Traveling creates the best memories! Whether our family vacation takes us to Ohio or elsewhere, the one constant of all those trips is the experiences we share with each other. Screaming with my mom on a roller coaster, listening to my dad’s ghost stories across a campfire, or racing my sister to be first one to see the polar bears at the Toledo Zoo – but my most vivid memories are the seemingly random, unique spots we would often stumble upon by accident. So why not make an entire trip of these happy accidents?!
Here are the 10 most unique places you can find in Ohio:
10. House of Trash – Philo
Tour a very green home, made entirely of tires, cans, bottles, adobe and re-claimed barn wood. Annie and Jay Warmke live and work in this year-round demonstration of sustainable living on a farm. Tours cost $10.
9. World’s Largest Apple Basket – Newark
See the World’s Largest Apple Basket – over 29 feet tall – at Longaberger Homestead. While visiting the area, guests may tour the Basket-making experience to see the talented basket makers who handcraft Longaberger Baskets, make their very own Longaberger Basket in the Make-A-Basket Shop and shop the Longaberger Factory Store.
8. National Construction Equipment Museum – Bowling Green
This facility was established to obtain, preserve and display for public viewing machines, exhibits and artifacts that represent the development and history of construction machinery from the 1800s to the present day. Its collection includes over fifty machines, dating from the early 1900s through the mid-1960s.
7. “Moving Sphere” – Marion Cemetery
Arguably one of the most unsolved mysteries in the state, the Charles Merchant family marker has been causing confusion for more than a century. A five-ton sphere of black granite placed upon a large block of white granite has been moving since it was placed on the block in 1886, exposing its unpolished circle on its bottom. To this day, no one can explain why the orb keeps moving.
6. World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab – Hillsboro
The crab was relocated from Blanchester to Hillsboro by new owners Ben and Darlene Sexton, and set up on the property of their business: Old Days Vintage Campers in Hillsboro. In Ben’s previous profession, he traveled through Blanchester frequently and admired the crab. Ben wanted his camper business to have a kitschy, vintage Route-66 vibe and thought a large roadside attraction would be the perfect centerpiece. Old Days Vintage Campers isn’t located anywhere near Route 66, but rather on Ohio State Route 124 between Hillsboro and Rocky Fork Lake.
5. History of Contraception – Dittrick Medical History Center, Cleveland
See some of the most primitive and bizarre methods of contraception. About 1,100 items from the 1700s to present day are on display, as well as historical writings about contraception development. The exhibit depicts the social and cultural climate that influenced birth control decisions in this country. Admission is free. The museum is on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.
4. Cornhenge – Dublin
This “Field of Corn” features 109 ears of concrete corn the size of people. The concrete corn is a tribute and celebration of Sam Frantz, who invented hybrid corn species. The Field of Corn is located at 4995 Rings Rd., Dublin, Ohio.
3. Wall of Gum – Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop – Greenville
For years now, patrons to the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop have been sticking their gum to the outer walls of the building, giving it the appearance of a gum sculpture. According to local lore, the wall was started when drive-thru patrons, upon getting their bag of sandwiches, had nowhere to dispose of their gum, and began sticking it to the drive-thru wall. Others followed suit and what began as a single wall of gum has now expanded to cover three of the building’s four walls.
2. Pencil Sharpener Museum – Logan
The Pencil Sharpener Museum features an international collection of more than 3,400 pencil sharpeners and is open daily. The Hocking Hills Welcome Center is the new home of the museum.
1. “Things Swallowed” – Lima
The Allen County Museum features a collection of more than 100 objects swallowed by local residents – including a diaper pin, rubber hose and a set of dentures – all collected by father and son physicians. Stuffed albino animals are also on display.
What do you think of my list? Did I miss something?
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