A quick 45-minute drive from Cincinnati will transport you to the tiny town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. This great day trip from Cincinnati is full of adventure. From a visit to Wright Patterson Air Force Museum to sipping on ice-cold brews from Yellow Springs Brewery, there are endless things to do in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
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.
Visit The Wright Patterson Air Force Museum
A must-see attraction is 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.
Go Hiking At The Glen Helen Nature Preserve
The Glen Helen Nature Preserve is a beautiful spot to get out and to do some hiking. There is a fee to park at the preserve which is often collected upon arriving. Our last visit was $5.00 (It is cash only).
A stone stairwell leads hikers into the gorge where there are well-maintained trails that are perfect for families. The trails loop and intersect throughout the preserve offering views of waterfalls, the grotto, and the famous yellow spring.
The Old Dam Bridge is another popular spot to visit along with Pompey’s Pillar, and the Hopewell Indian Mound. A trailside museum can be found right before the trailhead descending into the gorge. The museum is full of hands-on exhibits, a nature shop along with educational programs.
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Have A Drink At Yellow Springs Brewery
After spending a few hours hiking at Glen Helen Nature Preserve, a refreshing beverage is much needed. Venture over to the Yellow Springs Brewery for a cold one. It is right next to the bike trail and is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Look for food trucks and live music on the weekends.
The brewery has a nice patio near the bike trail. Many bikers swing in grab a beer. Next door to Yellow Springs Brewery is the Spirits of Yellow Springs Distillery. Worth venturing into for those who enjoy a little something stronger than beer.
Explore The Main Street Of Yellow Springs
Yellow Springs is what I would call a hippie town. The eclectic shops are full of unique and handmade items that are scattered in between vibrant coffee cafes and restaurants. Each shop is fun to browse in as they offer such a diverse selection. From gathering your fairy garden supplies to finding that perfect book, Yellow Springs has the shop for you.
The resturants found in Yellow Springs, Ohio also offer a wide-selection from clean eating options all the way to top-notch bar food.
A favorite event to attend in the Yellow Springs annual Street Fair that consists of over 200 vendors selling homemade crafts, arts, and food. Be sure to check their calendar for upcoming events.
Where To Stay In Yellow Springs, Ohio
The Mills Park Hotel is a quaint hotel that looks like it came right out of a history book. This 28 room hotel is modeled off the 19th century home of William Mills, a local settler who first arrived in Yellow Springs in 1827. The hotel offers suites, balconies, a delicious restaurant with plenty of special touches.
Young’s Dairy Farm
No visit to Yellow Springs is complete without a trip to 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!
Young’s Jersey Dairy also offers a fun putt-putt course and plenty of other entertainment options. They frequently have events and festivals so check their website to make plans to attend.
More Things To Do In Yellow Springs, Ohio
Looking for a few more things to do during your visit to Yellow Springs?
Take A Hike at The Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve
This 268-acre preserve has a variety of trails that takes hikers throughout the gorge and along the bank of the Little Miami River. There is a small nature center and keep in mind the cliffs can be hazardous so staying on the trail is imperative.
The iconic Clifton Mill Restaurant serves us tasty down-home cooking with an ambiance that is hard to beat. The soothing sounds of the old mill are relaxing as water cascades over the falls.
During the wintertime, the Clifton Mill shines bright with the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill which attracts visitors from miles and even states away!
Go Picnicking In John Bryan State Park
A 752-acre park with a remarkable limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami Scenic River is only one mile from Yellow Springs. Hike on nine trails, some wheelchair accessible before taking a break for a nice picnic lunch. It has been deemed one of the most scenic parks in Western Ohio.
Rent A Bike And Hit The Bike Trail
The Little Miami Scenic Trail cuts through the heart of Yellow Springs. Rent a bike or bring your own for an opportunity to hit the trail.
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