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Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House

Completed in 1908, The Westcott House is Frank Lloyd Wright's only Prairie Style home in Ohio and one of the country’s finest Wright house museums. The Westcott House underwent an inch-by-inch $5.3 million restoration in 2005 and each of its...

Parks

Buck Creek State Park

The park's recreational facilities center on the 2,120-acre lake, offering endless water-related opportunities including boating, water skiing, fishing and swimming. The park also includes campsites, cottages, endless hiking trails and beautiful...

Repelling in Gorge
Action Sports

Mad River Gorge + Nature Preserve

The recently opened Mad River Gorge + Nature Preserve offers some of the finest natural climbing cliffs in the Midwest ascending to nearly 50 feet! The Access Fund and Ohio Climbers Coalition partnered with the Clark County Park District to...

Arts and Culture

Hartman Rock Garden

What began as a modest concrete fish pond in H.G. (Ben) Hartman’s back yard is now revered as a folk art masterpiece. The Hartman Rock Garden includes over 250,000 individual stones that combine a mixture of history, religion and depression-era...

Arts and Culture

Springfield Museum of Art

Springfield is home to the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in the state of Ohio. The distinction celebrates the Springfield Museum of Art’s adherence to best practices and its exemplary permanent collection, which features artists such as...

Family Friendly

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Whether you want to play a round of miniature golf with the family, hit the batting cages, enjoy a relaxing dinner, visit the petting zoo, or get a world-famous ice cream cone, Young’s Jersey Dairy is your destination. Complete your visit to...

Historic Sites

Heritage Center Museum

The spectacular City Building & Market built in 1890 is now home to the Heritage Center Museum. Extending an entire city block, the Heritage Center houses an extraordinary museum that faithfully recounts the history of America’s Heartland,...

Mother Stewart's Bar
Craft Brewery
Taproom, Beer Garden & Live Music

Mother Stewart's Brewing Company

Mother Stewart's Brewing is a family-owned production brewery in downtown Springfield, with a large tap room and spectacular outdoor beer garden. Food trucks and live entertainment are a regular part of the offering. The tap room is open...

Water Sports

Eco Sports Corridor Whitewater Park

Thanks to the removal of low-head dams and some significant in-stream improvements, Springfield's Buck Creek is now whitewater country. The ECO Sports Corridor features four recreational whitewater kayaking areas including a large-scale “park...

Family Friendly

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the United States Air Force collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force's history, heritage and traditions, as well as today's mission to fly, fight and win ... in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a...

Antiques

Heart of Ohio Antique Center

Clocking in at about 116,000 sq. ft., Springfield’s Heart of Ohio Antique Center is the country’s largest indoor antique mall featuring over 650 dealers spanning virtually every genre of collecting. If you can’t find it at Heart of Ohio, chances...

Historic Sites

Wittenberg University

Founded in 1845, this Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts college in the heart of Southwest Ohio, enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its historic architecture and welcoming atmosphere. Guests on...

Biking and Hiking

Springfield offers countless miles of picturesque biking and hiking trails. Ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail to nearby Young’s Jersey Dairy to enjoy their world-famous ice cream, and then continue on to charming Yellow Springs for boutique...

Parks

Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns is one of Ohio's most popular tourist attractions. The caverns remain a steady 54 degrees year round featuring some of the most unique formations in America. Guests from around the world come to experience the 35 acre park for an all...

Action Sports

NTPRD Chiller

The coolest place for family fun in Springfield! Chiller's regulation ice surface offers public ice skating, skating and hockey classes, youth and college hockey and special events.

Parks

Snyder Park

Located just blocks from downtown, Snyder Park was established in 1895 as a gift from local businessmen and philanthropists John and David Snyder. Designed by noted landscape architect Herman Haerlin, Snyder Park is known as Springfield's "...

Arts and Culture

Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Performing since 1944, the symphony is one of Springfield’s greatest assets. The music director conducts 72 of the area’s finest professional musicians, as well as internationally renowned guest artists. 

Parks

Buck Creek Nature Park

Buck Creek Nature Park is located directly behind Carleton Davidson Stadium at 1101 Mitchell Blvd. The Park is adjacent to Buck Creek and includes wildflower gardens and multiple active play areas for children. 

Hiking/Biking

Clifton Gorge

This 268-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state. Registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, Clifton Gorge encompasses a 2-mile stretch of the Little Miami State and National Scenic...

Hiking/Biking

Ohio to Erie Trail

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a primarily off-street recreational trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie. It spans the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland for the most part following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. The...

Historic Sites

South Fountain Historic District

South Fountain blends unique, mid-sized vernacular houses with high-style Victorian mansions. Prominent Americans like Oliver S. Kelly (403), William N. Whitely (1107), and Francis W. Bookwalter (611) are counted among the district’s founding...

