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August
13

18 "World's Largest Things" in Ohio That Should Be On Your Bucket List

When it comes to world records, Ohio is an old pro. Our incredible state is full of famous record holders—including many of the "World's Largest Things". We have everything from the world's largest cornfield to the biggest set of drumsticks, each with their own interesting story.

We rounded up some of our favorite unique "Biggest Things" in Ohio. Whether you're looking for quirky stops to put on your next road trip or want to learn more about our state's wacky side, you'll find something that'll pique your interest!

Click the city link accompanying each destination to see its location and photos taken by curious visitors.

The World's Largest Stamp | Cleveland

 
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This Cleveland landmark, which was originally commissioned by Standard Oil of Ohio (now Amoco), stands 28 feet tall and 48 feet long. The massive sculpture has the word "Free" written across the bottom to commemorate the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which honors soldiers from the Civil War and freedom from slavery. Today, you can find it in Willard Park in Downtown Cleveland!

 

The World's Largest Corn Field | Dublin

 
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The Field of Giant Cobs, or "Cornhenge", is located in Dublin, Ohio and features 109, people-sized ears of concrete corn in an eclectic art display. The installation was created as a salute to Sam Frantz, former Dublin farmer, who worked on developing hybrid corn seeds with Ohio State University from 1935 to 1963 on the very land where the large sculptures now reside.

 

The World's Largest Washboard | Logan

 
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You can find the world's largest washboard hanging on the side of the Columbus Washboard Company building in Logan. If you can, we recommend taking a tour of the factory, where you can watch them make washboards and other antique equipment. And that giant washboard isn't the only thing Logan is known for; they also host the annual Washboard Fest. At "Ohio's Most Unique Festival" clothes are hung out across the street in lieu of banners, you can listen to local artists perform, enjoy tasty treats from food vendors and participate in the parade!  

The World's Largest Can of Tomato Soup | Napoleon

 
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On the outskirts of Napoleon, at the side of the Campbell's Soup plant, you'll find an enormous soup can adorned with a traditional Campbell's label. There's a small gravel spot where you can pull over, take a photo and, according to visitors, actually enjoy the smell of soup wafting through the air!

 

The World's Largest Outdoor Chandelier | Cleveland

 
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Cleveland's Playhouse Square is the largest theater district in the country outside of New York City's Lincoln Center, hosting thousands of fantastic shows and performances each year. But the dazzling events aren't the only thing huge about this neighborhood—it also happens to be home to the world's largest outdoor chandelier. The already iconic fixture was installed in 2014 and holds over 4,200 acrylic crystals.  

The World's Largest Gavel | Columbus

 
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This massive hammer of justice is located in front of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus. The 30-foot long gavel was created by artist Andrew Scott in 2008 to honor the Ohio Supreme Court and is settled on top of a large reflecting pool.  

The World's Largest Troll Collection | Alliance

 
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Trolls are all the rage right now and there's no better place to be a troll enthusiast than the Troll Hole Museum. This Alliance treasure boasts more than 20,000 troll items—including a Guinness World Record troll collection. Here, you can learn everything about trolls, from ancient mythology to the modern dolls in pop culture that we have grown to know and love.

 

The World's Largest Basket | Newark

 
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The city of Newark is home to a lot of baskets thanks to Longaberger Basket Company, which unfortunately went out of business in 2018. The world's largest basket, a seven-story structure that was created to replicate Longaberger's popular Medium Market Basket, was used to house the company's headquarters. You can still drive by the iconic building along with several of its sisters—including the world's largest apple basket and the house-sized picnic basket in nearby Dresden.  

The World's Largest Ping Pong Paddle | Columbus

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The world record for the largest ping pong paddle is held by Pins Mechanical Company in Columbus. The 12-foot long behemoth is located next to one of the ping pong tables in this eclectic arcade-bar. Along with ping pong, Pins Mechanical also offers plenty of pinball machines, duckpin bowling, outdoor Jenga, and, of course, a great selection of food and drinks.

