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About Ohio

Also known as the Buckeye State, Ohio received its nickname because of the many buckeye trees that once covered its hills and plains.

As the markings on the nut resembled the eye of a buck, the native Indians called it 'hetuck' or 'buckeye'.

The state capital of Ohio is Columbus.

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County Map of Ohio:
Colourful map of Ohio showing the location of all 88 counties: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie County, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Stark County, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.


Named in honour of Christopher Columbus, the early trade centre on the Scioto River took over the title of Ohio state capital, from Chillicothe, in 1816.

The Ohio State University, 2 miles north of downtown Columbus, is the largest in the country.

If student bars are not your thing, then the Greek Revival State Capitol is a little more sobering.

The Ohio Historical Center showcases Ohio's history from the ice age to the year 1970, including a special exhibit about the 1940s Kilroy Was Here, while the Wexner Center for the Arts caters to the more avant guard.

Take the kids along to Ohio's Center of Science and Industry, at 280 E. Broad St., for a thrilling hands on experience of the exhibits.

Columbus also has one of the world's largest rose gardens; the Park of Roses.

Visitors to Columbus shouldn't miss a trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., for a variety of self-contained environments - rain forests, deserts, and the Himalayas; all in one place.

Accommodation in Columbus

Rodeway Inn Obetz: South Columbus.
4870 Old Rathmell Court.

Official Website:
Comfort Inn Obetz.

The Rodeway Inn Obetz/Rickenbacker is a moderately priced hotel conveniently located off Interstate 270, just five miles from downtown Columbus, Greater Columbus Convention Center and Rickenbacker International Airport.

The Rodeway Inn Obetz/Rickenbacker offers 70 tastefully appointed rooms and four luxury suites, all with comfortable beds, work desks and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Each suite offers a separate living room and bedroom.

Guests at the Comfort Inn start their day with a delicious, complimentary continental breakfast.

Columbus Attractions

Arena District:
As the premier entertainment district in downtown Columbus, this quaint neighbourhood offers exceptional dining, accessible parking, live entertainment and affordable hotels.

Columbus Museum of Art:
The museum, at 480 East Broad Street, houses an outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American and European modern art; including major works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Hopper and O'Keeffe and other spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium:
Zoo areas are split into African Forest, Asia Quest, Australia, Islands of Southeast Asia, North America, Pachyderms, Reptiles, Shores and Animal Enrichment. Located at 9990 Riverside Dr., Powell - just past Dublin, northwest of Columbus.

German Village Society:
A 233-acre neighbourhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The German Village Meeting Haus, that serves as town hall, event venue and location of the Visitor Center, is at 588 South Third Street. The Visitor Center has background information on the immigration years, the recent preservation years, architectural details to note when visiting, and the enormous impact brewing had on the community.

Franklin Park Conservatory:
A botanical jewel located on East Broad Street in Franklin Park, just two miles east of downtown Columbus. Ninety acres of outdoor green space, 400 plant species, 100 butterfly species, 800 feet of model railroad track, 7,000 panes of glass, and 100 years of tradition make Franklin Park Conservatory one of Columbus’s most popular and unique destinations for residents and visitors of all ages.

Funny Bone Comedy Club and Caf�:
Located at the Easton Town Center, the Columbus Funny Bone has been bringing nationally-recognised humorists to Central Ohio since 1987.

Magic Mountain Fun Center:
With centers located at Brice Rd & I-70 on the East side of Columbus and Polaris Pkwy & I-71 on the North side of Columbus, Magic Mountain has more activities for the entire family than any other fun centre in Central Ohio.

Mott’s Military Museum:
Preserves the memory of individuals who served in the United States Military, with each item displayed carrying a personal story that helps us remember the price they paid for freedom. Located at 5075 South Hamilton Rd., Groveport - just south (off the 317) of Columbus.

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer:
Formerly the 'Bluegrass Classic', this annual, four-day festival is held at Hoover Y-Park (a beautiful 70-acre facility located in Lockbourne); in July.

