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Everything You Need to Know About the Butler County Donut Trail

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Visit 12 locally-owned donut shops to complete the Butler County Donut Trail!

This post was written in partnership with Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Butler County, Ohio, just 20 minutes North of Cincinnati and 90 minutes south of Columbus boasts the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest – maybe even in the country! My family and I spent Spring Break exploring Butler County and one of the first things we did was hit the Donut Trail!

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The Butler County Donut Trail consists of 12 stops. At any stop you can pick up a Passport to keep track of your progress! At each stop, get the passport stamped with the official Donut Trail stamp and when you’re finished, you can turn in or mail in your passport to the Butler county Visitor’s Bureau to receive an official t-shirt!

Butler County Donut Trail t-shirt and passport

donut trail sign

What you need to know:

  • The donut shops open early – some as early as 5:00 AM – and they may sell out. When the donut shops sell out, they close up, so you want to set your alarm early and get a head start!

donuts in Butler County

  • Make sure to study the map before you head out. The donut shops are in 6 different cities and can be anywhere from 5-30 minutes from each other, so you may want to spend a few different mornings hitting the different corners of the county.
  • It goes without saying (I think!) that eating 12 donuts in one morning is not for the faint of heart. If you’re coming from Columbus and you want to hit all 12 in one day, I definitely recommend sharing. My boys dove in at the first stop, of course, but were definitely slowing down by our 4th stop (and we just did 4!). Pace yourself, people! 😉

Boy eating donut in Butler County, Ohio

  • Search for and share your posts on social media using #donuttrail Scope out your plan of attack ahead of time by following the Butler County Donut Trail on Facebook or Instagram!

One of the best part about visiting the donut shops was seeing how different they all were. Each of the four we visited had their own vibe – they were all very different! These are the four donut shops my family visited on our trip:

1. Holtman’s Donuts

  • 9558 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069

Hultman's Donut Shop, Butler County, Ohio

Hultman’s Donuts is a modern donut shop with fancy and zany donut options! My kids go for those “lots of toppings” donuts like the Lucky Charms donut (which was actually really good!)! Also at Holtman’s Donuts are two large viewing windows were you can watch the donuts being made.

boys at Holtman's Donuts

blue donut at Holtman's Donuts

boy eating donut in Butler County

Gotta get your donut priorities straight! #icingfirst

Holtman's Donuts

donut crumbs

Donut aftermath.

2. Stan the Donut Man

  • 7967 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

donuts at Stan the Donut Man

Stan the Donut Man is a no frills donut shop just like I remember from my childhood. It was obviously popular because they were pretty wiped out by the time we got there at 10:00 AM!

Donut at Stan the Donut Man

donut at stan the donut man

boy eating donut at Stan the Donut Man

3. The Donut House

  • 8268 Princeton Glendale Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

The Donut House in Butler County

The Donut House has a fun vibe! I really liked the pull apart cinnamon donut and my husband got maple bacon! Don’t miss the opportunities to take your pictures by the trail sign at each location!

donut at The Donut House

donut at The Donut House

donut at The Donut House

4. Jupiter Coffee & Donuts

  • 5353 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, OH 45014

Juniper Coffee and Donuts in Butler County Ohio

Of the donut shops we visited, Jupiter Coffee and Donuts had the most coffee options. I got a latte here and it was really good! It has more of a coffee shop feel and the kids played checkers instead of eating donuts!

donuts at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

boys at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

donut at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

coffee cup at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

boys playing checkers at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

Now we just have to figure out when we’re going to go back and do the other 8 stops! 🙂 Have you done the donut trail or have a favorite Butler County donut?

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sprinkled donut on the Butler County Donut Trail


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3 Things to do With Your Kids in Pickerington

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1. Blue Monkey Parties & Events

591 Hill Rd N, Pickerington, OH 43147, 614-828-8236

While Blue Monkey is primarily a party and event center, they do have open play hours and Toddler Time. I suggest checking their event calendar before planning your visit! Toddler Time currently takes place on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 and includes a craft time! There is also open play available during certain evenings each week!

