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Ohio Fallidays

Fall is a special time of year in Ohio. As the weather chills, trees become a blaze of red, orange and yellow, and the tastes and aromas of fall return. It’s the perfect time to declare your own holiday, or should we say, Falliday!

Take a weekend or three-day Falliday to enjoy the season with family and friends through time-honored and newly created traditions – ride a train to pick pumpkins; sip hot, mulled cider; tell spooky ghost stories around a campfire; kayak a serene river lined with brilliant fall foliage; pick apples, gaze at stars across the wide open sky or plan to attend a few fun, fall festivals that celebrate the season.

Here are some ideas to help you Find Your Falliday in Ohio!

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Falliday Getaway Ideas

 

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Falliday Itineraries

 

Coming to central Ohio for a football game or to sample some of the region’s best autumn treats? Longing to explore the vibrant foliage southeast Ohio’s rugged terrain is known for? Taking in the crisp fall air along Lake Erie? Why not make a weekend of it. Here are a few ideas to round out your Falliday, no matter which region you visit.

 

Central

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Northeast

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Day 2:

  • Enjoy a savory breakfast of corned beef hash or a stack of potato pancakes with sautéed apples and sour cream at Grumpy’s Café
  • Conquer your fear of heights and take in the area’s fall colors by climbing Holden Arboretum’s Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower
  • Head south to Mansfield to enjoy lunch at Blossoms Café surrounded by blueberries and beautiful plants at The Blueberry Patch
  • Explore the vast grounds of historic Malabar Farm, and then gather your loved ones to take in the sunset at Mt. Jeez
  • Sample an Orange Eyes Pumpkin Spiced Ale at Phoenix Brewing Company from a coffin-shaped beer flight frame, made from this former funeral home’s original casket elevator

 

Northwest

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Southeast

Day 1:

  • Work up an appetite while enjoying the invigorating fall air by tackling the 18 miles of mountain bike trails at Dillon State Park
  • Enjoy a tasty meal at the Overlook Café at The Wilds, and gaze at exotic and endangered animals on a safari afterward
  • Take a fall foliage cruise on the Lorena Sternwheeler for a relaxing ride with tremendous views
  • Head south and prepare yourself for spine-chilling stories during the Athens Asylum Walking Tour
  • Fill up on made-from-scratch, locally-source comfort food with stunning views of fall colors at Lake Hope Dining Lodge
  • Listen to the sounds of nature and gaze at twinkling stars from the comfort of your bed when you stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls’ new yurts

Day 2:

  • Feel an adrenaline rush with an ATV tour or get a bird’s eye view of Hocking Hills from the ropes course at R Adventure Park
  • Hike through the forest to explore Ash Cave
  • Head southwest to Chillicothe to fuel up on made-from-scratch scones at Paper City Coffee
  • Drive further south to get lost in the trees and look for wildlife in Shawnee State Park
  • Spend time gazing at the beautiful murals along the Ohio River Floodwall in Portsmouth for a glimpse of Ohio’s rich history
  • Stop in for a hamburger, hot dog or classic American food treat at local favorite Hickie’s Hamburger Inn

 

Southwest

Day 1:

  • Take an appetizing tour through Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operating market
  • Be awed by the neon from years past as you tour the American Sign Museum
  • Sample brews including the perfect fall beverage, Gourd to Death – beer brewed with toasted pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, maple syrup and chicory root – at the historic Taft’s Ale House
  • Grab lunch at the Schoolhouse Restaurant, a former school now serving up American classics
  • Bike the Little Miami Trail for stunning views of fall foliage and stop in quaint towns along the way
  • Get your blood pumping as you zip line through Camp Kern with only the moon and stars to guide you
  • Spend the night at The Golden Lamb, where 12 U.S. Presidents have visited and the niece of a former owner is rumored to haunt the halls

Day 2:

  • Enjoy a savory omelet or the Queen City Bee – a breakfast sandwich with goetta, apple, egg and the house-made “nectar” sauce – at the Sleepy Bee Café
  • Explore East Fork State Park by horseback
  • Fill up on beers and pizza in a former fire station at the Old Firehouse Brewery
  • Learn about Ohio’s crucial role in the Underground Railroad by visiting historical homes in Williamsburg along the Freedom Trail
  • Look for stars, planets and the wonders of space in the dark skies over Stonelick State Park

 

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Don’t Miss These Fall Festivals & Events
September

Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg

 

October

Paul Bunyan Show in Old Washington

 

Click here to search for more Falliday festivals and events (searchable by date and region) or to download/order your Ohio Fall/Winter Calendar of Events.