National Trail Raceway:
Ohio's 'House of Speed' since 1965, offering a variety of drag racing entertainment, is located at 2650 National Rd. SW - 20 miles east of Columbus on old U.S. Highway 40.

Short North Gazette:
Just south of Ohio State University’s sprawling campus and north of the city’s colourful convention centre, lies an area where art lovers, dog walkers, shoppers and families of all kinds come to shop, eat, drink - and dream.


The Wright brothers lived in Dayton, and in celebration of their achievements you can visit the Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dayton also hosts the National Folk Festival in June. Considered to be the nation's oldest multicultural event, the festival attracts musicians from around the world.

Miamisburg Mound, one of the largest Native American burial mounds in eastern North America, is just south-west of Dayton.

Dayton CVB:
Known as the Birthplace of Aviation, Dayton offers affordability and accessibility along with world-class attractions, arts and culture.

Around Ohio

Ohio gets its name from the Ohio River, an Iroquoian term for good river.

The Ohio River forms the state's eastern border with West Virginia, and its southern border with Kentucky.

Other states neighbouring Ohio are: Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Discover Ohio:
From world-class cities teeming with arts and culture to quaint small towns, thrilling amusement parks, exhilarating outdoor adventure and important historic sites, you'll soon see that Ohio truly has so much to discover.

Oxford Uptown:
Home to Miami University, Oxford is 30 minutes north of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an hour west of Dayton. Oxford offers a wonderful combination of city living with the benefits of a small town.

State of Ohio:
The official office of the state of Ohio.


Cincinnati, the third largest city in Ohio, lies on the north bank of the Ohio River.

Fort Washington was established here In 1789, and within six years the area's Native Americans were defeated and relinquished most of their land in the Treaty of Greene Ville (1795).

Museums of interest in Cincinnati are the Contemporary Art Center, the Taft Museum, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.


Halfway between Chicago and New York, Cleveland is sometimes called the cultural centre of the industrial Midwest.

As industry has declined, the old warehouses have been converted for the pleasure of night-owls.

Rock Hall:
The Rock and Roll Hall of fame has helped to put Cleveland back on the map.

The Flats:
The former industrial heart of Cleveland, along both banks of the Cuyahoga River, is now the centre of Cleveland's nightlife.

Culture vultures can visit the Cleveland Museum of Art, at University Circle, for an an impressive collection of French and American Impressionist paintings.

Cleveland Lakefront State Park is an ideal spot for swimming or picnics.

Lake Erie

Lake Erie Islands:
With a vast shoreline and central location, the Lake Erie Islands Region  boasts a vacation experience unequaled on Ohio’s North Coast.

Maumee Bay State Park:
The wetlands of the Maumee Bay State Park offer a wide variety of natural wonders; a tribute to Lake Erie.


Toledo is on Lake Erie, between Detroit and Cleveland.

COSI Toledo:
A whole new way of learning that makes science fun for kids of all ages.

Toledo Museum of Art:
The Toledo Museum of Art continues to grow in its facilities, its collection, and its relations with the Toledo community. A series of renovations to the interior of the original building from 1977 to 1992 was followed by the completion of the Center for the Visual Arts, designed by Frank Gehry.

Toledo Opera:
By combining the very best of vocal and symphonic music with spectacular theatrical design, an evening at the opera becomes more than just a night on the town: it’s an exhilarating and deeply satisfying event.

Toledo Restaurants:
Rate the restaurants you know or check the reviews of others before you dine out in T-Town.

Toledo Tour Guides:
If you're looking for specific things to do while you're in Toledo, take the advice of some of the locals.

Toledo Zoo:
Gracie, the Zoo's 15-foot giraffe, gave birth to a baby boy calf in June 1998, after a 15-month pregnancy.

Cedar Point

Cedar Point:
Sandusky's Cedar Point Amusement Park is rated among the best in the world by the roller coasting adrenaline junkies who thrill at being pushed and pulled to the limits.

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