Located in East Central Ohio and spanning over multiple counties, Ohio’s Amish country is a unique culture hidden within the rural region. Visiting Amish country is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. While visiting, be sure to stop and enjoy these five activities to appreciate the Amish way of life.
Visit Hershberger Farm
While in Ohio’s Amish Country, a visit to Hershberger Farm is a must. Your family will enjoy a plethora of fun activities for all ages.
Your kids will love the very reasonably priced petting zoo filled with tons of farm animals. Kids can also feed the animals carrots, which you can take advantage of for a picture-perfect moment! Admission into the zoo is only $3, so parents will love the petting zoo too! While at the petting zoo, be sure to be on the lookout for King Buck, the 3,125 lbs Belgian Horse!
After hanging out with the animals, stop into Hershberger Farm’s bakery. Not only can you grab another Long John donut, but you can also buy a variety of canned goods and home-grown seasonal produce. They also have a craft shop to buy some incredibly well-made souvenirs to bring home.
Lastly, before heading out, make sure the family takes an Amish buggy ride around the farm. Visitors of all ages love the chance to ride along on this traditional form of transportation and enjoy the farm sites while they do so.
Enjoy Authentic Amish Home Cooking at Berlin Farmstead Restaurant
Berlin, Ohio is one of the well-known areas of Ohio’s Amish Country and has some of the best family-owned restaurants in the state. Berlin Farmstead Restaurant holds buffet-style meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so everyone in the family can fill up their plates to their liking. Eating at a buffet-style restaurant for your first time in Amish country is highly recommended. Your family can try many Amish staples, get an appreciation for their style of cooking and culture, and find out what everyone likes best for the next visit!
Try Some Amish Sweet Treats
Speaking of Amish staples, be sure to get Amish hand-dipped candy and signature donuts while visiting.
Small family-owned candy stores have tons of sweets to try from, but if you’re looking for the ultimate chocolate experience, you’ll want to stop at Coblentz Chocolate Company. Your family will love this foodie-themed stop, as their chocolate making is unmatched, using all the best ingredients for their confections. You can see the time and care put into each hand-dipped chocolate and each hand-rolled truffle.
If you are still on the lookout for sweet treats after Coblentz, stop in at any of the dozens of Amish bakeries and get yourself a Long John Donut. (Otherwise known as a cream stick.) Trust me when I tell you these specially made donuts will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, and you will find none better made than in Ohio’s Amish Country.
Browse all of Amish Country for the Ultimate Shopping Experience
You will truly appreciate the time and effort that goes into Amish craft. There is something to pique everyone’s interest. From hand crafted candles, to homemade food and excellently crafted furniture, you’ll be leaving home with plenty of Amish Country souvenirs.
- Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market– You won’t know where to start at this awesome Amish flea market. With around 60 vendors, visitors flock here to purchase expertly crafted Amish furniture, antiques, homemade snacks, and more!
- Tis the Season Christmas Shoppe– It’s Christmas every day at Tis The Season Christmas Shoppe in Millersburg, Ohio. Your family will get in the Christmas spirit with hundreds of Christmas trees and thousands of hand-crafted decorations to browse.
- Helping Hands Quilt Shop– Shoppers seek out Helping Hands Quilt Shop in Berlin, Ohio for the unmatched Amish and Mennonite craftsmanship that goes into each quilt.
- Swiss Country Lawn and Crafts– Found in Sugarcreek, Ohio, you’ll find high-quality outdoor furniture like signature Adirondack chairs, patio sets, swings, and crafts in various colors and styles to spice up your outdoor space.
- The Peddler– Inspiration at every turn, The Peddler in Walnut Creek, Ohio will have you wanting to update your space with Amish made crafts and charming primitive furniture.
Feed the Animals at The Farm at Walnut Creek
The Farm in Walnut Creek is not like any farm experience you’ve probably had. With 500 animals from all over the world, feeding time is a truly unique encounter.
The Farm allows guests to drive just over two miles through the Holmes County area and feed the animals from their vehicle. There is also the option to take the slower, yet more scenic route, via buggy ride. There is also a petting area that allows guests to get up close and personal with some animals.
On a more traditional note, The Farm still has fresh produce, canned goods, quilts, crafts, and more for purchase while you visit.
Traveler tip! If you and your family are members of AAA and are interested visiting The Farm, you can get a 10% off discount on admission price!