Extended Stay: Places to See in Southwest Ohio
The rivers of Southwestern Ohio continue to shape its destiny. The Ohio and Great Miami rivers provided transportation for people and products via river barges and canal boats. Water power helped industries grow and encouraged technological advances that continue today in cities such as Cincinnati and Dayton, where the arts flourish and sports teams entertain fans and visitors. Make the most of your college visit and stay to see the sights!
Butler County Donut Trail
Devour your way through the Butler County Donut Trail! The name is exactly what it implies – a trail to discover the best donut shops in Butler County and of course, explore that area of Ohio as well. Some participating shops include The Donut Spot in Fairfield and Kelly’s Bakery in Hamilton. Eat outside the box and munch on the pretzel-shaped glazed donut from Ross Bakery or the waffle donut from Jupiter Coffee and Donuts. Print your passport by clicking here – all the stops have printed copies as well. Visit all 10 Donut shops and receive your t-shirt. “Donut” miss out on this sweet adventure!
Get outside of the city to swing your clubs at Top Golf in West Chester. This laid back, up-scale space is the premier hangout for sports and family fun. Track your accuracy and distance with computer microchipped golf balls and grab a snack on the rooftop terrace. For golf pros and beginners alike, Top Golf is a promising destination for your next family outing.
Star Wars and the Power of the Costume at the Cincinnati Museum Center
Head to the Cincinnati Museum Center to explore an out-of-this-world exhibit! Anyone interested in film or just general Star Wars fans can marvel at featured costumes including the iconic Chewbacca, Darth Vadar, Queen Amidala and many more. Use the force and be sure to get there before the experience comes to an end on October 1! Not a Star Wars fan? The museum itself is worth a visit. Housed in Cincinnati’s Union Terminal (opened in 1933) train station is the largest half-dome in the western hemisphere. Its Art Deco design and intricate Winold Reiss mosaics (encircling the interior dome) highlight the 106-foot tall rotunda that spans 180 feet.
Cincinnati will satisfy your inner sports fan with an array of teams. In the heart of downtown, the Great American Ball Park hosts the Cincinnati Reds, pro-baseball’s inaugural team. Head down to the University of Cincinnati’s campus for a soccer match and cheer on FC Cincinnati as they fill Nippert Stadium. Pro-football fans can roar with the Cincinnati Bengals as they host two pre-season games this summer at Paul Brown Stadium. Make memories with your favorite fan and take them out to the ball game!
Over the Rhine
Add this historic Cincinnati neighborhood to your family’s must-see checklist. Since its revitalization in recent years, Over the Rhine (OTR) has become home to some of Cincinnati’s greatest attractions. Take the kids for a stroll through Washington Square Park for some live music or shop your way through Vine Street. For the foodies, devour Taste of Belgium’s Chicken and Waffles or Bakersfield’s authentic tacos. Don’t miss out on all the wonderful things OTR has to offer.
American Sign Museum
Experience the inviting glow of the largest public collection of neon signs in the U.S. One of Ohio’s most unique attractions, the 20,000-square-foot facility features signs of all sizes and types of businesses. These signs trace the history of our country’s evolution from the Mail Pouch barn paintings to now! Some include Papa Dino’s Pizza Restaurant, Howard Johnson’s Ice Cream, McDonald’s, Provident Bank, Hudepohl Beer, Sunoco and so much more. Watch craftsmen create and repair these neon treasurers in the museum – a process that cannot be automated!