A quick 45-minute drive from Cincinnati will transport you to the tiny town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. We decided to make a day trip of it and explore the area to see what hidden gems are right in our own backyard. From a visit to Wright Patterson Air Force Museum to sipping on ice-cold brews from Yellow Springs Brewery, this is a day trip to make with or without kids in tow. If you plan on visiting the area with children be sure to read our Scenic Route post which covers great family-friendly areas in Dayton and Yellow Springs. Here are a few of our fun things to do in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Wright Patterson Air Force Museum
Up first on the agenda was the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum. This Ohio gem is free and is open daily, with the exception of holidays. This massive museum has tons of planes that will leave your inner child wanting to climb inside each one of them. The history and artifacts found throughout the museum are second to none. Learn about the history of the Wright Brothers, see the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and then check out the rockets in space exhibit.
I would plan to spend a minimum of two hours here, it is a lot of walking so come prepared. Planes take up a lot of space! We didn’t get the chance to see an airshow, but it has been added to the bucket list. When driving to the base please keep in mind that this is an active air force base, so be sure to put the correct address in your GPS. Otherwise, you may be attempting to get into an unauthorized area, which is never good. Check out their website for special events and airshow times.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve and Yellow Springs
Next Stop was Glen Helen Nature Preserve to do some hiking and see the springs. There are trails all throughout the nature preserve, which will leave with you views of waterfalls and even the famous yellow springs. John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge are located nearby as well for those who are looking for more outdoor adventures.
After spending a few hours hiking at the Nature Preserve we needed a cool beverage. We stumbled upon this gem, the Yellow Springs Brewery. It is right next to the bike trail so it was a popular destination.
Look for food trucks and live music on the weekends. Next door is the Yellow Spring Distillery. We stopped in to check it out and we weren’t too impressed.
Then we hit the town to see what it had to offer. Yellow Springs is what I would call a hippie town. The shops are full of unique and handmade items and scattered in between the stores are coffee cafes and restaurants.
You will find a group of eclectic people and some street musicians throughout the strip. Check out the Mills Park Hotel if you are looking to stay in town, it is a quaint hotel that looks like it came right out of a history book.
Young’s Dairy Farm
Our final stop was at Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm. This is a working dairy farm that offers tons of activities for young and old. Stay for the milking of the cows, pet some farm animals or stop in the diner to grab some freshly fried cheese curds. Naturally, no visit would be complete without some homemade ice cream!
Are you looking for another fun day trip from Cincinnati, OH? Try a visit to Dublin, OH!
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