All of your favorite things about the United States--idyllic scenery, hometown hospitality, creative cuisine, even rock ‘n roll--have a home in Ohio. Bordering Lake Erie to the north and the Ohio River to the south, outdoors enthusiasts will find fantastic hiking, biking, paddling, and camping along the shore, though thick forests, or among sandstone cliffs. The state's three major urban centers--Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati--offer stellar arts, culture, music, and sports. And when you’re hungry, Ohio delivers exceptional cuisine ranging from regional comfort food to award-winning restaurants. But what makes a pet friendly trip to Ohio truly memorable is the hearty welcome and hospitality that enhances every experience.
Best Time To Visit
Many people travel to Ohio in fall, when the hardwood trees covering the state's rolling hills put on a showy display of orange and red. With daytime highs in the 70s in September and the 60s in October it's a lovely time of year for outdoor activities. However, this is also one of the busiest travel periods, so don’t expect to find any hotel bargains during the fall. Spring and early summer are also nice times for a pet friendly trip to Ohio, with highs in the 70s and the trees and flowers blooming. Though spring weather can be fickle, this is a very pretty time in Ohio, and room rates tend to be discounted.
Things Not To Miss
Choose from wooded trails or garden paths at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. Covering 3,600 acres, it's one of the largest arboreta and botanical gardens in the country!
Woof, woof, woof for the the home team at one of the Cincinnati Reds' dog friendly games.
Select the perfect route from 125 miles of pet friendly hiking trails following the Cuyahoga River at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Cleveland.
Hop aboard the ferry in Port Clinton and spend a day exploring Middle Bass Island and South Bass Island either by bike, on foot, or in a rented golf cart.
Admire the monumental earthen mounds and embankments built by Native American hands almost 2,000 years ago at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Be sure to ask how your pet can become a BARK Ranger during your visit!
Paddle the Hocking River or hit the trails to explore dramatic cliffs and waterfalls at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan.
Pop into funky galleries and shops, sniff around the parks and green spaces, and stop for a bite to eat on the pet friendly patio at one of the bars, restaurants, or breweries at the North Short Arts District in Columbus.