10 Things to Do in Ohio Before the End of Summer

Here are the best events happening during August in the Buckeye State.

After the 4th of July, it feels like I’ll blink and it will be August! Summer is coming to a close as everyone prepares to go back to school and routines. BUT there is still some time left to enjoy a road trip or two, and I hope to inspire you to get out and explore before the first bell rings! (Or in the case of this homeschooler, mom yells that it is time to start)! Here’s my list of 10 things to do in Ohio in August! Hurry!

Things to do in Ohio during August

1. Visit Amish Country

If you need a little slow-down before the kids go back to school, how about a leisurely drive on the Amish Country Byway through some of the quieter parts of Holmes County? Check out my favorite things to do with kids in Amish Country HERE and HERE.

Downtown Millersburg is hosting “Vintage in the Village” on Saturday, August 7. Historic downtown Millersburg will be full of crafters, yard art, antique furniture, and more. See their Facebook Event Page HERE.

While visiting Amish Country with kids, we recommend a stay at The Wallhouse Hotel.

things to do in Ohio during August - visit Amish Country and Millersburg

2. Take a dive in some pudding! 😳

Yes, you read that right. The St. Mary’s Summerfest is a free event happening August 12-15 and the plan is to have a “pudding dive” on the morning on Sunday, August 15. If you like to play in food, this may be the place for you! Call ahead for info – 419.300.4611 – but at a minimum, take some extra clothes! Lol.

If this is your first time visiting the area, you’ll want to make sure that you leave extra time to visit the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, explore the American Bicycle Museum in New Bremen, or watch a sunset at Grand Lake St. Mary’s.

Where to stay? The Best Western Celina

3. Chase a waterfall

Ohio has plenty of natural beauty to enjoy before summer ends! Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is viewed from a platform that’s an easy walk for the family. Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills is also well-known and photographed. Neither one of those interests you? Check out this list of my favorite Ohio waterfalls.

Cedar Falls.  Things to do in Ohio in August.
Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills State Park

4. Take your crew to the ballpark

America’s pastime is popular in the Buckeye State! While you may be familiar with the Cleveland Indians or Cincinnati Reds, how about trying out a minor league game like the Columbus Clippers, Toledo Mudhens, or Akron RubberDucks?

There are still plenty of home games scheduled for August – and if you want to celebrate Back-to-School with an outing, the Mudhens take on the Clippers in Columbus August 10-15, 2021.

5. Have a brew or a canoe at Marietta’s River Trails & Ales Festival

The local citizens of Marietta worked together to design a festival that incorporated the outdoor adventures of the area with the downtown businesses- what started from this movement was the River Trails & Ales Festival! In 2021 they are offering a “Lite” version of the Festival that runs from August 13-14 and includes self-guided adventures.

There are plenty of events for the entire family, and RTA is offering a gnome hike that is family-friendly. Check out their website HERE. The Lafayette Hotel is downtown and right in the midst of the action. Book now.

Find out why I think you MUST visit Marietta.

Things to do in Ohio in August. Have an adventure in Marietta at the Rivers Trails & Ales Festival

6. Pick a posy at the Sunflower Festival in Bucyrus

The Pickwick Place in Bucyrus is hosting a Sunflower Festival on August 6 & 7 and 12 & 13. Meander through the sunflowers, pick your own blooms, or take a free wagon ride. There will even be face-painting for the kids. You must book ahead through Eventbrite.

Things to do in Ohio in August - visit the Pickwick Place sunflower festival in Bucyrus

7. Visit a splash pad

August in Ohio is known for being brutally hot and muggy! Why not cool off with the family at a new splash pad? Celina and Mansfield are both homes to new splash pads! Looking for more? Here’s a list of splash pads near Columbus.

Things to do in Ohio during August - visit the Mansfield YMCA Splash Pad

8. Watch history come to life at the Conneaut D-Day re-enactment

This is the year I will attend this event! (Fingers crossed). For lovers of history and homeschoolers, the re-enactment of D-Day happens August 19-21 on the shore of Lake Erie in Conneaut, Ohio. You must reserve your pass in advance. Here’s the info: D-Day Reenactment.

9. Take a daytrip to an island without leaving Ohio

Put-in-Bay is the perfect late summer getaway for families, with plenty to do and see while driving around in a golf cart!

For more ideas of Put-in-Bay activities out my guide of Family-friendly Things to do at Put-in-Bay and Inexpensive things to do at Put-in-Bay.

Things to do in Ohio during August - visit Put-in-Bay - things to do in Ohio before the end of summer

10. Spend a weekend in Cincinnati and see the world’s best tennis stars

Cincinnati is a perfect summer getaway, but it’s also host to the Western & Southern Open, which is the nation’s oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin! We’ve visited this event twice and it’s a great time for families. You’ll be surprised how close you can get to star players while they warm up on the practice courts. Tickets are also affordable for families.

The tournament from August 14-22, 2021. More info HERE.

Are you ready to explore Ohio even more in August? I hope I’ve given you plenty of ideas for visiting some of the state’s greatest attractions and festivals! Where are you headed before school starts?


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