Autumn In West Central Ohio


The Autumn season in Shelby County, Ohio, is good for the soul. With an enviable variety of “naturescapes” to enjoy, a weekend getaway to Sidney is just what’s needed to rejuvenate your spirit.

Bicycling and hiking enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the fall colors of Lake Loramie State Park in Fort Loramie and Tawawa Civic Park in Sidney. Lake Loramie State Park features a 1600-acre lake with 30 miles of shoreline for outdoor adventurers looking to combine both on and off-the-water excursions. Here, visitors can pitch their camp on one of 167 sites offering both primitive and RV camping with all the amenities. Those who enjoy the experience of a cabin will find several from which to choose, situated just steps away from the picturesque Lake Loramie shoreline.

Anglers are sure to love the sport fishing at Lake Loramie. Crappie, blue gill, and bass are popular species in the lake. Lake Loramie is perfect for kayak fishing as well. Those needing extra assistance getting onto the water will find the adaptive boat launch incredibly easy to use and so convenient. In addition, Lake Loramie has rental kayaks available for those not traveling with one of their own.

Oh, and don’t forget your camera. Lake Loramie State Park is home to an incredible variety of birds and wildlife, including bald eagles, woodpeckers, ducks, blue herons, and hawks. While hiking, you’ll also likely cross paths with deer, fox, mink, raccoon, and squirrel.

Tawawa Civic Park is an incredible natural resource as well. With its 220 acres, Tawawa Park is a wooded reserve perfect for hiking, biking, and fishing, and is a wonderful outdoor location for family get-togethers, picnics, and cookouts.

Well beyond the allure of Lake Loramie and Tawawa parks, Sidney and Shelby County have an incredible lineup of fall activities not to be missed. Now through October 29th, guests to Crossway Farms will love their Fall on the Farm days. U-pick pumpkins, a sunflower field, and the Crossway Corral Play Zone are awesome family fun. The Crossway Farm Store is perfect for autumn shoppers, offering pumpkins, mums, fresh fruit and veggies, seasonal gourds, jams, jellies, donuts, and coffee cakes. And don’t forget the Apple Cider Explosion. This incredible, edible, drinkable creation you gotta try!

On October 5th, Sidney celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Big Four Bridge. This engineering marvel has dominated the landscape south of Sidney since the 1920s, and its importance to the area’s economic development cannot be underestimated. Beginning at 5pm. The celebration will kick off with complimentary cake and ice cream and top off with an incredible fireworks display at 8 p.m.

Other seasonal attractions of note include the Lost Land Corn Maze at Vandemark Farm, offering great family fun in the cooler Autumn weather. Here, you can zip line, explore the corn maze, pal around with farm animals at the petting zoo, challenge your group to a round of mini golf, take a hayride, defy gravity on the giant swing, and work on your game at the golfers driving range.

Attention Harry Potter fans. On October 6th, step into the enchanting world of wizards and witches at The Historic Sidney Theatre for an unforgettable evening of wizardry and wonder. “Potions and Plates” is your ticket to a fully immersive Harry Potter experience that will transport you straight to the hallowed halls of Hogwarts. Prepare to be spellbound on this enchanting night filled with captivating activities and delights. Whether a die-hard Potterhead or just looking for a night of enchantment and fun, “Potions and Plates” promises an immersive experience like no other, so grab your wands and cloaks and get ready to step into a world of magic and mystery.

The Shelby County Historical Society’s annual Ghost Walk is also a lot of fun (and educational, too). Here, past Sidney and Shelby County residents share their stories with the living. The Ghost Walk is on October 11th and 12th in downtown Sidney.

For those who crave a bump in the night, another popular attraction is the Haunted Theatre in downtown Sidney, where you’ll venture out on a spine-tingling journey through the darkest corners of the Historic Sidney Theatre. Are you ready to face your deepest fears? The ghosts of yesteryear are stirring, and can’t wait to meet you. This tour, offered October 27th-29th, offers a unique and unforgettable Halloween experience this season.

Of course, with the Christmas holiday season quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to make your travel plans to Sidney. This online events calendar is perfect for planning your new holiday travel traditions.

Come see why Sidney is a spirit you won’t find anywhere else. For your next getaway, rejuvenate your spirit in Sidney. They’re waiting for you.

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