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  • Buckeye Lake State Park

    Buckeye Lake State Park is located in Fairfield, Licking and Perry Counties, near Millersport, 30 miles east of Columbus. This park dates back to Ohio's historic canal era and has been a popular vacation spot for over a century.

    Today, Buckeye Lake offers fishing, boating, swimming beaches, and scenic picnic areas with tables, grills and reservable shelter houses. Call 1-866-OHIOPARKS for shelter house reservations. Playgrounds are conveniently located near beaches and picnic areas. Cranberry Bog State Nature Preserve is a unique natural area that is accessible by boat. 

    There are no overnight facilities available. 

    • Address: 2905 Liebs Island Road
      Millersport, Ohio 43046
    • Phone: Local Number: 7404672690
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.ohiostateparks.org
  • Hocking Hills KOA & Gem Mine

    You simply won't find a better camping location in southeast Ohio's beautiful Hocking Hills region than Hocking Hills KOA. With Old Man's Cave a short 3 mile drive, we are centrally located to many area attractions including Conkles Hollow, Ash Cave and Cedar Falls or activities like horseback riding, canoeing, Canopy Tours zipline, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, shopping at our many unique shops and so much more.



    Whether you stay at a deluxe full hookup site in your big rig, pitch a tent on one of our primitive or electric tent sites, or stay in one of our Kamping Kabins or Lodges where you can enjoy your camping experience without giving up all the conveniences, we look forward to having you as our guest. Pets are welcome in your RV and if you are staying in our pet friendly cabin. Our four-legged guests will also enjoy getting a little exercise at our Kamp K-9 off-leash pet playground.



    You'll find amenities and activities to please family members of all ages including our heated swimming pool, cable TV, Wi-Fi, geocaching or our planned weekend activities. You won't want to miss all the fun of finding gems at our 75' mining sluice. Hocking Hills Gem Mine is entertaining as well as educational as you discover gems from all around the world.



    KOA Presidents and Founders Award winner - 2009-2013

    Trailer Life rated: 8.5-10*-10


















    • Address: 29150 Pattor Rd
      Logan, Ohio 43138
    • Phone: Local Number: 7403854295
    • Email: camp@hockinghillskoa.com
    • Website: http://www.hockinghillskoa.com
  • Schakolad Chocolate Factory

    Handmade European Style Chocolates. Our signature chocolates are prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in the time honored traditions of quality, artistry and innovation. We invite you to explore a world of sweet possibilities: Handmade Fine Chocolates, Corporate Logos, Wedding Favors, Gift Baskets, Referral Gifts, Thank You Gifts, Holiday Gifts Custom Chocolate Designs and Chocolate Fountain Rentals. Shipping and local deliveries are available. Chocolate Fountain rentals are available for small and large groups.

    Call a couple of days in advance to reserve the store for a Sweet tour.  The store is closed and you can make your own chocolate item(s).  These are only done with call ahead reservations. These tours are only conducted after the store has closed and there is a min of 10 people.

    Small Group tours are conducted on a call in advance (3 days) basis.  You get to learn about the history of chocolate, how we make everything and make your own treat to package and eat.  Great family time, small birthday parties, or school or scout outings.

    • Address: 3219 Tremont Road
      Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
    • Phone: Local Number: 6143263500
    • Email: columbus@schakolad.com
    • Website: http://www.schakolad.com/store23
  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    Located just north of Columbus, in Powell, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo that's home to over 9,000 animals representing over 675 species. In 2009, it was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.

    • Address: 4850 West Powell Rd.
      Powell, Ohio 43065
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-MONKEYS
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.columbuszoo.org
  • Zoombezi Bay Waterpark at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    A 22.7 acre water park that occupies the former home of Wyandot Lake and then some! The park features 17 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and a whole lot more.

    • Address: 4850 West Powell Rd.
      Powell, Ohio 43065
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-MONKEYS
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.zoombezibay.com
  • Frontier Days

    53rd Annual Frontier Days Parade and Festival is a long standing tradition in the City of Milford.  Held along the little Miami scenic river, the festival offers great live music each night.  Great food from local non-profit organizations and local eateries and rides.  Annual Frog Jumping Contest is held on Saturday with cash prizes!  Over fifty frogs jumped to be crowned Prince or Princess of Frontier Days!  HMA sponsors the Gambling Area and there is lots more!

