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Southwestern Ohio Highlights

State Resources:
12 - State Parks
 9 - Historical Sites
 6 - Nature Preserves
 8 - Hunting/Fishing Areas

Counties / Major Cities:
BROWN - Ripley
BUTLER - Middletown, Fairfield, Hamilton
CLINTON - WILMINGTON, NEW VIENNA
FAYETTE - Jeffersonville, Washington Court Hou
GREENE - Xenia, Fairborn
HAMILTON - Cincinnati, New Plymouth, Norwood
MONTGOMERY - Miamisburg, Brookville, Vandalia
PREBLE - Camden, Eaton
WARREN - Lebanon, Mason, Waynesville

Featured Southwestern Ohio Attractions

United State Air Force Museum
  MONTGOMERY County
The United States Air Force Museum near Dayton, Ohio is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The Museum uses both chronological and subjective layouts to tell the exciting story of aviation development from the days of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk to the Space Age. Exhibits include over 200 aircraft and missiles, plus family oriented and historically interesting aeronautical displays. Over one and a half million visitors from around the world come to Ohio each year to tour this unique free attraction.
Cincinnati Museum Center
  HAMILTON County
Fron the ice age to the space age, your visit to Cincinnati Museum Center is an extraordinary time travel adventure. Experience the thrills of a five-story wrap-around film that puts you in the center of the action.

Explore 19,000 years of hands-on fun in the Museum of Natural History & Science where you will experience the ice age and spelunk in a limestone cavern. In the Cincinnati History Museum, journey to 19th century Cincinnati to step aboard a sidewheel steamboat.

All within a restored historic train station, complete with gift shops and food court.

Call 800-733-2077 or 513-287.7000 for more information.
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati

  WARREN County
Ride the old-time passenger train over the rolling hill of Southwestern Ohio on a relaxing 1-hour round trip. Boards at Lebanon Station in Lebanon, Ohio on Route 42.
  WARREN County
Step back in time to 16th century England. Held in the 30 acre village of Willy Nilly on the Wash, you'll be entranced by entertainment such as the Wise Guys and the Theatre in the Ground. Knights in shinning armor joust for the Queen's favor. Converse with village peasants and pause to enjoy the minstreis and costumed characters. Eight glorious weekends plus Labor Day, late August thru mid October.
  WARREN County
In the heart of downtown Lebanon, The Golden Lamb Inn, Ohio's oldest inn and restaurant, has hosted ten US, presidents and other notables. Now nationally prominent for its Shaker furnishings and fine American dining, the Inn served as a hub of stagecoach activity in the 1800s. Walk the downtown area's brick sidewalks as you browse in more than 50 antique and specialty shops.
  MONTGOMERY County
Carriage Hill MetroPark encompasses nearly 1, 000 acres and recalls an era more than 100 years past. The reserve provides visitors with hiking, fishing, picnicking, cross country skiing and camping options.

At the heart of the reserve is Carriage Hill MetroPark Farm Museum, a livlng historical farm where volunteers re-create the life of a conservative German Baptist family living in the 1880s. Stop at the Blacksmith's Shop to hear the ringing of the anvil. Visit the smokehouse for a taste of cured meat or the kitchen to sample original recipes from late-nineteenth-century America.

The Visitors Center showcases the social, technological and agricultural background of the farm in the 1880s and includes a country store that sells penny candy, wooden toys, pottery, fabrics, cast iron pans and other items made by the blacksmith. View the farm through the eyes of a child with a seven-minute audiovisual show.

McGuffey's Eclectic Readers and old-fashioned toys are scattered throughout the interactive classroom, the new pride of Carriage Hill. Using blocks and cut-out figures children can build their own farms. A pump, butter churn and cook stove give a glimpse into a nineteenth-century kitchen. The classroom is open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 1-5 p.m. Weekday mornings are generally reserved for school groups.

Sundays are special programming days on the farm. Depending on the season, you can thresh, till, press or plant. Listen to the lull of the dulcimer, square dance to the beat of the Comdrinkers, get your picture taken in nineteenth-century outfits or sample the corn and ice cream as you watch baseball at Pasture Stadium. 7800 Shull Rd. (off St. Rte. 201) 513/879-0461.

