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Fall Adventures in Northwest Ohio

Leaves are falling, autumn is calling!

Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio in Van Wert

Fall Adventures in Northwest Ohio

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Sep 14, 2021

As nights get cooler and days are shorter, Ohio welcomes autumn with open arms. Let the changing of tree canopies from green to vivid colors of orange, red and yellow will get you in the spirit of a fun-filled Ohio adventure.

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Explore the Great Outdoors

Autumn time is best seen out in the open air. As fall foliage surrounds you, what better way to enjoy the prettiest time of year than to get outside and explore the great outdoors? The weather is not too hot or cold - the perfect time to go camping! Maumee Bay State Park offers camping and fun activities for everyone! Rent a campground the old-fashioned way or rent a yurt, cottage or stay at the Maumee Bay Lodge for a modern camping experience. Explore your inner outdoorsmen by boating or fishing on Lake Erie or enjoy a nice round of golf at Maumee Bay's 18-hole "Scottish Links" style golf course! There are also trails to hike and a 2-mile boardwalk trail that winds through marshes – great for birding and wildlife watching! You can also go hunting at Mallard Club Marsh Wildlife Area.

One of the best ways to see and experience fall is with your feet on the pedals and wind in your hair! The Wabash Cannonball Trail is 63 mile-long bike trail that follows in the path of two former Norfolk Southern Railroad lines and is a popular destination for cycling, running, horseback riding and birding. Or you can stop and hike Oak Openings to see sand dunes and endangered butterflies.

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Go Back in Time

The fall is a great time to visit Ohio's most interesting sights and villages. The fall sets a perfect backdrop to go back in time and relive how our ancestors once lived years ago! Ohio is rich with history and full of interesting stories. Historic Sauder Village is Ohio's largest living-history village that features costumed guides and working craftsmen in more than 40 historic homes, shops, farms and gardens. Take your visit a step further and take one of many classes offered including basket making, quilting/sewing, art, cooking, soap making, glass blowing and more!

Fort Meigs is a great piece of American history from the War of 1812 and it resides in Perrysburg. This fort is 10-acres and is the largest reconstructed, wooden-walled fort in the United States and sits on the original location along the Maumee River. You’ll get to view artifacts from the War of 1812 including weapons, uniforms and personal items of soldiers. Check out the select dates in October for the Garrison Ghost Walk at the fort!

songs at the center live taping at Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio in Van Wert Ohio
Photo credit: Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, Facebook

Have an Artful Adventure 

If the fall colors are inspiring you, check out Van Wert's arts and culture scene. You can enjoy the interactive sculpture Blink along the Wassenberg Glow Path behind Wassenberg Art Center, or capture the upcoming 44th Annual Photography Exhibit. As you walk around town, be sure to check out the three murals from Oscar Velasquez along Main & Fifth Streets. 

Looking for a musical interlude? Then be sure to attend a concert at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. This auditorium has hosted everything from educational activities to concerts like Broadway productions. They're also hosting a live taping (on Sept. 16) of PBS's popular "Songs at the Center" series. 

If you want a more classic museum experience - and enjoy railroad memorabilia - then stop in at the Williams County Historical Museum in Montpelier to see an old Wabash caboose.

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