Family Friendly

Champion City Kings Baseball

The Champion City Kings play in the wood bat, Prospect League throughout the Summer. The Kings make their home at the newly renovated Carleton Davidson Stadium. The quality of play is high as these potential professional prospects work to impress...

Action Sports

Markin Farms Zipline Adventure

Enjoy the beauty of our 90-acre farm with your choice of several zipline packages. We offer both Sunset & Twilight zips which offer beautiful sunsets and spectacular views of the night sky. Nothing compares to the sights & thrills of our...

Historic Sites

Pennsylvania House Museum

Springfield was once known as the end of the Historic National Road. True to this heritage, the Pennsylvania House Tavern & Inn was an important stopover for livestock drovers and pioneers during the 19th century westward expansion of the...

Champion City Guide + Supply

Located in the historic Tuttle Brothers Building downtown, Champion City Guide + Supply is Springfield's official visitors center and heritage retail store. Stop by for visitor info and concierge service and browse their collection of custom-logo...

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Champions Center

The Champions Center – located within the Clark County Fairgrounds – is the Midwest’s premier equine and expo center. The center plays host to regional and national equine shows, specialty breed dog shows and other special events. Check their...

Parks

Ferncliff Cemetery & Arboretum

You are invited to visit the 240-acre grounds during regular visitation hours to pay your respects to the people, history, and natural features that make Ferncliff, and Springfield, truly unique. Ferncliff’s arboretum consists of over 50 common...

Arts and Culture

Davidson Interpretive Center

The Davidson Interpretive Center is located adjacent to George Rogers Clark Park, the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Peckuwe. The center includes interpretive displays and educational programs. 

Splash Zone
Water Sports

Springfield Splash Zone

Springfield's Splash Zone Waterpark is family fun for everyone including: Over 400 feet of water slides, a 280-foot lazy river, water vortex, sprayground, 25-yard competition pool, 2 one-meter diving boards, zero-depth beach entry, and Ohio's...

Arts and Culture

Yellow Springs

The village of Yellow Springs - located just 10 minutes south of Springfield - offers an eclectic mix of boutique shopping, art galleries, coffee houses and dining options. Among our favorites are the Winds Cafe, Ye Olde Trail Tavern and Sunrise...

Family Friendly

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve was the first nature preserve in Ohio purchased with state money and is considered by many to be Ohio’s premiere natural area. More than forty endangered, threatened, and rare plants and animals can be found at Cedar Bog...

Parks

Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Glen Helen is the legacy of alumnus Hugh Taylor Birch, who, in 1929, donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen. With this gift, the College accepted the responsibility of preserving the land in perpetuity....

Water Sports

Mad River Fishing

Ohio’s oldest trout stream is the Mad River. Stocking of this river began in the late 1800s with the introduction of brook trout. Then in 1884, rainbow trout were introduced to the stream; and in 1931, ODNR switched to stocking brown trout in the...

Historic Sites

Crabill Homestead

The Crabill Homestead is located in Buck Creek State Park and is accessible by way of a private road accessed from Overlook Drive. The Crabill House dates to 1821 and is a three-bay, Federal-style house. The property hosts a number of annual...

Water Sports

Mad River Adventures

Mad River Adventures offers canoe, kayak, and tubing trips on the cool, clear waters of the Mad River.  These family friendly trips can be tailored to people wanting to spend all day or just an hour or two on the water.  Bring a picnic or your...

Historic Sites

The Gammon House

Built in the 1850s, the Gammon House was an Underground Railroad site. Originally owned by a black abolitionist named George Gammon, the famous stop features secret passages leading into the attic and a tunnel into the basement.

Hiking/Biking

Estel Wenrick Wetland

Spend an afternoon roaming 145 rich acres of high quality wetlands and woodlands.  The wetlands is a refuge for wildlife and features many thriving species of Ohio waterfowl, including the great blue heron.  Trails provide paths through the...

Golf

Windy Knoll Golf Club

Windy Knoll Golf Club, established in 2001, is one of the newest in the Springfield area and an excellent addition to the rich golf tradition of Ohio. The links style course honors this tradition.

Golf

National Golf Links

National Golf Links (NGL) would like to invite you to play a beautiful championship golf course designed by Jodi Kinney. National Golf Links opened as a family owned and operated 9 hole course in May of 1995. In May of 2000, NGL became an 18 hole...

Family Friendly

Clark County Fairgrounds

The Clark County Fairgrounds is located directly adjacent to I-70 and plays host to major events including the Springfield Swap Meet & Auto Show, the Springfield Antique Extravaganza and...the Clark County Fair!

Arts and Culture

Little Art Theatre

Located in Yellow Springs, the Little Art Theatre is one of the country's oldest independent cinemas. Fully renovated in 2014, the Little Art showcases contemporary and classic films in full digital quality while offering beer, wine and other...

