SUMMER FUN IN OHIO: Your guide to finding amazing things to do in every corner of the state

Ohio offers plenty of well-known and hidden things to do in the summer.

That goes for all parts of the state.

Explore those things to do below to help you start checking off the items in our summer fun guide.


Tropical Plunge in Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island, made its debut May 28. The amusement park continues to be a major tourism attraction in Warren County.

Thanks to several major tourist attractions, southwest Ohio is poised to entertain a plethora of visitors during the summer season.

Kings Island in Mason, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden are among the highlights, sure, but there’s a lot more to see and do in this part of the Buckeye State.

Find all things fun in SOUTHWEST OHIO »


Zebra and The Wildside Tour at The Wilds. credit: Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

A diverse stretch of the state, southeast Ohio offers numerous music festivals, a plethora of outdoor adventures and delectable regional food and drink.

Find all things fun in SOUTHEAST OHIO »


The Ohio State Fair is great summer fun.

Summer fun in central Ohio comes in all shapes, sizes, tastes and speeds: From a bright and vivid trip through a museum gallery to a quick and verdant zip above a forest floor and a cool and luscious sip at a lovely rural vineyard.

Find all things fun in CENTRAL OHIO »


Art students from the Cleveland Institute of Art practice drawing

From pro football to the Rock halls of fame, a national park and the Lake Erie shore, a visitor could spend weeks touring northeast Ohio and not experience everything there is to see and do here.

But feel free to try.

Here are a few of our favorite places to play in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and surrounding counties:

Find all things fun in NORTHEAST OHIO »


Cedar Point has more than 150 rides, shows and attractions. CONTRIBUTED

There’s simply no excuse for boredom in northwest Ohio, where summertime dishes up a wide variety of recreation, relaxation and high-speed thrills. For the latter, check out Cedar Point’s newest roller coaster, Steel Vengeance, which opened this season.

Whether you’re into sports or museums, concerts or long strolls through the woods, you’ll be able to find somewhere to go and something to do all summer long.

Find all things fun in NORTHWEST OHIO »

About the Author