By Meg Berno
Posted On: Apr 18, 2019
Spring is a great time to start planning your travels but every adventurer knows that vacation expenses start adding up. Good news! Traveling Ohio doesn’t have to break the bank! Here are our top picks for free things to do in Ohio this spring.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Often referred to as one of the best of its kind in the state, the Cleveland Museum of Art goes a step further and offers free admission. With more than 45,000 objects on display including works by Salvador Dali and Vincent Van Gogh, the museum provides an unmatched cultural immersion. Not to mention, the museum is housed in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, which also boasts Severance Hall (the stage of the Cleveland Orchestra), the Cleveland Natural History Museum and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Talk about living your best cultural life. Learn more here.
FORE!Fest – Dublin
Are music festivals on your summer bucket list but you don’t want to spend thousands heading to big-name events like Coachella? Look no further than FORE!Fest in Dublin’s new Bridge Park area. Held in tandem with the famous Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, this three-day event brings live music and a street festival all to Downtown Dublin for free! Learn more here.
Ohio State Parks, Statewide
Did you know that Ohio is one of only 7 states that offer free admission to all 75 State Parks? The newest of these parks, Jesse Owens (dedicated in 2018), is providing free campsites while improvements are made to the campground. Take advantage of Ohio’s diverse natural resources and get outdoors without spending a dime! Click here to learn more.
COSI Science Festival, Columbus
In its inaugural year, COSI Science Center in Columbus is hosting four days of fun and exploration with its new Science Festival, May 1-4. This celebration of science challenges attendees to “Be an Element of Fun” at more than 100+ events occurring statewide, the largest of these being held on COSI’s surrounding grounds. Build a marshmallow catapult, touch a brain, drive an underwater robot and more at this can’t-miss, family-friendly event! Learn more here.
Port Clinton Walleye Festival
Head to Port Clinton May 23-27 and it won’t take long to see why it’s known as the Walleye Fishing Capital of the World! This fishing festival celebrates the areas most coveted creature with free live concerts, vendors any angler would love, a kid’s fishing derby and more all on the shores of Ohio’s beautiful Lake Erie. Click here for more information.
Feast of the Flowering Moon, Chillicothe
Ohio’s rich Native American history comes to life in Chillicothe at the annual Feast of the Flowering Moon. See authentic cultural performances, feel the beat of a handmade drum and experience historical re-enactments all for free! Head to Chillicothe May 24-26! Learn more here. Perhaps one of the greatest things about travel in Ohio is that it is accessible to all. Get out and explore Ohio this spring at these free events and attractions and make lasting memories with the ones you love. For more travel inspiration, Find It Here on Ohio.org.