Caves, Trains and Zip Line Fun

Spring is the perfect time to make new and exciting memories with your family. If you’re in the mood to explore a cave, hop on a train, or fly through the air on a zipline, here are some local places where you can do just that! 

Ohio Caverns 

2210 E. State Route 245, West Liberty | 

Ohio Caverns is known as “America’s Most Colorful Caverns,” and once you visit, you’ll know why. Here, you’ll find stunning rock formations in shades of blue, orange, white, red and black. The caverns are the largest in the state of Ohio, with more than two miles of passageways running in depth from 30 feet to 103 feet. Be sure to see the “Crystal King” while you’re here: a huge, perfectly formed white stalactite estimated to be over 200,000 years old. 

Above ground, you’ll find a 35-acre park located directly above the caverns, with a playground for kids, picnic shelters, and a gift shop where you’ll find a wide assortment of rocks, minerals and fossils from all around the world.  

Pro Tip: Bring a sweater! Even in the summer, the caves stay a constant and cool 54 degrees throughout the year.  

Olentangy Caverns 

1779 Home Rd, Delaware | 

Olentangy Caverns is an incredible natural wonder that’s just a short drive from Columbus. Discovered in the late 19th century, the Olentangy Caverns were formed millions of years ago by the forces of nature, and their walls are adorned with stone and crystal formations that shimmer in the dim light. As you explore the caverns, you’ll feel as though you’re stepping into another world – one that’s hidden below the earth’s surface. 

One of the highlights of a visit to the Olentangy Caverns is the guided tour, but families might opt for a self-led tour to explore at their own pace. Concrete stairways descend to the maze of natural passages and rooms occupying three different levels: 55, 75 and 105 feet underground. Either way, kids are sure to be blown away by the incredible sights and sounds of the underground world. 

After exploring underground, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, like gem mining, mini golf, a petting zoo, a treasure hunt maze, and a playground with a fire truck slide.  

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M) 

16 E. South Street, Lebanon | 

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad offers scenic train rides through Warren County. Hop aboard a vintage passenger car behind a historic diesel locomotive, and be whisked on a journey through the picturesque countryside.  

LM&M offers a variety of family-friendly themed rides throughout the year, like the Princess Express, Ice Cream Social, and Super Hero TRAINing Adventure. Rides are nine miles round-trip and follow Turtle Creek almost the entire way, crossing five bridges, including a large offset truss bridge.  


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Whitewater Valley Railroad 

455 Market St., Connersville, IN | 

Whitewater Valley Railroad is an operating railroad museum located in the eastern part of Indiana. Along with providing train rides, the non-profit organization uses funds to restore railroad equipment, operate the railroad museum and educate the public about a transportation system many have not experienced.  

Between May and October, the WVRR offers excursions most weekends. Trips depart from the Connersville depot and arrive in Metamora, with a round trip through Whitewater Valley. Each train trip includes a two-hour layover for visitors to discover the historic canal town. Visitors can explore Metamora’s grist mill, restored canal and lock, aqueduct, shops and restaurants.  

Ozone Zipline Adventures 

5291 OH-350, Oregonia | 

Located at YMCA Camp Kern, Ozone Zipline Adventures offers an adrenaline-pumping experience that combines thrills with natural beauty. With a six-line zipline tour traversing the Little Miami River, adventurers are in for a treat as they soar through the treetops and take in views of the surrounding area. 

For those looking to add an extra element of excitement, Ozone also offers night ziplining, providing a whole new perspective as you zip through the darkness under the stars.  

Zipliners must be at least 10 years old and weigh at least 80 pounds. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, reservations are required 24 hours in advance. The tours leave at multiple times throughout the day, allowing guests to choose a time that best fits their schedule.  

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