  MONTGOMERY County
This Italian villa inspired museum overlooks the river. Featured inside are notable examples of European paintings, contemporary art and an East Asian wing.

As part of its ongoing outreach art education programs, The Dayton Art Institute will take activities into area libraries with a program entitled 'Looking at Dayton, ' a collaborative effort by the Art Institute and the Dayton & Montgomety County Public Libraries.

'Looking at Dayton' combines visual arts and literature in a presentation of creative family art activities. It will be held on the second Saturday of every month from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and is free. It will move among four Dayton library locations, staying at each for a three-month period.

456 Belmonte Park N., 800-1797-5500,

  MONTGOMERY County
Diversity is celebrated in The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, the first national museum dedicated to Afro-American heritage. The history and culture of the Black experience is chronicled with over 4, 000 artifacts, exhibits, thousands of photographs, music and art. Since its opening in 1988, more than 700 individuals have donated family treasures to the center as a way of preserving and sharing Afro-American history and culture, 1350 Brush Row Road
The Beach
  WARREN County
The Beach Waterpark, one of the Top 5 Waterparks in the country, features over 30 waterslides and attractions. The Beach Waterpark with 35 acres of sand and sun, 2 million gallons of liquid adventure and 40 activities is the perfect summer getaway for the whole family.

Experience THE AZTEC ADVENTURE, the first water-coaster in the Midwest set amid Aztec ruins. Chill to the thrill of a five-story monster free fall slide, THE CLIFF. Throw yourself into the four foot crashing surf of THUNDER BEACH WAVEPOOL, our 750,000 gallon ocean. Take the fastlane down our world famous twin speedslide, THE BANZAI.

Take on the whitewater adventure of HIDDEN RAPIDS. Twist and shout down the mighty TYPHOON. This three-in-one slide allows the whole family to race to the bottom. Then try our 470 degree helix, THE WATUSI. Or how about thrusting your innertube into the black hole of THE TWIGHLIGHT ZOOM - our totally enclosed tube ride. Finally, dash away your doubts with a trip down THE RIPTIDE, a double drop group slide, perfect for riding with others.

If slow is more your speed, put yourself on cruise control and glide along the cool blue stream of THE LAZY MIAMI RIVER as you float through our entire 35 acre waterpark. Relax in the tropics of palm trees, waterfalls and the warm water of THE PEARL - our 100,000 gallon lagoon style pool. Then kick back at SPLASH MOUNTAIN while the little squirts splash and play on several attractions geared just for them!

For all the land lovers we provide three sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, an ocean of fun at the Pirates Den Video Arcade and gift shops loaded with all the goodies! Meanwhile, sip on a cool refreshing drink while moving to the beat of the islands - our Reggae Concert Series.

