Day Escapes

Lake Escapes

3XP is Buckeye Lakes’ original bike, boat, and brew tour. Enjoy a scenic bike ride and kayak tour with stops at the most famous restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries around Buckeye Lake. Choose from the Buckeye Lake East Tour or the Buckeye Lake West Tour– each with unique stops and varying experiences. Click here to learn more about each tour.

After years as a summer resident, Captain Buck has been proud to call Buckeye Lake his home since 2006. As a passionate boater, his friends and family knew that no visit to the lake would be complete without exploring the shores and seeing the sites of Ohio’s first state park aboard Captain Buck’s pontoon boat. Now you can enjoy that same experience and see Buckeye Lake the way it was meant to be seen – from the water!

11282 Avondale Road,
Thornville, Ohio 43076

Freedom Watersports is a boat rental company based at the North East Harbor Marina at Buckeye Lake!  Currently offering 22′ pontoon and 20′ pontoon, book your rental and spend a day on the lake. Call 740-739-7992 to book or learn more info.

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Land Escapes

The goal of (Mid) Western Second Hand is to give you quality fashion that’s affordable. This unique store aims to provide you with an enjoyable and efficient shopping experience, in-store and online, that will keep you coming back time and again. Explore western-style boots, hats, apparel, accessories, home décor, and more.

This shop is located in Somerset, Ohio, which is 30 minutes or less from Buckeye Lake.

Monday-Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sun. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Home of the Thornville Backwoods Fest, the Barn at the Backwoods is an event venue located in Perry County and is located just 10 minutes south of Buckeye Lake.

Offering professional staff with a casual atmosphere, and a fully licensed food and alcohol facility with over 10,000 square feet of floor space, The Barn at the Backwoods has everything for your special day.  With catering options, an in-house DJ, minister services, and cake and bakery services, this rustic venue is the perfect setting to say, “I do!”

Learn more about booking your special event at the Barn at the Backwoods.

The Barn on the Hill is a versatile venue to make your wedding celebration an event to remember!  Operating from April to November, the barn is perfect for wedding parties of up to 150 guests and is located just 40 minutes east of Columbus, Ohio.  Host your wedding day in a beautiful, natural setting with scenic views on this 35-acre property.

Learn more about booking your special day at the Barn on the Hill.

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Leisure Escapes

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrates the heroes of the track, road, trails, and halls of government who have elevated the sport to new heights. Each of the incredible machines on display tells a unique story about a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The Museum features a variety of fascinating themed exhibits — such as “Toys & Collectibles” and “A Century of the Indian” — and more than 100 historic motorcycles. Feel the passion and better understand the technology that makes motorcycles some of the most powerful, efficient, and thrilling vehicles on the road today.

Head out to Lancaster for a full day of fun! Our vibrant, historic downtown welcomes you to join our friendly residents for plenty of fun activities and great attractions, all within the cool Outdoor Refreshment Area. Whether you are looking for live music, public art, history & culture, unique shopping, great restaurants, hiking & biking, wineries, breweries, or fun spots to hang out … we’ve got all that – and so much more!


Visit Newark’s bustling downtown to browse the latest art exhibit at the Denison Art Space or check out the farmer’s markets and cool activities at the Canal Market District. Plan to take in a show at the famous Midland Theater. Or visit The Works with a gamut of hands-on STEM activities for all ages, including the 30-foot, 4K projection SciDome planetarium. Enjoy history, culture, and the arts in Newark.

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