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Field trips are a great way to reboot a bad homeschooling week, get out of the house when everyone has cabin fever, and learn about your local area. Before heading out, check out Jeanne's tips for improving homeschool field trips.

Our listing of Ohio field trips for homeschoolers is ordered alphabetically by city. If you would like to submit a Ohio field trip destination, you may do so using the red button above.

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.

Logan County MuseumBellefontaine

The Society dates from the 1930 era and was reorganized in 1945 following World War II. Over the years hundreds of volunteers have donated thousands of hours of time to help preserve a look at the past. Historical artifacts, documents, genealogy information, and rooms full of historical furniture make this an exciting visit for the entire family.

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

The 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.

Cincinnati Ballet morning dress rehearsalsCincinnati

Cincinnati Ballet offers groups of 20 or more $10 student and $15 adult tickets to dress rehearsals throughout the season. All orders must be in two weeks prior to opening night. Contact Terry Honebrink at for dates and performances.

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 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.

Columbus Children's Theatre - Daytime ShowsColumbus

CCT wants to make experiencing live theatre easy! With over 50 years of professional theatre experience, CCT offer Daytime Performances of the popular shows at discounted rates for schools and learning cooperatives! Offering: shows during the mornings on weekdays; Educational Activities and Literary Tie-Ins; A Behind-The-Scenes Look with an optional post-show guided question and answer session with cast focusing on story comprehension and theatre as an art form; Low Ticket Price. All tickets are $10 for 2016-17 Season; and Flexible Payment Policies!

Akron Fossils & Science CenterCopley

Akron Fossils & Science Center is a creation/intelligent design based science center that seeks to provide quality, hands-on, creation based education. Groups have their options of a standard guided tour or may opt to schedule one of our education days to meet specific education goals and/or requirements. In addition to our guided tours, science classes, camps, and programs, AFSC boasts a 200 ft zip-line and outdoor park. Tours are tailored to fit the age group present and group passes may be purchased for a discount at $7/ person.

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.


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.

The Ernest Warther Museum & GardensDover

The Ernest Warther Museum & Gardens captures the evolution of the steam engine in hand-sculpted works of art by Ernest "Mooney" Warther. See the steam engine from early B.C. times up through the end of the steamers in the 1940's and discover the life, studio, and collection of the World's Master Carver. The museum includes the Warther family home, depicting life in Dover, Ohio in the 1920's, the artist's wife's button collection of over 73,000 buttons in quilt patterns. Throughout the warmer months, Swiss gardens fill the property with color. Group pricing is available.

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.

Museum of Spiritual ArtFranklin

The Museum of Spiritual Art exhibits a private collection of paintings and sculptures depicting aspects of all major world religions. The collection is displayed in an historic mansion built in 1850. Walk-ins are welcome every Wednesday and Thursday with tours by appointment, There is no fee; freewill donations are accepted.

The Franklin Area Historical SocietyFranklin

The Franklin Area Historical Society operates the Harding Museum and Log Post Office located in Franklin, Ohio. Both are open for tours, on weekends, throughout the summer and special arrangements can be made for tours throughout the off season. Please email for information regarding tours, and upcoming events and activities.

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.

Country Lane Tree FarmGenoa

Get those kids out of the house and bring them down on the farm to get a once in a lifetime hands on experience. Located in Northwestern Ohio, Country Lane Tree Farm is host to hundreds of school children and families. The spring and summer season feature Educational School Farm Animal tours where kids and adults get up close and personal with our farm animals. No other farm in NW Ohio or Michigan allows you to wander through their farm, along side of peacocks, ducks and chickens, hold baby ducks, chicks and bunnies, then feed all of their farm animals.

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.

John Johnson HomeHiram

Free tours of the Johnson home 7 days a week, 9-5. It is a fully restored original 1828 home located on Pioneer Trail in Hiram. It is about 4000 square feet in size and its interior design clearly reflects the strong New England influence so characteristic of early homes in this area. The Johnson family were prominent and well-to-do members of the local society and played an important role in the establishment of the Hiram, Ohio area.

