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50 thingd to do in Ohio



By D. Rock

This year the band "Journey" was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
And since I am so "Faithfully" in love with Ohio. I decided to celebrate their
accomplishment by creating a "journey" through Ohio.

To add a little "Rock" to this year's challenge, you will find a song by an artist/and or artists that has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. I hope you have as much fun as I had listening
to many of these classics as you explore my favorite state Ohio.

Let's get started!

For printable checklist click here.

Since summer is almost here, our first song is by The Beatles (1988) – Here Comes the Sun

1. Catch up on your Rock history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Song: Rock and Roll Music – Chuck Berry (1986)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum website.
2. Enjoy an Ohio small town festival.
Song: Small Town – John Mellencamp (2008)

Click here for list of Ohio festivals.
3. Visit three (3) places on the Adventures in Northeast Ohio Map.
Song: Fun, Fun, Fun – Beach Boys (1988)

Click here to view map.


Take in a musical, play or comedy act.
Song: Dancing Queen – ABBA (1976)

Opera Western Reserve - Youngstown (NE OH)
Play House Square - Cleveland (NE OH)
Rabbit Run Theater - Madison (NE OH)

The Ohio Light Opera - Wooster (NE OH)
The Youngstown Playhouse - Youngstown (NW OH)
Trumpet in the Land - New Philadelphia (NE OH)
Weathervane Community Playhouse - Akron (NE OH)

5. Visit one of our Lake Erie Islands.
Songs: The Tide is High – Blondie (2006)

Click here to learn more about things to do in the Islands, as well as transportation.

Before you go you may want to download your Lake Erie Shores & Islands Travel Guide. You will also want to print off your Lake Erie Shores and Islands Shore Savings Card for even more area discounts.

Explore one of our Ohio wineries or breweries.
Song: I Heard It Through the Grapevine" – Marvin Gaye (1987)

Click here to find an Ohio winery.

Click here to find an Ohio brewery.

Northcoast Grapevine Tours offers a great way to enjoy touring out local wineries. For more info website.

7. Get your wild side on. Take a trip to one of our local zoos.
Song: Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed

Akron Zoo - Akron (NE OH)
Cincinnati Zoo - Cincinnati (SW OH)
Cleveland Meroparks Zoo and Rainforest - Cleveland (NE OH)
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Columbus (Central OH)


Enjoy a day at an Ohio County Fair.
Song: Let The Good Times Roll – Ray Charles (1986)

Click here for a list of Ohio fairs.

Some of our readers favorite fairs are:
Ottawa County Fair (July 17-23)
Medina County Fair (July 31-Aug 5)
Ashtabula County Fair (August 8-13)
Portage County Fair (Auguat 22-27)
Mahoning County Fair
 (August 30 - September 4)
Geauga County Fair (Aug 31- Sept 4)
Wayne County Fair (September 9-14)
and of course the Ohio State Fair (July 26 - Aug 6).


Take in the beauty of one of our local Botanical Gardens.
Song: Garden Party – Ricky Nelson (1987)

Click here to view our list of beautiful Ohio gardens.

Cleveland Botanical Gardens -Cuyahoga County (NE OH)
Fellowship Riverside Gardens - Mahoning County (NE OH)
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Central OH)
The Holden Arboretum - Lake County (NE OH)
Secrest Arboretum -Wayne County (NE OH)
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens - Ottawa County (NW OH)

Local Visitor Bureau

10. Enjoy a morning hike in one of Ohio's State or local Parks.
Song: Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens (2014)

Click here for a list of Ohio State Parks.

11. Go fishing on Lake Erie.
Song: The Dock at the Bay – Otis Redding (1989)

Not sure how to fish? Many of our local county parks offer fishing programs, as well as the State of Ohio Division of Wildlife. Make sure you purchase a fishing license. Click here for more information.

Check out these lists: Lake County CVBAshtabula CVB or Lake Erie Shores & Islands.


