Fairfield County is just a short drive from Columbus, and there’s so much to do and see! You’ll find kid-friendly museums, spacious parks, beautiful green spaces, art centers, great dining options, community events, 17 historical covered bridges, and an open-air art trail
Fall Fun in Fairfield County
Located southeast of Columbus, even the drive through Fairfield County is pretty. Fall is a great time to enjoy the view and fall foliage for a day-trip destination to enjoy what the county has to offer.
Fun on the Farm
Hugus Fruit Farm: get your fix of apples and fresh cider here! Plan to visit on Thursdays during September and October to watch live apple pressing from the viewing platform.
Sharp Farms: Each fall, Sharp Farms becomes a fun destination for the whole family! Come to Sugar Grove for U-Pick pumpkins, a corn maze celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a petting zoo, homemade ice cream, fall hardy mums, honey, apple cider, and photo sessions.
Harvest Adventures: Now open for pumpkin picking! See cuteness overload here.
Och’s Fruit Farm: Choose from more than 90 varieties of apples and 25 varieties of peaches at this family-run farm
Sam’s Pumpkin Patch: Visit Sam’s for some of the finest pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, local honey, and hay bales.
Sharp Farms will open its corn maze on September 19 and this year, they’re celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage! You can view photos on their Facebook page.
Trail of Scarecrows
Throughout October, hundreds of scarecrows will be lining the streets in 14 communities across the county. Folks will vote on their favorite scarecrow, and the winners will receive a “People’s Choice” award!
Covered Bridge Country
Fall provides the perfect backdrop to Fairfield County’s Covered Bridge Trail. Make your way around the county to explore our covered bridges and picturesque landscapes. You will discover that this is a safe and fun activity for your whole family to enjoy during these socially distanced days. Find our Covered Bridge Trail Guide here.
Haunted Farm: More screams per acre than anywhere else in central Ohio. Come get your scare on with some farm fresh fear!
Field Trips to Fairfield County
Whether you homeschool, or just want to get the kids out of the house to explore a new area, Fairfield County is a great option! Plan a history lesson, or just enjoy the exploration.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the visitor center at 158 W. Wheeling Street in Lancaster and grab a few scavenger hunts to complete throughout the day. Identify a variety of objects in one of the county’s parks with the Nature Scavenger Hunt or locate different landmarks in downtown Lancaster with the Historical Hunt.
Open Air Art Trail
Stroll the streets of downtown Lancaster and experience a variety of public artwork with the Open Air Art Trail! You can find eclectic murals, imaginative sculptures, stained, leaded, and art glass and unique architectural appurtenances around every corner. You’re sure to find some instagrammable works of art!
Lunch + Learn in Alley Park
Grab a to-go picnic from O’Huids Gaelic Pub, The Well, Ale House 1890, or Bob’s Backyard BBQ and head to Alley Park to work on the nature scavenger hunt and visit the Nature Center. Alley Park: 2805 Old Logan Road, Lancaster.
Historical Covered Bridges in Fairfield County
Take the kids back in time to when horses ruled the roads with an adventure to one of 17 covered bridges in Fairfield County. Even better, visit the historic Rock Mill for gorgeous scenery and an 1824 grist mill.
AHA! (A Hands-On Adventure Children’s Museum) Nature Playscape
The amazing outdoor nature playscape at AHA! (A Hands-On Adventure Children’s Museum) is now open with reservations. This huge outdoor play area is so much fun! It features replica covered bridge and canal boat with local canal stones, tunnel and slide hills, trike tracks, sand/mud kitchen, and lots of other play and climbing structures.
General admission is $8 per person, 12 months old and under – Free. Museums For All Admission $3.00 with EBT or WIC card for up to 4 family members. Dates and times are subject to change without notice. Always check Facebook prior to coming to the museum. Adults and children 5 years old and older are required to wear a face covering.
Looking for more fun in Fairfield County?
There’s fun in Fairfield County all year long! Check out highlights from our visit 2 years ago!
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