Day EscapesLeisure Escapes

Take a leisurely day trip to explore attractions and communities within 30 minutes of the lake.

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.

Beautiful downtown Granville is a great place to immerse yourself in history. Visit one of their fascinating museums, tour the historic Granville Inn and Buxton Inn, check out a Sunday polo match, or admire the amazing architecture as you stroll down a tree-lined street. Downtown Granville also offers great restaurants and shopping opportunities, so stop by and let them welcome you to town.

Located in central Perry County, the historic village of Somerset is a small town with tons to offer!  Known as the home of General Philip Sheridan, you can find his statue in the middle of the square with niece, Nellie Sheridan Wilson, the first postmistress of the county, posed on the corner.  Grab some lunch from Strong & Co. and a cup from new coffee shop, Java-13.  After, take a stroll down the brick sidewalks to explore vintage store, (Mid)Western or boutique and crystal shop, Gypsy Hawaii.

Located 30 minutes or less from Buckeye Lake.

Buckeye Lake

Lake Life Shuttle Service is a new transportation service providing rides in the Hebron, Thornville, and the Buckeye Lake region.

Prices as of Jan 2023: $10.00 per person per trip, up to 4 people per trip. Lake Life Shuttle Service also provides an all-day shuttle service during Winterfest: $10.00 per trip, or an all-day unlimited ride ticket for $40.00

Hours: 2PM-Midnight, cash and credit cards are accepted.

Buckeye Lake

Do you need a ride, designated driver, airport shuttle, or shuttle service for a private event? The Ohio Party Bus/Lake Area Transport Services offers a wide variety of transportation services in the Buckeye Lake area and surrounding communities. They offer easy payment options and fast, friendly service.

1120 North High Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Situated in Rising Park – one of the crown jewels of the Lancaster Parks System – and rising high above the city, you will find Mt. Pleasant.  Formerly home to a variety of Native American activities, the site is now widely recognized as one of the best overlooks in the region.  This Blackhand sandstone relief rises almost 300 feet above the city of Lancaster.  It is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.

Nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, and natural areas. The site includes approximately 12 miles of hiking trails and roadways for a four-mile driving tour. Benches are scattered around the property as well as information placards to learn more about the plants and the history of the arboretum. Enjoy a visitor’s center and gift shop as well!