If you’re looking for things to do in Ohio, you’re gonna want to check out our Ohio Bucket List which has been updated for 2021 to include things to do solo, with your spouse, family, or with friends. We even included access to a free printable that you’ll find at the end of the post.
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If you’re like me, you may not have spent much time exploring in 2020 as you had hoped and are really feeling the itch to get out of the house and explore more. You may be interested in the list I’ve compiled that I have dubbed “ The Ultimate Bucket List for those who want to Explore Ohio.” I plan to be deliberate about what I hope to see and do in 2021 and it begins with making a plan. Hopefully, this list will entice a few of you to seek out these attractions and destinations with me.
Want to join me? Download the free printable at the end of the post and let’s make up for everything we didn’t do last year! You may also be interested in our printable Ohio Outdoors Bucket List too.
Ohio Bucket List
Ohio is one of the top wine-producing states in the country, has the largest Amish population in the world and is known as the roller coaster capital, thanks to the thrill-seekers paradise, Cedar Point. I’d say Ohio is pretty diverse. Ohio is not only a great place to live, but also a great place to visit.
1. Take a bike ride along the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
2. Go camping in one of Ohio’s State Parks.
5. Travel the length of the Lake Erie Coastal Trail or another scenic byway.
6. Visit Squire’s Castle or another of the castles in Ohio.
7. Ride a ferry to one of the Lake Erie islands.
8. Visit and take a photo of each of the Cleveland script signs. You’ll find them at:
- Edgewater Park- 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, 44102
- North Coast Harbor- East 9th Street Pier, Cleveland, 44114
- Tremont – 1502 Abbey Ave., Cleveland, 44113
- Euclid Beach- 16301 Lakeshore Blvd.- Cleveland, 44110
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport- 5300 Riverside Dr., Cleveland, 44135
- The Foundry- 1831 Columbus Rd., Cleveland, 44113
9. Visit End of the Commons, the oldest general store in Ohio.
10. Go kayaking or canoeing.
11. Visit all of the zoos in Ohio.
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- Akron Zoo
- Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
- Toledo Zoo
And a couple of bonuses (or alternatives):
- The Wilds
- African Safari Wildlife Park
12. Drive across the famous Y Bridge in Zanesville.
13. Take a photo in front of a mural.
14. Drive through the Lake View Cemetery and find the spot where a scene from Captain America: Winter Soldier was filmed.
15. Take a train ride.
16. Visit an Ohio Historical Site.
17. Follow the entire Ohio Art Corridor.
18. Take a selfie at one of these roadside attractions in Ohio.
19. Go to a drive-in theater.
20. Go on a covered bridge hunt.
21. Take a hike somewhere new.
22. Visit someplace in your hometown that you’ve never been to.
23. Go birdwatching at Magee Marsh.
24. Visit the smallest Kroger in America.
25. Visit Dicken’s Victorian Village or another of Ohio’s Christmas towns.
If you’re really ambitious, you may want to join me in reaching my personal goal of spending time in each of the 88 counties in Ohio.
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This post was originally published on January 5th, 2013 and has been updated for 2021.