Explore Four Manmade Wonders of Ohio

Ohio ingenuity abounds in every major city and small town. But here, we’ll explore just four intriguing manmade wonders: Big Muskie’s Bucket, The Bridge to Nowhere, Fountain of Lights, and The Great Stone Viaduct.

Big Muskie” used to be the biggest earth-moving machine in the world. Today, you can sense its size by standing inside the enormous bucket, which is now a roadside tourist attraction.

The Bridge to Nowhere is in Euclid’s Hillandale Park. Nearly 100 years ago, the bridge was completed, but no roads were ever connected to it. The project was scrapped after the 1929 market crash. Its “S” curve over the valley in the woods is a peculiar site.

The Fountain of Lights at Riverscape Metropark in Dayton is one of the largest fountains in the world. The series of five 60-foot-high fountains shoots over 2,500 gallons of water per minute, 200 feet high and over 400 feet across, an amazing spectacle seen miles away.

The Great Stone Viaduct in Bellaire was part of the country’s longest railroad system. Over 150 years later, a massive renovation project turned the top into a walking trail and overlook. It is Reminiscent of a Roman aqueduct.

For more “Ohio Manmade Wonders,” visit Ohio Man-Made Wonders | Ohio Traveler.

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Four Corners of Ohio Family Fun

We’re cornering Ohio family fun. Enjoy these four street corner destinations for your day trip entertainment.

At the corner of Jackson Street and W. Washington Street in Sandusky, Ohio, is the Merry-Go-Round Museum. Grab your popcorn, cotton candy, and wooden token — and take a ride through carousel history.

At the corner of Main and Broadway in Sugarcreek, Ohio, is the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock in the center of what is known as the “Little Switzerland of Ohio.”

At the corner of Memphis Avenue and Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn, Ohio, is Memphis Kiddie Park. The iconic children’s amusement park has been putting smiles on faces since 1952!

At the corner of Fourth Street and Main Street in Mansfield, Ohio, is the Richland Carrousel Park. It offers a giant Merry-Go-Round for old-fashioned fun in a modern setting.

For more “Cornering Ohio,” visit https://www.ohiotraveler.com/cornering-ohio/.

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10 Places To Go Wild In Ohio

Go Wild, Ohio, with these 10 Animal Attractions 

African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton offers drive-thru and walk-thru safaris featuring over 400 exotic animals. Visitors can also enjoy Camel Rides, Animal Shows, and Pig Races. Click here to plan your visit. 

Akron Zoo has six diverse themed areas where visitors can explore and experience over 700 animals and 90 different species. Click here to plan your visit.

Butterfly House at Wheeler Farms is an enchanting climate-controlled world of over 1,000 butterflies. Also, enjoy the outdoor butterfly gardens. Click here to plan your visit.

Cleveland Aquarium is on the ground floor of a powerhouse constructed in 1892 to provide electricity to streetcars. The unique building and history are woven into a fantastic undersea world. Click here to plan your visit. 

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest claims North America’s largest collection of primate species. It also has an enormous two-acre indoor tropical rainforest. Click here to plan your visit. 

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden opened 140 years ago. Over 1.5 million people visit over 500 animal and 3,000 plant species annually. Click here to plan your visit. 

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium features species from around the globe, from its world-famous gorilla family to the world’s largest snake in a zoo and unique sharks. Click here to plan your visit. 

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge features bird-watching over 7,000 acres of wetlands and woodlands. It’s a top North American destination for migratory and songbirds. Click here to plan your visit. 

Toledo Zoo and Aquarium houses the internationally famous Hippoquarium®. Other exhibits that make this zoo special are the Arctic Encounter, Frog Town, and Primate Forest. Click here to plan your visit. 

The Wilds offers safaris across its 10,000 acres and is one of the world’s largest and most innovative conservation centers.  It is home to rare and endangered animals from around the globe.  Click here to plan your visit.

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Northeast Ohio Cheese

Say, Cheese, Northeast Ohio!

Northeast Ohio is the heart of the cheese wheel! Great cheese shops and houses with delicious varieties abound. But know this: nothing is more untrue than the saying, “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” Be sure to visit Guggisberg, Heini’s, Middlefield, Shisler’s, and others. Each one is a treat!

Formerly a Northeastern Ohioan, I’ve played house in Southwest Ohio for over 20 years. Holidays and special occasions mean trekking up I-71 from Cincinnati to Cleveland to see the rest of the family. My daughter was in from Washington, D.C., and shared that her friends are amazed that she’s never been to Grandpa’s Cheesebarn. I had to admit that I had never been either. She laughed and said something to the effect of, “Some OhioTraveler you are.”

Well, I couldn’t let that stand. I saw the billboard and counted the miles. Exiting, my daughter perked up, noticing this was no ordinary pitstop. As we rolled into the parking lot, only a few hundred feet off the highway, we rattled my son’s cocoon to tell him to get ready to get out. It was cold, snowy, and quite crowded. It was a novel place, quaint and grand at the same time, attracting locals and travelers alike.

We spent much longer browsing and shopping than we ever thought we would. Even the college-age son was impressed, and that doesn’t happen often. Albeit, it took him a bit to come around. Maybe it was his sister filming him with her phone when the song Dominic the Donkey started playing across the store. His name is Dominic, and he learned to despise the festive holiday sing-a-long because his family and friends always targeted him when it played. Anyway, he smiled and bobbed his head and shoulders with the tune like a good sport until he subtly shared a hand gesture with perfect rhythm for his sister to see. She squeaked an approving laugh, proud of her teasing.