 

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Active Adventures:

 

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville (NE)

    Discover the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by bicycling on the Towpath Trail, which follows the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal through the Cuyahoga River Valley and continues both north and south of the park. This fully accessible trail has 11 trailheads within the park and is ideal for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

 

  • Swan Creek Stables, Swanton (NW)
    • Saddle up for a horseback ride through the autumn woods on a guided trail ride at Swan Creek Stables. Enjoy the peace of nature while testing your equestrian prowess with trotting in addition to the scenic walk. Pony rides are also available for those that wish to host a party for their little adventurers.

 

  • Cutting Edge Charters, Curtice (NW)
    • Wrestle in the big one aboard a 32-foot Marinette Fisherman as you scour the waters of Lake Erie’s western basin for walleye and perch. September and October are prime times for limits of jumbo perch, and the views will leave you feeling spellbound.
  • Blue Rock State Park and Forest, Nashport (SE)

    Brace yourself for a stunning bird’s eye view of eastern Ohio’s vibrant foliage as you climb the 100-foot-tall fire tower in Blue Rock State Forest, which surrounds the 322-acre Blue Rock State Park. The 1930s-era tower is the last of its size remaining in Ohio.

  • Dillon State Park, Nashport (SE)
    • Feel the crisp fall air at your back as you hit the 18 miles of mountain bike trails at Dillon State Park. Afterward, relax and take in the view as you marvel at Dillon Lake’s 1,560 acres of calm, glass-like waters.
  • Trapper John’s Canoe Livery, Grove City (C)
    • Big Darby Creek is flanked by dense forests, making it the ideal spot to observe the changing season from a kayak or canoe at Trapper John’s Canoe Livery. Choose the Upper Trip for a serene ride through six miles of wildlife preserve, or go with the Lower Trip for a more adrenaline-inducing experience through light rapids.
  • Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus (C)

    Forget the hustle and bustle of city life and escape to Scioto Audubon Metro Park, tucked along the Scioto River downtown in the former industrial landscape turned green oasis. Feel a sense of accomplishment as you scale the 35-foot-tall climbing wall, the largest free structure of its kind in the nation. The littlest climbers will love scurrying up the smaller, 10-foot-tall boulders.

  • Camp Kern, Oregonia (SW)
    • Get your blood pumping as you zip through the trees at Camp Kern using only the moonlight as your guide. After gaining the courage to take that first leap, feel the wind rush by as you enjoy spectacular views of the night sky. Oct. 21 & 22 will feature Zombie Zipping!
  • Mohican State Park, Loudonville (NE)

    Mohican State Park and the adjacent state forest offer limitless opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. Hike the Lyons Fall Trail at Mohican State Park. Traverse a covered bridge, stop to explore Big and Little Lyons Falls and take in fall’s amazing colors and a scenic view of Pleasant Hill Lake from the dam.

  • Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve, Springfield (SW)
    • Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve is a new nature preserve featuring numerous scenic hiking trails and serene nature trails, but the truly adventurous can tackle the preserve’s rock climbing cliffs. Feel the thrill of success when you reach the top of Ohio’s largest natural rock climbing area, towering 45-50 feet at its highest point.

 

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Autumn Wanders:

 

  • Hancock Historical Museum Barn Tour and More, Findlay (NW)

    Wind through the scenic countryside, roll down the windows and turn on your favorite song as you breathe in the scent of fall on a Historic Barn Tour. The official event takes place on September 16, but this self-guided tour to six century-old barns is a perfect activity for the entire season. The museum will also be hosting a Spirits & Boos: Haunted History Tour & Pub Crawl as well as a family-friendly Spooktacular event in October.

 

  • Historic Canal Experience, Toledo (NW)

    Reminisce about simpler times and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876 with a mule-drawn canal ride through the beautiful metro parks of Toledo. Enjoy the scenery while living history interpreters narrate the ride. Visitors can also experience the Isaac Ludwig Mill, one of the last functioning 19th-century limestone locks and the Providence Dam.

