Saturday, June 6, 2015

88 Counties In Ohio = 88 Things To Do (By Activity)

The 88 counties in Ohio carve out special parts of the state that are each unique in their own way. The state is incredibly diverse, with the lakeside counties spanning from Lucas to Ashtabula; the "great plains" of Northwest Ohio, including counties like Williams, Henry, and Wood; the hilly Appalachian region with Washington, Athens, and Belmont Counties (to name a few), and of course the heartland including the counties of Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, and more. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

If it's your goal to visit all 88 counties in Ohio, then this list is for you! Many of these links take you straight to our very own OHventures experiences. But, truth be told, even we haven't made it to each county - yet! So, start your engines and check out this list of one cool thing to do in each of Ohio's 88 counties!

Parks & Outdoor Adventure
Brown - Soak in the Ohio River at Eagle Creek Landings Marina (Georgetown)
Clark - Hike your way through Buck Creek State Park in Springfield
Clinton – Immerse yourself in Pioneer Village at Caesar Creek State Park
Delaware – Take advantage of the state’s largest inland beach at Alum Creek State Park
Fulton - Check out the arboretum & ATV, hiking, & horseback riding trails of Maumee State Forest
Greene - Trek along the Old Woods Trail located at Caesar Creek State Park
Champaign – Explore the deep caves of Ohio Caverns (West Liberty)
Hocking – Hike your heart out at Hocking Hills State Park, including Old Man’s Cave
Lawrence - Spend a day at Lake Vesuvius
Madison – Fish, hike, picnic, and more at Prairie Oaks Metro Park (West Jefferson)
Mahoning – Trek the trails of Mill Creek Park to Lanterman’s Mill (and take a Day Trip to Youngstown)
Morgan – Camp at the Wayne National Forest (the only National Forest in Ohio)
Scioto - Embark on a journey to Scioto County's Shawnee State Park
Seneca - See Ohio's Greatest Underground Adventure, Seneca Caverns
Trumbull – Plunge into the waters of Mosquito Lake (and take a Day Trip to Hubbard)
Union - Scale the steep hiking trails of Clear Creek Metro Park
Vinton – Immerse yourself in Zaleski State Forest (second-largest state forest in the U.S)
Wyandot - Birdwatch at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, where you can see bald eagles!

Active Lifestyle
Clermont – Bike the trail corridor of Little Miami Scenic Trail along the Little Miami River
Harrison - Paddle through Southeast Ohio thanks to Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental
Highland - Mountain bike in Paint Creek Lake State Park (Hillsboro)
Logan – Ski the day away at Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield)
Lorain – Take your pups on a jaunt with the Dirty 5K, Walk & Wash (Avon Lake)
Mercer - Tackle the Mad Run - a muddy obstacle run in Fort Recovery
Ottawa – Kayak the waters of Put-In-Bay (and explore the whole island while you’re at it)!
Stark - Run the stairs of the McKinley Monument (and take a Day Trip to Canton)

Extreme Thrills
Darke - Watch the stock cars race by at the world famous Eldora Speedway (New Weston)
Fairfield – Zipline over 100 feet off the ground at Valley Zipline Tours (Lancaster)
Erie – Ride the world’s largest roller coasters at Cedar Point (Sandusky)
Hancock - Go up, up, and away on a Findlay Hot Air Balloon Ride
Guernsey – Embark on an Open Air Safari at The Wilds (Cumberland)
Morrow – Shoot ‘em up at SplatterPark Paintball (Mount Gilead)
Shelby - Do a nighttime zipline at VanDemark Farm (Sidney)
Preble - Go ghost hunting and on other spirited adventures
Putnam - Scuba dive at Gilboa Quarry - the Midwest's Premier Dive Site (Ottawa)
Summit - Zoom down the hill of the All American Soap Box Derby (and take a Day Trip to Akron)
Warren – Zipline at Ozone Zipline Adventures (Lebanon)!

