Homeschooling in Ohio:

Field Trips

by Mary Ann Kelley

Field trips are listed alphabetically by city.

North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest continuous hiking trail winding its way through seven states.

Portage Lakes State ParkAkron

Some of the water from this lake reaches Lake Erie and some flows to the Ohio River. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Akron Art MuseumAkron

Virtual field trip onlineThe museum exhibits art produced since 1850. There is a virtual component on the website.

Pymatuning State ParkAndover

Once called Pymatuning Swamp, remnants of the swamp remain today. The park offers cottages, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Strouds Run State ParkAthens

Several mounds and ancient fortifications found in the area prove the Adena Indians once lived here. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Paint Creek State ParkBainbridge

Originally, home of the Shawnee Indians. Today, the park offers visitors camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Pike Lake State ParkBainbridge

Civilian Conservation Corps Corpsmembers dug this lake by hand. The park offers visitors camping, cottages, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, disc golf, and winter recreation sports.

David Berger National MemorialBeachwood

David Berger was an American citizen and one of 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. The Memorial is dedicated to his memory and the memory of the ten other athletes.

Barkcamp State ParkBelmont

Located on the site of a fromer logging camp, Barkcamp park offers camping, hunting, fishing, boating, trails, and winter sports.

East Fork State ParkBethel

Once home to the Moundbuilders, the Adena and Hopewell Indians, today East Fork offers camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and winter recreational sports.

Blue Rock State ParkBlue Rock

Home to one of the worst mining disasters in history, Blue Rock Park offs camping, boating, fishing, hunting and trials to discover this beautiful area.

Wood County Historical CenterBowling Green

Cuyahoga Valley National ParkBrecksville

Named by Indians native to area "crooked river". The park is a snapshot into yesterday's Ohio and serves as a refuge for flora and fauna of an earlier era.

Wolf Run State ParkCaldwell

The park is named after Wolf family, the first to settle in the area. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, trails, hunting and winter recreation sports.

First Ladies National Historic SiteCanton

Two properties help to honor our nation's first ladies. The home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the seven-story 1895 City National Bank Building.

Annual Ohio Regimental Military Ball Canton

A full day to enjoy! We are featuring sutlers, photographer, afternoon social, cash bar, elegant dinner, and dancing with the Anonymous String Band. Proceeds from this event are used to support Civil War preservation and education. This year's proceeds are designated for Ohio monument preservation at Gettysburg. PH:330-769-3561. February - check website for details!

Canton Museum of ArtCanton

Virtual field trip onlineThe permanent collection focuses on American Watercolors of the 19th and 20th Centuries and Contemporary Ceramics. Website has a virtual gallery.

Hopewell Culture National Historical ParkChillicothe

Mounds of geometic shapes dot the landscape. These structures were built long ago. Estimates date them between 200 BC to AD 500. Experts suspect they were used for rituals and ceremonies.

Great Seal State ParkChillicothe

The park is named after the state emblem, "The Great Seal of the State of Ohio". Today Great Seal State Park offers disc golf, hunting, camping and trails.

Scioto Trail State ParkChillicothe

This area of Ohio is famous for the extensive earthwork mounds created by a prehistoric people often referred to as, the Mound Builders. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

William Howard Taft National Historic SiteCincinnati

William Howard taft was the 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of The United States. Come visit the Taft Education Center.

Harriet Beecher Stowe HouseCincinnati

Harriet Beecher Stowe is the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Stowe House offers cultural events and educational programming.

Taft Museum of ArtCincinnati

Offers education programs, scouting days and special event for kids.

A.W. Marion State ParkCircleville

The rolling woodlands and quiet waters of A.W. Marion State Park offer visitors camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, hunting and walking trails.

Cleveland Lakefront State ParkCleveland

In the middle of the city of Cleveland, this park offers sand beaches, tree-lined picnic areas and panoramic views of the Lake Erie shoreline.

Cleveland Museum of Art.Cleveland

Admission is free at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

MOCA ClevelandCleveland

Hueston Woods State ParkCollege Corner

People come from all over the world to collect the Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals here. Hueston Woods offers hiking, fishing, canoeing, and fossil hunting.

