Adventure is calling with these one tank trips from Cincinnati, Ohio. The best trips are often impromptu, close-to-home getaways that leave everyone with wonderful memories. Gas up the car, throw in an overnight bag, and experience one of these fantastic trips from Cincinnati.
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One Tank Trips For Ohio Adventures
Spend The Night At Hueston Woods Lodge
Situated in scenic Hueston Woods State Park, Hueston Woods Lodge is a Great Ohio Lodge with tons to offer! With sweeping views of Lake Acton, guests have the choice of reserving a private cabin or a spacious lodge room with a balcony.
All guests, even those in the cabins, get to enjoy the amenities of the lodge. The lodge offers indoor and outdoor pools, game rooms, cozy nooks, fireplaces, restaurants, a lounge, and fitness centers.
Nearby, Hueston Woods State Park offers various outdoor activities from their famous “Distractions” Disc Golf Course, great hiking, to renting pontoon boats. It is a great escape year-round.
See Ash Cave In Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills State Park is one of Ohio’s most scenic places. Our absolute favorite Hocking Hills Trail is the Ash Cave hiking trail. Ash Cave does tend to be one of the park’s most popular trails, but for a good reason.
Ash Cave is the most impressive recess cave in the state. The cave got its name from the bushels of ashes that were found within. It is one of many great hikes in Hocking Hills.
There is plenty of lodging options in Hocking Hills, including cabins, hotels, and Tiny Houses. Tiny Houses are indeed a unique lodging experience in Ohio.
Tour The Art In Public Places While Visiting Dublin
Dublin is Ohio’s Irish Capital with tons of Irish flair. In addition to their Irish Cocktail Trail, Dublin is home to the Columbus Zoo, an incredible downtown district, and the new Bridge Park. However, one of our favorite things to do in Dublin is to go on an Art In Public Places Tour.
Art installations can be found throughout Dublin, creating a fun tour of the city. Get a selfie in the Field of Corn, admire Leatherlips, then prance among the Dancing Hares. You can take a cell phone tour of the entire collection courtesy of the Dublin Art in Public Places.
Stay Overnight At A Treehouse in The Mohican’s
Have you ever slept in a treehouse? The Tin Shed is one of many unique treehouse rentals available at the Mohicans in Glenmont, Ohio. This Ohio bucket list item that everyone should have on their list.
The Mohicans offers a variety of treehouse and cabin lodging options near Mohican State Park. These treehouses make the ideal remote getaway that lets guests reconnect with nature. Be sure to read out tips for visiting these Ohio Treehouses.
See The Flood Murals In Portsmouth
The iconic flood murals have been drawing visitors to Portsmouth for years. The murals depict the history of Portsmouth from the mound building Indians to the present day.
Come for the murals but stay to explore the nearby ancient earthworks of Serpent Mound and the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Shawnee State Park and Lodge are other great spots to explore. Tip: Shawnee Lodge has a great indoor/outdoor pool.
Take In The Funky Town Of Yellow Springs
A quick 45-minute drive from Cincinnati will transport you to the tiny town eclectic town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The diverse shops are full of unique and handmade items that are scattered in between vibrant coffee cafes and restaurants.
Each shop is fun to browse as they offer such a diverse, unique selection. From gathering fairy garden supplies to finding bizarre t-shirts, Yellow Springs has the shop for you. This one of our favorite one tank trips from Cincinnati, Ohio.
After shopping, be sure to plan to hike at nearby Glen Helen Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park. End your visit with ice cream from Young’s Dairy or a cold brew from the Yellow Spring Brewery.
Go on A Foodie Tour In Springfield
Not far from Yellow Springs is downtown Springfield, Ohio. Take your tastebuds on vacation while you sample all the culinary delight that this small town has to offer. Famous waffles from Iron Works, french pastries from Le Torte Dolce, made-to-order pizzas from Crust & Company, brews from Mother Stewart’s Brewing, and so much more.
This is a multi-day adventure as there are so many delicious places to eat in this small town. In between meals be sure to get a hike in at the Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve. Here are a few of our top spots in Springfield, Ohio.
Experience Dayton’s Metroparks
Dayton is home to a diverse park system called the Five-Rivers Metroparks. From kayaking, hiking to horseback riding, there is something for everyone. Did I mention that there is no cost to enter any of the MetroParks?!
Each park offers a variety of different trails, unique features, and activities. Experience a historic farm at Carriage, explore the children’s garden at Wegerzyn Gardens, or climb the Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum.
While in Dayton, be sure to venture to the National Museum of the Air Force, which offers free admission.
Great Family One Tank Trips From Cincinnati, Ohio
Visit Conner Prairie in Hamilton County, Indiana
Where can you build a windmill, take an 1859 Balloon Voyage, and shop in an 1836 general store?! Look no further than Conner Prairie in Hamilton County, Indiana. This interactive outdoor museum will take your family on a journey of adventure while sparking creativity and learning along the way.