Dining Discoveries
Allen – Pig out at Kewpee Burger – the oldest hamburger fast food chain in the world (Lima)
Holmes – Embrace yourself in Amish culture with Der Dutchmann Restaurants
Lucas – Gorge on hot dogs at the famous Tony Packo’s (and take a Day Trip to Toledo)
Montgomery – Eat at Olive, An Urban Dive (and take a Day Trip to Dayton)
Muskingum – Pig out on pasta at Adornetto’s Selected Italian Foods (Zanesville)
Noble - Dine at the Dockside Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Seneca Lake Marina
Perry - Eat breakfast at Dodson's On Broadway (New Lexington)
Wayne - Engage in discussion while eating & drinking at First Amendment Public House (Wooster)

Beer & Wine
Athens – Taste some local beers at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery – a locavore’s delight (Athens)
Coshocton – Depart on the Three Rivers Wine Trail, including Yellow Butterfly Winery
Portage - Imbibe at Viking Vineyards & Winery (and take a Day Trip to Kent)

Ashland – Get cheesy at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn – the name says it all! (Ashland)
Butler – Plan a trip to Jungle Jim's International Market - more than a grocery store (Fairfield)
Fayette - Shop the day away at the Tanger Outlets right off of I-71 (Jeffersonville)

Festivals & Events
Auglaize - Honor Ohio native Neil Armstrong at Wapakoneta's Summer Moon Festival
Belmont - Rock out at the "Superbowl of country music festivals - Jamboree In The Hills
Crawford - Gorge on brats & take the "wurst" bike ride at the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival in August
Geauga – Give yourself a sugar rush at the Geauga County Maple Festival
Huron - Gawk at the Christmas lights at the annual Light Up Norwalk Festival
Jackson - Go apple picking and celebrate at the Jackson Apple Festival each year
Pickaway - Attend the Circleville Pumpkin Show and see the pumpkin water tower!

Landmarks & History
Adams – Sightsee at the Great Serpent Mound – the longest serpent effigy in the US
Cuyahoga – See all of Cleveland from atop Terminal Tower (and take a Day Trip to Cleveland)
Defiance - See the reconstructed historic town of Auglaize Village, with a military museum
Franklin – Visit the Ohio Statehouse (and see 100 more things to do in Columbus)
Henry - Grab a photo op with the giant can of Campbell's Tomato Soup (Napoleon)
Licking – Say hello to the Longaberger Basket Building – the world’s largest basket
Marion – Visit the epic tomb found at the President Warren G. Harding Memorial
Jefferson - Step back 200 years to the Ohio frontier at Fort Steuben (Steubenville)
Paulding - Visit the Paulding County Carnegie Library, on the US National Registrar of Historic Places
Sandusky - Learn about one of our presidents at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Richland - Tour the Mansfield Reformatory (where they filmed Shawshank Redemption)

Lodging & Getaways
Ashtabula – Stay the night at The Lodge at Geneva-On-The-Lake – gorgeous views
Carroll – Saddle up for some Horseback Riding at Faith Ranch (Jewett)
Columbiana – Spend the night at the haunted Spread Eagle Tavern (Hanoverton)
Knox – Stay the night in the Mohican Tree House Cabins (Loudonville)
Lake - Have a night of luxury at Quail Hollow Resort (Painesville)

Tours & Day Trips
Gallia - Head "down on the farm" to the Bob Evans Farm Homestead Museum (Bidwell)
Hamilton – Meet an elephant at Cincinnati Zoo (and take a Day Trip to Cincinnati)
Hardin - Build Your Own Tour of historic, architectural, and natural attractions in Hardin
Medina - Celebrate Christmas all year 'round at Castle Noel (Medina)
Meigs - "Milk" your time in Meigs County by visiting the famous Snowville Creamery
Miami – Take a Day Trip to the quaint town of Piqua
Monroe - Drive along the Covered Bridge Byway on a self-guided scenic tour
Pike - Travel Pike's Patches Quilt Barn Trail to see all of the quilt barns in the area!
Ross - Take a day trip to the Ross County seat, Chillicothe (Ohio's first capital)
Tuscawaras – Travel back in time by seeing the historic village of Zoar
Van Wert - Hop aboard a plane for a flying tour at the Van Wert Airport
Washington – Hop aboard the Sternwheeler and drink some Marietta beer!
Williams - Check out the Bryan Theatre, local parks, and other fun things in the City of Bryan
Wood - Visit Bowling Green State University and the surrounding area!

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