Best in Ohio 2023

By the Editors

Many of us love to travel, and one of the best states to visit might just be Ohio. From its vibrant cities and charming small towns to its stunning countryside and beautiful forests, every corner of this state has something worth seeing.

But how do you pick where to go first? That’s where the inaugural Best in Ohio awards come in. We asked people across the Midwest to vote for their favorite attractions in the Buckeye State, from parades and zoos to outdoor recreation and fall drives. These awards recognize the best of the best in the state, as selected by Midwestern travelers.

So read on to learn about the Best in Ohio and why Ohio is such a great place to visit.


Columbus Zoo & Aquarium 
4850 W. Powell Road, Powell.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Art Center/Museum
Dayton Art Institute 
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton.

Dayton Art Institute

Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
692 Madison Road, Cincinnati.

Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St., Cincinnati. 513-281-4700

Children’s Museum
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery 
2600 DeWeese Pkwy, Dayton.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

City Park
Eden Park
950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati

City Street Art
BLINK Cincinnati 

BLINK Cincinnati

Drive In Theater
Holiday Auto Theater
1816 Old Oxford Road/OH-130, Hamilton

Entertainment Destination
Cedar Point 
1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky.

Cedar Point

Garden Shop
Grandma’s Gardens
8107 S. OH-48, Waynesville.

Heritage Attraction
National Veterans Memorial and Museum
300 W. Broad St., Columbus,

Historical Attraction
Cooke-Dorn House History Museum
1415 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.

History Museum
Carillon Historical Park
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton.

Homestead Furniture
8233 OH-241, Mt Hope. 866-674-4902

Hotel & Hospitality
The Summit Hotel
5345 Medpace Way, Cincinnati.

Local Museum
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati.

Movie Theater
Mariemont Theatre
6906 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB

Music Venue
Fraze Pavilion
695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering.

Fraze Pavilion

Performing Arts
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Dayton. 937-228-3232

Photo Op
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

Public Art Collection
Harmon Museum
105 S. Broadway, Lebanon.

Public Square
Fountain Square 
520 Vine St., Cincinnati.

Fountain Square

Quirky Museum
National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting
8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester. 513-777-0027

Science Center/Museum
333 W. Broad St., Columbus.


Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2 Hippo Way, Toledo. 419-385-5721

Fairs, Festivals & Parades

Art Fair/Festival
Ohio Renaissance Festival 
10542 OH-73, Waynesville.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Beer Festival
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Community Parade
Arts in the Alley and Community Parade
Grove City.

County Fair
Brown County Fair
325 W. State St., Georgetown.

Fall Festival
Lebanon Apple Festival

Food & Drink Festival
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
174 S. Main St., Waynesville. 513-897-8855

Holiday Light Display
Historic Clifton Mill 
75 Water St., Clifton. 937-767-5501

Historic Clifton Mill

Summer Festival
Dayton Celtic Festival

Food & Drink

Holston’s Baking Co.
922 OH-28-BR, Unit F, Milford. 513-900-9797

Bar Crawl
Bar Crawl Live – Cleveland

Midwest Best BBQ and Creamery
669 Justice Court, Loveland. 513-965-9000

Little Miami Brewing Company 
208 Mill St., Milford.

Little Miami Brewing Company

Brewery Tour
Cincy Brew Bus
Cincinnati. 513-258-7909

Black Horse Tavern
27 S. Broadway, Lebanon. 513-932-5065

Cheese Shop
Dorothy Lane Market
Locations in Dayton, Washington Township and Springboro.

Chef Vitor Abreu, Vitor’s Bistro & Sushi Bar
1932 Jamison Road, West Harrison, IN. 812-637-3663

Coffee Shop
Ghostlight Coffee – Historic South Park 
1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton.

Ghostlight Coffee

Gervasi Vineyard
1700 55th St. NE, Canton. 330-497-1000

Distillery Tour
Watershed Distillery
1145 Chesapeake Ave., Suite D, Columbus. 614-357-1936

Farmers Market
2nd Street Market
600 E. Second St., Dayton. 937-228-2088

Fast Food
The Rootbeer Stande
1727 Woodman Drive, Dayton. 937-640-1114

Hotel Bar
Southerby’s Pub in The National Exempler
6880 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati.

Hotel Restaurant
609 Walnut St., Cincinnati. 513-578-6660

Ice Cream Parlor
The Cone
6855 Tylersville Road, West Chester. 513-779-7040

Landmark Restaurant
Orchids At Palm Court
35 W. Fifth St., inside Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati. 513-421-9100

Taqueria Mixteca Mexican Restaurant
1609 E. Third St., Dayton. 937-258-2654

New Restaurant
Wolf Pack Chorus
2175 Cornell Road, Cleveland. 216-229-1111

HIdden Valley Orchards
5474 N. OH-48, Lebanon.

