Introduction to Ontario, Ohio
Ontario, Ohio, in Richland county, is 49 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 59 miles N of Columbus, Ohio. The village is part of the Mansfield metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 5,303 people live in Ontario.
The area was originally established as part of the Springfield Township, on the trail between Bucyrus and Mansfield. In 1834, the it merged with New Castle and was known as the Village of Ontario. Following the establishment of a stamping plant of General Motors in 1956, residents voted in favor of incorporation. On June 25, 1958, Ontario was incorporated as a village, and it was reincorporated as a city on April 30, 2001.
Ontario and Nearby Attractions
- Allen Memorial Art Museum
- Harding Home
- Indian Mill
- Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
- Malabar Farm State Park
- Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
Things To Do In Ontario
Exhibits in the Indian Mill museum depict the history of milling from prehistoric times. Roscoe Village is a restored canal town complete with historic buildings, canal boat trips, and craftspeople. Another popular place to visit is the Allen Memorial Art Museum which features 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, 19th and 20th century European art, as well as Old Master prints. The home of President Warren G. Harding is a historical site near Ontario. Facilities for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and picnicking are available at the Malabar Farm State Park. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, and Cedar Point amusement park are some of the other popular destinations in the area.
Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport is the closest major airport.
Ontario Higher Education
Colleges near Ontario include the Ashland University, North Central State College, and Ohio State University - Mansfield.