Adventure means you should enjoy the journey as much as the destination. When you plan your next big RV trip, don’t forget to set aside some time to take in the attractions along the way. Ohio has some incredible stops that can make your trip memorable – if you know where to find them. Learn about these cool, interesting or downright unusual roadside attractions in Ohio to help you plan your next vacation!
A Christmas Story House – Cleveland, OH
The holidays have just ended, but fans of the Christmas classic, A Christmas Story, can enjoy the spirit any time of the year at this roadside favorite. Despite the movie being set in Indiana, you won’t have to drive too far off the beaten path to find this house located in Cleveland, Ohio. You’ll recognize it the moment you see it.
Don’t make the mistake of spending all your time looking at it from the outside, either. The interior of the home has been completely renovated to be identical to the film. Everything from the appliances to the checkered linoleum floor. Of course, this was done well after the movie was shot – interior scenes in the movie used another set.
Once you’ve had a chance to peek inside, you can visit the A Christmas Story Museum conveniently located across the street. It’s home to original costumes and props from the film.
National Museum of the US Air Force – Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH
Interested in a little history? The official museum of the US Air Force is located right here in Ohio, just a few short miles northeast of Dayton. It houses one of the world’s largest collections of aviation technology – featuring over 360 aircraft and missiles.
The museum is nearly a century old, dating back to 1923, where it was originally known as the United States Air Force Museum. Over the years, it has amassed an impressive collection of the most rare and important technologies in aviation, such as the Presidential aircraft belonging to several United States Presidents.
In addition to historical military and governmental aircraft, the museum features a large exhibit to early pioneers of flight – most notably Orville and Wilbur Wright. You can also find uniforms and clothing worn by members of the U.S. Air Force dating back to the second world war.
Even better: admission is free! You can tour most of the museum free-of-charge. However, some special exhibits, like the digital 3D theater have costs. If you want to take a look before you drive there, they offer a virtual tour on their website!
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum – Pickerington, OH
If you have a toy hauler and love to bring your motorcycles or bikes everywhere you go, you need to plan a stop at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum! Created by the American Motorcycle Heritag Foundation, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrates and preserves the tradition of motorcycling in America.
The main attraction of the museum is, as its name implies, the hall of fame dedicated to the top motorcyclists throughout America’s history. This includes world-renown showmen such as Evel Knievel, to engineers and researchers that advanced the technology behind motorcycle design.
This museum also features a few exhibits:
Toys & Collectibles – A massive collection of motorcycle sidecar toys dating back to 1964.
Indiana Motorcycles – This display contains several models of the United State’s oldest motorcycle brand, Indiana Motorcycles. Originally created in 1901, see how their designs have shifted over the last century.
Birth of the Hurricane – One of the most recognizable designs in motorcycles, the Triumph X-75 Hurricane, is considered the father of the “cruiser” class of motorcycles. You can discover the origins of Craig Vetter’s famous creation.
Field of Corn – Dublin, OH
If you’re on the way to see some of the Midwest’s most stunning hiking trails, you’ll likely pass by Dublin, Ohio. On your way through, you can’t help but notice the 109 ears of six-foot, concrete corn.
Officially titled “Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges),” the field has earned the nickname “Cornhenge” after the famous English monument of Stonehenge. Cornhenge is just one of Dublin’s “Art in Public Places” projects and is a concept created by artist Malcolm Cochran.
Each ear of corn is made from precast concrete around one of four unique molds. The finalized pieces were rotated, every individual statue appears differently when you meander through this unique monument. Due to their size and the concrete, every ear of corn weighs around 1,500 pounds!
According to the artist, the field commemorates the agrarian way of life and acts as a reminder of where we came from, and where we are heading.
World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock – Sugarcreek, OH
No list of unique roadside attractions would be complete without a detour to a “world’s largest something.” While Ohio has a handful of its own largest attractions, one of the most popular ones is definitely the cuckoo clock once located in Wilmot. Originally created in 1972, it was recently restored to working order in 2012.
Now located in Sugarcreek, also known as “The Little Switzerland of Ohio,” the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock stands 24-feet-tall and is a fully-functioning cuckoo clock. Every 30 minutes, polka music plays while an animated quintet plays their faux-instruments on the clock. They’re accompanied by two animated dancers, around three-feet-tall, to celebrate the passing time.
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