Wooster Travel Guide

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Wooster Things to Do

  • Downtown Farmers' Market

    Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and even homemade maple syrup...you can find these things and more at the Farmers' Market in downtown Wooster every Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm. Everything is grown or made locally, so there are usually some Amish vendors here as well. Live music is provided.

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  • The Ohio Light Opera

    The Ohio Light Opera (OLO) was formed in 1979 at The College of Wooster and is devoted to operetta, including the entire Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire! It is a professional company that performs June-August at the college's Freedlander Theater. Performances range from "Oklahoma!" to "The Mikado" and beyond, and tickets are priced at $41 for adults...

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  • Mohican State Park

    If you're in the mood for the great outdoors, Mohican State Park is the place to be. Located in Loudonville, about 30 minutes west of Wooster, it's home to one of Ohio's covered bridges, Clear Fork Branch, Pleasant Hill Dam, and the beautiful Mohican River. There are dozens of mountain biking and hiking trails, camp sites, and cottages, as well as...

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Wooster Restaurants

  • Hungarian Goulash and Gourmet Coffee

    Tulipan is a family-operated coffeehouse owned by Hungarian immigrants. They serve traditional homemade pastries, such as strudel and gerbeaud, as well as traditional Hungarian soups, salads, and sandwiches, most of them with a Hungarian goulash or cheese spread. They also serve a wide range of gourmet coffees and teas. It's quaint and quiet on the...

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  • Wooster evening fare

    This restaurant is something unique. There is a formal dining area that we normally frequent for dinner when in Wooster.But it also has a Bistro and a Pub in the same building. We have never been in them but they always draw a good sized crowd on Friday and Saturday nights. All are under the same management.The formal dining area is called TJ's,...

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  • Delicious Heros/Hoagies/Subs

    This yummy deli has been around for at least 20 years, and nothing beats their heroes (AKA subs, hoagies, etc.) and crispy fair-style fries. Hero House is WAY better than any Quizno's or Subway, as it's locally owned and operated, and a hometown favorite for those who have lived in Wooster for many years. It's also great if you're on a budget! The...

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  • Down-Home Sandwiches and Sundaes

    Dari Land is a Wooster favorite. When you hear "Dari Land" I bet you immediately think of Dairy Queen, but don't...Dari Land is far superior to any DQ and has probably been around for a lot longer. Locals flock here for lunch in the spring and summer. It's cheap, with a nice sized ice cream sundae running about $3, and it tastes delicious. There...

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  • Cool Outside Dining

    Olde Jaol Tavern is similar to C.W. Burgerstein's, although it's a bit more expensive. (And yes, it used to be a real jail.) The plus side is, it is SO nice to dine outside here during the summer. They have tall floor lanterns burning outside in the evenings, which makes the perfect atmosphere for a seasonal beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company...

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  • Wonderful Won Tons, Batman!

    This is a nicer Chinese restaurant, where the people actually speak English, the floors aren't caked with dirt, and there aren't any flies anywhere. Tablecloths are always nice, you know. Sue Min's is really the alternative to the obscenely overrated Wild Ginger China Bistro. It's basically your classic Chinese restaurant with a bit of an upscale...

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  • Organically-Grown Gourmet

    First of all, this is a pretty upscale restaurant, and while it doesn't require a suit and tie, you should dress on the nicer side. That being said, expect above average prices and a romantic atmosphere...and be sure to make a reservation.South Market Bistro gets most of their ingredients for their gourmet dishes from local farmers, and everything...

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  • Gourmet Pizza and Breads

    Be forewarned before I tell you about the finer points of Broken Rocks -- it's a little on the expensive side for what you get, and the service can be horribly slow.BUT it's one of the most cosmopolitan places to eat in Wooster, so everyone loves it anyways and it's always packed. If you have Panera Bread restaurants in your area, consider Broken...

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  • Good Old-Fashioned Chicken Dinners

    Whitehouse Chicken has been around since the 1940s, and its original Barberton location became so popular that it is now located in 5 other cities across northeast Ohio. Whitehouse Chicken serves only Ohio farm-raised chicken, lightly breaded and deep fried, with no artificial seasonings or trans-fats. The chicken is traditionally served with...

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  • Homemade Ice Cream To Die For

    Durbin Magic Freeze, located a short distance outside of Wooster, has been family owned and operated for...well...forever! They serve homemade, custard-style ice cream at a great price, including milkshakes and sundaes. In the winter, when the ice cream shop closes, the family sells live Christmas trees out back. If you take a scenic trip down...

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  • Best Breakfast in Town!

    This is definitely a well-hidden local favorite, because you really can't beat their fresh pancakes in the mornings, or their homestyle soups and sandwiches at lunch time. This little restaurant is decorated with local sports memorabilia from the nearby College of Wooster, as well as other beloved Ohio schools. It's very affordable, with the...

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  • Greek Food!

    Spiro Matso, the owner of Matso's Family Restaurant, not only knows how to whip up a fabulous Greek dressing, but he is also a classically trained opera singer. In fact, he performs with Ohio Light Opera in Wooster each year, and his restaurant is decorated with autographed photos from operas past and present. Their original and sweet Greek...

