Travel Thursdays: 12 Exciting Ohio Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year

by April Dray

When it comes to the Buckeye State, there’s much to see and do. The best day trips in Ohio are diverse, as the state is so vast, so it can be hard to pick the perfect trip to take. If you can relate to this, you might want to consider visiting a new place in your home state each month. From outdoor adventures to one-of-a-kind museums, there’s plenty to see and do in Ohio year-round. Don’t get stuck in the same old routine this year. Get a little adventurous and find out what’s in your home state’s backyard by taking one of the best day trips in Ohio.

January-Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield)

Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield) -Photo Mad River Mountain/Facebook

Kicking off our tour of the best day trips in Ohio, consider embracing the chilly season with a visit to one of the most epic winter attractions in Ohio. Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield, Ohio features all the wintertime fun you could possibly want—and then some. It’s home to the largest snow tubing park in the state and it’s a must-visit. With a total of four parks, each differing in size and activities, there’s truly something for everyone here.

Mad River Mountain, 1000 Snow Valley Rd, Zanesfield, OH 43360, USA

February – The Book Loft (Columbus)

The Book Loft of German Village/Facebook

There’s nothing better than spending all day in a massive book store in the dead of winter. Tucked away in central Ohio’s charming German Village, you’ll find the most enchanting bookstore that’s a seemingly never-ending maze of classic literature, modern day stories and a plethora of knowledge that book lovers only dream of. The Book Loft features 32 rooms of books—packed from floor to ceiling—that you simply have to see to believe. While you’re here, explore the surrounding village. It’s a book worm’s dream!

The Book Loft of German Village, 631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA

March – Malabar Farm State Park (Lucas)

Lynn C/Trip Advisor

There’s one state park hiding in northeast Ohio that’s unlike any other. In addition to beautiful hiking trails, it also features a farm, historic home and restaurant. While exploring Malabar Farm, you might even get to see some friendly animals. You also might spot a ghost or two! It’s no wonder many consider this to be among the very best day trips in Ohio.

Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, OH 44843, USA

April- The Akron Zoo (Akron)

Management Photo/Trip Advisor

The Akron Zoo features a wide variety of exotic animals, beautiful gardens and even some rides that kids will absolutely love. It has everything you love about the big city zoos without the massive crowds. The summer season lasts from April through October, and the animals are eager to see your smiling face.

Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307, USAMay – Creekside Park (Gahanna)

May – Creekside Park (Gahanna)

OhioTea/Trip Advisor

Tucked away in a shopping plaza in Gahanna, there’s a little-known waterfall park that features the perfect blend of adventure and modernity. It’s surrounded by natural beauty and boardwalk trails, but it’s just minutes away from patio dining and plenty of shopping.

Creekside Drive, Creekside Dr, Columbus, OH, USA

June – Land of Illusion Aqua Adventures (Middletown)

Land of Illusion/Facebook

One of Ohio’s newest water parks, this picturesque beach also features a massive inflatable obstacle course that’s insanely fun. Other activities here include horseshoes, corn hole, paddle boarding and more. Land of Illusion Adventure Park is all sorts of fun!

Land of Illusion Adventure Park, 8762 Thomas Rd, Middletown, OH 45042, USA

July – Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve (Rockbridge)

Shankar R/Trip Advisor

Separate from (but close to) the beloved Hocking Hills State Park, this underrated nature preserve is just as inspiring as other popular hiking areas in the region, such as Old Man’s Cave. You’ll encounter several small waterfalls, steep cliffs and deep green everywhere you turn. It’s the perfect place to get away and connect with nature, and its gorge is said to be one of the deepest in Ohio.

Conkles Hollow, Benton Township, OH 43149, USA

August – Ohio History Center (Columbus)

Jonathan B/Trip Advisor

The Ohio History Center tells the story of Ohio. You’ll learn about everything from the discovery of ancient Indian cultures and artifacts to the history of farming and public transportation. While you’re here, you’ll also want to stroll through Ohio Village (pictured), a recreated 19th-century community.

Ohio History Center, 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211, USA

September – High Voltage Indoor Karting (Medina)

High Voltage Indoor Karting/Facebook

High Voltage Indoor Karting in Medina features Ohio’s only indoor and outdoor track. You’ll zoom in and out in electric, high speed go-karts that are insanely fun to drive. This track is the first in Ohio to feature electric, high-speed Italian go-karts. You’ll be able to reach speeds of 45-50 mph if you choose. Plus, it’s just outside of Historic Medina Square, so there’s much to see and do just around the corner. The entirety of Medina’s attractions make it among the best day trips in Ohio.

High Voltage Indoor Karting, 333 Foundry St, Medina, OH 44256, USA

October – Tree Frog Canopy Tours (Glenmont)

Tree Frog Canopy Tours/Facebook

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, this attraction is permanently closed. Need a little adventure in your life? You’ll find the longest, fastest and smoothest zipline course in Ohio at Tree Frog Canopy Tours. Tucked away in Glenmont, Ohio you’ll find this one-of-a-kind canopy course, which features stunning views of the gorgeous Mohican area. In the fall time, it’s unbelievably beautiful. This view of the foliage is one every adventurous Ohioan should experience!

21899 Wally Rd, Glenmont, OH 44628, USA

November – Bear’s Mill (Greenville)

BuckeyeAdventures/TripAdvisor

If you enjoy Ohio history, nature and antiques, this is one historical landmark that belongs on your bucket list. Bear’s Mill is one of the few working grist mills still operating in America. It’s an Ohio treasure that dates back to 1849. Today, you can take a self-guided tour of this fascinating landmark. It’s open year-round and you can even observe grinding demonstrations on Saturdays.

Bears Mill, OH 45331, USA

Historic Roscoe Village/Facebook

Complete with horse-drawn canal boat rides, living history tours and old-fashioned shops, this is one town everyone in Ohio needs to explore at least once. During the holiday season, the historic homes and shops come alive with a special kind of Christmas cheer. The Roscoe Village Christmas Candle Lighting is a one-of-a-kind holiday event that celebrates Ohio Christmases past and present.

600 N Whitewoman St, Coshocton, OH 43812, USA

What do you think? Do you agree these are some of the best places to visit in Ohio?  What other places would you add to our list of the best day trips in Ohio? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Craving more creative Ohio day trip ideas? Fortunately for you, Ohio is overflowing with fascinating destinations. The Wilds in Cumberland is out of this world, and the Ohio State Reformatory is almost otherworldly. Embrace your inner adventurer and you’re sure to fit right in.

Address: Mad River Mountain, 1000 Snow Valley Rd, Zanesfield, OH 43360, USA

Address: The Book Loft of German Village, 631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA

Address: Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, OH 44843, USA

Address: Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307, USA

Address: Creekside Drive, Creekside Dr, Columbus, OH, USA

Address: Land of Illusion Adventure Park, 8762 Thomas Rd, Middletown, OH 45042, USA

Address: Conkles Hollow, Benton Township, OH 43149, USA

Address: High Voltage Indoor Karting, 333 Foundry St, Medina, OH 44256, USA

Address: Ohio History Center, 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211, USA

Address: 21899 Wally Rd, Glenmont, OH 44628, USA

Address: Bears Mill, OH 45331, USA

Address: 600 N Whitewoman St, Coshocton, OH 43812, USA

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