From Cincinnati to Topeka, you will find the best of what these select Midwestern states have to offer. Whether you are looking to spend a day in an exotic botanical garden, take a ride on a floating winery, or take nature a walk through a national lakeshore, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Heartland. Get ready to explore the food, culture, and events that these top-rated cities are churning out for both locals and visitors alike!
Cincinnati is one of the best towns to get a feel for Ohio in. Take a tour on a BB Riverboat or cruise through the city streets at your own pace. Visit the Newport Aquarium or attend a beer tasting. Whatever you’re interested in doing, Cincinnati will help you find your place. The BB Riverboats offer a beautiful cruise along the Ohio River, of which you can choose the theme. Take a lunch, dinner, or specialty cruise, or keep it cozy on a romantic cruise for two. During the summer, you can take the Belle of Cincinnati Summer Tour, which hosts an open air upper deck, and two lower decks, all with a full bar and dance floors!
Visit Cincinnati in August for the Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, known as “America’s Largest Beer & Comedy Festival.” On August 24th, 25th, and 26th, you will be able to enjoy the festival in its 10th annual running, which will include over 75 comedians and more than 120 beers to sample. The comedy shows are absolutely free, and the beer wristbands are only $5. You will have to also buy beer tickets, and the cost for those is 2 tickets for $3. The festival will stay open until midnight each night, so expect lots of laughter and some tasty craft brews that will easily fill your whole day.
Cleveland is another noteworthy city of Ohio. Cleveland hosts a variety of different events and festivals during the summer that are must-attends. Taste of Tremont is one of those events. Taste of Tremont has been around for almost 15 years, and attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year. The festival will be held on July 16th from noon to 8pm. All vendors and artists are local, so if you like authentic food and original art, this is the festival for you. Think of it as one big street party, where you will get to explore the entire city in a nutshell without having to venture across town.
Do you go gaga for garlic? If so, the Cleveland Garlic Festival may just be your heaven on earth. From August 26th to the 27th, you can enjoy things like garlic fries, garlic ice cream, and even a Miss Garlic 2017 Beauty Pageant. Tickets run for about $10 per person to attend per day, and a full day is easy to spend here, as there are about 10 different live bands, a celebrity chef competition, and parades.
Columbus is a beautiful and historic foodie town that not only has great restaurants and local breweries, but also offers up awesome sightseeing destinations, such as the German Village and the Short North Arts District. The German Village is full of fun and hearty German history, and is one of the historic districts. They call Short North the “art and soul” of Columbus. Hosting a variety of events, like the “nationally acclaimed” Gallery Hop – every first Saturday of each month – the district is dog-friendly and heart-warming, as well as eccentric and vibrant.
Visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a Columbus landmark that boasts over 80 acres of plants, flowers, and seasonal art. The exotic plant life and extravagant set-ups you’ll see while on your one-mile walk through the gardens will have you snapping pictures at every turn. Downtown Columbus is so much fun, especially in the summer time when the Columbus Commons are open for relaxing during summer concerts, farmers market events, and more. The alleyways are filled with wares and each boutique and café you pass by will be more unique than the last.