Rainy day ruining your hiking plans? Hocking still has some great indoor options for activities. Explore the arts and crafts of our local artisans or enjoy a live show.


Whether you want to catch a movie in Nelsonville’s Movies 10 or let the kids burn off some energy on the bounce houses of Hop N, there’s something for everyone to do indoors in Hocking.

A rainy day doesn’t have to drown out any fun plans for the family in Hocking Hills. Even when it snows, there are still fun activities to take people away from their usual activities and spend time together. Whether visitors prefer to be warm and dry or cool and cozy, there is something for everyone to check out in Hocking Hills. From wineries to book nooks, museums, and indoor play spaces for kids, there are many ways to enjoy a rainy (or snowy) day in Hocking Hills. 

Explore Museums

Even though some visitors might think of museums as stiff and dry, dusty spaces for old relics, Hocking Hills is full of amazing historical, geological, and anthropological wonders. Not only that, they also boast some really interesting handicraft museums with interesting exhibits that change regularly. One of the more famous museums is the Columbus Washboard Factor. The only remaining one of its kind in the United States still working, visitors can learn about its history and how it operates to this day. Other people may like to watch an expert blow glass (or try their own hand at it) in the Ohio Glass Museum. 

Don’t forget to check out the AHA! Hands-On Adventure museum for kids ages six months to eight years old. Their mission is to create playful, educational spaces for kids to grow curiosity and learn through participation. Everything is interactive and hands on to keep kids (of all ages) engaged. Last, but not least, is the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. This museum focuses on the heritage and history of decorative arts such as sculpting and painting while also offering workshops and classes.

Get Your Wine On

Visitors who look for a bit more of a peaceful or romantic getaway might like to try a glass of locally-made wine. Rockside Winery offers samples of different wine grape varieties with happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music on Saturdays. This may appeal mostly to groups, couples, or adults but can be a fun getaway in the cooler months or for a quick step off the trails. The Hocking Hills Winery in Logan offers many varieties of grapes with visitors being offered tours of the vineyards and annual events held each year.

Fine Family Fun

Hocking Hills Escape Games is the perfect place for a family-friendly getaway or with friends. Mobile scavenger hunts and a Great Heist Escape Room are sure to keep visitors guessing as they look for clues to solve the puzzle and find their way out by working together. Also fun for everyone is the Movie 10 and Arcade spot with 10 screens and an arcade. Be a kid again at the arcade. Also fun for families is Hocking Hills Candleworks. They offer workshops to mix and match fragrances and make personal candles to take home. Special scents are encouraged. Also be sure to check out: 

  • Hungry Buffalo Bury the Axe: offers a restaurant for dining, general and gift shop and axe-throwing for older kids and adults
  • Hop N is the #1 place for family fun and parties. The front half of the building offers bounce houses, slides, and toys for kids while the back half offers a Video Game Lounge with HD TVs, a projector, game consults, Virtual Reality and high tech fun. Affordable family fun for everyone

As if those weren’t enough choices, there are some great art spaces to check out, also, in and around Hocking Hills. Bowen House is right in downtown Logan. This community center features arts, education, exhibits, concerts, and more. They also have specific children’s programming. Their exhibits change regularly and are often the talk of the town. Stuart’s Opera House offers theatre, film, dance, and programming on a local scale with national acclaim. This is a great way to experience live performances in a family friendly atmosphere.