Make a run to Ohio Amish Country.
Song: If I Were A Carpenter – Bobby Darin (1990)

Click here for additional information about Ohio Amish Country.



Visit one of Ohio's Presidential sites.
Song: America – Neil Diamond (2011)

Click here for a list of Ohio Presidential sites.

14. Take a drive on one of Ohio's Scenic byways.
Song: Roll Me Away – Bob Seger (2004)

There is The Ancient Ohio Trail, Ohio & Erie Canalway - Byway, Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway, The Shawshank Trail and more.

Click here
for Ohio Scenic byway information.

15. Visit one of Ohio's castles.
Song – Castles in the Sand – Stevie Wonder (1989)

Stan Hywet Hal & Gardens - Akron (NE OHO)
Piatt Castles - West Liberty (NW OH)
The Historic Loveland Castle and Museum - Loveland (SW OH)


Take a canoe ride through Mohican Country.
Song: River Deep Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner (1991)

For current conditions, river map and liveries click here.
Local Visitor Bureau


Visit one of Ohio's air museums.
Song: Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd (1996)

Historical Aircraft Squadron - Carroll (Central OH)
International Women's Air and Space Museum  (NE OH)
Liberty Aviation Museum - Port Clinton (NW OH)
MAPS Air Museum - Canton (NE OH)
National Museum of the US Air Force - Dayton (SW OH)

18. Hower House

Visit an Ohio historical home.
Song: Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynrd (2006)

Arms Family Museum, Youngstown (Mahoning County) 
Hower House Victorian Mansion, Akron (Summit County) 
Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas (Richland County)

For a list of more historical places click here

19. BluJazz

Enjoy a night of jazz at an area Jazz Club.
Song: Everyday I Have the Blues – B.B. King (1987)

Dick's Den- Columbus (Central OH)
Night Town - Cleveland (NE OH)
Blu Jazz - Akron (NE OH)
Jazz Central - Dayton

20. Cuyhoga Valley Scenic RR

Take a train ride.
Song: Downtown Train – Rod Stewart (1994)

Click here for train information.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Independence, OH website
AC&J Scenic Line, Jefferson, OH website or (Ashtabule County)
The Orrville Railroad, Orrville, OH website (Wayne County)

(For the train lover their is The Ohio Railway Museum located in historic Worthington, OH. For more info website and Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum located in Bellevue, OH. For more info website.


Go up and down. Head up the to the top of the terminal tower and down the USS Cod
Song: Up There Down There – Patti Smith (2007)

Head up to the observation deck of Terminal Tower for a breath taking view of Cleveland and Lake Erie. To purchase tickets click here

Then venture down into the USS Cod SS224 World War Fleet II Submarine


Visit an area animal refuge like The Wilds.
Song: Wild One – Jerry Lee Lewis (1986)

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (encompasses more than 9000 acres along the shore of western Lake Erie) website
Noahs Lost Ark, Berlin Center website (Mahoning County)
The Wilds, Cumberland website (Guernsey County)


Take a step back in time and learn about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad in Ohio.
Song: Brothers in Arms – Joan Baez (2017)


James A. Garfield National Historic Site- Mentor - (NE OH)
Civil War Encampment July 15-16, 2017

Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum, Ashtabula (NE OH)

Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment & Encampment - Bath - (NE OH)
August 12-13, 2017.
For more information click here.

The American Civil War Museum of Ohio, Tiffin (NW OH)

Johnson's Island Confererate Officers Prison Cemetery
, Marblehead, OH (NW OH) 

Take a self-guided Underground Railroad Tour. A brochure that offers a narrative as you take the self-guided tour throughout Erie County. Brochures and maps can be obtained from the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center -East. For more information click here


Look at the stars through the Oberle telescope at Oberle Observatory & Robert McCullough Science Center. (Geauga County)
Song: Rocket Man – Elton John (1994)

For more information website.

