Delaware, Ohio: Olentangy Indian CavernsCommercial cave features a formation said to resemble Ohio's Chief Leatherlips.
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Every kid should be familiar with the concept of Native American caves before they read Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. Olentangy is the perfect cave to explore! It isn't so big that you can get lost and at no point is it scary -- but it's just exotic enough to be fun. Our tour guide was a really sweet high schooler who was well-trained in answering questions and patiently waiting for stragglers ogling at the cave walls.
We didn't see the petting zoo or climbing wall mentioned in other reviews, but the cavern is the real attraction - followed by the 'gem mining' and trading post with myriad shopping opportunities! It's worth stopping, but they do close promptly so give yourself enough time to enjoy it.[Gordon Family, 08/01/2011]
Just off of U.S. 23 there is Olentangy Indian Caverns. You enter a small cabin that houses the entrance to the caverns and descend down two flights of stairs. Here you enter the beginning of the caverns (which will take you 105 ft. below the surface). At certain points there are buttons to push where you will hear audio about the history of the caverns. There are many interesting facts and sights here. There is a formation that is said to resemble Chief Leather Lips, a possible Indian burial ground, carvings in the walls dating back to the 1800s etc. If you stop at each area and listen to all of the history it can take 45 min. to an hour to make it all the way through. Once you make it back to the surface there is a trading post, a small petting zoo, a climbing wall, and an area that looks like an old western town.
This is a small but very fun/interesting attraction.[Daniel Woznick, 05/26/2007]