An overhead view of a road and forest near Hinckley Lake in northeast Ohio (photo by Nick Hoeller)

50 Things to Do This Fall in Ohio

Autumn is our most beautiful season. From family fun and food festivals to scenic spots and spooky scares, here are great ways to embrace the crisp air and sunny days.

In Ohio, the arrival of autumn paints the landscape with breathtaking colors and a feeling of anticipation fills the air. As the days get a little cooler and the leaves begin to change, our state transforms into a realm of wonder. From cherished family favorites and inviting food festivals to picturesque natural wonders and heart-pounding encounters with the paranormal, Ohio offers an abundance of ways to immerse yourself in the season.

Join us on a trip through 50 fall experiences. Pumpkin patches and farm fields provide places to create cherished memories with family and friends, while the sound of rustling leaves and allure of inviting trails set the stage for autumn adventures against the backdrop of crisp air and sunlit days. Where do you want to go this fall? 

Scenic view of Lake Vesuvius in the Wayne National Forest (photo by Michael Frank)
10 Scenic Spots in Ohio to Visit this Fall: Explore vibrant foliage at Wayne National Forest's Lake Vesuvius, tour Ashtabula County's covered bridges and hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. 

Pumpkin doughnut and coffee from Columbus’ Resch’s Bakery (photo courtesy of Resch’s Bakery)
10 Ohio Fall Foods and Brews: Take a flavorful trip through the season with Resch’s Bakery’s pumpkin doughnuts, Maggie’s Doughnuts’ apple fritters, great seasonal brews and food-filled Oktoberfest celebrations.

Man hitting a baseball in vintage baseball at Ohio Village in Columbus (photo courtesy of Ohio History Connection)
10 Spots for Fall Family Fun in Ohio: From 1860s-style baseball matchups in Columbus to Halloween happenings at zoos across the state, these events and destinations are a fit for all ages.

The Moonville Tunnel in Vinton County (photo by Laura Watilo Blake)
10 Spooky Scares in Ohio: From the ghostly lore surrounding the Moonville Tunnel to the paranormal tours at the Ohio State Reformatory, these destinations will get you in the spirit of the season.

Glass pumpkins displayed at Jack Pine Studio's Glass Pumpkin Festival (photo courtesy of Jack Pine Studio)
10 Fall Festivals in Ohio: From pumpkins to mums to woollybears, these autumn events promise beautiful, fun and unique ways to celebrate the change of seasons. 

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