10 Family Friendly Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns

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Olentangy Indian Caverns provides a fun day out for families! With cave tours, mini golf, a petting zoo, gem mining, a large maze and more, kids will have fun and learn something, too!

Thanks to Olentangy Indian Caverns for hosting us!

You might only think of caverns and caves when planning a visit to Olentangy Indian Caverns in Delaware, Ohio, but descending into caves is not the only thing there is to do at this family friendly destination!

Gift shop at Olentangy Indian Caverns

If you have never been to Olentangy Indian Caverns, I think you will be surprised at all there is to do. The great part about it is that it’s not a package deal – your family can pick any one of these things to do on the property to customize your day according to your time and budget!

You’ll see throughout this blog post that I have used pictures from multiple visits (wow, kids grow fast!) Here are 10 things you can do at Olentangy Indian Caverns:

1. Cavern Tour

kids going down the steps into the caverns

Obviously, the first thing you’re going to think of is the Cavern tour. The caverns are naturally made tunnels and caves that were, at one time, used by Native Americans for hiding, meetings, shelter, etc. You can do a self-guided tour of the caverns or join in on a group tour with a live guide.

kids walking through the Olentangy Indian Caverns

Our guide was great, giving us the history, telling us stories and answering all of our questions! Cavern tours are $9.95 for those 13 years old and up and $6.95 for children age 3-12. Ages 2 and under are free.

a tour guide talking at Olentangy Indian Caverns

a kid pointing to a fossil in the caves

Finding a fossil!

There are a lot of steps to go up and down and the caverns are often wet. We had to hop over and through a couple of puddles on our journey. I was glad I had chosen to wear closed toed shoes for that reason. So keep your family’s footwear in mind when planning for the trip as things may be wet and/or slippery.

two boys going down the steps into Olentangy Indian Caverns

The youngest child on our tour was just under two and she had a great time, but if you have a non-walker I would recommend an on-body baby carrier of some sort. You can’t take a stroller in and I couldn’t imagine carrying an infant car seat, but many of you might be stronger than me . . . 😉

2. Richard F. Leitch Museum at Olentangy Indian Caverns

a man and boy inside the museum at Olentangy Indian Caverns

The entrance to the caverns is housed in a small museum where you can read about the history of the caverns and some of the famous and infamous things that happened there, and see the bones of an ox that fell down to its untimely death around 1818 (or 1821, depending on the story!). There are also arrowheads and lots of other artifacts related to the caverns.

bones inside the museum

3. Treasure Hunt Maze

The Treasure Hunt Maze at Olentangy Indian Caverns

When you purchase admission to the Treasure Hunt Maze you will receive 3 tokens. Explore the maze to find 3 treasure stops! You can use the tokens to get your three treasures and then work to find your way out!

boy inside the Treasure Hunt Maze

I can promise it is way harder than it looks! Admission is $5/person. 

two boys finding the treasure inside the Treasure Hunt Maze at Olentangy Indian Caverns in Delaware, Ohio

4. Mini Golf

Mini Golf course at Olentangy Indian Caverns in Ohio

The option of mini-golf is available on the property. There are 18 holes and the cost is just $3/person.

5. Gem Mining

Two boys gem mining at Olentangy Indian Caverns

After our cavern tour, we did some gem mining! This was another first for our boys and I was honestly surprised how much they loved this! (Though when I think about it, the act of digging through dirt, stones and water to find treasure sounds exactly like their idea of a good time! 😉 ) 

a boy mining for gems at Olentangy Indian Caverns

A bag of sand/stones/gems is provided and you use a strainer of sorts and a small stream of water to sift through the sand to find gemstones! There is a range of bag sizes available and prices range from $5.99 – $9.99/bag.

kids mining for gems at Olentangy Indian Caverns

6. Petting Zoo

outside the petting zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

There is a rather large petting zoo area on the property at Olentangy Indian Caverns! There are goats, cows, sheep and even deer who will happily eat out of your hand! If your kids are skittish (like mine) there is a fenced in area where the kids can stand inside and feed the animals from behind the fence.

a boy feeding a goat at the petting zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

After some shrieks, we started out here and then eventually ventured into the large open area. My kids were scared of the cows but loved the smaller goats. 

This could definitely be unique a stand-alone activity! The cost for a wristband to enter the petting zoo is $4 and a small bag of food can be purchased for $1, a large bag for $3.

 a man feeding a goat and a cow at Olentangy Indian Caverns in Delaware Ohio

 

a father and son feeding a goat at the petting zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

young boy looking at a goat at Olentangy Indian Caverns petting zoo.

 

inside the petting zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

There is also separate area for feeding and petting deer!

kid petting a deer inside the deer petting area at Olentangy Indian Caverns

boys looking for rabbits at Olentangy Indian Caverns

There are also rabbits and chickens on the farm. They are not for petting, but still fun to spot! 

7. Playground

wooden playground area with yellow slides

The playground at Olentangy Indian Caverns is a destination in itself, especially if you ask my boys! This is the one activity they wanted to come back to again and again! I had to peel them away from the playground to do the other activities!

wooden playground structures at Olentangy Indian Caverns

The play structure is quite large and includes a couple of climbing walls, tube slides, and a really great wooden train structure!

Olentangy Indian Caverns playground with train structure

8. Picnic Area

On the grounds there is a pavilion with picnic tables and covered areas. You can bring your own food here for a picnic lunch or reserve the shelter for a group event!

pavilion for picnics at Olentangy Indian Caverns

There are also many picnic tables scattered around the property for a rest or a snack!

picnic tables on the property

9. Gift Shop at Olentangy Indian Caverns

outside view of the gift shop at Olentangy Indian Caverns

Pick up souvenirs (and all your activity tickets) at the Gift Shop! There was a surprisingly large amount of merchandise from toys and t-shirts to souvenirs and jewelry!

inside view of the gift shop at Olentangy Indian Caverns

10. Have a Birthday Party or Group Event at Olentangy Indian Caverns

You can also have a birthday party or other group event here! The shelters are available for rental and for groups of 25 or more you can receive a discount on the price of the activities. See info here!

Know Before You Go:

  • 1779 Home Rd. Delaware, OH 43015, 740-548-7917
  • The Caverns are open from April 1st – October 31st, every day from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • Guided tours are only available June through August. You may do a self-guided tour during the other times.

Looking for more to do when you’re in Delaware, Ohio? Check out: Exploring Delaware with Your Kids!

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