- The list below includes 40 free or cheap things to do in or near Newark, Ohio, including 70 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites and Bowling.
- From Dawes Arboretum to Horns Hill Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Newark and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Zanesville, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna and Lancaster.
Beginning in 1929 with 293-acres of wooded landscape and gardens, the Dawes Arboretum, has grown to more than 1,800-acres with 5,000 different types of woody plants. Visitors can enjoy the many hiking trails or see much of it from the car.
Home to the Longaberger Company Headquarters, the World's Largest Basket is a symbol of the product that put the company on the map. Visitors love snapping photos of this basket-shaped building or stop in for a tour of the basket making factory.
Spanning 1,200 feet and reaching 14-feet high in places, the Great Circle, is an earthen mound built by the Hopewell culture of Native Americans prior to 500 A.D. in Newark. Used as a ceremonial site, the earth mound is a National Historic Landmark.
Hands-on learning is encouraged at The WORKS MUSEUM. Glass blowing is a popular demonstration offered, and guests enjoy the interactive learning stations and art galleries' exhibits. Camps and classes are also offered.
Opened in the early 1990's, The Works is an educational learning center featuring a number of entertaining attractions and exhibits for its guests to enjoy. Art galleries, an interactive science lab, and history exhibits are among the many attractions offered.
Licking Co Art Gallery is an art gallery offering art shows, art workshops, and a gift shop. The gallery holds an art show monthly, showcasing a series of rotating art exhibits -- featuring artwork from the galleries' members.