5 things to do in Amish Country, Ohio with kids

Holmes County, Ohio contains the world’s largest Amish population.  Situated almost equidistant from both Columbus and Cleveland, Amish Country seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Amish children peer at passing cars from rear buggy windows.   Amish businesses use skylights and generators to provide enough light and power to open shop.

Amish Country is a great place to visit with kids because it evokes a lifestyle they probably know little of.  There are culture and great food for the adults, but farm animals and tasty sweets for the children.  Here are 5 things to do in Amish Country with kids.

Things to do in Amish Country Ohio - Petting zoo, The Farm at Walnut Creek, kid-friendly outings in Holmes County and surrounds.

Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery

Hershberger’s is located less than a mile off of SR 39 between Millersburg and Berlin.  Hershberger’s Bakery has all the Amish goods you would come to expect- pies, cinnamon rolls, and canned goods.  The farm store sells fun products your children will love, like Amish dolls and wooden farm toys. (Side note: The dolls have no faces because the Amish believe the doll then becomes a graven image. They also believe it is prideful.   That is why you’ll notice you really never see a photograph of Amish from the front, usually of their back as they walk or plow).

The petting zoo was an absolute delight to our children.  Some of the goats were a little aggressive, but harmless.

One of our favorite activities is a buggy ride!  The drivers are always very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have about the farm or their Amish lifestyle!

The Farm at Walnut Creek

The Farm at Walnut Creek is a unique experience for Amish Country visitors because it combines an exotic animal farm with a working farm.  After feeding the giraffes and zebras, you may pet something simpler, like a goat.  If the weather allows, I recommend taking an Amish-led tour by horse and buggy.  This 2.3-mile wagon tour will allow you even more interaction with the animals.

Our favorite time at The Farm is during their Fall Festival! They offer a pumpkin slingshot, a giant “cornpit,” and a tower made of hay! It’s a really special time for families, with plenty of photo ops.

One thing to note The Farm at Walnut Creek is closed on Sundays, and they do NOT accept credit or debit cards, so plan accordingly.

The Farm at Walnut Creek - Things to do in Amish Country, Ohio with kids - The Farm at Walnut Creek has a petting zoo plus exotic animals.
Photo credit: The Farm at Walnut Creek

Holmes County Open Air Art Museum

While the Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg caters more to the kid-free traveler, also on the grounds of the resort lies Holmes County’s Open Air Art Museum.  This 1.5-mile trail is a fun place for families to connect with nature AND study art.

When you arrive, visit the hotel lobby and pick up a trail map!  Throughout the trail, there are large boulders with haiku poetry listed in both English and Japanese.  This is a fun learning opportunity for young kids!  Do note, the trail is very hilly and not stroller-friendly.  If you’re traveling with young children or babies, you may want to consider a hiking pack or baby carrier.

You can read more about our visit to the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum HERE.

Things to do in Amish Country, Ohio with kids- The Open Air Art Museum - Stepping back from Amish farms and treats, take an educational walk on this 1.5 mile trail.
My kids love this totem pole at the Open Air Art Museum – they call it “The Funny Faces.”

Heini’s Cheese Factory and Tasting

Heini’s Cheese has been a staple of things to do in Amish Country since the 1950s when it was Bunker Hill Cheese.  If you’re looking for a fun (and tummy-filling) stop for the whole family, Heini’s is the place to go.  From hot pepper to butter to blue, tourists are allowed to sample numerous cheese varieties!

Right next to the samples are windows which allow you to view the cheese being made.  The factory is usually active Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but call ahead if you want to make sure you pick the right day for your visit.

Note- the sampling area is pretty tight.  We pushed a stroller through, but we were visiting in the off-season.

Have you been to Amish Country with kids?  What's your favorite thing to do?

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3 thoughts on “5 things to do in Amish Country, Ohio with kids”

  1. I love taking my daughter to the little outdoor village at Berlin resort. She played at it for hours. I even played in it with her. I highly recommend Berlin resort .

    • Cool! I’ve never stopped there because I didn’t know if you had to stay at the hotel in order to play there. Were you a guest at the hotel?

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