Fun Day Trips Near Delaware County

Ohio is a fascinating state and there are plenty of day trips you can take from Delaware County to experience all that Ohio has to offer. Whether you’re looking to escape into the blissful peace of the woods or find new thrills and excitement, choose one of these fun Ohio day trip adventures.

Nature

Hocking Hills—A beautiful day or weekend getaway, Hocking Hills offers visitors walking trails, rock formations, waterfalls, and nearby Lake Logan for all your typical watersports and fishing needs. Don’t miss Old Man’s Cave and get adventurous with a canopy tour. It’s time outdoors for the whole family.

Olentangy Indian Caverns—Just a few short minutes from home are the Olentangy Indian Caverns. Explore the winding passages and spacious rooms of this Wyandotte Indian underground hideaway. Reach back in history as you learn about the early settlers of the area. Visiting season is limited so hurry and visit today!

The Wilds—located in Cumberland, Ohio, The Wilds is your chance to escape to the furthest reaches of the globe in a single day. From rhinos and giraffes to camels and cheetahs, get up close and person on your own Ohio safari ride through the park. 

Culture & History

Amish Country—for a taste of a simpler time, head over to Amish Country where you can watch horse-pulled buggies amble down the street and eat delicious home cooking from the local restaurants. Don’t forget to check out the high-quality, handmade furniture available at the many Amish woodworkers’ shops.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—Head up north to Cleveland for a trip to musical heaven. The hall of fame features a permanent collection and special exhibits of musical memorabilia and history. Live music and fun events make this an excellent day trip to take more than once.

Serpent Mound—Located in Adams County, Ohio, the Serpent Mound is a prehistoric effigy mound over 900 years old. This site and eight other Ohio burial mounds were nominated for UNESCO Heritage Site status in 2008.

Food

Smucker’s—Head over to Orrville, Ohio for a day trip to the Smucker’s farm. Featuring delicious products, branded merchandise, and an on-site café, this company store is a family favorite.

Jungle Jim’s International Market—It may seem silly to drive to Fairfield to visit a grocery store, but Jungle Jim’s is so much more. Big enough to need a “plan your visit” page on their website, this market features every international food imaginable and offers special events like pint nights and karaoke. 

Entertainment

Baseball—head north for the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field or southwest for the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ballpark and you’ll be in for an afternoon and evening of old-fashioned American fun. These baseball teams have between six and eight home-game weekends each summer, making it the perfect excuse to head out on a day trip. 

Rollercoasters—They don’t call Ohio the Rollercoaster Capital of the World for nothing. With Cedar Point and Kings Island just a few hours’ drive away, you’ll be feeling the wind in your hair in no time. This day trip is a must for the Ohio thrill seeker.

Unusual

Big Basket—If you’re driving near Newark, Ohio, stop and take a selfie with the only basket-shaped building in the world. This former headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company was sold in 2018 after being vacant for several years. Future plans could include offices or even a hotel.

Cornhenge—Let’s face it, Ohio has a lot of eccentricities, but Cornhenge may take the cake (err, corn?) as the weirdest Ohio attraction. Originally “planted” in 1994, this installation in Dublin, Ohio commemorates Sam Frantz, a farmer who helped the Ohio State University develop several hybrid corn varieties.

Bun Museum—Not for the carb- or gluten-free crowd, this restaurant/museum celebrates everything hotdog buns. With over 1500 buns on display (many signed by celebrities), this place is certainly worth a detour if you’re anywhere near Toledo.

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