Or check out these Planetariums:
Hoover Price Planetarium, Canton website (Stark County)

Shafran Plametarium and Mueller Observatory
at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland website (Cuyahoga County)

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
, Bay Village website (Cuyahoga County)

Ward Beecher Planetarium-Youngstown State University, Youngstown. For more information click here. (Mahoning County)


Try your hand at Geocaching.
Song: One Way or Another – Blondie (2006)

Click here for more information.

26. Visit one of Ohio's waterfalls.
Song: Teardrops Fall Like Rain – The Crickets (2012)

Suggested locations:
Big and Littl Lyons Falls - (Mohican State Park) (NE OH)
Blue Hen Falls - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE OH)
Brandywine Falls - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE OH)
Great Falls of Tinkers Creek - Bedford (Cleveland Metroparks) (NE OH)
Hayden Falls and Indian Run Falls- Dublin (Central OH)
Lanterman's Falls - Youngstown (Mill Creek Metroparks) (NE OH)
Upper Falls, Lower Falls and Cedar Falls - Hocking Hills State Park (SW OH)

27. Enjoy a Cleveland Orchestra Concert at Blossom Music Center.
Song: Firth of Fifth – Genesis (2010)

Click here for concert information.

28. Visit and snap a picture of all 19 covered bridges in Ashtabula County or visit one of the other covered bridges in Ohio.
Song: Seven Bridges Road – Eagles (1998)

Ashtabula County Bridge information click here.(NE OH)
Covered Bridge at Lanterman's Mill - Mill Creek Metroparks (NE OH)
Everett Covered Bridge - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE OH)
Fairfield County Covered Bridge informastion click here. (Central OH)

29. Experience the "Art" side of Northern Ohio.
Song: Colour My World – Chicago (2016)

Akron Art Museum - Akron (NE OH)
Butler Art Museum - Youngstown (NE OH)
Cincinnati Art Museum - Cincinnati (SW OH)
Cleveland Museum of Art - Cleveland (NE OH)
Columbus Art Museum - Columbus (Central OH)
Massillon Museum of Art - Massillon (NE OH)
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art - Cleveland (NE OH)
Toledo Art Museum - Toledo (NW OH)

30. Take a ride on the St. Helena III Canal Boat.
Song: Cruisin' – Smokey Robinson (1987)

Canal Fulton, OH (Stark County)
For more information click here.


Take yourself out to the ballpark.
Song: Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones (1989)

Cleveland Indians, Cleveland
Akron Rubber Ducks, Akron
Cincinnati Reds - Cincinnati
Lake County Captains, Eastlake
Toledo Mud Hens, Toledo

32. Visit Glacial Grooves on Kelleys Island.
Song: Feeling Groovy - – Simon & Garfunkel (1990)

Click here to learn more.


Learn to paddle board, kayak or sail a boat.
Song: I Will Go Sailing No More – Randy Newman (2013)

Ohio State Parks - Paddle Ohio - click here.


Shop till you drop on Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale
Song: Key to the Highway – Eric Clapton (2000)

For additional information website

Local Visitor Bureau

35. Greys Armory Go on a ghost hunt.
Song - Welcome to My Nightmare – Alice Cooper (2011)

Click here for ghostly things to do in Ohio.


Fly through tree tops on a Zip-Line.
Song: Fly Like an Eagle – Steve Miller (2017)

Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure - Strongsville (NE OH)
Tree Frog Canopy Tours - Glenmont (NE OH)
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours - Rockbridge (SW OH)

37. Castle Noel

Visit the Christmas Story House and Museum or Castle Noel
Song: Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney (1999)

Visit Castle Noel in Medina County where it is always a holiday. Take a picture next to Cousin Eddie's trailer. Slide down the "Christmas Story" slide. Visit "Whoville." For more information website

If you really like Christmas why not spend a night in the Christmas Story House? For further details and for tour information visit website.


