Northern Ohio Tourism and Events

Ohio Festivals


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Ohio County Fairs
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1. Ohio Festivals

Nothing says summer more than corn dogs, elephant ears, music, carnival rides and games. Pack up the family, grab a few friends and go enjoy any one of the many local and unique festivals happening around Northern Ohio.

Some of the popular Ohio festivals inlcude

For a complete list click here.

Enjoy all the beauty of Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Step into the past at Lanterman's Mill. Explore an old log cabin and all the geologic history of Mill Creek Metroparks. (Mahoning County)
For additional information website

Local Visitor Bureau


Visit three (3) places you have never been to on the Adventures in
Northeast Ohio Map.

To order or download your Adventures in Northeast Ohio Map click here.


Take in a musical, play or comedy act at one of the last remaining summer stock barn theaters -Rabbit Run Theater

Or enjoy a production performed by the Ohio Light Opera.
Or experience a production at Trumpet in Land at Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre.

For our list of local theaters including Playhouse Square click here.



Visit one of our Lake Erie Islands. Explore, shop or relax. Spend the day or spend the week. You will find lots of fun things to do. For more info click here.

Before you go check out our Lake Erie Islands page for Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island events. You will also want to print off your Lake Erie Shores and Islands Shore Savings Card for even more area discounts.

You will also find discounts on Miller Ferries website.

Local Visitor Bureau



Explore our Ohio wineries and breweries. Partake in a wine or beer tasting. Not a wine or beer drinker? You can still enjoy the the beautiful scenary at many of our wineries. As well as the informative tours at our breweries and wineries. For a list of wineries click here. For a list of local breweries click here.

Northcoast Grapevine Tours offers a great way to enjoy touring out local wineries. For more info website.

Public and private wine tours are available at Gervasi Vineyards.



Get your wild side on. Take a trip to one of our local zoos.

Akron Zoo - website (Summit County)
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - website (Cuyahoga County)
Toledo Zoo - website (Lucas County)


Enjoy a day at an Ohio County Fair.

Some of our readers favorite fairs are the:
Ottawa County Fair (July 18-24, 2016),
Medina County Fair
(August 1-7, 2016),
Lake County Fair (August 17-21, 2016),
Portage County Fair
(August 23-28, 2016),
Mahoning County Fair
(August 31-September 5, 2016),
Geauga County Fair (September 1-5, 2016),
Wayne County Fair (September 10-15, 2016),
and of course the Ohio State Fair (July 27 - August 7, 2016).

For a complete list of Ohio County fairs click here.

Local Visitor Bureaus

Mahoning County CVB Lake County CVB  



Take a walk on the new Holden Arboretum Murch Canopy Walk and
Kalberer Emergent Tower
- For more information click here. (Lake County)
(April 1- November 1, 2016)

Want to do something more on the ground?

Take in the beauty of one of our local Botanical Gardens.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens - website (Cuyahoga County)
The Holden Arboretum - website (Lake County)
Secrest Arboretum - website (Wayne County)
Fellowship Riverside Gardens - website (Mahoning County)
Schedel Arboretum and Gardens - website (Ottawa County)

Local Visitor Bureaus




Go canoeing or kayaking in Mohican Country.
For current conditions, river map and liveries click here.

Local Visitor Bureau


Go fishing on Lake Erie or in one of our parks. Not sure how to fish? There are fishing charters available. Check out these lists: Lake County CVB or Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Fishing is also available in the Medina County Park District Susan L. Hambley Nature Center, Cleveland Metroparks, and at Ohio State Parks.

For rules about aquiring a fishing license.

For additional fishing information click here.

Local Visitor Bureaus




Make a run to Amish Country.

Take an authentic Amish Buggy ride. Sample cheese at the various Cheese factories in Amish Country. Try a fried pie from Countryside Home Bakery in Burton. Learn about Amish Heritage at the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin. Visit Lehman's and check out the various non-electric appliances available. Tour an Amish home. For more information about Amish Country click here.

Local Visitor Bureaus



Visit one of Northern Ohio's Presidential sites.
James A. Garfield - National Historic Site website (Lake County)
McKinley Presidential Library & Museum website (Stark County)
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidentail Center - website (Sandusky County)
National McKinley Birthplace Memorial & Museum - website (Trumbull County)
Harding Home - website (Marion County)

Local Visitor Bureaus





Take a drive on one of Ohio's Scenic byways.