Ohio Historical CenterColumbus

The Ohio Historical Society offers visitors Archives/Library servies for genealogy and research.

Columbus Museum of Art Columbus

Columbus Museum of Art's showcases late 19th and early 20th-century American and European modern art. Collections include Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism.

Wexner Center for the ArtsColumbus

Located at Ohio State University, the Wexler Center provides exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational programs.

Mosquito Lake State ParkCortland

The famous Samual Bacon once lived in this area. Today, the park offers naturalist programs, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, disc golfing, dog park, and winter recreation sports.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical ParkDayton

Five nearby sites pay tribute to the three men from Ohio who helped the world to fly: Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

The Boonshoft Museum of DiscoveryDayton

This kids museum offers daily programs, special events, a space theater, an eagle webcam, an on site preschool and zoo/aquarium exhibits.

The Dayton Art InstituteDayton

Offering permanent collections, special exhibits, family programs, art classes, and concerts.

SunWatchDayton

Indian Village and Archeological Park. Tours, exhibits, activites and a Museum/Interpretive center.

Independence Dam State ParkDefiance

Once a rich hunting and fishing area for the American Indian, Independence Dam State Park now offers boating, fishing or a scenic canoe trip.

Alum Creek State ParkDelaware

Alum Creek is the home of Ohio's largest inland beach. Offers:Basketball courts, horshoe pits and playgrounds, fishing, water sports and camping.

Delaware State ParkDelaware

Once home to the Delaware Indians, today the park offers camping, swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing for outdoor enthusiasts.

Beaver Creek State ParkEast Liverpool

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Beaver Creek park offers camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, winter sports and picnicking. Visitors to the park can check out the nearby attractions of Gaston's Mill, pioneer village and the abandoned canal locks.

Museum of CeramicsEast Liverpool

Ceramic manufacturing in this area, in the late 19th century, accounted for 50% of production in the Unites States. The exhibits in the museum depict the growth and development from 1840 to 1930.

Harrison Lake State ParkFayette

This area was once part of the Great Black Swamp. Today, Harrison Lake State Park offers swimming, fishing, camping and canoeing.

Hancock Heritage Days Findlay

Annual Hancock Heritage Days will again happen just east of Findlay, Ohio very near the original training location called Camp Vance. The 21st and 57th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiments were formed & trained here. This is a Living History and Reenactment that has battles both days. Soldiers, Cannons, Military Ball, Living History, Tactical, Food, Live Music and much more. The location of this reenactment has lots of wonderful walking trails along the Blanchard River that have the appearance of roads from the timeframe. Truly a beautiful park! This will inevitably be the best event so far! Friday will also host a school day program with hundreds of local children. Check website for event held in September.

Shawnee State ParkFriendship

Once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, Shawnee State park was established in 1949. The park offers a lodge and conference center, cottages, camping, a nature center, golfing, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Geneva State ParkGeneva

The park is located within Ohio's first summer resort. Geneva State Park offers a lodge, fishing, boating, swimming, hunting and hiking.

Flint RidgeGlenford

The museum at Flint Ridge is built around a restored prehistoric quarry pit. Display showcase digging and shaping of flint. Discover how hard people had to work to remove this material from the earth.

Burr Oak State ParkGlouster

Originally a coal mining town calles Satoy, Burr Oak Park today offers visitors camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, hunting and rental cottages.

Quail Hollow State ParkHartville

The park's visitor center is a certified Backyard Habitat site. The park offers tours and park programs, camping, fishing, picnicking, trails, and winter recreation sports. .

Rocky Fork State ParkHillsboro

The lake here is a favorite of fishermen and water sports lovers. The park offers camping, a marina, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, disc golfing and winter recreation sports.

Lake Milton State ParkLake Milton

The best in water-related recreation in the area, the park offers, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hunting, trails and winter recreation sports.

Indian Lake State ParkLakeview

Originally, Old Indian Lake was built as a feeder lake for the Miami and Erie Canal to maintain the required four-foot water depth. Today, Indian Lake offers boating, fishing, skiing and camping.

AHA! A Hands-On Adventure: A Children's MuseumLancaster

Childrens museum for kids ages 0-7.

Decorative Arts Center of OhioLancaster

The Center provides exhibitions, art classes, public programs and workshops for all ages.

