By Ohio.org Staff
Posted On: Sep 3, 2021
There’s no season more amazing in Ohio than fall – it’s the perfect time to create new memories. Here are the top 100 things to do in Ohio this fall. So get out, explore and adventure!
NOTE: Check directly with the places before your visit to stay up to date on all health and safety precautions.
Festivals and Entertainment
Rise up at ZOMBIEzi Bay! The waterpark in Powell transforms into a spooky spot for Halloween fun this year, and will run from Sept. 17 – Oct. 31.
Get comical at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. The comics, art and animation festival features some amazing guests. This year’s festival runs from Sept. 30 – Oct. 3.
Find your inner flower child at the Sunflower Festival (Oct. 2-3) at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale.
Have a haunting good time at Ohio History Connection‘s “All Hallows Eve” special event, which takes place every weekend in October.
Join the best Halloween traditions with Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (Oct. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 & 29-31), or check out Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s HallZOOween (Oct. 16-17, 23-24 & 30-31). And don’t forget to stop by Cleveland Metropark Zoo’s Trick-or-treat Fest (Oct. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 & 29-31), Toledo Zoo & Aquarium’s Little Boo (Oct. 14-15) and Akron Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo (Oct. 16-17, 23-24 & 30-31).
Jam out at the Hocking Hills Music Festival in Southeast Ohio from Oct. 8-9.
Find fun for the family when you visit The Bob Evans Farm Festival (Oct. 8-10). You’ll experience exciting entertainment and unique demonstrations the entire family will enjoy. Devour farm favorites and participate in fun contests!
Go gaga for gourds when you see who wins the coveted “Great Pumpkin Trophy” at the Circleville Pumpkin Show. The iconic event (Oct. 20-23) is one of the nation’s largest pumpkin festivals, and full of your favorite pumpkin delicacies.
Dress to impress with Columbus’s iconic Highball Halloween on Oct. 23.
Take a look it’s in a book at the Buckeye Book Fair. From Nov. 5-6, Ohio writers and illustrators will share all things literary and bookish.
Head out on an adventure with the perfect combo of family-friendly fall fun!
Snag the perfect apples for your next fall recipe at an Ohio orchard.
Find the perfect pumpkin when you stop by one of these best Ohio pumpkin patches.
Take to the trails for more family-friendly fall hikes.
Roast s’more marshmallows at one of Ohio’s perfect places for your next bonfire.
Reach for the stars at John Glenn Astronomy Park in Hocking Hills that’s equipped with a huge sundial and telescopes for your budding astronomer. For even more stellar fun, check out the Moon & Back Road Trip!
Get away from it all in the fall! Take a long weekend to enjoy the beautiful scenery throughout Ohio with some amazing fall getaway inspiration.
Visit the old stomping grounds with the family when you head back to your favorite Ohio college town. These spots are perfect for a fall-color inspired road trip!
Check out the fall foliage and stunning views on the Scenic Route Road Trip.
Go on a Fall Color inspired adventure! Get the full color report, courtesy of ODNR.
“Hang out” among fall foliage at these seven best places to hammock in Ohio.
Let the sunshine in when you sit on the Solstice Steps at Lakewood Park along Lake Erie.
Go aquatic at Ohio’s Scenic Rivers.
Revel at Ohio’s best back roads motorcycle rides.
It’s the most scenic time of the year, enjoy the changing colors at these spots perfect to peep fall foliage colors.
Taste pumpkin spice and everything nice at these local coffee shops serving up fall flavors.
Eat your way through history at these historic restaurants.
Embark on your next foodie adventure with the Foodie Road Trip.
Warm up for National Noodle Day (Oct. 6) by visiting these Ohio noodle shops.
Pair your wine with Ohio cheese. Get a slice from fave spots like Guggisberg Cheese in Millersburg or Grandpa’s Cheesebarn in Ashland. If you’re looking for more than a slice, check out the Ohio Cheese Guild‘s “Cheese Trail.”
Sip some seasonal suds from local craft brewers.
Get in the spirit with Ohio’s top distilleries.
Bee adventurous and try one of Ohio’s local meaderies – like Brother’s Drake – for a glass of mead (aka honey wine).
Showcase your Ohio pride (and appetite) by touring the Buckeye Candy Trail. Sample the best buckeye candies the state has to offer!
Stuff your pie-hole with a piece from the best places to get pie in Ohio.
Sample fresh cider at MacQueen’s Apple Barn & Cider Mill in Holland.
Reap the benefits of the harvest by picking up produce from local farmers markets.
Have a ghoulish time when you dine at newly opened The Haunted House Restaurant in Cleveland. The restaurant takes its inspiration from iconic horror movies — like the “Nightmare on Elm Street” Corn appetizer dish. Everyone will be scarily impressed when you remember that movie takes place in the fictional town of Springwood.
Stay the night, if you dare at these haunted getaways.
Descend into fear as you take on the Sandusky County Dungeon Tours– an adventure that takes you into spirit world of the 1840’s Dungeon and Gallows Exhibition Hall.
Listen to stories of the past at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, where ghosts of dead soldiers will rise with the tales of years-gone-by during a frightfully fun stroll through the grounds. Or chase your fears at Camp Chase in Columbus, the site of a former Confederate prison and two-acre cemetery that’s a hotbed of ghostly sightings.
Be grave at these Ohio cemeteries.
