Things to do in AshlandThings to do in Ashland

Ashland is a small town situated between Columbus and Cleveland. It can be a great stopover on a road trip through Ohio on the way to Lake Erie or Cleveland Browns game. The rural county is home to the self-proclaimed “World Headquarters of Nice People” in the northern part of the state.

The best time to visit Ashland is in the summer months when the Midwest weather is the best, with hot days and warm nights. Winter brings cold temperatures and occasional heavy snowfall.

Foreign visitors that want to experience Ohio should apply on time for Visa USA ESTA, a procedure that will grant you entrance into the country. The straightforward application process consists of a set of online questions and a small fee. Once you get approval, usually in three days, you are eligible to enter the US for up to two years.

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Brookside Park Ashland Ohio

One of the largest community spaces is the Brookside Park that has all the amenities for family fun with picnic areas, playground for kids that includes fenced play area for smaller children. You can grab an ice cream, enjoy the shuffleboard area and huge swimming pool. Brookside Park also has softball and baseball grounds, basketball courts and other sporting areas.

In the summertime, besides playing soccer, and looking at the ducks in the pond, the park offers free concerts, and it becomes a vibrant music area.

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Balloon fest Ashland Ohio

Every July, besides free concerts Ashland organizes for 29 years in a row Balloonfest. Hot Air Balloons cover the Ashland sky with their bold and varied colors and shapes. The festival offers balloon flights, but also Ballon Glow, races, stage performances, exhibits, rich food and drinks offer and much more so make sure to bring your festival gear. Every year between 20 and 30 balloons participate in the weekend festivities, and 2005 was a record year with a total of 39 balloons in the air. Over the years besides traditionally shaped balloons some were looking like a cake, Santa Claus, Red Dragon, American flag and other

Bed and Breakfast Ashland Ohio

Ashland are not a large tourist hub, and accommodation is mostly available in smaller Inns or Bed & Breakfast sites. Some of the most popular places to stay according to the guest reviews are Jenny Wade Bed Breakfast, and College House Bed and Breakfast located in the downtown Ashland.  A little outside of the town is Winifield Bed & Breakfast, which is a much better choice than a nearby motel. Other B&B accommodations are in nearby Mansfield.

Campgrounds near Ashland Ohio

If you want a little more freedom with your choices, there are plenty of camping grounds near Ashland. Excellent summer getaway is Hickory Lakes campground with all the amenities, great beach, and small lakes to relax and get relief from the summer heat. Affordable rates and plenty of events during the summer attracts Ohio natives in this West Salem campground.

Hidden acres campground is also situated in West Salem near a small lake. It has a pool, and a general store as well as all the necessary amenities and a variety of accommodation, including mobile homes.
South of Ashland, you can find Charles Mill Lake, and on the shore of this rather large lake, you can find Eagle Point camping ground with large pool, RV, motorhome, travel trailer, and tent places.

In the Amish and Mohican country, you can find Lake Wapusan Campground with rental cottages and trailers, more than 300 spots for RVs and other vehicles. There is one larger 23-acre lake suitable for swimming and fishing and five smaller lakes. Besides the classic camping infrastructure, you can find swimming beach, basketball, and tennis court, and you can rent boats.

Further away from Ashland you can find Rohr Lake, Terrace Lakes Campground and Rustic Lakes Campground and many others, especially to the north closer to the Lake Erie.

Foreign visitors can rent a motorhome or RV in almost every US city. But before making reservations, make sure you got ESTA travel authorization. After the administration finished your application, if you get the approval you can enter the US for up to 90 days.

Bottom line

Ohio is considered a Midwest state, although it gravitates more to the eastern part of the USA. The northern part of the country is on Lake Erie, and the landscape in other parts of the state is relatively flat. There are numerous attractions in Ohio like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame building in Cleveland. Dayton is home of the National Museum of the US Air Force, while Cedar Point has an exceptional Amusement Park. Nature lovers can enjoy Hocking Hills State Park, and our stopover in Ashland is worth visiting for its Balloon Fest.

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