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100 Things To Do In Ohio This Summer

100 Things To Do In Ohio This Summer

Fun in the sun, food adventures and family fun abound this summer!

Ice cream scoops from Johnson's Real Ice Cream in Bexley

100 Things To Do In Ohio This Summer

By Meg Berno

Posted On: Apr 27, 2021

Summer is almost here and there's no better time to head out and find your new favorite Ohio adventure. Check out this list of the top 100 things to do in Ohio this summer to keep you playing all season long.

NOTE: Check directly with places before you go to learn about their health guidelines, safety updates and any required reservations. 

Festivals & Entertainment

Experience the Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival in Chillicothe during Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. 

Swing with the pros at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin from May 31 - June 6. Continue the fun at Fore!Fest, a weekend long street and music festival that takes place at Dublin's Bridge Park (details coming soon). 

Celebrate with Pride this year at Pride in the CLE from June 4-5, Columbus' Virtual Pride March on June 19, or check out the Cincinnati Pride Market on Sunday, June 27. 

Tee off the summer with several professional golf tournaments taking place in Ohio. Check out the Prasco Charity Championship in Maineville on June 21-27, Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in Akron on June 23-27, Marathon LPGA Classic Presented By Dana in Sylvania on July 5-11, Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Columbus on Aug. 23-29, the Solheim Cup in Toledo on Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

Liven up your weekend with local festivals like Columbus' Virtual CommFest from June 25-27 and Festival Latino on Aug. 14-15. 

Get out the sparklers for July 4th celebrations throughout the state.

Stop and smell the flowers at floral festivals like LilyFest in Rockridge from July 9-11 and the Coshocton Sunflower Festival in August.

Light up your life at the Cincinnati Lantern Festival on July 10.

Blast off and celebrate what would be astronaut John Glenn's 100th birthday with celebrations throughout the weekend of July 17-18.

Take to the water at the Celina Lake Festival from July 23-25. 

Celebrate the greatness of football with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week in Canton from Aug. 5-9.

Paddle Ohio during the Ohio River Paddlefest in Cincinnati on Aug. 7 and join the nation's largest paddling event. Check out these great spots for other great paddling adventures.

Thrill Seekers

Catch a moonbeam as you fly through the trees on the Zipline at Night Adventures with Hocking Hills Canopy Tour.

Wakeboard like a pro at Wake Nation in Cincinnati (think snowboarding, but on the water). Their summer season starts in May. 

Get the need, the need for speed at some of the top amusement parks in the nation like Cedar Point and Kings Island. Continue the fun with the Rock & Ride Road Trip

Walk among the tree tops on the canopy tour at Holden Arboretum. The Murch Canopy Walk is a 500-foot long walkway suspended 65 feet above the forest floor while the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower provides breathtaking views from 120 feet in the air.

Break the speed limit (legally) and learn to drive a high-performance race car at the Mid-Ohio Driving School in Mansfield.

Get your climb on at Scioto Audubon Metropark in Columbus, the largest free outdoor climbing wall in the country.

Journey below the Earth's Crust and mine for gems at Ohio Caverns in West Liberty. The caverns are a great place to beat the heat since they remain a constant 54 degrees.

Voyage through lost shipwrecks in Lake Erie, which has claimed more ships than any other Great Lake due to its shallow depths. For those who can or wish to learn to scuba dive, a treasure trove of shipwrecks await.

Gear up for a day of excitement at local paintball courses like LVL UP Sports in Grove City.

The Outdoors

Enjoy the outdoors at one of Ohio’s 75 State Parks.

Walk it out as you explore Ohio's trails with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' new DETOUR Trails App

Wish upon a star as it streaks across the sky at Observatory Park (a “Dark Sky” designated park with an observatory) in Geauga County.

Bike aboard! Take the family or some friends out for a cycling adventure on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. When little legs give out or you get too warm, flag down the train for a ride back.

Head out into Lake Erie’s prime fishing territory to catch walleye, perch, steelhead trout and smallmouth bass.

