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From Wildflowers to Waterfalls: 15 Must-Do Ohio Adventures This Spring

Listen up, friends. It’s time to shake off those winter blues because spring in Ohio is about to pop off in the best way possible.

We’ve got a lineup of the coolest, most unique experiences that’ll have you living your best life this spring. From hidden gems to classic faves with a twist, here’s the ultimate bucket list that’s screaming for you to dive into.

Hocking Hills Wildflower & Waterfalls Hike

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Imagine a carpet of wildflowers underfoot and waterfalls that look straight out of a fantasy movie. Yeah, Hocking Hills State Park is that magical in spring. Lace-up for some Insta-worthy hiking this April down in Ohio’s most beautiful natural playground. More info.

Cuyahoga River Kayaking

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Gentle currents + stunning scenery = An epic trip down the Cuyahoga River. Trust us; it’s as cool as it sounds. It’s also the perfect way to kick off warmer weather. Kayaking and tubing are both available. More info.

Marblehead Lighthouse

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Take a chill day trip to snap selfies with Ohio’s oldest lighthouse as your backdrop. The Lake Erie views are stunning and there’s nothing quite like a spring sunset. More info.

Birdwatching Bonanza at Magee Marsh

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A black and white warbler in Magee Marsh. Photo by Doug Greenberg, Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED)

Channel your inner Audubon and geek out over the spring migration. Rare birds and vibrant warblers are the real MVPs here, and you’ll be able to get a peek at tons of them at Magee Marsh. More info.

Floral Bliss at Franklin Park Conservatory

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This is one of the best places in Ohio to embrace your love of plants. Exotic plants, stunning exhibitions, and the butterfly release will have you feeling all the spring feels. More info.

Get Your Kilt on at Celtic Fest Ohio

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From live music to shamrock shenanigans, Celtic Fest Ohio is held every year down at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds. Whether you’re hoping to watch the Highland Games or you want to enjoy the Celtic Dancers, you’ll be in for a real treat. More info.

Ohio State Reformatory Ghost Quest

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Longer days mean you’ve got more time to scare yourself silly on a ghost tour at this infamous reformatory. I’ve been (during the daytime) and it was one of the most unsettling places I’ve ever been. But I full admit that I’m a big scaredy cat. Are you brave enough? More info.

Holden Arboretum Hangs

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Picnic among the blossoms or just take a gorgeous walk among the canopy at Holden Arboretum. It’s like stepping into a painting that smells amazing. There’s nothing quite like a day spent in nature. More info.

Stargazing at John Glenn Astronomy Park

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Spring nights + a billion stars = Mind blown. The universe is yours to explore here in the heart of Hocking Hills. You’ll just want to keep an eye on the weather. Cloudy skies make for sad stargazing. More info.

Wild Times at The Wilds

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Wildside Tour, photo by Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Baby animals, open-air safari tours, and conservation convo—The Wilds is a wild, must-visit spot this spring. If you want to make a weekend of it, you can even rent a yurt right on the property. More info.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rides

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All aboard for some serious springtime scenery. This train ride through the national park is nostalgia and nature wrapped into one. Spring is the perfect time to check out the waterfalls throughout the park, since the water will be flowing! More info.

Frolic at the Timbuk Farm Tulip Festival

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Who knew a festival could be so darn cute? Think photo ops, flowers everywhere, and the good vibes that’ll have you feeling all warm inside. More info.

Bicycle Through Amish Country

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Pedal through the picturesque landscapes of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life slows down, and the homemade pie is a way of life. Not only will you get to eat a ton of delicious food, but you’ll also get in plenty of great workouts in the hilly countryside. More info.

Cleveland’s West Side Market Foodie Tour

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Get your taste buds ready for the freshest, most delicious spring produce and artisan eats. This is where food lovers unite, and for good reason. The food you’ll find here is made even better by the stunning setting. More info.

Serpent Mound Spring Awakening

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Dive into history and nature at the same time. This ancient effigy mound is surrounded by stunning spring beauty and a vibe that’s just a little mythical. It’s one of the most interesting and ancient places in the state. More info.

So, are you ready to make this spring in Ohio the most memorable one yet?

Each of these adventures offers something special, guaranteeing stories that you’ll be telling for ages. Grab your friends, make some plans, and start ticking these off your list. Spring won’t know what hit it!