Southwest Ohio Attractions

Southwest

ATTRACTIONS

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – Cincinnati.
World renowned wildlife park with over 3,000 plant and animal species.

King’s Island – Mason. Amusement park.
100+ world-class rides. Family shows & attractions.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center – Wilberforce.
Changing programs and exhibits honoring African American history, art, and culture.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force – Dayton.
World’s largest military aviation museum. Free.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Gracie’s – Middletown.
Creative menu with kicked up comfort food prepared daily with local ingredients.

Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe – Greenville.
An institution for over 80 years, famous for cheap sandwiches and milk shakes.

Valley Vineyards – Morrow.
Ohio’s second largest estate vineyard, featuring grill-your-own entrée cookout and buffet.

The Willow Restaurant – Washington Court House.
Family restaurant serving American favorites from sandwiches and salads, to steak and seafood.

HISTORY

Carillon Historical Park – Dayton.
Dozens of museums filled with artifacts across a beautiful 65-acre complex.

Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve – Oregonia.
Over 2,000 years of Native American history at one of the country’s largest prehistoric hilltop enclosure.

Historic Clifton Mill – Clifton.
Tour one of American’s oldest working grist mills, with restaurant and gift shop.

Lane-Hooven House – Hamilton.
Tour this rare octagonal home built in 1863 and ornately decorated in Victorian Gothic style.

RECREATION

797 Elks Golf Club – Wilmington.
Picturesque and challenging 18 holes with watered fairways, driving range, and practice green.

Hueston Woods State Park – College Corner.
3,000 acres for hiking, fishing, canoeing, and unique fossil hunting.

Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve – Springfield.
Ohio’s largest rock-climbing park, with hiking trails and waterways.

Scenic River Canoe Excursions – Cincinnati.
Scenic canoe and kayak trips on the beautiful Little Miami River.

SHOPPING

Cincinnati Premium Outlets – Monroe.
Over 100 designer and name brand outlet stores with daily savings.

Frontgate – West Chester.
Inspiring home furnishings and décor for every room in your house, both indoor and out.

Keim Family Market & Deli – Seaman.
Amish-made furniture, famous donuts, bulk foods, baked goods, lawn furniture and buildings.

Peddler’s Mall – Lebanon.
Hundreds of vendors selling antiques and collectibles with new items added daily.

FESTIVAL & EVENTS

Banana Split Festival – Wilmington, June.
Games, rides, entertainment, crafts, car show, and banana split eating contest.

Oktoberfest – Vandalia, September.
German celebration with great food and live entertainment.

Prairie Days – Greenville, September.
Family festival celebrating pioneer life from the late 1700s with craftsmen, apple butter stirring, food, and games.

Strawberry Festival – Troy, June.
Food, live entertainment, kids activities, and over 200 arts and crafts exhibitors.

FEATURED ATTRACTIONS

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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.