See Ohio and stretch your mind, not your budget


COLUMBUS – Families traveling on a budget can find a wealth of free activities throughout Ohio that are both entertaining and educational.

From nature and art to space exploration, experiencing Ohio doesn’t require a big wallet … just a little imagination.

U.S. Air Force Museum. The largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world near Dayton houses more than 300 aircraft and missiles including planes used for research and development, a restored B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber and retired Air Force One aircraft.

The Museum and the National Aviation Hall of Fame tell the story of flight from the Wright brothers to the Space Age.

World class art. The Cleveland Museum of Art has an international reputation as one of the world’s finest, most comprehensive collections of art.

Discover more than 40,000 works of art from ancient Egyptian statues to Renaissance armor and Impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas and Van Gogh.

The Toledo Museum of Art features 30,000 pieces of original art from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, but is known for its extensive glass collection that includes 6,000 pieces dated from 1600 B.C. to the present.

Outdoor adventures. Discover wilderness at Ohio’s 74 state parks, 111 nature preserves, and 11 scenic rivers.

Families can hike among sandstone cliffs and waterfalls, paddle down scenic rivers, fish in a spring-fed lake, go bird watching or enjoy camping throughout Ohio’s natural areas.

Living history. Open year-round, Roscoe Village in Coshocton offers a look at life in an authentic, restored 1800s canal town.

Visitors of all ages will see the costumed craftspeople and shopkeepers demonstrating their trades and interpreting this once-bustling port on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Garden escapes. Known for its fall foliage, Ohio is also home to countless botanical gardens and floral displays.

Visitors throughout the state can take a walk among the fragrant flowers of Topiary Garden (Columbus), Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park (Cincinnati), Toledo Botanical Garden (Toledo), Cox Arboretum (Dayton), Dawes Arboretum (Newark) or the Kingwood Center (Mansfield).

Plan a trip. Visit or call 1-800-BUCKEYE and start planning an Ohio getaway today.


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