Located southeast of Columbus, Fairfield County is home to a variety of small towns loaded with great breweries, parks, restaurants, museums, and more.
Ale House 1890: upscale pub in Lancaster with a very creative menu, plus solid cocktails and beer. Two-level patio out back with live music.
Bob’s Backyard BBQ: barbecue joint in downtown Lancaster serving pulled pork, ribs, smoked mac and cheese
Donut World: a must-visit old school corner donut shop Lancaster. Making fresh donuts 24/7, with a bonus drive-through.
JB's Downtown Grill: family-run spot in downtown Lancaster with a scratch-made kitchen, serving terrific lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Gypsy Joe’s Ice Cream: community favorite ice cream shop in Lancaster that also whips up donuts!
Provisions Bakery & Deli: beautiful coffee shop, bakery, deli, wine shop in Lancaster
Rax Roast Beef: for those who need to know, Lancaster is home to one of the last remaining Rax locations (there are eight total) and the closest to Columbus
Coffee & Beer
Combustion Brewery: lovely community hub in Pickerington, located in an old creamery building. Great beer, cocktails, local food trucks, big patios, cool event space upstairs.
Double Edge Brewing: happening little taproom in downtown Lancaster that hosts food trucks and live music
L-City Coffee+: hip coffee shop in downtown Lancaster
Rockmill Brewery: beautiful brewery located on an old horse farm outside Lancaster. Focuses on Belgian-styles. Modern taproom with pizza kitchen, expansive lawns and a pond for enjoying beers, event space in the old farmhouse.
Square 7 Coffee House: coffee shop in downtown Lancaster that shares a space with Art & Clay on Main
True North Coffee & Cafe: coffee shop with a drive-through in Lancaster
Shops, Parks, & Attractions
Art & Clay on Main: paint-your-own clay pieces at this downtown Lancaster shop, which shares its space with Square 7 Coffee House
Buckeye Lake State Park: the northeast corner of Fairfield County touches Buckeye Lake, and includes the state park with marinas, swimming, and more
Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve: nature preserve with hiking trails, popular for birding, known for great scenic views
Decorative Arts Center: arts center in an historic Lancaster home with rotating exhibitions, classes, lectures, camps
Historical Aircraft Squadron: volunteer-run museum dedicated to working historic aircraft. Located in an hangar at the Fairfield County Airport in Carroll. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays; tour the museum, see them working on aircraft and flying them.
Keller Market House: market and store in Lancaster focused on loads of local and region products
Lancaster Farmers Market: seasonal outdoor market running Saturdays, May-September
Ohio Glass Museum: excellent museum in Lancaster focused on modern and historic glass artistry, with a gift shop, glass-blowing studio
Sherman House: museum located in the Georgian home that was birthplace to the Civil War general
STUMP: cool spot to fulfill all your plant needs in Lancaster
Rising Park: highly recommended park in Lancaster that's home to Mount Pleasant. A short but strenuous hike puts you on top of a 250-foot sandstone cliff with amazing views.
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A Fairfield County Weekend
Exploring the county for the weekend, from breweries in Lancaster and Pickerington to glass museums, historical aircraft, parks with great views, donuts and dinner.