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50 Unique Things to Do in Ohio {FREE or Low-Cost!}

Tonya Prater, Owner

If you’re looking for unique things to do in Ohio today, we’ve got a list of 50 that are free or low-cost. So hop in the car and check out these quirky roadside attractions – from the world’s largest cuckoo clock to a flying saucer-shaped house!

Over 50 Ohio Roadside Attractions

These fun things to do in Ohio are organized geographically so you can quickly find the ones closest to you.

Quirky roadside attractions around the state of Ohio.

It doesn’t matter where your road trip takes you, you’ll find plenty of roadside attractions waiting to be explored and the Buckeye State is no exception. Here are some of our favorite quirky things to see in Ohio.

Free Things to do in Cleveland Area

The following are low-cost or free things to do in Cleveland and the surrounding area. Most are within a one to two hour drive of the city.

1.  Neil Armstrong’s First Flight

Neil Armstrong's First Flight Lunar Module in Trumbull County.

Travel to the spot where Neil Armstrong took his first airplane ride. You’ll find a mini-park that represents the accomplishments Armstrong made when landing on the moon.

Address: 2553 US-422, Warren, OH 44485
Cost: Free

2.  David Grohl Alley and the World’s Largest Drumsticks

The World's Largest Drum Sticks Roadside Attraction in the David Grohl Alley in Warren, Ohio

Visit an alley dedicated to David Grohl, founder of Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana. You’ll find the World’s Largest Drumsticks, as well as other works of art dedicated to Grohl.

Address: David Grohl Alley, Warren, OH. Downtown, just south of W. Market St. and the Courthouse Square, on the east side of Main Ave.
Cost: Free

3.  The Center of the World

Center of the World sign.

In hopes of becoming an economic center, this small hidden town took the name “The Center of the World.” Look quick or you’ll miss it.

Visit this spot for a quick photo op when you’re checking out the world’s largest drumsticks.

Address: Center World, Braceville Township, OH 44430
Cost: Free

Tip: Grab this Road Trip Journal & Activity Book for fun on the road. This is not your run of the mill road trip journal that is geared towards kids, this is one that adults will love.

4.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

This unique building is the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

Learn how Cleveland became the home of the world’s largest collection of rock and roll memorabilia in this museum that gives music lovers a chance to see and hear a collection of music history throughout the decades.

Address: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114
Cost: View the website for current pricing.

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5.  The Christmas Story House

The famous Christmas Story House.

Open year-round, the Christmas Story House is available for tours and even overnight stays. It is the original setting for the filming of the famous movie “A Christmas Story” with a museum across the street containing original memorabilia.

Address: 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44109
Cost: View the website for current pricing.

6. The biggest year-round Christmas museum in the United States

Castle Noel holds the magic of Christmas with different memorabilia from famous movies such as The Grinch, Elf, A Christmas Story and Cousin Eddie’s RV.

A fan favorite is the red slide tourists can go down that is replicated from the movie A Christmas Story.

Address: 260 S. Court Street, Medina, OH
Cost: Check website for current pricing.

7.  The World’s Largest Rubber Stamp

A giant rubber stamp with the word "free" across the top.

Standing at 28-feet-tall and 48-feet-long, the World’s Largest Rubber Stamp states the word “FREE” across the front.

This unique Ohio attraction is located two blocks from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Address: Willard Park, Cleveland, OH 44114
Cost: Free

8.  The Garfield Memorial

The Garfield Memorial in Lake View Cemetery.

As it stands beautifully structured and intricately designed, the memorial of our 20th President provides a different outlook on American history. The Garfield Memorial also holds the only Presidential casket that is on display to the public.

Address: 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Cost: Free for a self-guided tour.

Read our tips about Visiting the Garfield Memorial in Lake View Cemetery before your visit.

9.  Handless Jacques

A statue that has stood tall for decades, Handless Jacques was once the front line attraction for “Jacques Sandwich Shoppe”.

Jacques unfortunately lost his hands along the way to his current home, not far from the shore of Lake Erie.

Address: 6020 E Harbor Rd, Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440
Cost: Free

10.  Glacial Grooves

These glacial grooves are located on an island in Lake Erie off the coast of Ohio.

This natural attraction is located on Kelleys Island and is surrounded by other beautiful natural spots and trails.