Time travel to the 19th century western town. But beware, there’s more lurking at “Terror Town” than what meets the eye.
Glimpse into the paranormal world on a tour of The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, part of the ever-spooky Haunted Mansfield Trail. For even more bone-chilling thrills, check out Escape from Blood Prison.
Take a walk on the spectral side with the Marietta Ghost Trek. And check out some haunted walking tours like those put on by Columbus Ghost Tours and Haunted Tiffin Ghost Walks. Or try the “Queen City is Haunted” tour from American Legacy Tours in Cincinnati. For even more spirited fun, check out Nightly Spirits new Cincinnati Tour (opening weekend Sept. 9-11).
Discover details from famous funerals at the Famous Endings Museum in Dover – with artifacts and items from the funerals of Abraham Lincoln, Joe DiMaggio, Princess Diana and more. And indulge your morbid curiosity at the Peoples Mortuary Museum in Marietta.
Get witchy and learn about Ohio’s only witch trial (1805). For more witchcraft, check out the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick in Cleveland. Or shop for all your witchy needs at spots like WitchLab in Columbus, Brewing Intuition in Hilliard, Lake Witch in Lakeside, Coven in Cleveland and Diamyn’s Crystal Bar in Cincinnati.
Search for Bigfoot in one of Ohio’s State Parks.
Have a terrifyingly a-maiz-ing time in the Field of Fright at The Maize at Little Derby Creek. Open Friday and Saturday nights from Oct. 8-30.
Arts and Culture
Speak in the “royal we” when you visit these Ohio castles.
Marvel at Ohio’s historic homes and estates.
Get an idyllic look at what it’s like to live and play in Ohio on the Charming Towns Road Trip.
Artfully explore the new Art Road Trip, featuring 12 stops of public art, museums, murals and more.
Patchwork your way through Ohio’s Quilt Barn Trails, like the Clothesline of Quilt Barn Trails and the one in Gallia County. Plus, you can brush up on your history with Ohio’s painted and art barns. Featuring portraits ranging from Annie Oakley to Tecumseh. And don’t forget to check out Sandusky County’s Barn Mural Trail for even more iconic sights.
Become a work of art at the the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. The Cleveland stop runs from Sept. 9 – Jan. 2, and Columbus runs from Oct. 28 – Jan. 2. Experience even more of the artist with Columbus Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources” (Nov. 12 – Feb 6). And don’t forget to stop by “The Van Gogh Effect” exhibit (Sept. 24 – March 27) at Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art.
Enjoy your Sunday morning cartoons at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus.
Stretch your legs on one of Ohio’s best walking tours.
Hitch a ride on an authentic riverboat queen along the Ohio and Muskingum rivers on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler in Marietta.
Take your season to new heights at Start Skydiving in Middletown, one of the top five largest drop–zones in the world. Or take your skydiving inside at iFLY in Cincinnati. You can also check out Cleveland Skydiving Center and Skydive Greene County in Xenia.
Take the skies with a hot air balloon ride from Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Company.
Drive into your next adrenaline rush with an off-road ATV tour at NevilleBillie Adventure Park in Logan.
Feel the need for speed at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Here you can get behind the wheel and fuel your adrenaline rush by handling high-performance vehicles.
Motorcycle along the Three Rivers Ride in Coshocton County.
Gear up for a day of excitement at local paintball courses like LVL UP Sports in Grove City.
Barn at Yoder’s Family Farm in Holmes County
Choose Your Own Adventure
Search for fossils at Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville. The trilobite is Ohio’s state fossil and a highly prized find! Be sure to stop in and get a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers at the park, then you can hunt away. Or head to the Olander Park System in Sylvania for more fossil hunting adventures.
Follow the clues on local scavenger hunts from groups like Urban Adventure Quest in Columbus or bring the adventure inside with Let’s Roam’s In-Home Scavenger Hunts. For more, try your hand at the Lancaster, Toledo and Akron Scavenger Hunts (check out all of their Ohio offerings online).
Glimpse a unique perspective by visiting Ohio’s oddest attractions.
Score a touchdown when you travel the sports-inspired Winning Drive Road Trip. Learn all about the nation’s first professional baseball club in Cincinnati and how Canton is the founding spot of professional football.
DIY and pour your own candle. Create fall-scented magic at Petals & Wicks in Hamilton. Or get crafty in Columbus at Makers Social (a full service bar and DIY shop), learn to crochet with tutorials from TLYarnCrafts and journal with Scribble‘s illustrated activity cards.
Don’t get board this season! Lots of local libraries let you check out board games, like Bexley Public Library or Mentor Public Library. For a more digital experience, you can check out a video games from Clark County Public Library, the Stark Library or the Columbus Metropolitan Library. If you’d like even more game time, play the card game Medium (designed by two Columbus locals) or go classic with a round of UNO — who’s inventor, Merle Robbins, is from Ohio!
Feel like you’re inside of a video game when you visit Otherworld. The 32,000-square foot immersive art installation on the East Side of Columbus encourages you to touch, climb and open everything everything you discover.
Get nostalgic and pick up some vinyl at an Ohio record store. Or take a listen to some Spotify curated Ohio. Find It Here. playlists like the Scenic Route, Foodie, Vibrant Cities, Family Fun and Rock & Ride.
How many things will you check off your Fall bucket list this season?