 

The World's Largest Claw Machine | Dayton

 
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Pin Mechanical isn't the only bar in Ohio to have its own world record—Proto Build Bar in Dayton lays claim to the world's largest claw machine. This unique establishment is part 3D printing lab, part electronic maker space and part café. You can play the massive claw machine, design your own model at one of the many 3D printers around the space, or just sit with a cup of warm espresso while you watch others create!  

The World's Largest Geode | Put-in-Bay

 
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The largest geode in the world is a cave located in Put-in-Bay, 40 feet underneath Heineman's Winery. The winery discovered the cave, aptly named "Crystal Cave", when workers were attempting to dig a well on their property in 1897. Thanks to the cave, which is full of massive crystals that reach up to 18 inches long, the family-run winery was saved from demise during Prohibition. You can visit it today to see the incredible crystals (and to do some wine tasting) seven days a week, May through September.

 

The World's Largest Loaf of Bread | Urbana

 
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The world's largest loaf of bread is located in Urbana. While it's not edible, it's still definitely worth a trip. The structure was constructed out of fiberglass and steel and can be found near the loading dock of the Bundy Baking Museum and Factory. The age and origin of the loaf are unknown and because it's pretty hard to find, it has become something of an urban (or should we say Urbana?) legend to locals.  

The World's Largest Drumsticks | Warren

 
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Unbeknownst to many, David Grohl, the former drummer for Nirvana and the frontman for the Foo Fighters, was born in Warren, Ohio. While he isn't a lifelong resident, he did call the small town home for a while when he was a child. Former local police officer, Joe O'Grady wanted to encourage the young people in the community of Warren with the success story of David Grohl. He accomplished this by cleaning up a decrepit alley and giving local artists a place to showcase their work. The area became known as "David Grohl Alley" and features sculptures and murals dedicated to Grohl created by local artists—including the world's largest drumsticks, each of which weighs close to 900 pounds.  

The World's Largest Horse and Buggy | Greenwich

 
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It's no secret that we adore Ohio's Amish country. There are so many delicious farm-to-table restaurants, hospitable inns and interesting things to see—including the world's largest horse and buggy! This quirky art installment is made completely out of 2x4s and is a total of 32 feet long and 14 feet tall. The sculpture is located in front of an Amish-style bulk grocery store, Beyond Measure Market.  

The World's Largest Pumpkin Water Tower | Circleville

 
 
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We can't think of a better place for a massive pumpkin water tower than in Circleville, a city famous for its annual pumpkin festival. The Circleville Pumpkin Show is always completely free to attend and features a giant pumpkin weigh-in, a pumpkin pie auction, several parades, a Little Miss Pumpkin Show, fantastic live music, delicious fair food and so much more.  

The World's Largest Matchstick | Wadsworth

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The world's largest matchstick is erected one week a year, with a flaming torch head, as part of Wadsworth, Ohio's annual Blue Tip Festival. The festival was created to celebrate the town's former top employer: the Ohio Match Company. The company helped move Wadsworth from a coal mining town to an industrial community, opening up a factory in the area to make their famous "Ohio Blue Tip" strike-anywhere matches. While the corporation closed in the 1980s, the festival lives on, with the 17-foot-tall match being ceremoniously lit during the annual Blue Tip Parade.

 

The World's Largest Cuckoo Clock | Sugarcreek

 
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July
11

8 Unique Places to Stay Around Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands

When you think "beach vacation," Ohio isn't usually on the top of the list — but it should be! Lake Erie, which spans Ohio's entire northern border and stretches all the way to Buffalo, New York, boasts pristine sandy beaches, lush surroundings, nearby vineyards and plenty of unique spots to take it all in. Regardless of the season, a vacation to Lake Erie is always a great idea. We rounded up some of our favorite spots all around Ohio's Lake Erie shores and islands to escape to that offer distinctive experiences — from massive Caribbean-esque resorts to charming inns. So no matter what type of vacation you're looking to book, we've got something for you on this list. Happy exploring!