Address: 739 Division St, Kelleys Island, OH 43438
Cost: Free

11.  The World’s Largest Amish Horse and Buggy

The World's Largest Amish Horse and Buggy

The World’s Largest Amish Horse and Buggy is a great photo op moment when touring the Amish community in Trumbull County. Its size is proportional to an actual horse and buggy, and the horse even has a name! 

Update: There is a new twin horse and buggy located outside Savannah, Ohio that also claims to the world’s largest made by 2×4’s.

Address: 8719 State Route 534, Mesopotamia, OH
Cost: Free

12.  Amish Buggy ATM

Amish Buggy ATM

Completely submerge yourself in Amish culture and retrieve your money from an ATM that looks like a real-life horse and buggy.

Address: 216 N Main St., Wellington, OH
Cost: Free

13.  The World’s Largest Geode

giant geode cave

The accidental discovery of this geode lead to a beautiful roadside attraction. Travel 40-feet underground for a chance to stand in the crystal cave.

Address: 978 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456
Cost: View the website for current pricing.

14.  The Most Massive Doric Column in the World

Doric column with three flags flying.

The 352-foot-tall Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial honors those who fought and died during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, as well as the War of 1812.

Admire this column from the ground, or take an elevator to the top and check out the observation deck.

Address: 93 Delaware Ave., Put-In-Bay, OH
Cost: Free to see.

15.  The Crying Haserot Angel

The Haserot Angel weeps black tears in Cleveland, Ohio.

Here’s another reason to visit the Lake View Cemetery. Don’t blink around this sculpture known as the “Weeping Angel” or you may miss the black tears that drip from her eyes down to her neck.

She gives off an unsettling vibe while being stunningly beautiful.

Address: 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106
Cost: Free

TIP: The Lake View Cemetery is right around the corner from Little Italy and some of the best food in Cleveland. Join a food tour after you’re strolled through the beautiful grounds of what has been called an outdoor art museum and make a day of it.

16.  Squire’s Castle

Squire's Castle in the Cleveland Metroparks.

Get a sense of mystery in Squire’s Castle while learning about the urban legends of the family who once lived there. This castle is open year-round with free admission.

There are also plenty of hiking trails in the area.

Address: River Road, Willoughby Hills, OH, 44094
Cost: Free

DID YOU KNOW OHIO HAS MORE CASTLES THAT YOU CAN VISIT? Check out our list of Castles in Ohio.

17.  Giants in Seville

Cemetery tombstone of Seville Giant.

What was once the home of two real-life giants, the town of Seville now carries their history.

You’ll find the graves of these almost 8-foot tall giants, their former home (private residence), and even a giant chair you can sit in for a perfect photo opportunity.

Address: Cemetery; East Main Street, Seville OH. House Museum; 70 West Main Street, Seville, OH
Cost: Free

18.  The Cow in Orrville

Look closely on top of one of the Smith Dairy twin silos for a replica of a two-ton cow defying all odds as she stands proudly over the city of Orrville.

Address: 1381 Dairy Lane, Orrville, OH
Cost: Free

LOOKING FOR MORE UNIQUE ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS? – Check out our list of fun & quirky attractions across the United States.

Free Things to do in Columbus Area

The following are low-cost or free things to do in Columbus and the surrounding area. Most are within a one to two hour drive of the city.

19.  The Tomb of President Harding

The Harding Tomb in Marion is one of 50 unique things to do in Ohio.

At this roadside stop, you can see Grecian columns surrounding the gravesites of President Warren G. Harding and his wife Florence Harding.

History buffs can step inside the graveyard across the street to see where his casket was originally entombed and to see the grave of his mistress.

You can also tour The Harding Home, where Harding famously campaigned for president from his front porch in 1920.

Address: Vernon Heights Blvd. Marion, Ohio, 43302
Cost: Free

20. Dog Fountain

A colorful water fountain made of cast iron dogs.

This eye-catching fountain in Mt. Vernon is such a fun photo opp if you’re looking for unique things to do in Ohio!

It showcases a variety of cast-iron dogs (as well as a cat and horse) circling a golden bone while shooting water out of their mouths. 

Address: 201 South Main Street Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Cost: Free

21.  The World’s Largest Market Basket

The Longaberger World's Largest Basket.

This basket is as large as a small house and took over 2,000 man-hours to weave. Part of the Longaberger legacy, it can be seen in Dresden.