Skateworld Of KetteringKettering

Skateworld Of Kettering has every first and third Friday of the month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm a homeschool skate for just $5.00 Admission and Skate rental. Skatemate trainers available for rental if needed. The facility offers roller skating, softplay playground, arcade games, and a full service cafe. Group Rates, Private Parties, birthdays and more can be held here at Skateworld by calling 937-294-4052 or visiting our website

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.

Lakewood Art StudiosLakewood

Lakewood Art Studios field trip packages engage students in many ways. Students experiment play and discover as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools & techniques that are introduced by local artists. They share creative adventures and learning experiences for budding artists of all ages. Packages are compatible with Ohio Learning Standards & are a great way to get your S.T.E.A.M. on. Packages include a mix of green screen technology, mixed media art, storytelling, science concepts, 2D and 3D art. Customized packages are waiting for your group, call us.

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 ParkNelson Township

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

Today's Harvest Field Trips and Corn MazeNew Paris

Ready to get out of the classroom and enjoy the autumn weather? Kids today are said to be at least 3 generations removed from the farm. Bring them out to walk through the corn maze, play in the barnyard and of course LEARN! We can cover problem solving, reading maps, learning about corn & soybeans, or any other topic that corresponds with your current lesson plan! Let us help show how agriculture plays into our lives every day. Field trips include: 2 Hours full access to the corn and soybean maze, discussion of how agriculture plays a part in our daily lives, access to the barnyard activities, one pumpkin/gourd per student, and one donut per student. There are add-on activities like corn cannon, seed planting, and optional picnic lunch.

The Dawes ArboretumNewark

Over 12 miles of hiking trails and a four-mile Auto Tour help guide you through our plant collections, gardens and natural areas. The Japanese Garden, a Conifer Glen, flowering trees and shrubs, Dawes Lake and beautiful vistas are just a few of the highlights you'll discover. Dedicated to increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world through beautiful grounds and educational programs are held throughout the year.

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.

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.

Cedar PointSandusky

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is A Place Like No Other. Cedar Point introduced Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island, an immersive, live-action experience with mind-challenging activities and interactive attractions for the whole family. Every spring, Cedar Point becomes the world's biggest outdoor classroom with specific days, curriculum, exhibits and education partners ready to stimulate student minds! Programs are available for grades K-12, and special group pricing is available.

Lorain County Metro Parks French Creek ReservationSheffield Village

April 2018 Field Trip Opportunity for homeschool groups or individuals aged 9 years and up! Lorain County Metro Parks' "ROAD TO FREEDOM" field trip is a unique role-play history based program designed to provide your students with a first-hand understanding of our local Underground Railroad history. This 2-hour experience is interactive and hands-on, includes pre- and post-trip Classroom Activities, and on-site lessons, games, and interpretive reenactment! Please contact Aimee Potonic, Senior Naturalist at French Creek Reservation, (440) 949-5200 x225, .

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.

Tinkers Creek State ParkStreetsboro

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.

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.

Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and MuseumUrbana

The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum holds the largest collection of memorabilia and written information about the life of John "Appleseed" Chapman in the world. The museum is complete with a computer research database and a family history and National Registry of Johnny Appleseed's relatives, along with kid friendly and interactive exhibits.

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.

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.

EnterTRAINment JunctionWest Chester

EnterTRAINment Junction is unlike any indoor family entertainment center. You can marvel at the world's largest indoor train display. Slide, climb and play in a children's play area. Discover at the railroading museum and more! It's like a theme park all indoors!

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.

OH WOW! Children's Center for Science & TechnologyYoungstown

OH WOW!'s mission is to foster independent thinking and enrich the lives of all children by creating a welcoming environment where they can develop learning skills and knowledge through the exploration of HANDS-ON exhibits and educational programs which are rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). OH WOW! offers customized field trips that include content-specific activities and/or demonstrations. The museum will work with visitors to make the trip a meaningful "EDUTAINING" experience. OH WOW! also offers meeting space and self-guided tours.

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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