Despite Ohio's small size, the state's diverse cities and towns are filled with music festivals, cultural attractions, zoos and fun activities for the whole family. Ohio is the perfect melting pot of small-town charm and dynamic urban centers, allowing visitors and residents alike to find the perfect environment to suit their tastes. Those who prefer an outdoor setting will also find plenty of opportunities in Ohio's natural landscapes, from gently rolling hills to fascinating cave systems.
- Downtown Chardon, OH 44024 in Chardon, OH
Each May, Chardon celebrates the production of maple syrup in the Northern Ohio area at the Geauga County Maple Festival. There are two parades, bathtub races, and a photo contest. For kid's there are rides and plenty of free entertainment. There is plenty to eat with an all you can eat pancake breakfast with maple syrup.
- Address: work 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203 Map It in Columbus, OH
At the end of May, take the time to explore exotic Asian culture and heritage at the Asian Festival in Columbus. Guests get to enjoy a vast array of Asian themed activities like Asian kites and a lion dance. There is a variety of Asian food from Chinese to Korean for guests to enjoy. Be sure to check out the dragon boat race at Genoa Park.
Each may, guests bring an empty stomach to the Taste of Cincinnati event in downtown Cincinnati. They enjoy small portions of local treats from more than 40 local restaurants. After eating their fill, guests can check out one of the many live music concerts.
- Robbins Crossing at Hocking College 3301 Hocking Pkwy Nelsonville, OH 45764 in Nelsonville, OH
For three days in the early spring, Nelsonville hosts the Nelsonville Music Festival. Here, visitors enjoy great live music and a variety of booths set up by local artists, selling a variety of arts and crafts. For the youngest members of the family, there is a mural they can help paint or take part in a costume parade after they have created the costume they want to wear.
- Downtown Riverfront Columbus, OH 43215 in Columbus, OH
Every summer, artists and guests alike descend on Columbus for the Columbus Arts Festival. Here, visitors find the art of over 200 artists on display. Local restaurants sell gourmet delights. There is plenty of live music and kid's activities. This festival has it all: live music, arts and crafts, gourmet cuisine, and hands-on activities.
- JW Denver Williams Memorial Park Wilmington, OH 45177 in Wilmington, OH
What better way to celebrate summer than at the Wilmington Banana Split Festival in Wilmington. This festival has something for everyone with rides and games. There is a banana split eating contest and a booth where guests can create their own version of this famous ice cream dish.