A visit to Hamilton County isn’t complete with a visit to the glamorous Cake Bake Shop, biking along the Monon Trail, or a stroll in Central Park. Jamaican Reggae Grill and Bar is a must-do, then walk next door to Union Brewing Company for an ice-cold craft beer!
Spend The Weekend Doing All The Things In Columbus, Ohio
Most families from Cincinnati know that Columbus is a family’s playground. With attractions such as COSI, LEGOLAND Discovery Park, the Columbus Zoo, and Franklin Converatory, it is easy to spend an entire week playing in Columbus.
Go off the grid by checking out these unique attractions. Encounter the Other World Art Experience, take a walk through the Columbus Topiary Park or try a hand at the world’s largest free outdoor climbing wall in Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
See The World’s Largest Children’s Museum In Indianapolis, Indiana
With countless things to do with your family, Indianapolis has been the ultimate family getaway from Cincinnati. Home to the world’s largest children’s museum, a top-rated zoo, and the Indy 500, Indianapolis is a hub of family fun.
Don’t forget to add in the Rhythm Museum, a hands-on percussion museum, along with the Smiley Center, a vast interactive playground for kids 9 months-10 years old!
Hike To The Natural Bridge In Red River Gorge, Kentucky
One of the crown jewels of Red River Gorge is the Natural Bridge. This sandstone arch stretches more than 75 feet long and 65 feet high. Guests can opt to take the sky lift to the top of the ridge giving a complete view of the arch. A short trail from the sky lift drop-off will take guests to the Natural Bridge base, which you can walk across.
Red River Gorge offers a variety of cabins, camping, and resorts to spend the weekend. Go canoeing, ziplining, rock climbing, and enjoy one of the many scenic hikes through Red River Gorge.
More One Tank Trips From Cincinnati Ohio
Go On The Wine trail through Richmond, Indiana
Glasses of wine, decant chocolate, and an abundance of shopping are a few of the many things to do in Richmond, Indiana. The Heartland Wine & Ale Trail will take guests on a journey as they visit regional wineries and breweries paired with tastings.
Richmond is a town with a fascinating past. Tour the Model T Ford Museum, walk the Tiffany Stained Glass Trail, a venture into the Wayne County Historical Museum. Then discover the rich history of Jazz music that made Richmond the hottest spot to record Jazz for over 30 years.
One historic stop I highly recommend is a visit to the Levi & Catharine Coffin home. Better known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. This family was able to help nearly 2,000 freedom seekers on their journey to pursue their God-given right to be free.
Located right next door to the Levi & Catharine Home, the Interpretive Center has educational, interactive displays to highlight what life was like for a fugitive slave and those anti-slavery activists.
Visit The Kentucky Horse Park In Lexington, Kentucky
Experience why Lexington is the horse capital of the world by visiting the Kentucky Horse Park. This sprawling park encompasses acres upon acres of pastures, stables, arenas, and more.
Plan on spending a few hours discovering and learning about all things equine. A family favorite was the parade of breeds – a show offered twice daily. Make sure to check the schedule for details and times. This show does an excellent job of capturing the attention of all ages.
Be sure to check out the Kid’s Barn, which is full of interactive exhibits and a few four-hoofed friends! The International Museum of the Horse is worth a stop, as well. We found their collection of antique sleds and carriages fascinating (the oldest, reportedly belonged to Louis XVI) in addition to the impressive trophy display.
Most importantly, the park offers many chances to get up close and personal with the horses and pet a few of these beauties. It is a horse-lovers dream come true.
For more family fun, check out the playground and opportunities for exploring the park on horseback. Don’t worry if you cannot do everything in one day because your pass is good for two days of adventure at the Horse Park.
Go Shopping In Little Nashville in Brown County, Indiana
Known to many as “Little Nashville,” Nashville, Indiana, boasts trendy boutiques, charming restaurants, and local wineries. Imagine the most darling county store with a garden of beautiful wildflowers and turn it into a town; that is “Little Nashville.”
Quaint shops full of rustic charm line the bloom filled streets. Every nook and cranny is home to a specialty shop that can’t be overlooked. Whether you want to glam up your wardrobe, take home that perfect antique or find an original piece of art in one of the galleries, you can find it here in Nashville.
Natural Springs Resort
A quick getaway roughly 90 minutes from Cincinnati is Natural Springs Resort, located in New Paris, Ohio. Snorkel in the crystal clear lake, snag the perfect fishing spot, then end the day with a marshmallow roast over a campfire. Natural Springs is one place that the family will want to come back to year after year with so much to do.
The crown gem of Natural Springs Resort is the sparkling freshwater lake with a stunning rock quarry backdrop. This spring-fed lake offers tons of family fun activities such as snorkeling in the clear waters and relaxing on the beach to rent a boat.