Free Things to Do in Ohio

Enjoying the Buckeye State doesn't have to be expensive. There are scores of things to see, do and experience in Ohio that doesn't cost a dime, from exploring one of the best art museums in the world to seeing the state's diverse natural wonders.

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Free Things to Do in Cleveland

Cleveland Art Museum, OH
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11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
+1 216-421-7350

Cleveland is filled with free things to do--from the Cleveland Art Museum to the Cleveland Metroparks to free days at the zoo. Here are our picks for the top free things to do in Cleveland.

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More Free Things to Do in Cleveland

USA, Ohio, Cleveland Skyline
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1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
+1 216-664-3387

Need ten more free things to do? Here are some more Cleveland ideas, from visiting the Westside Market to examining the exhibits at the Federal Reserve Money Museum.

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Free Things to Do With Kids in Cleveland

Sunrise over the Scenic park, Edgewater Metroparks, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are filled with free activities for kids and adults to enjoy together. There's no excuse not to get out and explore Cleveland museums, parks, and other wonders... and to share them with the next generation.

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Free Things to Do in Cleveland for the Holidays

Tower City in Christmas Lights
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Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
+1 216-621-9500

The winter holiday season brings its own set of free things to do. The best known of these is Winterfest, the tree-lighting ceremony, and concert on Public Square, but there are many other free holiday activities if you know where to look.

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Free Things to Do in Akron

The landmark Lock 3 Park, Akron, Ohio, USA
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Akron, too, offers a plethora of free activities. The "Rubber City" has beautiful parks, fascinating shops, and free days at museums.

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Free Things to Do in Toledo

river through toledo, ohio
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With parks, free museums, historic neighborhoods and more, Toledo can be surprisingly affordable... and it's just two hours west of Cleveland.

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Free Things to Do Near Cedar Point

Amusement Park and Harbor, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio, United States
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Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA

Visiting Cedar Point, one of America's favorite amusement parks, can get expensive. However, Ohio's north central region (and Sandusky) offer a number of fun and interesting things to do that are free or nearly free.

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Free Things to Do in Cincinnati

Fountain square with the Tyler Davidson Fountain in Cincinnati.
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Visiting the "Queen City" doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. This southwest Ohio metropolis offers a wonderful, free art museum, Ohio River parks, and eclectic and historic neighborhoods to explore.

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Free Things to Do in Dayton

Clock tower, Carillon Historical Park, Dayton, Ohio
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Enjoying Dayton Ohio, the home of aviation, doesn't have to cost a fortune. This friendly southwestern Ohio city offers a wealth of parks, museums, historic neighborhoods, and other attractions that are free to the public.

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Free Things to Do in Columbus

Columbus Cityscapes And City Views
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480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
+1 614-221-6801

Columbus and Central Ohio offer a number of free things to see and do if you know where to look, including the Columbus Museum of Art. Click through for a few ideas.

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How to Enjoy the Buckeye State at No Cost