10 Free things to do in Ohio

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Having fun and exploring new places shouldn't have to cost a fortune. In a state filled with state parks, museums, and gorgeous towns and cities, Ohioans have lots of options in terms of affordable activities.

Whether you're looking for a way to spend a long weekend or just the afternoon, reference this list of 10 completely free things to see and do in Ohio.

Art Museums

Cleveland Museum of ArtFelicity Sharp/Unsplash

Whether you're looking for ancient artifacts or cool installation art, there are tons of free museums to explore in Ohio and no matter where you're located in the state there's definitely one located close by. Some of the best include; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, and Kennedy Museum of Art.

Lake Erie

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Ohio's Lake Erie Shores and Islands provide visitors with tons of attractions and parks, some of which are completely free to enjoy. Check out the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park for scenic views and a historical museum tour. Maumee Bay and Magee Marsh both provide miles of boardwalk trails and tons of interactive nature displays including a butterfly gazebo and migratory bird center.

The Tomb of President Harding | Marion

The Tomb of President HardingNick Grimes/Unsplash

A great roadside stop for History buffs, spend the day touring The Harding Home, exploring the Grecian-styled tombstone, and roaming the graveyard where Warren G. Harding and his wife Florence K. Harding are buried, one of the very last of the elaborate presidential tombs in the United States.

Waterfalls Roadtrip

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Ohio is home to over 70 incredible waterfalls. There are so many that you could easily see at least a few in one day. A waterfalls road trip is an amazing way to enjoy nature and explore state parks you may have never seen before. For a list of every waterfall listed by county, check this site here.

Free Concerts

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With the warmer weather finally here, now's the perfect time to attend a concert outdoors. Many local communities throughout the state host free events with options ranging from blues, jazz, pop, tribute bands, and classical music. Some of the biggest events include Cleveland's Legacy Live Concert Series, Akron's Summer Concert Series, Granville's Concerts on the Green, and Cincinnati's Washington Park Concert Series.

Squire's Castle | Willoughby Hills

Squire's CastleCatia Dombaxe/Unsplash

Open year-round, admission to Squire's Castle is always free. Shrouded in mystery, learn more about the urban legends of the family who once lived there and hike the wooded countryside trails that surround it.

Museum of the US Air Force | Dayton

Museum of the US Air ForceVivian Chan/Unsplash

Located just 6 miles northeast of Dayton is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display. A great way to spend the day learning more about the history of the Air Force and the different wars that took place over the years, The National Museum of the United States Air Force always offers free admission and free parking.

State Parks

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No matter where you live in Ohio, chances are you're close by to at least one state park. Ohio is home to over 74 and the best part is, they're all completely free to enter. By far one of the best and largest is located just southeast of Columbus, Hocking Hills is home to hiking trails, waterfalls, and even a 100-foot high cave.

Columbus Murals | Columbus

Columbus MuralsSamantha Hurley/Burst

Amazingly instagrammable and a fun way to spend the day without having to spend a dime, the Columbus murals series rivals that of any major city. For. a full list of the murals and where to find them, you can reference this list here.

Metroparks Zoo | Cleveland

Metropark ZooRalph Koh/Unsplash

Did you know admission to the zoo is completely free for Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township residents every Monday? There's plenty to see and do here from the "Australian Adventure" to the "Wolf Wilderness" exhibits. Parking is also always free.

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