How to Balance Work & Play in Ohio
By Meg Berno

How to Balance Work & Play in Ohio

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When you meet in Ohio, you guarantee an unforgettable trip for your attendees and attractions that will have them coming back again and again. For a meeting to remember, Find It Here in Ohio.

Meeting in Cleveland

While in town for work, there are endless amounts of things to do in Cleveland, Ohio. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind attraction, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a musical taste of history.

Or discover your new favorite flavor and shop local in Ohio City, home of the Westside Market and several breweries including Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Feeling festive? Christmas comes year-round in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood where you can tour the actual house where Ralphie (almost) shot his eye out in the cult classic film, A Christmas Story.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Just a short drive south of Cleveland, escape to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in the United States. You won’t want to miss the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway for an old fashioned way to see the park and surrounding countryside.

Holden Arboretum

Adventure awaits just east of Cleveland at Holden Arboretum. The daredevil in you will love the Murch Canopy Walk, a 500’ long elevated walkway built 65’ above the ground, giving a unique perspective of the beautiful landscape.

Theatre District

It doesn’t get much better than Playhouse Square in Downtown Cleveland. Feast your eyes on the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York City. Snap a photo in front of the gigantic outdoor chandelier which stretches across an entire intersection.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Take in more than 6,000 years of artistic masterpieces at the Cleveland Museum of Art. From classic works like Monet’s Waterlilies to Asian paragons, the CMA is sure to exceed your expectations. The best part? Admission is free!

Chagrin Falls

Head to the quaint little town of Chagrin Falls for a hefty dose of nostalgia and charm. Be sure to snap a photo in front of the waterfall, located just steps from Main Street or wander into one of the many shops, known for their one-of-a-kind products.

 

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Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton

Down, set, hike over to the Pro Football Hall of Fame just an hour outside of Cleveland in Canton, Ohio. The new exhibit “A Game for Life” is an immersive holographic theater experience guaranteed to make you feel a part of the game. Don’t miss the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection – the largest and most valuable football card collection in the world!

Amish Country
Enjoy life at a relaxed pace in Amish Country, stretching across several counties in northeast Ohio. Don’t forget to stop in Guggisberg Cheese, the birthplace of baby swiss, for a tasty treat and check out the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center to learn more about their culture and lifestyle.

Geneva on the Lake

Cast your stresses aside for some time lakeside in Geneva, about an hour east of Cleveland. Enjoy the serenity of this retreat by visiting the nearby state park for a hike and wildlife viewing or for a little more adventure, you can rent a jet ski or paddleboard by visiting the Lodge.

Gervasi Vineyard

Get a little slice of Italy at this Tuscan-style winery in northwest Ohio. Gervasi Vineyard invites you to sip award-winning wine while soaking in the 55-acres of scenic vineyards surrounding the estate. Come back for a luxurious stay in one of their new Villas, Tuscan inspired suites complete with fireplaces and a shared patio. Caio!

Cedar Point
Voted the “Best Amusement Park in America”, Cedar Point is among the top can’t-miss destinations during your visit to Ohio. Take your pick of their 18 world-class roller coasters like their newest: Steel Vengeance, the world’s first hybrid roller coaster.

Meeting in Columbus

Your conference in the capital city will leave you with plenty of downtime to check out the multitude of activities Columbus has to offer.

Sports fans of any kind will want to head to campus to snap a photo in front of “The Shoe“, home of The Ohio State Buckeyes and one of the most recognizable landmarks in college athletics.

Pay your respects at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum on banks of the Scioto River to hear personal testimonies of the men and women who have served in the U.S Armed Forces.

Head back in time with a visit to German Village, famous for the European influence that has infused everything from it’s architecture to its cuisine.

Another neighborhood of note is the Short North Arts District, appropriately named for it’s multitude of art galleries, murals, boutique shopping and fine dining. Art fans will flock to the Pizzuti Collection, regarded one of the best of its kind in the world.

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The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Get in touch with your wild side at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, just 20 minutes north of the city, where you will meet more than 600 species. Make your way to the Heart of Africa where you can witness a cheetah running at top speeds or feed the giraffes. On a hot day, head next door to Zoombezi Bay Waterpark to end your trip with a splash.

Battelle Darby Creek

Get a taste of the wild west right here in Ohio at Battelle Darby Creek in Galloway where an entire heard of bison roam free. Hike one of the trails or rent a kayak for a new perspective on these beautiful beasts.

Granville

History comes alive in Granville, Ohio, a New England-style town less than 30 minutes northeast of Columbus. Visit the Bryn Du Mansion, a historic estate with a colorful history of past residents (and maybe some ghostly ones as well), or find a delight to take home with you at one of many local shops downtown.

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Ohio State Reformatory

Explore both histories and hauntings at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, just an hour north of Columbus. Built in 1886, this castle-like structure has been home to prisoners, feature film sets (such as Shawshank Redemption) and even the paranormal.

Hocking Hills

With sandstone rock formations, caves, spectacular waterfalls and rugged hiking trails, this most popular Ohio State Park will wow even the most well-traveled nature lover. Visit Hocking Hills Canopy Tours for a zip line adventure you won’t soon forget.

Meeting in Cincinnati

“Sing the Queen City” during your stay in Cincinnati where history meets hip. For a fresh take, find Findlay Market Ohio’s oldest continually operated market in Over the Rhine, a revitalized neighborhood that will wow visitors with its artistic vibe and deep history. Take time out for a Mural Tour of the downtown area featuring colorful works by local artists.

You won’t want to miss the newly renovated Music Hall, a classical performance hall featuring the Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Union Terminal

All aboard to the newly renovated Union Terminal, the location of the Cincinnati Museum Center. Revel in exhibits like the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, new to the museum in 2019. Be sure to bring the family back to enjoy the Duke Energy Children’s Museum featuring a child-sized town and interactive play equipment.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

On the banks of the Ohio River lies the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center appropriately placed along the natural barrier between the Civil War’s North and South. This museum highlights the bravery of the individuals championed the Underground Railroad and courageously carried the United States into freedom.

Brewing Heritage Trail

Cincinnati boasts the largest collection of pre-Prohibition brewery architecture in one of the largest historic districts in the country. This urban walking trail will take you inside the rich brewing history of the city and features public art and age-old signage all accessible via a free-to-download app.

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RiverScape MetroPark

Just a short drive away lies RiverScape MetroPark along the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio. Paddlers can rent a kayak while cyclers can peddle ’till their heart’s content along the Mad River Trail, the nation’s largest paved trail network. Stay in the evening to watch the banks light up just before sunset.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Launch your trip to the next level with a visit to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Explore decades-old artifacts like the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17F bomber used in WWII and a full-sized replica of a space shuttle all in the Birthplace of Aviation.

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.