Olentangy Indian Caverns
A Great Place for
Family Adventure!

Olentangy Indian Caverns aren’t beautiful but a unique feature makes them a great place for kids. These are the only caverns that I know of that offer a self-guided tour at certain times of the year. I think the ability to tour these caverns as a family, instead of being in a large group makes it a great adventure for kids as well as parents.

The caverns got their name from the Olentangy river nearby and evidence that the Wyandotte Indians used them as shelter and a refuge from their enemies. J.M Adams is believed to be the first white man to discover them in 1821. He found them while looking for a lost ox. Unfortunately, the ox found them by falling to it's death inside the entrance.


Olentangy Indian Caverns Entrance

Today, you can safely enter the caverns by descending a 55 step stairway, accessed from a museum. The museum itself is small but interesting, with more information on the Wyandotte Indians.




Passage in Olentangy Indian Caverns

The cavern passages are narrow in some areas but most people can squeeze through. They are damp, with dripping water in many areas, so you may want to wear a hat and be cautious with expensive cameras.

If you're on a self-guided tour, they will give you a map when you buy your ticket. There are stations set around the caverns that have more written information as well as audio. However, many of them are damaged from the moisture and are hard to read or the audio doesn't work. It's still a nice little adventure walking around on your own.




Gem Mining at Olentangy Indian Caverns

After the tour, there are still plenty of things to do, like this gem-mining setup. You will also find a miniature golf course, playground, horseshoes and hiking trails.


If you want to make a day of it, they have picnic facilities complete with grills and a volleyball net...

Picnic Grounds at Olentangy Indian Caverns

While not the most spectacular caverns I've been to, all-in-all Olentangy Indian Caverns is a great place to spend the day with the kids if you live near-by. It's also an interesting place to stop and visit if you're passing through.

Location: 1779 Home Rd, Delaware, OH 43015

GPS Coordinates: N 40°11.456'
                              W083°03.745'


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Hours: They're open from 9:30am to 5pm every day for most of their open season. The self-guided tours are available from March 31 to June 1 and then again from August 12th to October 31st. From November 1st to the 24th, they are only open on weekends. From June 1st to August 11th, the tours are guided.

Phone: 740-548-7917

Website: www.olentangyindiancaverns.com

E-mail: olentangycaverns@gmail.com


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