Tar Hollow State ParkLaurelville

Hopewell indians once lives here, leaving burial mounds that can still be seen today. Later, Shawnee and Mingo tribes both claimed the area as hunting grounds. Today, the park offers camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, trails, hunting and winter recreation sports.

Guilford Lake State ParkLisbon

Once this area was famous for the capture of the infamous Confederate general, John Hunt Morgan. Today, Guilford Lake State Park offers camping, hunting, fishing, trails, swimming and disc golf.

Hocking Hills State ParkLogan

Caves carved out of Blackhand sandstone are the main feature of this park. Hocking Hills offers huntingm, swimming, fishing, hiking and, of course, checking out the caves.

Lake Logan State ParkLogan

The lands originally belonged to Wyandot Indians. The clay soils in this area helped Ohio become a leader in clay products industry and remains so today. The park offers boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hunting, trails and winter recreation sports.

Salt Fork State ParkLore City

This area in Ohio was one of the first to be settled by westward emigrating pioneers. The park offers a lodge and convention center, cottages, camping, golfing, fishing, a marina, boating, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Mohican State ParkLoudonville

Once the hunting grounds of the Delaware Indians. Today, the park offers a lodge, cottages, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Malabar Farm State ParkLucas

Louis Bromfield, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, built this 32-room country home and working farm. Today, Malabar Farm offers guided tours, camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Bible WalkMansfield

A life-size wax museum that portrays scenes from the Bible. Tours available with narration and music. Museums is Non-Denominational and Handicap accessible.

Marblehead Lighthouse State ParkMarblehead

Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes. The park offers picnicking and lighthosue tours.

Campus Martius MuseumMarietta

The Campus Martius Museum focuses on Ohio's history of migration. Exhibits explore the prehistoric Indian populations and early pioneers of the Marietta area.

Ohio River MuseumMarietta

Ohio River Museum showcases then golden age of the steamboat along the Ohio River system.

Harding HomeMarion

In 1920, Warren G. Harding launched himself into the White house from the "front porch" of his Victorian home in Marion, Ohio. Today, the restored house contains many original furnishings from our 29th president. Next to the Harding Home is a press house used during the 1920 campaign. Is is a museum dedicated to the lives of President and Mrs. Harding.

Great Wolf LodgeMason

Great Wolk Lodge is an indoor water park. The lodge rooms are kid focused and have a rustic theme. There are on-site game rooms, restaurants and spas for the whole family to enjoy. This location also has a MagiQuest section to the facility.

Lake Hope State ParkMcArthur

Iron ore extracted from sandstone bedrock was smelted here at the Hope Furnace. The Hope Furnace chimney still remains to day for visitors to see. The park offers The park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, hunting, trails and winter recreation sports.

Mary Jane Thurston State ParkMcClure

The land for this park was bequeathed to the state of Ohio by Mary Jane Thurston, a Grand Rapids schoolteacher. Today, the park offers naturalist programs, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

James A. Garfield National Historic SiteMentor

The last President known to have been born in a log cabin, James A. Garfield grew up poor. A good education and hard work helped this great American become our 20th president. The historic site is located at his home acquired for his large family. It is said he launched his campaign from the front porch of this house.

Headlands Beach State ParkMentor

The beach here is over one mile long, the longest in the state. The park offers picnicking, trails, hiking and fishing. Dont' forget swimming!

Milan MuseumMilan

The Museum is designed to explore local history through engaging exhibits, scavanger hunts, audio guides, and hands-on activities.

Buckeye Lake State ParkMillersport

Originally built as a canal with dikes, Buckeye Lake today offers visitors camping, boating, fishing, hunting, swimming and skiing.

Lake Loramie State ParkMinster

Named after the first Jesuit priest to minister to the Wyandot and Shawnee Indians, Lake Loramie State park offers camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hunting, trails and winter recreation sports.

Mt. Gilead State ParkMt. Gilead

The town of Mt. Gilead was a major underground railroad stop prior to the Civil War. Today, the park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Deer Creek State ParkMt. Sterling

Researchers have located evidence of an ancient indian tribe here. Today Deer creek is a resort park offering a modern lodge, cottages, campground, a golf course, swimming beach and boating.

