Summer Activities guide

Southeast Ohio Summer Attractions

Updated Wed, Jul 31, 2013 7:20 pm
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Parade of the Hills: Aug. 14-17, four days of live music, rides, games, nightly parades, Ohio State Fiddling Contest; Public Square, Nelsonville (Athens County); free

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival: Sept. 6-8, live entertainment, boat races, fireworks; Front and Greene Streets, Marietta (Washington County); free; 1-800-288-2577

Ohio Pawpaw Festival: Sept. 13-15, celebration of the official native fruit of Ohio, featuring pawpaw food and products, live music, arts & crafts, exhibits and more; Albany (Athens County) $8-$14

Jackson Apple Festival
: Sept. 17-21, live entertainment, rides, games, parades; Broadway Street, Jackson (Jackson County); free; 740-288-6714


The Living Word

Description: 39th season for the religious drama about the life of Christ

Location: 6010 College Hill Rd., Cambridge (Guernsey County)

Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays July 12 to Sept. 28; also Fantastic Fairytales (6 p.m. June 28), a children’s puppet show; The Memory Man (7 p.m. Aug. 18), a one-man solo religious show

Admission: $18, or $15 for senior citizens, $5 to $7 for children 4 to 12 for The Living Word; admission varies for other shows

Seating capacity: 800

Running time: 2 -1/2 hours for The Living Word; other shows vary

Information: 740-439-2761,

Trumpet in the Land

Description: 44th season for the historical drama about the founding of Ohio’s first settlement

Location: Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre, New Philadelphia (Tuscarawas County)

Performances: various dates June 14 to Aug. 24; also The White Savage (various dates July 6 through Aug. 17); Les Miserables (July 27, Aug. 2, 8, 16); all shows 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 to $20, or $12 to $18 for senior citizens, $6 to $10 for children 12 and younger

Seating capacity: 1,279

Wheelchair access: yes

Running time: 2 1/2 hours for Trumpet; other shows vary

Information: 330-339-1132,


Roscoe Village

Description: The 1800s canal-era experience features hands-on activities and costumed interpreters

Location: 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton (Coshocton County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; call for times of tours

Admission: free; a fee for some attractions

Parking: free

Information: 1-800-877-1830, 740-622-7644,


Zanesville Museum of Art

Description: The museum boasts an extensive Ohio glass and pottery selection as well as works by Cezanne, Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, Rembrandt and Rubens

Location: 620 Military Rd., Zanesville (Muskingum County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Admission: $6, or $4 for senior citizens 60 and older and children 10 to 18, free for children 9 and younger and museum members

Parking: free

Special exhibits: Seeking Harmony with Nature: Ceramic Sculpture by Denise Romecki, clay sculptures (through June 8); Superlatives II: Ohio Quilts, competitive exhibit featuring quilts from Ohio textile artists (June 1 to Aug. 3); Ohio Innovators in Clay (June 15 to Aug. 31)

Information: 740-452-0741,


The Wilds

Description: A 10,000-acre conservation center in southeast Ohio features rare and endangered animals living in natural, open-range habitats

Location: 14000 International Rd., Cumberland (Guernsey County)

Big attractions: Giraffes, wild dogs, rhinos, zebras and cheetahs are a few of the animals visitors can see during bus rides through the natural habitat. Zip lines, horseback riding, fishing tours, a lodge, cabins and yurts available

Open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily May through September

Admission: Safari Transport tour, $20, or $19 for senior citizens 60 and older, $15 for children 4 to 12, free for children younger than 3; open-Air Safari tour,$30, all ages; Wildside Tours, offered year-round, $125, reservations required

Parking: $5

Information: 740-638-5030,