COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 4, 2021) – Fill the end of your summer with epic events, road trips and amusement parks in Ohio. The state's tourism agency, Ohio. Find It Here. has prepared a list of places to visit and events to experience to enjoy the last days of summer, including the Winning Drive Road Trip for football fans and the Rock & Ride Road Trip for thrill seekers.
"This summer is on track to be a success for many of the attractions and events across our state," said Gov. Mike DeWine. "Fran and I encourage Ohioans and visitors to see all that Ohio has to offer – from outstanding state parks to world-class attractions and charming small towns."
"Summer isn't over yet, and there are a lot of events coming up in Ohio that will provide Ohioans and visitors the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime," said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development, which oversees Ohio. Find It Here.
So, before your tan fades and you toss your flip flops into the back of the closet, plan your itinerary for one of these unforgettable events or attractions.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week: The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is a major draw for fans year-round, but it's especially memorable during Enshrinement Week, which runs from Aug. 5 through 9. More than 100 living Hall of Famers will attend the five-day celebration, giving visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and interact with football legends. Twenty members of the Class of 2020 and eight members of the Class of 2021, including Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson, will officially join the Hall of Fame. The week concludes Aug. 9 with the "Concert for Legends" featuring Brad Paisley and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- The Solheim Cup: The Inverness Club in Toledo is honored to host the 2021 Solheim Cup, a prestigious biennial golf tournament featuring the best professional women golfers from the U.S. and Europe. This year's contest, which is part of the LPGA tour, runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. Besides the excitement of the tournament itself, other celebratory events throughout the week in the Glass City include the Solheim Cup Fan Fest on Sept. 3 and 4, a concert by Gwen Stefani and Solheim After Sundown.
- Classic for Columbus: On Aug. 28, Central State and Kentucky State, a pair of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), will face off at Ohio Stadium in the Classic for Columbus. The game is the centerpiece of a four-day multicultural program from Aug. 25 through 29 that includes a jamboree festival and a battle of the bands competition, as well as college and career fairs. The last time The Shoe hosted two HBCUs was 1995.
- Toledo Jeep Fest: Anyone who is a fan of Jeep will want to head to Toledo the weekend of August 6 for The Toledo Jeep® Fest, an action-packed weekend celebrating the brand that has been part of American culture – and Toledo's heritage – for 80 years. In 2019, more than 70,000 attended the festival from across the globe.
- Winning Drive Road Trip
Get ready for the football season with the 569-mile "Winning Drive Road Trip" featuring eight of the state's favorite football attractions as well as nearby places to stay, eat and play. The stops include:
- Wilson Football Factory Tour in Ada – See how the world's best leather footballs are made by hand.
- Cedar Point Beach in Sandusky – Visit the spot where the forward pass was perfected.
- FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland – Tour the home of the Cleveland Browns.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton – Celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Hall of Fame or attend one of the events during Enshrinement Week.
- Ohio Stadium in Columbus – Tour the home of The Ohio State Buckeyes, one of the most recognizable landmarks in college athletics.
- Carillon Historical Park in Dayton – Visit the place where the National Football League was founded.
- Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati – See the riverfront site where the Bengals play.
- Portsmouth Flood Wall Murals – Enjoy the awe-inspiring artwork that beautifies the Portsmouth floodwalls, including the mural dedicated to football history.
The Winning Drive Road Trip is one of the 10 themed road trips that Ohio. Find It Here. has created to make it easy for people to plan fun, interesting and educational trips across the state.
- Amusement Parks: Ohio is fortunate to have not one, but two of the country's top amusement parks. Both locations are featured on the Rock & Ride Road Trip and are a popular way to close out the summer season.
- Cedar Point, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, is open daily through Sept. 6. Known as the roller coaster capital, Cedar Point boasts 70 rides, an 18-acre water park and 18 roller coasters, including the park's newest coaster, Steel Vengeance.
- Kings Island, located just north of Cincinnati, is home to more than 100 rides and attractions, including the 33-acre Soak City Water Park and 15 roller coasters. With speeds reaching 91 miles per hour and a first drop of 300 feet, the park's newest coaster, Orion, is the 10th fastest in the world and one of only seven coasters in the world topping 300 feet.
Ohio. Find It Here. encourages visitors to share their Ohio experiences using the hashtags #SummerInOhio and #OhioFindItHere. Remember to check event and venue websites ahead of time for the latest COVID-19 safety protocols while traveling. For travel ideas and inspiration, follow @OhioFindItHere on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and visit Ohio.org.
About Ohio. Find It Here. Operating within the state of Ohio's Department of Development, Ohio. Find It Here. works to position Ohio as a destination of choice to enrich lives through authentic travel experiences. The Ohio. Find It Here. brand supports Ohio's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. In 2019, the tourism industry captured a record-breaking $48 billion in visitor spending and welcomed 226 million visitors into and within the state. The industry also supported 431,000 Ohio jobs.
For more information, visit Ohio.org.
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