Our basket turned into baskets. In them went Amish country jams, local honey, home-smoked meats, cheese, cheese, and more cheese.

Oh, my goodness, homemade chocolates and fudge, too!

It’s good that this was the holiday season, so we didn’t have to barter with a weight-weary conscience. Anything goes until the New Year!

My daughter started blurting out strange words like “Charcuterie” and pairing our selected cheese varieties. My eyes glazed over until my attention turned to the history of this cheese establishment, which dates back to 1978.

It’s the tale of two grandpas. Grandpa Yarman came on the scene a little over a hundred years ago. After selling his prized portable RCA radio for his first wheel of Ohio Swiss cheese, he fell in love and opened his own cheese house in West Salem, Ohio. But Grandpa’s Cheesebarn in Ashland, Ohio, was started by Yarman’s daughter Vera and her husband, known as Grandpa Baum, along with their daughter and son-in-law. The generational handing of the baton created the family tradition of seeking the best cheese makers around. And today, two additional locations are in Norton and the Summit Mall in Fairlawn.

Grandpa’s Cheesebarn’s collection of 120 kinds of cheese features varieties produced by small local Amish farms and nearby Holmes County cheese makers. They also import from Scotland, Ireland, Finland, Holland, and elsewhere.

Just as we rang up the grocery list that we didn’t know we had, my daughter exclaimed, “Now let’s go over to the other building where there’s a café and CHOCOLATE.

Plan a trip to Grandpa’s Cheesebarn and Sweeties Chocolates at https://www.grandpascheesebarn.com/. And as the sign says, “Savor the Experience.” We did!

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun 

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Best Ohio Christmas Destinations

Ohio’s top Christmas Destinations and Holiday Attractions include but are not limited to:

America’s largest year-round indoor Christmas entertainment attraction at Castle Noel.

A Christmas Story House where you get to walk through a movie set location for the popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” which has been restored just as it was when it was filmed.

Holiday Parades like the legendary Lebanon Horse-drawn Carriage Parade.

Historic Homes like Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, where you may walk through affluent Christmas past.

Magnificent Ohio light displays like the Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.

Christmas Towns like Cambridge and Steubenville: Stroll old-world England in Dickens Victorian Village or among a hundred life-size nutcrackers in the Nutcracker Village.

An immersive Christmas experience at Kringle’s Inventionasium Experience.

Special Events like the Christmas Candlelighting in Historic Roscoe Village.

Christmas on stage with a variety of performing arts across the state.

And, of course, Christmas Trains from the Polar Express to Santa Junction.

That rounds out our TOP-1O ideas to enjoy Ohio’s Christmas and holiday season.

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Ready. Aim. Coshocton.

Hunters across the United States recognize Coshocton County, Ohio, as the place for game. It’s often ranked as the top county in Ohio for deer kills and is consistently ranked in the top three. But it’s really open season year-round for a variety of prey.

Hunting animals is what put man atop the food chain. It was essential to his evolution. Meat-eating supercharged human brain activity by giving it the calories needed to advance. Man’s brain uses far more energy than any other muscle in the body. Once this incredible energy source was introduced to his diet, man surged ahead of all living creatures on Earth. Today, man still has an incentive to hunt that dates back over two million years – food.

“In my family, we don’t kill it unless we are going to eat it,” said Scott Hosier, an avid hunter, and fisherman.  …Click Here Read More…

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Ohio Memorial Weekend Destinations

Here are 16 Ohio Memorial Weekend destinations that truly symbolize the holiday and our remembrance of those who died in active military service.

Champaign Aviation Museum

Fallen Timbers Battlefield

Fort Jefferson

Fort Meigs

Fort Recovery

Fort Steuben

Mansfield Soldiers & Sailors Memorial

MAPS Air Museum

McCook House Civil War Museum

Motts Military Museum

Ohio Veterans Museum & Hall of Fame

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

National Veterans Memorial & Museum

Spirit of ’76 Museum

USS Cod Submarine Tour

WACO Museum

These are just 16 Ohio Memorial Weekend places to go or things to do out of many others, with military collections at various historical museums, events, and sites. Visit www.OhioTraveler.com to see these sections of the website for more ideas of where to go on Memorial Day in Ohio or discover other places for long weekend getaways.

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Top 50 Attractions in Ohio

Standouts in Ohio Tourism

Over the years, we have recognized 50 of the top attractions or destinations in Ohio travel and tourism. In the coming years, we’ll continue our journey until we discover the TOP-100 attractions in Ohio. See 51-100 as they are added over time by clicking here.

Here are our top 50 out of 100 Standouts in Ohio Tourism in no particular order:

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

Clifton Mill 

Contemporary Arts Center

The American Sign Museum

Great Mohican Pow-Wow


Bear’s Mill

Historic Sauder Village

African Safari Wildlife Park:

The Toledo Museum of Art

Castle Noel

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Rainbow Hills Vineyards

Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival

All American Soap Box Derby

Historic Roscoe Village

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center

Cedar Point

Freedom Center

Hocking Ice

House from a Christmas Story

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Cincinnati Union Terminal

Wake Nation

Original Bob Evans Farm

Hartman Rock Garden

Allen County Museum

Warther Museum

Ye Olde Mill

Shadowbox Live

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

Buckin’ Ohio


Topiary Park

KD Guest Ranch

The Wilds

National Museum of The U.S. Air Force

The RainForest

Ohio State Reformatory

Jungle Jim’s International Market


West Side Market

EnterTRAINment Junction

Ohio Caverns

The Unusual Junction

Memphis Kiddie Park

For a guide to all Ohio travel and tourism destinations listed on OhioTraveler.com, CLICK HERE.

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