Ohio offers some really great guided tours that appeal to all ages! Informative, delicious, educational, fact-filled & historical, there are guided tours that will captivate your interest and are a great way to spend a day with family and friends. From the northernmost Put-in-Bay to our Southernmost guided tours in Cincinnati, here are our top ten!
Guided Tours of the Harry London Chocolate factory lasts approximately 45 minutes and the intoxicating smell of chocolate combined with the tastings is enough to put anyone into sensory overload. Observe the crafting of chocolate and the history of the evolution of chocolates. there is no charge for the tours and each guided tour includes some free samples of their freshly produced chocolate creations. Tours are free and depart hourly: Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 4 pm 5353 Lauby Rd North Canton, OH 44720
The Cleveland Museum of Art offers several tour options for adults only as well as strollers and school group tours. The museum also offers numerous special event tours and in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, the museum provides specialized gallery tours for visitors with memory loss and their caregivers. Art in the Afternoon is designed to lift the spirits, engage the mind, and provide a relaxing and enjoyable social experience. Visiting the museum’s collections is always FREE to the public. Some special exhibitions may carry an admission fee. The museum has its own parking garage and is located at 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, in the heart of University Circle.
One way to see almost all of Ohio’s Put-in-Bay Attractions is a ride on the Put-in-Bay Tour Train. This one hour narrated tour of Put-in-Bay travels the island pointing out places of interest and locations of importance in the history of Put-in-Bay. The Put-in-Bay Tour Train offers the ability to get on and off the tour if you choose to stop at a place you are interested in or at one of the many Put-in-Bay Restaurants for lunch or dinner. The cost for the tour train is $10.00 for adults, Children 6-12 are $5.00 and children under 6 are free. The Put-in-Bay Tour Train picks up at the downtown Depot building at the corner of Delaware & Toledo Streets. Memorial Day thru Labor Day hours are 10:15 am to 5:15 pm with trains leaving every half hour on the quarter-hour. Corporate groups staying at Put-in-Bay Hotels & Resorts can make special arrangements for guided tours as a group. If you’re really lucky you will get the highly experienced Chip Duggan as your guide, a Put-in-Bay Mossback! Added bonus: A guided to about the islands when you take the Put-in-Bay Ferry!
The Capitol Square complex consists of the Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building, and the Atrium. These working government offices are a magnificent monument to the people and the period during which Ohio’s democracy was founded and formed. The Statehouse is handicapped accessible and senior-friendly. Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday every hour on the hour with the first tour beginning at 10 a.m. and the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. Guided tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Tours depart from the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. Visitors are welcome to drop in at least five minutes before the hour. The Ohio Statehouse is located in the center of downtown Columbus, at the corner of Broad and High Streets and the address is 1 Capitol Square.
Cooper’s Mill guided tours offer an entertaining and educational tour through their factory. Learn about the history of Cooper’s Mill and observe firsthand how delicious ripe fruits are cooked into their irresistible jams, jellies, and apple butter. Their all-natural products contain no artificial colors, preservatives, or corn syrups. After the tour, be sure to visit the country market and gift shop where our complete line of products are available for purchase. Free samples are provided for your enjoyment! Tours of the factory are free and are available Monday through Friday between 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Reservations for large and small groups are available. They are located at 1414 N. Sandusky Ave. in Bucyrus, Ohio.
One of America’s most iconic and well know travel trailer manufacturers is located right here in Ohio and offers informative guided tours through its manufacturing facilities in Jackson Center. The Airstream Factory Tour is held every Monday through Friday beginning at 2 PM EST in the lobby of the Service Center (located on the north side of 274, next to the gas station). The cost is free. Please arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time to check-in. Late arrivals may not be permitted to join the tour. The guided tours last approximately 1.5-2 hours, requires a one-mile walk and is divided into two parts. The first part highlights the building process of our travel trailers while the second part focuses on the touring coach process. Hearing and eye protection is required and will be provided for you. We ask that you wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or open toes). Reservations are not required except for groups of 10 or more or if you have any special needs requests. The plant is located at 419 West Pike Street Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629
Early in the 1920’s, master cheesemaker Hans Dauwalder who was trained as a cheesemaker arrived in the USA from Switzerland. Soon after he put his artisan talents to work and opened their own factory showcasing his skills. Tour guides are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only to do tours. First at 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM ONLY. Starting on Monday, April 1st. Cheesemaking tours will be conducted six days a week thru December. Cheese is usually made on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Be sure to stop by the retail sop after the tour for a little shopping in their gourmet market.
Cram all of Cincinnati into one big adventure! Explore the city’s natural riverfront beauty and amazing architecture while learning about its rich and diverse history. Throw in a streetcar ride, a visit to the local farmers’ market, views from way up high, and a few of Cincinnati’s favorite foods, and you’ll be ready to put down roots. Sample some of Cincinnati’s famous foods at the historic Findlay Market and near Fountain Square and stroll through two of Cincinnati’s most beautiful parks. Hop on the streetcar, passing by some of the city’s amazing architecture, or take a super-fast elevator to the top of the Carew Tower for fantastic views of three states. The 3-hour tour departs from the Findlay Maret at 1801 Race Street at 1:30 pm.
The Cleveland History Center houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents, and artifacts. Through the use of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s extensive collections, Cleveland History Center provides the public with a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society. Each document and artifact tells a story that personally engages individuals, young and old to make these stories come alive. From the very first map of Cleveland to LeBron James’ championship shoes, journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today, with the extensive collection and interactive exhibits at the Cleveland History Center. Ride on the restored Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, walk through two historic mansions, experience the evolution of the automobile in Cleveland and the world in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.
Our final location in the Top Ten Guided Tours in Ohio is one of the sweetest! Known across the United States, the Anthony Thomas Candy Company offers guided tours that in an hour, tour groups can experience candy making from start to finish in their 152,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art candy factory. Opened in May 1995, it is conveniently located off I-270 at 1777 Arlingate Lane in Columbus, Ohio. Admission Fee for Children under 2 is free. Ages 3 to 18 are $1.00 per person. Ages 19 and over are $2.00 per person. An admission fee may be used towards a purchase! Yum!