Featured Southwestern Ohio Businesses

BREWSTER PLACE - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
RIVERWALKER B & B - (WARREN County)  Oregonia
THE WRIGHT PLACE - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
QUEEN ANNE II B & B - (WARREN County)  Lebanon - The Queen Anne II is located a short walk south of Downtown Lebanon in a lovely residential area offering a safe atmosphere for an evening stroll. The house features three guest rooms with antique fu...
PROSPECT HILL BED & BREAKFAST - (HAMILTON County)  Cincinnati - The Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast is an elegantly restored 1867 Italianate townhouse with spectacular views of downtown Cincinnati. Your comfort is assured in one three spacious rooms tastefully decor...
GOLDEN LAMB - (WARREN County)  Lebanon - The Golden Lamb is recognized as being the oldest hotel in the state of Ohio. Try its many other diverse selections ranging from Leg of Lamb, to Indiana Duckling, to Tuscan Meatloaf. You can enjoy you...
SIGNAL HOUSE B&B - (BROWN County)  Ripley - Restored 1830's Greek Italianate home with three porches overlooking the Ohio River. We offer antiques, museums, National Historic District, seven covered bridges, marina pick-up....
WOODED GARDEN BED & BREAKFAST - (CLINTON County)  WILMINGTON - Nestled within 10 acres of woods and walking trails, a quiet retreat in which to relax and refresh. Mornings begin with the sounds of birds and breakfast in the Innkeepers log home. All three guest ro...
APPLE HOMESTEAD BED AND BREAKFAST - (HAMILTON County)  Cincinnati - Historic country home built befor the Civil War in one of Cincinnati's first suburbs. 39+ Acres with membership boarding stables for show and pleasure horses. Near all city conveniences....
MIKESELL-GISH BED AND BREAKFAST - (MONTGOMERY County)  Brookville - Historic Federal Brick B&B located in the village of Brookville, 15 minutes from Dayton. Furnished with period antiques. 50's Rec Room & Pool....
ENGLISH MANOR BED AND BREAKFAST - (MONTGOMERY County)  Miamisburg - English Manor has accomodations for discriminating guests who will find spacious bedrooms, each decorated in style and color appropriate to the mood of the room....
COOPER WOODS BED AND BREAKFAST - (HAMILTON County)  Cincinnati - Contemporary located in Blue Ash, 15 minutes N.E. of downtown Cincinnati. Great room opens to deck with pool, spa, and wooded view. Whirlpools in baths....
WRIGHT HOUSE B&B - (WARREN County)  Springboro - A circa 1815 National Register home in the heart of historic Springboro (oldest home in town), built for the city's founder. Wright House Bed and Breakfast offers guest rooms with King Size accommoda...
YESTERDAY BED AND BREAKFAST - (MONTGOMERY County)  Centerville - 1882 Victorian house 10 miles south of downtown Dayton in histroic district containing largest collection of old stone houses in Ohio. Vintage linen shop....
DAYS INN KINGS ISLAND - (WARREN County)  Mason
LA QUINTA - MASON - (WARREN County)  Mason
RAMADA INN - (WARREN County)  Franklin
SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT - (WARREN County)  Mason
GENERAL DENVER HOTEL - (CLINTON County)  WILMINGTON - The Historic General Denver Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Ohio. Offering private rooms, private meeting room, banquet room and full service restaurant, the Genera...
HYATT PLACE CINCINNATI - NORTHEAST - (WARREN County)  Mason - Hyatt Place is a new kind of hotel that puts style, innovation and The Hyatt Touch within everyone's reach. Guests will enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42" flat panel high-definition television, our...
BUDGET INN - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
DAYS INN KINGS ISLAND - (WARREN County)  Mason
LA QUINTA - MASON - (WARREN County)  Mason
CINCINNATI MARRIOTT NORTHEAST - (WARREN County)  Mason
RAMADA INN - (WARREN County)  Franklin
SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT - (WARREN County)  Mason
GENERAL DENVER HOTEL - (CLINTON County)  WILMINGTON - The Historic General Denver Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Ohio. Offering private rooms, private meeting room, banquet room and full service restaurant, the Genera...
GOLDEN LAMB INN - (WARREN County)  Lebanon - The Golden Lamb is recognized as being the oldest hotel in the state of Ohio. Try its many other diverse selections ranging from Leg of Lamb, to Indiana Duckling, to Tuscan Meatloaf. You can enjoy you...
SCOTTISH INNS - (BUTLER County)  Oxford - One mile from campus on US 27 N. Three miles from Hueston Woods State Park. Free HBO & Showtime. Complimentary continental breakfast. Queen-size beds....
HYATT REGENCY CINCINNATI - (HAMILTON County)  Cincinnati - Located in the heart of downtown. Adjacent to Cincinnati Convention Center, shopping, sports & theater. Complimentary pool & health club....
THE HAMILTONIAN HOTEL - (BUTLER County)  Hamilton - Located in the heart of Hamilton on the scenic Great Miami River, easily accessible to I-71, I-275 & I-75....
