This past spring break we took a road trip through Ohio. One of our main stops was at southwestern Ohio (close to Cincinnati) to Butler County. Well, I know what you’re thinking. What’s in Butler County, Ohio? Well, I’m here to report that there are plenty of things to do! In fact, here are 9 fun things to do with the family in Butler County.
Disclosure: A big thanks to Butler County for providing a complimentary stay and attractions to experience all the county has to offer. I was not required to express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
See sculptures while driving an “art cart”
My favorite activity by far was checking out Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. And the best way to explore over 300 acres is by an Art Cart, aka a golf cart. Situated on hills, your legs will thank you for using the art cart and quite frankly was one of the best ways to see the 60+ larger than life sculptures.
Whatever you do, make time to enjoy the Ancient Sculpture Museum. What an amazing hidden gem! The small but mighty museum holds sculptures dating back to 1550 B.C. Curious? Read more about our art adventure at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum.
Get your donut fix on the Butler County Donut Trail
The ever-popular Butler County Donut Trail features 12 mom and pop shops located throughout the county. Whether you prefer a simple regular glazed donut or a magically delicious Lucky Charms donut, you’ll find a donut (or a dozen) that will satisfy your taste buds. Stay tuned for more about this yummy trail.
Tip: If you’re up for the challenge and visit all 12 spots, you get a t-shirt that you can proudly show off.
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EnterTRAINment Junction is a train lover’s dream come true. I wish I discovered this place when my kids were younger during their train-obsessed phase. At over 25,000 square feet with over 2 miles of track, this is the world’s largest indoor model train display. And as you can imagine, the attention to detail is amazing. There’s also a section where you can view a miniature replica of Cincinnati’s Coney Island. If your kids are a fan of I Spy, they’ll love looking for specific items at each area. You can also learn more about railroading with the American Railroading Museum on-site.
If the kids have energy to expend, there is a great play area with a multilevel play structure as well as model train featuring none other than Thomas. If we had come at a warmer time, we could have enjoyed some of their outdoor activities including a ride on a train.
Make time to explore the other half of EnterTRAINment, the Amazing Fun-house. Step into different rooms such as a mirror maze, clown room with a room tilted at a 25% angle, a curtain maze, and more. The kids had a blast trying to maneuver through each section.
Word to the wise: Yes, some of the rooms may make you dizzy and nauseous. My husband can attest.
Peruse the coolest grocery store
If everyday grocery shopping was like going to Jungle Jim’s International Market, then count me in! Even my kids actually thought it was fun. Part grocery store, part fun house, this 200,000 sq. ft grocery store kept them busy with plenty of things to marvel at including a Cereal Band, Campbell’s Soup Can on a swing, the “big cheese,” all the Pez you could want, and SO much more. Their beer and wine section is huge. Heck, they even have a kombucha bar with different flavors on tap.
Tip: The kids will not want to miss the toy store at the front of the entrance. You’ll find Legos, Ty beanie babies, and other fun toys.
Murals, murals, and more murals
You all know that I’m a huge fan of street art, so when I heard Hamilton had a few of their own we definitely had to check it out.
Downtown Hamilton is going through a revitalization and has a few great shops to hit up. The best part? You’ll be able to see the murals on the way too. We started by True West Coffee which is located right by the Hamilton mural. We then walked down the street and stepped into Fleurish Home. Everything here is so adorable! Everything you’ve ever wanted in your home, you can get here. Plus, there are cute items for the kiddos.
On the other side of the river, you’ll find more home shops like Sarah’s House which specializes in unique finds including repurposed furniture or Made to Love, a store that sells Haitian made items that in turn support Haitian children’s education. Got a sweet tooth? A stop at Henry’s Candy Co. is a must! You’ll find gummy bears in all the colors of the rainbow, chocolates, and nostalgic candy.
Stop and smell…the candles
For a unique activity that also doubles as an awesome souvenir, head to Petals and Wicks to make your own candle. During the process, you’ll first find your favorite scents. With so many choices, it’s harder than it looks!
After jotting down your favorites, you then work one-on-one with the fabulous owner Sherry and her staff to determine the perfect scent combination. After a couple of hours (the times it takes to set), you’re left with a one-of-a-kind scent and souvenir. It was definitely love at first pour.
My kids love arcades and winning whatever prizes they can, and our visit to The Web Extreme Entertainment was no different. There were plenty of arcade games as well as games for tickets, although we did find that many were out of order. We were just a bit bummed that a few of the attractions were meant for older kids (10 and older for go-karts, 6 and up for laser tag) but they did have a great time playing cosmic golf at Jurassic Par. There was also bowling and a climbing wall and we would have loved to try that out if we had more time.
Play old school arcade games for free
Rivertown Brewery may be the most kid-friendly brewery we’ve ever stepped foot in. The independent craft brewery not only serves great beer and BBQ but has vintage arcade games to keep the kids busy. That’s what I call a win-win! Did I mention that the arcade games are free? (As in, unlimited play time and unlimited lives? The kids will never want to leave!!)
Tip: Visit on Mondays, when it’s their family days. Kids eat free and they have an awesome balloon artist.
Have you been to Butler County, Ohio?