Lancaster is fun! It’s just a short 40-minute drive from Central Columbus and there is a ton to do, eat, see and explore. The Decorative Arts Center is a fab place to start, housed in a beautiful old building and showcasing various arts and craft including quilting, stain glass, watercolor, ceramics, sewing, and painting. From here you can do the Ohio Glass Museum and visit the Glass Blowing studio, then head on to Rock Mill and Covered Bridge historical park. This is a beautiful park with a deck and you can walk or just get a cup of tea and enjoy the beauty. The kids may enjoy a Valley Zipline Tour and you may enjoy a glass of wine at the Rockside Winery and Vineyards. It’s easy to spend a day here and you can browse, wander, learn, explore and come home feeling like you’ve been on holiday.
If you’ve been to Fairfield County before then you’ll understand why people keep coming back. It’s a town that is filled with history, culture, art, nature and – shopping! The Buckeye Lake State Park is Ohio’s oldest state park where you can swim, boat, fish and do one of the many well-marked hiking trails. The Amish markets of the Rushcreek Township and Sharp Farm Market are fascinating to visit and you’ll pick up some great bargains. Kids will love the AHA Children’s Hands on Adventure interactive museum and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pretty incredible. Look at the website as Fairfield is always hosting festivals, whether they be about music, wine, cheese or art. There are tons of restaurants, waffle houses, pancakes and ice-cream, cool bars if you’re older and the food is divine!
Hocking Hills is a state park in Ohio, just over an hours drive from Columbus with beautiful forests, hills, old wooden houses, streams, hiking, fishing, and boating. It’s not all about nature although the Ash Cave Rock Formation and the Rock House Cave are amazing to see and it’s really nice to get out and into the fresh air. Cedar Falls are beautiful and it’s really nice to take off your shoes and splash around in the water. Take a picnic with you, or refreshments, then visit the Logan Antique Mall with some amazing finds. You can find a restaurant in town or head to nearby Nelsonville or Lancaster for food, drink, walking, shopping and exploring. Kids will love this activity as the caves and the river are huge hits, you may never get them to leave! Canoeing on Lake Hope is pretty cool too. Take a change of clothes, hats, and sunblock.