Joe’s Pizza Napoli 
507 Chamber Drive, Cincinnati. 513-248-0082

Joe’s Pizza Napoli

Public Market
Findlay Market 
1801 Race St., Cincinnati.

Tony Packo’s Restaurant
Locations in Toledo, Sylvania and Maumee.

Seafood Market
Lobsta Bakes of Maine
3533 Church St., Newtown. 513-561-0444

Jungle Jim’s International Market 
Locations in Fairfield and Cincinnati.

Jungle Jim’s International Market

Sweet Shop
Esther Price Candies
Locations in Dayton, Cincinnati and Clayton.

Vinoklet Winery
11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati. 513-385-9309

Winery Restaurant
Valley Vineyards
2276 E. US 22 & 3, Morrow. 513-899-2485

Winery Tasting/Tour
Hanover Winery
2165 Morman Road, Hamilton. 513-863-3119


Heart of Ohio Antique Center
4785 E. National Road, Springfield. 937-324-2188

Holiday Market
Mistletoe Market Days – Grove, City
Grove City. 614-539-8762

Kirk & Company Jewelers
117 Main St., Milford. 513-575-5475

Main Street Shopping
Waynesville Merchants Association

Polaris Fashion Place
1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus. 614-846-1500

Shopping Center
Easton Town Center
160 Easton Town Center, Columbus.

Specialty Shop
Loralei’s Boutique
43 W. Franklin St., Centerville. 937-528-6861


In-Person Sportsbook
Eldorado Scioto Downs
6000 S. High St., Columbus. 614-295-4700

Private Game Reserve
Egypt Valley Wildlife Area
Interstate 70 and OH-800, Piedmont.

Professional Sports Team
Cincinnati Bengals
1 Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati.

Ski/Snow Park
Mad River Mountain
1000 Snow Valley Road, Zanesville. 800-231-7669

Sports Bar
Jimmy B’s Sports Bar & Grill
606 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati. 513-753-9464

Sports Museum
Pro Football Hall of Fame 
2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton. 330-456-8207

Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton

Sports Venue
Ohio Stadium
411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus.

Tailgate Experience
Cleveland Browns
100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland.

Youth Sports Venue
Warren County Sports Park at Union Village
1408 OH-741, Lebanon. 513-204-7053


5 Star Hotel
The Ritz Carlton Cleveland
1515 W. Third St., Cleveland. 216-623-1492

Adventure Activity
ZipZone Outdoor Adventures
7925 N. High St., Columbus. 614-847-9477

Cedar Point Beach
1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky. 419-627-2350

Bed & Breakfast
Landoll’s Mohican Castle
561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville. 419-994-3427

Boutique Hotel
Glidden House
1901 Ford Drive, Cleveland. 216-231-8900

Business Hotel
Marriott at the University of Dayton
1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. 937-223-1000

Casino Hotel
Hampton Inn and Suites Columbus Scioto Downs
5950 S. High St., Columbus. 614-491-3800

City Hotel
The Lytle Park Hotel
311 Pike St., Cincinnati. 833-999-3295

College Town
Oxford, Ohio

Country House/Cabin
Country Cabin of Hocking Hills
McArthur. 800-519-7910

Culinary City

Fall Drive
Hocking Hills 

Hocking Hills

Family Attraction
Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Team
220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton.

Family Beach Resort
252 W. Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton. 419-732-6684

Family Getaway
Glacier Hill Lakes RV Resort
11675 Wapak-Freyburg Road, Wapakoneta. 419-738-3005

Family Resort
Long’s Retreat Family Resort
50 Bell Hollow Road, Latham. 937-588-3725

Ferry Boat
Jet Express
Locations in Port Clinton and Sandusky.

Historic Hotel
Mariemont Inn
6880 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati. 513-271-2100

Historical Site
Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve
6123 OH-350, Oregonia.

Honeymoon Destination
Inn & Spa Cedar Falls
21190 OH-374, Logan. 740-385-7489

Hotel Pool
Best Western Sycamore Inn
6 E. Sycamore St., Oxford. 513-523-0000

Indoor Adventure Park
Sky Zone – Belden Village
4381 Whipple Ave. NW, Belden Village.

Island Destination

New Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Dayton
124 Madison St., Dayton. 937-965-7500

Pet Friendly Hotel
Hearthstone Inn & Suites
10 S. Main St., Cedarville. 937-766-3000

Romantic Hotel
Hearthstone Inn & Suites
10 S. Main St., Cedarville. 937-766-3000

Romantic Hotel
Symphony Hotel & Restaurant
10 W. 14th St., Cincinnati. 513-721-3353

Small Town
Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Yellow Springs

Sports Facility
Aces Pickleball + Kitchen
2730 Maverick Drive, Cincinnati. 513-778-8555

Summer Resort
Camp Cedar Outdoor Resort
5158 Kings Island Drive, Mason. 513-701-9635

Unique Stay
BrewDog DogHouse Columbus Hotel and Brewery
96 Gender Road, Canal Winchester.

