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7 Fun Things to Do with Kids in the Hocking Hills

Drive 50 miles southeast of Columbus and you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world—one of lush forests dotted with caves, gorges and waterfalls. Here are 7 activities families will enjoy.

1) Hocking Hills State Park Hike through fern-filled valleys and stop at sweeping overlooks as you explore some of the park’s more than 2,300 acres. For hands-on lessons about the region’s plants and animals, attend a naturalist-led event or program. (740) 385-6842; 

Photo courtesy of Hocking Hills State Park

2) Hocking Hills Canopy Tours There’s no shortage of zipline courses in the Hocking Hills, but Hocking Hills Canopy Tours created one specifically for children. On the DragonFly Zipline Adventure tour, kids soar on eight ziplines, traverse three bridges and experience a sky tunnel. (740) 385-9477; 

Hocking Hills Canopy Tour

Photos courtesy of Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

3) Hocking Hills Adventures The family-fun package includes a two-hour guided canoe ride on the Hocking River, and each person gets two go-kart rides, a game on the 18-hole miniature golf course and time at the driving range. (800) 686-0386; 

4) Spotted Horse Ranch Children 8 and older can take one-hour guided trail rides on gentle Appaloosa horses; younger kids can try a hand-led ride in a round pen. (740) 332-7433; 

5) Adventure Golf at Rempel’s Grove On a wooded hillside with a cave, waterfall and streams, this course is simple enough for kids to complete and challenging enough to keep parents entertained. (740) 385-0400; 

6) Ralph’s Ice Cream The $4 meal deal for kids includes a sandwich, chips, a pickle and a drink. For dessert, choose from 23 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. In Rockbridge; (740) 380-9177

7) Movies 10 and Fun Barn Films are just $4; after the show, head to the Fun Barn for arcade games, a Max Flight Roller Coaster Simulator, AMF Mini-Bowling and bumper cars. (740) 753-3400; 


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