Search for fossils at Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville. The trilobite is Ohio’s state fossil and a highly prized find! Be sure to stop in and get a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers at the park, then you can hunt away.

Roam with the buffalo at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in Galloway (near Columbus). The park covers more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands. Bison were reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two pastures.

Go glamping or stay in a unique spot like the Mohican Treehouses. Or check out the yurts at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls at the Hocking Hills, The Wilds in Cumberland or at Kelley’s Island.

Patrol the Painesville Pier, a newer addition to the Painesville Township Park that’s part of Lake Metroparks near Cleveland.

Take a hike in Highland’s Nature Sanctuary along one of the area’s most popular trails, Barrett’s Rim.

Play one of Ohio’s championship public golf courses like The Virtues in Nashport or Little Mountain in Concord.

Sail away in Lake Erie’s Put-in-Bay area, one of the most popular sailing ports in Ohio!

Experience the Ice Age on Kelleys Island at glacial grooves park. The grooves were created by a massive glacier that created the Great Lakes and Lake Erie Islands.

Relax with nature and plan a visit to the Lavender Trails.

Travel to Appalachia and explore one of the state’s most beautiful areas.

Hop in the car for an adventure that showcases the natural beauty of Ohio with the Scenic Route Road Trip

Family Fun

Go on safari at The Wilds in Zanesville in an open-air vehicle traveling among free-roaming animals ranging from zebra and giraffe to rhinos, scimitar horned oryx and plenty more.

Enjoy a drive-in movie with the kids and a big bucket of popcorn at the Sundance Kid Drive-In near Toledo. Ohio is a top state for drive-in theaters, check out these other theaters for your next night out.

Get the wheels turning at Imagination Station in Toledo. This hands-on science center has hundreds of exhibits and demonstrations that you can explore virtually.

Shop ‘till you drop at Easton Town Center in Columbus. Use this guide for suggestions on where to eat, play and stay!

Do the indoor shuffle at these indoor shuffle board locales in northern Ohio.

Find Ohio’s covered bridges. Drive through Ashtabula county, the covered bridge capital, to find their 19 covered bridges!

Cozy up with a bonfire! Check out these top destinations for the perfect family bonfire.

Bring the entire family, including Fido at dozens of Ohio’s dog friendly destinations.

Unwrap Christmas in July or anytime with the all-year open Castle Noel!

Gotta find 'em all when you stop by The Troll Hole Museum in Alliance. This museum boasts the Guinness World Record as the largest troll doll collection and museum. 

See the animals at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

Arts & Culture

Feel like a work of art when you check out the stops on the Art Road Trip

Visit an auction in Ohio’s Amish Country. Be sure to stop at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center to learn how to immerse yourself in the culture while traveling the area.

Expand your knowledge at the world class Toledo Museum of Art. While you’re there, be sure to check out the extensive collection of glass works.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and spirit of the greats at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Find over 2,000 works of art at the Tiffin Glass Museum and Shoppe. After you’ve browsed the exhibits, head next door to pick out a piece to take home with you.

Road trip to find Ohio’s painted Quilt Barns and learn the history behind this unique movement.

Find where art meets nature at Topiary Park in Columbus. This topiary garden replicates the famous work by George Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.

Marvel at the handmade wonders at Warther’s Carving Museum in Dover, then browse the button collection and observe knives being made.

Explore the amazing Floodwall Murals in Portsmouth and Steubenville to get a feel for each city’s unique heritage and culture.

Make your way to the top at the Cincinnati Art Musuem’s Art Climb.

Walk downtown to the Short North in Columbus and see murals from local artists and other local public art. Or check out the murals from CAPA and GCAC’s #ArtUnitesCbus project.

Stand as still as a statue as you explore Hamilton. The city is known as the City of Sculpture, with lots of public art you can see all over town.

Immerse yourself in sights and sounds at the interactive experience of Otherworld in Columbus.

Walk the grounds or take a guided tour through the historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.


Fly through the air on the Aviation Trail in Dayton which includes the National Museum of the United States Air Force featuring the iconic Memphis Belle. Be sure to check with specific sites on their summer opening dates.

