Hocking Hills Wallet-Friendly Activities for Kids

Traveling as a family sounds like a plan but the budget might just not make it. Fortunately, Hocking Hills in Ohio is filled with activities to keep the kids busy and the good news is—they’ll be easy on your pocket. So keep the following list in mind as you plan your itinerary to Hocking Hills.


If you’re going in July, then it’s highly recommended to bring your kids over to visit the LilyFest event. It’s FREE but donations are greatly appreciated. Expect lilies and spectacular ponds and garden sculptures on display. And don’t miss out on the sweet goodies by Bussert’s Buzz In Buzz Out and Lisa’s Cake Shop! Visit www.lilyfest.com for more info.

Earth Angel Super Cruise-In

An event organized by the Earth Angel Foundation of Ohio, the Super Cruise-In is not only meant to entertain but also to send terminally-ill children or those with life-threatening conditions to their dream vacations. For only $5 per person, you’re making young ones happy—and you get to watch an exciting show starring spruced up classic cars, tractors, and motorcycles. Visit www.earthangelfoundation.org to buy your tickets.

Go hiking.

A great excuse for a work-out, go hiking in any of the free and scenic trails all over Hocking Hills. The Ash Cave Rim and Cedar Falls trails only go as far as half a mile. If you want something more challenging distance-wise, you can go for Conkle’s Hollow Rim (2.5 miles). Conkle’s Hollow is a mile long and is wheelchair accessible.

Final Fridays on the Square

The Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square doesn’t just look like it was a page from a storybook; it’s also the perfect venue for Final Fridays held every last Friday of the month from May to November. The event is like a melting pot of art culture and you won’t miss the exhibits from the galleries on the Historic Arts District. Free entertainment is provided by street musicians and performers, with the special participation of Stuart’s Opera House. Visit www.nelsonvillefinalfridays.com for more info.

Mine gems.

Hocking Hills is not the final frontier but you and the kids can still enjoy digging for buried treasures and discovering gems at the Hocking Hills Gem Mine. Open from April to November, the Gem Mine promises fun and loots that’ll be the highlight of your trip! Expect to find gems like sapphires and emeralds and also fossils, shark teeth, and more! So head over to the mining sluice with your bag or bucket, which you can purchase for $10 and $33 respectively.

Stay in a secluded cabin.

Go for a complete mountainside vacation by staying in a cabin near the Hocking Hills State Park. A famous lodging site is the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, offering cabins, cottages, and even bed and breakfast rooms. You don’t have to leave Fido around because pet-friendly cabins are available.







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