Ohio Road Trip: Springfield

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Just 45 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, Springfield makes an easy day trip or a fun weekend trip for families!

Thanks to Greater Springfield Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for partnering with us on this post.

In mid-June my family took a trip to Springfield, Ohio to discover some new family-friendly activities and explore a city that was new to us! We were pleasantly surprised to find that Springfield is only 45 minutes from Columbus, which makes this trip an easy day trip or an overnight trip where you won’t spend a huge chunk of your time driving!

Here are 6 family-friendly activities in Springfield, Ohio plus where to eat and where to stay during your trip!

Family Friendly Activities in Springfield, Ohio

1. Champion City Guide and Supply

137 E Main St.

Coffee Cup at Champion City Guide and Supply

Champion City Guide and Supply is a combination of local victor’s bureau and shop for local goods. Its modern design makes you want to hang out and learn more about the Champion City. Springfield is called the Champion City as a reference to the Champion Farm Equipment brand once manufactured there. It’s a great first stop where you can pick up some info on the city and any t-shirts or locally made goods you may want to take home!

2. Hartman Rock Garden

1905 Russell Ave.

Hartman Rock Garden

Hartman Rock Garden

If you’re in Springfield, Hartman Rock Garden is a definite can’t miss! It’s smaller than I expected, but there’s still so much to see! There are carefully curated Biblical scenes, events in history, small villages and more! The garden began as a resident’s private work of art and it is set in the middle of a regular neighborhood.

Hartman Rock Garden

The garden is open from dawn to dusk, daily, and is free to enter. Donations are accepted at a donation box on the property.

3. Springfield Farmer’s Market

117 S. Fountain Ave.

Springfield Farmers Market

Springfield Farmers Market

The Springfield Farmers Market takes place in the open space adjacent to the Heritage Center in downtown Springfield. There are 35 vendors offering fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, coffee, tea, eggs, meat and more! . When we were there we grabbed an ice tea from Just Organic Tea, an egg sandwich from Whitters Wings. and finished off breakfast with a pastry from Blue Oven Bakery!

Egg sandwich outside Springfield Farmers Market

The market is open Saturdays, June through September from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

4. Springfield Museum of Art

107 Cliff Park Rd.

Outside of Springfield Museum of Art

Boys drawing on chalkboard at Springfield Museum of Art

The Springfield Museum of Art is a fun, kid-friendly spot. The museum houses a few permanent artists and a few changing exhibits as well. There is a kid’s art-lab that offers hands on, artistic activities for kids. When we were there, kids could cut and paste buttons and ribbons on a community art piece, draw their own masterpieces, complete portraits of famous people and trace art work that was on display in the museum using an overhead projector.

Boy working on artwork at Springfield Museum of Art

Admission is $5 for adults, children are free.

5. Snyder Park

1900 Park St.

Playground at Snyder Park in Springfield, Ohio

If you’re looking for a spot for the kids to get out some extra energy before bedtime or the car ride home, Snyder Park is a great playground and park area! Within the park you will find the Springfield Rotary Centennial Playground and Bethie’s Sprayground. Both the playground and sprayground are ADA compliant and accessible to all children!

Playground at Snyder Park in Springfield Ohio

6. Ohio Caverns

2210 E. State Route 245, West Liberty

Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns is about 40 minutes north of Springfield and 1 hour from Columbus. Ohio Caverns can be a day trip on it’s own! We headed to Ohio Caverns on Saturday afternoon after spending Friday night in Springfield and came home to Columbus from there.

Inside Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns is the largest of all the caves in Ohio. There are several tour options available to see the caverns. My family took the Natural Wonder Tour which took about an hour. Afterwards we did gem mining! The caverns are so fascinating! It is just amazing to me what is hidden below our sight that we may never know about!

Boys gem mining at Ohio Caverns

Where to Eat in Springfield, Ohio

1. Seasons Bistro and Grille

28 S. Limestone St.

Seasons Bistro and Grille in Springfield Ohio

Boy eating grilled cheese at Seasons Bistro in Springfield, Ohio

A mid to upscale dining option for families. There are kids meals available and dress is business casual.

2. Winans Coffee and Chocolates

32 N. Fountain Ave.

Inside Winans Coffee shop in Springfield, Ohio

Inside Winans Coffee Shop in Springfield, Ohio

A great stop for coffee and chocolates. There are Winans locations around Columbus, of course, but this has to be one of the coolest!

