Central Ohio is an easy, one-tank trip from nearly anywhere in Ohio. Just 30 miles northeast of Columbus, Licking County has much to offer visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and spend some unplugged quality time. Here, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse in art, history, culture, and the outdoors.
Here are seven things to see and do before summer wraps up!
Granville may be one of the most charming towns in Ohio! The New England-style town is filled with distinctive architecture, great local shops, restaurants and more. Visitors can stroll the Granville Farmer’s Market for local eats on Saturday mornings and wind down in the evening with a craft brew at Three Tigers Brewing Company.
A few unique lodging options include the Welsh Hills Inn, a consistently top-rated bed and breakfast in the nation and world. The Granville Inn and the Buxton Inn are also highly recognized, charming stays. And for those interested in a spookier stays, there are guest rooms that have had haunted experiences reported. Glamping accommodations are available at the Orchard House.
Licking County boasts more local breweries per capita than even Columbus and recently launched a beer trail where visitors can visit all 10 breweries, collect stamps, and claim a prize at the Licking County Visitors Bureau. Also, a new wine trail recently opened. From Three Oaks Vineyard in Granville to Sand Hollow Winery in Heath, wine lovers enjoy sipping their favorite vinos in beautiful surroundings.
Outdoor activities abound throughout the county. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping or glamping. Explore Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, pitch a tent at Lazy River at Granville, or float the river at the Riverview Park and Canoe Launch.
Ohiolina Bluegrass Festival combines the sounds of Ohio, North Carolina, and places in between. Celebrate the region’s unique traditions including folk and bluegrass. Also enjoy the local culinary movements. The festival takes place in Granville every September.
The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures in the world. Already a National Historic Landmark, in 2006, the State of Ohio designated the Newark Earthworks as “the official prehistoric monument of the state.” Built by people of the ancient Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., this architectural wonder of ancient America was part cathedral, part cemetery, and part astronomical observatory.
Dawes Arboretum, founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, was inspired by the couple’s love of trees and nature. Today, they remain dedicated to the mission of providing exceptional educational programs and events as well as maintaining incredible horticulture collections on nearly 2,000 acres of beautiful grounds.
So close your summer in Licking County with nearby trips to experience art, history, culture, and the outdoors. Your family will thank you.