Challenge yourself to eat three local foods.
Song: Burger Man – ZZ Top (2004)


  • Eat a pierogi. For places to sample a pierogi click here.
  • Enjoy a piece of Amish pie. For places serving the best pie click here.
  • Have a piece of Lake Erie fish. Walleye or Perch.
  • Master a "Slymans" corned beef sandwich.
  • Enjoy a famous Barberton Chicken Dinner.
  • Lobster Bisque from Boardwalk on Put-in-Bay.
  • Hot dog from Tony Packos
  • Eat a Swenson's Galley Boy Burger.
  • Enjoy a cannoli in Little Italy.
  • Enjoy a bag of fresh roasted peanuts or cashews from Heggy's.

39. Be a kid again, take an old fashioned Carousel ride.
Song: Forever Young - Bob Dylan (1988)

Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel - WRHS (NE OH)
Merry Go Round Museum - (NW OH)
Richland Carrousel Park - (NE OH)

40. Visit a police museum.
Song: Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley (1986)

Cleveland Police Museum - Cleveland (NE OH) FREE
Greater Concinnati Police Museum - Cincinnati (SW OH) FREE


Attend a rodeo at Buckin' Ohio or other Ohio rodeo event.
Song: Ghost Riders In The Sky – Johnny Cash (1992)

Buckin' Ohio - Medina (NE OH)
Fox Hollow Rodeo - Waynesville (SW OH)


See how many roller coasters you can ride in Ohio.
Song: Thriller – Michael Jackson (2001)

Cedar Point - (NE OH)
Kings Island - (SW OH)

Local Visitor Bureau for Cedar Point

43. Visit and/or find all of our Ohio Lighthouses.
Song: I Can See For Miles – The Who (1990)Shores & Island Lighthouse Tour

Click here for Ohio lighthouse information.

Make sure to also check out:
Maritime Museum of Sandusky - website
Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum - website


Spend an evening enjoying music at one of our area parks.
Song: MacArthur Park – Donna Summer (2013)

Click here for a listing of area concerts.


Head to one of Ohio's beaches and enjoy the day.
Song: Hot Fun In The Summertime – Sly and the Family Stone (1993)

Make sure you stay for the sunsets!
Edgewater Beach - Cleveland Metroparks (NE OH)
Headlands Beach State Park
- (NE OH)
Huntington Reservation - Bay Village (NE OH)
Lake Erie Bluffs - Perry Township (NE OH)
Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lake Front (NE OH)
Shores & Island Beaches - click here
Muskingum Watershed Beaches - click here


Explore one of Ohio's many caves.
Song: Sixteen Tons – The Platters (1990)

Click here for a listing of Ohio caves.

47. Explore one of our local birding trails.
Song: Three Little Birds – Bob Marley (1994)

Grab your binoculars and explore one of our local birding trails. Or learn more about our feathered friends during one of the many bird events happening throughout the year. For more information see our Ohio bird page.

48. See a movie the old fashioned way at a Drive-In Theater.
Song: Saturday Night at the Movies – The Drifters (1988)

Here are just a few Northern Ohio drive-in theaters. 
Blue Sky Drive-In, Wadsworth, OH website (Medina County)
Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In, North Ridgeville, OH website (Lorain County)
Midway Twin Drive-In, Ravenna, OH website (Portage County) 
Mayfield Road Drive-In, Chardon, OH website (Geauga County) 

49. Go shopping in small town or "Main Street".
Song: Material World – Madonna (2008)

Beachwood, Ohio
Main Street Medina, Ohio
Main Street Painesville, Ohio
Main Street Wadsworth, Ohio
Main Street Wellington, Ohio
Main Street Wooster, Ohio


Pay respect to the 'father of rock', Alan Freed, by visiting his final resting place at Lake View Cemetery. Alan Freed's Monument is in the shape of a jukebox with his image on one side and a jukebox on the other.
Song: Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley (1987)

Click here for information about Lake View Cemetery.

I hope you have the opportunity this summer to complete one or all fifty of the items on
this year's Rockin' Ohio list.

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