THINGS TO SEE & DO IN
THINGS TO SEE & DO IN
Activities and events in Ashland County are as varied as the people who live and work here. Culture buffs enjoy the performances and exhibitions of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Regional Ballet, Hayesville Opera House, Ashland Chautauqua, Coburn Art Gallery and the Renaissance Performing Arts. For a true down-to-earth experience, try the Antique Tractor & Engine Show or the DAL-E-NAL Classics & Museum. And when you need to get in tune with nature, visit one of Ashland County’s beautiful parks, where woodland creatures and meandering rivers take you away from it all!
- Ashland Symphony Orchestra: Carrying on a nearly half-century tradition, the orchestra’s 60-plus members perform from July through April with performances such as “Pops in the Park” and Divinely Dvořák.
- Myers Memorial Band Shell: Throughout the summer, local bands bring the Ashland community together for free concerts performed Sunday and Thursday evenings on the Band Shell stage. The Chautauqua Historical Series and wonderful family shows grace the Band Shell as well, as residents join in fellowship and delight.
- Ashland BalloonFest: Stage performances, sport tournaments, exhibits, food vendors and, of course, gorgeous hot-air balloons light up the city of Ashland every June for a celebration like no other. This is truly an event for all ages — fun for everyone!
- Mohican State Park: In the heart of Loudonville, the 1,110-acre Mohican State Park and adjacent State Forest provide recreational opportunities including fishing in the Mohican River, which runs through the park, plus hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, camping and staying in one of the quaint cottages or the well-appointed resort lodge.
- Historic Ashtabula Harbor: Home to what was once one of the busiest and most dangerous ports in the world, the Historic Ashtabula Harbor has transformed itself into a robust food scene that is home to chef-inspired and award-winning restaurants. Retail businesses, boutiques and art galleries line the street, giving visitors and regulars alike a year-round shopping opportunity. During the summer, huge freighters arrive at the dock, allowing visitors to the Historic District to look on as these large ships unload their cargo just a few feet from the Bascule Lift Bridge.
- Covered Bridges: Ashtabula County boasts 19 covered bridges including the longest and shortest covered bridges in America! Peak viewing begins in late September with fall foliage. Grab a copy of the covered bridge driving tour and visit all of the covered bridges at the annual Covered Bridge Festival, the 2nd week of every October.
- Wineries: The area is a mecca for grape growing with its proximity to the lake. And grape growing equals wine making! Wineries are populating the area with entertainment options that include wine tasting, tours, and live music. Just a few to check out include: Ferrante Winery offers an upscale fine dining menu, wine tasting and entertainment on weekends.DeBonne Vineyards Inc. & Double Wing Brewing Co. has wine and beer tastings, cellar tours and entertainment on weekends.M Cellars is a young company that has blossomed since opening in 2012. The offerings include a rental venue overlooking the vineyards, tastings and entertainment events.Kosicek offers beautiful views of wine country and is in walking distance of upscale lodging, Vineyard Woods. Visitors can enjoy wine tasting, appetizers, and entertainment on weekends.Red Eagle Distillery offers their own homemade vodka and whiskey in a variety of mixed drinks.Laurello Vineyards, a boutique winery in Geneva, features award-winning handcrafted wines.
- Outdoor Recreation: With 27 miles of Lake Erie Shore, the area boasts a number of beaches and parks for all types of outdoor recreation. For example, Ashtabula Township Park-Lake Shore Park offers family fun with a playground, sand beach, boat launch and disc golf. If you’re after season hunting for small game, waterfowl and deer or fishing, Geneva State Park is for you. The state park also offers a hiking trail, picnic pavilions and Ohio’s newest state park resort and conference center. Ashtabula County MetroParks – Western Reserve Greenway Trail is a 41-mile paved trail through Ashtabula and Trumbull counties. The Ashtabula trail portion is mostly rural and runs along farms and through wooded areas. Walnut Beach is a city-owned park that features a wildlife preserve, swimming beach, playground, volleyball courts, bocce and a short boardwalk. is within walking distance of the Historic Ashtabula Harbor, the Hubbard House and Maritime Museum, and other community parks. Conneaut Township Park which resembles that of the beach of Normandy France, visit their annual D-Day Re-Enactment which attracts nearly 30,000 spectators each year.
