#2 Ohio State Parks (Mohican to the Lake Erie Waterfront)
Ohio’s state park system is one of the largest in the nation. It offers diverse, family-oriented, summer fun. Mohican State Park, in Loudonville, Ohio, is a great place to start. This 1,110-acre park offers lots of diverse scenery: Shady old-growth hemlock forests, the Mohican River, and the spectacular Clear Fork Gorge. The gorge is a magnificent glacially carved chasm that is approximately 1,000 feet wide and 300 feet deep. Mohican has a wide variety of accommodation options that can easily be tailored to fit your needs, whether you want to camp, stay in a two-bedroom cabin, or put your feet up at the lodge.
Once you’ve seen the spectacular forest, head northwest to the shores of Lake Erie, where you can swim, boat, and lunch under the sun at the one of the many lake-front state parks (particularly interesting are Catawaba Island State Park, Kelleys Island State Park Beach, and East Harbor State Park).
Once you’ve had your fill of nature, ride the 17 world-famous coasters at Cedar Point (www.cedarpoint.com), an amusement park of gigantic proportions. There’s thrills for adults and kids here, including a display of 50 roaring, flailing, and full-sized animatronic dinosaurs.