  • Holden Arboretum Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower, Kirtland (NE)
    • Immerse yourself in fall foliage and gain a unique perspective on forests and the animals that inhabit them on Holden Arboretum’s Murch Canopy Walk. For a view typically reserved for the birds, be sure to check out Kalberer Emergent Tower. The tower takes guests above the trees to a height of 120 feet, where on a clear day you can see all the way to Lake Erie.
  • Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas (NE)

    Nestled in the hills of Pleasant Valley, Malabar Farm was built in 1939 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield. Enjoy a guided tractor tour of Malabar Farm State Park or opt to explore the park by foot on one of the four hiking trails. For the perfect end to your day, head to the park’s Mt. Jeez overlook to see a stunning fall sunset. Be sure to check the website for fall events.

  • Lorena Sternwheeler, Zanesville (SE)

    Take a relaxing ride on the Muskingum River as you learn about Zanesville’s rich riverboat past aboard the historic Lorena Sternwheeler. Don’t miss the special fall foliage rides – kicking off in late September and running through October – which showcase the changing wooded landscape along the water.

  • Perkins Observatory, Delaware (C)
    • This active research facility for Ohio Wesleyan University opens its doors to astronomy buffs most Friday evenings throughout the year, offering tours of the facility and informal “lectures” from astronomy experts, as well as astronomical observing sessions through the dome’s large telescope (weather permitting). You’ll be impressed by both the twinkling stars and the guide’s knowledge!
  • Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe (SE)

    Tour Adena Mansion, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and stroll the terrace gardens and estate of Thomas Worthington, sixth governor of Ohio and the state’s first senator. Tour Worthington’s restored home including original furnishings. Admire the breathtaking view of the Scioto River Valley from the north lawn and Great Seal State Park, said to have inspired the Great Seal of the State of Ohio.

  • Hueston Woods Lodge, College Corner (SW)

    Cuddle up with loved ones as you explore the beautiful colors of Hueston Woods State Park on a fall hayride. Take in the sights, then stop by the lodge to tell ghost stories and make s’mores around a bonfire. You’ll enjoy the sights, sounds, taste and smells of fall in just one day at this state park.

  • National Trail Raceway, Hebron (C)

    Feel the rumble and excitement at National Trail Raceway, which holds regular events through the fall. The longstanding track located along Ohio’s portion of the National Road is known for its thrilling drag races. Experience a “rush” as the powerful vehicles speed past you and ignite the energy of the crowd!

  • Loveland Castle, Loveland (SW)
    • Travel back in time as you tour the gardens and castle built by Harry Delos Andrews in the heart of Loveland. Built as a home for the Knights of the Golden Trail, visitors can now enjoy a fall picnic lunch, play checkers and chess, marvel at the architecture and look for ghosts of long ago throughout the castle.

 

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Culture Pursuits:

 

  • Newark Earthworks and Great Circle Museum, Newark (C)

    See the sophisticated, moon-aligning earthworks the ancient Hopewell culture constructed 2,000 years ago in central Ohio. After a self-guided tour of the grounds, peruse the nearby Great Circle Museum to dive even deeper into the site’s history and significance with an interactive video and other exhibits.

 

  • National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo (NW)

    Discover one of Toledo’s newest cultural gems and learn more about one of the most important natural resources in the social, economic and political history of the North American continent. This immersive experience will take you through more than 300 artifacts, 40 hands-on exhibits and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, sure to be memorable for the whole family.

  • Charles Herndon Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Kelleys Island (NW)
    • Find peace with your inner artist in this hidden garden. Covering 10 acres, the sculpture garden is sprinkled with statues, polished stones and red metallic geometric shapes among the wooded views. For rainy days, the indoor studios offer a refreshing perspective through sculpture, painting and photography work.
  • Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum, Milan (NW)

    Marvel at the early inventions and personal mementos of one of history’s greatest minds as you visit the birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison. Originally opened by his wife and daughter, the museum is the only Edison site to have family involved including his great-grand children, great-great-great-great niece and great-great-great nephew.

  • Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery, Zanesville (SE)

    Roam this two-story, 17,000-square-foot space in Zanesville’s downtown packed with the largest bronze sculpture collection in the world. Hear Cottrill, who is usually onsite, recount his unique story: from growing up poor in rural Ohio and not even touching clay until he was nearly 40 years old, to becoming an internationally renowned artist.

  • Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, Hamilton (SW)
    • Immerse yourself in more than 300 acres of beautiful natural landscapes and art at this stunning sculpture park. Spend the day exploring this outdoor garden’s rolling hills, lakes and trails as well as its Greek, Roman and historical sculptures. Exquisite work from local, regional and national artists can be found throughout the grounds. This fall, don’t miss the Midwest debut of Intrude, a highly acclaimed public art installation featuring giant illuminated rabbits, from October 6-11.
  • Ohio River Floodwall Murals, Portsmouth (SE)

    Stroll the floodwall and gaze in awe at the stunning murals along the Ohio River, meant to provide a glimpse into southern Ohio’s rich history. The colorful and lifelike paintings – depicting everything from an 18th century Shawnee village to notable locals Branch Rickey and Roy Rogers – are sure to leave a lasting impression.

  • American Sign Museum, Cincinnati (SW)
    • America’s largest public sign museum can be found right here in Ohio. You’ll be transfixed by the bright neon lights as you tour the 20,000-square-foot museum celebrating and showcasing historic signs from iconic brands across the nation. Stop by to watch talented craftsmen create the latest in today’s sign art.
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus (C)

    Delight your senses with all that this sprawling indoor and outdoor attraction has to offer, from the Palm House’s lush and tropical ambiance to the playful and vibrant Chihuly glasswork. Through the fall, don’t miss the Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders exhibit featuring larger-than-life sculpted topiaries of endangered and exotic animals like lions, elephants and sea turtles.

  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron (NE)

    View the vivid colors of the Butterflies of North America exhibit at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. The exhibit is housed in a specially built screened butterfly habitat and features a variety of butterflies including the Monarch Cloak and the Buckeye. Get up close and personal by feeding them nectar and fruit juices soaked on cotton swabs. The exhibit is open through early September. Fall colors will make the gardens just as vividly colorful as the butterflies through October.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (NE)
    • Take in the first U.S. museum exhibition of a collaborative installation by British musician Phil Collins at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The work features six listening booths housing vinyl recordings of original songs that the artist created in collaboration with guests of a homeless shelter in Germany, as well as with fellow musicians.

 

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Eerie Encounters:

 

  • Sandusky County Dungeon Tours, Sandusky (NW)

    Descend into your fear as you take on this nighttime adventure using modern technology to track the spirit world at the 1840s Dungeon and Gallows Exhibition Hall. For those not interested in speaking with ghosts, Sandusky County also offers a Jailhouse Rock Dinner Tour – equipped with mugshots, a chow line and a souvenir fingerprint card – or a family-friendly friendly historic jail tour.

 

  • Lake Erie Fear Fest, Sandusky (NW)

    Send your adrenaline soaring with shivers around every corner at Lake Erie Fear Fest’s Ghostly Manor Thrill Center. This year’s Fest combines five haunted attractions in one throughout the month of October, and visitors can keep seeking thrills all weekend by extending their stay to visit nearby Cedar Point.

  • Night Shift Limousine's Craft Brewery Tour, Cincinnati (SW)
    • Gather your friends for a unique tour of the Southwest Ohio craft beer scene. This tour includes three breweries and is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Take the tour in a traditional limo or opt for a spooky night out as you hit the town in a unique hearse limo.
  • Garrison Ghost Walk at Fort Meigs, Perrysburg (NW)

    The ghosts of dead soldiers will rise with the tales of the past during this frightfully fun stroll through Fort Meigs. Be sure to make reservations – space is limited for this historic experience.

  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (SW)

    As you tour the historic planes and artifacts of the U.S. Air Force, keep your eyes and ears pealed for ghostly figures throughout the facility. Many have heard unexplained footsteps, seen eerie forms and experienced strange occurrences across the museum.

