Besides being an important electoral state, Ohio also is a vacation destination. With theme and state parks, this state that borders a Great Lake has more to offer than steel and presidential elections. While there are destinations specific to some demographics, there are plenty of others that cater to families.
Cedar Point is the largest amusement park in Ohio. Open from May through November, Cedar point offers worldclass roller coasters, antique car shows, a water park, a devoted children's park and a bevy of gastronomic offerings. In addition to rides and food, Cedar Point has a full lineup of entertainment shows. Some of these include a country western musical show, a children's puppet show and the Starlight Experience -- a full-scale, multisensory virtual trip across the American frontier.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
One Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Cleveland Zoo, established in 1892, is the seventh-oldest zoo in America. In addition to the standard animals found at most zoos, the Cleveland Zoo has a self-contained, 2-acre park mimicking a rainforest. The zoo grounds cover 165 acres of land and feature animals and attractions from every continent. In addition to guided and audio tours, visitors can take virtual tours or take classes with their children to learn about animals' mating habits, migration patterns and natural habitats in the wild.
Cleveland MetroParks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, Ohio 44109
Lakeside is a quiet village on the coast of Lake Erie, a Great Lake. The town resembles a Victorian-era hamlet with period-style homes and buildings. The streets in the town are nearly car-free, and biking abounds. Lakeside also is a welcome retreat from the consumeristic behavior so rampant in other parts of the country. Visitors can enjoy shopping on quaint streets, and beach-going at Lake Erie. Some consider Lakeside a virtual trip back to the 1950s, when everything was "slower."