Venture to Ohio for a fun summer getaway packed with unforgettable attractions and family-friendly activities. Look forward to lounging on the beach, touring numerous museums, and hiking amidst the beauty of nature. Book a stay at one of many Ohio vacation rentals for your upcoming summer trip. Without further ado, check out the top cities and towns in Ohio.

1. Cleveland

Vacation homes in Cleveland immerse you in a city of fine arts, museums, dining, and sports. Stroll over to the Cleveland Museum of Art to see works by old masters such as Francisco de Zurbaran and Nicolas Poussin. If your tastes run more to the edgy and bold, then the Museum of Modern Art is the place for you.

For some more fun in the sun, catch a Cleveland Indians ballgame at Progressive Field. If the heat becomes too much, escape with the kids inside the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to view swordfish, squid, and sharks.

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2. Columbus

The capitol of Ohio, Columbus sits in the center of the Buckeye State. Public tours of the Ohio Statehouse immerse you in the political history of the city and state. Add a bit of culture in a relaxing setting by seeing the Columbus Symphony Orchestra perform one of its special summer concerts.

If you need a bite to eat before heading back to your vacation rental, Columbus offers diverse ethic food options. Columbus Food Adventures is a food tour company which lets visitors experience everything from a traditional brunch to paella and wine.

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3. Cincinnati

Cincinnati offers another large city experience. Visit the Cincinnati Museum Center, where the Cincinnati History Museum and Duke Energy Children’s Museum offer educational exhibits for all ages. The Cincinnati Zoo is a great day excursion where the whole family can view cheetahs, wolves, and tigers at close range. The Botanical Garden features both native plants as well as exotic varieties.

Also be sure to visit the impressive National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Exhibits include real artifacts from this troubling period of history.

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4. Akron

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A short drive from Akron is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, where you can hop aboard the train for a relaxing ride through the forests of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Within Akron itself is the Main Street Historic District, where historic buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries line the street. View lions, jaguars, and other large mammals at the Akron Zoo, which also has plenty kid-friendly activities to keep your children busy for the afternoon.

Stop by the Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse and order fine steaks or lobster, or simple grab a martini to close out an eventful day.

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5. Canton

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Are you a football fan? If so, a vacation rental in Canton puts you close to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Exhibits in this museum showcase replica Super Bowl rings, bronze busts of famous players, and noteworthy footballs. It is a great stop for the entire family.

The arts abound in Canton. Numerous art studios and galleries line the streets of the Canton Arts District, offering you an afternoon of viewing and purchasing works of art. The district includes bars and restaurants to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

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6. Toledo

If summer fun on the water is your vacation goal, then pick a vacation home in Toledo. This city gives you quick access to Lake Erie, which means swimming, sailing, or a family picnic on the beach. The Toledo Museum of Art features a unique glass studio in addition to famous paintings by Jan Broth and other talented artists. Finish the day at Fleetwood’s Tap Room and try their selection of craft beers and food. Concerts and festivals take place nearby at Hensville Park.

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7. Dayton

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Dayton is a center of aviation history. The Wright Cycle Company Complex provides educational exhibits relating to these early pioneers of aviation, and includes their original bicycle business. Learn about the history of military aviation by viewing the hundreds of planes and missiles at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. For exciting live performances, check out the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

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8. Yellow Springs

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For an outdoor-oriented vacation in a small town setting, try Yellow Springs. Nature lovers and sports people alike can find plenty here to pass the time. Wildlife watchers will appreciate the flora and fauna of Glen Helen Nature Reserve. John Bryan State Park offers a perfect location for biking and hiking, while the cliffs of the park offer a welcome challenge to rock climbers. Ice cream at Young’s Jersey Dairy is a great way to cool off after a day of outdoor activities.

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9. Mansfield

Mansfield caters to visitors of all ages. Kids and the young at heart will enjoy Richland Carousel Park, where beautiful, hand-crafted carousel ponies provide a colorful feast for the eyes. Carousel rides are available, and be sure to check out the park’s gift shop to pick up a souvenir or two to take back to your vacation home. Among the city’s other curiosities is the Mansfield Fire Museum. The exhibits here take you through the history of fire protection, and it includes exhibits of horse drawn fire wagons.

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10. Marietta

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Choose a vacation rental in Marietta for summer fun in a historically-rich area. The roots of this town go back to the late-18th century, and the Marietta Historic District lets you stroll past many historic structures to get a feel for early community life. The nearby River Trail offers ample opportunity for outdoor activities such as biking and jogging.

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