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Things to Do in Newark Ohio

Newark has many landmarks, including The Ohio State University at Newark. The population is almost 50,000 people. The city is 40 miles east of Columbus and part of the Columbus metropolitan area. Here are some things to do in Newark, Ohio!

Places to Visit

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is a fantastic place to visit in Newark. It’s a fun place to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through interactive displays. On the second floor are exhibits about Licking County's fascinating local history. In addition, The Works has a hot glass studio where visitors can watch the craft of glassblowing. Visit their planetarium to experience the planets and galaxies up close. The Works has an art gallery with a variety of exhibitions every year.

  55 S. 1st Street, Newark, Ohio 43055

The Dawes Arboretum’s goal is to conserve ornamental trees and share their beauty with the general public. It might be hard to believe, but the arboretum has over 15,000 species of flowers, trees, shrubs, and other flora. The conservatory has stands of witch-hazel, buckeye, and dawn redwoods. The Japanese Garden has a serene spot for meditation as well as a lovely reflecting pond.

Visitors can explore the arboretum by its trails or take a four-mile driving tour. The arboretum now charges visitors who are not members an admission fee. Check their website’s calendar of events to learn about workshops like Growing Pawpaws in the Home Orchard.

  7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, OH 43056

Altitude Trampoline Park in Heath offers a variety of high-energy attractions for individuals and groups, including a foam pit, a rock-climbing wall, and more. In addition to its high-performance trampolines, Altitude has basketball hoops for dunking, extreme dodgeball courts, battle beams, foam pits, a wipeout arm, and a game room. Altitude Trampoline Park is an exciting way for individuals and groups to have active fun.

  771 S 30th St, Heath, OH 43056

Hikers and nature lovers will enjoy visiting Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. It has 956 acres of mature woods and trails, which are rich in history. The park’s name came from an ancient hand-shaped petroglyph engraved on a sandstone cliff before it was destroyed in 1828.

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve has many different trails you can try. Canal Lock Trail has an awesome tunnel cut through rock for a railroad track. Dogs are only permitted on the paved Blackhand Trail and must be on a leash.

  2200 Gratiot Rd SE, Heath, OH 43056

Buckeye Lake Museum is the perfect place to learn about local history. This museum on Buckeye Lake honors the heritage of Perry, Licking, and Fairfield counties. They have thousands of items on display from the early to mid-1900s.

Enjoy the extensive collection of memorabilia from Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, which includes the Rocket Ride and a Skee Ball game. Visitors can also take a trip on the museum’s boat, Queen of the Lake III.

 4729 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008

Best Places to Eat in Newark Ohio

Our city’s dining is a surprising mix of local tradition, international flavor, and fusion. These five must-try eateries define the city’s culinary scene, from laid-back lounges and pubs to Asian food. Check out some of the favorites that our residents enjoy.

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Red Oak Pub

Red Oak Pub is an award-winning, family-owned eatery in Newark. They have salads, sandwiches, wraps, and unique burgers available. Try the buffalo wings covered in a variety of handcrafted sauces or the delicious buffalo chicken dip with homemade tortilla chips. You can watch the game on one of their TVs.

 250 Goosepond Road, Newark, OH 43055

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Bummie’s on Main

Bummie’s on Main is a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood restaurant. Try the daily special or their many comfort food options when you stop in for lunch or dinner. They have wings, pizza, meatloaf sandwiches, Cajun burgers, Reuben sandwiches, and more. Bummie’s has been a neighborhood favorite in the community for 40 years. The updated eatery keeps the original character of this significant Newark landmark.

 400 W Main St, Newark, OH 43055

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Peony Bistro

Peony Bistro Asian Cuisine & Bar serves a variety of Asian food, specifically Chinese, Thai, and sushi. Some memorable dishes are their lo mein, hot and sour soup, and Szechuan dishes. Ask the friendly staff for a recommendation if you love spicy food. There are also many flavorful vegetarian options. Peony Bistro has a full bar with mixed drinks and sake.

 1230 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055

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Elliot's Wood Fired Kitchen & Tap

Elliot's serves Neapolitan-style pizza. The pizza is made from scratch with lighter flour, with more water and less gluten. They also have salads, sandwiches, and street tacos. It has a large menu of draft wines and beers.

 16 W Main St, Newark, OH 43055

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Grill-N-Chill Grub Stop

Grill-N-Chill Grub Stop is a family-owned restaurant that offers street tacos, burgers, subs, steak fries, and more. They have great pork, steak, and chicken tacos. You can pick up your order at their drive-through window.

 112 E Main St, Newark, OH 43055