  • Phoenix Brewing Company, Mansfield (NE)
    • Housed in the haunted remains of what used to be a funeral home and mortuary back in the early 1900s, The Phoenix Brewing Company has six flagship brews available year-round, and seasonal offerings including its Orange Eyes Pumpkin Spiced Ale. For an extra spooky touch, the brewery serves its beer flights in coffin-shaped frames made of wood recycled from the beams of the building's original casket elevator.
  • The Golden Lamb, Lebanon (SW)

    This historic landmark has been a gathering place for travelers, historical figures and even 12 United States Presidents, offering delicious food and comfortable lodging since Ohio first became a state. Since 1803, many guests have been welcomed to the inn and tavern and some have never left. Look for the ghost of Sarah Stubbs, the niece of a former owner who grew up on site, as she is rumored to haunt the halls of the building today.

  • Peoples Mortuary Museum, Marietta (SE)

    This quirky museum is meant to shed light on the unique and fascinating mortuary business, allowing visitors to peruse everything from horse-drawn hearses to vintage funeral home equipment. Nearby, The Lafayette – a historic hotel known for its dark history and paranormal experiences – is a good place to overnight. The property even offers its own “Ghost Hunters” package through October.

  • The Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield (NE)
    • Mansfield is best known as the home of the now-closed Ohio State Reformatory – where most of the classic movie “Shawshank Redemption” was filmed. Tour the reformatory during the day or opt to glimpse into the paranormal world during an overnight ghost hunt.
  • Athens Asylum Walking Tour, Athens (SE)

    You’ll be captivated by local historian George Eberts, who leads these popular tours of the former asylum within eyeshot of Ohio University. Feel the names carved into the woodwork of the abandoned building and try to imagine what it was like to live or work there between its inception in the 1870s to its closure in the early 1990s. Hang on Ebert’s every word as he recounts tales of the asylum’s most infamous spirit: the “Lost Lady.”

  • Buxton Inn, Granville (C)

    Places with the most colorful and historic pasts have the most paranormal activity, and that seems to be the case at Buxton Inn. The property has served various purposes since opening in 1812, from the town post office to a stagecoach stop. Now guests of the inn and restaurant most often notice the lingering scent of a former proprietor’s sweet perfume, and feel her ghostly feline friend cuddling up with them in bed at night.

  • Camp Chase, Columbus (C)
    • The site of a former Confederate prison and two-acre cemetery is a hotbed of ghostly sightings, serving as the final resting place for more than 2,000 soldiers. Curious visitors can visit the eerie location year-round and listen (or watch) for the “Lady in Gray” – said to be a woman mourning a loved one – amid the rows of simple marble headstones. Her spine-tingling cries are hard to miss!

 

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Family Fun:

 

  • Corn Maze at Suter's Produce, Pandora (NW)

    Take on an exciting adventure as you get lost in the twists and turns of the corn maze at Suter’s Produce. After conquering the maze, gather your family for a warm cup of cider and hayride or take an exhilarating ride on Suter’s giant slide for a whole day of fun.

 

  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville (SE)
    • Embrace nostalgia during a historic train excursion that winds through southeast Ohio, giving riders a front row seat to the changing leaves amid towering hillsides. In addition to its regularly scheduled weekend trains throughout fall – which pass by landmarks like Haydenville, an active gravel mine, and one of the remaining Hocking Canal Locks – ext foliage train rides are offered on Fridays in October.

 

  • Olentangy Indian Caverns, Delaware (C)
    • Head underground to explore the ancient caverns, where little fingers will be eager to push audio buttons and hear more about the site’s fascinating history. On ground level, get your hands dirty while gem mining or feel the soft fur of deer, goats and more at the 50,000-square-foot animal encounter. Don’t miss the mini golf course, surrounded by a Native American themed garden.
  • MacQueen's Apple Barn & Cider Mill, Holland (NW)

    Fall has officially arrived when the delicious aroma of apples fills the air, and MacQueen Orchards is the perfect place to pick apples for cider, fresh pies and all of your favorite fall treats. Visit throughout the season to pick from 16 different varieties of apples or stop in during the Apple Butter Stir Festival to enjoy live music, a pie baking contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, craft show, a tour of the cider press and more!

