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Instagrammer's Guide to Winter in Ohio

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Hiking at Hayden Falls Park in Dublin

Instagrammer's Guide to Winter in Ohio

By Paola Santiago

Posted On: Jan 24, 2021

We're all guilty of going somewhere for the 'gram. This season, explore new spots and get some inspiration for your next 'gram. So get out there, strike a pose and make memories worth sharing! 

Into the Woods

From the sky-high oaks of Toledo Woods Metro Parks to the breathtaking overlooks of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio has a wealth of pristine woods perfect for your next photo opt. Try a vertical shot here, perfect for mobile and tall enough to get the very tops of most trees. Or hike the trails and capture icy (and when cold enough) frozen waterfalls like at Hayden Falls Park in Dublin. 

European-Style Castles

No trip to Ohio is complete with a stop at one of Ohio's 12 Castles. Yep, you read that right! Ohio’s history is rich with European immigrants and travelers that wished to bring a little piece of them to their new home. While some castles serve as public parks or buildings, like Piatt's Castles, others like Landoll's Mohican Castle offer luxury stays that can make anyone feel like royalty! 

Lake Erie

Fancy a trip to a winter beach? Look no further! When temperatures hit freezing, Lake Erie has been known to push off onto the shore, creating magnificent ice shoves. Opaque and vibrantly white in the sun, these icy "cliffs" create the perfect backdrop to your next post! On warmer days, Lake Erie's surface cracks and creates a mural effect that's best seen with a drone. Wherever you are on the shore, don't skip Ohio's beaches this winter!


If you're more into the urban scene, find a rooftop with a good view -- along with diverse metro areas, Ohio has three distinctive major cities for the nighttime adventurer. Hilly Cincinnati honors its Queen City namesake with a literal crown-topped skyscraper. Columbus' old-world charm is reminiscent of the art-deco era and Cleveland's urban-industrial feel offers the only major waterfront skyline in the state!

For more Instagram spots this #WinterInOhio, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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