Ohio Sports Vacation

O-H-I-O! Are your ready for a sports vacation unlike any other? Take two weeks, a car, a group of buddies, and set off an adventure like no other to see the greatest sporting events north of the Ohio river. Rev up the engine grab the face paint, cooler, and tailgate accessories, it’s time to start your Ohio sports vacation.

Time of Year (Fall)

In order to gain the overall sports experience of Ohio the trip needs to happen in the fall.

Start (Cleveland):

The "Dawg Pound"

The “Dawg Pound”

Begin the trip on the shores of Lake Erie with a baseball game at Progressive Field to watch manager Terry Francona and the Indians battle for the AL Central Division Championship. If your lucky you might get to help bang one of the outfield drums in an

attempt to psych out an opposing pitcher.

The next day scoot on down to FirstEnergy Stadium and join the “Dawg Pound” in watching the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. By next fall who knows, you might be able to watch Johnny Football throw a touchdown…or an interception.

If you haven’t gotten sick of Cleveland yet, check out an early season Cavaliers game at Quicken Loans Arena. Maybe LeBron will be there too.

On The Road (Canton)

While traveling to the next destination during mid week, visit Canton and the Pro Football Hall Fame. Experience the complex that honors the greatest pro football players in world. See your favorite player’s bust and reminisce in the greatest monuments of the game. The HOF is just off the highway and a great pit stop on your Ohio Sports Vacation.

Escape (Hocking Hills)

Just outside of the next sports destination (Columbus), Hocking Hills is a beautiful undisturbed and natural forest area for a time of relaxation before the next wave of sporting events. Take in a calming day at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls to mentally prepare for the loud and exciting days ahead.

Columbus Crew fans at Crew Stadium.

Columbus Crew fans at Crew Stadium.

The Gauntlet (Columbus)

Columbus is Ohio’s capital and home to its most important sports team. Get to Columbus early and take in a soccer match at the historic Crew Stadium. Sit in the Nordecke with the Crew supporters groups for a ruckus and loud game full of chants, songs, and goals.

On a Saturday in the fall, there’s only one thing that matters in Ohio–Buckeye Football. Enter into the massive Ohio Stadium nicknamed “The Horseshoe” for a day of football with 100,000 of your closest friends. The Horseshoe is one of the greatest places in American sports and the pinnacle of a Ohio Sports Vacation.

One of the best scenes in American sports.

One of the best scenes in American sports.

Week Two (Dayton)

The start of the second weeks brings you to the more quaint setting of Dayton, also known as the “Birthplace of March Madness”. It may not have the notoriety of Ohio State, but watch an early season Dayton Flyers basketball game and you’ll see how much this town loves their basketball.

Great American Ball Park

Great American Ball Park

The Finale (Cincinnati)

The final stop on your Ohio Sports vacation is Cincinnati, Ohio on the borderline of Kentucky and the shores of the Ohio River. Visit one of the most beautiful and best named stadiums in the United States at the Great American Ball Park, home to the Cincinnati Reds. Overlooking the river and nestled in downtown Cincinnati, watching a Reds baseball game is one of the best views in Ohio.

Conclude the epic two week journey just down the street from the ball park to watch the Cincinnati Bengals play on a ┬áNFL Sunday. You may be completely exhausted by now and aching from an unhealthy diet of wings, beer, and hot dogs; but it won’t deter your spirits from savoring in one of the greatest vacations a die hard Ohio Sports can achieve.

 

 

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