3. Mike and Rosy’s Deli

330 W. McCreight Ave.

Deli Counter at Mike & Rosy's Deli in Springfield, Ohio

Boy seated in booth at Mike and Rosy's Deli in Springfield, Ohio

An authentic mom and pop deli and sports bar. My kids loved all the sports memorabilia on the walls!

4. Snow Cove

117 S. Fountain Ave.

Boys eating ice cream at Snow Cove in Springfield, Ohio

If you’re looking for a cold, sweet treat to cap off an evening or to cool off on a hot afternoon, try out the Snow Cove, which is  in the same area as the weekly farmer’s market. Offerings include hand dipped ice cream and shaved ice!

Ice cream at Snow Cove in Springfield Ohio

Where to Stay in Springfield, Ohio

Courtyard Marriott Springfield

100 S. Fountain Ave.

Fountain outside Courtyard Marriott in Springfield, Ohio

My family was hosted at the Courtyard Marriot in Springfield. It was a great location! Many of the activities listed here are walkable from the hotel and it is directly across the street from the farmers market! There is an indoor pool and fitness center and a restaurant on site!

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6 Super Fun Things to do with Kids in Butler County, Ohio

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Just 90 minutes from Columbus, Butler County makes a surprisingly fun weekend trip for families! We spent Spring Break in Butler County and my kids LOVED it! What is there to do in Butler County, Ohio? Let me tell you. Here are 6 things to do with your kids that will keep the whole family entertained and having fun!

1. The WEB Extreme Entertainment

7172 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

Arcade at The WEB

Full of indoor fun, The Web offers mini bowling, an arcade, indoor go carts, laser tag, glow putt, climbing wall, escape room and a full cafe and eating area. My kids had a blast at The Web! There is really something for every kid here! You can choose any combination of activities or purchase one of their Family Packages to do all of the attractions! On Mondays you can buy one attraction and get the second 50% off. Check the website for more daily specials!

Go Karts at The WEB

2. The Studio

118 Main St., Hamilton, OH 45013

Boy painting pottery at The Studio in Hamilton, OH

The Studio is the cutest paint your own pottery shop! My kids were way more into this than I expected! You can choose your own piece of pottery to paint and all paint supplies are included. There are stencils to choose from, paints with different effects and pieces to fit whatever your budget might be. Make sure to do this early in your trip so you have time for your pieces to be fired and finished before picking them up!

Boy painting pottery at The Studio in Hamilton, OH

3. EnterTRAINment Junction

7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069

Boys at EnterTRAINment Junction

EnterTRAINment Junction is loads of fun for kids AND adults! My husband was just as much a fan of the two miles of model railroad as my kids (maybe more!). Check out the model train as it runs through the history of trains in the US, check out the model of Cincinnati’s Coney Island upstairs, play in the indoor play area that includes a small train ride, indoor climbing area and a space for toddlers and enjoy the A-Maze-N Funhouse! You can read my full blog post about EnterTRAINment Junction here.

play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

4. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

Art Cart at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park offers a fun outdoor activity for all ages! The 300+ acre property is filled with a once private collection of sculptures and pieces of art! You can rent an Art Cart by the hour to make sure you see the more than 60 outdoor sculptures! Don’t miss the Ancient Sculpture Museum, open from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM daily. Children 5 and under are free to enter the park.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

5. Jungle Jim’s International Market

5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, OH 45014

Jungle Jim's

Whether your a foodie or not, Jungle Jim’s will entertain! With lots of interesting displays to spot within the store, kids will be entertained while you peruse aisles upon aisles of food finds from all over the world!

Jungle Jim's International Market

6. The Butler County Donut Trail

Butler County Donut Trail

You can’t go to Butler County without hitting up the Donut Trail! Butler County is home to the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest! There are 12 stops on the trail and if you get your passport stamped at all of them you can earn a t-shirt! Pace yourself over your visit or make a couple trips this summer! Read Everything You Need to Know About the Butler County Donut Trail!

Butler County Donut Trail

Where to Eat:

While you’re visiting, you can’t go wrong with one of these local, family-friendly restaurants:

Bagger Dave’s

Bagger Dave's

Troy’s Cafe

Troy's Cafe

High St. CafeHigh St. Cafe

Jolly’s Drive In

Jolly's Drive In

Fratelli’s Pizzeria

Fratelli's Pizzeria

The Cone

The Cone

We had a great stay at Courtyard Hamilton! The hotel is right on the Great Miami River in Hamilton, OH! And as a complete coincidence, our hotel room was number 614!!

