Things To Do Near Cridersville, Ohio

Posted on: May 17, 2024

Otterbein Cridersville offers a peaceful countryside setting on a 120-acre campus not far from nearby Lima and Wapakoneta, Ohio. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) maintains an active social calendar of activities, events, and other fun things to do. 

Residents also enjoy trips to nearby attractions, restaurants, and shops. Check out our curated list of interesting and senior-friendly things to do in the area:

Best Things To Do Near Cridersville, Ohio

Cridersville Local History Museum

111 West Sugar Street, Cridersville, OH 

Take time to learn the history of Cridersville in this local museum. You’ll appreciate the images and artifacts that tell the story of the community’s past, including who lived here, how they lived, and why their accomplishments shaped the community of today.

Cridersville Local History Museum exhibits include the Shawnee, pioneer families, coming of the railroad, oil boom years, Western Ohio Electric Railway, Great Fire of 1918, and more.

Visit the museum’s Facebook page for hours and additional information.

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

500 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Open seven days a week, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum is a fun place to learn about the area’s heritage in aviation and space exploration. It highlights Neil Armstrong’s many contributions. Visitors can view the Gemini VIII Spacecraft, Apollo 11 moon rock, and several of Armstrong’s spacesuits.

The museum is wheelchair accessible, offering handicapped parking, ample seating, and ramps throughout the galleries. One wheelchair is available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit the Armstrong Air & Space Museum website for hours, admission prices, directions, and more.

The Temple of Tolerance

203 South Wood Street, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Open year-round and free to the public, The Temple of Tolerance is a must-see when visiting the area. Owner and creator Jim Bowsher has spent two decades moving and placing rocks and ornamental features to construct the Temple grounds in his backyard property. 

You’ll find a barrel-shaped cottage, peaceful alcoves, a large temple structure, smaller structures, a war memorial, and more in this spectacular and historical two-acre rock garden. 

Visit Jim’s website for more background information on his work.

Escape Wapak

1101 Lincoln Avenue, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Escape Wapak

Escape Wapak offers an adventure for everyone. You can start a paint fight, trash a room, or even battle others in a Nerf or laser tag arena. Our favorite — and more senior-friendly — activity at Escape Wapak is the escape rooms.

You and your friends or loved ones can choose from a few themed escape rooms, including an 80s theme, Christmas workshop, or a pirate’s tavern. You can book ahead online with a reservation or stop in to see what’s available. 

View Escape Wapak’s website for prices, options, and additional details. 

Discover Nearby Lima, Ohio

Otterbein Cridersville is less than 10 miles from Lima, so make sure to schedule an afternoon to explore the area.


What to Explore in Lima, Ohio

Greater Lima is a happening place to explore! Here’s a list of places to get you started:

  • Pete’s Ice Cream – Cool off on a warm day at this old-fashioned local ice cream favorite located off South Dixie Highway in Lima. Check their Facebook page for seasonal hours and featured flavors.
  • Old Barn Restaurant & Grill – Enjoy scrumptious buffet-style homemade meals in this unique barn venue, but don’t forget to save room for the freshly baked desserts prepared in their in-house bakery. 
  • Veterans Freedom Flag Monument – This special monument thanks and honors all U.S. veterans past, present, and future. It is the largest known permanent flag of its type in the country.
  • ArtSpace/Lima – Set inside a three-story brick building that’s over 160 years old is a fun place featuring art galleries and classrooms everywhere you look. Stop by for a class or view the current art exhibit — and don’t forget to peruse the gift shop before you leave!
  • Sara’s Sweets – Opening its doors by a former math teacher in 2015, Sara’s Sweets is a delightful place to indulge in cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes, and more. Grab a treat from their daily menu or order ahead for a special occasion. 

Looking for Senior Living in Cridersville?

Our scenic campus offers something for everyone, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, rehab care, and memory care. Choose from a variety of home and apartment floor plans to suit your lifestyle. Visit our website to learn about our community and see videos, photos, a campus map, floor plans, and more. 

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