Off the Beaten Path in Ohio

4 attractions you won’t find anywhere else but Ohio

By Terry Troy

From body ink and alternative music to road races that wax incredibly nostalgic, Ohio is home to several quirky events and locations that offer unique travel experiences


Mark your calendars for July 19–21 and visit the old Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Those are the dates of the Inkcarceration Festival, an outdoor music festival that celebrates cutting edge-alternative music and body ink.


If you’re a fan of classic cars but want a little more action than just attending a classic car show, head over to Put-In-Bay for the Vintage Road Races September 17-19. Classic sports car owners are recreating the post-World War II road races around the island from 1952–1959 and again in 1963. Many well-known sports car racers of that era—Chuck Dietrich, Carl Haas and Chuck Stoddard, for example—got their start in racing on the challenging, fast, rough and narrow course at Put-in-Bay.

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The western Ohio Village of Bradford is home to a unique railroad museum that’s worth a stop. The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum celebrates the city’s history as one of the most important junctions in our nation’s early rail system. Located in the old Bradford National Bank Building, all three floors feature interactive exhibits.


Ohio’s wine industry is one of the largest in the nation (ranked No. 7) and is home to more than 320 wineries. While there are plenty of wineries throughout the state, eastern Lake County and Ashtabula County are home to over 30 wineries, such as Cask 307 and Laurentia Vineyard and Winery in Lake County and the South Fork Winery, Ferrante Winery. Kosicek Vineyards and the Old Firehouse Winery in Ashtabula County.

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