1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, OH 45011

Courtyard Marriott

We did all of these things during a 3 night stay. Whether you stay a few nights or pick one or two of these things to make a day trip out of it, Butler County makes an easy road trip with kids for this summer!

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Fun for the Whole Family at EnterTRAINment Junction

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EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, Ohio makes an awesome day trip or weekend get away for Columbus families!

This post is written in partnership with Visit Butler County!

If anyone in your family loves trains, EnterTRAINment Junction should be on your list of road trips this summer! What a fun place to explore!

EnterTRAINment Junction

model train

First of all, the model railroad display is amazing – in fact it is the world’s largest train display! The trains run on 2 miles of track and takes a journey through the history of railroads. Beginning in the 1860’s, the display takes viewers through the Civil War, into the Middle Period in the 1940’s and 50’s and into the Modern Period including subways!

kids looking at a model train

model train at EnterTRAINment Junction

model train at EnterTRAINment Junction

The display is so lifelike, it’s almost like you could step right into the city and walk the streets and wait for the subway.

Model Train

Model Train

kids watching a model train

This isn’t just for little kids. My kids loved this display, of course, but my husband loved it too! It’s a display that I believe has something for all ages!

model train display at EnterTRAINment Junction

model train at EnterTRAINment Junction

Upstairs, there is a separate model depicting Cincinnati’s Coney Island Amusement Park in it’s glory days (1965)! This is a 1000 foot, handmade replica that includes a roller coaster, ferris wheel, haunted house, arcade games and more! There are also interactive portions of the exhibits! You can press buttons on the exhibit that make the rides move, buildings light up and more!

Coney Island display at EnterTRAINment Junction

Coney Island display at EnterTRAINment Junction

You can’t miss Imagination Junction, a play area for kids! There is a large climbing structure, small model train displays, a train to ride on and an area for toddlers to play, too! Socks are required to play here and are available for purchase if you forget!

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

Toddler play area at EnterTRAINment Junction.

Indoor play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

There are also two outdoor rides that are available Memorial Day through Labor Day. We didn’t get to experience these but friends have told me this was the best part!

Also inside EnterTRAINment Junction is the A-Maze-N Funhouse which resembles a circus midway. (Admission to this exhibit is separate.) There are various exhibits to enter and experience! Some of the exhibits were a little too stimulating for my kids, but they liked running through the mirror maze!

hall of mirrors at EnterTRAINment Junction

A-Maze-N Fun House at EnterTRAINment Junction

Last, but not least (certainly for my kids), were the amazing toy and gift shops! Honestly, I had to drag my kids out of the toy store to go see the exhibits! haha! There is a huge LEGO section, so I don’t think I need to explain myself! 😉

toy store at EnterTRAINment Junction

Toy store at EnterTRAINment Junction

We try to pick out a new Christmas ornament every year when we go on vacation. Our 2018 ornament will be from EnterTRAINment Junction! 🙂 Get your souvenirs in the gift shop and almost any toy you can imagine in the toy store!

There is also a cafe on site and the space is available for birthday parties!

lobby at EnterTRAINment Junction  Cafe at EnterTRAINment Junction

This attraction is well worth the drive! We’ve had this one on our list for a long time and I’m so glad we finally did it! We spent about 2 hours here and the kids probably could have played longer in the play area if I had let them! But either way, that means you still have time for the Butler County Donut Trail!

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat before or after visiting EnterTRAINment Junction, check out Bagger Dave’s, which is close by! They have lots of Kids Meals to choose from and the restaurant is very family-friendly!

hamburger at Bagger Dave's

 

Know Before You Go:

7379 Squire Ct, West Chester, OH 45069
513-898-8000
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • EnterTRAINment Junction is running a special April 2nd through May 25th, 2018 where if you buy one Do-It-All ticket you will get a return visit for free! Get it All tickets are currently $14.95
  • In addition to your admission ticket ($13.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids 3-12), the outdoor rides are $3 and the Funhouse is $9.95. Check the website for group rates, senior pricing and other upgrades! Kids 2 and under are free.

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