Take a trip to Olentangy Indian Caverns for a picnic lunch, some time on the nature trails and a trip to the cave tour. If you're taking children, be sure to bring extra money for gem mining, mini golf and souvenirs.
Visitors to Olentangy Indian Caverns can go down in the caves and see an authentic Indian headdress and other artifacts.
Located off of Home Road in Delaware County, not too far from this year's Parade of Homes location, is Olentangy Indian Caverns.
In addition to the caverns, the site has a petting zoo, games and sports equipment, volleyball, putt-putt golf course, nature trails, gem mining, covered picnic tables area and a large gift shop. A tour of the caverns includes a stop at the end which holds some Indian artifacts and other memorabilia and old signs from the caverns.
If you plan to tour the caverns, allow an about an hour. General Manager Dick Brulotte suggest visitors come in the afternoons as mornings are often filled with group outings and daycares and camp kids. Visitors wishing to do the tour must also be able to descend and climb stairs. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
Currently, the cavern tours include guides which tell more about the caves and stories. Guided tours will end on Aug. 18. After that, visitors will get a map and can follow signs and listen to stories via storyboxes.
Cavern tours cost $9.95 for adults (18+), $6.95 for 17 and younger and 6 and younger are free. Look for a discount coupon in your Entertainment Book for mini golf and free children's admission; AAA, AARP and military discounts also apply. Mini golf is $5 per person.
*Be sure to wear rugged shoes for walking in the caves as it is damp/wet in parts and uneven. Also, bring extra money for souvenirs or treats from the gift shop.
For more information and to plan your visit, check out http://www.olentangyindiancaverns.com/