Ohio is a nature lover’s paradise. It might not be as famous as the Grand Canyon or the Redwood Forest, but there is plenty to see here.
There are several big cities in Ohio. But there are also hundreds of tiny towns and walking trails. If you haven’t already been here, you should plan a trip.
To give you some ideas, here are five things that you absolutely must do on your next visit.
1. Go to Amish Country
There’s no better way to escape into nature than visiting an Amish town.
In Ohio, there is a very large Amish community. It’s a great place to feel like you’ve gone back in time and do things the traditional way.
For a real Amish experience, you can even stay the night at a bed and breakfast. That way you’ll really feel like you’ve stepped back into another century. If you want to digitally detox, this is the place.
For families, this is the perfect destination. There are family-friendly activities like visiting a farm or learning old crafts like carpentry.
The restaurants are top-notch. That’s because everything you eat is going to be all-natural and locally grown.
For antique and furniture shopping, it’s the perfect destination.
2. See a Dispensary
Visiting a dispensary can be a fun and educational outing.
Marijuana legislation in Ohio is sadly not that flexible. Cannabis is only legal for medical purposes here. However, it is pretty easy to get a medical marijuana card in Ohio.
Here’s some information from Veriheal on how to do that.
Luckily, most cities have decriminalized cannabis for recreational purposes. As long as you only have a small amount, you’ll only face a small fine.
Whatever your reason for using marijuana, you should always buy it from a licensed dispensary. They have the highest quality products. And it’s the best way to ensure that what you are buying is safe.
There is a lot more to growing cannabis than you’d think. And there are thousands of varieties out there. You can learn all about cannabis farming and the varieties at a dispensary.
Ohio is home to several top-notch dispensaries. That’s because the agricultural industry here is so well-developed.
If you aren’t into cannabis, you can check out CBD oils and similar products.
3. Visit a Winery
Ohio’s wine industry isn’t as well developed as California’s
But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t great wine here. Most of the wine made in Ohio comes from small, boutique wineries along the wine trail.
If wine isn’t your thing, check out a local brewery. See if there is a nice bed and breakfast where you can stay so you don’t have to worry about driving.
Many wineries even allow tours. This is a great way to get outside and step away from the big city. It will also give you a deeper appreciation for all the work that goes into the winemaking process.
And wine always makes for a great souvenir or gift.
4. See a National Park
There are several great national parks in Ohio.
In fact, there are eight. Here’s information on them from National Park Obsessed. Seeing national parks is a good way to see the country’s most beautiful sites.
It’s also a very family-friendly activity. But national parks can also make for great outings with friends. There are plenty of activities you can do in a national park.
Some parks even allow you to camp overnight. Or you could grill outside. Even just going for a hike is a fun thing to do.
All of Ohio’s national parks are easy to reach.
5. A Boat Tour
Ohio is a great place to do a steamboat tour.
A river tour is a neat way to explore America. You’ll see more than you would if you were traveling by car.
Some tours only last for several hours. Others can take you all the way to Canada! River cruises may be expensive, but they are definitely worth it.
Bring your camera along. You will definitely want to take photos of the charming river towns.
Ohio probably isn’t a place you’ve thought about visiting to enjoy the great outdoors. But there’s really no better place to embrace nature.