So, you have your backpacks strapped up after checking in at hotel in Ohio. You are not sure what to do, and it seems like the nearest, best thing is to go to the local mini mart to get some beer and crash in your hotel room–is it really the best option in Ohio? Think again! There are many places to be and things to do in Ohio without breaking the bank–or getting drunk. Sober fun is possible.
Although you can always check in at alcohol facilities when you have a drinking problem, there are ways to productively enjoy your free time to help you avoid the temptations of excessive drinking.
Where is Ohio, really?
Ohio is considered a Midwestern state, which extends from the Ohio River and Appalachian Mountains. At the shores of Lake Erie is Cleveland city, second of the most populous city in the State, next to Columbus. Columbus city is located at the center of Ohio, filled with parks, commercial sites, and downtown activities. The reason Ohio is called The Buckeye State is that it was once covered with Buckeye trees over its hills and plains.
Ohio is a perfect combination of urban, modern, and nature. Once you visit, you can fill your itinerary with mixed activities from both worlds–from downtown museums and parks, to visiting trails and other outdoor recreations. Below are the top fun activities in Ohio (sans getting drunk!):
10 alcohol-free activities to do in Ohio
Visiting Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio
Do you feel like soaring to great heights with your friends, without literally getting “high”? Taking a trip to Cincinnati’s Carew Tower may be a fun experience. The Carew Tower is known as the city’s very own Empire State, in a way. People can enjoy the cityscapes from its observation decks, snap fun photos, and just feel like you’re on top of the world. The great thing about Carew Tower is that its architecture is very much preserved, just like how it was originally made.
Here’s a tip for the visitors though: don’t forget to bring cash! Some visitors reported that they only accept cash recently.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
After having fun in the downtown area of Cincinnati, you can drop by the most popular Zoo and botanical garden in the State. Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the country, and it is well-known for its endangered species and exotic plants. There are also birthing programs for the endangered species such as the white tigers and gorillas. Guests can also enjoy the lovely exhibit of felines and manatees in the zoo.
Some guests reported having great experience with the zoo, such as getting up close with the giraffes. One of the most popular animals there is Fiona the hippo, which some guests purposely visit the zoo for. If you’re looking for some literal wildlife fun, then bring your friends along at this awesome zoo.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio
Stan Hywet & Gardens is a tourist attraction in Akron, Ohio from April to December. The place is actually the former abode of F.A. Seiberling who is the co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber company. The area was completed in 1915, and it has been preserved as an example of an American Country Estate during the Industrial Age. It is considered a Manor Hourse, with pockets of beautiful gardens and a land area of 64,500 sq. feet. The manor has a total of 65 rooms, leaving guests with much to explore, as well as 70 acres of explorable landscape.
If you want something historical to visit with your friends, this is a great place to go. Be sure to snap some pictures and feel like you’re from another century by visiting the Stan Hywet & Gardens.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
Did you know that Ohio is the birthplace of aviation in the United States? No? Well now you know! In Dayton, Ohio, you can find the National Museum of U.S. Air Force. It houses one of the most historical airplane models ever made. It is interesting to note the evolution of planes, especially those made and used by the U.S. Air Force. Additionally, you can also see historical presidential plans in this museum, and take fun snaps beside them!
This National Museum is a great way to spend indoors and learn more about the aviation history. Whether you enjoy planes or you’re a little skeptical, the museum has a lot to offer, along with a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs.
Warther Museum in Dover, Ohio
You might be thinking–another museum? Well, this one is quite different! This museum may be something you’ve never seen before. If you’re into art and seeing intricate woodcarvings, you might just be amazed with what you’re about to see. The Warther Museum is known for its famous woodcarvings by Ernest Mooney Warther. He made steam engines out of ivory, ebony, and walnut–some even painted till finished.
Aside from the amazing steam engines, you can also see Mrs. Warther’s button collection of over 70,000 variations. Outside the museum, you can also see some Swiss-style gardens that showcase beautiful plants and flowers during spring time.
Porstsmouth Floodwall Mural
This is not your ordinary street art in Portsmouth, Ohio–it’s one of the best, most intricate murals you can find! The paintings say a lot about the history of the city, the State, and even shows you the history of the Industrial Revolution in a story-like kind of way. The Portsmouth Floodwall Mural can be your quick stop if you’re visiting Portsmouth. After that you can enjoy a cool, refreshing dessert at the Brain Freeze Yogurt Shop just nearby.
Houdini’s Room Escape in Cinncinati, Ohio
Are you looking for an exciting experience with your friends minus the alcohol? Perhaps you might want to try the Houdini’s Room Escape. It is an interactive group activity located in Montgomery, Cinncinati, Ohio. Houdini’s Room Escape contains unique rooms that you be in to play with your friends. You can challenge your brain, test your teamwork skills, and race against the clock to escape each locked room by completing the puzzles. Most of the rooms have a time limit of 60 minutes. You can play in pairs, or even with small-medium groups.
Columbus Axe Throwing
Located at the main city, you are sure to have fun in a safe, controlled environment throwing axes. You might be thinking, “What? Throwing axes?” You might just be surprised with how fun they can be–they even host birthday parties at this place! You can also order snacks and meals while following through instructors on how to correctly throw an axe. This is a perfect place for adventurers who want a unique experience.
Cedar Falls Hiking Trail in Logan, Ohio
Looking for something in the great outdoors? The Cedar Falls Hiking Trail is a fun place to explore with your friends. Located in Logan, Ohio, these trails are filled with breathtaking sights of various waterfalls which are very Instagram-worthy. According to some guests, you might be able to see even some copperheads and snapping turtles. Here’s a tip: You might wanna try going in off-season periods! Many people come over this popular trail for the views–if you love peace and quiet, peak season shouldn’t be your choice for this site. Also, don’t forget to wear proper clothes and stay hydrated!
Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio
After a fun and active time, you might want to slow down and shop for some cool things in Fairfield. The most popular place to shop for international finds is in Jungle Jim’s. The store contains a wide variety of farmer’s market items you wouldn’t find anywhere else–interesting vegetable varieties, gluten-free selections, and an array of hot sauce brands! This international market is a must-visit if you plan to bring a piece of Ohio with you at home.
Staying sober and having fun? Yes, it’s possible!
These are just some of the few from the many activities you can explore in Ohio. With enough research and preparation, you can plan a trip that’s worth remembering in The Buckeye State.