Madison Lake State ParkMt. Sterling

Once an important livestock center, Madison Lake State Park now offers boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, trails, hunting, and winter recreation sports.

Dillon State ParkNashport

Noted for the a sandstone cliff engraving of a human hand, today Dillon park offers camping, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, disc golf, archery and picnicking for the whole family.

Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State ParkNewbury

Once home to the Delaware, Shawnee, Miami, Seneca, Mohawk, and Cajuga tribes, today, the park offers visitors picnicking and trails.

Punderson State ParkNewbury

Named after Lemuel Punderson, the first permanent settler in 1808, this area was once a resort center before becoming a state park in 1951. The park offers a lodge with conference center, cottages, camping, a golf course, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, trails, disc golfing, and a chalet for winter recreation sports.

Tinkers Creek State ParkNewbury

Once an important trade center for both pioneers and Indians, this area later became known as Cheesedom for its cheesemaking industry. Today, the park offers fishing, picnicking, trails, and winter recreation sports.

National Road / Zane Grey MuseumNorwich

The museum features a life-sized diorama of life along the National Road during the 19th Century. It also pays tribute to Zane Grey, the "Father of the Adult Western." His study has been recreated and contains manuscripts and memorabilia. There is also a section devoted Ohio art pottery.

Jackson Lake State ParkOak Hill

Once the home of Jefferson Iron Furnace, the makers of "Anchor" iron. This iron was used to build the famous "Monitor" warship. Today the park offers camping, boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, volleyball courts, and winter recreation sports.

Oberlin Heritage Center Oberlin

Discover Oberlin's role in the Underground Railroad, abolitionism, women's activism, and scientific discovery.

Maumee Bay State ParkOregon

Originally this area was part of the Great Black Swamp. Today, the park offers visitors a lodge, cottages, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, golfing, trails, a nature center, and winter recreation sports.

Fort AncientOregonia

Archeologist have unearthed 18,000 feet of earthen walls built 2,000 years ago by American Indians. Sections of the walls were used to provide a calendar system. The Museum contains a classroom, a research area, and a sales shop.

Fort MeigsPerrysburg

In 1813, William Henry Harrison built Fort Meigs to protect settlers from British invasion. Today, is one of the largest reconstructed log forts in America. The Museum and Education Center contains soldiers' letters and diaries, weapons, maps, and uniforms that showcase Fort Meigs role during the War of 1812.

Johnston Farm and Indian AgencyPiqua

John Johnston was a farmer, public official, and U.S. Indian Agent from 1812 to 1829. Today, visitors can see his Home, spring house and cider house as they were during that time. Costumed docents and craft demonstrators give farm tours and teach activities. A ring-shaped mound earthwork, constructed by Adena peoples over 2,000 years ago, sits nearby.

Stonelick State ParkPleasant Plain

The surrounding area boasts as the birthplace of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant and also to its Underground Railroad contributions. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trails, and winter recreation sports.

Catawba Islands State ParkPort Clinton

Once called Wine Island for its famous grape production, Lake Erie Park today offers fishing, boating, swimming, and winter recreation sports.

Middle Bass Island State ParkPort Clinton

In March 2001, Middle Bass Island became Ohio's 74th state park. The park features a marina, shoreline and camping.

Perry's Victory and International Peace MemorialPut-in-Bay

The Peace Memorial was built to commemorate those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the war of 1812. It also symbolizes the long stand peace between Britain, Canada and the U.S.

West Branch State ParkRavenna

The area was noted for salt, which was harvested by Indians and early settlers. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, equestrian facilities, picnicking, trails, hunting and winter recreation sports.

Forked Run State ParkReedsville

Considered the oldest landscape in Ohio not touched by glacial ice, Forked Run park offers visitors today an opportunity to enjoy camping, hunting, hiking, boating, swimming and fishing.

Jefferson Lake State ParkRichmond

Created during the depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This park offers camping, boating, swimming, picnicking, fishing, hunting, trails, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as horseshoe pits.

Great Wolf LodgeSandusky

Great Wolk Lodge is an indoor water park. The lodge rooms are kid focused and have a rustic theme. There are on-site game rooms, restaurants and spas for the whole family to enjoy.

