With so many fun things to do in Amish country in Ohio, you could easily spend an entire week seeing it all. From unique shops and family-friendly attractions, to restaurants with delicious Amish home-cooking, there is plenty to do for people of all ages. Keep reading to learn more about planning a visit to Ohio Amish country.
Each year for Mother’s Day, my gift from my husband and kids is a weekend camping trip to the destination of my choosing. We’ve been doing this for years and have made so many wonderful memories. My husband and kids take care of all the camp set up and cooking and I get to pick what we do the entire weekend.
This year I chose to visit Amish Country in Ohio. It’s about a 3 hours drive from us – so far enough away that we don’t visit very often, but close enough that we aren’t spending a huge chunk of our weekend traveling.
With so many fun things to see in Ohio Amish country, you could easily spend a week exploring it all. We didn’t have that long in the area, unfortunately, but we did get to see quite a bit.
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Visiting Amish country in Ohio
We hit the road bright and early to ensure that we would reach our first destination just as it was opening. We started our day at the Smuckers Store and Cafe in Orrville, Ohio. This cute little store is filled to the brim with their signature jellies, as well as all sorts of yummy foods from their family of brands.
The store also had a great selection of kitchen gadgets, including a few salt and pepper shakers for my collection. It’s a fun shop to visit if you enjoy cooking and baking! You can read more about our visit to the Smuckers store by clicking on the link below.
After visiting the Smucker’s store, the next thing on our agenda was to do some shopping at Lehman’s. Lehman’s was started to serve the particular needs of the Amish and has the world’s largest selection of non-electric goods. It is now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ohio Amish country.
We spent over an hour browsing the huge store. It has something for everyone – a huge selection of kitchenware, tools and hardware, items for the home, bath and body products, and much more! There is even a large toy section for the kids. If you are planning on visiting Amish country in Ohio, you have to stop at Lehman’s!
Spending all morning shopping had made us all hungry. So we stopped for lunch at the Amish Door Restaurant in Wilmot, Ohio. It’s a good thing we had worked up an appetite because the food was delicious and there was plenty of it.
The Amish door Restaurant has seating for over 400 people. So even though we got there as a busy time, we were seated right away.
We all got the buffet, but you can also get individual meals. The buffet had a huge salad bar, an assortment of meats, side dishes such as stuffing and real mashed potatoes, and a small selection of desserts. We all left the Amish Door Restaurant stuffed and ready for more fun things to do in Amish country in Ohio.
After our meal, we jumped back in the car and headed to Sugarcreek to see the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock. If you follow Tiny Camper Big Adventure on Instagram, you might have gathered that I love roadside attractions. And the Cuckoo Clock in Sugarcreek, Ohio did not disappoint.
The Sugarcreek Cuckoo Clock is right in the middle of town so you can’t miss it. The band emerges every half hour for a 5 minute show, so you will want to stick around to see it.
After that we headed to the heart of Berlin to do some more shopping. Our next stop was the Tis the Season Christmas shop in Berlin Ohio. This unique circular shaped building houses Ohio’s largest Christmas store.
This store features 3 floors of shopping space and thousands of ornaments and decorations. If you love all things Christmas, this is a must-see when visiting Amish country in Ohio.
Close to the Christmas store is the Berlin Antique Mall. We love antiques, so we had to stop in and browse the selection to see if I could find any retired Corelle dishes or antique salt and pepper shakers. The Berlin Antique Mall has a great selection, but unfortunately, I didn’t find anything for my collection.
Our last stop of the day was Heini’s Cheese Chalet. If you love cheese, then you need to stop at this Millerburg Ohio cheese shop where you can try samples of over 70 different varieties of cheese – including cheese fudge. You can also take a tour and watch them making cheese at Heini’s
Other Fun Things to Do in Amish Country in Ohio
We would have loved to see more of the Ohio Amish country attractions, but we simply ran out of time. Nearly everything closes at 5 pm, and right as we left Heini’s Cheese Shop, the sky opened up and it started to pour. We had planned to do some geocaching and letterboxing after all the shops closed, but with the bad weather not letting up, we decided to call it a day.
There are so many things to do and see in Ohio Amish country that we would have loved to have done if we had more time…
- Toured the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center
- Seen the exotic animals at The Farm at Walnut Creek
- Taken in a show at The Amish Country Theater
- Gone through the David Warther Carving Museum
- Toured Yoder’s Amish Home
- Taken a buggy ride at Amish Heartland Tours
If you are looking for things to do in Holmes county Ohio, any of the above would be great to add to your itinerary.
More Ohio Amish Country Shopping
We didn’t even begin to get to all the Ohio Amish country shopping opportunities there are in Holmes and Wayne counties. If you have a longer time in the area, I recommend checking out
- Sol’s in Berlin
- Walnut Creek Cheese
- Helping Hands Quilt Shop
- Berlin Craft Mall
- Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market
- Coblentz Chocolate Company
- Miller’s Dry Goods
- Ruth’s Amish Dolls
And that is not even scratching the surface of all the Ohio Amish country shopping! If you love primitives, antiques, and good food, you will have a great time in Holmes county!
Other Ohio Amish Country Restaurants
We loved the Amish Door Restaurant, but there are plenty of other Ohio Amish Country restaurants that feature home-style Amish meals that are worth trying.
- Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen
- Der Dutchman
- Weaver’s Home Cooking
- Berlin Farmstead
- Dutch Valley
With so many Ohio Amish country restaurants, you definitely won’t go hungry on a trip to Holmes county!
Things to Know Before Visiting Ohio Amish Country
- Nearly all the shops and attractions close at 5 or 6 pm EST.
- Since a lot of the local businesses have Amish employees, most are closed on Sunday.
- If you do any exploring off of the main highways, be aware the the roads are hilly and full of Amish buggies. More than once we crested a hill to discover an Amish buggy right in front of us. Drive a little slower than normal and pay close attention for your safety and theirs.
- The Amish do not wish to have their pictures taken, so please respect that. You can, however, take picture of their buggies.
Ohio Amish country campgrounds
Planning on camping when you visit Ohio Amish country? There are several nice campgrounds within a short drive of the Holmes county area.
- Mohican State Park Campground. Located just 28 miles from the heart of Amish country in Ohio, the campground at Mohican State Park is among the nicest places we’ve ever camped. With clean facilities and large, shady campsites, we would most definitely stay there again.
- Whispering Hills Jellystone Park. This campground is located 20 miles from Berlin. It’s a fun place for families to stay due to it’s Yogi Bear theme. If you are looking for Ohio Amish country campgrounds with lots of activities for this kids, this would be a good pick!
- Amish Country Campsites. With 56 RV sites and 10 tent sites, this small campground in Winesburg, Ohio consistently gets good reviews for its friendly owners and clean facilities.
- Timbercrest Camp and RV Park. Located just minutes from Walnut Creek, Timbercrest can accomodate both RV and tent campers.
- Berlin RV Park. This campground is right in the middle of Holmes county. If you are looking for Ohio Amish country campgrounds that are super close to all the shopping and attractions, this would be a good pick for you.
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With so many fun things to do in Amish country in Ohio, it’s a great place for a long weekend trip. So tell me… Have you ever visited Holmes county? What was your favorite place to visit in the area? Happy travels!