CLEVELAND (WJW) — It’s time to be a tourist in your own state. We went off the beaten path to find some of Ohio’s truly unique destinations.
American Sign Museum
1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati
It’s more than 20,000 square feet dedicated to the design and technology of signs over the years. There’s also a neon workshop inside the museum, where you can see tube benders at work.
Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick
2155 Broadview Rd., Cleveland
The Buckland Museum says it’s the first and only museum in the United States to celebrate witchcraft and the occult. It offers guided tours and has a giftshop full of books and sourvenirs.
978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
Located at Heineman’s Winery, the Crystal Cave is actually the world’s largest geode. Some of the crystals are up to 18 inches long. Tours run seven days a week from May through September.
Field of Corn
4995 Rings Rd., Dublin
This art installation features 109 oversized ears of corn. Each concrete cob is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 1,500 pounds. It was created by Ohio State professor and sculptor Malcolm Cochran and dedicated in 1994.
Hartman Rock Garden
1905 Russell Ave., Springfield
Ben Hartman constructed various structures and figurines from concrete, metal, glass, stone, wood and more from 1932 to 1944. Even after his death, his wife maintained what she called, “A garden of love.”
The Friends of the Hartman Rock Garden now work on preservation and restoration of the garden.
Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
Unlike any grocery store you’ve ever seen. The massive store has projects from more than 70 countries. Then there’s the wild and wacky décor, complete with an oversized Campbell’s Soup can.
3850 OH-73, Peebles
This National Historic Landmark is the largest surviving prehistoric effigy mound in the world at 1,348 feet. It’s estimated to be between 1,000 to 2,000 years old. The site is open for self-guided tours.
Temple of Tolerance
203 South Wood St., Wapakoneta
Jim Bowsher’s started building the backyard display in 1981. Over the next 20 years, he’d expand it by buying neighboring properties and stacking stone to create the temple. It’s open daily and donations are appreciated.
Tony Packo’s hot dog bun collection
1902 Front St., Toledo
It started in 1972 when actor Burt Reynolds stopped in the iconic restaurant. When he was asked for an autograph, he signed a hot dog bun. Now, when celebrities visit Tony Packo’s, they sign a replica bun for the collection, which includes signatures rom presidents, astronauts and more.
Troll Hole Museum
228 East Main St., Alliance
It’s the largest collection of troll dolls in the world. There are 14 rooms with various themes dedicated to the colorful characters. The museum often has character appearances like Poppy from the “Trolls” movies and the Grumpy Troll Cafe serves up coffee, teas and troll-themed candy.
Unofficial Toy and Plastic Brick Museum
4597 Noble St., Bellaire
This museum is dedicated to all things LEGO and contains more than 10 million bricks. There’s an underwater display, Star Wars sets and something new each year.
A hike along the Worden’s Ledges Loop Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation reveals dozens of carvings in the sides of moss-covered sandstone. Noble Stuart carved faces, a ship and even a sphinx during the 1940s.
World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock
Take a drive to the village of Sugarcreek. The world’s largest cuckoo clock is at the center of Swiss Village. The bird pops out and the polka music plays every half hour from April through November. While in the area, pick up some baked goods and do a little shopping.