    The parade starts Thursday at 6:30pm and runs west down St. Rt. 50 to the Festival Grounds overlooking the Little Miami Scenic River. Make your travel plans now and come join the fun!

    • Address: 450 Victor Stier Drive
      Milford, Ohio 45150
    • Phone: Local Number: 513-831-2411
    • Email: director@milfordmiamitownship.com
    • Website: http://www.frontierdaysmilford.com
  • Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve

    Flint Ridge contains quarry pits where all of the ancient people of Ohio came to get flint for both tools and weapons. The flint was also a trade item for many of these people and was especially prized by the Hopewell Culture for its quality and beauty. A walk through the site brings home how hard people labored to remove this material from the earth.

    The hardwood forest has some magnificent examples of the trees that created a leafy canopy over much of Ohio. Wildflowers in the spring and colors in the fall all are part of the site. Many species of wildlife abound in the forest as well.

    The museum at Flint Ridge is built around a restored pre-historic quarry pit and explains both the digging and shaping of flint. The unique geology of the area is also a feature of the displays. The site includes a museum shop that features flint as a gemstone with locally manufactured jewelry.

    A picnic area with tables, grills and restrooms is available for visitors to the memorial.

    • Address: 15300 Flint Ridge Road
      Glenford, Ohio 43739
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 283-8707
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/flintridge
  • Blue Jacket Cheese

    We are Ohio's leading producer of fresh artisan cheese including fresh cheddar curds, quark, chevre, mozzarella, and Gretna Grilling, an halloumi-style cheese. In addition, we make feta and two aged cheeses, one from cow's milk and the other from goat's milk. Blue Jacket Dairy is a family owned and operated business on the forefront of the revival of cheese making in Ohio.Come watch us make cheese.  Delight your tastebuds with our samples.

    • Address: 1434 County Road 11
      Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    • Phone: Local Number: 9372927327
    • Email: info@bluejacketdairy.com
    • Website: http://www.bluejacketdairy.com
  • Bonnybrook Farms

    Bonnybrook Farms offers 370 acres of 'Fun on the Farm' for families and groups of all sizes.  Enjoy great food, good fun and camaraderie at the Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride, Saturday evenings in June, July and August.  Weddings, Convention, Motor Coach and Company events and picnics are scheduled throughout the summer and fall as well.  

    Fall Farm Days include a "Pick Your Own" Pumpkin Patch, Crazed Corn Maze, Adventure Wagon Ride with professional theater actors, Clodhopper Golf, Giant Slingshots, Pony Rides, Petting Animals and Birthday Parties. The Farm Kitchen Cafe offers hickory smoked meats, fresh local sides, salads and seasonal desserts made right on the farm. 

    At dusk in September and October, Lantern Light Wagon Rides begin to roll along the old stone roads of this historical farm.  Tune your eyes and ears and you may catch a glimpse of travelers past!  Afterwards, use your flashlight to find your way through the Crazed Corn Maze, but beware of what you might see...or what might see you...along the way.

    • Address: 3779 State Route 132
      Clarksville, Ohio 45113
    • Phone: Local Number: (937) 289-2500
    • Email: contactus@bonnybrookfarms.com
    • Website: http://www.BonnybrookFarms.com
  • Shawshank Trail Tour

    The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Tour in Mansfield, Ohio!  Explore the sites!  Stand in the same location as Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman!  See where this impressive movie was filmed!   Hear the fascinating stories!  The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Brochure will help you navigate your way around Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio at your own pace visiting the same sites as Hollywood once did when they were filming Shawshank Redemption.  Visitors and fans can print the brochure from www.shawshanktrail.com with directions for each destination.Highlights of the tour let you see first hand the tunnel in which Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) dug his way to freedom, on display at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory.  Or the opening scene at Pugh Cabin on the property of Malabar Farm State Park where Andy waited for his wife and lover.  See where Brooks fed the pigeons in Central Park in downtown Mansfield.  You can even sit in the very seats where the premier of The Shawshank Redemption was shown in 1993 at the Historic Renaissance Theatre. These are just a few attractions in the Mansfield area where Hollywood walked . . . now you can too!The web site lists attractions that are open to the general public with their hours of operation.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras for great photo opportunities!  Please note that the Oak Tree is located on private property and photos may only be taken from across the road on Malabar Farm State Park's property.The majority of the movie was filmed in Mansfield, with scenes from Ashland, Butler, Upper Sandusky, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Portland, Maine.

