Southwest Ohio Attractions

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The Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield began in 1932 when an out-of-work Ben Hartman used hundreds of thousands of stones collected from a nearby stream to create unique structures in the yard of his small country home. His creations feature over 50 scenes that replicate early-American pop culture, historical symbols, and the Bible. His wife, an avid gardener, enhanced his recreations with beautiful flowerbeds and gardens.

After the couple passed away the garden fell into disarray. Fortunately, a group from Wisconsin rescued the facility, and completely restored the Hartmans’ lifelong ambition. It was re-opened to the public in 2010.

Today, the Hartman Rock Garden is considered a folk art masterpiece, and Ben Hartman a self-taught artistic genius. Tourists journey from around the world to see his rock versions of Noah’s Ark, Lincoln’s Tomb, and a miniature castle.  His Tree of Life sculpture contains over 20,000 stones by itself! Visit
www.hartmanrockgarden.org to plan your visit.

Kings Island in Mason has been providing amusement park thrills for families for generations. The park is loaded with exciting rides, including some of the best rollercoasters in the country. Planet Snoopy features 18 Peanuts-themed attractions and has been named the “Best Kids Area in the World” 15 years in a row. Walk among over 65 life-sized animatronic prehistoric creatures in the 12.5-acre Dinosaurs Alive! Exhibit.

Cool off in Kings Island’s Soak City Waterpark, with 36 slides, wave pools, and dozens for children’s water activities. Last year the park added Tropical Plunge – a complex of 6 different water slides with thrilling twists and turns from a height of almost 7 stories.

New for 2017, Kings Island is opening the much-anticipated Mystic Timbers. This wooden rollercoaster ride is over 3,200 feet in length, reaches heights of 109 feet, weaves at speeds up to 53 mph along cliffs, ravines, over water, and extreme turns.

In addition to its traditional rides and games, Kings Island is also filled with live entertainment venues, a variety of dining options, and many more surprises sure to make your visit memorable. For more information, go to www.visitkingsisland.com.

Learn about the history of the Dayton area at Carillon Historical Park. Located on a beautiful 65-acre campus, Carillon brings Dayton’s past to life with its living history experiences, thousands of artifacts, 4-D theater, and a hand-carved carousel.

See the spectacular Deeds Carillon, one of the largest in the nation, standing at 151-feet tall with 57 bells. The facility is home to the world’s largest collection of Wright Brothers artifacts, including the 1905 Wright Flyer III. Catch a glimpse of the 1850s-era food and drink industry at Carillon Brewing Company – the nation’s only production brewery inside a museum.
The story of Ohio’s worst natural disaster is told through the Great 1913 Flood exhibit. Other displays mark the area’s rich history in manufacturing and transportation. Browse through over 30 historical structures with over 3 million relics. Read more about Carillon Historical Park at www.daytonhistory.org.

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The National Museum of the United States Air Force is internationally acclaimed as the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. It is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, home of the Wright brothers.

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The Village of Waynesville offers a fascinating combination of history and culture as it developed in southwestern Ohio. This “Antiques Capital of the Midwest” and “Home of the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival” is a microcosm of our American heritage with its dreams and accomplishments.

The Ohio Wine Producers Association provides information on everything related to Ohio’s great wine industry, from vineyards to wine tours and special events.

 

Tourism Ohio promotes attractions from every region of the state, for all interests and age groups.