Address: 508 Main St., Dresden, OH, 43821
Cost: Free

22.  The World’s Largest Basket Building

World's Largest Basket Building in Newark.

A replica standing 160 times larger than Longaberger’s Market Basket, the World’s Largest Basket Building is an eye-opener! It is the former home office for the Longaberger company.

This building is currently empty and looking for a new owner. 

Address: 1500 E Main St, Newark, OH 43055
Cost: Free

Read More: Want to see some more cool buildings in Ohio? Check out this article that highlights more than 20 of our favorites; including the Ship House at Put-in-Bay.

23.  The World’s Largest Apple Basket

Longaberger giant sized basket of apples.

The apple basket can be seen at what was once the Longaberger’s Homestead in Frazeysburg, a short distance from the World’s Largest Basket building outside Newark, and the World’s Largest Market basket in Dresden.

It’s gotten a fresh coat of paint since my visit. This is on private property but you can see it through the fence.

Address: 5563 Raiders Rd, Frazeysburg, OH
Cost: Free

24.  The Big Muskie

Tonya standing inside the Big Muskie.

What once was the World’s Largest Earth Moving Machine is now just the remaining metal bucket that can hold two school buses side by side.

The bucket rests on a valley of a previous mine known as “Re-Creation Land” that is now part of Jesse Owens State Park and the Miner’s Memorial Park.

Address: OH-78, McConnelsville, OH 43756
Cost: Free

25.  The Topiary Park

The Topiary Park in Columbus Ohio

A work of art that is as large as life; the Topiary Park in Columbus is an artist’s vision using plants of all types to create a masterpiece you can walk through.

Open year-round, this park shows its beauty through nature along with events held by the community.

Address: 480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215
Cost: Free

26.  The Former World’s Largest Gavel

The World's Largest Gavel in a reflecting pool.

Placed in between two justice buildings this stainless steel gavel stands tall on top of a crystal clear reflecting pool for all to stop and view.

Address: 145 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215
Cost: Free

TIP: While you’re downtown, check out this fun and inexpensive scavenger hunt from Let’s Roam to find more hidden gems and fun things to do in the capital city.

27.  Cornhenge

Cornhenge Field of Corn roadside attraction in Ohio.

In honor of Sam Frantz, the creator of hybrid corn seeds, Ohio’s Cornehenge sprouts 109 larger than life-sized ears of corn. This creates a weird but exciting sight for those driving past.

Address: 4995 Rings Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
Cost: Free

28.  Leatherlips

Leatherlips Monument roadside attraction in Dublin, Ohio.

This monument represents the great Wyandot Indian Chief., made completely out of native limestone slabs. Visitors to this 12-foot tall portrait can stand on top of the attraction to capture a memorable photo.

Address: 7377 Riverside Dr, Powell, OH 43065
Cost: Free

Tip: If you’re able to plan a visit in the spring, do! The hill is full of beautiful yellow daffodils and makes this fun photo op even more spectacular!

29.  The Y-Bridge in Zanesville

Y Bridge in Zanesville

The Y bridge is an attraction you can drive across. It splits three ways and bridges over the Muskingum River.

Address: Zanesville, OH 43701, Traffic carries off U.S. Rt 40 (Main St. and West Main St.) and Linden Ave.
Cost: Free

30.  The Pencil Sharpener Museum– Temporarily Closed

This tiny wooden cabin boasts the world's largest collection of pencil sharpeners.

If pencil sharpeners happen to be your thing, the Pencil Sharpener Museum displays 3,479 different pencil sharpeners.

It’s a quirky, free thing to do in Ohio and a fun place for tourists to stop and view the large collection.

Address:  13178 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138
Cost: Free

31.  Ariel Foundation Park

Ruins of a glass-making facility in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

The remains of an old glass-making facility has been turned into this park. The Ariel-Foundation Park has incorporated the ruins from the PPG factory as well as a nature preserve.

Address: 501 South Main St., Mount Vernon, OH
Cost: Free

32.  The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock

The World's Largest Cuckoo Clock Roadside Attraction in Sugarcreek, Ohio

Listen carefully because every 30 minutes you will hear this giant, 24-foot tall cuckoo clock put on a show with polka music played by a five-piece robotic band.

