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My Ohio Fun Travel Talk

Answering your Ohio travel questions.

Every day I receive emails, phone calls and social media messages, all asking Ohio travel advice. The questions range from what can I do with my kids for a day to what Italian restaurant in Little Italy is my favorite, to are there places to take a train ride in Ohio?

I personally respond to all the questions, and if I don’t know the answer I will reach out to my fellow travel partners for help. Everyone gets an answer if I can find one.  I love to travel and I love to share this fabulous state. I have been blessed to be able to “tell people where to go” for over 30 years.

With so many questions coming in every week, I thought it would be fun to start keep a running list of some of the questions and my answers. Just maybe someone out there is also looking for the same answer.

Keep on exploring! And yes, I know I need a podcast.

Here we go:

Check back often as we will be adding more and more questions and answers.

Fannie May Chocolate Factory - North Canton (Pic: My Ohio Fun)

June 27, 2024 
Q: Are there any chocolate factory tours in Ohio? 
A:  Yes.

Fannie May’s  in North Canton. Fannie May offers free tours Monday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the top of each hour. Before heading out heck their website for any tour changes. 
Address: 5353 Lauby Rd., North Canton, OH 44720

Anthony-Thomas Chocolates 
“We offer open house walk-in tours Monday through Thursday between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Tours begin on the hour.” There is an admission fee. Before heading out, check their website for any tour updates.
Address: 1777 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH 43228
877-226-3921 | anthony-thomas.com

June 16, 2024 

Brandywine Falls - My Ohio Fun media

Q: Can you walk to Brandywine Falls?
A: YES.  Brandywine Falls, located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is easily accessible to view by following the signs from the parking lot to the boardwalk.  There is an upper viewing area and a lower viewing area. There are also steps. The majority of the steps are to get to the lower viewing area.

There is limited parking in the parking lot. Normally, there is not an issue finding a spot, except during peak holidays and the fall season. If you are ambitious, you can hike to the falls from the Boston Mill Visitor Center (approx. 5 miles). 

Anytime is a great time to visit the falls. After a rain storm the falls increase in size.

Restrooms and a couple picnic tables are available where you park.
Don’t forget your camera.

Address: 8176 Brandywine Rd., Sagamore Hills, OH 44067
Learn more: nps.gov


Week June 9, 2024

ba sweetie candy company My Ohio Fun

Q: Where is the candy store that is always on television and they have retro candy? 
A: The largest candy store in America is located in northeast Ohio.
The b.a. Sweeetie Candy Company is located at 6770 Brookpark Road. Cleveland, OH.
You will not only find a “large” selection of candy, bottled pops and popcorn made in-house, you will also find a Soda Shoppe and a seasonal 36 hole miniature golf, called Golfland. A short drive from b.a. Sweeties is the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Q: I am looking for information about the Giants of Seville. 
A: The Seville Historical Society oversees the displays of The Giants of Seville, Captain and Anna Bates and local history. Address: 70 W Main St., Seville, OH 44273 | Please call ahead for current hours. Tele: 330.441.2115
The Bates family is buried at the local Mound Hill Cemetery.
Allow time to shop the shops downtown. Just outside of town is the Northern Ohio Railway Museum. Check their website for hours.

Q: Family coming in from out-of-town and they want to head to Amish Country near Berlin. Anything special we should see and do? 
A: If you are only spending one day, I would suggest you hit some of the highlights, like Lehman’s,  Heini’s Cheese Chalet or Guggisberg Cheese Factory. Downtown Berlin if you want to spend time in one area. For nearby lunch,  I would suggest the Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant (cash only) or Berlin Farmstead.  If time allows, the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center is a great place to stop and learn about the history of the Amish, Mennonites and to view the 10ft x 265 ft. circular mural called Behalt. Tis The Season is another stop and Ohio’s largest year ’round Christmas shoppe.
You can one of My Ohio Fun’s Amish itinerary here.

Q: Where is that crazy large grocery store? Jungle something?
A: I am assuming you mean Jungle Jim’s International Market? If so, there are two locations, the first one is at 5440 Dixie Hwy. in Fairfield and the other one is located at 4450 Eastgate South Drive, Cincinnati. Allow plenty of time to shop. Around every corner you will find something new.

Q: My grandson loves planes. Where can we take him around Akron. 
A: MAPS Air Museum
Address: 2260 International Pkwy, North Canton 44720
Seniors, children and veterans receive discounted admission prices. Allow at least 2 hours to visit.
Every year around August the Props and Pistons Festival (August 17-18, 2024) takes place at the Akron Fulton Airport.

Observatory Park
photo credit: Andrew Gacom Photography. 

Q: Are there any places around Cleveland that we can see the stars? Limited light pollution? 

A: Yes. About an hour from downtown Cleveland is the Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park. “Observatory Park has permanent distinction from the International Dark-Sky Association as a Silver Tier Dark Sky Park.”

There is also access to the Nassau Astronomical Station. The park also includes other features like earthen mounds, henge stones and more.

Observatory Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day.

The park is also located in Ohio’s 2nd Amish country, Geauga County.

Answers by:  D Rock
Photo credits given on each picture.

Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note:   Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.  


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