Several play areas are available including a sports arena, a dual slide, an inflatable obstacle course and other bounce houses! Blue Monkey hosted my family during open play a few months ago and that was the first time the kids really embraced a tall inflatable slide like that! 🙂 It was fun to watch them enjoy it!

2. Sweet Persuasions Bakery

1260 Hill Rd. N, Pickerington, OH 43147, 614-604-6714

Looking for a sweet treat during your day out? Sweet Persuasions Bakery has just about every kind of sweet treat available! I was doing Whole 30 during our visit so I can’t personally recommend a specific treat, but I can tell you I was very sad I couldn’t try any of them! My kids, of course, picked a donut with sprinkles because: sprinkles. But the brownies looked amazing! The shop is adorable inside and would make a cute spot for a Mommy-Daughter date!

  

3. Pickerington Ponds

4071 Bowen Rd. Canal Winchester, OH 43110, 614-208-4329

So the address for Pickerington Ponds is technically Canal Winchester, but the park is just about 3 miles from Blue Monkey and is called PICKERINGTON Ponds, so I rest my case. 😉 We had packed a lunch the day we visited Blue Monkey, so we stopped here to eat it.

There are two picnic pavilions and 5 trails. We had lunch at the Wood Duck Picnic area and followed the sign to the Wood Duck Viewing Deck which is pictured here. There were lots of birds to be seen! I learned from the website that there is also an observation deck near the other picnic pavilion as well.

There is no Nature Center or playground here, but if you want to get out and walk or ride bikes or just enjoy nature, this is a great stop in the area!

  

Do you have a favorite spot in Pickerington we should visit?

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5 on Friday: Columbus Donuts

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It goes without saying that these local donut shops are kid-tested and approved! 😉 (Has a kid ever met a donut he didn’t approve of?) I’ll be honest, I’ve only recently cared about donuts. I think that’s because, for a long time, my experience was limited to chains. Only in the past few years have I had some donuts that have caused me to think about them later and even crave them! There are so MANY great choices for donuts these days (I envision a Part 2 in the not-to-distant future), but here are 5 that have received our two thumbs up!

1. DK Diner, Grandview Heights

1715 W 3rd Ave, Columbus, OH 43212, 614-488-5160

DK Diner was maker of the first donut I craved – the sour cream donut! 😋 Chocolate is really good, too! Of course, my kids always pick the donuts with the sprinkles. If you didn’t know, DK stands for Donut Kitchen and donuts were the first and only thing sold at the beginning of DK diner!

2. Destination Donuts, Downtown

59 Spruce St., Columbus OH 43215, 614-525-0878

Destination Donut has some really fun options! How about White Chocolate Pretzel and Salty Caramel or Aztec Chocolate and Spiced Pepitas? (Jaden chose Vanilla. Haha.) These are a bit more pricey than the others listed here so it’s a decadent treat! Flavors change daily and besides the stall at North Market, they can also be found at these locations!

3. Schneider’s Bakery, Westerville

Schneider’s is a long standing Westerville tradition, opening at 1:30 AM most days for your donut cravings! Only here can you get a 10″ Celebration Donut (think of this as a replacement to the birthday cake!) Cash or check only here and most of the donuts are just $.75 or $.85!

4. Amy’s Donuts, West Side

There are so many choices at Amy’s Donuts it can almost be overwhelming! For instance trying choosing 18 different donuts on a Saturday morning at 8:45 AM when there’s a line nearly out the door waiting behind you! No pressure! I’m not trying to scare you off because you should definitely try these if you haven’t already! SO good! I love the old fashioned varieties here and, of course, my kids love the crazy candy combinations! You can also schedule a tour, which is a fun outing with the kids!  Spoiler Alert: they get to decorate their own donuts at the end! 😉

5. Jolly Pirate Donuts, Grove City

3118 Southwest Blvd., Grove City, OH 43123, 614-871-1070

Jolly Pirate is your classic donut shop! There are two locations in the Columbus area: Grove City and Reynoldsburg. The Grove City location (where these pictures were taken) closed briefly but is back open under new ownership!  There are a lot of fancy donut shops to choose from, but if you want a classic donut and coffee experience this is it! No frills, good donuts!

What’s your favorite Columbus donut shop?

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