Best Time to Visit Ohio

Ohio main travel destinations are the three "C cities" - Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati - and also Sandusky and the Lake Eire Islands, a recently revitilized shore region, attracting more than seven million people a year.

Best time to visit & travel to Ohio
When not to go to Ohio
Hotels and flights to Ohio

See also:
Best time to visit Cleveland
Best time to visit Columbus
Best time to visit Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands
Best time to visit Cincinnati

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If you mostly want to visit Ohio's outdoor spots or the Erie Islands, then Fall, late Spring and Summer (if you don't mind some hotter days and possible heat waves) are the best times. These periods are the most popular seasons in Ohio.

Ohio's winters are severe, with occasional snowstorms and intense rainfalls. Lake Erie influence turns the climate a bit less harsh but snowstorms and ice storms aren't unexpected in months like December, January and February. 

If you mainly want to enjoy indoor activities (such as the all year round water and theme parks in Sandusky, or museums and other indoor activities in the "C cities") and benefit from lower accommodation rates and fewer crowds, then the best time to visit Ohio would be Winter, early Spring or late Fall.

If you want to privilege the weather, Autumn is the best time to visit Ohio, not just because of the Fall's foliage. Autumns brings with it very agreeable and warm temperatures and very nice days. In contrast, early and mid Spring are often cloudy, chilly, and rainy.


Do not go to Ohio in the Winter and the early Spring if you dislike severe weather, snow and heavy precipitation.

Avoid July and August if you mainly want to enjoy Ohio's indoor activities and want cheap accommodation and fewer crowds.

See, for details on the Ohio's weather and climate:
Cleveland Weather Data
Columbus Weather Data
Cincinnati Weather Data


Lodging in Sandusky and Lake Erie Islands tends to be expensive, so you should book your hotel rooms well ahead.In Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus, lodging is cheaper and easy to book.

Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Port Columbus International Airport are the main Ohio's airports.  

For details in flights and lodging in Ohio destinations, see:
Hotels and flights in Cleveland
Hotels and flights in Columbus
Hotels and flights in Cincinnati
Hotels and flights in Sandusky and Lake Erie Islands