Space travel to the hometowns of two of America’s most famous astronauts; John Glenn’s boyhood home in New Concord and the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta.

Explore the fascinating remains and earthworks at Serpent Mound in Peebles.

Enjoy a Segway Tour through Historic Downtown Marietta highlighting the town’s historic homes, museums and parks.

Learn about the Underground Railroad by traveling the 33 Stops of the Clermont County Freedom Trailthe largest Network to Freedom program in the United States.

Visit and learn at the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and be sure to explore the newly re-opened Memorial Column, a symbol of the U.S. victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie.

See the Great Lake’s Oldest Lighthouse. Marblehead has been an iconic piece of the Lake Erie landscape first light back and 1822.

Go back in time with a visit to Historic Downtown Cambridge nestled in the rolling hills of Ohio’s Appalachian region.

Uncover Ohio history with three historical road trips, where you can explore and find out why Ohio is known as the “Mother of Presidents.”

Live like the old days at Historic Sauder Village.


Food & Beverage

Taste a Hungarian hotdog at the world-famous Tony Packo’s Café in Toledo and browse the wall of more than 1,000 hot dog buns autographed by nearly every star who has come to town.

DIY 4th of July with these recipes perfect for any at-home celebration.

Beat the heat and indulge your sweet tooth on the Ohio Ice Cream Trail.

Sip on top of the city at Rhinegeist Brewery’s Rooftop tap room or join a corn hole tournament on the main floor.

Forage for and discover native Ohio foods and chow down like an early Ohioan. Check out this guide on what to look for and where to find it!

Complete your picnic with Ohio-made potato chips. Check out this snackable list of favorites.

Sip through the Joe in the Yo Coffee Trail, just one of Youngstown’s delectable experiences.

Challenge yourself to complete the Columbus Ale Trail and no, you should not attempt all 41 stops at once. Slow and steady!

Make a pit stop at Grandpa’s Cheese Barn. With over 200 varieties of cheese, this hidden gem is a must-see on the way to and from your travels.

Become a connoisseur at one (or more) of Ohio’s 250+ wineries. Find a complete list here.

Pay tribute to the American Spirit by traveling the Darke County Whiskey Wine and Ale Trail consisting of three wineries, two breweries and Ohio’s oldest distillery.

Eat fresh at an Ohio Farmers’ Market and find your new favorite treat.

Taste your way through the Eaterarian Trail in Marion; a collection of nine authentic eateries with great food and an unassuming atmosphere.

Eat on the go with some of Ohio’s top food trucks. Here’s a list to get you started, or check out Plymouth’s Food Truck Fridays which takes place every Friday from June through September.

Let’s all go to the fair and relive nostalgia with classic fair foods at the Trumbull County Fair Food Frenzy on June 26 & 27th and July 3rd & 4th.

Throw yourself your own Happy Hour with these Ohio spirits.

Treat yourself to Ohio made snacks from Doscher’s Candies (or from this other Ohio candy company).

Literally taste the buckeye state on the Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail.

Take a drive to all the stops on the Foodie Fill-up Road Trip.


Off the Beaten Path

Become a plant parent by visiting a nursery like Oakland in Delaware or a retail store like Stump in Columbus. And check out this guide on planting your own garden using native Ohio plants.

Channel your inner Lumber Jack with an axe throwing adventure at Cleveland’s Class Axe.

Motorcycle along Ohio’s Windy 9 to discover your new favorite route.

Read a book penned by an Ohio author — or set in Ohio. Or take a listen to these Ohio-based podcasts.

Get nostalgic and pick up some vinyl at an Ohio record store. Check out this list to get started.

Visit the world’s Largest Horseshoe Crab in Hillsboro. Don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it.

Channel your inner Cowboy at Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding all summer long

Try out the Brewed on the Bikeway Trail in Athens where you can peddle your way from brewery to brewery.

Make some feathered friends at the Ohio School of Falconry.

Feel the chills of Ohio’s haunted spots and graveyards.

There you have it! How many can you check off this summer?

For more #SummerInOhio fun, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

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