Address: 100 N Broadway St, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Cost: Free

33.  Vasehenge

Vases at Vasehenge in Zanesville, OH.

In honor of the now-collectible Weller Pottery, artists of the town placed giant vases in a circular formation reminding its visitors of the famous Stonehenge. Try finding all the vases spread across the town.

Address: North Pine Street, Zanesville, OH
Cost: Free

34.  The World’s Largest Washboard

The World's Largest Washboard hangs on the side of a brick building.

Stop for a selfie in front of the World’s Largest Washboard! You can take a tour through the the Columbus Washboard Company’s museum, and even enjoy the washboard festival that is held annually.

Address: 14 Gallagher Ave, Logan, OH 43138
Cost: Free to see. Factory Tours
available for a small fee.

35.  The World’s Largest Pumpkin

Circleville is home to the Greatest Pumpkin Show on Earth and pumpkins are depicted everywhere- like this water tower.

The water tower in Circleville, Ohio is painted to look like a large pumpkin hovering over the city. This eye-catching attraction is to promote the town’s annual Pumpkin Show.

Address: Logan Street, Circleville, OH
Cost: Free

36. National Museum of the United States Air Force

Historic Plane in the Air Force Museum
Photo used with permission from Canva

Learn more about our nation’s Air Force with a tour of this free museum that provides many galleries, exhibits, and even plane simulators.

Address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Cost: Free

37. Early Television Museum

Step back into time as you learn about technology systems from the 1920’s up to the 1950’s when color television was finally introduced at the Early Television Museum.

Address: 5396 Franklin Street, Hilliard, OH, 43026
Cost: Free but donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child is suggested.

Fun Things to do in Ohio Between Cleveland and Columbus

Many of these free things to do in Ohio are in and near Mansfield – my hometown.

38.  Elektro

A museum display of early robots made by Westinghouse.

A walking, talking robot manufactured by Westinghouse for the New York World’s Fair, Elektro shocked the world by smoking a cigarette while crossing the border into Canada.

You can see this attraction at the Mansfield Memorial Museum, the oldest museum in Richland County. Other displays in this regional museum include local aviation and military history, as well as a rare collection of Victorian anthropomorphic scenes — animals that are stuffed and dressed depicting various scenes.  

Address: 34 Park Ave W, Mansfield, OH 44902 
Cost: Donations

39. The World’s Longest Free-Standing Jail Cell

Ohio State Reformatory's longest free standing jail cell.

Located within the Ohio State Reformatory this jail cell contains 600 different cells for its inmates.

Not only can you walk alongside the free-standing jail cell you also have the option of entering one of these supposedly haunted rooms.

The very brave (or crazy) can spend the night in this haunted attraction. Guided and self-guided tours are available. 

Address: 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905
Cost: Varies by tour. 
LOOKING FOR MORE UNIQUE ATTRACTIONS? How about some you can spend the night in? Check out our list of unique Ohio properties where you can spend the night.

40.  Biblewalk

Scene of the crucifixion of Christ at the wax museum.

Containing 78 scenes and over 300 wax figures, Biblewalk is Ohio’s only wax museum is a new way to see the Holy Bible come to life.

Address: 500 Tingley Ave, Mansfield, OH 44905
Cost: View the website for current pricing.

41.  The Shawshank Trail

A glimpse inside the Warden's office at the Ohio State Reformatory that was used as the Shawshank Prison in the Shawshank Redemption movie.

Take this trail across the Mansfield area to get a chance to step right into the movie “Shawshank Redemption”. There you will be able to see and visit many places that were used in the original filming.

Address: 124 North Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902
Cost: Free

42. The World’s Largest Bobblehead

If this roadside attraction looks familiar, it may be because you saw his twin near Sandusky. This bobblehead is located at the Buckeye Express Diner, a fun place to stop for a bite to eat when exploring the area.

Address: 810 OH-97, Bellville, OH 44813
Cost: Free to See

43. Tomb of President McKinley

Beautiful tomb on the side of a hill
Photo from Canva

A walk up 108 steps to the beehive-shaped grave leads visitors through beautiful bronze doors where President William Mckinley and his wife, Ida, lay to rest.

The tomb stands close to the McKinley Museum where travelers can learn more about the president’s history.

Address: 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton, OH
Cost: Free

Tip: Check out our Presidential Road Trip for a closer look at this part of Ohio’s history.