  • Leeds Farm, Ostrander (C)
    • Squeal with joy as you climb through elaborate straw barn forts, wade through massive corn boxes, and jump on the giant inflatable pumpkin at this local favorite that epitomizes old-fashioned fall fun! “Big” kids will love the Big Zip and Mountain Slides, and mom and dad will appreciate fresh baked pies and apple cider served in the barn attic.
  • Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Rockbridge (SE)

    Breathe in the fresh fall air as you zip the treetops at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, which offers everything from the heart-pounding, head-first SuperZip® to the tamer Dragonfly course for budding adrenaline junkies as young as five. Those looking for something a little spookier can zip in complete darkness on a Moonshine Night Tour.

  • Kids Adventure Course at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Geneva-on-the-Lake (NE)
    • Beginning in September, conquer your fears and get your heart racing on an exhilarating aerial adventure as you soar through the colorful treetops of Geneva State Park. The unique, lakeside attraction’s kids’ course includes two-hour access to the Landlubber’s Loop course with multiple zips and obstacles.
  • Fun Fest at Patterson Fruit Farm, Chesterland (NE)
    • Dive into the fun of fall at Patterson Fruit Farm’s Fun Fest (9/16-10/29). Play in haystacks, climb to the treehouse featuring a 50-foot-tall double slide, wander through a corn maze and take in the the season’s beauty during a hike through the ravines and hills of Geauga County. On weekends, enjoy a wagon ride by the farm’s dynamic duo of working draft horses, Barney and Bob. Be sure to try the farm’s famous apple fritters and cider!
  • Serpent Mound, Peebles (SW)

    Immerse yourself in history as you explore this National Historic Landmark. These vast earthworks created by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio form an effigy mound representing a snake. To truly appreciate the massive size and beauty of this elaborate creation, climb the iron observation tower for a good look and a picture.

  • Corn Maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland (NE)
    • Follow the 3-acre corn maze’s winding paths that steer you to multiple decision-inducing intersections. The theme for this year's maze is "Alien Adventure," challenging visitors to locate missing aliens throughout the maze and report their findings. The farm-themed character cutouts located at the entrance of the maze make for perfect, smile-worthy photos.
  • Stonelick State Park, Pleasant Plain (SW)
    • Located beyond city lights, Stonelick State Park has the perfect dark skies for viewing the stars, planets and galaxies above. Join the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Cincinnati Observatory as they set up their telescopes throughout the fall to see the dazzling wonders of space. Events are free and open to the public.

 

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Foodie Flavors:

 

  • The Spot, Sidney (NW)

    Embrace the nostalgia of fall in a quintessential diner, called “The Spot.” With pie that brings in visitors (and presidents) from miles around, make sure to indulge in old-fashioned cream, savory pumpkin or tasty apple pie or sample a delicious frosted malt.

 

  • Taft's Ale House, Cincinnati (SW)
    • Named for President William Howard Taft who hailed from Cincinnati, a former evangelical church is now home to a popular brewery. Experience this historical environment and sample the brewery’s many offerings including the perfect fall beverage, Gourd to Death – beer brewed with toasted pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, maple syrup and chicory root.
  • Toledo Flavors Food Tours, Toledo (NW)

    Grab your friends and head to the heart of Toledo. Delight your taste buds and your cultural side with 6+ servings of incredible cuisine and a historical experience with the Warehouse District Food Tour, or try the limited-time holiday Downtown Delights Dessert & Art Tour to satisfy your sweet tooth.

  • Watts Restaurant, Utica (C)
    • If you have a hankering for down-home cooking, this is the spot. Many of the wait staff have been there for years and can effortlessly recommend dishes – from personal experience, of course – ranging from hearty meat loaf and chicken and noodles to creamy mashed potatoes and savory vegetable soup. Leave room for dessert, as the homemade pie selection is out of this world!
  • The Boardwalk Restaurant, Put-In-Bay (NW)

    Soak in the breathtaking view of fall foliage on the water as you cozy up to dinner with your special people. Warm up with the restaurant’s world-famous lobster bisque.

  • Lake Hope Dining Lodge, McArthur (SE)
    • Fill up on made-from-scratch, locally sourced comfort food while taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding Lake Hope State Park. Known for its fresh ground burgers, succulent steaks and smoked meats (sourced from The Ohio State University farms), Ohio Gerber chicken, and crisp local veggies, the lake Hope Dining Lodge is a favorite for foodies.
  • Findlay Market, Cincinnati (SW)

    Gather your friends and family for a delicious tour of Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market. Situated in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, this market is a gathering place for anyone who loves fresh fruit and vegetables, tasty artisanal creations, meats and specialty foods directly from local butchers and vendors, entertainment and more. Take a guided tour of the market to learn about its 160-year history.