Historic Sites

South Charleston Opera House

This historic Opera House, located within South Charleston’s Renaissance Revival-style Town Hall, was built in 1879 and returned to active use in 1984. Known for its phenomenal natural acoustics, it has hosted countless musicians, singers and...

Golf

Reid Park Golf Course

National Trail Parks and Recreation District is proud to offer our community 36-holes of golf at the Reid Memorial Golf Complex. This facility offers a unique challenge and layout to test your skills. We strive to maintain and operate quality...

Historic Sites
Things to Do
Heritage Site

Daniel Hertzler House

The Pennsylvania Bank-style house is furnished in the pre-Civil War 1850s period style. The house was built by Daniel Hertzler – a wealthy mill owner, who legend has it, still haunts the house to this day. Open on Sundays 1-3 pm from June to...

Golf

Springfield Country Club

Known as one of the finest private clubs in the region, the Springfield Country Club offers a wide variety of events and programs for men, women, juniors, couples and families. The Club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by the...

Park Shopping Center

Serving as a main destination for local shoppers, the Park Shopping Center houses all the necessities including Kroger, Office Max, beauty salons, and banking. This shopping center provides convenient, one-stop shopping. With the nearby Target,...

Hiking/Biking

Lower Valley Pike Scenic Byway

This meandering historic road features sweeping vistas, the sites of pioneer town New Boston, the Daniel Hertzler House and the Estel Wenrick Wetlands Park. Begins near the Ohio Masonic Home at US Route 40 in Springfield.

41 Crossing

Easily accessible from I-70, the 41 Crossing area has shopping, restaurants and more. From larger retailers like Wal-Mart and Home Depot to smaller chain restaurants and businesses, this area is a prime destination for Clark County residents. ...

Downtown Springfield

Downtown Springfield is in the midst of a revitalization that has seen the construction of the new National Road Commons Park, Springfield Regional Medical Center, the NTPRD Chiller Ice Arena and the renovation of historic structures like the...

Downtown Urbana

Historic downtown Urbana (just 10 minutes north of Springfield) offers an assortment of unique shops situated around it's picturesque town square. Highlights include antique and vintage shops, art galleries, local florists, gift shops and the...

Parks

Spangler Nature Preserve

Search for multiple species of birds and wildflowers found in the Leadingham Prairie, or wade into the Mad River to catch a crawdad at this 165-acre nature preserve located at 3656 Spangler Road adjacent to the Estel Wenrick Wetlands. Nearly 2...

Golf

Rocky Lakes Golf Course

Rocky Lakes Golf Course in Springfield is like playing two courses in one. The shorter front nine is wide-open, offering a gentle start before moving on to the more slightly more demanding, par-36 back nine. Mature trees and water hazards come...

Parks

George Rogers Clark Park

Take a step back in time to explore a Woodland Indian Village, tour the historic 1854 Hertzler House, fish in Hosterman Lake, hike nature trails or enjoy a family picnic at one of the four shelters in this 240-acre park located at 930 S. Tecumseh...

Golf

Locust Hills Golf Club

Locust Hills is a 36-Hole Public Golf Course. The two courses are the Maple and Locust. Both courses are golfer friendly and provides a fun experience to all skill levels. Locust Hills prides itself in great customer service and offering a family...

Parks

John Bryan State Park

John Bryan is the most scenic state park in western Ohio. The 752-acre park contains a remarkable limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River which is designated as a state and national scenic river. A portion of the gorge itself is designated...

Historic Sites

Historic Walking Tours

A great way to explore the scenic beauty and fascinating history of Springfield is to participate in a tour offered by the Westcott Center for Architecture + Design. The Summer Tour Series celebrates Springfield’s distinctive architecture and...

Antiques

Springfield Antique Show

A favorite source for thousands of collectors and dealers for over 25 years. Three times a year, in May, July, and September, the Market holds its famous Extravaganza. Wear your walking shoes and prepare for a day of fun shopping over 2,000...

Historic Sites

Madonna of the Trail at National Road Commons

A newly-constructed downtown connector park is now home to Springfield’s celebrated Madonna of the Trail. Originally commissioned by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, twelve such Madonna statues were placed along the...

Hiking/Biking

Miami Valley Trails

Springfield offers countless miles of picturesque biking and hiking trails. Ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail to nearby Young's Jersey Dairy to enjoy their world-famous ice cream, and then continue on to charming Yellow Springs for boutique...

Antiques

Vintage Depot

Family owned and operated antique store with an eclectic mix of vintage collectibles.

Upper Valley Mall

Upper Valley Mall offers great variety and selection with over 50 specialty stores.

Moorefield Square and Northland Plaza

Anchored by Kroger, Roses and CVS. Moorefield Square and Northland Plaza Shopping Center are Springfield, Ohio's NW primary retail shopping district.