Explore "The Town That Started the Civil War." Discover the downtown historic district. Shop, dine and stay in unique local places. Admire outstanding architecture. Take a picture. Ride the bike path. Go to the Apollo Theater. Enjoy the parks. Appreciate art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, FAVA and local galleries. Attend a concert. Walk around a great American small town with a great American small college.
Oberlin is a great place to visit! Sometimes known as the "most cosmopolitan small town in America," Oberlin offers small-town feel combined with a variety of events that one would expect to find only in a much larger city. With a permanent population of about 5,000, Oberlin has two nationally-accredited museums, many unique shops, and a variety of places to dine and stay.
In addition to the Oberlin Heritage Center's history tours, Oberlin has a wealth of cultural and natural resources. During any given weekend, there may be indoor or outdoor concerts, dance recitals, theatrical productions, operas, scholarly presentations, and special visual art exhibits--many of which have free admission, to boot!
Oberlin has a vibrant, if small, downtown filled with unique shops and locally-owned restaurants. If you're in the market for a special gift, art supplies (including specialty beads, brushes, etc.) or finished art, new or used books, handmade pet treats, jewelry, Oberlin (town or college)-themed gifts, and more, check out some of our downtown shops.
After a full day sightseeing in Oberlin, you'll be hungry and tired, of course, and fortunately, we've got you covered there, as well. Stop in one of our restaurants for a cup of coffee, a fresh locally-made pastry, a sandwich, or a full course meal -- formal or otherwise! Whatever your taste, we have something to please.
Stay the night in one of our local bed & breakfasts or the local hotel and wake up refreshed and ready for another day of sightseeing or your return trip home.
We hope you'll decide to visit Oberlin soon! If you have further questions, feel free to contact us – we want your visit to Oberlin to be memorable and enjoyable!