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Wooster Nightlife

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    by tspeegle09 Written Jun 29, 2008

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    Downtown Wooster features dozens of quaint little boutiques, most of which close at 5:00pm on weekdays, giving those who work during the day little opportunity to enjoy local shopping. But lately, on Thursday nights, many popular shops and boutiques have extended their hours to 8:00pm, and at times they offer special discounts to shoppers. Many of Wooster's fancier downtown restaurants, such as Broken Rocks Cafe & Bakery and South Market Bistro, stay open until 10:00pm and offer discounts as well.

    Dress Code: Casual

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Wooster Transportation

  • Rent a Car!

    If you end up flying into Ohio, your best bet is to rent a car so that you can visit Wooster as well as the surrounding Amish country. Short road trips are the best. Of course, motorcycles work for this, too. ;-)

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  • Akron/Canton Airport (CAK)

    If you're flying into Ohio, you have two airport options closest to Wooster: Akron/Canton (CAK) or Cleveland (CLE). I prefer CAK, as it's twice as close to Wooster...about 30 minutes away as opposed to Cleveland being 60 minutes away...and I'm also a fan of AirTran, which flies into CAK rather than CLE.

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Wooster Shopping

  • Put Your Pet in Prada...OK Not Really,...

    It's hard NOT to love Treasures by the Pound once you've gone in there once...they sell all sorts of unique treats and gifts for you to pamper your pet! Cute collars, fancy food and water bowls, and gourmet dog bones -- and the best part is, part of the proceeds from your purchase goes to support the Wayne County Humane Society in Wooster, which...

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  • Best Doughnuts in Town

    Lerch's doughnuts have been a Wooster tradition for half a century. Their deep-fried, made-while-you-wait cake doughnuts are a family favorite each autumn at Wayne County Fair, and the locals know that they can get their Lerch's doughnuts every morning from the little trailer in front of the old Hawkins Market. Lerch's doughnuts come in 3 flavors:...

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  • With a name like Smucker's, it has to be...

    Everyone in the United States has heard of Smucker's jams and jellies. And lucky for you, the Smucker family homestead is still located just outside of Wooster, in Orrville, Ohio. The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe is home to every Smucker's item imaginable, as well as an in-store museum chronicling the 100-year Smucker legacy. Smucker's owns...

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Wooster Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of Buggies!

    If you're going to be doing a lot of driving down state routes (like OH-250 or OH-585), you might find yourself stuck behind an Amish buggy or two. Occasionally you might even get stuck behind a buggy on one of Wooster's main streets. This doesn't happen too often, but it does happen, and impatient drivers can cause accidents. It is not uncommon to...

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  • quite a few predators.

    Wooster is ranked in the top 10% of safe places to visit in Ohio, along with many other college towns.Berlin, Millersburg and Wooster are all lumped together in the crime stats for sexual offenders.There are 54 SOs in the general Wooster area. This is about one half of one percent of the total population in the area.Use the website below to see if...

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Wooster Tourist Traps

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    Wild Ginger China Bistro

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    If you end up going to the North End of town for anything during your visit (there's a big Wal-Mart there, as well as the local movie theater and quite a few restaurants), you're bound to spot Wild Ginger and say to yourself "Hey, that looks like a nice place to eat!" Well, yes, granted it's the only place in town that serves sushi, but other than that it is overpriced, and the service and quality of food are just so-so. I got sucked into Wild Ginger during my first visit to Wooster, and I've never been back. Trust me, there are better places in town to eat, so steer clear of Wild Ginger and try some of the other great foods Wooster has to offer.

    Unique Suggestions: Order the sushi for God's sake. You can get everything else for a better deal elsewhere.

    Fun Alternatives: Sue Min's Chinese Gourmet on Madison Avenue.

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Wooster Off The Beaten Path

  • Historic Ohio Barns

    I recommend driving West on Route 250 for about 10-20 miles on a sunny day, stopping periodically to take photos of the rolling landscape and beautiful barns and farmhouses. On Route 250, heading west towards Ashland County, you will find both an Ohio Bicentennial Barn and a Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn, each less than 20 miles outside of the city. If...

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  • Lehman's Old Fashioned Hardware Auction

    Lehman's Old Fashioned Hardware was established in 1955 and has grown to serve Wayne County's large Amish community. They sell a variety of non-electric hardware items, hand-cranked housewares, oil lamps, recycled goods, USA-made tools and toys, and retro appliances. Since they cater to the Amish, much of Lehman's stock looks as if it was made in...

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  • OH-585 Road Trip

    Go ahead and take a road trip to Barberton for a classic Whitehouse Chicken dinner and some homemade ice cream from Durbin Magic Freeze. It will be worth your while, mostly because you'll get to travel down OH-585, which can be quite scenic on a pretty day. The Ohio hills and farmhouses are very photogenic when the sunlight hits them just right.

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Wooster Sports & Outdoors

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    Wooster Oilers logo

    by tspeegle09 Written Jun 29, 2008

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    The Wooster Oilers are a Junior "A" hockey team within the America East Hockey League, playing against teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Canada. They compete at the Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster each fall.

    Equipment: Just bring your voice to cheer the team on.

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