park.

If hiking isn’t your thing, you may enjoy seeing the World’s Largest Washboard, touring the small pencil sharpener museum, riding the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad, slumbering in a gypsy wagon at Ravenwood Castle, or enjoying one of the many festivals that are held throughout the year.

As my family stays closer to home, checking items off my Ohio travel bucket list, these are three areas in Ohio that I plan to visit again and again.

Have you spent time in the Buckeye State? What are some of your favorite places to visit in Ohio?



Monday 4th of February 2013

My husband is counting the days until our son gets tall enough to ride the rides at Cedar Point. My son has quite a bit of growing to do, but they talk about it at least once a week.

Becca@R We There Yet Mom?

Sunday 3rd of February 2013

Hi there! SO sorry it took me so long to come over and read your post - It was a BUSY week for me!! :) The more you show me of Ohio, the more I want to visit. The Gatekeeper looks awesome, but I'm a BIG roller coaster fan!! Thanks as always for linking up!!

Terri @ Travel 50 States with Kids

Friday 1st of February 2013

It's been a few years since I've been to any of those, but I'd love to go back. So many destinations, so little time!


Friday 1st of February 2013

I want to see all three of those areas. I've put Hocking Hills on my Fall Colors Trip list. Put-In-Bay looks like a great summer trip! Amish Country might be a place I will have to visit solo :). Thanks for sharing!


Sunday 3rd of February 2013

See, Sere, I'm going to convince you to visit Ohio yet! :)

Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms

Wednesday 30th of January 2013

Last summer we spend a couple nights on Kelleys Island and saw Put-n Bay and Marblehead I believe too, though we didn't get to go up into the lighthouse. I blogged about it too. Sandusky has a lot to offer!


Thursday 31st of January 2013

I love Lake Erie and the surrounding area. This year I plan to spend a lot of time up there exploring the Coastal Trail. Did you make it to Johnson's Island or the Keeper's House? Protection Status
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