A Water's Edge Retreat Luxury Inn

827 East Lakeshore Drive, Kelley's Island Lake Erie Hotels A Water's Edge Retreat Luxury Inn is one of the most talked about Lake Erie destinations — and for a good reason! This idyllic Victorian house is right on the beach and offers amazing, unobstructed views in all directions. All of the guest rooms are elegantly decorated and feature all of your favorite modern conveniences like private bathrooms and air conditioning. Before you spend the day walking or biking around the island, make sure to stop in for their famous breakfast held in the beautiful formal dining room every morning!  

Captain Montague's Bed & Breakfast

229 Center Street, Huron Located in the small beach town of Huron, Ohio, Captain Montague's offers the perfect juxtaposition of Old World charm and modern luxury. The building itself was once the home to Captain C.Z. Montague and his family in the late 1800s and still has many of the original features — including a handcrafted black walnut staircase and the exquisite original wood flooring. Each of the gorgeous rooms has been completely restored and offers cozy spaces to escape to after a long day on the water!  

Hotel Kilbourne

223 West Water Street, Sandusky Hotel Kilbourne is Sandusky's first boutique hotel located on the city's beautiful historic waterfront. The adorable, Instagram-worthy rooms are full of luxurious touches like cozy bedding, appliances and stunning views of either the city or the breathtaking waterfront. We recommend this quaint hotel not only because of its fantastic amenities, but also its central location close to Sandusky's downtown entertainment scene, the beach and Cedar Point ferries.  

Firefly Beach Resort

4903 Cleveland Road East, Huron

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A quintessential beach destination, Firefly Beach Resort offers over five acres of private grounds for your summer vacation. Stay in their tiny, colorful cottages or park your RV on their large camper space — no matter where you stay in the resort the beach will be only a few feet away. And if you get hungry during your waterfront relaxation session, pay a visit to the Erie Kai, the onsite restaurant that serves up fresh fish, grilled sandwiches and other delicious dishes.  

Milan Inn-Tiques

29 East Church Streets, Milan Milan Inn-Tiques is located on Milan's Village Square close to the Edison Birthplace Museum and several other historic destinations. Downstairs, peruse for gems in their antique store, enjoy the colorful murals in the "Edison Room" and take a break at the Coffee Station. And if you're looking for a truly unique place to stay in Milan, there is a one unit room for rent upstairs that can sleep up to 10 people! The cozy apartment features, of course, antique decor along with modern amenities like a TV, full kitchen, wireless internet and a laundry space.

Coastal Floating Homes

545 West Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton Why should you settle for being near the water when you could literally be on the water? Well, we're happy to tell you that you can, indeed, stay right on Lake Erie in a Coastal Floating Home! These one-to-two-bedroom homes are floating on the water, with a boat dock at your door. As an added bonus, each home offers a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, satellite TV and are located just steps from downtown Port Clinton and ferry service to the Lake Erie Islands.  

Cedar Point's Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark

2001 Cleveland Road West, Sandusky Places to stay near Lake Erie

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For a fun, family vacation, there's no better place to stay on Lake Erie than Cedar Point. Not only can you have a blast at the famous amusement park and the beach right out front, but the Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark brings the fun right to your hotel with a wave pool, water coaster, slides and so much more. Plus, in your resort, you'll also find a fitness center, arcade and several fantastic restaurants!  

Islander Inn

225 Erie Street, Put-in-Bay This Caribbean-style hotel is a vacationer favorite in Put-in-Bay offering the best of Lake Erie's natural beauty and the feeling of an exotic vacation at the same time. Throughout the resort, you can find four huge pools, a 30-person jacuzzi and two swim-up bars. So spend your days lounging by the water with a drink or rent a golf cart from the hotel and explore the historic island!  

Have a Fun Vacation!

No matter where you're planning on spending your vacation days, we hope you have a blast!

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