Ultimate Guide to Family Vacations in Ohio

Just a few years ago, the phrase “family vacation” evoked visions of endless road trips with everybody wondering if we’re there yet, or of parents, kids, and the family dog huddled in a small tent during a downpour. But family vacations have evolved considerably. Today families traveling together have many more choices of where to go and what to do, and they are choosing to turn their vacations into opportunities for adventure and learning. In fact, adventure travel, educational travel, and multi-generational travel are three of this year’s hottest family travel trends.

With its varied landscape, rich natural history, and many attractions, Ohio appeals to adventure seekers, education lovers, and even those who just want to relax. Whether you are planning a trip for a week or a weekend, here is your ultimate guide to family vacations in Ohio.

Hocking Hills State Park

Families traveling to southeastern Ohio can take advantage of two more of the state’s amazing natural resources: Hocking Hills State Park and the adjacent 240,000-acre Wayne National Forest. These are excellent places to combine nature education with good old fashioned fun. Kid-friendly activities include camping, swimming, canoeing, easy hiking, rock climbing, and zip lining (contact Hocking Hills Canopy Tours).


Columbus also boasts a popular zoo (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium) and science center (COSI Center of Science and Industry), as well as the Ohio State Fair, which is one of the largest state fairs in the U.S. In addition, the city plays host to many art, music, and food festivals throughout the year.

Only in Ohio

Ohio also has many one-of-a-kind destinations, including Marion’s Wyandot Popcorn Museum, Dayton’s 63-acre Carillon Historical Park, Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, and southwest Ohio’s Horsefeathers Farm, which specializes in Australian wildlife.

Traveling provides families with opportunities to learn and explore together, and what’s more, taking family vacations is linked to higher academic achievement in children. What are you waiting for? Book your Ohio family vacation today.