By Heather Rader
Posted On: Aug 25, 2020
Springfield is located 45 minutes west of Columbus and approximately halfway between the state capital and Dayton. The city was once home to some of the greatest entrepreneurs and manufacturing giants of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now is a city on the rise once again.
With historical architecture, quaint shops and local restaurants, a lively arts and culture scene (home to the longest-running Summer Arts Festival in the country!), exhilarating outdoor adventures and a welcoming small-town atmosphere, Springfield makes for a great Ohio weekend getaway.
Springfield is my hometown, so let me take you on a tour of my favorite spots in town.
NOTE: Please check directly with the venues and attractions before your visit to stay up to date on all safety precautions and guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
Best Places to Explore
South Fountain Historic District
The South Fountain Historic District has the highest concentration of remaining late 19th and early 20th century homes in the area and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House
Designed by the famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908, the is the only Prairie style home of Wright’s in Ohio. To view the beautifully restored interior, visitors must join a Docent-Guided tour.
Hartman Rock Garden
Comprised of 250,000 stones, the started as a backyard project in 1932. Now it’s a beloved local exhibit, free to visitors to pursue the stone castles, a White House replica and so much more.
Springfield Museum of Art
As the only Smithsonian Affiliate Art Museum in Ohio, the offers seven exhibit galleries housing collections from Ohio artists and traveling exhibits.
Take a self-guided tour of Downtown Springfield’s vibrant art murals and signal box wraps. Two of my favorite murals are "Greetings from Springfield" (located at 22 N. Fountain Ave.) and "Rose City" (located at 14 E. Main St.).
Exhilarating Outdoor Adventures
ECO Sports Corridor Whitewater Park
For the ultimate adventure seeker, ECO Sports Corridor offers four whitewater kayaking areas.
Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve
The Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve has 91 acres of natural landscapes with hiking trails, access to the Mad River, natural dolomite cliffs (some reaching 50 feet in height, perfect for rock climbing) and plenty of bird watching opportunities.
Buck Creek State Park
With 1,800+ acres of wetlands and broad meadows and a 2000-acre reservoir, Buck Creek State Park offers an array of outdoor activities.
Little Miami Scenic Trail & Ohio Erie Trail Bike Path
Where to Eat & Shop
A few of my favorite places to eat in Springfield are: Mike & Rosy’s Deli, The Painted Pepper, and ). (the best donuts in Ohio!), , , , and the restaurants at (
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at , , (the largest indoor antique mall in the country!) and .
Where to Stay
Simon Kenton Inn
Located on the original historic property of Simon Kenton, the early 1800’s inn has been upgraded for the comfort of guests. The historic has four guest rooms with private bathrooms, in addition to three luxury treehouses, a caretaker’s cottage and a barn with four guest rooms.
Emma’s Bed & Breakfast
is housed in an historic property built in 1833 and offers five guest rooms with private bathrooms.
There’s always something new to explore when visiting my hometown of Springfield!