Ohio Vacation Ideas #1: If you love animals you don't want to miss the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. A main attraction is the indoor Rain Forest. It's a tropical ecosystem complete with lots of indigenous animals and plants. There is even a 25 foot waterfall and the simulated rainstorms make you feel like you are really in the tropical jungle.
#2: Playhouse Square Center - If you are visiting Cleveland don't miss the second largest performing arts center in the country, Playhouse Square Center.
This stretch of Euclid Avenue contains five theaters, four of which date back to the time of vaudeville and silent movies and have recently been restored. Besides opera and ballet you can see touring Broadway shows.
#3: Pro Football Hall of Fame - Canton, Ohio is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here football fans can view films of games as well as see historical mementos of the sport. See all the game's heroes and legends.
Attend the annual Induction Ceremony where between four and seven players will be inducted on the steps of the Hall.
The accompanying Hall of Fame Festival includes parades, balloon and food fests, and a pageant to crown the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Queen.
#4: Mosser Glass Factory Tour - The artistry of making glass is a fascinating profession. In Cambridge, Ohio you can see this process at the Mosser Glass Factory Tour.
Shop the many outlet stores where you can purchase these beautiful creations to fill your Christmas list. At the Cambridge Glass Museum there are thousands of delicate glass and pottery objects d'art on display.
Ohio Vacation Ideas #5: Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio was at one time a bustling port on the Ohio & Erie Canal. This historic spot has restored structures such as the general store, tavern, one-room schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop.
The replica canal boat will take you along the restored canal, powered by horses harnessed on either side of the shore. At the Hands-On facility everyone can attempt some candle dipping, tin-smithing or rope making. Stroll the brick paths through the scenic 1800's style gardens.
Vacation Ideas in Ohio #6: One of the most popular resort areas for enjoying beaches and nearby islands is found at Sandy Lake Erie in Port Clinton. You can ferry across to South Bass Island and view the International Peace Memorial. Check out the African Safari Wildlife Park where you can drive through the preserve and see lions as well as zebras and other animals in their natural setting.
#7: National Inventors Hall of Fame - Are you creative? Everyone likes to see models of inventions that have changed our way of living in the past century. Stop in and get inspired at the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron. See the histories of famous and some less famous inventors and their contributions that have made us the most advanced country in the world. Experience the hands-on exhibits, interactive programs, special events.
#8: The Living Bible Museum, in Mansfield, is a non-denominational life-size wax museum. The dioramas depict all your favorite Old and New Testament stories. Each one has its own audio text, music, and special effects.
Also on display are some examples of the fascinating Korean Word Art. Here the religious pictures are actually formed by the letters and words of the Bible.
Ohio Vacation Ideas #9: Ride the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world at Cedar Point in Sandusky. With dozens of rides like Demon Drop and Wicked Twister, Cedar Point has legions of fanatical die-hard fans. They also have more sedate entertainment like the Snoopy Rocks on Ice show. It's hard to beat this popular theme park for thrills and all around fun.
#10: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Here's a very interesting and educational vacation idea. Take a trip to The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Located in Cincinnati, this inspiring attraction chronicals the network of safe houses and escape routes used by slaves to make their way to freedom in the north. Hear the voices of the past answer the question: "What does freedom mean to you?"
Ohio Vacations Idea #11: By Cleveland resident Gina Christopher. Traveling to Northeast Ohio won’t cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, a vacation for a family of four in Northeast Ohio is typically about 35 percent cheaper than a vacation in Boston or Chicago. Here are just some of the things Northeast Ohio has to offer:
Ohio Vacations Idea #12: The Dayton Aviation Heritage Park, in Dayton Ohio, is a great place for the whole family to visit. Tour a replica of the Wright Brothers Cycle Company. It was here that Orville and Wilbur Wright made bicycles and then used the workshop to work on their idea for an airplane.
The Wright-Dunbar Village or the Huffman Prairie Flying Field are interesting spots and you can arrange for ranger-guided tours. The Huffman Field was used by the Wright brothers for test flights. The kids will have fun learning not to make a sled kite at Wright Brothers Memorial plus other children's activities.