Family Ohio Summer Vacation in Hocking Hills

With the kids out of school, now is the perfect time to plan your Ohio summer vacation in Hocking Hills! Just over an hour from Columbus, Hocking Hills offers a natural respite from city life, where you can spend the season exploring the great outdoors together. From cooling down on the river to meeting furry friends at the petting zoo and family-friendly hikes, there is something to keep everyone entertained in Ohio’s outdoor adventure destination. 


Regardless of how you want to spend your summer, Chalets in Hocking Hills offers a fantastic selection of cabins to host your family!

7 Ohio Summer Activities for Families in Hocking Hills

  1. Visit the Petting Zoo

Fox’s High Rock Farm offers the perfect place for family-friendly summer fun in Hocking Hills. Visit the petting zoo and befriend the resident goats, pigs, horses, llamas, and donkeys! Other activities at the farm include gem mining and wagon rides.

  1. Experience Summer Fun on Hocking River

One of our favorite summer pastimes is having fun on the Hocking River. Hocking Hills Canoe Livery offers canoe, kayak, raft rentals, and guided paddling trips. Or enjoy a leisurely river tubing trip with Hocking Hills Adventures.

  1. Explore Family-Friendly Hiking Trails

The Hocking Hills State Parks offer many family-friendly hiking trails like Cedar Falls and the Old Man’s Cave Loop. Stop at the Regional Welcome Center on the way and pick up Mother Nature’s Classroom Learning Projects for the kids!

  1. Discover the Great Outdoors on Horseback

Explore the Hocking Hills on horseback during your Ohio summer getaway with Spotted Horse Ranch. Keep in mind that children must be eight years old and 50’’ to ride. Their one-hour rides are best for families, providing a brief riding demonstration before hitting the trails.

  1. Embark on a Unique Adventure

If you are visiting Hocking Hills with older kids, High Rocks Adventures offers fantastic rappelling and rock climbing trips! Explore the most scenic rock formations in the Hocking Hils with an expert guide!

  1. Get a Birds Eye View of Hocking Hills

Experience the thrill of Hocking Hills Canopy Tours with the family! The Original Canopy Tour is the most popular option and includes ziplining through a network of cables past caves, rock cliffs, and rivers. If you are traveling with kids ages five to twelve, we recommend The DragonFly zipline instead. This option includes eight kid-friendly ziplines, three bridges, and a sky tunnel!

  1. Cool off with Ice Cream Treats

End your summer day in Hocking Hills with a sweet treat at Old Man’s Cave General Store and choose from 24 soft-serve ice cream flavors!

Hocking Hills Family Cabin Rentals

Start planning your Ohio summer vacation in Hocking Hills and experience the ultimate family vacation with Chalets in Hocking Hills. Read our blog, “The Best Hocking Hills Family Cabins,” to start finding the best property for your group. All of our lodges, like, Fireside Lodge, sleep sixteen or more people and include private pools for your family to cool off in the summertime! Discover our last-minute discounts, and we’ll see your family this summer in Hocking Hills!