There is The Ancient Ohio Trail, Ohio & Erie Canalway - Byway, Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway, The Shawshank Trail and more.

For a complete list of Northern Ohio scenic byways click here.

Take a hike into our area's ancient past. View the beautiful rock formations created over 320 million years ago at Virginia Kendall Park - The Ritchie Ledges (Summit County)
For more information - website.
Click here for additional hiking opportunities in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Click here for hiking information for the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
Additional hiking opportunities in Northern Ohio can be found here.


Experience a Pro Bull Riding at Buckin' Ohio. (Medina County)
Upcoming dates:
June 18, 2016
July 16, 2016
August 20, 2016
September 17, 2016

For more information view

Local Visitor Bureau


Learn about flight. View historical artifacts and planes.

International Women's Air and Space Museum
(Cuyahoga County)
The mission of the International Women's Air & Space Museum is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future.

Liberty Aviation Museum
(Ottawa County)
The Liberty Aviation Museum's Mission
To provide an adequate organization for historians, aircraft and vehicle preservationists and collectors interested in encouraging internationally the acquisition, restoration, operation, preservation, public education and display of historic aircraft, vehicles and related items.

MAPS Air Museum
(Stark County)
Military Aviation Preservation Society is a mostly all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of military aviation.


Watch real native American Indians at the Great Mohican POW-WOW.
Dates : July 8-10, 2016 or September 16-18, 2016. (Ashland County)
For more information website

Local Visitor Bureau


Catch up on your Rock history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

For more information website.



Take a train ride on the:

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad,
Independence, OH website

Or visit an area train depot or railroad museum. For more information click here.




Head up to the observation deck of Terminal Tower for a breath taking view of Cleveland and Lake Erie. To purchase tickets click here.

Then venture down into the USS Cod SS224 World War Fleet II Submarine.

(Cuyahoga County)



Visit an area animal refuge.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (encompasses more than 9000 acres along the shore of western Lake Erie) website
Noah's Lost Ark, Berlin Center website (Mahoning County)
The Wilds, Cumberland website (Guernsey County)


Take a step back in time and learn about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad in Northern Ohio.

Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum, Ashtabula website (Ashtabula County)

Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment & Encampment
- August 13-14, 2016. For more information click here. (Summit County)

The American Civil War Museum of Ohio, Tiffin website (Seneca County)

Johnson's Island Confererate Officers Prison Cemetery, Marblehead, OH
For more information click here.

Take a self-guided Underground Railroad Tour. A brochure that offers a narrative as you take the self-guided tour throughout Erie County. Brochures and maps can be obtained from the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center -East. For more information click here.

Local Visitor Bureau


Look at the stars through the Oberle telescope at Oberle Observatory & Robert McCullough Science Center. (Geauga County)
For more information website.

Or check out these Planetariums:
Hoover Price Planetarium, Canton website (Stark County)

Shafran Planetarium and Mueller Observatory
at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland website (Cuyahoga County)

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
, Bay Village website (Cuyahoga County)

Ward Beecher Planetarium-Youngstown State University, Youngstown.
For more information click here. (Mahoning County)

Local Visitor Bureaus



Try your hand at Geocaching.
For more information click here.



Check out a Tractor Pull.
50th National Tractor Pulling Championships

August 18-21, 2016
Place: Wood County Fairgrounds
Bowling Green, Ohio

The Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association is a private club made up of 200 active members, governed by a Board of 9 Directors elected from the membership. They are the promoters of the National Tractor Pulling Championships and have been since 1967. The National Tractor Pulling Championships are held the third weekend in August.

For more information concerning Entertainment, Ticket and Merchandise sales, Trade Show space, or general information concerning the National Tractor Pulling Championships or the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, please call 888-385-7855 or email questions to Event open to the Ticket-Buying Public.

For complete information view website

Local Visitor Bureau Bowling Green CVB



Enjoy a Cleveland Orchestra Concert at Blossum Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Summit County)


Visit and snap a picture of all 18 covered bridges in Ashtabula County. The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is held every year during the 2nd weekend in October.

For more information view website.

29. Experience the "Art" side of Northern Ohio.
Akron Art Museum - website (Summit County)
Butler Art Museum - website (Mahoning County)
Cleveland Art Museum - website (Cuyahoga County)
Toledo Museum of Art - website (Lucas County)
For additional art museums click here.

