Last week we got the chance to visit Olentangy Indian Caverns located just north of Columbus, Ohio. For years I have driven past the large billboard and wondered about it but never quite made a visit happen. After taking my kids for a fun filled morning I can’t believe we waited this long to go. There is so much to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns, we spent half a day and could have easily stayed for a picnic lunch and done more.
So what is there to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns? Of course the caves. These caves are suitable for the whole family, even my 3 year old enjoyed them. To get into the caverns you descend a steep flight of stairs. Once down there the caverns are big enough but not so huge you worry about kids wondering off. The kids are free to be kids and if they touch a wall no one is freaking out. You can either do a guided tour or self guided . Self-guided can hit buttons along the way to play recordings that talk about the caverns and the history. I highly suggest a guided tour though, our guide was amazing and really made the history come to life.
Before you enter the caverns there is a museum of artifacts that the kids can explore. Many of the items were found in the caverns or are from surrounding areas. The kids loved looking at them and learning about local history. Prices: kids under 2 are free, kids ages 3-12 are $6.95, adults are $9.95.
Another great option at Olentangy Indian Caverns is gem mining. My kids LOVED gem mining. You purchase a bag at the gift shop and them mine your gems in the water sluicer. The bags start at $5.99 and you can get bigger bags with things like arrowheads and fossils if you want.
After gem mining we went to the petting zoo. The petting zoo is so much fun and full of friendly animals. You can buy food ( I highly recommend buying food) and feed the goats, cows, deer and sheep. But have the adults hold the food bag as the goats can get a bit friendly looking for food! Apparently my kids should have been raised on a farm, they did not want to leave and kept referring to the baby goats as there new pets. The space is large so you can spread out and the animals are all so sweet and friendly. Entrance to the petting zoo is $3 per person and you can buy a bag of food for $1.
After the petting zoo you can play 18 holes of mini golf for just $3 per person. We ran out of town, much to the kids disappointment, but they did wander the coarse quickly and enjoyed seeing the chickens roaming the course.
And there is lots of free stuff to do too including a climbing wall, play set and multiple life size games. You really could spend all day and never get bored. The property is stunning and they have a covered picnic area you can use if you pack a lunch. The girls and I already have a day planned when our cousins come to visit, it’s going to be a blast just like the first time we visited Olentangy Indian Caverns. Have you ever visited Olentangy Indian Caverns? Guess what I have a giveaway for one lucky reader!!!
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Thank you to Olentangy Indian Caverns for providing a fun day for my family!