East Washington Street in the Village on a cold wet spring evening, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Image credit Lynne Neuman via Shutterstock

8 Towns in Ohio That Have The Best Main Streets

Ohio is most well known for its major city, Cleveland, which is home to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The state is also decorated with enchanting national parks, sparkling lakes, thick forests, and picturesque sandstone cliffs. Lake Erie and the Ohio River border the state, offering easy access to scenic waterways. The historic small towns of Ohio boast distinctive neighborhoods, thriving arts and culture scenes, local breweries and wineries, and enticing culinary experiences. On top of that, you will find unique adventures, whether you enjoy the great outdoors or walk along the beautiful main streets.


Street view of downtown Marietta with cars parked at curb and the People’s Bank Theatre seen prominently.
People’s Bank Theatre downtown Marietta, Ohio. Image credit Wendy van Overstreet via Shutterstock

One of the most charming towns, Marietta earns its name from Queen Marie Antoinette of France, honoring France's aid in the United States' victory during the American Revolution. Lining the brick streets of downtown, you will find Victorian buildings and homes, historical spots, and plenty of fun shops and restaurants. Stroll down the main street, visiting stores like Sandy's Florist, Dad’s Primitive Workbench, or the Antique Mall of Marietta, and enjoy a bite to eat at Marietta Brewing Co., The Galley, or Buckley House Restaurant.

For a taste of history, visit the Campus Martius Museum, the Ohio River Museum, or the Historic Harmar Village, a small village that documents the town's early history. There are also a few seemingly haunted spots, such as the Ghost Treks and Tours by Hidden Marietta, Historic Lafayette Hotel, and Mound Cemetery.


Giant Cuckoo Clock in Sugarcreek village of Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Sugarcreek, home to the world's largest Cuckoo Clock. Image credit Nina Alizada via Shutterstock

One of the cutest small towns in Ohio, Sugarcreek earns the title of "The Little Switzerland of Ohio," boasting the world's largest cuckoo clock and the Ohio Swiss festival. The community comprises Amish, Swiss, and German families, who share their heritage with visitors. The town also features Alpine-inspired architecture lining the downtown streets, as well as local Swiss cheese-making shops, where visitors enjoy a taste of Switzerland.

The downtown area also hosts small stores, boutiques, and booths, where you will find local artisans making crafts, baked goods, and other handmade items and souvenirs. The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum is a unique spot, offering a scenic ride into the countryside, as well as information about restoring steam locomotives. There are plenty of hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts to extend your stay, enjoying the quaint and quiet, yet warm and inviting, nature of the town.


Downtown storefronts in Main Street in the small Gallipolis, Ohio village are very quaint.
Downtown storefronts in Main Street in the small Ohio village of Gallipolis. Image credit Wendy van Overstreet via Shutterstock

A charming river town in Ohio, Gallipolis sits on the Ohio River, offering a cozy spot to relax on sandy beaches, swim in the water, and partake in a day of fishing. The downtown area features plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as annual events, such as the French Flea Market & Craft Show, the First Friday festival, and more. The main street is home to the town’s historical heritage, such as the John Gee Black Historical Center, Gallia County Historical Society, and the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre.

City Park and Mound Hill Park are popular spots for families, where you can play a round of golf, enjoy a picnic, and stroll around the grounds. There are also lots of trails and wildlife areas to explore, hike, and bike around, such as Gallia County Hike and Bike Trail, Gatewood Trail System, and Rio Grande Reservoir.


Aerial view of the main street in Lebanon, Ohio
Aerial street view of Lebanon, Ohio.

Part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area, Lebanon is a charming and historic town. It hosts a plethora of annual and regular events, including yoga in the park, a country music festival, and a girl's night out shopping event in the downtown area. Enjoy the town's beauty and visit the 45-acre bike park, recreation trails, or the tourist train.

In the downtown area, you will find quaint coffee shops and cafes, shopping and antique malls, and intriguing museums. There are also regular farmer's markets throughout the year, where you can enjoy fresh fruit, handmade goods, and more. Find rest and relaxation at one of the salons or spas, where you can get a massage, haircut, or manicure. Stay in one of the many bed and breakfasts or partake in a more rustic stay at KOA campground.


