Camping Gems - Places to Eat in Ohio
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Camping Gems - Ohio
Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame
Tour through exhibits that focus on the blues, gospel, rhythm & blues, country, folk, and bluegrass, then learn about rock greats like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and Jimi Hendrix. You'll see artifacts from important artists, read about the importance of Motown and Soul Music, and peruse the Hall of Fame, listening to more than 30,000 songs from the collected works of every inductee.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Three exceptional men from Dayton, Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar, found their creative outlet here through accomplishments and failures, and finally success in aviation. However, these men offered the world something far greater, they offered the world hope, and the ability to take a dream and make it a reality.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Pay a visit to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and be astounded by the range of creature -- more than 3,000 to be exact. With more than 600 species in the zoo, as well as the largest collection of primate species in North America, this zoo is dedicated to saving animals and their habitats around the globe.
Set in the heart of Amish country, Berlin has a sweet spirit and a gentle pace. You can visit the Berlin Antique Mall, Helping Hands Quilt Shop & Museum, and Sol's Art & Craft Mall. Or there is Schrock's Amish Farm & Home where you can take an Amish buggy ride, visit Alma's Kitchen, enjoy the petting zoo, or make plans to take a guided Amish Home Tour.
First Ladies National Historic Site, Canton
Two properties, the home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the seven-story 1895 City National Bank Building, are preserved at this site, which honors the lives and accomplishments of First Ladies throughout history. The site is managed by the National Park Service and operated by the National First Ladies' Library.
Sugarcreek is known as "Ohio's Little Switzerland," and it's also home to the Alpine Hills Historical Museum, Swiss Village Quilts & Crafts, and the Swiss Village Market. Don't miss the little Swiss train that runs in and out of the top of the bank building.
Spring Hill Historic Home, Massillon
The Spring Hill Historic Home was built in the 1820s for Thomas and Charity Rotch. During the tour, you'll see the house with the Rotch's original furnishings, a springhouse, smokehouse, wool-house, and milkhouse. Used as a station on the Underground Railroad, this site also includes sheep, vintage gardens, carriages, and a nature path. (1401 Spring Hill Lane NE, 330-833-6749, open Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., closed winters)
Hocking Hills State Park, Wadsworth
Towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges lure the hiker and naturalist at this Ohio park. Take a hike to Conkles Hollow, Rock House, and Old Mans Cave or spend your time fishing and swimming.
Ohio and the Indiana & Ohio Scenic Railway, Mason
Enjoy a 45-minute ride through the Ohio country side on this old-fashioned railway! You'll ride in an old-style passenger car on the scenic excursion (it's a two hour round trip) . You can also schedule one of their dining, ice cream, mystery, or Santa tours. (State Route 741 S, 513-398-5743)
Start your Cleveland visit with a ride aboard Lolly the Trolley. By the time you reach the end of the Historic City Tour, you'll have seen over 100 points of interest. For a bird' eye view of the city, head to the 42nd floor of Terminal Tower. Another fun outdoor stop is the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, where you can visit the display gardens and get advice on horticulture, landscaping, and floral design.
Camping Gems - Places to Go in Ohio
North Country National Scenic Trail
This amazing trail stretches from North Dakota to New York, winding past the best scenic highlights of the norhtern states. You'll follow along beside Little Beaver Creek, a state scenic river and a component of the National Wild and Scenic River system, tracing a route that makes use of abandoned rail lines. Biking and horseback riding are allowed on sections of the trail.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The winding Cuyahoga—the "crooked river" as named by American Indians—gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is a refuge for flora and fauna, gives a sense of times past, and provides recreation and solitude for Ohio's residents and visitors.
Amish and Mennonite Communities
In northeastern Ohio you'll find Mennonite and Amish folk living much as people did in the 1800s. One of the best things you can do in this area is to wander the back roads, soaking up the peaceful landscape and well-manicured farms. You do need to stay alert for horses, buggies, and bicycles.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Celebrate the history of American football in Canton Ohio, the city that launched the formation of the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the NFL) in 1920. Each year, the very best retired players of the National Football League are elected to the Hall of Fame. See the Super Bowl Room, the Enshrinement Gallery, and mementos from inductees.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Mounds of various shapes and geometric enclosures dot the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. Evidence suggests that Hopewell earthworks were used for a variety of ceremonial and social activities between 200 BC to AD 500. Come learn about these sacred spaces and reflect upon the lives of their builders.
When you're in Columbus, be sure to visit the German Village District, which was established by immigrants in 1814. A good first stop is the Meeting Haus, where you'll find walking maps and information. As you wander this district's historic streets, you'll be treated to Dutch single and double brick cottages, Schiller Park, and 2 story Italianate, Queen Anne, and American Four Square homes, many with lovely backyard gardens.
It's easy to get out on the water in the fishing and boating paradise of Lake Erie. You'll find terrific walleye and bass fishing, miles of open water for boating, and islands to explore. There are even amusement parks and waterparks along the lakeshore.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Peninsula
All aboard! You're in for a treat when you tour through the beautiful countryside of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. The train leads you to Hale Farm and Village, the Akron Valley Business District, and downtown Akron/Quaker Square. (1630 Mill St W, 330-657-2000)
About 18 miles east of downtown Cleveland, you'll find Chagrin Falls, a charming Victorian town. You'll see terrific antique shops, clothing shops, and book shops, fun restaurants, and Greek Revival and Western Reserve-style architecture.
Battelle Riverfront Park, Columbus
Here you'll find a full scale replica of one of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria. Your tour will take you through the hold, the area where the cooking was done, the stern castle where the helmsmen steered, and the captain's quarters. (90 W Broad St, 614-645-8760)
Camping Gems - Things to Do in Ohio
Learn about quilts and buggies in the Amish communities of northeastern Ohio.
Go hiking along the North Country National Scenic Trail.
See the leaves change color at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Tour the Enshrinement Gallery at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Go fishing and boating on Lake Erie.
Take a ride aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Explore a replica of Christopher Columbus' ship at the Battelle Riverfront Park.
Get to know the more than 3,000 animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Discover Ohio's "Little Switzerland" in Sugarcreek.
Hike to the Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park.