    • Address: 124 N. Main St.
      Mansfield, Ohio 44902
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8006428282
    • Email: jpuster@mansfieldtourism.com
    • Website: http://www.mansfieldtourism.com
  • Hocking Hills Adventures - Go Karts

    Hocking Valley Canoe Livery and Fun Center is the premier center for go-kart racing! Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend from 12 to 8. Call ahead for times in April/May and September/October. Our Figure 8 Track offers turns and corners for nonstop fun.  Riders must be 10 years of age & 56" tall. Each ride is $7 per adult for a six minute ride.  Double karts are also available for children to ride as  passengers (age 3-9 riding with an adult 18 or older for additional $1).

    • Address: County Road 10
      22663 Main St
      Rockbridge, Ohio 43149
    • Phone: Local Number: 7403854449
    • Email: hockingvalleycanoeing@frontier.com
    • Website: http://www.hockinghillscanoeing.com
  • Valley Gem Sternwheeler

    The Valley Gem Sternwheeler is a modern-day sternwheeler able to carry up to 296 passengers.  We offer tours and special events from April through November with charters available any time scheduling permits.  We have a climate controlled lower deck with restrooms for your convenience.  The lower deck also houses our Port Side Cafe serving a lunch menu during each Sightseeing trip.  Half of the upper deck is covered by an awning which provides protection from the sun while enjoying the scenic views of the river.


    The Valley Gem is the largest passenger vessel that runs between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.  We are inspected by the United States Coast Guard and are proud to be handicap accessible.  

    90 minute Sightseeing Cruises depart at 12:00 Noon and return at 1:30pm: Weekends in May; Daily June 1 through August 23; Weekends in September.

    Saturday Dinner Cruises: June through Early November; time and menus vary.

    Dessert Cruises Thursdays: 7:30pm to 9:00pm in July and August.

    The Marietta Sternwheel Festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day.

    Fall Foliage Lock Cruises available in October and November and Holiday cruises are available in November and December.  

    Please visit our website for information on all of our cruises. 

    • Address: 601 Front St.
      Marietta, Ohio 45750
    • Phone: Local Number: 7403737862
    • Email: valleygem@gmail.com
    • Website: http://www.valleygemsternwheeler.com
  • Bellaire Toy & Plastic Brick Museum

    Visit the largest private collection of  lego toys and the imaginative world they can create, covering 3 floors. This collection of more than 4 million bricks create three-dimensional mosaics that have turned a simple child's toy into works of art.  Call for hours 740-671-8890.    www.brickmusuem.net

    • Address: 4597 Noble Street
      Bellaire, Ohio 43906
    • Phone: Local Number: 7406718890
    • Email: plasticbrickmuseum@live.com
    • Website: http://danstoymuseum.blogspot.com
  • Velvet Ice Cream / Utica Ice Cream Festival

    Visit the company's headquarters and take a free factory tour.  Enjoy Velvet's Ye Olde Mill turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor, museum park, nature trail, viewing gallery and visitors center.

    • Address: 11342 Mt. Vernon Rd.,
      Utica, Ohio 43080
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8005895000
    • Email: info@velveticecream.com
    • Website: http://www.velveticecream.com
  • Wyandot Popcorn Museum

    Under a colorful circus tent inside Heritage Hall is the largest, most impressive collection of popcorn wagons in the United States. These priceless wagons date back as far as the turn of the century and have been restored to their original condition. Actor Paul Newman's antique popcorn wagon, which sat in New York City's Central Park, is also on display at the museum.

    • Address: 169 E. Church Street
      Marion, Ohio 43302
    • Phone: Local Number: 7403874255
    • Email: mchs@marionhistory.com
    • Website: http://www.wyandotpopcornus.com

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