Local Area Attractions
The Ohio Center of History, Art and Technology is housed in a block long complex of historic buildings that inspires an appreciation for industry, innovation and the creative process in learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Things to see: interactive exhibits, glass blowers, digital studios, paint your own pottery, and climb aboard a 1918 interurban car. See The Works online for more information.
* Amish Country / Ohio
Ohio's Amish Country , home to the largest settlement of Amish in the world. Attractions include: Behalt, a 10' by 265' cyclorama illustrating the history of Amish and Mennonite people; Amish cheese houses and handmade furniture, Amish restaurants specializing in family style home cooking, Lehmans hardware specializing in non-electric items, Amish farm market days for practical treasures, countless crafts and home baked goods.
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve is a 956 acre area dedicated as an interpretive nature preserve whose main feature is a spectacular narrow gorge cut by the Licking River. Hiking trails and more than 4 miles of bike trail wind through the preserve.
Lehmans Hardware Store
At Lehman's, being old-fashioned is always in fashion. That's why our massive, 32,000-square-foot retail store contains not one, not two, but three pre-Civil War era buildings, including a Buggy Barn cinema, where you can relax on Amish-made hickory church pews while learning about organic gardening, oil lamp restoration or wood stove maintenance. Museum-quality antiques line the walls and thousands of products you thought they quit making years ago fill the shelves. Fall in love with our oil lamps, handmade pottery and copper cookie cutters. Marvel at our wood-burning cook stoves and retro refrigerators. Reminisce with our tin toys, cast iron cookware, hand tools and water pumps. http://www.lehmans.com
William C. Kraner Nature Center
http://www.ohionature.orgThe Center is designed to bring the outdoors indoors with a 2400 square foot nature center. The Nature Center contains interpretive nature displays where children and adults can get up close and personal with Licking County's "wild side".