Young’s Dairy, just outside of yellow Springs, is one of our favorite places to visit in the area. They’ve got a pumpkin patch in the Fall, a Christmas Tree farm during the holidays and all kinds of fun activities during spring and summer.
Cost: Variable. We went during 4th of July week when they were running a special – only $6 for an all-you-can-play bracelet. Every Tuesday is Kid’s day and most of the activities are discounted. See their website for pricing.
Time: You could spend an hour here just visiting the animals and eating ice cream, or you could spend hours doing all of the activities Young’s has to offer.
The boys rode the Moovers & Shakers train, went down the giant slide a couple times and spent quite a while playing in the kiddie area (playground and bouncy house). We also visited the animals and fed the goats. Oh – and you can’t leave without getting some ice cream! They have the BEST ice cream.
Young’s Dairy also has mini golf, batting cages and a corn maze (during the fall), so there is plenty to do for kids of all ages.
Clifton Gorge/John Bryan State Park
John Bryan State Park is very close to Young’s Dairy so we headed over there after our ice cream. The trails of John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve are connected, so it’s possible to visit two beautiful areas at one time. We chose to take the dogs on our hike so we went to John Bryan SP (pets are not allowed in Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve). We parked at the main trail head area and started on the South Gorge Trail, which is accessible only by a footbridge which spans the Little Miami River. We crossed the first footbridge and hiked until we came to the second footbridge. When you cross the second footbridge, you’ll come to the entrance to the nature preserve. If you don’t have dogs with you, then I highly recommend continuing into the preserve are because it is gorgeous, especially the far end which is called the Narrows. It’s especially cool because the walls of the gorge narrows and the river really rushes through it at that point. Once over the bridge, we turned back toward John Bryan SP, following the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Historic Stagecoach trail. The hike was so beautiful and the weather was perfect. Matthew and Jordan really enjoyed climbing up the boulders and into the caves that were just off the trail.
If you’re in the area at breakfast time, I recommend going to Clifton Mill & Restaurant. The mill is SO cool and the restaurant has awesome breakfast. Warning: the pancakes are ginormous. Also, if you visit Clifton Mill during the holidays, they have an impressive Christmas light display.