A Weekend Getaway in Greater Springfield
By Paola Santiago

A Weekend Getaway in Greater Springfield

A hidden gem located within three hours of anywhere in Ohio.

Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve in Springfield

Tucked between Dayton and Columbus, Springfield is a hidden gem located within three hours of anywhere in Ohio.

A setting for the perfect weekend getaway, Springfield offers unique experiences, a thriving Arts scene, and one-of-a-kind events. You may need more than one weekend to explore all that it has to offer!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House, the product of arguably the most important architect of the modern era, was designed in 1906 and built in 1908. The Westcott House is considered to be one of the finest Wright sites in the country. Tours of this Prairie-style home include a deep dive into its architectural history and preservation.

Heart of Ohio Antique Center

With more than 1,400 antique booths and showcases, the Heart of Ohio Antique Center is America’s largest and best antique mall. This 122,00 sq ft. space is open 362 days a year, allowing guests multiple opportunities to discover unique treasures that can’t be found elsewhere.

The Hartman Rock Garden

As one of the nation’s most captivating works of “in situ” folk art, the extraordinary Hartman Rock Garden constructed by Ben Hartman during the Great Depression features many varieties of flowers and over 50 different structures made of hundreds of thousands of stones.

The Springfield Museum of Art

As the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in Ohio, visitors to the Springfield Museum of Art can enjoy a regionally-focused, permanent collection featuring artists Bernice Abbott, George Bellows and A.T. Bricher. With its Smithsonian connection, the museum also features pieces “on loan” from the Institution’s collections, and special traveling exhibitions.

The Heritage Center Museum

At The Heritage Center Museum, you’ll recount the rich history of America’s Heartland and the famous National Road. Admission is free to the galleries, museum store, research library and archives.

Eco Sports Corridor Whitewater Park

Springfield’s Eco Sports Corridor Whitewater Park is a great place to enjoy scenic views. The main “park and play” area in Snyder Park offers three whitewater drops perfect for Kayaking and rodeo boating.

Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve

Those in search of adventure should head straight to the Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve. The Gorge offers natural 50-foot climbing cliffs, beautiful hiking trails, and access to the Mad River.

The John Legend Theater

The John Legend Theater, named after and funded by Springfield native and Grammy-winning artist John Legend, opened in fall 2016 in support of youth and their creative endeavors. In conjunction with Springfield City School District, visitors can enjoy a variety of performances and entertainment.

Mother Stewart’s Brewing

With a spectacular outdoor beer garden and a large tap room, Mother Stewart’s Brewing is a family-owned brewery located in the historic Metallic Casket building in downtown Springfield. Food trucks and live entertainment are regular staples. In September, you can visit Mother Stewart’s for Springfield’s annual MustardFEST featuring a mustard recipe cook-off, live music, wiener dog races and activities for kids.

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Just a few miles down the road, taste a world-famous ice cream cone at Young’s Jersey Dairy.

You can also play a round of miniature golf with the family, hit the batting cages, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a relaxing dinner. With fun for all ages, Young’s has been a favorite among local families –– and nearly 1.5 million annual visitors –– for years.

Article thanks to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About the Author

Paola is the social media coordinator behind Ohio. Find It Here.'s social media handles. She loves writing stories that matter, especially when they're about food and travel! You can usually find her trying out Columbus' new restaurants or experimenting with her own culinary concoctions at home. Find her living her best life on Instagram at @paolasantidc.