  • Glenlaurel, Rockbridge (SE)
    • Indulge in a six- or seven-course feast at this Scottish-themed inn surrounded by vibrant Hocking Hills foliage. The true fine dining experience – headlined by dishes like duck, quail and rack of lamb – is a two-hour culinary adventure, starting with a bagpiper in full kilt dress if you’re there on a Saturday. Bring your appetite!
  • Northcoast Grapevine Tours, Lorain (NW)

    The exquisite taste of Ohio wines awaits along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail. With 10 wineries to choose from and public, private, full-day and half-day tours available, there’s sure to be an option that fits your plans.

  • Mex-Itali Restaurant, West Portsmouth (SE)
    • Can't decide between tacos or pasta? Fill up on both at West Portsmouth's Mex-Itali Restaurant, just a short drive from the rugged and beautiful Shawnee State Park. A hometown favorite since 1968, frequent diners rave about the piping hot baked spaghetti and homemade garlic rolls from the Italian menu, and the CC (chile con queso) dip from the Mexican menu.
  • Kennedy’s Bakery, Cambridge (SE)

    You’ll feel like you have teleported back to your grandmother’s kitchen at Kennedy’s Bakery, which has been delighting patrons with its scratch-made, baked-daily treats since 1925. From the sweet aroma to the handwritten descriptions stuck into each delectable treat, it’s a nostalgic experience you won’t forget. Don’t miss the pumpkin cake donuts and apple fritters for a true taste of fall.

  • Patterson Fruit Farm, Chesterland (NE)
    • Gather your baskets and head to Patterson Fruit Farm to pick-your-own apples at its Mulberry Road location. The orchards are open for apple picking every day of the week from late August until mid-October. On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy a wagon ride to the orchards or take a stroll through the orchards on weekdays to pick from several crisp and tasty varieties.
  • Columbus Food Adventures, Columbus (C)

    Whether you want a taste of the city’s Somali cuisine or to uncover the area’s best taco trucks, these culinary tours offer cuisine for every appetite. The Grandview Avenue tour is the perfect pre- or post-football Saturday activity, and the German Village tour – with tree-lined brick streets and cozy eateries – screams fall.

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Peninsula (NE)
    • For a beer or wine tasting with a twist, hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic railroad for one of its "Ales on Rails" or "Grape Escape" excursion. The two-hour excursion features five different tastings accompanied by chef prepared hors d'oeuvres all while taking in scenic fall foliage along the old Ohio to Erie Canal and through the forests of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar, Columbus (C)

    You can practically smell the Ohio wildflowers in Brothers Drake’s mead, made from local honey and crafted into varieties like Wild Ohio and Apple Pie. Pair drinks with local fare at this Short North favorite, as food trucks set up outside Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

  • Melt Bar & Grilled, Multiple Locations (NE)
    • Looking to warm up with a deliciously cheesy meal? Head to one of the eight Melt Bar & Grilled locations in northeast Ohio for a grilled cheese experience that isn’t quite like any other. The menu features 30 different gourmet grilled cheese, fresh salads and homemade soups. Oh, and if you’re feeling extra hungry, try your hand at conquering The Melt Challenge – weighing a whopping 5 pounds, the sandwich features 13 different cheeses on three slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries and coleslaw.
  • Eaterarian Trail, Marion (C)

    Created for foodies who pride themselves more on finding a hole in the wall restaurant than a popular spot serving gourmet cuisine, this trail includes 11 amazing spots that are all about unique and delicious food in approachable and memorable settings. Key stops include the G&R Tavern, known for its super thick fried bologna sandwich smothered with sweet pickles and onions, and Baires Restaurant, specializing in comfort food with an Argentinian twist.

  • Pier W, Lakewood (NE)
    • Take in breathtaking views of Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline while indulging in Pier W's artistically presented seafood dishes. For a quick bite, stop by for the restaurant’s popular happy hour menu, and watch the sunset over the lake through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

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