What to do and see in Newark, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 31, 2017 Venice Greaves

Newark is a city in and the county seat of Licking County, Ohio, United States, 33 miles (53 km) east of Columbus, at the junction of the forks of the Licking River. The estimated population was 49,134 at the 2016 census, which makes it the 20th largest city in Ohio.
Restaurants in Newark

1. Dawes Arboretum

7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, OH 43056-9772 +1 740-323-2355
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5 based on 211 reviews

Dawes Arboretum

Reviewed By R V - Columbus, Ohio

Dawes Arboretum is our favorite place to visit at any time of the year. Its neat and clean, its not too far, its free and its big and beautiful in any season. I take my kids here for many photoshoots. Its a gem that everyone...MoreThank you for your review! We are so glad you have enjoyed your visits to The Dawes Arboretum and we hope to see you again soon.

2. Great Circle Earthworks

455 Hebron Rd, Heath, OH 43056-1446 +1 800-589-8224
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Great Circle Earthworks

Spanning almost a quarter of a mile, this round earthworks was an amazing construction feat 2,000 years ago.

Reviewed By Jamie C - Marlton, New Jersey

The Great Circle and the Works museum are one of the few indicators left from what historians believe are the first civilization from the US - the Missippians, Hopewells, or collectively the Mound Builders. Awe sweeps over you as you stand within the circle of these massive man made mounds away from the din of commercialism and progress that has swept through this area as you imagine life from over 2000 years ago in this very spot. Great preservation and informative museum make this a perfect destination for the concerning history buff or the fervent nature lover.

3. Bryn Du Mansion

537 Jones Rd, Granville, OH 43023-9271 +1 740-587-7053
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5 based on 29 reviews

Bryn Du Mansion

Reviewed By Jonathan J - Columbus, Ohio

The ground are lovely as is the architecture. The whole history of Granville and the quaint downtown, burial ground, and the shady winding road to Newark are worth spending a day.

4. Midland Theatre

36 N Park Pl, Newark, OH 43055-5517 +1 740-345-5483
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5 based on 67 reviews

Midland Theatre

Reviewed By Sightsee_Eat - Worthington, Ohio

I have made fun trips to Newark with husband and daughter and stayed both times at Double Tree by Hilton, which is right across from the Midland. We came in October several years ago to see Paul Reiser (had just finished binge-ing seasons of Mad About You), and enjoyed being in the richly recently renovated Midland very much, especially as we could walk a very short ways back to our hotel. We had actually seen him arrive at the theatre from our hotel window earlier in the day. It was a wonderful short getaway not far from home.

5. Newark Earthworks

455 Hebron Rd, Heath, OH 43056-1446 +1 800-589-8224
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Newark Earthworks

Reviewed By Porthos7 - West Chester, Ohio

Amazing site that is both peaceful and beautiful (even right next to a major highway) Built by people of the ancient Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., this architectural wonder of ancient America was part cathedral, part cemetery and part astronomical observatory. The entire Newark Earthworks originally encompassed more than four square miles. Please don't walk on the actual works... plenty of "park" space to sit and watch from. There is a Museum at the entrance to give you more information. Go see this beautiful ancient space!

6. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056 +1 614-265-6561
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Reviewed By CharlieB24 - Cambridge Springs

Tried to rely on GPS coming from I-70 area from the South, and we had issues with no signal, bad directions, etc., but a local resident kept us going in the correct direction! Basically, this Preserve is just south of the town of Taboso, OH... The trail is pretty short comparing it to other rail trails, ( 4 miles + one way ) and we stopped when the neighboring river was quite high and a small section was all mud and running water at the time, so we only did about 2 1/2 miles and returned back... Very good rock formations in some portions, and a section goes through rock blasted out on both sides... Pretty neat, and the trail is shaded quite well... Might try again next time in the area, now we know exactly how to get there!

7. The WORKS MUSEUM

55 S 1st St, Newark, OH 43055-5429 +1 740-349-9277
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5 based on 40 reviews

The WORKS MUSEUM

Reviewed By shellbell616 - Columbus, Ohio

We had a great time checking out The Works! My son is 6 and he loved everything there. We even saw a glass blowing demonstration which was really neat! You can easily spend 3 hours here. There are a lot of educational, historical and just plain fun exhibits. I would love to come back when the weather is warm and their fountain is going/outside areas can be enjoyed.

8. World's Largest Basket

1500 E Main St, Newark, OH 43055-8847 +1 740-322-5588
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3.5 based on 115 reviews

World's Largest Basket

Reviewed By Janet T - Granville, Ohio

Okay this particular site is one of those "20 wonders of the USA" simply because back in its hey-day, the Longaberger basket company had the brainstorm to build their world headquarters in the shape of a MONSTROUS basket, 3 story tall handles and all. It is visible as you come down Route 16 for about 3-4 miles away. The sad close to this story is that the company is no longer family owned and has been bought and sold by hedge funds, etc multiple times in the last 5 years and now sits empty, due to the moribund economy and dwindling demand for "hand made baskets". This building can be bought however, for a pretty darn low price I think. But then you will have to pay up on the ever-mounting back taxes to the city of Newark.

9. National Heisey Glass Museum

169 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055-4945 +1 740-345-2932
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

National Heisey Glass Museum

Reviewed By Jess B - Sarasota, Florida

First off, I think blown glass is absolutely gorgeous; I've been fascinated since I was a kid. We used to take field trips to the museum all the time in elementary school and watch the glass blowing demonstrations.
Given the location of the museum, you may expect something small and lackluster, but it definitely delivers.

10. Licking county Bike trails

Cherry Valley & Main Street, Licking county Bike trails, Newark, OH 43055
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Licking county Bike trails

Reviewed By Wesley L - Westerville, Ohio

This just over 14 mile trail (about 30 mile NE of Columbus in Licking County) is rather popular among locals as well as people from the greater central Ohio area. The southern trailhead is located just off Cherry Valley Rd (shortly before Main St) in Newark. The trail winds its way through farmland as well as residential areas as you follow, here and there, Raccoon Creek. Be sure to stop and read the signage at the bridge over the creek that tells a bit about the rail history of the trail. After passing through Granville and Alexandria, you head on westward to the end of the trail in Johnstown. The return trip is a bit easier in that there is a 3 degree rise from Newark to Johnstown. The totally asphalt trail makes for a great, leisurely afternoon ride.

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