Buck Creek State ParkSpringfield

The park began as a flood control project. Today visitors can rent cottages, camp, hunt, fish, boat, play disc golf and walk endless trails in this serene area.

The Springfield Museum of Art Springfield,

Grand Lake St Marys State ParkSt. Marys

For many years, the worlds largest man-made reservoir was located here. Today Grand Lake St. Mary's offers swimming, boating, camping and fishing in one of Ohio's oldest state parks.

Kiser Lake State ParkSt. Paris

Once the home of Tecumseh, the great Shawnee warrior. Today the park offers camping, boating, fishing, trails, swimming, picnicking, hunting and winter recreations sports.

Strongsville Historical SocietyStrongsville

The Strongsville Historical Society operates the 19th century Strongsville Historical Village.

Wahkeena PreserveSugar Grove

Wahkeena, means "most beautiful". The preserve serves as an outdoor education area for nature study.

Toledo Museum of ArtToledo

Showcases more than than 30,000 works of art in American and European painting, art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, graphic arts, sculpture, decorative arts and modern art.

Sycamore State ParkTrotwood

Originally developed as a housing project, the lands were offered to the state of Ohio in 1979 when the corporation was unable to complete the job. The park offers boating, fishing, picnicking, hunting, and trails.

Indian MillUpper Sandusky

Indian Mill is the nation's first educational museum of milling in its original structure. The mill showcases the history of milling from prehistoric times to the present.

Cedar Bog Nature PreserveUrbana

Ohio's largest and best boreal and prairie fen complex. The preserve claims many rare plants, orchid, prairie, and woodland wildflower displays.

Van Buren State ParkVan Buren

This area was originally home to the Shawnee Indians. It was their last home before being banished to lands west of the Mississippi River. The park was named for Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, trails, hunting, disc golfing and winter recreation sports.

Armstrong Air & Space MuseumWapakoneta

The museum shares the story of Neil Armstrong and all other Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity, the Space Race, and current space exploration. The museum itself is designed to resemble a futuristic moon base.The museum features many one-of-a-kind artifacts including the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Neil Armstrong's Gemini and Apollo spacesuits, and an Apollo 11 moon rock. The museum is also home to two full-size aircraft, both of which were flown by Mr. Armstrong.

Armstrong MuseumWapakoneta

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio. This museum is dedicated to him.

Lake White State ParkWaverly

Originally part of the Ohio and Erie Canal, the lake was built by the Works Progress Administration during the depression. The park offers boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and winter recreation sports.

Caesar Creek State ParkWaynesville

The site has been home to several indian cultures. Today offers boating, hiking, camping and fishing.

Little Miami State ParkWaynesville

Indian mounds, historic grist mills and stagecoach trails can still be found in this area. The park offers camping, canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.

Findley State ParkWellington

One area of the park is set aside as a sanctuary for the Duke's skipper butterfly, an extremely rare insect. Findley State Park also offers camping, boating, fishing, swimming, disc golf, trails and much more.

Lake Alma State ParkWellston

This county is the most heavily forested in the state. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hunting, trails and winter recreation sports.

Heaven's Corner - Zoo and Animal Sanctuary - Educational ZooWest Alexandria

Rescues exotic animals from bad settings. Welcomes school groups, boy and girl scouts, daycare, youth and church groups.

Adams LakeWest Union

An Ohio's Bluegrass region scenic wonder, Adams Lake State Park offers remnant prairieson a quiet lake for the nature enthusiast.

The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural CenterWilberforce

The museums focus is to educates the public about African American history and culture from African origins to the present.

Cowan Lake State ParkWilmington

Named after the man that surveyed the land, Cowan Lake State Park offers swimming, fishing, sailing and canoeing on the lake as well as trails winding throughout.

John Bryan State ParkYellow Springs

Tecumseh, the great Shawnee warrior, was a frequent visitor to the area. Business John Bryan, worked to preserve this area and bequeathed it the state in 1918. Today this park offers camping, a day lodge, picnicking, trails, boatingm fishing, disc golf, rock climbing and repelling.

Muskingum River Parkway State ParkZanesville

The park is located on an operating lock of the Ohio and Erie Canal. The park offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, and lessons in lock operation.

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