Things to do In Springfield Ohio
Centrally located and just three hours from anywhere in Ohio, Springfield is a hidden gem tucked between Dayton
and Columbus –– a perfect place to find your unwind.
Known as the “Champion City,” Springfield is a place where heritage meets inspiration, makers
shape experiences and craft is not just a catch phrase. The list of adventures you can enjoy in
Springfield are endless, but here are 10 to get you started:
Arguably the most influential architect of the modern era, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the
Westcott House in 1906 and it was built in 1908. You can learn about architecture, history and preservation on a tour of this Prairie School-styled home.
Next, you will want to visit the Hartman Rock Garden because it is one of the nations most captivating works of in situ folk art and features many varieties of flowers. You will also find over 50 different structures made of hundreds of thousands of stones!
The Springfield Museum of Art is the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in Ohio. Spectators
can enjoy regionally-focused permanent collections featuring artists Bernice Abbott, George Bellows, and A.T. Bricher. Thanks to its Smithsonian affiliation, the museum also features borrowed work from the institution’s collections.
The Heart of Ohio Antique Center is America’s largest and best antique mall. Customers will enjoy more than 1,400 antique booths and showcases. Open 362 days a year, guests can discover unique treasures that can’t be found anywhere else. With over 122,000 sq. ft. of antiques, you can –– and will want to –– spend a whole day here.
At the Heritage Center Museum, you’ll recount the history of America’s Heartland and the
historic National Road. Also, admission to the galleries, museum store, research library and archives
is totally free.
The Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve has some of the finest natural climbing cliffs in the
Midwest. The Gorge ascends to nearly 50 feet! The Gorge also offers scenic hiking trails and access to
the Mad River.
Springfield’s Buck Creek is perfect for whitewater rafting. Also, the corridor has four recreational whitewater
kayaking areas and a large “park and play” area. The Eco Sports Corridor Whitewater Park is a great place to enjoy a day with friends and family.
With a spectacular outdoor beer garden and a large tap room, Mother Stewart Brewing is a
family-owned production brewery in downtown Springfield. Also, food trucks and live entertainment
are regular staples! In September, you can visit Mother Stewart’s for Springfield’s annual
MustardFEST with live music, wiener dog races, and activities for kids.
Just a few miles down the road, taste a world-famous ice cream cone at Young’s Jersey Dairy.
You can also play a round of miniature golf with the family, hit the batting cages, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a relaxing dinner. Young’s has been a favorite among local families –– and nearly 1.5 million annual visitors –– for years because of its appeal to all ages.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is just 25 minutes from downtown Springfield. The museum collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions. In addition, the museum also highlights the Air Force’s current mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. It has engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs and the national historic collection.
From historic and educational experiences to delicious food and outdoor activities, it’s evident that Springfield, Ohio is more than just a point in between. Visit Springfield and find your unwind.
**Article thanks to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
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