• Planet Snoopy: A theme park fashioned after the lovable comic strip PEANUTS, featuring Snoopy, and his pals. Boasts a Kids Area; Diamondback, the park’s tallest, fastest and meanest rollercoaster; and Boomerang Bay waterpark offering over 50 water activities, including 30 water slides. Kings Island.
• Firefly Hollow: Offers nature and birding tours in a rural, scenic location. Participants negotiate the terrain using a Segway. Little Hocking.
• Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: New Polar Frontier exhibit. Houses polar bears, Arctic foxes, Alaskan brown bears and reindeer. The underwater viewing area allows visitors to see the bears playing in the water overhead. Powell.
• COSI: Features over 300 interactive exhibits including the hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, the only High-Wire Unicycle in the country and a seven-storey Extreme Screen theatre. Columbus.
• Franklin Park Conservatory: Houses 400 species of plants from various climate zones worldwide and a Victorian Palm House with more than 40 palm varieties. Columbus.
•Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal: Home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Robert D. Lindner OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society.
Ohio Tourism Division• Toledo Museum of Art: World-class museum features ancient, modern and decorative art, works on paper and a renowned glass art collection all housed in the stunning Glass Pavilion, home to more than 5,000 pieces of glass.
•Tall Ships Festival (July), Cleveland.
•Vectren Dayton Air Show (July), Dayton.
• 157th Annual Ohio State Fair (July/August), Columbus.
• The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival (July/August), Canton.
• Dublin Irish Festival (August), Dublin.
• Twins Day Festival (August), Twinsburg.
• Ohio River Sternwheel Festival (September), Marietta.
• Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (September), Cincinnati.
• Ohio Swiss Festival (October), Sugarcreek.
• Bob Evans Farm Festival (October), Rio Grande.
• Legendary Christmas Lights at Clifton Mill (November to January), Clifton.
• Lake Erie Islands: Tour Marblehead Lighthouse, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, South Bass Island/Put-in-Bay, snorkel around shipwrecks, kayaking tours and fishing charters.
• Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati: All connected via Interstate 71, Ohio’s three largest cities offer the best in dining, culture and entertainment.
• Wine Country: Get a taste of Ohio’s own Napa Valley throughout northeast Ohio. One of Ohio’s specialty wines is Ice Wine.
• Appalachian Country: Comprises 29 counties in the state. This area lies on the picturesque foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is rich in music heritage and artistic expressions.
• Amish Country: Home to the world’s largest Amish population. Activities include feasting on home-style culinary options at Der Dutchman or shopping at a furniture store for handmade goods.
• Fort Ancient: North America’s largest prehistoric Native American hilltop enclosure. Museum offers a hands-on room with drums, shelters and replica artifacts. Oregonia.
• The Wilds: North America’s largest wildlife conservation facility. Animals like rhinos, zebras, cheetahs and giraffes, roam freely in their natural habitat. Cumberland.
• Cuyahoga Valley National Park: The winding gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad also is located in the park.
Did You Know?
State Motto: With God, All Things Are Possible
State Flower: Scarlet carnation
State Bird: Cardinal
Region: GREAT LAKES
America’s Byways: Amish Country Byway, Historic National Road, Lake Eire Coastal Ohio Trail, Ohio & Erie Canalway, Ohio River Scenic Byway
Direct Flights: Air Canada, Delta, Continental
Sales Tools: Ohio Travel Planner; packages and specials section on DiscoverOhio.com
Info: Ohio Tourism Division