Discovering Ada, Ohio

5 Must-Do Activities When You Visit Ada, Ohio

Are you planning a trip to Ada, Ohio? Nestled in the heart of Ada, this quaint inn offers a cozy retreat with modern amenities, making it the perfect base for exploring the town and its surroundings. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or foodie, Ada has something to offer everyone. Here are five must-do activities to add to your itinerary when you visit the area:

Explore the Nature Trails

Ada boasts beautiful natural landscapes waiting to be explored. Lace up your hiking boots and head to Van Buren State Park.  Nature lovers will rejoice as this park boasts peaceful and refreshing activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, and picnicking.  For those looking for popular biking trails, the Scarlet Haw Trail is a great 1.5-mile multi-terrain trail option that runs through Ohio’s stunning, lush woodlands.  Keep an eye out for local wildlife and native flora as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the Ohio countryside.

Ada Railroad Passenger Depot

The Ada Railroad Depot played an integral role in the establishment of Ada, Ohio.  Today, it is a famous historical landmark in Hardin County.  Originally opened in 1887, the depot was utilized as a rest station on the Clevland Railroad and is one of Ohio’s few remaining pre-1900s passenger stations.  The Depot stands as a museum featuring various artifacts about the town’s history before the creation of automobiles.  Spectators are also welcome to view the station agent’s living area, passenger and baggage areas, telegrapher’s office, and freight room. 

Freed Center for Performing Arts

Immerse yourself in the collegiate art scene of Ada by attending a performance at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of Ohio Northern University.  Relax and enjoy student productions in the center’s 551-seat proscenium.  The theater, which features year-round shows such as Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, and Julius Caesar, is currently showing “9 to 5: The Musical” from now through the end of April. Check the schedule ahead of time to see what’s playing during your visit.

Indulge in Local Cuisine

No trip to Ada would be complete without sampling some of the delicious local cuisine.  For those seeking authentic Mexican flavors, “El Campo Mexican Restaurant” delights diners with its vibrant dishes and warm hospitality.  Guests of The Inn at Onu will appreciate its close walking distance to our hotel. Craving Italian food? Padrone’s Pizza of Ada is an ideal spot known for its friendly atmosphere and delicious hand tossed pizzas.  Our restaurant at The Inn at ONU stands out as a beloved dining destination, featuring refined American cuisine crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re craving hearty comfort food or international cuisine, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your appetite. Be sure to try some regional specialties and don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Visit the ONU Astronomy Observatory

Constructed in 2010, the ONU Observatory’s mission is to “educate and inspire the students of Ohio Northern University, as well as the surrounding community, about the exciting and rapidly evolving science of astronomy.”  The observatory regularly premieres public shows in the evenings and will be live streaming the total solar eclipse on April 8th.  For groups interested in touring, clear spring days are an opportune time to use the facilities telescopes.  If you are lucky, you might be able to view the sun!  Large groups will enjoy watching a show at the observatory, as it comfortably fits about 60 people.

A visit to Ada, Ohio, and a stay at the charming Inn at ONU promise an unforgettable experience filled with exploration, history, art, culinary delights, and celestial wonders. Whether you’re delving into the tranquility of Ohio’s wildlife, savoring the diverse flavors of local cuisine, or gazing at the stars, there’s something for every traveler to enjoy. Make the most of your time in Ada and create memories to cherish for years to come.