Wayne County, Ohio, and the surrounding counties are the home of the world’s largest Amish population. Martha Starkey, executive director of Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, says visiting the Amish is only the beginning when it comes to activities available to tour groups in Wayne County.

“After spending time in the world’s largest Amish settlement, visit the historic Wooster area,” Starkey says. “While we are known for being part of the world’s largest Amish area, come discover the Wooster area, home to the Ohio Light Opera and Secrest Arboretum.”

Secrest Arboretum | Cayne County
Secrest Arboretum
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Secrest Arboretum in Wooster is a 110-acre outdoor laboratory and landscape garden that is part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Over 2,500 varieties of woody and herbaceous plants are presented in theme gardens, which illustrate the use of style, color, and texture in plant habitats to establish a sustainable landscape. Paved walkways lead to seating areas and the plantings. Enjoy guided walks or self-guided tours.


The Ohio Light Opera is the resident professional company of The College of Wooster. The company preserves the tradition of operetta and musical theater with engaging and accessible productions each summer in The College of Wooster’s Freedlander Theatre.


From antiques and collectibles to sporting equipment, furniture, gifts, jewelry, and fine arts, you can find it in downtown Wooster. Also downtown is the E&H Ace Hardware flagship store, which encompasses nearly 20,000 square feet over three floors.

Lemon muffin from Pine Tree Barn | Wayne County
Lemon muffin, Pine Tree Barn
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TJ’s Restaurant in downtown Wooster has been providing great service and food since 1964. The family-owned restaurant is a Wooster institution. Pine Tree Barn has a private dining room for group lunches, and groups must make reservations at least two weeks in advance.


Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Cinderella, The Ohio Light Opera
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