Waterfront Hotel
Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers
1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky. 419-627-2350

Wildlife Destination
The Wilds
14000 International Road, Cumberland. 740-638-5030

Winter Getaway Hotel
Burr Oak State Park Lodge
10660 Burr Oak Lodge Road, Glouster. 740-767-2112

Winter Recreation
The Chalet – Cleveland Metroparks
16200 Valley Pkwy in Mill Stream Run Reservation, Strongsville. 440-572-9990

Travel Industry

Dayton International Airport
3600 Terminal Drive, Dayton. 937-454-8200

Boat Tours & Water Sports
Great Lake Boat Charters

Limousine Rental Company
Wright Party Bus and Limousine
2057 Lyons Road, Miamisburg. 513-428-1108

Local Airport
Lunken Airport
262 Wilmer Ave., Cincinnati.

Online Travel Campaign/ Social Media
Summer Thrills in Grove City

Online Travel Guide

Printed Travel Publication
Greene County Ohio Visitors Guide
Greene County.

Sightseeing Tour Company
American Legacy Tours
1332 Vine St., Cincinnati. 859-951-8560

Travel Agency
Cindy Berre Travel

Travel Marketing Company
Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Travel Organization
Visit Cincy

Travel Transportation
Westwind Limousine Service
Dayton. 937-898-9000

Visitors Center
Fairfield County Ohio Visitors and Convention Bureau


Adventure Course
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours 
10714 Jackson St., Rockbridge. 740-385-9477

Hocking Hills Canopy Tour

Bike Trail
The Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail
Connects Newtown to Springfield.

Natural Springs Resort
500 S. Washington St., New Paris. 937-437-5771

Miami Valley Gaming
6000 OH-63, Lebanon. 513-934-7070

Corn Maze
Tom’s Maze
4881 Germantown-Liberty Road, Germantown. 937-866-2777

Ghost Tour
Riverside Jaycees Haunted Castle & Trail
1213 Old Harshman Road, Riverside. 937-254-2576

Glacier Hill Lakes RV Resort
11675 Wapak-Freyburg Road, Wapakoneta. 419-738-3005

Golf Course
NCR Country Club
4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering. 937-299-3571

Group Tours
Riverside Food Tours

Haunted Attraction
The Ohio State Reformatory
100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield. 419-522-2644

Hiking Trail
Horseshoe Falls Trailhead

Hotel Pool
Best Western Sycamore Inn
6 E. Sycamore St., Oxford. 513-523-0000

Indoor Water Park
Great Wolf Lodge
Locations in Mason and Sandusky.

Four Seasons Marina
4853 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. 513-321-3300

Hazzards Mini Golf
6240 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. 937-233-4706

Outdoor Water Park
Kroger Aquatic Center At The Heights
8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. 937-669-3483

Place to Paddle
Trapper John’s Canoe Livery
7141 London-Groveport Road, Grove City. 614-877-4321

Pumpkin Patch
Blooms & Berries Farm Market and Garden Center
9669 S. OH-48, Loveland. 513-697-9173

Blooms & Berries Farm Market and Garden Center

Kilkare Raceway
1166 Dayton-Xenia Road, Xenia. 937-429-2961

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
4888 N. Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake. 866-806-8066

Roller Coaster
The Beast
6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island.

Run or Race
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
Cincinnati. 513-721-7447

RV Park
Natural Springs Resort
500 S. Washington St., New Paris. 937-437-5771

Spa & Wellness Sanctuary
Spa Walden
1119 Aurora Hudson Road, Aurora. 330-562-5508

Spa Experience
Woodhouse Spa – Liberty Twp.
7272 Liberty Way, Liberty Township. 513-755-4530

Specialty Shop
Hocking Hills Market
26758-26790 US-33, Rockbridge.

State Park
John Bryan State Park
3790 OH-370, Yellow Springs.

Tent Camping
East Fork State Park Campground
2837 Old State Route 32, Batavia.

Theme Park
Kings Island
6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island.

Travel Organization
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Stations in Akron and Peninsula. 330-439-5708

Travel Transportation
Hocking Hills Railway
33 W. Canal St., Nelsonville. 855-323-3768

Women’s Retreat
Native Wellness + Co.

Yoga Retreat
Hope Springs Institute
4988 Mineral Springs Road, Peebles. 937-587-2602