Local Visitor Bureau



Take a ride on the St. Helena III Canal Boat
Canal Fulton, OH (Stark County)
Public rides begin May 14, 2016.
For more information click here.


Take yourself out to the ballpark.
Enjoy a hotdog while watching the all Amierican game of baseball.
Cleveland Indians, Cleveland - website (Cuyahoga County)
Akron Rubber Ducks, Akron - website (Summit County)
Lake County Captains, Eastlake - website (Lake County)
Toledo Mudhens, Toledo - website (Lucas County)


32. Go camping at an Ohio State Park.
If camping is not your idea of roughing it then why not try one of the cabins or lodges available. For more information website.


Learn to Paddle Board, Kayak or sail a boat.

Cleveland Metroparks offers boat lessons, kayaking lessons, and more.
For info click here. (Cuyahoga County)

Lake Metroparks offer a wide variety of boating programs, as well as paddle board and kayak opportunities. For more information website. (Lake County)

Local Visitor Bureau

34. Shop till you drop on Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale
Date: August 11-13, 2016
For additional information website

Local Visitor Bureau


Go on a ghost hunt or spend a night at a haunting destination like the Ohio State Reformatory.

For additional ghostly things to do click here.

36. Fly through tree tops on a Zip-Line or try and aerial adventure.
(Mohican Country)
For more information click here.

Local Visitor Bureau


Learn about D-Day during D-Day Conneaut - The Largest Annual D-Day Reenactmet in the U.S.
Conneaut, Ohio (Ashtabula County)
Event - August 19-20, 2016
For more information website




Challenge yourself to eat three locally famous foods.
A piece of Buckeye candy, Lake Erie perch, Barberton chicken. Lerch's or Whitehouse donut, Galley Boy, or a hot dog from Tony Packo's.

For a list of Ohio favorites click here.


Take an Old Fashioned Carousel ride.
Merry-Go-Round Museum - website
(Erie County)
Euclid Beach Carousel - website
(Cuyahoga County)

Local Visitor Bureau


Check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Events and Festivals
It's a big party in Canton. Beginning with the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks July 24-August 8, 2016.

For a complete list click here.



Visit Castle Noel in Medina County where it is always a holiday. Take a picture next to Cousin Eddie's trailer. Slide down the "Christmas Story" slide. Visit "Whoville." For more information website

Local Visitor Bureau


See how many roller coasters you dare to get on at Cedar Point.

Local Visitor Bureau


Visit and/or find all of our Ohio Lighthouses.
For more information click here.

Make sure to also check out:
Maritime Museum of Sandusky - website
Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum - website



Spend an evening enjoying music at one of our area parks. Gather your family, your friends, the lawn chairs, and refreshments. Most all of the concerts are FREE.

Summer in Ohio = Concerts in the Park.
Check back often as the 2016 concerts are added to our list.



Shop at one of our area's many Farmer's Markets.
For additional information click here.


46. Visit a historical home.

Arms Family Museum, Youngstown (Mahoning County)
Hower House Victorian Mansion, Akron (Summit County)
Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas (Richland County)
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center (Sandusky County)

For a list of more historical places click here.

Local Visitor Bureau


Grab your binoculars and explore one of our local birding trails. Or learn more about our feathered friends during one of the many bird events happening throughout the year. For more information see our Ohio bird page.


See a movie the old fashioned way at a Drive-In Theater.
Here are just a few Northern Ohio drive-in theaters.
Blue Sky Drive-In, Wadsworth, OH website (Medina County)
Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In, North Ridgeville, OH website (Lorain County)
Midway Twin Drive-In, Ravenna, OH website (Portage County)
Mayfield Road Drive-In, Chardon, OH website (Geauga County)


49. Reflect on the beauty and history found at Lakeview Cemetery.

Visit the Garfield Monument and learn what is unique about how President Garfield was buried. See how many famous people were buried there. (Cuyahoga County)
For more information website.


Explore one of Ohio's many caves.
"Ohio is home to more than 200 caves ranging in length from 10 feet to over 3 miles. Caves have been documented in 27 of Ohio's 88 counties and can be classified as either carbonate or non-carbonate caves, depending on the bedrock in which they develop." from the Dept. of Natural Resources website.

Here are just a few caves that are open to the public.
Seneca Caverns, Bellevue website (Seneca County)
Olentangy Indian Caverns, Delaware website (Delaware County)
Ohio Caverns, West Liberty website ( Logan County)

For more caves and caverns click here.


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