44. Hiking at Malabar Farm State Park

Cave opening on a hiking trail

Malabar Farm State Park is a popular outdoor destination to hike, ride horses, fish, and watch the sunset from Mt. Jeez. The park also offers a historic home and a wagon tour.

Address: 4050 Bromfield Road Lucas, Ohio 44843
Cost: Entrance to the park is free but there is a fee to tour the home and to take a wagon tour.

Unique Things to do in Other Areas of Ohio

45. Futuro-Mating Flying Saucer House

Silver, flying saucer-shaped home.

If you’re in the Dayton / Cincinnati area, this currently lived-in house stands as one of the more interesting examples of architecture. Constructed of two silver saucers joined by connecting tubes, this house may not be open for public viewing but is worth a drive by.

Address: Chamberlain Rd, Carlisle, OH
Cost: Free to see from the road.

46.  Former World’s Largest Freighter – The Col. James M. Schoonmaker

Freighter ship museum.

Col. James M. Schoonmaker is a lake freighter that served as a commercial vessel on the Great Lakes for much of the 20th century. Take a self-guided tour through this once active ship when you visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes

Address: 1701 Front St., Toledo, OH
Cost: Free to see. View the website for current pricing for museum and ship admission.

47.  The Mortuary Museum

Funeral Space sign at Mortuary Museum in Marietta.

This museum contains a collection of hearses, caskets, and other funeral memorabilia from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.

Address: Behind Marietta Chapel, at 408 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Cost: Free, call to schedule a tour.

48. Covered bridges in Marietta

The red and white Harra Covered Bridge near Marietta, Ohio.

Did you know there are nine covered bridges in Marietta, OH? The covered bridges are connected via a self-driving trail that offers a fantastic way to see the scenic countryside and spend a leisurely weekend or summer day.

49.  Giant Can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup

Giant can of Campbell's soup.

This giant can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup can be seen at the Campbell’s Soup Plant.  

Address: 12772 State Route 110 Napoleon, Ohio
Cost: Free

50.  Giant Bull in Gilboa

A giant fiberglass bull on the roadside.

This giant 16-foot tall fiberglass bull is located next to Gilboa Grain in the small town of Gilboa. According to Ohio Magazine, the bull once stood in Toledo before it was moved to its current location along State Route 224.  

Address: 219 Pearl Street, Gilboa, Ohio 45875
Cost: Free

Which one of these unique things to do in Ohio would you like to visit? 

More Roadside Attractions You Can Visit 

If you’re looking for things to do outside of Ohio we have an entire list of roadside attractions from around the country that you can seek out on your next road trip.

They range from single attractions like a giant can of paint, to a collection of classic Cadillacs partially embedded in the ground, to unique museums like the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas.

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Check out My Roadside Attraction Adult Coloring Book

I love visiting roadside attractions when I’m traveling, and when I’m home, I enjoy re-living my experience. I created this roadside attractions adult coloring book based on photos I’ve taken when traveling throughout Ohio and the United States. Get yours today!

50 Unique Things to Do in Ohio {FREE or Low-Cost!}


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Love this list but I'm sad to say the Covered Bridge (#17) closed.

Tonya Prater

Monday 21st of November 2022

Oh no! That makes me sad. I'll update my post.


Sunday 21st of March 2021

You should add Glamorgan Castle in Alliance,Oh the high school beside it Alliance High school also has a fighter jet.. also add The maps museum.. there is also a ship museum in canton, oh

Tonya Prater

Monday 22nd of March 2021

I'll check them out! Thanks for the tip.


Thursday 26th of November 2020

This is a huge list of amazing things nobody tells us about them, thank you so much I appreciate your hard work.

Greetings from Canada

Tonya Prater

Saturday 12th of December 2020

They're really fun to find and make great photo opps. I hope you get the opportunity to see them sometime.

Peggy Harmeyer

Thursday 4th of June 2020

I love this post! Thank you for sharing all these cool places! Peggy

Tonya Prater

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Thanks, Peggy! I hope you found some that you'll be able to visit.

Janet S.

Monday 22nd of July 2019

Blue Jean Farms is no longer open.

Tonya Prater

Monday 16th of September 2019

OH no! Thanks for letting me know. I'll update my post with another attraction. Protection Status
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