When you visit Ohio, the Buckeye State, you'll have plenty of things to see and do no matter what your interests are. This Midwestern state is perfect for people who want to explore the city and those who would rather spend time relaxing in the wilderness or by one of the Great Lakes. From the diverse landscape of Hocking Hills State Park to the thrilling history and pop culture in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, here are the 10 best things to do in Ohio to consider adding to your itinerary.

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Learn about rock-and-roll legends

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland houses numerous artefacts and memorabilia from some of the most iconic rockers in history. This museum provides valuable insight into these legendary artists as well as interactive exhibits you won't be able to find anywhere else. With 7 floors to explore, you can easily spend some serious time here without even touching on everything the museum has to offer. Just be sure to check out the wing of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

    Location: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 216-781-7625

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    National Museum of the US Air Force

    See more than 360 artefacts from the Air Force and the history of flight

    The National Museum of the US Air Force is located on an Air Force base near Dayton. Within its massive hangar and the surrounding outside area, you can explore more than 360 artefacts on display showcasing the history of aviation in America. Numerous actual aircraft are on display as well, with a history dating back to the Wright brothers' first flights to crafts designed to take people into space. You'll even find a presidential gallery that showcases planes used by former presidents.

    Location: 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45431, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 937-255-3286

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    Cedar Point Amusement Park

    Ride a coaster at this classic theme park

    Cedar Point Amusement Park is a classic holiday destination in Ohio, as it draws in visitors from all over the state and beyond every summer. At this theme park, you'll find over 17 roller coasters with terrifying and exciting drops, twists, and turns. Kids who aren't quite tall enough for the coasters have their own fun areas as well, and you can catch exciting live performances at the park. Don't forget to check out the adjacent water park portion of the theme park if you're looking to cool down on a hot day.

    Location: 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 419-627-2350

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    Hocking Hills State Park

    Hike through the hills of this scenic park

    • Adventure

    Outdoor adventurers won't want to miss out on Hocking Hills State Park, a rugged area that's packed full of breathtaking natural features, including massive caves, waterfalls, and plenty of vibrant forested areas. You won't have to look far to find a hiking trail even if you travel during the winter, and you'll find additional opportunities for zip-lining and rock climbing as well. Numerous waterways are present throughout the park also, allowing for kayaking and canoeing. Even the wildlife is impressive, especially if you're interested in bird-watching.

    Location: 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 740-385-6842

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    Amish Country

    Tour the charming and simple lands of Ohio

    Amish Country is a particularly peaceful and serene part of Ohio that's perfect for travellers looking to relax and get away from the noise and busyness of the city. Instead of cars racing down the road to get to some arbitrary destination they're already late for, you'll see horse-drawn buggies chugging along the road. Amish Country has much to offer, including freshly made ice cream, sweets, and cheese readily available all year long, as well as household goods like handcrafted chairs.

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    American Sign Museum

    See a century of signage on display

    At The American Sign Museum, you can explore more than 100 years of sign history dating back to the early 20th century, including fancy gold-leaf glass signs. Followed by that, you'll find light-bulb signs, but that's still just the beginning. The stars of the show here are the neon signs from the '30s and '40s when neon lights were all the rage, illuminating streets and buildings in vibrant colours. Of course, the funky signs that followed are also on display throughout the building's 19,000 square feet of exhibit space.

    Location: 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday from noon to 4 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 513-541-6366

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    The Haserot Angel

    Come face to face with a terrifying yet alluring statue

    • History
    • Photo

    You'll find the iconic Haserot Angel within the Lakeview Cemetery, one of the oddest and most alluring landmarks in all of Cleveland. This bronze statue is both frightening and humbling, yet there's something oddly appealing about seeing its determined gaze and intricate detailing. What stands out the most, though, is how time has affected this structure. Since it's made from bronze, its colouring has warped over time. The sculptor planned for this, so the statue looks as if it's crying black tears.

    Location: 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm

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    Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    Explore more than 400 species of plants

    When you visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, you can explore an array of fascinating natural wonders with exotic plant collections sourced from around the world. More than 400 species of plants are present here, including some that only grow naturally in places as far as the Himalayas and the Pacific Islands. Of course, that's just the beginning, as Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens also houses several seasonal exhibitions, so what you'll be able to see changes depending on what time of year you visit.

    Location: 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 614-715-8000

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    The Cleveland Museum of Art

    Peruse a wide variety of art from around the world

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most iconic attractions in Cleveland and all of Ohio. The museum is home to a wide variety of works from all over the world, including American and European art as well as an extensive collection of Asian art. Some of the notable artists featured include Botticelli, Goya, Rubens, Corot, Monet, Picasso, and Warhol. You could also see early photography and a renowned collection of decorative art and design exhibits. Even the building itself is a work of art, sporting impressive neoclassical designs.

    Location: 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 216-421-7350

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    Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

    Explore this historic home and the surrounding gardens

    At Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, you can explore a living piece of history. This historic home dates back to the early 20th century, and it's one of the largest historic homes open to the public in the entire country. Amongst its 70 acres, you can explore brilliantly maintained gardens as well as the home itself, which is packed with historic furniture and decor. You'll also find a gift shop and café on the property where you can relax after perusing the elegant historical wonders of the home.

    Location: 714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 4.30 pm, Tuesday from 9 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 330-836-5533

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