Gouge Roofing loves our neighbors in Lancaster, a quick 15-minute drive from Amanda, where we are. It’s not uncommon for us to visit some of the sights and eat some of the delicious food that Lancaster has to offer. Now that summer’s here; we thought we’d share a list of some of the best things you need to do when you visit Lancaster, Ohio.
The Best Places to Visit in Lancaster, Ohio
Depending on when you visit, Lancaster, Ohio, has a slew of fun things to do inside and outside to make your visit worthwhile. Even if you’re just passing through, hitting any of these stops is going to ensure you have a good time.
Spring and summer in Ohio is a fantastic time to get out and embrace the outdoors. Lancaster boasts some beautiful parks and outdoor attractions to enjoy and get some fresh air in the process.
Located on the northside of town, Rising Park is home to a large 250-foot tall sandstone bluff coined “Standing Stone” by early Native Americans. Experienced rock climbers have fun scaling the small bluff on the weekends, and those less experienced can still enjoy the scenery and marvel at the Devil’s Kitchen cave on its front side.
Rockmill Covered Bridge
For a cool, historical landmark, visit the Rockmill Covered Bridge. This gorgeous structure was rebuilt in 1901 and still stands to this day. It’s fun to marvel at the fact that it’s been there for over 100 years, and you can almost feel the history and the stories attached to it. Definitely a must-see!
Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve
Another beautiful landmark is the Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve, home to Jacob’s Ladder: a 250 ft. tall rock formation. People can take the short but elevated hike up to the overlook and see miles of foothills below. This attraction is completely free to the public and is not too far from any of the surrounding cities. The hikes are only about 1-2 miles a piece and can work for amateur and experienced hikers alike.
When the weather isn’t agreeing, or you want some low-key adventures, check out some of the great indoor attractions where you’ll get to learn a thing or two about Ohio’s history.
Sherman House Museum
Civil War and American history buffs will absolutely love the Sherman House Museum. Step right into the birthplace of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. The house has been completely decorated to feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1800s. The museum also has an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia, Sherman family memorabilia, and even a recreation of a war field tent. Tickets cost only $2 for students, $4 for seniors, and $6 for adults—you can take the whole family!
Ohio Glass Museum
From Netflix shows to large showcase events, glass blowing has captured people’s attention across the country. This pain-staking art form has become a phenomenon, and as the Ohio Glass Museum and Glass Blowing Studio go to show, it’s been a beautiful art form for hundreds of years and isn’t going away any time soon. Take a stroll through the beautiful exhibits or sign up to take a class and learn how to blow glass on your own! This attraction is an absolute must for anyone with an artistic flair.
Olde Shoe Factory Antique Mall
Now that you’ve learned so much about Lancaster’s history at the museums, now it’s time to take home a piece of that history. The Olde Shoe Factory Antique Mall boasts dozens of rooms set up with gorgeous antiques that have been collected or donated over the years. Each is priced to buy (except for a few priceless pieces), and you can take home a beautiful antique of your own.
The Best Places to Eat & Drink in Lancaster, Ohio
If all this sightseeing has built up an appetite, don’t worry, Lancaster has plenty of delicious fare in town to enjoy and wash it down with an ice-cold beer.
Keeping history alive, this family-owned brewery was built at an old 19th-century horse farm, and the building that houses their taproom was once a tavern itself. So for hundreds of years, this old farm has been entertaining and feeding all walks of life. The Rockmill Brewery has a wide selection of beers and delicious pizza, sandwiches, and a delicious charcuterie, of course. The atmosphere here is one you won’t find many places else. Stop on by!
Rockside Winery and Vineyards
For something a little more “elegant,” if you will, the Rockside Winery and Vineyard makes for the perfect place to try some delicious wine (with grapes grown right from their estate) and a beautiful backdrop for sipping and enjoying each other’s company. Rockside Winery also makes wines out of grapes grown in other parts of the world to create a place where everyone gets to enjoy the wine of their choice. Their motto is “drink what you like!” You won’t regret making a stop here during your Lancaster visit.
Ale House 1890
Located on Lancaster’s beautiful Main Street sits Ale House 1890. This Gastropub has incredible food and drinks that anyone can enjoy. The beautiful building makes for a perfect date night out on the town or even to grab quick lunch downtown.
Gypsy Joe’s Ice Cream
To wrap up your visits to the history museums, covered bridges, and downtown Lancaster, you must try Gypsy Joe’s Ice Cream and Donut Shop. One look at the menu, and you’ll be drooling over which tasty treat to get. From ice cream to donuts to smoothies and coffee, you can’t go wrong here. Enjoy some small-town ice cream shop vibes at this final stop!
As you can see, the options are endless when finding entertainment and good food in Lancaster, Ohio. It’s not far from Columbus or Amanda (where we are), and the drive is so worth the small-town fun you can have drinking and eating your way through town. Maybe we’ll see you around!