Best Ohio Attraction (2017)


The Buckeye State, also known as the Gateway to the West, embodies not only the spirit of the Midwest, but the spirit of the nation as a whole. Within its bounds, travelers can ride a buggy through the country's largest Amish community, tour one of its greatest art collections, ride one of its fastest roller coasters and see some of its oldest manmade structures.

  • Toledo Museum of Art

    Toledo Museum of Art

    Some 30,000 works of art – among the best collections in the country – is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art's 35 galleries. Notable artists represented here include Manet, Picasso, Rembrandt, Miró, Degas, Monet and van Gogh.
    Photo courtesy of Toledo Museum of Art

  • National Museum of the Great Lakes

    National Museum of the Great Lakes

    Over a thousand years of Great Lakes history is on display at this Toledo Museum. The collection includes 300 artifacts and 40 interactive exhibits, including the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship.
    Photo courtesy of National Museum of the Great Lakes

  • Cedar Point

    Cedar Point

    Located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point bills itself as "the roller coaster capital of the world" with 17 thrilling coasters covering 10 miles of track (out of more than 70 total rides). The 364-acre park has a history dating back to 1870, making it the second oldest continually operated amusement park on the continent.
    Photo courtesy of TourismOhio,

  • Amish Country

    Amish Country

    While Ohio is home to numerous Amish communities, the heavy concentration of them in the northeastern part of the state make it a popular destination for those looking to learn more about the Amish lifestyle.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Amish Country

  • Hocking Hills State Park

    Hocking Hills State Park

    Caves, cliffs and waterfalls number among the many natural attractions that make Hocking Hills State Park such a breathtaking place. Ten miles of hiking trails connect the park's many points of interest.
    Photo courtesy of TourismOhio,

  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

    Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

    Stan Hywet Hall, Akron, Ohio's first and largest National Historic Landmark, is the nation's sixth largest historic home open to the public. The Tudor mansion was built by Goodyear Tire & Rubber co-founder F.A. Seiberling between 1912 and 1915, and in 1957 the Seiberling children gifted Stan Hywet to Akron. 
    Photo courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

  • Put-in-Bay


    Each year, more than 1.5 million people come to Ohio's Put-in-Bay to enjoy the Victorian architecture, outdoor recreation and small town charm of this Lake Erie resort community.
    Photo courtesy of Lake Erie Shores and Islands

  • Franklin Park Conservatory

    Franklin Park Conservatory

    The 88-acre Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio includes 83,000-square-feet of greenhouse space, a signature collection of works by Dale Chihuly on long-term display, a community garden, two rooftop gardens and a mile-long walking loop connecting it all together. 
    Photo courtesy of TourismOhio,

  • Cleveland Museum of Art

    Cleveland Museum of Art

    At the center of University Circle, the Cleveland Museum of Art encompasses some 70 galleries with art spanning from Mediterranean antiquity to the modern day. There's a little bit of everything here, including works by Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh and Michelangelo. Even non-art lovers will have something to look at – Egyptian mummies, African masks and a collection of medieval weaponry.
    Photo courtesy of TourismOhio,

  • Cincinnati Museum Center

    Cincinnati Museum Center

    The Cincinnati Museum Center comprises numerous cultural attractions, including the historic Union Terminal, Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum and OMNIMAX Theater.
    Photo courtesy of TourismOhio,


The top 10 winners in the category Best Ohio Attraction are as follows:

  1. Toledo Museum of Art - Toledo
  2. National Museum of the Great Lakes - Toledo
  3. Cedar Point - Sandusky
  4. Amish Country
  5. Hocking Hills State Park - Logan
  6. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - Akron
  7. Put-in-Bay
  8. Franklin Park Conservatory - Columbus
  9. Cleveland Museum of Art - Cleveland
  10. Cincinnati Museum Center - Cincinnati

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Anietra Hamper (, Sarah Jaquay and Heather Rader (Ohio Girl Travels) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in the state.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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