A quick 45 minute drive from Cincinnati will leave you in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. We decided to make a day trip of it and explore the area to see what hidden gems are hidden in the Buckeye State.
Wright Patterson Air Force Museum
Our first stop was to the Wright Patterson Air Force Base to see the Air Force Museum. The museum is free and is open daily, with the exception of holidays. This massive museum has tons of planes that will leave the inner child in you wanting to climb inside each one of them. Unfortunately, you can’t get in them….so why visit?! Let me tell you why, the history and artifacts that this museum has is second to none. Learn about the history of the Wright Brothers, see the plane that dropped the bomb in Hiroshima and then check out some 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. Other wise you may be attempting to get into an unauthorized area, which is never good. Check out their website for special events and airshow http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil .
Glen Helen Nature Preserve and Yellow Springs
Next Stop was Glen Helen Nature Preserve to do some hiking and see the springs. There are trails all throughout the nature preserve, which will leave with you views of waterfalls and even the famous yellow springs. John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge are located nearby as well for those who are looking for more outdoor adventures.
After spending a few hours hiking at the Nature Preserve we needed a cool beverage. We stumbled upon this gem, the Yellow Springs Brewery. It it right next to the bike trail so it was a popular destination.
Look for food trucks and live music on the weekends. Next door is the Yellow Spring Distillery. We stopped in to check it out and we weren’t too impressed.
Then we hit the town to see what it had to offer. Yellow Springs is what I would call a hippie town. The shops are full of unique and handmade items and scattered in between the stores are coffee cafes and restaurants.
You will find a group of eclectic people and some street musicians throughout the strip. Check out the Mills Park Hotel if you are looking to stay in town, it is a quaint hotel that looks like it came right out of the history.
Young’s Dairy Farm
Then it was off 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 fresh fried cheese curds. Naturally, no visit would be complete with out some homemade ice cream! http://youngsdairy.com/