PaPa Joe’s menu (varies slightly between locations) specializes in replacing stomach voids with satisfying subs and tasty pizzas. Start with an eight-piece arrangement of wings ($4.95) whose sauces are kept secret unless you can guess your server’s middle name and favorite Muppet. After an antipasto salad ($6) spiced up with pepperoni, mushrooms, salami, tomatoes, and non-faux cheese, procure a personal seven-inch pizza ($4.25) with a topping of your choice. Or give your body’s gas tank a fright with one of PaPa Joe’s famous two-foot monster pizzas ($32.95 with one topping). You can also add extra summer to your summer by gargling a 10-inch Hawaiian pizza ($11.95)—which includes ham, bacon, black olives, and pineapple chunks—or sample all nine inches of the popular non-pizza, the richboy sub ($5.50+), served with ham, salami, peppers, and mozzarella.
Open year-round, Deer Creek State Park's championship-style course administers a 350-acre test of club control, patience, and aim to golfers of all skill levels. As dimpled balls traverse from tees to holes throughout the par-72 course, they have to avoid an array of obstacles, including 52 sandy traps, 10 ponds, and numerous distractingly beautiful trees with distractingly hard-to-hear singing voices. With four par-3 holes, the Jack Kidwell-designed maze features lengthy bluegrass fairways finely combed with real banjo strings. Manicured bentgrass greens and French-tipped fringes offer golfers a curvy, challenging short game. Golfers looking to warm up their elbows before using them to steer the included cart can take advantage of Deer Creek's driving range and practice putting green.
The zipline course at Valley Zipline Tours speeds danglers over the scenic Northern Hocking Hills in spectacular fashion, whisking them along a series of lines that extend to more than 1 mile in total length. First, a friendly guide drives the zippers up to the top of the valley, where they don their safety equipment and then zoom down the first five lines as a warm-up to the following three, known collectively as the Valley Super Lines. Starting at line 6, the journey whips riders across the valley and lake for distances of nearly 1,000 feet each and at more than 100 feet off the ground, reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour. To cap off the high-speed trip, a valley swing awaits at the end of the tour attached to the edge of a tower, inviting participants to jump and swing over the valley while suspended at more than 50 feet.
The pizza technicians at Wedgewood Pizza have been sculpting delectable pie designs from freshly kneaded dough for more than 40 years. Pizzas, which range in size from 8 to 16 inches ($4–$10.50), can be dressed in either a tomato-sauce and cheese suit or in white, garlic-flavored spats. Bedazzle your pie with any of Wedgewood Pizza’s 24 veggie, meat, and seafood toppings. Six specialty pies prefabricate popular flavor combinations, with the house special ($8.50–$12) smuggling green peppers and pepperoni beneath a cover of mozzarella cheese. The sandwich pizza ($12–$21) layers a choice of four toppings between a pair of crusts, forging a cushy comestible that doubles as a scented neck pillow. Vegetarians can feast on fresh-tomato pizza, topped with tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and romano cheese ($8.50–$12), or sink sweet teeth into mini cannolis ($1) and cinnamon bread ($2.50–$4.50).
Though the hot dog may often be thought of as a simple summertime staple, the cooks at Hot Dawgs! have worked to elevate them to gourmet status. Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs, brats, Italian sausages, and veggie dogs all sizzle on grills, awaiting toppings that range from traditional sport peppers and sauerkraut to such inventive condiments as sriracha and coleslaw. Its seasonal housemade soups and tater tots pair with the handheld meals, and slices of homemade pie serve as a happy conclusion, much like a third-grader’s edits to Romeo and Juliette.
Purveying pizzas and subs is a family affair for the friendly staffers at Flyers, who have been offering patrons saucy circulars and savory sandwiches since 1976. Like the devastating barrage of cake and ice cream that the Air Force drops on other countries during their birthday, The Bomber signature pizza bombards unsuspecting tasters with palatable flavors, particularly its combination of provolone cheese, mushroom, green peppers, and a gathering of meats ($7.99 for stromboli, $13.99 for 11"; $17.49 for 13"; $19.99 for 15"). Peruse pizza and sandwich options here.