Amish Country of Northeast Ohio is a fairy tale like landscape of rolling green hills at the base of Appalachia. Home to the largest Amish community in the world, the region encompasses the entire Homes County and a dozen or so quaint towns, including Berlin, Millersburg, and Walnut Creek. While visitors might get the feeling they are in the middle of nowhere, the region is pleasantly booming with culture, farms, and simple family life. Amish heritage and culture is obvious around every corner, with local restaurants featuring home cooked meals, roadside stands of traditional arts and crafts, horse drawn buggies along dirt roads, endless rolling pastoral hillsides, and the general feel of community and family. Dive in to learn and experience Amish traditions and ways of life by visiting the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Millersburg.
Ohio's Amish Country refers to a region in northeast-central Ohio, encompassing a number of welcoming towns. You can take your pick from any town and find a nice offering of accommodations, including cabin rentals and inns. Base yourself in one town and explore the area on your own time. You can fly in to the Akron Canton Regional Airport (35 miles), or find more flight options into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport or Port Columbus International Airport (both about 60 miles away). Once here, it's best to have your own wheels to get around, especially so you can meander along scenic drives. Summers can be hot and crowded, winters cold, and spring and fall pleasant and less busy.
Things to Do
Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center: A great way to orient yourself with the culture and the area, the center features a short educational film, outdoor exhibits, and a bookstore.
German Culture Museum: Step back in time to learn about early Amish pioneers and the German settlements of the area.
Lehman's Hardware: This old-fashioned store opened in 1955 and carries a variety of traditional household items, as well as 300 types of soda and a fun selection of popcorn and fudge.
The Farm at Walnut Creek: A working farm that welcomes visitors to tour the farmhouses, see unique animals like the petting giraffes, and feed farm animals.
Amish Country Byway: This 76 mile scenic drive passes a majority of the popular sights in the region.
Amish Country Theater: Get tickets to this fun comedy variety theater show, great for the whole family.
Schrock's Amish Farm and Village: Another farm well worth visiting, Schrock's offers buggy rides, farm animals, shopping, and a self guided tour.
Sugarcreek: Known as the Little Switzerland of Ohio, Sugarcreek is a small village with a strong Swiss and German heritage.
Yoder's Amish Home: A 116 acre farm with a beautiful Amish home is open to the public, offering guided tours.
Walnut Creek Cheese: A treat for any Amish Country visitor, you'll be overwhelmed with the amount of local meats, cheeses, and baked goods in this must-see shop.