7 Places That Feel Like You’re Not In Ohio Anymore: Summer Edition

City Guide, Family Friendly, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on June 19, 2024
Photo courtesy of Alicia Sunshine on Facebook

If you’ve ever felt like you’ve seen it all in Ohio and are ready to see what lies beyond the state lines, just hold your horses.

Just because you’ve seen a lot of Ohio certainly doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all, and trust us, there’s a lot of crazy things you are missing out on.

There are places that if you know where you look, you’ll feel like you’ve been catapulted out of Ohio and, in some cases, off of the Earth entirely. So don’t say we didn’t warn ya!

Here are places in Ohio that straight up don’t feel like Ohio.

Quarry Trails Metro Park

2600 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43228

This former quarry-turned Metro Park is truly something to be experienced. It doesn’t quite feel Earthly, especially on clear blue-skied days where the light reflects off of the rock formations and boulders in such a way that it feels like you’re on a Earth-like planet somewhere else in the universe. I understand I sound crazy, but you just have to experience it for yourself!

Photo courtesy of Alicia Sunshine on Facebook

Ohio Caverns in West Liberty, OH

2210 East State Route 245, West Liberty, Ohio 43357

Another spot that feels like you’re on a cool, damp, and absolutely mesmerizing alien planet, the Ohio Caverns are known as some of the most colorful caverns in America. The constant dripping of ground water over the minerals and rocks creates some incredible formations and beautiful colors that you just have to see to believe. Plus, it’s a great way to escape the heat, as these caverns stay at a brisk and comfortable 54 degrees.

Photo courtesy of Ohio Caverns on Facebook

Ohio Canid Center

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Ever want to walk with wolves? No, not dogs that look like wolves… ACTUAL WOLVES!! The Ohio Canid Center is a conservation center that focuses on educating the general population on Canids, which include wolves, jackals, foxes, coyotes, and the domestic dog. These tours and walks make you feel like you’re out in the wilderness of Yellowstone, except these ambassador animals are friendly and super adorable.

Photo courtesy of the Ohio Canid Center on Facebook

Field of Corn

4995 Rings Rd, Dublin, OH 43017

Ok, bear with me here. Yes, the Field of Corn is quintessential Columbus. Yes, it’s a popular tourist attraction. But something about it just feels so otherworldly. It’s hard to explain, but when you’re standing in the middle of 109 giant concrete ears of corn, it really is hard to believe that you’re not in some alternate dimension where corn on the cob is 6 feet tall and weighs 1,500 lbs. If you’re a Central Ohioan that still hasn’t been to the Field of Corn, you have to go. It’s a rite of passage.

Photo courtesy of Amanda White on Facebook

Greystone Court Apartments

815 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

I know what you’re thinking… an apartment building? And the answer is YEP! This apartment building’s courtyard is truly iconic and feels like you’re within the confines of a British castle of some sort. The building itself is beautiful, made with gorgeous stone and covered in ivy from top to bottom. It’s easily one of the most picturesque places in the city.

Photo courtesy of Greystone Court Apartments on Facebook

Hartman Rock Garden

1905 Russell Ave, Springfield, OH 45506

Created in 1932, this rock garden / incredible art installation is truly one of the most unique places you’ll ever visit. Featuring hundreds of handcrafted structures and figurines, the garden feels like you’re walking through one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It’s really an incredible labor of love and so worth the drive out to see it.

Photo courtesy of Hartman Rock Garden on Facebook

American Primate Educational Sanctuary

8380 Kennedy Rd, Blacklick, OH 43004

The American Primate Educational Sanctuary, or A.P.E.S. for short (pretty clever, huh?), is one of the most unique spots in the entire state. They usually don’t have a ton of opportunities to meet the primates, but during the summer, they host open houses to let people come through and learn about the sanctuary. It’s definitely worth the visit and is super cool to be up close and personal with some primates!

Photo courtesy of the American Primate Educational Sanctuary on Facebook

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