Gonna be a nice day in Ohio? I have a small list of some beautiful places to check out when you get the chance. It doesn’t matter whether you are taking a trip through Ohio (for my non Ohio reader) or just looking for a day trip within this beautiful state. You can stop at any of these places and enjoy for a short time or for the day.
Hocking Hills is about an hour trip from Columbus and well worth it. While you won’t be able to use your phone while there (terrible cell services), all the hills, rocks, waterfalls and everything is just too beautiful to ignore. It is kid friendly but I wouldn’t try taking a stroller. I made it through some of the trails with Olivia on my back in a carrier.
Mentor Headlands Beach
Mentor Headlands beach is a public beach in Mentor and Painesville Township, Ohio, USA. It is the longest natural beach in Ohio. It is a mile long and attracts plenty of visitors from plenty of different places other than Ohio. It is an almost 3 hour drive from Columbus so make sure you plan your trip accordingly. Pack the car with everything you’ll need for a day trip and head out early to get your spot.
MarbleHead State Park
It has been a couple years since I’ve been to Marblehead but I enjoyed all the sites. It was gorgeous! You are by the water and have plenty of places for pictures. The lighthouse is one of it’s most popular places and just a site to see up close. Make sure you stop at the lighthouse if you head there. About a 2 and a half hour drive will get you there from Columbus.
The Ohio Caverns are one of the most top tourist attractions in Ohio. Located in Champaign County, Ohio (about an hour and 15 mins from Columbus), it is a quick trip that you can take as a family. The caves stay at about 54 degrees year round and just beautiful. You have to check out the different colors of the rock formations and crystals that are down there.
Ohio’s Covered Bridges
I’ve had the chance to check out some of the most beautiful covered bridges that are still located in Ohio. While there are only 2 still standing in Franklin County, There are so many in Ohio that you can take a small trip or a long trip to see one. There are lists including this one where you can find one near you or anywhere in Ohio.
Shawnee is known as an abandoned town but it isn’t really. There are people who live there (it is reported that there are 665 residents as of 2010) but