Roscoe Village is a historic Ohio town and landmark built in 1816 in Coshocton, Ohio
Roscoe Village, a historic Ohio town and landmark built in 1816 in Coshocton. Image credit Madison Muskopf via Shutterstock

Rich in charm, heritage, and history, Coshocton features an eclectic collection of small shops, cafes, and lively pubs, all with an inviting atmosphere in Roscoe Village. The restored historic buildings share a glimpse into the past, while visitors can also partake in a self-guided living history tour.

The Three Rivers Wine Trail is home to six wineries and a brewery, all along a scenic drive, where you can enjoy a glass of locally made wine and beer. Relax and recharge in the great outdoors, kayaking in nearby Wills Creek Lake, exploring the gardens of Roscoe Village, or strolling around Coshocton Lake Park. There are also several unique festivals and events in the town, including the hot air balloon festival, spring sidewalk sales, and the Sasquatch Triangle Conference.

Chagrin Falls

PNC Bank and People Dining at Outdoor Sidewalk Seating at Umami on Main Street in a Beautiful Small Town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio
PNC Bank and People Dining on Main Street, Chagrin Falls. Image credit Lynne Neuman via Shutterstock

Branded one of the most picturesque towns in Ohio, Chagrin Falls is most well known for its cascading waterfalls, which flow through the downtown area. Lining the streets are historic buildings, over 50 independent storefronts featuring vintage and antique stores, and an abundance of restaurants and cafes. There is plenty to explore and enjoy in the area, whether you are in search of a romantic getaway, a girl's trip, or a family vacation.

The town is just 40 minutes from Cleveland, boasting easy access to the big city life. But if you are in search of a cozy and charming escape, revel in all that the small town has to offer, whether you pay a visit to the cinema, Studio Orchestra, or enjoy a round of golf. Beartown Lakes Reservation Habitat is a good spot to enjoy the great outdoors, keep an eye out for wildlife, and take a hike.


A beautiful pink Ford is parked in front of local shops on a summer cruise night, Milan, Ohio
A pink Ford on a summer cruise night in downtown Milan, Ohio. Image credit Keith J Finks via Shutterstock

The birthplace of Thomas Edison, Milan is a unique and scenic village, boasting a plethora of activities for visitors. Explore the seven-building historical museum and learn all about the inventor of the lightbulb, peruse the abundance of antique shops in historic buildings lining the downtown streets, or stroll the picturesque town square and enjoy a bite to eat from a local bakery or restaurant.

There are also plenty of annual events and festivals in Milan, including the Melon Festival and the Hello Spring Craft Festival. Situated near Lake Erie, you will find lots of activities to enjoy, including a relaxing beach, roller coaster park, and water sports.


Churches and businesses line a shady block of Broadway Avenue in Granville, Ohio.
Churches and businesses line a shady block of Broadway Avenue in Granville. Image credit Kenneth Sponsler via Shutterstock

Granville is 35 miles east of Columbus, the state's capitol, boasting historical spots and plenty of adventure. Robbins Hunter Museum is a house museum, finished with 18th and 19th century art. Dawes Arboretum is another place to visit, where you can venture around 1,800 acres of scenery and eight miles of hiking trails. For a cozy night out, check out the Midland Theater, where there are various performances.

The New England-style downtown features unique architecture, adding to the charm and intrigue of the area. You will find a plethora of spots to enjoy along the main street, including a variety of eateries, souvenir shops, and art galleries. The Historic Granville Inn is one of the most significant places in the downtown core, dating back to 1924, and offering guests a quaint and comfortable place to stay.

Ohio is overflowing with enticing small towns, each of which boasts its own encapsulating main streets, featuring unique restaurants, shops, art galleries, and more. Whether you are in search of a relaxing walk, antique souvenirs, or an afternoon out, there is something exciting for everyone. Once you enjoy a stroll through the downtown areas, find your way to unique historical spots, outdoor excursions, and national parks.

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