Say "O-Hi-O" to Ohio.

When thinking about visiting the great state of Ohio, it's hard to know where to start. Everyone knows about the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, but what else does this agricultural state have to offer? With hundreds of cities and districts it is no wonder why Ohio is home to many firsts and many great tourist attractions.

Ohio Firsts

  • 1833- Oberlin College was the first Co-ed College and the first college to accept multiple races.
  • 1852- Ohio was the first state to ensure women safety at work, with woman labor laws.
  • 1856- The first ambulance was created and used in Cincinnati.
  • 1879- Cleveland Ohio was the first city to use electricity on the streets to light the town.
  • 1883- Kroger's first opened in the city of Cincinnati.
  • 1891- Bellefontaine is home of the first concrete street in the US, which is still in use today.
  • 1896- The Cincinnati Reds were the first established professional baseball team.
  • 1899- Akron was the first city in the United States to used cop cars.
  • 1904- The term hot dog was coined by Harry Stevens of Niles, Ohio.
  • 1914- The first traffic light and pedestrian push button were placed on the corner of 105th and Euclid Ave. in Cleveland.
  • 1920- The Dayton Triangles scored the first NFL Touchdown against the Columbus Panhandles.

Ohio Tourist Attractions

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    • Location: Canton
    • Ages: 3+
    • Description: If you like football, the Pro Football HOF is a must see. With bronze busts and football memorabilia for the true fans, along with activities and games for those with shorter attention spans, the Hall of Fame makes for a great family trip.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    • Location: Cleveland
    • Ages: 3+
    • Description: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is for the North-bound traveler who digs the art of Rock. It includes great family fun with theaters, cafes and listening stations for everyone to enjoy.
  • Cedar Point
    • Location: Sandusky
    • Ages: All
    • Description: Cedar Point is the roller coaster capital of the world with over 16 coasters, and a whole "park" dedicated to the little tykes. Cedar Point is home to famous record breaking coasters including The Magnum, Top Thrill Dragster, and The Millennium Force.
  • The Trash House (Earthship)
    • Location: Philo
    • Ages: 8+
    • Description: The Trash House is just how it sounds, a house made completely of recycled trash. This tourist attraction is home to a lovely couple who built the house to do their part in preserving the earth. They gladly open their home to visitors in hopes that people will see what they have done and want to make changes in their own lives. Whether by incorporating their water recycling roofs, or their plastic bottle greenhouse everyone is able to leave with new and innovative ideas to better their homes and living styles for the sake of future generations.

Whether you are in Ohio for a short visit or on a week's vacation, there is sure to be something of interest right around the corner.
Be sure to pack sunscreen, umbrellas, snow boots, and a light jacket no matter what time of the year you plan your trip. Ohio is full of surprises!


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