There are so many fun things to do in Ohio with kids! Whether you live here or plan to visit, these Ohio attractions for families make for fun day trips, staycations or vacations for all ages!
From beaches to hills, farmland to caves, you can just about find it all in Ohio! If you’re looking for a museum, an outdoor adventure, an indoor water park or the best donut you’ve ever tasted, you won’t be disappointed!
The beach in Vermilion, Ohio is beautiful!
With a population of over 11 million people, Ohio is the 7th largest state in the United States. Ohio is bordered on the north by Lake Erie and the south by the Ohio River. The entire state includes 3,877 square miles of water. (And yes, there are actually beaches in Ohio!)
I grew up in Ohio and I have lived here for the majority of my life. That’s a lot of time spent exploring Ohio! Even after all these years I continue to be surprised by the diversity of scenery that can be found in this underrated midwest state!
There are so many hidden gems in Ohio! From the hills of Hocking Hills to the farmland of Amish Country to the shores of Lake Erie, traveling to a new part of the state can feel like an unexpected getaway!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Columbus is tons of fun for kids!
Ohio’s slogan is “So Much to Discover” and it couldn’t be more true! There is so much to love about Ohio! I think you might be surprised at all the fun things there are to do in Ohio! Take a look through this list of fun things for families to do in Ohio and plan your next day out!
25 Super Fun Things to do in Ohio with Kids
If you're planning a trip to Ohio or you live here already and you're looking for a new idea for a family-friendly outing, this list will be a great starting point!
Ohio has so many attractions for families and you'll never run out of things to do! Whether it be indoors or outdoors, for teens or for toddlers, you're sure to find a new idea on this list of 21 fun things to do with kids in Ohio!
Take an open air safari trip through the 10,000 acre safari park where animals can come right up to the tram! You’re still in Ohio but you will feel like you have taken a trip to an exotic location!
See giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, and more! The Wilds is one of the largest conservation centers in the world and on your trip you will not only see amazing animals, but you will learn how conservation efforts are bringing these animals back from extinction!
This natural play area is made up of three “Play Forms”: The Ramps, Towers and Platforms. There are several climbing structures, a rope hammock, wall climbing, rope climbing, a small zip line and lots of opportunities to hide and seek!
Beyond the Ninja Course, there are many other fun things for kids to do in the park including an obstacle course (great for teens), a wetland education center and a a playground.
This museum in Dayton is home to all things Air Force! It's amazing AND it's free to visit
There are four large buildings that house flight simulators, a space shuttle replica, a presidential gallery featuring several Air Force Ones, plus planes from the various wars, photo galleries, life sized historical depictions and much, much more!
One of the top science museums in the country, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has something for kids (and adults) of all ages!
There are 2 full floors of hands-on science exhibits with different themes from Oceans to Gadgets to Energy, a cafe, a little kidspace that’s perfect for the 6 and under crowd, a permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery and seasonal, traveling exhibits.
Put-in-Bay is not just a party island, there's plenty of fun for families! Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is all about family fun.
Options for activities here include Perry’s Cave, Gemstone Mining, The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay, War of 1812 Holes Miniature Golf, Gotcha Laser Tag, Fort aMAZE’n, Rock Climbing Wall, Antique Car Museum, gift shops and DanDee’s Snack Shack!
Butler County, Ohio, just 20 minutes North of Cincinnati and 90 minutes south of Columbus boasts the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest – maybe even in the country!
The Butler County Donut Trail consists of 13 stops. At any stop you can pick up a Passport to keep track of your progress! At each stop, get the passport stamped with the official Donut Trail stamp and when you’re finished, you can turn in or mail in your passport to the Butler county Visitor’s Bureau to receive an official t-shirt!
The A-Ha Children's Museum is tons of fun for kids! Themuseum contains a water play area, building blocks, a construction vehicle and fire truck to climb in, pretend fishing, dinosaur digging, and a “real life” play area that contains a house, grocery store, pizza shop and more!
There is also a separate space for art projects and classes and a new outdoor nature playscape for outdoor fun!
The Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is 2 floors of imaginative play for young children. The museum is geared toward children up to 12 years of age and has been in downtown Mansfield since April, 2011.
The museum contains a baby play area, dinosaur digging, and lots of areas for imaginative play like a grocery store, mechanic shop, veterinarian’s office and much, much more!
The OSU Airport was recently remodeled and offers a great observation deck for watching planes take off and land. The terminal also has educational displays about the history of flight and the Ohio State University Ariport.
On stie is a great restaurant, The Barnstormer Diner!
This museum offers so much to see for train lovers! Displays include train cars you can walk through plus train memorabilia like lanterns, uniforms, signs, buttons, and objects used on trains like china, linens and more!
There is also a gift shop and picnic shelter on site.
Kids will love to visit Stratford Ecological Center where they can visit with animals in the barn, pick their own fruits and vegetables, take a leisure walk to the pond or attend a story time or special program.
I hope this list has inspired you to try something new with your kids! My family is always on the hunt for unique things to do in Ohio! We love exploring our home state!
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