CINCINNATI MARRIOTT - (HAMILTON County)  Cincinnati - Located in Cincinnati's northern suburbs, The Cincinnati Marriott provides easy access to the best of Cincinnati. Newly renovated guest rooms featuring Marriott's 'Rooms that Work.'...
HYATT PLACE CINCINNATI - NORTHEAST - (WARREN County)  Mason - Hyatt Place is a new kind of hotel that puts style, innovation and The Hyatt Touch within everyone's reach. Guests will enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42" flat panel high-definition television, our...
THE VERNON MANOR HOTEL - (HAMILTON County)  Cincinnati - Historic European landmark hotel. Pool & fitness center off premises. 3 minutes outside of downtown in the Hospital/University area. Near museums, zoo, riverfront. Used as a setting for the movie Rain...
THE CINCINNATIAN HOTEL - (HAMILTON County)  Cincinnati - Built in 1882, The Cincinnatian was designed as a grand hotel of the nineteenth century. Traditional in atmosphere & service, it captures the warmth & gracious artistry of the era....
THE MANCHESTER INN & CONFERENCE CENTER - (BUTLER County)  Middletown - Beautifully renovated historic property conveniently located between Cincinnati & Dayton. Great location for business or pleasure. Fine dining, full conference facilities & packages....
HUESTON WOODS RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER - (BUTLER County)  College Corner - Beautiful A-frame resort located in a state park. Comfortable guest rooms, cozy fireplaces, dining and cocktails to match. Great in any season....
KINGS ISLAND RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER - (WARREN County)  Mason - 284 comfortable guest rooms, up to 12 fully equipped meeting and ballroom spaces accomodating groups from 10 to 800 people, and extensive dining, recreation, and entertainment facilities. ...
PARK INN INTERNATIONAL DAYTON AIRPORT - (MONTGOMERY County)  Vandalia - 'Park & Fly' packages available. 24-hour free shuttle service. AAA, AARP, BBB, ASTA member discounts available. Weekly rates....
KINGS ISLAND - (WARREN County)  KINGS MILLS - Experience pure excitement when you ride more than 80 rides and attractions at Kings Island, one of the largest amusement parks in the Midwest. Kings Island features 14 world-class roller coasters inc...
WAYNESVILLE'S HISTORIC WALKING TOUR - (WARREN County)  Waynesville
KINGS ISLAND - (WARREN County)  KINGS MILLS - Experience pure excitement when you ride more than 80 rides and attractions at Kings Island, one of the largest amusement parks in the Midwest. Kings Island features 14 world-class roller coasters inc...
FRANKLIN GOLF CLUB - (WARREN County)  Franklin
GREENTREE GOLF CLUB - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
HARMON GOLF CLUB - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
TPC CLEARCREEK - (WARREN County)  Franklin
SHAKER RUN GOLF CLUB - (WARREN County)  Lebanon - Ranked one of the top 100 public courses in the country by Golf Digest. An Arthur Hills design, Shaker Run features Bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens. Its breathtaking views are unmatched in the ...
STONE VALLEY RANCH - (HAMILTON County)  New Plymouth
HISTORIC LEBANON - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOURS/SPRINGBORO HIST. SOC. - (WARREN County)  Springboro
WAYNESVILLE'S HISTORIC WALKING TOUR - (WARREN County)  Waynesville
GENERAL DENVER HOTEL - (CLINTON County)  WILMINGTON - The Historic General Denver Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Ohio. Offering private rooms, private meeting room, banquet room and full service restaurant, the Genera...
HIDDEN VALLEY FRUIT FARM - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
IRON'S FRUIT FARM & BAKERY - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
COBBLESTONE CAFE - (WARREN County)  Waynesville
GOURMET ON BROADWAY - (WARREN County)  Lebanon
GENERAL DENVER HOTEL - (CLINTON County)  WILMINGTON - The Historic General Denver Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Ohio. Offering private rooms, private meeting room, banquet room and full service restaurant, the Genera...
GOLDEN LAMB INN - (WARREN County)  Lebanon - The Golden Lamb is recognized as being the oldest hotel in the state of Ohio. Try its many other diverse selections ranging from Leg of Lamb, to Indiana Duckling, to Tuscan Meatloaf. You can enjoy you...
GOLDEN LAMB - (WARREN County)  Lebanon - The Golden Lamb is recognized as being the oldest hotel in the state of Ohio. Try its many other diverse selections ranging from Leg of Lamb, to Indiana Duckling, to Tuscan Meatloaf. You can enjoy you...
SHAKER RUN GOLF CLUB - (WARREN County)  Lebanon - Ranked one of the top 100 public courses in the country by Golf Digest. An Arthur Hills design, Shaker Run features Bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens. Its breathtaking views are unmatched in the ...

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