No matter where you go in Columbiana County, you’re likely to run into a park or two. This area is rich with nature, so get out your hiking shoes and tackle box! Check out the Museum of Ceramics, too.
- Museum of Ceramics: Known during the 19th and 20th centuries as the Pottery Capital of the USA, East Liverpool was at one time home to more than 300 potteries. The Museum of Ceramics celebrates that history through exhibits featuring thousands of examples of pottery created in this area.
- Beaver Creek and Guilford Lake State Parks: Hikers, mountain bikers, campers, hunters and
anglers love the 2,722-acre Beaver Creek State Park, just outside of East Liverpool, for its trails,
lush vegetation, wildlife and smallmouth and rock bass. Guilford Lake State Park in Lisbon provides campsites, boat launch ramps and a fishing pier, plus opportunities to ice skate and ice fish in the winter.
Whether you enjoy parasailing, wine tasting, thrill-seeking or arts and culture, you’ll find activities and adventures in Erie County. Here’s just a taste:
- Cedar Point: Long heralded as The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, Cedar Point amusement park is known worldwide for its thrilling rides, including the Maverick, Millennium Force, Valravn and Top Thrill Dragster — plus, coming in 2018, Steel Vengeance! Located in Sandusky, Cedar Point offers fun for everyone, with rides and entertainment for all ages, plus Cedar Point Shores Water Park and Cedar Point Beach.
- Water Parks: Sandusky is also renowned for its waterparks: Kalahari, Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay and Maui Sands. Take your pick of indoor or outdoor water fun, and enjoy on-site lodging if you care to stay.
- Kelleys Island: This Erie County treasure is the largest American island in Lake Erie; its northern border is just a few miles shy of Canada. Swim, fish, scuba and kayak off the island, or rent a golf cart or bicycle to explore activities ranging from dining and wineand beer-tasting to bird-watching, putt-putt, horseshoes, basketball and nature walks.
- Wineries: Firelands Winery, Quarry Hill Winery and Paper Moon Vineyards are just a few of the wineries you’ll discover in this region. Erie County and its neighboring counties are famous for their broad array of winery experiences.
Looking for thrills or ways to chill? It’s all in Huron County, where you can go to the racetrack, take a hot-air balloon ride, visit a winery or practice your golf swing. Here a few places to explore:
- Summit Motorsports Park: Racing enthusiasts get their adrenaline rush as cars, motorcycles and trucks show off their power at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. Look for exciting new events as well as classic including “Night Under Fire,” the largest, longest single-day drag race in the world; the “Blue Suede Cruise” and the “Halloween Classic.”
- Parks and Athletics: Enjoy the great outdoors and sports of all kinds at the parks and recreational facilities located throughout Huron County. Monroeville, New London, Norwalk, Plymouth Village and Willard City all offer public parks, some with playgrounds, baseball fields, tennis courts and sledding hills; some with opportunities to camp, boat, hunt, fish, swim and ice skate. The city of Norwalk also features the Ernsthausen Community Complex, with pools, a sauna, an indoor playground, a gymnasium, an indoor rubber track, racquetball courts and exercise equipment.
- Firelands Historical Society Museum: The oldest museum in Ohio houses amazing pieces of local history, including an extraordinary collection of Native American artifacts, a superb gun collection and many other historical items. Located in a beautiful two-story home, the museum is across the
street from the Laning-Young Research Center, which has a 4,000-volume library of historical and genealogical material, plus a new interactive American Indian Research Center and other exhibits.
From fishing to boating and cycling, Lorain County has a number of options:
- Lorain County Metro Parks: The 135-acreCascade Park, located near Downtown Elyria, offers residents and visitors more than 100 activities to enjoy. From education to art to horseback riding, there’s something for everyone here.
- Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail has 27 miles long offering beaches, kayaking, paddling, multi-sport and adventure.
- Lake Erie Crushers are a professional baseball team in the independent Frontier League. The team plays at Sprenger Stadium, built and owned by the City of Avon in 2009. Families can enjoy a big league experience without a big league price. The stadium holds 5,000, including 3,000 box seats and 11 private suites. It also offers picnic and patio areas for group outings.
- Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin is run by Oberlin College and is ranked among one of the finest college or university museums in the country. The collection of art, extraordinary old master and 19th century paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, is housed in an Italian Renaissance-style building.
For additional information about things to do and see in Lorain County, go to visitloraincounty.com
From ski resorts, golf courses and world-class racetracks to theaters, art galleries and outdoor concerts, Richland County is a fun place to be year-round. Especially fun: festivals including the Prairie Peddler Festival, Lexington Blueberry Festival, Shelby Bicycle Days and Bellville World’s Fair, plus:
- Mansfield Historic Carrousel District: Shop and dine at more than 60 unique specialty shops and eateries located in and around the historic Carrousel District in downtown Mansfield. You can enjoy outdoor concerts and the farmers’ market here, too.
- World-class Racing: Enjoy the thrilling pace of racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and dirt track racing at Mansfield Motor Speedway.
- Richland B&O Trail + Mansfield City Bike Loop: Walk, bike or cross-country ski on this family-friendly 18-mile paved bike path that connects two of Richland County’s quaint towns. Entry points along the trail make entering and exiting easy.
- Ohio State Reformatory: The inmates are long gone, but the history of this amazing structure lives on. Tour the halls where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed, and enjoy the beautiful architecture of this building, where so many infamous prisoners were housed.
- Wine & Ale Trail: Sip your way through the area’s wineries, breweries and wine bars, many located in interesting sites — a bank vault, blueberry plantation and former mortuary, for example.
From golf and other outdoor recreational activities to arts and entertainment to museums and historic sites, Tuscarawas County has plenty of fun activities. Here are a few to get you started:
- Historic Schoenbrunn Village: It’s tough to choose from the 20-plus museums gracing Tuscarawas County, but this one, celebrating Ohio’s first settlement, is certainly special. Founded in 1772 as a Moravian mission, Schoenbrunn Village has been reconstructed to appear as it did nearly 250 years ago. Also be sure to visit the home of the World’s Master Carver Ernest Mooney Warther and tour the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, a National Historic Landmark.
- Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail: Each year, more than 2.5 million Americans hike this iconic 85-mile trail, which runs through the heart of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, crossing through Tuscarawas, Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga counties. Want more outdoor fun? Try ziplining at Woods Tall Timber Resort, kayaking down the Tuscarawas River or visiting one of the area’s many parks.
- Performing Arts Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas: This contemporary 50,000-square-foot, 1,100-seat theater at the Kent State Tuscarawas campus in New Philadelphia showcases the talents of students in productions that consistently earn them acclaim. The Ohio Star Theater in Sugarcreek, and Amish Country Theatre in Walnut Creek, turn out stellar performances as well.
Visit a working farm or go to the opera! Try these wonderful Wayne County experiences:
- Ramseyer Farms: Family-friendly fun is the focus at Ramseyer Farms, a working farm in the heart of Wayne County. Open in September and October, the farm features two giant corn mazes, corn slides, Hide & Slide Hill with tunnels and 60-foot slides, hayrides, animals, pedal cart race tracks, pumpkin picking and more!
- Wooster Symphony Orchestra: College of Wooster students join Wayne County musicians as the Wooster Symphony Orchestra continues its 100-year tradition of creating magical performances for the community.
- Vulture’s Knob Mountain Bike Park: For outdoor enthusiasts, it doesn’t get much better than the biking trails at Vulture’s Knob. Check out Wayne County’s other parks and nature preserves as well, including Killbuck Marsh and Funk Bottoms wildlife areas, Johnson Woods nature preserve and Secrest Arboretum botanical garden.
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