The Olentangy Indian Caverns are beautiful underground caverns that were formed millions of years ago by a river that eroded the limestone rock. They are located approximately 20 miles north of Columbus, Ohio on a site that was used centuries ago by the Wyandotte Indians in order to escape the weather and their enemies, the Delaware Indians. Today, visitors of all ages can descend into the caverns' maze-like passageways via concrete stairs. In addition to touring the caverns, visitors can also see Native American artifacts on display in the museum and do fun activities such as gem mining and miniature golf.
Things to Do
- Go on a tour of the cavern! From April through May and August 8th through November, visitors can go on a self-guided tour of the caverns. If you'd prefer to go on a guided tour, make sure to visit between the start of June and August 7th.
- Visit the museum located above the cave entrance. It contains artifacts that were found in the caverns, including arrowheads, fossils, and tools.
- Escape the sun by playing a round of miniature golf! The 18-hole course features a Native American theme and is located in a shady garden area.
- Watch your child's eyes light up as they find precious stones, arrowheads, gems, and fossils while gem mining! Mining bags cost between $4.50 and $8.50 each.
Olentangy Indian Caverns Insider Tips
- Check out other kid-friendly activities at the caverns, such as playing volleyball or visiting the play area.
- Don't miss the Olentangy Indian Caverns Gift Shop, which features a huge collection of gifts and souvenirs, including precious stones, jewelry, snacks, toys, and handmade Native American crafts.
- Come prepared to tour the caverns - wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes since the caves may be wet or muddy, and bring a jacket to keep warm. If you think you'll get thirsty, you're welcome to bring a bottle of water along too.